Dennis DeYoung Says the Promoters Are Forcing Styx to Play 'Mr. Roboto'

Dennis DeYoung Says the Promoters Are Forcing Styx to Play 'Mr. Roboto'

Dennis DeYoung said that Styx’s decision to add “Mr. Roboto” to their set lists came from the promoters, not a change of heart by his former bandmates.

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OZZY OSBOURNE Purchases Truck Full Of Ice To Keep Cool During Heatwave

OZZY OSBOURNE Purchases Truck Full Of Ice To Keep Cool During Heatwave

Ozzy Osbourne had a truck full of ice dropped into his swimming pool during last week’s heatwave in Southern California.

According to his wife Sharon, the legendary BLACK SABBATH singer had a “brilliant idea” to order blocks of ice to throw in the family’s backyard pool so he could enjoy a refreshing dip after Los Angeles was hit by scorching temperatures a few days ago.

However, the plan apparently backfired, with Sharon posting an Instagram photo of the ice melting in the pool and captioning it: “Ozzy‘s brilliant idea to cool the pool during last week’s heatwave. 3000 lbs of ice = 3 degrees cooler.”

Sharon talked about Ozzy‘s failed attempt during Wednesday’s (July 18) episode of her daytime show “The Talk” (see video below).

“When Ozzy went into the pool, there was no heater on, [but] it was boiling hot, and it was boiling hot outside,” she recalled. “He goes, ‘I can’t take this, I need it to be cold.’ So he came up with this idea of putting the ice in…”

“It did nothing…!” she exclaimed. “Three degrees lower and Ozzy goes, ‘All right, we just gotta get more,’ and I’m like, ‘No, it doesn’t work!'”

Sharon ended up having to put her foot down in order to prevent her husband from trying to have more ice delivered to their home: “I wouldn’t let him! These poor guys bringing this ice!” she laughed.

She added that Ozzy‘s urgency in wanting the water to be cooler was caused by the fact that “he likes to work out, then jump into a cold pool. That’s what he likes. And it was, like, you can’t do it. So now, we’re having a cool thing put on the pool to make the water icy cold.”

Ozzy’s brilliant idea to cool the pool during last week’s heatwave.

3000 lbs of ice = 3 degrees cooler

Posted by Sharon Osbourne on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Has 'Written About 80 Or 90 Percent Of The Material' For Next NIGHTWISH Album

TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Has 'Written About 80 Or 90 Percent Of The Material' For Next NIGHTWISH Album

Earlier this month, NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen took part in a question-and-answer session at the Kitee International Music And Art Festival in Kitee, Finland. You can now watch the discussion below.

Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for NIGHTWISH‘s follow-up to 2015’s “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” record, Tuomas said: “The next album is well on its way. I’ve written about 80 or 90 percent of the material so far. All floodgates opened last October when we finished with the AURI project [in which he is joined by his wife, popular Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela, and NIGHTWISH multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley], and I was listening to the album and just something clicked in my head. And I’ve been really excited about writing songs ever since. And just last night I got another song finished. So it’s gonna be 10, 11 songs, most likely. And we’re gonna start recording next summer, in July, so if everything goes as planned, we’re looking at a spring 2020 release.”

According to Tuomas, the next NIGHTWISH album will be rehearsed, arranged and recorded at “the traditional NIGHTWISH summer camp” in Kitee, with the exception of the drum recordings, which will take place elsewhere. “And [then we will go] back to London for some orchestra and some choirs and then we’re gonna mix it at Finnvox [studios in Helsinki],” he said.

Holopainen addd that he had a “strong hunch” that the orchestral elements on NIGHTWISH‘s next album will be used “in quite a different way than before. I just personaly feel that we took it to the maximum on the previous album, but it’s such an essential part of the band and the sound of it that we don’t want to get rid of the orchestra, I think, ever,” he said. “But you wanna search for some new ways of using it so that it doesn’t end up sounding the same as before. And we have some good ideas for that.”

Tuomas also revealed that there is a lyrical theme tying together all the songs he has written for NIGHTWISH‘s next record, but he declined to elaborate, saying: “No other bandmembers have heard anything. We’ve had some discussions over the things and some of the songs, but it’s in such an early stage, and I’m still working at home on my own, so… let’s keep it a mystery a while longer.”

Holopainen went on to say that NIGHTWISH will professionally film and record one of the shows on the group’s current tour in support of its recently released “Decades” compilation for a possible DVD release. He explained: “The majority of these songs that we are doing on this tour are never gonna be played again, I think, so it’s a good idea to immortalize them.”

NIGHTWISH‘s next album will mark the band’s second full-length release with singer Floor Jansen, who has been touring with the group since 2012.

“Decades” was released on March 9.

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ALL THAT REMAINS Is 'Just About Finished Writing' Follow-Up To 'Madness' Album

ALL THAT REMAINS Is 'Just About Finished Writing' Follow-Up To 'Madness' Album

Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS are putting the finishing touches on the songwriting process for the follow-up to last year’s “Madness” album. Singer Phil Labonte told the Rock 94.7 radio station at last weekend’s Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (see video below): “We have another record that we are just about finished writing. We are working. We’ll have it out sometime either end of this year [or] beginning of next year. I don’t have a solid date yet, so I can’t tell you exactly when, but it’s coming very soon. We’ve got a bunch of stuff already written; we’ve got some stuff recorded already as well. So keep an eye out; it’s coming.”

“Madness” was released in April 2017 via Razor & Tie in the U.S. and Eleven Seven Music in Europe. The disc was recorded at West Valley Studios in Woodland Hills, California with producer Howard Benson, who has previously worked with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH, THREE DAYS GRACE, FLYLEAF, P.O.D.mand HALESTORM.

At the time of the album’s release, Labonte dismissed “sellout” accusations due to the more radio-friendly sound of the first single and title track, “Madness”. He told Ryan Daniels of of Rock 105.5, Carolina’s Pure Rock radio station: “If you’re doing something — making music — and specifically catering to an audience that you have catered to or that has found something to attach to, is it a sellout to try and change and do something different? Or is it a sellout to be, like, ‘Okay, this is the safe play where I know I can make my money?’ It’s, like, I know I that I can cater to this narrow group of people, and if we don’t stray, these people will keep buying our records, these people will keep coming to our shows. Is it a sellout to be, like, ‘I’m gonna try something different?'”

He continued: “People have been saying ‘sellout’ about us since 2006, since we put out ‘The Fall Of Ideals’. We started doing clean choruses, and people were, like, ‘Oh, sellout!’ And it’s, like, gimme a fucking break. We’ve always tried to push [the envelope] and change.”

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CRAIG GOLDY Says VIVIAN CAMPBELL's LAST IN LINE Is 'Nowhere Near' First Three DIO Albums

CRAIG GOLDY Says VIVIAN CAMPBELL's LAST IN LINE Is 'Nowhere Near' First Three DIO Albums

Former DIO and current DIO DISCIPLES guitarist Craig Goldy says that Vivian Campbell‘s LAST IN LINE project is “nowhere near” the first DIO three albums in terms of quality, despite the fact that it was formed by three original members of the DIO band.

Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums — 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last in Line” and 1985’s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987. Vivian later publicly took issue with Ronnie‘s need for total control of the band, claiming that finances played a major part in the bad blood that preceded the split.

Vivian, Vinny and Jimmy reunited in 2012 alongside singer Andrew Freeman to launch LAST IN LINE.

When LAST IN LINE formed, the intent was to celebrate Ronnie James Dio‘s early work by reuniting the members of the original DIO lineup. After playing shows that featured a setlist composed exclusively of material from the first three DIO albums, the band decided to move forward and create new music in a similar vein.

Asked in a recent interview with All That Shreds what he thinks about Vivian‘s claim that he was fired during the “Sacred Heart” tour due to his very vocal financial disagreements with Ronnie, Goldy said: “It’s just unfortunate, because I was there from the very beginning. Even in the ‘Holy Diver’ days. Ronnie and I were friends because I was working with him with the band ROUGH CUTT.

Vivian keeps trying to say that Ronnie broke a promise,” he continued. “Ronnie is a man of his word. It wasn’t a broken promise; it was a promise deferred. That’s a totally different thing. I was there. I remember when they first started, the truck showed up and there was no crew. Ronnie was there unloading gear and everybody else was just standing around. I’ve seen this so many times when something needed to be done and there was nobody there to do it. Ronnie and Wendy [Dio, Ronnie‘s wife and manager] would do it, and I was just looking at them, like, you know, they’re doing so many things that I thought were so beneath them, that it would hurt my heart, so I would lend a hand, just because I couldn’t stand to see him do stuff, but they were building.

“Little by little, there is a pecking order. When [Ritchie] Blackmore left DEEP PURPLE, it was his time to call the shots and Ronnie didn’t make very much money out of that. When Ozzy [Osbourne] left BLACK SABBATH or whichever the case may be, it was Tony Iommi and the rest of the original members time to call the shots and get the market share to do what they thought was best for the band. When Ronnie formed DIO, it was his time to call the shots. Even though Blackmore and Iommi did what was best for the band, Ronnie turned around, did what was best for the fans. So he was bringing them 18-foot fire-breathing dragons with real fire come out of their mouth and lasers shoot out of its eyes and explosions would occur. He never hiked the prices up to make up the cost; that was his way of giving back to his fans. Ronnie basically cut his profit margin in half and everybody wants to say how much money Ronnie made, but they don’t discuss how much they spent here and they were on to something that some of the guys didn’t want to do. They weren’t on with that, because that meant a cut of there pie would get smaller. They were honest about it. Wendy and Ronnie‘s hearts weren’t in it for the money.”

Goldy went on to discuss LAST IN LINE, which takes its name from the second DIO album released in 1984.

Jimmy Bain and I did some stuff together,” he said. “Vinny Appice is a dear friend of mine and I like what Vivian did. The iconic sound, but people forget that everything that he did was under Ronnie‘s guidance. LAST IN LINE is nowhere near what they created on those first three albums. They were produced under Ronnie‘s guidance. That’s what made them so great. Ronnie knew how to pull the best out of people.”

Craig continued: “When I joined DIO and I got my advance from the record company, all of a sudden, you know, people who shall rename nameless started asking to be with me because they wanted me to give them money. They felt that they deserved more money than what they got even though they didn’t do anything. Wendy and Ronnie told me I’d be crazy to give them any.

Vivian is a gentleman sometimes. He’s always been a gentleman to me. Vivian did come from money. A lot of guys who come from money are kind of spoiled. Ronnie didn’t come from money.

“Let’s just call a spade a spade. Vivian is a great guitar player and he can be a gentleman. He can be a wonderful person, but, you know, dear Lord, the only person I know that can hold 30-year-old grudges is my mom.”

Two years ago, Campbell told BigMusicGeek.com that he didn’t think LAST IN LINE was “even in the same league as the DIO DISCIPLES,” which is made up of former members of DIO, along with a rotating lineup of singers, including former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens. “None of those guys were original members of the band DIO,” he said. “We’re the original band. We’re the guys who formed the band with Ronnie. Not only were in the band, but we wrote all the songs with Ronnie. If you look at the writing credits on the first three records, it was very, very much a collaborative creative venture. That’s what made the early DIO records so strong. The guys in the DIO DISCIPLES… As far as I’m concerned, there is zero credibility with the DIO DISCIPLES.”

Vivian went on to say that he didn’t know about DIO DISCIPLES‘ existence until 2012, almost two years after the band first started playing shows as a tribute to Ronnie. “It was around the time that [LAST IN LINE] got together to jam that I had first heard of the DIO DISCIPLES,” the guitarist said. “I wasn’t even aware of them. It was actually Vinny who told me. I couldn’t believe that these guys were going out and playing songs that we actually wrote with Ronnie. I thought, ‘Well, if they’re doing it, then why shouldn’t we do it?’ With us, there is a legitimacy to what were doing, ya know? I doubt that there is a real legitimacy in the DIO DISCIPLES.”

In a 2016 interview with All That Shreds, Campbell said that he was fired by Wendy Dio because he refused to accept a new contract, and claimed she was not “musical” enough to understand that DIO was a “creative unit” and not just Ronnie James Dio‘s “backing band.”
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