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OZZY: Final Sabbath Tour Will Be In 2016


Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that Black Sabbath will head out on its final tour in 2016. The singer broke the news during a press conference on Friday (April 24th) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he performed over the weekend at the Monsters Of Rock festival. Ozzy revealed, “The plan is that next year (we’ll do) the final Black Sabbath tour and then it’s over,” adding, “We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don’t want to, I believe. But we are going to do another tour together.”


While indicating that plans for Sabbath “could change,” Ozzy also said that he intends to continue recording and touring as a solo artist either way.


Ozzy explained, “I’m still gonna continue my solo career. I’m doing these few (solo) gigs down here (in South America) now. Then at the beginning of next year, I’m going out with Sabbath. The Sabbath thing is folding up after the next tour, but I’m gonna continue my solo career.”


Although Sabbath was briefly announced as performing at Ozzfest Japan this fall, the band is now off that bill and Ozzy will be headlining as a solo act “with friends.”


Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in early 2012, dismissed rumors earlier this month that his health was the reason why the band canceled the Ozzfest Japan show.


Black Sabbath will reportedly record a final studio album later this year, although those plans have not been confirmed.


Vince Neil To Appear On Celebrity Wife Swap


(hennemusic) It has been revealed that Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has filmed an episode for the upcoming fourth season of the ABC-TV reality series Celebrity Wife Swap.


The Las Vegas Sun reports Neil took his “guest wife” gambling at Red Rock Resort, where he put down $50,000 on the craps table and kept it rolling until he walked away with $660,000.


Neil also cooked a dinner for 20 friends for the program while admitting that it was the first time he’d ever played chef in the kitchen. “I hadn’t been in a supermarket to do grocery shopping since Motley Crue first went out on the road in 1981,” confessed the rocker. “I didn’t know where to find any of the ingredients.”


Neil’s girlfriend Rain Hannah filmed the other half of the show in Nashville with an unnamed second celebrity.


Axl Rose Tries To Stop Executions


(hennemusic) Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose was unsuccessful with a last-minute appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday to halt the executions of two Australians on decade-old drug charges.


Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and six others were executed on Wednesday by a firing squad on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java.


Rose penned a lengthy note to Widodo – known for his love of hard rock and heavy metal – asking the President to intervene as a way of showing forgiveness and clemency in the face of international calls to halt the executions, while also requesting the same for convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.


“As all three are still alive,” wrote Rose, “these are clearly not cases where nothing can or should be done by those who care to do their utmost in efforts to spare them. Under the circumstances it would seem that if they are executed regrettably the Indonesian government becomes the more offensive criminal.


“I appeal to you Mr. President, Mr. Joko Widodo to use your power in ways to strengthen international relationships between your country and others, to show your country’s strength and allow the world to witness an extraordinary act of humanity and bravery on yours and your country’s part.”


“I realize I am no one and no one to get involved with your affairs or those of your government and how this letter reads or anyone other than yourself thinks of it is irrelevant,” said the singer. “Only the lives of these three human beings are what’s important now.


“I ask you now to show such great depth of humanity and compassion now to these individuals and to deny your bloodlust in your war on drugs and grant clemency to these three individuals and give them a permanent stay of execution and to change the course of your own life and place in both your country’s and world history. No other can do what you alone have the power to do and that is the power to show benevolence and mercy where mercy can be truly appreciated and given its proper respect not only by the condemned but by the entire world and its many leaders.”


The Rolling Stones Release Outtake From Sticky Fingers Reissue


The Rolling Stones have unleashed the first outtake from the band’s upcoming deluxe Sticky Fingers reissue, with an official video featuring an alternate take of the band’s legendary Latin-infused workout, “Can’t You Year Me Knocking.”


The Stones will release the deluxe edition of 1971’s Sticky Fingers on June 9th. The reissue will be released in a number of formats, including, a single disc remastered edition, a vinyl LP, a deluxe double-CD, Deluxe Double LP Set, and Deluxe Double LP Set – Limited Edition Spanish Cover (via e-commerce only).