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Hear Tenacious D's cover of Dio's 'The Last In Line' -- EXCLUSIVE

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If a Mount Rushmore-style monument existed for metalheads, the late Ronnie James Dio would certainly be on it. As the frontman of Dio, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath (and a bunch of others), he’s more than earned his spot. And even if you don’t care much about smashes like “Holy Diver” or “The Mob Rules,” you have to give Dio credit for giving the world the metal horns.

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Grammys Winner Snubs and Surprises: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath steal, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar get robbed

Last night, there was a tweet floating around the Internet that noted that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had already amassed four Grammys and legendary artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, and the Who have a grand total of zero among them.

The suggestion, of course, is that possessing an  an armload of Academy-issued gold sippy cups doesn’t necessarily have any real correlation to artistic greatness.

Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some head-scratching decisions and maddening snubs during last night’s telecast, most of which happened off-camera. As surprised as Taylor Swift was that Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, the French duo’s victory can’t entirely be called an upset; though there were some mild surprises among the awards handed out live at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, there wasn’t a single on-camera score that could be considered a true surprise of snub.

Luckily, there were dozens more awards given out before the televised show even started, and there lives a parade of outrage.  READ FULL STORY

Ozzy Osbourne bares soul on Facebook following 18 month fall off the wagon

For the past year or so, Ozzy Osbourne has been working towards the release of the new album with his old band Black Sabbath. But according to a post on Facebook, that isn’t the only darkness Osbourne has been dealing with.

“For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs,” Osbourne wrote last night. “I was in a very dark place and was an a–hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.”

Rumors had been swirling that Ozzy was headed into a break up with his longtime wife (and manager) Sharon Osbourne, so he addressed those whispers as well. READ FULL STORY

Black Sabbath to release new album '13' in June

Evil never dies, and neither does Black Sabbath.

In the wake of a handful of kinda-sorta-reunion dates last summer (drummer Bill Ward remains on the sidelines), the reconvened Black Sabbath announced more details about their upcoming album. Titled 13, the Rick Rubin-produced batch of songs will hit stores in June. Rage Against the Machine skinsman Brad Wilk will be sitting in for Ward, and the album represents the first under the Black Sabbath name since 1995′s Forbidden (which only featured one original band member, and was also super-terrible), and the first Ozzy-led Sabbath collection since 1978′s Never Say Die! (which was also pretty underwhelming).

The band also announced a handful of new tour dates that will take them to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan starting in April. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Lollapalooza Friday: The Black Keys and Black Sabbath deal in different kinds of darkness

By Kyle Anderson & Nolan Feeney

On the opening day of Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago, people could only talk about two things: The oppressive heat (which isn’t really news for anyone who has ever spent three days repeatedly crossing Grant Park in August), and whether or not Black Sabbath was going to make everybody sad.

Obviously, the idea of the legendary metal band playing a nearly two-hour set of heavy classics was titillating, and frontman Ozzy Osbourne remains one of the most unpredictable characters in rock. But health problems for both Osbourne and Tony Iommi have called into question whether or not this particular Sabbath reunion was a good idea, and suggested that the band might be better served staying at home (which is exactly what drummer Bill Ward ended up doing anyway).

By the time they left the stage on Friday night, they delivered no definitive answers. The set list was unimpeachable —  hitting on everything you could possibly want to hear from them, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” “Sweet Leaf,” “N.I.B.,” and “Paranoid” (which they wisely saved for the encore). Ozzy still has the will of a manic frontman, but neither his body nor his voice seem to be able to match his intent, and he seemed vaguely off for the better part of the evening.

Iommi’s steady riffing carried the night, though the set ground to an unfortunate halt during an overlong drum solo (though honestly, there’s no such thing as an “appropriate length drum solo”) that saw a lot of people trying to beat the traffic home.

Still, for those who stuck around, the rest provided by the rhythmic interlude might have been just what the other members of the band needed, as the band’s finishing run (which included the awesome and deeply underrated Technical Ecstasy gem “Dirty Women”) was as strong as any modern metal act. Were they good? Sure. Should they keep going? The jury is still out.

On the other end of the park, the Black Keys were offering up no such existential quandaries. READ FULL STORY

Lollapalooza 2012 lineup: Black Sabbath, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Keys headline

Coachella kicks off its first of two weekends in just a few days, which means that festival season has officially begun. And ever since Lollapalooza put away its touring circus format in favor of shacking up for one huge weekend in Chicago’s Grant Park, it has become the cornerstone of the summer concert calendar.

The past few Lollapalooza lineups have followed some sort of theme. Last year was the year that dance music got much bigger (deadmau5 was one of the main stage headliners), while 2010 was the year of pop (featuring Lady Gaga and a host of other nods to the bubbly mainstream). This year’s collection of bands doesn’t seem to have much of a tether, though it could be the loudest lineup in recent memory (or at least since that year that Metallica headlined). The sorta reunited Black Sabbath headline (drummer Bill Ward remains on the sidelines), along with the Black Keys, Jack White, At the Drive-In, Florence + the Machine, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Other highlights include the Shins, Justice, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, Frank Ocean, Delta Spirit, and the reunited Afghan Whigs. The undercard also consists of about-to-break acts like Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark, Jr., the Growlers, the Jezabels, LP, Bear in Heaven, and Michael Kiwanuka. They’ve even got that ridiculous band that won that Rolling Stone contest, the band with the number one song in the country, at least one former American Idol contestant, and Franz Ferdinand (who are still a band, it turns out).

Since Lollapalooza Perry Farrell is gaga for hot beats, there’s also a pretty awesome round-up of people from the dance world booked on his personal stage, including Calvin Harris and Santigold. Check out the complete list of performers below. READ FULL STORY

Coachella 2012 -- Are you excited?

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For some time now, Austin’s South by Southwest has been the festival where bands big and small alike make newsworthy announcements, debut reformations, tease long-awaited releases, and otherwise create waves and headlines.

But now that the lineup for this year’s Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif., has been announced, it’s starting to look like SXSW might have a worthy challenger out west.

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi diagnosed with lymphoma

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

According to a press release issued by the band’s publicists, the heavy metal legend has been diagnosed with “the early stages” of the disease, a form of cancer which affects white blood cells,  and he “is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan.”

Last November it was announced that the original Black Sabbath lineup — Iommi, frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward — were reuniting to record their first studio album together since 1978′s Never Say Die!.

According to the statement, Iommi’s illness has not derailed that plan, although work on the Rick Rubin-produced CD will now continue in the U.K., rather than Los Angeles. The collection is set for release this fall.

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Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Ian, and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin to make fun of Zakk Wylde at inaugural 'Rock & Roll Roast'

I’m not saying Zakk Wylde has a stupid name but…

Actually, I’m not saying anything bad about the hairy metal fretmeister at all. Instead, I’m going to leave that to Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Ian from Anthrax, pro wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and comedian Jim Norton, all of whom will be taking verbal aim at Wylde in the course of Guitar World magazine’s inaugural “Rock & Roll Roast.”

The event is set to take place at the Grove in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 19, with proceeds going to the MusiCares charity. Sharon Osbourne will act as roastmaster. “Zakk has always called me his mom, but I think my boy needs a good kicking,” said Osbourne, in what could loosely be described as “a statement.”

You can check out the (foul-mouthed) trailer for Wylde’s roast below. READ FULL STORY

Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath returning in 2012 with first album in over three decades

As noted rock historian Triple H once said, in the world of heavy metal, there are legends, there are icons, and there are gods.

He was putting Motorhead in the latter category, which means that Black Sabbath must qualify as Titans. The most influential metal band ever to sing about the devil announced on Friday that the original lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Tony Iommi — will be getting back together for a new album and tour in 2012. They’ll play the 2012 Download Festival, with more details forthcoming.

This particular reunion has been a long time coming — it will be the first time that combination has recorded together since the release of 1978′s Never Say Die!, though they have been on stage together a bunch since Osbourne’s initial departure. But ever since a one-off show way back in December 1997, there have been a number of derailments that have kept Black Sabbath from being together full time.

Ward’s health problems kept him in the sidelines for a while, and efforts to record a new album in 2001 dissipated while both Osbourne and Iommi worked on solo projects. Then Ozzy became a television star with The Osbournes, which created a whole new weird secondary career for him. READ FULL STORY

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