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Metallica have released their contribution to the imminent Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life.

The song, a mash-up of Dio favourites A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer and Kill The King titled Ronnie Rising Medley, in the latest to be unveiled from the album, which also features covers by the likes of Corey Taylor, Halestorm and Doro.

Check it out here.

The album will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (diocancerfund.org) and was organised and produced by his wife, Wendy.

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life lands on April 1 via Rhino. Check out the full list of covers below:

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life Tracklist

1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff of Saxon*
7. “Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch the Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (featuring “A Light in the Black”, “Tarot Woman”, “Stargazer”, “Kill the King”)”– Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

A number of the names above joined forces to celebrate the life of Ronnie James Dio at the recent Third Annual Awards Gala in LA. It was immense. Here’s what went down.

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METALLICA‘s nine-minute medley of four tracks, titled “Ronnie Rising Medley”, that the group culled from the iconic metal singer’s mid-Seventies band RAINBOW, is available for streaming using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of RollingStone.com). The medley is featured on “This Is Your Life”, the tribute to album to Ronnie James Dio, which will be released on April 1 via Rhino.

“[Dio‘s] music is so much a part of what’s in METALLICA‘s DNA, the harder, edgier, blues-based hard rock from the Seventies,” METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich tells RollingStone.com. “It was fairly effortless to put this together, because it’s something that we were all reared on. I don’t recall sitting there in a band meeting or anything deciding what to play. Somebody starts playing ‘Stargazer’ — which is sort of just like something that’s in our arsenal to jam — and then that whole period there, ‘Tarot Woman’, ‘Kill The King’, ‘A Light In The Black’ — that’s just really effortless to jump into.”

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, or leading DIO. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album, 100% of proceeds from which will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as METALLICA, MOTÖRHEAD, SCORPIONS, ANTHRAX, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio‘s career, several spotlight his time with RAINBOW, including METALLICA‘s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley”, which combines the RAINBOW songs “A Light In The Black”, “Tarot Woman”, “Stargazer” and “Kill The King”. SCORPIONS add a scorching take on “Temple Of The King” while MOTÖRHEAD is joined by Biff Byford from SAXON on “Starstruck”. Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “Man On The Silver Mountain”. The final lineup of Dio‘s solo band — Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren — are joined by Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) for “Catch The Rainbow”, a track from RAINBOW‘s 1975 debut.

ANTHRAX and ADRENALINE MOB honor Dio‘s memorable stint with BLACK SABBATH with their takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules”, respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs “I” from “Dehumanizer”.

“This Is Your Life” also includes songs from Dio‘s back-to-back platinum albums “Holy Diver” (1983) and “The Last In Line” (1984), with DORO‘s take on “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, HALESTORM tackling “Straight Through The Heart”, Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT) covering the classic “Rainbow In The Dark” and TENACIOUS D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) putting their signature spin on “The Last In Line”. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s cover of “Holy Diver”, a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.

Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album’s title) with his moving performance of “This Is Your Life”. Originally released on “Angry Machines” (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio‘s again.

“I’m letting them pick what songs they wanna do in the way they wanna do it,” Wendy told Artisan News in 2011.

“We reached out to Wendy Dio about wanting to be a part of the Dio tribute that’s getting put together,” METALLICA singer James Hetfield told U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine. “We’re very honored to be a part of that, and to be a part of a celebration of Ronnie‘s life and his great contribution, man.”

In an interview with Guitar International, former ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Caggiano stated that the band’s cover version of “Neon Knights” “came out pretty smoking.”

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.

“This Is Your Life” track listing:

01. “Neon Knights” – ANTHRAX *
02. “The Last In Line” – TENACIOUS D *
03. “The Mob Rules” – ADRENALINE MOB
04. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher *
05. “Straight Through The Heart” – HALESTORM *
06. “Starstruck” – MOTÖRHEAD with Biff Byford *
07. “Temple Of The King” – SCORPIONS *
08. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – DORO
09. “Holy Diver” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren *
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy *
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren *
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley” (featuring “A Light In The Black”, “Tarot Woman”, “Stargazer”, “Kill The King”) – METALLICA *
14. “This Is Your Life” – DIO
15. “Heaven And Hell” – STRYPER (Japanese bonus track)
16. “Stand Up And Shout” – DIO DISCIPLES (Japanese bonus track)

* Previously unreleased

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization which has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history. Monies raised to date have been committed to the cancer research work of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.

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SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor was interviewed by Artisan News at this past Monday’s (March 17) exclusive VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. Check out the chat below.

As previously reported, Taylor shows up briefly in the first trailer for “Fear Clinic”, an upcoming horror film in which Taylor makes his acting debut. The film stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare On Elm Street”, as Dr. Andover, a doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside an invention he calls the Fear Chamber.

Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio what it was like to work with a horror icon like Englund. “One of the coolest dudes I’ve ever met,” he said. “You know, we were sitting in the makeup trailer and he’s telling me stories from the ’80s of being at the Rainbow with GUNS N’ ROSES and I’m like, ‘Please tell me more!’ You know? Sweetest dude I’ve ever met, super fun, super awesome and we had a really good time like making that stuff. And I had a handful of scenes with him and I, I had a really good time.”

In the film, Taylor will play a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie will center around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people.

Also appearing in the movie, which began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site FearNet.com, is Lucas Till from “X-Men: First Class”, Danielle Harris of “Halloween 4″ fame and Kane Hodder, best known for playing Jason in several of the “Friday The 13th” movies.

There is no word yet on a release date for the film, although producers are aiming for Halloween 2014.

Taylor is one of a number of well-known musicians from the metal and hardcore scenes who recently joined forces with singer/bassist Mike Dean and singer/drummer Reed Mullin of hardcore punk veterans CORROSION OF CONFORMITY to create the new project TEENAGE TIME KILLER.

The instrumental parts for the upcoming debut release from TEENAGE TIME KILLER, which is named after a RUDIMENTARY PENI song, were recorded at Dave Grohl‘s (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) Studio 606 in Northridge, California on the famous Sound City mixing board, which was the central focus of Grohl‘s acclaimed “Sound City: Real To Reel” documentary.

Taylor and the rest of SLIPKNOT are currently at the work on the band’s first studio album in six years, which should arrive in late 2014.

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British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have completed work on their brand new studio album, to be released later in the year.

Speaking to Artisan News at last night’s (Monday, March 17) VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band’s new CD (see video below): “The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today.” He added: “It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the new PRIEST CD’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST‘s next LP: “We felt it was very important to follow up [2008's] ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.”

PRIEST‘s next album will mark the band’s first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).

Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011.

Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: “Really, really strong. Exciting. He’s riffing and saying, ‘Robby, I’m thinking of this and this and this.’ It’s really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it.”

He added: “[Richie] went through the ritual on [the ‘Epitaph’] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it’s now time to see what we’re capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself.”

Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST‘s songwriting process at all, Halford said: “It’s dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn’t really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It’s all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that’s below par. We’ve always had that attitude in PRIEST. We’ve always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We’re still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget’s Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that’s what we’ve been doing for four decades.”

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General Music News: Dio given SAMMY award in recognition of achievements.

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Former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson will fill in for Craig Goldy at the October 26 DIO DISCIPLES concert at M15 in Corona, California as Craig has a prior commitment in Russia.

DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy, currently consists of the following musicians:

* Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Vocals
* Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) – Vocals
* Craig Goldy (DIO) – Guitar
* Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Bass
* Scott Warren (DIO,HEAVEN & HELL) – Keyboards
* Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO) – Drums

In the late 1980s Robertson heard that Ronnie James Dio was looking for a new guitarist. He sent a tape to the record company Phonogram. After six months of waiting, he got a reply that stated that at that moment they were not interested in him. At the encouragement of his friend and fellow guitarist Sean Manning (HURRICANE) the tenacious Robertson then contacted the DIO fan club who then asked him to send his demo tape to them.

Robertson, who was 17 years old at the time, got a great response from DIO after receiving the demo through the fan-club channels. In late January or early February 1989 Robertson was flown to Los Angeles for an audition with DIO. He was auditioned twice. Immediately after the second audition he was invited to join the band. The press-release for the addition of Robertson to DIO was sent out on July 18, 1989 and the press was invited to meet the newest DIO guitarist on July 20, 1989 at Oliver’s Pub in New York City.

The first DIO album Robertson started working on with DIO was “Lock up the Wolves”. These sessions included Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice and Jens Johansson. The band had already begun writing and recording when Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice were suddenly excused from the band. They were replaced with Teddy Cook and former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright.

“Lock up the Wolves” was released in 1990, and the band embarked on a tour in support of the album.

Robertson stayed with DIO until Ronnie James Dio rejoined BLACK SABBATH in 1991.

Dio and Robertson had been writing songs for an album to be released in May 1991 which ended up being shelved. When the DIO band was put on ice, Robertson started work on an instructional video for guitar players. It was released on Star Licks in July or August 1991. He then teamed up with vocalist Oni Logan (ex-LYNCH MOB) and drummer Jimmy Paxson (from TRIANGLE) and began to write and record on an album together for Atlantic Records.

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Full Throttle Rock recently conducted an interview with German metal queen Doro Pesch. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Full Throttle Rock: Congratulations on what has been an outstanding career; could you have imagined when you started out singing that your career would last 30 years?

Doro Pesch: Oh no, no. It was, like, when I started I thought maybe two, three, four years. After thirty years, it has been great. It has been a hard fight, but it has been fantastic, touring around the world with many great experiences, many great friends. We toured with all the bands I love, that I would never have imagined I’d have a chance to talk to them, then we were on tour with all my heroes, Ronnie James Dio, JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS, MOTÖRHEAD, and it has been a great amazing time.

Full Throttle Rock: Congratulations on the release of the “Raise Your Fist” album. You must be incredibly proud at how this album turned out?

Doro Pesch: Yes, yes, absolutely. I think, you know, what can be better than a duet with the man, Lemmy Kilmister. I love that song, it is called “It Still Hurts”. It is very soulful and it is totally different to what people expect, but I think it is a killer song. And the title track, “Raise Your Fist In The Air”, actually is our new anthem, almost like the same feedback like “All We Are”, which is usually our big thing. We play “All We Are” as the last song in the set and everybody gets crazy, but “Raise Your Fist In The Air”, you know, is totally doing the same. I always wanted to have another anthem. Then there are a couple of very fast, speed metal songs like “Revenge” and “Little Headbanger” and one song which I really love is dedicated to Ronnie James Dio which is called “Hero” and I play it at every concert and people are usually moved to tears. I know millions of rock fans feel the same and we had a great chance to tour with Ronnie and we actually became great friends over the last ten years.

Full Throttle Rock: I think “Raise Your Fist” and the last album, “Fear No Evil”, have had a very strong WARLOCK feel about them. Do you feel that too?

Doro Pesch: Yeah, well, I think you could say that. Yeah, it is more the metal spirit, I feel the last couple of years that metal is getting so huge again, I think every record is a sign of the times and I think the last five, six years, it is bigger than ever. When I start writing a record, I do not think like that, I do not think about it, but in the end, when it comes out or it is finished, you think, yeah, it has a lot of old-school great things on it. I always love anthems, but stuff comes out when it comes out, you know. Sometimes you cannot even force it. When something comes out naturally, that is what you are hoping for, and I think on this album many things came out naturally.

Full Throttle Rock: A question I ask a lot of bands I speak to is about metal fans and their incredible loyalty to the genre. Do you have any thoughts on why they remain so devoted and loyal to their favourite bands the way they do?

Doro Pesch: I tell you that is why I have never been married; I love the metal fans. To me, it is like they are my family, my closest friends, and I would do anything for the fans and that will never ever change. They can count on me, because I know I can count on them. The fans worldwide have a heart of gold and they are great people with great spirits and I would totally trust them with my life, which I always do every day. I am so happy to belong to this great metal family, to be one with them, to be a part of them, and I am a fan myself. I think it is something special, something unique, and I am still a big metalhead.

Read the entire interview at Full Throttle Rock.

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Singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) joined RED SUN RISING, a fully independent rock band from Akron, on stage on August 30 at the Rockin’ On The River festival in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio to perform several JUDAS PRIEST and DIO classics. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

In a recent interview wity J. Thorn, Owens was asked what it is like playing in DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy. “It’s an honor,” Tim said. “It’s emotional every night. I feel it every time I step on the stage. There’s something special about playing with Ronnie‘s bandmates and I was his friend. Wendy is such a great person and Ronnie was a great person, so it feels even more special. It’s really an honor to be able to do it.”

“Play My Game”, the first solo album from Owens, landed at position No. 66 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The CD was released via SPV/Steamhammer.





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The reformed CHASTAIN — featuring Leather Leone on vocals — has set “Surrender To No One” as the title of its comeback album, tentatively due in early 2014 via an as-yet-undetermined record label.

“Surrender To No One” track listing:

01. Surrender To No One
02. Fear My Wrath
03. I Am Sin
04. Stand And Fight
05. Freedom Within
06. Bleed Through Me
07. Call Of The Wild
08. Evil Awaits Us
09. Save Me Tonight
10. Deep Down In The Darkness
11. Rise Up

Guitarist David T. Chastain and Leather Leone have been writing material since January. Also back in the saddle is original bassist Mike Skimmerhorn. The drum tracks for the CD were recorded by Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN’S MIND, FIREWIND) since original drummer Fred Coury is still busy touring with CINDERELLA and other projects.

The Leather-fronted version of CHASTAIN recorded five CDs in the mid-to-late 1980s: 1985′s “Mystery Of Illusion”, 1986′s “Ruler Of The Wasteland”, 1987′s “The 7th Of Never”, 1988′s “The Voice Of The Cult” and 1990′s “For Those Who Dare”. After the “For Those Who Dare” tour, David and Leather amicably went their separate ways but kept in touch over the years.

Leather last year released the debut album from her SLEDGE LEATHER project, “Imagine Me Alive”. The CD was inspired in 2010 when Leather called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track “Egypt” for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, SLEDGE LEATHER was born and was confirmed for Germany’s Keep It True festival in April 2011.

Regarding the new CHASTAIN material, David states: “We are trying to write and record music that is expected of us but with some modern twists and turns. We demoed up 20 tracks and it was difficult to leave any of them off the CD. Stian did an amazing job with the drum tracks and his performance is probably the best drumming on any CHASTAIN release to date. We have been in no rush as we wanted to make sure everything would live up to our past releases, but at this point we are in the home stretch.”

Leviathan Records in 2010 released “The Reign of Leather”, a collection of CHASTAIN tracks Leather had a hand in writing during her glory days with the band. Leviathan also reissued two of the classic CHASTAIN CDs with Leather: “The 7th of Never” and “The Voice Of The Cult”. Both were digitally remastered and are in their original unedited versions.

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Tony Iommi on BBC HARDtalk in June

Tony Iommi has offered further insight into his current health status and whether we’re likely to see a follow-up to this year’s awesome Black Sabbath comeback album, 13.

“It all depends on my health, really,” he muses. “But I don’t think it would be hard to do another album, because we work so well together once we start cracking. And I’ve got plenty of ideas and stuff. But we’ll have to see what happens at the end of the year, after tour. I mean, for me, this is a whole new venture, because it’s the first time I’ve been out on tour since I’ve been ill for the last two years. And I have to treat things very differently to how I did five years ago. I’ve always put the band first, but now, of course, I have to put my health first.

“Ronnie [James Dio, who fronted Black Sabbath on its 2009 tour and died in 2010] was getting stomach pains, and he was telling me before we were going onstage some nights, ‘Oh, my stomach’s really playing up,’ and he’d ask me if I’ve got any Tums or anything. And I said, ‘You should get it checked, you know, Ronnie.’ Of course, he did, but it was too late. And that’s the problem. It’s easy to overlook these things. I mean, I’m probably more over the top than I ever have been now. I check everything every day. You just don’t know. A lump pops up and you’ve gotta get it sorted.”

Read the full interview over at Willamette Week

New Black Sabbath album 13 is out now, with the heavy metal godfathers set to play the following UK venues this winter:

Dec 10: 02 Arena, London, UK
Dec 12: Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland
Dec 14: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Dec 16: Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Dec 18: Arena, Manchester, UK
Dec 20: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
Dec 22: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK

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