ROCK NEWS REPORT 1 MAR 18

posted by Aaron Zytle - 

GODSMACK RELEASES NEW SINGLE, SETS ALBUM TITLE AND RELEASE DATE

Godsmack has set When Legends Rise as the title of its first album in four years, due out April 27th. The band has also shared the first single from the LP, called "Bulletproof," posting the track online and sending it to rock radio stations nationwide. An official music video for the track is coming soon.

Asked what inspired the songs on When Legends Rise, frontman Sully Erna explained, "It was just about evolving as a songwriter. I wanted to stretch my wings out even further to use all the experiences I've had with writing different types of music over the years and applying that to find a way to introduce a newer, fresher, more mature sound, but still maintaining the power of Godsmack."

  • The new disc is Godsmack's seventh studio effort and follows up to 2014's 1000 Horsepower. It's also the band's first release through BMG after splitting with its longtime home, Republic/Universal Records.
  • Erna added that the title of the album refers to "the band and our journey," adding, "It's been an amazing road we have traveled through all the ups and downs. But being able to conquer those challenging times with alcohol and egos and everything else that can tear a band apart is what we are the most proud of."
  • Godsmack will perform at several music festivals this spring and summer, including April's Welcome To Rockville and Fort Rock, May's Carolina Rebellion and July's Rock USA. Further tour plans have yet to be announced.

Story source: press release

FAST FACTS:

  • When Legends Rise was recorded at Godsmack's headquarters in Derry, New Hampshire and produced by Erik Ron and Sully Erna.
  • Godsmack filmed a video for "Bulletproof" on February 7th in Los Angeles, featuring cameos from country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach and TV personality Chris Jacobs from Overhaulin'.
  • A song called "Unforgettable" features backing vocals from a group of kids from the Derry Middle Schools of New Hampshire.
  • Other songs on the record include "Every Part Of Me," "Take It To The Edge," "Under Your Scars," "Someday," "Just One Time," "Say My Name," "Let it Out," "Eye Of The Storm" and the title track.

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to "Bulletproof":

OZZY OSBOURNE AND ZAKK WYLDE HELP MAN WHOSE CD COLLECTION WAS STOLEN

Ozzy Osbourne and his guitarist Zakk Wylde have given a helping hand to a Canadian man whose CD collection was stolen out of his car while he was making a pizza delivery. According to CBC News, Josh Cook of St. John's, New Brunswick was inside an apartment complex delivering the pizza when he heard his engine rev and ran outside to see his car speed off, with a large collection of music inside.

The car was later returned to the same location, irreparably damaged and missing Cook's trove of hard rock and metal CDs -- all except one disc by Wylde's band Black Label Society. Somehow Wylde's son got word of what happened and within a few days, an enormous box of Black Label Society swag arrived on Cook's doorstep. That was followed a few days later by a box containing Ozzy Osbourne T-shirts, a signed photo and a complete discography of Ozzy's work, including all his solo CDs and his catalog with Black Sabbath.

  • Cook said, "These guys, they don't know who I am, but they set me up with all this stuff. It's amazing."
  • Neither Wylde nor Ozzy have issued any comments on the matter.
  • Ozzy reunited with Wylde for the first time in more than a decade last year, with Wylde -- who first joined Ozzy's solo band back in 1988 -- joining the Prince of Darkness for some 2017 shows and his upcoming "No More Tours 2" trek, which is expected to last through 2020.
  • Ozzy's final world tour kicks off this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe, coming to North America in August. It's slated to last until 2020.
  • He insisted that he is not retiring from music at the end of the tour, but is instead saying goodbye to long global treks in favor of select shows.
  • He also said at a press conference last month that he has "eight or nine" song ideas for a new album, which he may work on once the tour is completed.

Story source: CBC News

CHECK IT OUT: Here's a picture of Josh Cook with some gifts from his new friends:

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