White Noise: News on Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot, Korn, Nevermore, Slash and More
What a weekend! We started things off right on Friday, paying $7 for Snapples, hanging out with Bam Margera, hitting on teenage girls and rocking out along the waterfront in Camden, N.J. to the glorious sounds of God Forbid, the Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth and more. We've got to admit ... we're fans of Kevin Lyman and the Rockstar Mayhem fest. But more on that in the coming days. We also hopped on All That Remains' bus to talk shop with Phil Labonte, and drank lots of energy drinks. The rest of our weekend was spent outside, in the sun, watching the Yankees sweep the Red Sox. We're ready to get this week started, and to catch you up on what happened over the weekend. It's White Noise, learnin' you real good like.
+ DirectTV will be airing Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming appearance at the upcoming BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, Calif. as a live pay-per-view broadcast. BlizzCon is scheduled for Aug. 21 and 22, but at this point, it's still unclear whether Ozzy will be performing with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde or Wylde's rumored replacement, Firewind's Gus G. Looks like we won't know the truth about Wylde's status in Ozzy's band before then.
+ Producer Ross Robinson tweeted this weekend that Korn has finished laying down drums for two new tracks. Korn is in the midst of recording its next album, which frontman Jonathan Davis says will be "very raw, it's gonna be old school like the first Korn records. We really want to go back to that old-school vibe. It was just really intense and emotional and, you know, I have a lot of built-up aggression toward certain things that I need to get out for this record."
+ Slipknot's Corey Taylor is in the news this morning. He's engaged and will marry his fiancée Stephanie this November. Congrats, Corey. In related news, Taylor is lauding the new Alice in Chains disc, 'Black Gives Way to Blue.' "Their new stuff is sickeningly good," he says. "I'm so ecstatic that they are going to continue. It's wonderful. In the face of adversity, they've come again." He says the new AIC LP is "going to be album of the year for a lot of people."
+ Def Leppard have postponed tonight's gig in Nashville, Tenn. and tomorrow's set in Birmingham, Ala. due to a band member's bereavement. No additional details have been released. Ticket holders are asked to hold onto their tickets, pending further details of the concerts' rescheduling.
+ Slash is basically finished with his solo record. But he's also still working with Velvet Revolver. The band met a couple of weeks ago, and, while the search for a new singer continues, Slash plans to "tour on my solo record most likely through next summer, starting in March or April. [VR] will keep the word of mouth system going and listening to submissions from singers and checking out different singers' sites. We know the right guy is out there somewhere. It's possible somebody could turn up before I do my tour and we could start working on new material sooner than later, in a perfect world." Meanwhile, Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale says he contributed vocals to one track for the release. "I was honored ... to play with Slash," he says. "It was really, really like an incredible experience to write with Slash. He's a cool guy. He moves really fast, too. His creative process had me on my toes."
+ Rock Gone Wild, the four-day rock festival scheduled for August 20 to August 23 in Northwood, Iowa, has officially been cancelled. A statement from the event's organizers says that, "due to Diamond Jo Casino, LLC refusing to honor its obligation to provide the venue, we are unable to produce the event as planned. This matter has been referred to legal counsel."
+ So this is unusual. Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo says in a recent interview that there are "rumors going around that we might be doing [a tour] in the States with [Dave] Mustaine ... with Megadeth." Rumors? He's hearing rumors of a tour his own band would be a part of? If anyone would know the truth, wouldn't it be Lombardo?
+ This band's name is kind of awesome. And Hell Followed With have inked a deal with Earache Records. The label will issue the band's debut disc in 2010. You can hear some of the band's music over at their MySpace page.
+ Tim 'Ripper' Owens has finished tracking vocals for the debut album from Charred Walls of the Damned, the new project formed by drummer and Howard Stern sidekick Richard Christy. The full album should be in stores in November. + Nevermore have started recording songs for their new record, and plan on tackling two covers: The Doors' "The Crystal Ship" and the Tea Party's "Transmission." We can't wait to hear the finished product.