There are a couple stories on the new album front from Metallica, Soundgarden and Black Sabbath. With start with Sabbath where it was reported a few days ago that Tony Iommi declared an upcoming show as being the band’s last. That also hinted at there not being another Black Sabbath album. Now front man Ozzy Osbourne is in the press saying that he’s up for another Sabbath album and tour. Ozzy tells Guitar World magazine that if the upcoming July 4th concert in London is the last show the band is ending on a high note, which is much better than where the band left things back in the late 70s. As for Metallica, James Hetfield is weighing in saying it’s all about quality over quantity. Kirk Hammett recently came out saying the band has enough material for a couple of albums. And what about a new Soundgarden album? Front man Chris Cornell says that they haven’t been in the studio writing, but while out on the road all the members piece together various new riffs and such to where when they do get in the studio they can go zero to 60 “really fast.” Soundgarden is out with Nine Inch Nails this summer.
Megadeth cancels shows
Megadeth has canceled some shows in reaction to a death in the family. Bassist Dave Ellefson’s brother died after battling cancer. In a recent book by Ellefson titled My Life with Deth, the bassist talked about his brother as being a disciplined hard worker focused on being a farmer. After Eliot Ellefson’s passing Megadeth decided to cancel their tour dates for the next month and will return to the road June 20th for a show in Quebec. Most of the canceled shows are over in Europe, so unless you were vacationing in The Netherlands, it won’t impact you.
Head on religion and Christ
He recently did a stint at a Russian hospital because of kidney stones and now Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is getting all preachy … kinda. In a recent interview with Matt Pinfield, Head talked about religion and Jesus Christ. Simply put, Head says he hates religion, but has profound love for and a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Head left the band years ago, found god and then returned just last year to tour and record with the band again. He says he now gets high on Christ.
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