Dirt - Friday, Oct 12 2018

Good morning Radicals!It’s Friday, prepare for the weekend!

Ozzy Osbourne has now canceled the remaining four shows on his North American “No More Tours 2″ trek. Following additional evaluation from his doctors, Ozzy will likely require another surgery in the coming days to treat multiple infections in his right hand.

The four canceled shows were originally October 6th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, October 9th at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California, October 11th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and October 13th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The three California shows had been rescheduled following his initial prognosis from doctors, before being scrapped again. All four shows will now be rescheduled for 2019.

Ozzy said in a statement, “I’m so f**king bummed about canceling these shows. The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We’re hoping everyone will be patient and we’ll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year.”

Ticketholders for the four shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase. Despite the name of the tour being a reference to Ozzy’s 1992 “farewell” trek — which turned out to be anything but — the current jaunt is said to be his last major global tour of this length.

Disturbed played a special intimate show on Wednesday night (October 10th) at the 1,000-capacity Vic Theatre in the band’s hometown. The concert featured the live premiere of “Are You Ready” and “A Reason To Fight,” the first two singles from Disturbed’s upcoming Evolution album, in addition to 14 more songs spanning the band’s nearly two-decade recording career, including its smash cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence.”

After opening with “Are You Ready,” the band — making its first live appearance since late 2016 — settled into a string of hits and fan favorites, including “Prayer,” “The Vengeful One,” “Stupify,” “Ten Thousand Fists” and signature tune “Down With The Sickness.”

Guitarist Dan Donegan told us that Disturbed likes to involve its fans in its live performances as much as possible: ”I never really liked bands just going up, going through the motions and just playing their songs and getting off. We try to do what we can to incorporate the crowd to make them feel part of the show.”

Disturbed has just one other show on its schedule so far for the rest of 2018, at the Austin City Limits music festival on October 13th in Austin, Texas. The band recently announced the 26 initial North American cities that will be part of the first leg of the band’s early 2019 Evolution tour. Evolution will be released on October 19th.

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has ruled out the possibility of the band’s three surviving members recording new material or performing live under that name. Thayil told the Seattle Times, “No, I don’t think that’s anything we’d give reasonable consideration to at this point. When I say ‘at this point,’ I mean perhaps ever.”

He added, “I don’t know really what kind of thing is possible or what we would consider in the future. It’s likely nothing. The four of us were that. There were four of us and now there’s three of us, so it’s just not likely that there’s much to be pursued other than the catalog work at this point.”

Thayil said he would like to continue making music in some fashion with drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd, a sentiment echoed earlier this week by Cameron, who told Rolling Stone, “We’re just still taking our time and giving ourselves space to process everything. We would certainly love to try to continue to do something, figure out something to do together.”

We asked Thayil how he was feeling more than a year after the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell: ”It’s up and down, in and out, rough, you know. Day by day everything has improved, day by day, you know. Still obviously there’s, you know, still emotional shadows and ghosts. Like anything else, it’s something that improves with time.”

Thayil, who oversees the band’s catalog, did say that more Soundgarden archival releases are in the works. He is working with the band’s first label, Sub Pop, on possible compilations, live albums and other unreleased material, as well as discussing potential projects with A&M Records, for which the group recorded most of its output.


Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose put Kanye West on blast after the rapper’s appearance at the White House on Thursday (October 11th), in which West delivered a rambling 10-minute monologue that addressed topics ranging from violence in Chicago to flying cars. The nearly incoherent rant appeared to leave even Donald Trump – not exactly known for his own speechmaking skills — at a loss for words.

But not Axl, who wrote on Twitter, “What a joke. Not gonna solve anything in Chicago or anywhere else with any of that attention seeking nonsense.” He quickly added, “Oh n’ don’t let any of this distract from the Khashoggi killing,” a reference to the recent disappearance of a prominent journalist who many believe was murdered on the orders of the Saudi government.

Axl is no fan of the current occupant of the Oval Office either, having taken to Twitter a number of times in the past couple of years to drag Trump, his administration and his policies.

West was among several musicians who visited Trump on Thursday as the latter signed the Music Modernization Act into law. Although West wasn’t present for the signing, Kid Rock and members of the Beach BoysDoobie BrothersSam & Dave and other acts were on hand for that.

Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg is hosting a one-night-only covers show on October 16th at Basement East in Nashville. The event is slated to include appearances from members of Mastodon, the OffspringDashboard ConfessionalNothing and many more, as well as Weinberg’s father, drummer Max Weinberg from Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Buddies On The Beat, Weinberg’s charity through Best Buddies Tennessee. The latter is a non-profit that creates one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Weinberg said, “When I learned about Best Buddies, I was immediately drawn in — not only to the message and intent behind the organization, but to the attitudes and spirits of the kids and young adults who make up the Best Buddies community. I fell in love with their message of inclusion, and connection with people with IDD.”

The drummer has also launched a silent auction in connection with the concert, featuring rare and signed items from Slipknot, KornFoo FightersHalestorm and more.

Slipknot will reportedly enter the studio in early 2019 to begin working on its sixth studio LP. The band has also hinted at plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of its 1999 major label debut.

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Kent Brooks of Like A Storm! Have a great weekend!

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