With Black Sabbath's first live dates of the year looming, many fans were still wondering whether or not drummer Bill Ward would be joining the legendary band on stage. Hopes were raised when Ward was once again added to the band's Facebook page as a member recently, but an official statement from Ward now brings bad news for fans hoping for a full reunion of the original lineup — Bill Ward will be sitting out Black Sabbath's upcoming live shows.
Led by master shredder Gus G, Greek power metal band Firewind have enjoyed a loyal fan following in Europe for more than a decade, and their fan base in other territories is always growing. They've come a long way since Gus started the band as a small project, and they're ready to release their seventh studio album, Few Against Many.
Zakk Wylde's new book, Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination, is out next month. Proving that the title to his book is quite literal, Zakk recently took part in a special video aimed at helping adults be more effective communicators with groups of children, particularly during story time. Check out the video below.
The all-new April 2012 issue of Guitar World counts down the 50 Best Van Halen Songs of All Time. With Van Halen riding high on the release of A Different Kind of Truth, their first new album in 14 years, we celebrate the best tracks in their catalog -- from "Runnin’ With the Devil" to "Tattoo."
The following is excerpted from Randy Rhoads by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein (Velocity Publishing Group). In 1979, Randy Rhoads had to decide whether to stay with a struggling unknown act called Quiet Riot or join forces with the famous former lead singer from Black Sabbath. The decision wasn't as easy as you think. Dana Strum -- the Hollywood-based Badaxe and Slaughter bassist who Ozzy considered for his band -- recalls the events surrounding Randy Rhoads' audition for Ozzy Osbourne.