Rock News of the Day
Black Sabbath Reveal Drummer For Farewell Tour
In a new online video, Black Sabbath have revealed that Tommy Clufetos will be behind the drum kit for the band’s upcoming farewell tour, which they will be kicking off on January 20 in Omaha, NE..
Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward continues to sit out a reunion with his bandmates over contractual disputes and a nasty exchange with Osbourne over remarks he’s made in recent years.
Ward previously declined to participate in the group’s 2013 album “13”, which was ultimately recorded with Brad Wilk, while Clufetos – Ozzy’s solo drummer – handled live dates for the tour.
Metallica Stop Legal Move Against Tribute Band
Metallica have given their blessing to a tribute band who were sent a 41-page cease and desist letter by an “overzealous attorney.” Canadian band Sandman were told to stop using Metallica’s registered trademarks on their promotional material. Sandman’s logo uses the same font adopted by Metallica on their 2003 album St Anger.
It reads: “We are kindly writing to request that Sandman stop using the name Metallica, the phonetic equivalent of Metallica or any of Metallica’s logos on or to identify or promote live musical performances.”
But when Metallica heard about the legal action, they immediately rescinded the letter and gave their backing to Sandman.
(via Classic Rock)
Kim Mitchell Recovering From Heart Attack
Kim Mitchell is recovering following a heart attack in Toronto on Tuesday. Mitchell formed the pioneering rock outfit Max Webster in Toronto in 1973.
“Alert Music confirms that Kim Mitchell had a heart attack in the early morning of January 12th,” read the official statement on Mitchell’s Facebook page.
“After successful emergency surgery, Kim is resting in hospital for another day or two. Doctors tell him it will be 6-8 weeks before he is back to full strength. Kim would like to thank the nurses and doctors at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s hospitals.”
Chuck’s Viral Video of the Day
The Building Is On Fire Auto Tune Remix
The local news interviewed Michelle Dobyne after her building caught on fire. Her interview was pure viral go, so naturally, someone autotuned the interview. This music video has instantly gone viral with over 1.2 million views already… check it out!
On This Day In Rock
1963—Charlie Watts performed his first concert as the drummer for The Rolling Stones at the Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho, outside of London.
1966—David Bowie released his debut single “Can’t Help Thinking About Me”. Bowie also changed his stage name from David Jones to David Bowie to avoid confusion with The Monkees’ Davy Jones.
1978—The Sex Pistols performed their final concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The group would reunite in 1996, 2003 & 2007.
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Chuck’s Dumbass of the Day
Here’s What Happens When You Try to Rob a Bank With a Stick
Cops say a California woman tried to rob a bank… she walked into a Bank of America in San Pedro Monday morning, sauntered up to a teller, and handed over a note demanding cash. Police report she claimed to have a gun in her pocket, and in one hand she wielded … a stick.
Now surprisingly, the teller didn’t give her anything. She was nabbed by cops a few blocks away thanks to some witnesses who followed her.
Guess My Gitch
This afternoon at 1:20 we’ll play today’s round of the world-famous Guess my Gitch! Today we’re playing for tickets to see the Hamilton Bulldogs take on North Bay January 22nd at First Ontario Centre! Keep in mind that I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so today be sure to NOT guess red!
More Watercooler Chat
The cast of the hit sitcom Friends are to reunite for a two-hour special, according to NBC.
The actors behind Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross have all signed up for the special, a tribute to director James Burrows. who has just celebrated directing his 1,000th TV program; however NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt suggested the six Friends may not appear together.
Fans of the show have been hoping for more than a decade to see Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer back on screen together, but previous attempts have fallen short.
The program ended in 2004 after 10 seasons.
The two-hour show is expected to feature cameos, sketches and appearances connected to the various series the 75-year-old has worked on over the years.
The special is scheduled to be broadcast on 21 February on NBC.
Powerball Jackpot Will Be Split 3 Ways
The world’s biggest lotto jackpot of $1.5 billion will be split three ways. One winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, Calif., and the other two were in Florida and Tennessee. No word yet on the identities of the winners, who will get $528.8 million each, minus Uncle Sam’s hefty share.
How much do you want to bet that there was at least one person who won who complained about having to split the money?
Here Are the 2016 Oscar Nominations
The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards came out Thursday morning with eight Best Picture contenders that included The Revenant, which got 12 nods. A quick recap of the top categories:
- Best Picture: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight
- Best Director: Adam McKay, The Big Short; George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road; Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant; Lenny Abrahamson, Room; Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
- Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Carol; Brie Larson, Room; Jennifer Lawrence, Joy; Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years; Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
- Best Actor: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo; Matt Damon, The Martian; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant; Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs; Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
- Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight; Rooney Mara, Carol; Rachel McAdams, Spotlight; Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl; Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
- Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Big Short; Tom Hardy, The Revenant; Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight; Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies; Sylvester Stallone, Creed
See the nominations in all categories here. The Oscars air on ABC on Feb. 28.