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When METALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, opens in 3D IMAX today (Friday, September 27), fans will see the band performing on a massive stage, specially constructed for the film, that incorporates elements of METALLICA live shows from the past 30 years. LA Lloyd of the Austin, Texas radio station KLBJ-FM asked bassist Robert Trujillo if there is any chance of taking that stage show on the road. “”That is the plan,” he said (hear audio below). “But we won’t do that until we finish recording a new record. We need a new album.”

He continued: “We started working on new music earlier in the year, and it was really fun; we had a great time. Lars [Ulrich; METALLICA drummer] was even saying that it was the funnest time that he had jamming with METALLICA.

“There’s a great sense of unity right now in the band; we’re firing on all cylinders.

“We’ve had a lot of challenging moments on stage, we changed the setlist every night, we played some major events. We had a special anniversary… It was about a year ago, at the Fillmore in San Francisco, we played four shows for the 30-year anniversary, and we actually… Again, us being crazy, we flew in people like Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] from Birmingham, England to sing one song with us. We had members of DIAMOND HEAD there, we had MERCYFUL FATE, with King Diamond, [who] came out from Denmark. Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne, we flew them in, from BLACK SABBATH, to do a medley of SABBATH songs with us. We had Glenn Danzig. I mean, it was crazy. Lou Reed came out, too. It was four nights of that, and it was a celebration for our fans. And again, going back to the idea that we’re not making any money off this — I mean, Fillmore is a small place, and we’re flying people in, and we’ve gotta put them up. But again, at the end of the day, it’s for our fans. And I always think that that’s why people really connect with us, because we’re kind of crazy like that. And at the end of the ay, I think it translates into positive energy.

“But again, the reality is we’ve gotta make a new album. We’ll take the stage out a few years down the line if there’s a demand — kind of the way Roger Waters took his production out.”

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the “Metallica Through The Never” film, which was screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this past Wednesday (September 25).

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, was released on September 24. The two-disc CD came out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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On September 19, former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown took part in a clinic at Sam Ash in New York City. A two-minute Artisan News report on the event, which includes a short interview with Brown, can be seen bleow.

Hartke recently announced the addition of Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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SoCal Theme Parks 360 has uploaded a five-minute walk-through of “Black Sabbath: 13 3D”, the new all-original, terrifying 3D maze immortalizing Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler from BLACK SABBATH, the celebrated, multi-platinum rock band that pioneered the heavy metal genre with their dark and doom-laden sounds, fused with lyrical themes of the occult, addiction, war and nuclear apocalypse.

The new maze, which opened this past Friday, September 20 at Universal Studios Hollywood‘s premier Halloween Horror Nights event, is based on the darkest lyrics from BLACK SABBATH‘s biggest hit songs and is the only attraction at the horror event to incorporate 3D video. It also includes scenes inspired by the legendary band’s recently released Billboard #1 album, “13”. A nightmarish landscape of doom engulfs guests as they enter “Black Sabbath: 13 3D” and traverse through horrifying graveyards, disturbing madhouses and bone-chilling battlefields.

“We were all really excited when Universal Studios Hollywood approached us about doing a 3D ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze based on our music,” said BLACK SABBATH‘s Ozzy Osbourne. “I’ve seen the drawings of what it will look like when it’s finished and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to walk through it on opening night in September.”

Guests come face to face with a heart-stopping Lucifer and his bride, blood-soaked dead bodies and bubbling pools of “radioactive water” while songs inspired by “Luke’s Wall”, “Iron Man”, “Paranoid”, “War Pigs”, “Electric Funeral” and — of course — “Black Sabbath” violently penetrate the confines of the maze at high volume.

“Very few bands can claim to have defined a genre of music but BLACK SABBATH‘s remarkable influence in the evolution of heavy metal will go down in history,” said John Murdy, creative director for Universal Studios Hollywood. “Tony Iommi‘s dark, iconic riffs, Ozzy Osbourne‘s haunting vocals and Geezer Butler‘s foreboding lyrics provide the perfect soundtrack for ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and endless inspiration for our new haunted attraction ‘Black Sabbath 13 3D’.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures and features a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled Scare Zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties. This year’s haunted attractions will include “The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven”, based on AMC‘s Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning show, and “Evil Dead: Book of the Dead”, inspired by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment‘s chilling remake of the cult classic.



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On September 19, Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown at Sam Ash in New York City. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is footage of Rex‘s Sam Ash clinic.

Hartke recently announced the addition of Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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A teaser for the forthcoming BLACK SABBATH DVD, “Gathered In Their Masses”, can be seen below. The set will contain footage from the band’s tour in support of its long-awaited reunion album, “13”.

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler told the Chicago Sun-Times that the band’s current tour could very well be his last. Asked why he thought that, Butler explained, “I don’t know. I just got a feeling. It’s getting tough, it really is. I can’t lie about that. I’m old now. It really is tough going on every night. You wake up the next day, all the pains you never had before. I don’t want to go onstage for the sake of the money. You have to have a lot pride in yourself, and I honestly think I’m coming to the end of the top of my job.”

Butler also said that he’s enjoying the current SABBATH tour, adding, “I’ve always said as long as I can play, as long as I can do it to a good level, then I’ll keep doing it, because I still really enjoy playing. I’ll know when the day comes I can’t do this anymore, can’t play to my usual standards. That’s when I won’t go out anymore. I won’t do that to me self. But at the moment, I just love playing with the band. It probably will be the last time, will probably be the last tour. But I want to go out on a high. The band is playing really well at the moment.”

Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne reunited in late 2011 to record their first new album together in 35 years. Original drummer Bill Ward was on board at first but dropped out over contract disputes.

Progress on the record was slowed first by Ward‘s departure and then by Iommi‘s January 2012 cancer diagnosis.

Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio that the band members knew this might be their last chance to make an album together. “We knew as a band that people were gonna go, ‘Oh yeah. they’re going in the studio again, it’s never gonna happen,’ you know,” he said. “So we just marched through all the problems and did an album, you know, with Rick Rubin.”

The disc, which came out this past June, became the first SABBATH album in the band’s 43-year history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

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Fan-filmed video footae of BLACK SABBATH‘s entire August 28 performance at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Californai can be seen below.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Under The Sun/Every Day Comes And Goes
04. Snowblind
05. Age Of Reason
06. Black Sabbath
07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
08. N.I.B.
09. End Of The Beginning
10. Fairies Wear Boots
11. Rat Salad
12. Iron Man
13. God Is Dead?
14. Children Of The Grave

Encore:

15. Paranoid

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler told the Chicago Sun-Times that the band’s current tour in support of its long-awaited reunion album, “13”, could very well be his last. Asked why he thought that, Butler explained, “I don’t know. I just got a feeling. It’s getting tough, it really is. I can’t lie about that. I’m old now. It really is tough going on every night. You wake up the next day, all the pains you never had before. I don’t want to go onstage for the sake of the money. You have to have a lot pride in yourself, and I honestly think I’m coming to the end of the top of my job.”

Butler also said that he’s enjoying the current SABBATH tour, adding, “I’ve always said as long as I can play, as long as I can do it to a good level, then I’ll keep doing it, because I still really enjoy playing. I’ll know when the day comes I can’t do this anymore, can’t play to my usual standards. That’s when I won’t go out anymore. I won’t do that to me self. But at the moment, I just love playing with the band. It probably will be the last time, will probably be the last tour. But I want to go out on a high. The band is playing really well at the moment.”

Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne reunited in late 2011 to record their first new album together in 35 years. Original drummer Bill Ward was on board at first but dropped out over contract disputes.

Progress on the record was slowed first by Ward‘s departure and then by Iommi‘s January 2012 cancer diagnosis.

Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio that the band members knew this might be their last chance to make an album together. “We knew as a band that people were gonna go, ‘Oh yeah. they’re going in the studio again, it’s never gonna happen,’ you know,” he said. “So we just marched through all the problems and did an album, you know, with Rick Rubin.”

The disc, which came out this past June, became the first SABBATH album in the band’s 43-year history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.



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Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler from BLACK SABBATH, the celebrated, multi-platinum rock band that pioneered the heavy metal genre with their dark and doom-laden sounds, fused with lyrical themes of the occult, addiction, war and nuclear apocalypse, will be immortalized in an all-original, terrifying 3D maze, “Black Sabbath: 13 3D” at Universal Studios Hollywood‘s premier Halloween Horror Nights event, beginning September 20, 2013.

Newly released “behind-the-screams” backstage footage for “Black Sabbath: 13 3D” can be seen below.

The new maze, based on the darkest lyrics from BLACK SABBATH‘s biggest hit songs and the only attraction at the horror event to incorporate 3D video, will also include scenes inspired by the legendary band’s recently released Billboard #1 album, “13”. A nightmarish landscape of doom will engulf guests as they enter “Black Sabbath: 13 3D” and traverse through horrifying graveyards, disturbing madhouses and bone-chilling battlefields.

“We were all really excited when Universal Studios Hollywood approached us about doing a 3D ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze based on our music,” said BLACK SABBATH‘s Ozzy Osbourne. “I’ve seen the drawings of what it will look like when it’s finished and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to walk through it on opening night in September.”

Guests will come face to face with a heart-stopping Lucifer and his bride, blood-soaked dead bodies and bubbling pools of “radioactive water” while songs inspired by “Luke’s Wall”, “Iron Man”, “Paranoid”, “War Pigs”, “Electric Funeral” and — of course — “Black Sabbath” violently penetrate the confines of the maze at high volume.

“Very few bands can claim to have defined a genre of music but BLACK SABBATH‘s remarkable influence in the evolution of heavy metal will go down in history,” said John Murdy, creative director for Universal Studios Hollywood. “Tony Iommi‘s dark, iconic riffs, Ozzy Osbourne‘s haunting vocals and Geezer Butler‘s foreboding lyrics provide the perfect soundtrack for ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and endless inspiration for our new haunted attraction ‘Black Sabbath 13 3D’.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures and features a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled Scare Zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties. This year’s haunted attractions will include “The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven”, based on AMC‘s Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning show, and “Evil Dead: Book of the Dead”, inspired by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment‘s chilling remake of the cult classic.



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PureVolume recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

PureVolume: What makes you happy, personally, on an average non-touring day?

Geezer: I live in Beverly Hills, and I’ve got lots of dogs, so I take them for walks. Or I’ll just sit by the pool, reading. My dogs are all rescue dogs — I’ve got five rescues now, and they’re just like mutts. The closest to a breed is one that’s a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. But all of our dogs had been severely abused, and we rescued them from various places. And I’ve got seven cats, too. And a few scorpions out in the backyard. There are all kinds of things that live out in the hills where I live: scorpions, tarantulas, coyotes, and deer. Lots of deer. It’s great. I mean, it’s their territory, isn’t it? So it’s a we’re-taking-over-their-territory kind of thing. So you just have to find happiness within yourself. So I find happiness in rescuing animals — they’re so loving and appreciative afterwards, when you give them a good home.

PureVolume: You penned the lyrics for “God Is Dead?” And, a la Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, it’s faddishly hip to be an atheist now. But why can’t science and faith peacefully co-exist?

Geezer: Yeah. That’s what that song is about. It’s about the guy that’s sick of hearing that God is dead, so he sets out to prove that he isn’t.

PureVolume: What do you yourself believe?

Geezer: I’m not sure myself. I grew up Catholic, so I’ve always got that ingrained in me. I mean, I don’t go to church or anything like that. And sometimes I think it’s like science fiction, or just a load of fiction, and then other times I’ll go back to praying to Jesus. So I’m not really convinced about anything. But when I’m on a plane? I will always pray!

PureVolume: What do you think comes next, afterlife-wise?

Geezer: What? When I’m in the ground? I think you just die, and that’s it. But then, who knows? I’ve seen a couple of ghosts — I don’t know if that means anything. I saw them when I was a little kid, at home. Me and my sister saw this old woman, coming down the stairs, and it really freaked us out. It was a ghost, just floating down the stairs. And it was a bit of a weird old Victorian house that I grew up in. And one day, I came out of my bedroom, and there was a guy just standing there, looking up the stairs, dressed in 1920s clothes. And then he just disappeared. But that was when I was a kid, around the age of seven or eight, and I never really had any of those experiences after that. But me and my sister saw the first one, so I didn’t imagine it. So I’m not sure if it was a spirit that lives within the walls of a certain place or what. Who knows?

PureVolume: Are you ultimately optimistic about the future?

Geezer: I’ve been one of the luckiest people on Earth with my life, you know? I’ve got everything that I need. I’ve got a great band, great family, great friends around me, so there’s no reason for me to be pessimistic. So it all comes down to other people, I suppose — beware the other people. Religion’s gone nuts now, with Egypt and all that, and Sunnis against Shi’ites, Palestinians against Israel. It’s just endless. And it’s going to kick off in Africa, as well, like Somalia. And they never seem to learn. I mean, why can’t we all just live in peace for once? I’ve managed to do it!

Read the entire interview at PureVolume.

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Fan-filmed video footage of BLACK SABBATH‘s August 26 performance at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California can be seen below.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Under The Sun/Every Day Comes And Goes
04. Snowblind
05. Age Of Reason
06. Black Sabbath
07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
08. N.I.B.
09. End Of The Beginning
10. Fairies Wear Boots
11. Rat Salad
12. Iron Man
13. God Is Dead?
14. Dirty Women
15. Children Of The Grave

Encore:

16. Paranoid

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler told the Chicago Sun-Times that the band’s current tour in support of its long-awaited reunion album, “13”, could very well be his last. Asked why he thought that, Butler explained, “I don’t know. I just got a feeling. It’s getting tough, it really is. I can’t lie about that. I’m old now. It really is tough going on every night. You wake up the next day, all the pains you never had before. I don’t want to go onstage for the sake of the money. You have to have a lot pride in yourself, and I honestly think I’m coming to the end of the top of my job.”

Butler also said that he’s enjoying the current SABBATH tour, adding, “I’ve always said as long as I can play, as long as I can do it to a good level, then I’ll keep doing it, because I still really enjoy playing. I’ll know when the day comes I can’t do this anymore, can’t play to my usual standards. That’s when I won’t go out anymore. I won’t do that to me self. But at the moment, I just love playing with the band. It probably will be the last time, will probably be the last tour. But I want to go out on a high. The band is playing really well at the moment.”

Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne reunited in late 2011 to record their first new album together in 35 years. Original drummer Bill Ward was on board at first but dropped out over contract disputes.

Progress on the record was slowed first by Ward‘s departure and then by Iommi‘s January 2012 cancer diagnosis.

Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio that the band members knew this might be their last chance to make an album together. “We knew as a band that people were gonna go, ‘Oh yeah. they’re going in the studio again, it’s never gonna happen,’ you know,” he said. “So we just marched through all the problems and did an album, you know, with Rick Rubin.”

The disc, which came out this past June, became the first SABBATH album in the band’s 43-year history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

SABBATH‘s current North American tour winds down on September 3 in Los Angeles.



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Hartke has announce the addition of famed bassist Rex Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

On September 19, Rex Brown will make his debut Hartke appearance at the Sam Ash in New York City, located on West 34th Street. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. and will feature Rex discussing some of his favorite bass techniques, as well as demonstrations of some of his famous riffs from throughout his career. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come basis.

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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