The Riviera Maya, Mexico leg of Ozzfest, dubbed the Ozzfiesta, has been cancelled after organizers revealed that Ozzy Osbourne would undergo an unspecified surgery once the Black Sabbath singer’s upcoming South American jaunt ends May 2nd. The Ozzfiesta was initially scheduled for May 27th at Riviera Maya’s Hard Rock Hotel, but the procedure “requires at least four weeks of recovery time,” the Ozzfiesta promoter Cool Breeze Concerts said in a statement. Related: See Black Sabbath’s Guitarist Explain Heavy Metal’s Birth Cool Breeze is offering refunds to people who planned on attending the fest or giving fans the option of still visiting the resort that weekend sans Ozzfiesta. The four-day festival was set to feature an acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a Q&A session with Osbourne and his band, a Black Label Society concert, a Jim Norton standup set, a charity golf tournament and, most importantly, a headlining performance by Ozzy himself, Blabbermouth reports. Osbourne is scheduled to visit South America starting April 25th for four Monsters of Rock festival gigs spread across Brazil and Argentina, after which time he’ll undergo his surgery.
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Therapy? have postponed the first two dates of their UK tour as mainman Andy Cairns recovers from illness.
Scott Weiland apologized on Facebook for a disastrous VIP meet and greet following a concert in Boston with his band the Wildabouts earlier this month. “I’m embarrassed by my behavior and some of the things that I said,” Weiland wrote. “Fans don’t deserve that. Without our fans and supporters, we would not be able to do what we’re doing.” Scott Weiland Does Not Seem Happy to Be in New Supergroup The incident occurred after the singer’s March 13th set at Brighton Music Hall. As Consequence of Sound points out, reports of Weiland’s bad behavior at the $150 meet and greet originally surfaced on the Stone Temple Pilots message board, Below Empty. Several posts noted that Weiland was initially gregarious, but his mood quickly soured and one person suggested he was drunk at the time
Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti are among two dozen musicians who have contributed songs to Buy This Fracking Album , a two-disc compilation LP intended to educate listeners about hydro-fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale. In a statement, Raitt said, “One of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.” The 24-track set, produced by Jason Samel, features a mix of original recordings, previously released tracks and live versions of older songs – all of which share the theme of environmental awareness. Standout tracks include a new song from Meshell Ndegeocello (“Never Still Water”), Raitt’s 1994 track “Hell to Pay” and an unreleased live version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” from the late Pete Seeger. Other featured artists include Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz, Natalie Merchant and the Felice Brothers, Rusted Root, Anti Flag and Steve Earle.
Action Bronson and Chance the Rapper rap about terrible relationships on ‘Baby Blue.’