Like any year-end list, this wasn't an easy one to compile. Of course, stellar documentary pieces by way of Cameron Crowe (Pearl Jam Twenty) and James Moll (Foo Fighters: Back And Forth) made the job a little easier, as did the fact that AC/DC, Slash and Rush continue to be among the best live acts on the planet.
In 1969, a long-haired band arrived out of nowhere, brandishing a heavy sound and dark vibe that was completely at odds with the "get back to the garden" idealism of the Woodstock generation. The band's jazz-influenced drummer was almost physically incapable of playing a straight 4/4 beat, and the guitarist had lost the tips of two fret-hand digits in a freak industrial accident.
Guitarist Available: Into Hard Rock, Country, Polka, Easy Listening, Elevator Jazz, Gypsy, Classical, Barbershop, Big Band ..." As an 11-year-old, I was infatuated with Def Leppard. I would even pretend to play along with the Hysteria album using one (not two) chopsticks as drumsticks to emulate Rick Allen, assigning my left foot to snare drum duties.
While no U.S. dates have been revealed just yet, Black Sabbath have announced a string of European dates for 2012, which of course includes their June 10 headlining spot at next year's Download Festival. You can check out all of the confirmed tour dates below.
Here's an exclusive video of Gus G of of Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind demonstrating his new signature series Fire
Blackouts System pickups by Seymour Duncan. The Gus G Fire Blackouts System blends the best aspects of the power of active pickups and the response of passive pickups.
It looks like three of Randy Rhoads' isolated guitar tracks have made their way online and onto YouTube. While there's no means of verifying their authenticity, the three clips sound pretty identical to the studio recordings of the songs, so chances are they very well could be the real deal.
While a reunion of the original Black Sabbath lineup has yet to be officially confirmed, it certainly looks like the pieces are falling into place. Speaking to Terrorizer recently, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi -- the first to unintentionally get the reunion rumor mill started -- said that the band had in fact rehearsed.