Wacken being sold out is a kind of mystery, for sure. The event is somehow sold out every year, but this year’s sell out wasn’t a surprise as Savatage with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Judas Priest were headliners. Thousands and thousands of metal fans from every corner of the world arrived at Wacken to have fun and enjoy metal. Instead the weather gods didn’t show much support towards the festival and all its visitors. The hard rains literally ruined the ground and soil of the festival area. The whole Wacken village and large area of fields became the ultimate mud war field. The weekend at Wacken was one hell of a surviving camp.
Despite the tremendous problems and brutal field of mud, the people still gathered to witness the return and resurrection of Savatage and the massive show from Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
Picture the scene: a field in south Derbyshire. One moment, quaint and calm; serene, leafy and undisturbed.
But then, as the sun arises to the midday point one cloudless Thursday in august, thousands upon thousands of heavy metal fans swarmed forth out of the woodwork that is England 2015, to attend the twelfth official Bloodstock Festival (11th open air to be exact).
Arriving at the venue and seeing a hoard of hairy denim cut clad fans gathering outside, set the tone for what would be a fantastic evening. The crowds were eager and the mood outside the venue was excitable to say the least!
To end off 2014 Black Label Society took Hatebreed and the Butcher Babies on tour across Canada with a trek through the US to finish off January 2015. The New Year’s Eve gig, titled the “Sock Hop O’ Doom 2015” happened to be in Calgary, Alta., at Flames Central. Doors weren’t opening until 8:30pm and the VIP meet and greet ran a bit late so the show didn’t start until 9:30pm. This gave people lots of time to enjoy some beverages (although it seems many had already been drinking since earlier in the evening) and purchase some Black Label Society knitted Christmas style sweaters.
Zakk Wylde has today announced that a brand new BLACK LABEL SOCIETY studio album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” will be released in Europe on April 7th 2014 via Mascot Label Group.
Mascot Label Group are honoured to welcome the band to the label, having recently signed BLS exclusively for European territory. The band will join, amongst others, Joe Bonamassa, Volbeat, Gov’t Mule, Beth Hart, Vandenberg’s MoonKings, Black Country Communion and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the Rotterdam-based record company’s roster.
“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is Black Label Society’s first new studio album since 2009’s “The Order of the Black”, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Thursday, February 13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Friday, February 14 Duncan, BC Cowichan Theatre
Saturday, February 15 Kelowna, BC Level
Monday, February 17 Edmonton, AB The Ranch
Tuesday, February 18 Calgary, AB Flames Central
Wednesday, February 19 Medicine Hat, AB The Esplanade Arts Centre
Friday, February 21 Regina, SK The Exchange
Saturday, February 22 Saskatoon, SK The Broadway Theater
Sunday, February 23 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick Theatre
Monday, February 24 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
Wednesday, February 26 London, ON London Music Hall
Thursday, February 27 Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall
Friday, February 28 Montreal, QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Guitar icon Zakk Wylde, leader of Black LabelSocieity has announced An Evening With Zakk Wylde a solo13-city tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’sbest-selling solo album Book of Shadows and Southern rock band Pride & Glory.
“This is a special Thank You to the Canadian fans for making “Ain’t No Sunshine” top 20 – Top 20 people!” said Wylde. “I love Canada! They always welcome BLS and are so supportive. To do a more intimate, stripped down show, especially in cities where you’re so embraced – is just the ultimate. You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times, rearrange it and suddenly its something totally fresh and new. Acoustically, the songs are just as powerful and heartfelt. Even transposing them and performing them on piano, they are no less raw and familiar.
Zakk also has a special message to his Canadian fans: “Thanks to the Canadian chapter of the almighty Black Label for the success of Unblackened and the single, “Ain’t No Sunshine!!!” I am looking forward to an special evening with our Canadian family.”
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese and wish him the very best in his future musical endeavors. A replacement will be officially announced soon.
ZAKK WYLDE and company have been holed up in Zakk’s personal studio the past few months hammering out their much-anticipated new full-length album, which is set for a spring 2014 release through EOne. Stay tuned for additional information.
Enter your An “Unblackened” bundle is also available for pre-order. The first 200 per-orders via the eOne store will receive a CD booklet signed by Zakk! The poster will be shipped in a rolled cardboard tube.
Unblackened, a new live DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video from Black Label Society will be released on September 24, 2013 by Eagle Rock Entertainment. [Pre-book Order Date September 9, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]
Additionally, Zakk’s label home, eOne Music will release the audio version of the Unblackened DVD under the same name. The double disc release will have six additional tracks not found on the DVD including two acoustic versions of “Queen Of Sorrow” and “Won’t Find It Here,” and covers of Leon Russel’s “Song For You” and “Aint No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. Read the rest of this entry »
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, etc.) will hit the road next month for a West Coast solo acoustic tour. The intimate run of shows coincides with the paperback release of his book “Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide To World Tour Domination” on April 09th. Dates for the acoustic trek include:
04/21 San Francisco, CA – Independent
04/22 Chico, CA – El Rey Theater
04/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
04/25 Reno, NV – El Dorado
04/26 Modesto, CA – Fat Cat
04/27 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel
04/28 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
04/30 San Diego, CA – Belly Up
05/01 San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
Last night, Black Label Society kicked off their Canadian tour in St. John’s, NL. The Canadian national anthem played before the BLS show began with the song “Godspeed Hell Bound”. SOME of the other songs preformed included: Destruction Overdrive, Bored to Tears, Bleed for Me, In This River, Parade of the Dead, Overlord, The Blessed Hellride, Suicide Messiah, and Stillborn.
Black Label Society: Live @ Mile One, St. John’s, NL, Oct. 16, 2012
Opening bands for the show were Protest the Hero and local support provided by Wizards of Kaos.
A full review and more pics will be posted to Metal-Rules.com in the coming days.
Black Label Society: Live @ Mile One, St. John’s, NL, Oct. 16, 2012
Complete Canadian tour dates include:
Oct. 16 Mile One Centre, St. John’s, Canada
Oct 18 Halifax Forum Halifax, Canada
Oct 20 Métropolis Montreal, Canada
Oct 21 Rapids Theater Niagara Falls, NY
Oct 23 Guelph Concert Theatre Guelph, Canada
Oct 24 Kool Haus Toronto, Canada
Oct 26 The Community Auditorium Thunder Bay, Canada
Oct 27 Burton Cummings Winnipeg, Canada
Oct 28 Odeon Saskatoon, Canada
Oct 30 MacEwan Hall Calgary, Canada
Oct 31 Edmonton Event Centre Edmonton, Canada
Nov 01 Edmonton Event Centre Edmonton, Canada
Nov 03 The Vogue Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Re-machined – A TRIBUTE TO DEEP PURPLE’S MACHINE HEAD
Eagle Records is delighted to announce the release of Re-Machined – A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head album on September 25 [MSRP $13.99 for CD, digital TBA].
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of this landmark album and in recognition of the influence of the band, and of Machine Head in particular. Some of rock music’s biggest names have each contributed a version of their favorite track on the album to create Re-Machined – A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head.
Re-Machined features specially recorded tracks from Jimmy Barnes & Joe Bonamassa, Black Label Society, Chickenfoot, former Deep Purple Mk III member Glenn Hughes with Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, the “supergroup” Kings Of Chaos (featuring Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum), Metallica, Carlos Santana&Jacoby Shaddix and Steve Vai.
There are two wildly differing versions of the album’s most famous track “Smoke On The Water”, one from guitar hero Carlos Santana with vocals by Jacoby Shaddix and one from alternative rockers Flaming Lips, and Metallica have contributed their own special take on “When A Blind Man Cries”, a track recorded at the “Machine Head” sessions but originally released as the B-side to “Never Before”.
Iron Maiden’s “Space Truckin’” cover was actually recorded back in 2006. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson explains, “Initially we didn’t think we’d be able to contribute anything due to our touring commitments. Then we remembered ‘Space Truckin’ which we’d recorded as a single B-side during our A Matter Of Life And Death album session, but never used. However now, thanks to Kevin Shirley’s remixing skills, we’re able to include it on Re-Machined”
Initially released as a limited edition Classic Rock “fanpack” on September 3, this is a truly unique release that will appeal to rock fans everywhere. Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
1) Smoke On The Water – Carlos Santana & Jacoby Shaddix
2) Highway Star – Chickenfoot
3) Maybe I’m A Leo – Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith
4) Pictures Of Home – Black Label Society
5) Never Before – Kings Of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum)
6) Smoke On The Water – The Flaming Lips
7) Lazy – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa
8) Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden
9) When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica
10) Highway Star – Glenn Hughes / Steve Vai / Chad Smith
Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide To World Tour Domination
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) spoke with Billboard recently about a number of topics including his new book, Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide To World Tour Domination. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Billboard: What’s your number one rule when touring?
Wylde: “No crapping on the bus. You’d figure that would be rule number one for any band going out on the road. It really is amazing to this day when we’re out on the road how many people want to use the bathroom and we have to tell them that. We still have to put signs up.”
Billboard: What’s your advice about groupies?
Wylde: “People always ask me how I’ve remained faithful to my wife for 26 years. I go, ‘Well sexually I would keep it hot in the bedroom.’ Instead of having her dress up in garters and a bustier and stuff like that, I’ll have her dress up in a gorilla suit and I’ll punch out the holes for all the spots I need and that way not only do I feel like I’m conquering her, I’m also conquering wildlife…. Being out on the road is definitely a great summer trip for the kids.”
Billboard: Vinnie Paul said if Pantera reformed you’d be the man to replace Dimebag” Darrell Abbot (PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN).
Wylde: “I love all those guys. It would be an honor. How could I say no? I’d do my best to make them proud.