No More Touring For Ozzy For Real: Singer Says Lingering Injury Has Ended His Touring Days

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Ozzy Osbourne shared some sad news with audiences Wednesday in a prepared statement, saying he has had to cancel the upcoming leg of his “No More Tours 2” tour across Europe and the UK, and all future tour plans.

The upcoming tour, which was in support of Ozzy’s latest album, Patient Number 9, was scheduled to launch May 3 in Helsinki, Finland and to run through June 14 in Birmingham, UK. The album was released last year. Judas Priest was set to join Ozzy for the upcoming tour and Ozzy thanked the band as he talked about the cancellation of the tour and any upcoming live plans.

“I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have,” Ozzy said.

The 74-year-old singer said the decision to cancel the upcoming tour was due to the lingering effects of a spinal injury he sustained four years ago, and that his voice is still working, so he hoped he could at least figure out a way to hold some live performances, if not full blown tours.

“Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way,” Ozzy said. “My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.”

Osbourne’s full statement is noted below. Refunds for ticket purchases are available at all points of purchase.

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.

My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.

I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really FUCKS ME UP, more than you will ever know.

Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.

I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.

I love you all…”

More information on Ozzy Osbourne’s future is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://ozzy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

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Rob Zombie Announces Co-Headlining Tour With Alice Cooper

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Shock rockers Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will hit the road together this summer for the “Freaks On Parade Tour.”

The month-long tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 24 in Dallas, TX and to run through Sept. 24 in Phoenix, AZ. The tour also features stops in cities nationwide, such as Hartford, CT; Clarkston, MI and Auburn, WA. Ministry and Filter will join the tour as special guest acts throughout its run.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Ticket pre-sales are open here for Citi card members and run through 10 p.m. local time Thursday. General admission sales start at 10 a.m. local time Friday here.

2023 FREAKS ON PARADE TOUR DATES:
Thu Aug 24 –  Dallas, TX –  Dos Equis Pavilion
Sat Aug 26 –  Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 27 – West Palm Beach, FL –  iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 29 –  Raleigh, NC –  Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Wed Aug 30 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Fri Sep 01 –  Tinley Park, IL –  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 02 –  Des Moines, IA –  Wells Fargo Arena
Tue Sep 05 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Wed Sep 06 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Fri Sep 08 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sat Sep 09 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sun Sep 10 – Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre
Tue Sep 12 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sat Sep 16 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
Tue Sep 19 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Wed Sep 20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 22 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Sat Sep 23 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Sun Sep 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
 
*Non-Live Nation Date

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Milwaukee Metal Fest Returns; Schedule, Lineup Announced

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More than 15 years after its last run, the famed Milwaukee Metal Fest is scheduled to return this year.

Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta purchased the rights to the festival last year and announced details for the resurrected festival Monday. This year’s three-day festival is scheduled to span May 26-28 and will feature performances from the likes of Lamb of God, Anthrax, and Misery Index.

Jasta said he was looking forward to the festival’s return in a prepared statement.

“The infamous Milwaukee Metal Fest created so many memories, hosted legendary bands, and gave up and comers something to aspire to,” Jasta said. “Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 26, 27, and 28) — it returns with a stacked line up and a new lease on life. I cannot wait to see all the bands and hang with everyone in Milwaukee. I’m so grateful for [booking agent] Tim Borror and the Sound Talent Crew; and Leslie, Joe, and everyone at The Rave/Eagles for helping us put this event together. Milwaukee Metal Fest is back! See you in Wisconsin this May!”

Borror shared Jasta’s enthusiasm about bringing back the festival.

“Milwaukee Metal Fest was such a huge part of the metal culture back in the day, and it really helped a lot of bands,” he said. “It was always at The Rave and the combo is iconic. Working with Jamey, the great people at The Rave, and all the bands to bring it back in 2023 is fucking incredible. This is going to be a great event, don’t miss it!”

Tickets are available here. The festival’s lineup is noted below:

MILWAUKEE METAL FEST 2023 LINEUP: 
Lamb of God
Anthrax
Suicidal Tendencies 
Napalm Death
Dark Angel
The Black Dahlia Murder 
Obituary
Shadows Fall 
Corrosion of Conformity
Fear Factory
After the Burial
The Halo Effect
Dying Fetus
Immolation
Crowbar
Vio-Lence
Goatwhore
Jungle Rot
Misery Index
Broken Hope
Terror
Macabre
Gatecreeper
Sanguisugabogg
Frozen Soul
Defeated Sanity
Dying Wish
Khemmis
Undeath
Blood Incantation
Imperial Triumphant
Impaler
Fuming Mouth
Ingrown
HATH
Repentance 
Casket Robbery
Disinter
Thrown Into Exhile
Toxic Ruin

The Milwaukee Metal Fest was first held way back in 1987 and took place annually until 2004 when it ended.

More information on the Milwaukee Metal Fest is available at:

Website: https://milwaukeemetalfestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MilwaukeeMetalFest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Milwaukee_Fest

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Maple Blues Band Debuts New Album’s Latest Single, ‘Hey Nola’

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The Maple Blues Band released its latest album, Let’s Go Friday through Cordova Bay Records.

In anticipation of the record’s release, the band recently premiered the video for the album’s latest single, ‘Hey Nola.’ The full-on instrumental composition is a fitting tribute to “The Big Easy” what with its Dixieland approach and sound. Its energy and overall presentation immediately lends itself to so many equally enjoyable works from the likes of Dr. John.

The video for this composition is definitely a uniquely engaging and entertaining presentation in its own right. That is because of its semi-stop motion approach and the visuals used in the presentation. From sea life to plants to amphibians to much more, the overall visualization is an intriguing companion to the song.

More information on The Maple Blues Band’s new single, video and album is available along with all of the group’s latest news at https://maplebluesband.com.

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Escape The Hive Takes On Social Media With New Single

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Independent rock band Escape The Hive is scheduled to release its new album, This Is Gonna Sting this year, and in anticipation of its pending release, the band debuted the lyric video for the record’s lead single over the weekend.

The band unveiled the lyric video for its single, ‘In Between’ Friday through Brutal Planet Magazine. The video features the song’s lyrics over images related to all things digital, which is a fit with the song’s lyrical theme. That is because, as a news release announcing the video’s premiere states, the song’s lyrical theme centers on the impact and role of social media.

The song’s musical arrangement lifts heavily from so many classic rock influences throughout its nearly three-and-a-half minute run time, but still maintains its own identity separate from the music of those bands. It is surprisingly engaging and entertaining throughout because of that unique identity.

The release date for This Is Gonna Sting is under consideration. When the record is released, it will come through Shock Records and Vanity Music Group.

In other news, Escape The Hive is scheduled to perform live in support of its new album April 28 in support of Angel at the famed Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA.

More information on Escape The Hive’s new single, video, album and upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/EscapeTheHive.

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Lovebreakers Premieres New Album’s Lead Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Independent rock band Lovebreakers is set to release its sophomore album, Wonder, this year through Wiretap Records.

The record’s exact release date is under consideration. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band unveiled the album’s lead single, ‘Spark‘ Friday along with its companion video.

The song’s mid-tempo arrangement is a catchy poppy rock composition that immediately lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Oasis and Blur. According to front man Jack Perry, the lyrical theme that accompanies that arrangement is meant to come across as an uplifting message of sorts, reminding listeners that we all go through difficult periods in life.

“‘Spark’ portrays a person who has lost all motivation and as a result, become fed up with who they are,” Perry said. “Some days we bathe in self-pity, whether that is disliking the way that we look, the way we treat ourselves or simply through boredom in our lives. “Spark” is a song which represents a lack of activity, alongside a constant battle of trying be a better person.’’

‘Spark’ is available now to download and stream through Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music.

In other news, Lovebreakers launched a tour in support of its new album Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland. The tour is scheduled to run through Friday in Birmingham, England. The tour’s schedule is noted below:

29/01 • Glasgow • The Old Hairdressers

30/01 • Nottingham • Bodega

31/01 • Manchester • Castle Hotel

01/02 • London • The Black Heart

02/02 • Bath • Moles

03/02 • Birmingham • The Flapper

More information on Lovebreakers’ new single, video, album, and tour is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://lovebreakers.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LOVEBREAKERSband

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Askvader Debuts New Single, ‘Don’t Worry’

Courtesy: The Sign Records

Independent rock band Askvader kicked off the weekend with the premiere of its latest single.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Don’t Worry‘ Friday. The song’s musical arrangement is a composition that will easily engage and entertain any classic rock fan and those of the current neo-classic rock movement. It makes itself comparable to works from the band’s fellow label mates on The Sign Records, The Hawkins and Heavy Feather, as well as fellow neo-classic rock band South of Eden.

According to a statement from the band presented in the news release announcing the song’s premiere, the song’s lyrical theme centers on the matter of existentialism.

“We have created a bombastic and epic piece with beautiful lyrics about solving existential anxiety with a ‘Don’t Worry (about it)’- mindset, something we commonly do in our hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden,” the statement reads.

More information on Askvader’s new single is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://askvader.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/askvaderband

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The Stone Eye Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Lyric Video

Courtesy: Electric Talon Records

Independent rock band The Stone Eye will release its new album this spring, and in anticipation of its release, the band premiered the record’s lead single and its companion lyric video over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Donora‘ and its companion lyric video Friday. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Fata Morgana, which is scheduled for release April 28 through Electric Talon Records. According to a news release announcing the song’s premiere, it is the first of four singles and videos that will be released ahead of the record’s release.

The musical arrangement featured in the song immediately lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Alice in Chains. That is evidenced through the distinct vocal delivery style and the overall melancholy mood set through the instrumentation.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the song’s premiere. The lyrics are provided with the video, and leave plenty of room for interpretation.

The lyrics are presented over a variety of images. The whole is something of a psychedelic visualization that will engage and entertain audiences in its own right.

More information on The Stone Eye’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://thestonedeye.bandcamp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheStoneEye

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheStoneEye

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Overkill Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Veteran metal band Overkill will tentatively release its latest album this spring.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Scorched, April 14 through Nuclear Blast Records. In anticipation of its release, the band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘The Surgeon‘ Friday.

The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, steady mid-tempo thrash piece that harkens back to Overkill’s early days. The guitar solos, steady time keeping and vocals together work with the bass, which forms the song’s foundation, to make the whole completely engaging and entertaining.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the song’s premiere. No lyrics were provide with the song, either, leaving interpretation up to listeners.

The track listing for Scorched is noted below:

Below is the track listing for Scorched:
1. Scorched
2. Goin’ Home
3. The Surgeon
4. Twist OF The Wick
5. Wicked Place
6. Won’t Be Comin Back
7. Fever
8. Harder They Fall
9. Know Her Name
10. Bag O’ Bones

Scorched will be released on a variety of platforms, all of which are listed below:

Scorched will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel
  • Fluorescent Green Cassette (Limited to 400 worldwide)
  • Longbox (Limited to 1,000 worldwide)
    • CD Jewel
    • Button
    • Sticker
  • Double LP
    • Black
    • Aztec Gold (Limited to 2,500 worldwide)
    • Fresh Green (Limited to 1,000 worldwide)
    • Trans Amber w. Fluorescent Green

In other news, Overkill is scheduled to launch a tour in support of its new album April 13 in Bochum, Germany. The tour is scheduled to run through April 29 in Barcelona, Spain. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

APRIL 2023

13 – Bochum – Zeche
14 – Zwolle – Hedon
15 – Osnabrück – Hyde Park
16 – Berlin – Huxleys
17 – München – Backstage
18 – Stuttgart – LKA
19 – Zürich – Komplex
21 – Parma – Campus Industry
22 – Fontaneto – Phenomenon Club
23 – Saarbrücken – Garage
24 – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
25 – Vorselaar – De Dreef
26 – Paris – Trabendo
28 – Pamplona – Totem
29 – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2

AUGUST 2023    
13 – Alcatraz – Kortrijk BE

More information on Overkill’s new album, single, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.wreckingcrew.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OverkillWreckingCrew

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OverkillBand

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Dead Alright Debuts New Single, ‘Strong Enough To Fail’

Courtesy: Thousand Islands Records

Punk rock band premiered its latest single to kick off the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Strong Enough To Fail‘ Friday. The song boasts a musical arrangement that echoes the sounds of so many pop punk bands that have come before throughout the mid to late 90s and even the early 2000s. Among the most notable comparisons are to works from the likes of Millencolin, No Use For A Name, and A Wilhelm Scream.

According to information provided in the news release announcing the single’s debut, the song’s lyrical theme delivers an uplifting message of “being strong enough to learn from your mistakes.”

More information on Dead Alright’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/deadalright.

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