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White Noise: Heaven and Hell Tour Confirmed, COB’s Laiho Injured, Swarm Of The Lotus Writing

It’s Tuesday morning, and we’ve got some killer news to bring you, to start your day off right: Tony Iommi, Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Apice – or, as they’re known to us lay folk, the esteemed Heaven and Hell – will be touring North America later this summer, and the first U.S. date on the schedule’s going to be a doozy. Plus, we’ve got an unbelievable revelation from Ozzy Osbourne, and a rumor on what could be a brutal trek this fall. It’s your morning metal fix, compliments of your pals at Noisecreep.

+ Seattle is one heck of a town. There’s the Space needle, the rain, coffee bars on every corner, Pike Place Market, and, according to researchers at Central Connecticut State University, Seattle ranks as the most literate city in America. All reasons why the home of the Mariners rocks. But Seattle will be even more rocking on August 8, the first U.S. date on Heaven and Hell‘s North American tour.

For that one night, the dudes from Neurosis will be opening for the band, with Coheed and Cambria handling crowd warm-up detail for the remainder of the dates. Tickets for most of the dates (which are all posted over at Blabbermouth) go on sale this weekend. The tour will be rolling through Los Angeles on August 11, Denver on August 15, Chicago on August 19, and New York on August 25, all before winding down in Boston on August 28.

+ The folks at Earsplit PR hit us with the sad news this afternoon that Jon Blank, the bassist for Rezin who appears on Scott “Wino” Weinrich‘s LP ‘Punctuated Equilibrium,’ was found dead over the weekend. His body was found on Saturday (May 2), and the cause of death, while still unofficial, is believed to have been drug-related.

+ Alexi Laiho, who fronts Finnish metallers Children of Bodom, broke his shoulder while on tour with Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, God Forbid, and Municipal Waste. According to news reports, Laiho was tossed from his bunk when the band’s tour bus took a sharp turn. Laiho will be sticking out the rest of the tour, ignoring his doctor’s recommendation. “What can I say? I’m jinxed!,” Laiho said. Bodom’s forthcoming album, ‘Skeletons In The Closet,’ will be in stores this fall.

+ Baltimore’s sludgecore specialists Swarm of the Lotus are back after three dormant years, and working on new material, according to reports. The new set will be in stores next year. “Quite simply, we need to play, period. So that’s what we intend to do,” the band says in a statement. “This time apart has allowed our heads to clear and regain focus. Get back to the real reason we started doing this in the first place, over 10 years ago.

+ You know, Ozzy Osbourne, at one time, did drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. For three years, in fact, Ozzy tells the Daily Record he was pretty much living a reality television lie. While he tried to project himself as a relatively sober dude on MTV’s “The Osbournes,” “when the filming ended, I’d go in my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day. I’d give myself some goodness and get up early in the morning and go jogging for six miles.”

+ Just a TiVo reminder: Tonight, Slash will be the special guest mentor for “American Idol.” He’ll be taking over rock week on the program will be getting a little help from guitarist Keri Kelli (who has worked with the likes of Alice Cooper and Ratt) as well as Rob Zombie kitman Tommy Clufetos and former Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.

+ Here’s a hot rumor, thanks to the PRP; the site claims Trivium, Darkest Hour, and Suicide Silence are “highly rumored” to be planning a tour this Fall, which would start in early September and run through mid-October. Let’s hope that rumor ends up being true.

+ The lineup for this year’s Dirt Fest is starting to take shape. The one-day festival, which takes over Birch Run, Michigan, on July 11, will feature Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Winds Of Plague, Origin, Born Of Osiris, Beneath The Massacre, And Then There Were None, and Decrepit Birth, among others.

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