ROCK NEWS REPORT 10 APR 18

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN ANNOUNCES FIRST U.S. SHOWS IN THREE YEARS

System Of A Down has announced its first U.S. shows in three years, a five-date run starting October 13th in San Bernardino, California and ending on October 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The quartet last performed in the U.S. during their 2015 "Wake Up The Souls" tour, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Their most recent live work was a 2017 European run. The band has toured sporadically since reuniting in 2010 after a five-year hiatus, although it's been 13 years since they've released new music.

  • System last released new music in 2005 when it issued the Mezmerize and Hypnotize LPs six months apart. Although there has been talk of a new music over the last few years, it has yet to surface.
  • Singer Serj Tankian told Rolling Stone year that the band members have "discussed" making new music but added that they "still haven't come eye to eye on how things should be done for us to be able to move forward with it."
  • Nevertheless, Tankian insisted that all four musicians were friends, saying, "We have a great time together touring. But sometimes putting together a record, and that creative output and how things should be done, is different in four people's heads and it doesn't always come together."
  • Confirmed System Of A Down tour dates (subject to change):
    October 13 - San Bernardino, CA - Glen Helen Amphitheater
    October 14 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival
    October 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
    October 17 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
    October 19 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena

Story source: Rolling Stone

THE OFFSPRING AND 311 MAP OUT SUMMER TOUR

he Offspring and 311 are teaming up for the "Never-Ending Summer Tour," according to a press release issued on Monday (April 9th). The summer amphitheater outing will also feature Gym Class Heroes as special guests. The trek will kick off on July 25th in Mountain View, California and hit 29 cities across North America before wrapping up on September 9th in Wichita, Kansas. The tour will also make stops at select regional events throughout the summer.

  • Ticket pre-sales start Tuesday (April 10th) at noon local time, with a second wave taking place on Thursday (April 12th), also at noon. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday (April 13th) at 10:00 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.
  • The Offspring have reportedly been working on their 10th studio album, with the band returning to the studio this past January. The new LP will follow up 2012's Days Go By.
  • 311 released its 12th studio effort, Mosaic, in June 2017.
  • Confirmed Offspring/311 tour dates (subject to change):
    August 4 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
    August 5 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman

OZZY OSBOURNE GIVES UP DRIVING AFTER FENDER BENDER

Ozzy Osbourne has given up driving for good after he was involved in a minor accident on the road, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mirror. His son Jack told the tabloid, "He had a little bumper kiss on the freeway with someone and he was, like, 'You know, I don't want to drive anymore.' He was already driving less and less. I think he is of that mindset he'd rather not have the responsibility."

Jack added that the Black Sabbath singer was especially worried about the possibility of facing a lawsuit even if the damage wasn't that great. He explained, "Think about it -- Ozzy bumps someone, and it is, like, next thing you know, 'We are going to sue for a billion,' because people are silly. His thing was more, like, 'I don't want to be liable.'"

  • Ozzy made headlines in 2010 when he rear-ended another car while driving around Los Angeles, although there were no injuries and damage was minor.
  • Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon addressed the incident on The Talk, saying, "Ozzy just recently passed his driving test and you know, every guy's dream from being a kid, they've wanted to have a Ferrari. So he goes and gets himself one. It had 20 miles on the clock, he goes, 'I'm going driving.' He goes out, gets lost, doesn't know where he is and he hits another car."
  • Ozzy revealed in a 2010 interview that it took him 19 attempts to obtain his driver's license because he was always "drunk or something."
  • The vocalist was nearly killed in 2003 when an all-terrain vehicle he was driving around the grounds of his English estate flipped over. Ozzy suffered a broken collarbone, eight fractured ribs and a damaged vertebrae in his neck.

Story source Daily Mirror

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