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Ozzy Osbourne Announces His Farewell Tour - (hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has announced the first series of dates for a planned three-year farewell world tour. The trek will kick off in 2018 with a show in Mexico on May 5, before heading to South America and Europe, with a North American run to follow. The dates will see Osbourne celebrate more than five decades as a performer, both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath - who wrapped up a farewell tour in their hometown of Birmingham, UK this past February as captured on the live package "The End", which be released on November 17. When the three-year farewell wraps up in 2020, it will mark the end of global touring for the legendary rocker who, despite closing in on 72 years of age at the time, hints that more performances could follow. The singer will be joined on the tour by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde on guitar, bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. "People keep asking me when I'm retiring," says Osbourne. "This will be my final world tour, but I can't say I won't do some shows here and there." 

Prince Guitar Fetches $700,000 At Auction - (Radio.com) A guitar played by Prince sold at auction over the weekend for a staggering $700,000 after it was only expected to fetch a tenth of that amount. CBS Minnesota reports that Prince played the blue cloud guitar put up for bidding by Julian's Auctions onstage in the late '80s-early '90s, and was made for the late music legend by guitar luthier Andy Beech. The guitar, which was expected to fetch between $60-$80k, came accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Beech, stating he made the instrument for Prince. 

Morrissey Cancels California Show Over Cold Weather - (Radio.com) While Morrissey is hardly a stranger to last-minute concert cancellations, the reason he ditched a show in California over the weekend was a new one: it was too cold. The man they call Moz was scheduled to perform at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Pasa Robles, CA, Sunday night (Nov. 5) when the cancellation was announced just moments before he was expected to hit the stage. Temperatures were in the mid-40s when a voice came over the PA system announcing that the show would not go on: "Due to an inoperable heating system on stage, tonight's engagement is postponed. However, a new date will be rescheduled for the 2018 season." Disgruntled fans hit social media to voice their displeasure at the last-minute cancellation. One fan (or perhaps, former fan) posted with the hashtags "#boycottmorrissey" and "#buyajacketdude."

Lynyrd Skynyrd Cancel 2017 Dates Over Medical Emergency - (hennemusic) Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd have cancelled the final three dates of their 2017 schedule due to a medical emergency involving guitarist Gary Rossington. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, details of Rossington's health issue were not released when a November 3 date at the Capital City Amphitheater in Tallahassee, FL was shut down on the day of the show. The situation also forced the group to cancel a November 4 appearance at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL, and a November 5 headlining slot at the Rock Fest 80s event in Pembroke Pines, FL that will see .38 Special perform in their place. The lone original member of the Southern Rock icons, Rossington has battled health issues in recent years, including heart surgery this past August "to address some blockage in his arteries", which followed a similar procedure in the summer of 2016 after the guitarist suffered a heart attack in late 2015.

Robert Plant To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award Honor - (hennemusic) Robert Plant will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the UK Americana Music Association as part of their 2018 awards event in London on February 1. The group's highest honor goes to a UK artist for outstanding contribution to the Americana genre over the span of a career and life in music. Set to take place at the Hackney Empire in East London, the third UK Americana Awards show will recognize the achievements of British and International members of the Americana music community in a variety of categories. The awards are part of the music industry group's AmericanaFestUK event, which features showcases and a conference over the January 31-February 1 window. 

The Dead Daisies Recruit Journey Star To Their Lineup - (antimusic) The Dead Daisies have announced that they have recruited former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo to replace Brian Tichy, who recently departed the band. The supergroup broke the news to fans with the following Facebook post this past weekend, "We are thrilled to announce that Deen Castronovo is joining The Dead Daisies! He is here in Nashville with us where we are beginning the recording of the new album today. "We'd like to thank Brian Tichy who has decided to pursue other projects next year. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. We cannot wait for you guys to hear this new album we are working on! It will be a real bone-shaker!!"

A Perfect Circle Eject Over 60 Fans From Concert
- (Radio.com) Maynard James Keenan and his band, A Perfect Circle, took their "no photos" policy to an extreme by ejecting more than 60 fans from a recent show. A Perfect Circle was performing at the SMG Managed Santander Arena & Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA, on Nov. 4, where general manager David Farrar presided over the ejections at the band's direction. Farrar made the shocking reveal on Instagram, commenting on a photo from the show taking by a fan who presumably was able to do so without being seen by security. 'Your [sic] good. We tossed over 60 people last night for taking pics," Farrar said in a now-deleted comment that was screen-capped by Metal Sucks. Farrar went on to explain in a separate comment: "talk to Manyard.. this was 110% the bands policy and has been for TOOL, APC, and Pusicifer.. it's not a new policy." "Someone in front of me was told to put their phone away and they were just looking at it," shared fan Nikki Woll who was at the show. "That's a little much. Not to mention security's flashlights were much more distracting than a phone." Keenan addressed the no-photos policy in the comments section of a separate Instagram post after being challenged on it by a fan in a screenshot captured by Consequence of Sound: "No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride." It should be noted that the policy has been clearly communicated in venues on the tour. 

Cooper Leads Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees - (hennemusic) Alice Cooper is among the nominees under consideration for induction into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Joining Cooper on the latest nominees list are John Mellencamp, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Tom Waits, The Isley Brothers and Mariah Carey, among others. A songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs to qualify for induction into the Hall, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. Known as "The Godfather of Shock Rock" as well as a heavy metal music pioneer, Vincent Damon Furnier, using the stage name Alice Cooper, wrote and recorded "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out" - early 1970s hit songs that endure as teen anthems. Cooper hits include "Elected" and "No More Mister Nice Guy," and in 2011, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cooper's collaborators have included Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy, while prominent fans include Bob Dylan, the Sex Pistols' John Lydon - who called Cooper's 1971 album "Killer" the greatest rock album ever - and They Might Be Giants, who cited 13 Cooper songs in their song "Why Must I Be Sad?" Songwriters Hall Of Fame members will vote on the nominees, who will be elected for induction at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York City on June 14, 2018.

Barry Gibb Working On A Bee Gees Musical - (Radio.com) The story of the Bee Gees is headed for the theater stage. Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the legendary group, is currently developing the band's story for a stage musical, according to Rolling Stone. Gibb will also serve as the executive producer. He, Maurice Gibb's widow Yvonne, and the estate of Robin Gibb along with Universal Theatrical Group have secured the rights to the Bee Gees' story. "I'm personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne and Dwina (Robin Gibb's widow)," Barry Gibb said. "It's another adventure for us and a chance to throw the spotlight on all my brothers and finally the real story of us will be told. It's an honor to be working alongside the people I most respect. I can't wait to get started!" Still in the early stages of development, there is not timeline as to when the production will reach the stage.





 



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