This coming weekend, legendary metal band Black Sabbath will be headlining the U.K.'s download festival. In the mean time, however, it seems the band have been quite busy writing material for their upcoming studio album.
Last night was the first Ozzy & Friends show of the summer, which featured Ozzy Osbourne performing with a huge range of special guests, including Zakk Wylde, Slash, Gus G, Geezer Butler, Blasko and more.
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.
"When I first got to LA, I had that creme Les Paul, which is an amazing-sounding fiddle," Wylde said last week. "So I had the blonde hair and the creme Les Paul -- and it was gonna look like a Randy Rhoads tribute band when I get up there with Ozzy. So I wanted to get something painted on it. Eddie Van Halen had the stripes and Randy had the polka dots.
Worry not, roast lovers, we're readying all of the video from this year's Guitar World Roast of Zakk Wylde for your viewing pleasure. We'll start rolling out clips from the show soon, but for now, here's Stone Cold Steve Austin's video roast of Zakk, which aired during the show. Enjoy!
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.