ZAKK WYLDE On Lack Of Rock Music At Awards Shows: ‘Rock And Roll Was Never Invited To That Party, Ever’


In a brand new interview with Songfacts, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) was asked if he thinks guitar-based music will make its return to the top of the charts and music awards shows in the not-too-distant future. He said: “Even when [BLACK] SABBATH and [LED] ZEPPELIN were ruling the world, pop music was still dominating everything then. I think if you looked at the Grammys back in 1974 or ’73 when ZEPPELIN and SABBATH were just crushing everything, nobody even mentioned them, even though they were setting attendance records. LED ZEPPELIN was doing stadiums, a bigger attendance record than THE BEATLES when they played at Tampa Stadium, but they weren’t even at the Grammys. They weren’t even probably nominated.”


He continued: “That’s what rock and roll has always been. Rock and roll was never invited to that party, ever. It’s the way it’s always been and it’s almost like one of these snooty parties that your sister used to go to. My sister went to Catholic school and they’d have all these little rich-girl parties that their friends would go to, that we never had anything in common with, so we’d be like the scumbag, dirtbag assholes. They’d never want to have anything to do with us… We’d sit there with our LED ZEPPELIN and our BLACK SABBATH records and ALLMAN BROTHERS records and they’re listening to Madonna and pop music and everything like that, and we’re going, ‘Let’s get the fuck out of here. What are we doing here, man? We wouldn’t hang out with anybody in this place anyways.’ So, that’s the way it’s always been. Here’s LED ZEPPELIN, the biggest band in the world, and they’re not even nominated.”


BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s tenth full-length album, “Grimmest Hits”, was released on January 19 via Entertainment One (eOne).


BLACK LABEL SOCIETY recently kicked off a North American tour in support of “Grimmest Hits”. Joining them on the trek are CORROSION OF CONFORMITY on all dates, with EYEHATEGOD and RED FANG appearing at select shows.

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The Doors Release Live ‘Light My Fire’ Video

(hennemusic) The Doors are streaming a performance of their 1967 classic, “Light My Fire”, as the latest preview to the February 23 release of “Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970.”


The second single from the band’s self-titled debut delivered the group their first US No. 1 hit while the project reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to worldwide sales of more than 20 million copies.


The festival set by The Doors, which landed in the middle of frontman Jim Morrison’s trial for indecent exposure and obscenity during a 1969 concert in Miami, captures a unique moment in the band’s performance history.


“It was a nervous time for us,” guitarist Robby Krieger tells Billboard, “and it was pretty different than any of our other shows. Jim was in the midst of the Miami thing, so he wasn’t in the best of moods, and we were into the part of his career where he was way overweight and had the beard.


“He didn’t really do a great show; He sang well, but he didn’t move an inch, and usually he was real animated and all over the place, depending on how much drugs he had in him. And he insisted on green light only. He wanted it as dark as possible on stage, so they’re lucky they got anything, really. But other than that, it was pretty fun.”


“Light My Fire” follows “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” as the second song previewed from the forthcoming live package, which captures the historic last concert ever filmed of The Doors.

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The Cars Stream Demo Version of 1984 Classic ‘Drive’

(hennemusic) The Cars are streaming a demo of their 1984 classic, “Drive”, as a preview to their forthcoming March 30th release of an expanded edition of “Heartbeat City.”


The third single from the band’s fifth album was their highest-charting US hit, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 alongside three other Top 20 tracks from the project – “You Might Think”, “Magic” and “Hello Again.”


Produced by Mutt Lange, “Heartbeat City” peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 while selling more than 4 million copies.


The demo of “Drive” is one of seven unreleased versions of songs featured on the 2018 reissue, which will arrive in sync with an expanded edition of 1981’s “Shake It Up.”


Available on CD, 2LP and digital formats, both projects will be issued two weeks ahead of The Cars’ induction into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during an April 14 event at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH.

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Is It ‘The End Of The Road’ For KISS?

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On February 8, Kiss Catalog Ltd., the owner of the intellectual property rights pertaining to the legendary rock group KISS, filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the word mark “The End Of The Road”. If granted, the registration will protect the use of the standard character mark of “The End Of The Road” on entertainment services, specifically “live performances by a musical band.”


Word of the application has led to speculation among KISS fans that the band could be preparing to embark on its final tour.


KISS had once before publicly announced its plans to call it quits nearly 20 years ago. Guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley later said that the band’s tumultuous “Farewell Tour” in 2000 was nothing more than an attempt by the group to “put KISS out of its misery” after years of ego clashes and disagreements over songwriting credits between the band’s original members.


“The ‘Farewell Tour’ was to get off the stage with our tails between our legs while we still had some self-respect left,” bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons explained. “And it became very clear the fans didn’t want us to go.”


Simmons said in a 2017 interview that KISS had “a few more years” left before it would call it quits. He told Glasgow Live: “We’re the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff.


He continued: “In hindsight, it would have been smarter to be a U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you’re comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.


“So we’re not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I’m 67 now. We’ll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it’s time to go, we’ll go, and we’ll do it the right way, with a big party. I’d like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free.”


Stanley has repeatedly said that the band could one day continue without him and Gene, explaining in an interview: “Once the original [KISS lineup] was no more, it just became clear to us that, in some ways, we’re much more a sports team. We don’t fall into the limitations of other bands, because we’re not other bands. So, yeah, at some point, I’d love to see somebody in the band in my place, and it’s because I love the band.”

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Dark electronic act LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE has released the official music video for their Metropolis single entitled “Absence.”

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Doyle Launching As We Die World Abomination Tour

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While original members of the Misfits have been treating fans to a limited number of reunion shows, that hasn’t stopped guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein from plotting his own solo shows.


Doyle has announced the dates for a North America tour that will be dubbed As We Die World Abomination Tour and an appearance at the 20th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Fest on April 21st at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.


The new dates are scheduled to launch on February 21st at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ and will be concluding on March 20th in Toledo, OH at Frankies-Inner City.


He will following the American run by heading across the pond for a series of dates in the UK and Russia which will feature support from KILLUS and DeadXll. See the North American dates below:



As We Die World Abomination Tour US Dates:

02/21 – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
02/22 – Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
02/23 – Buffalo Iron Works
02/24 – The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
02/25 – Blackthorn 51 – Elmhurst, NY
02/26 – Voltage Lounge – Pkiladelphia, PA
02/28 – Shaka’s – Virginia Beach, VA
03/01 – The Calico Room – Wilmington, NC
03/02 – Drunk Horse – Fayettevill, NC
03/03 – High Drive – Gainseville, FL
03/04 – Side Tracks Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
03/05 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
03/06 – The Shrine – Tulsa, OK
03/07 – Backstage – Lubbock, TX
03/09 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
03/10 – The Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
03/11 – The Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
03/12 – Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
03/13 – Hawthorne Theatre Lounge – Portland, OR
03/14 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/15 – Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
03/16 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
03/17 – Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
03/18 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS
03/20 – Frankies-Inner City – Toledo, OH

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