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Black Sabbath Drama Continues To Play Out In The Press With No Amicable Resolution In Sight

Black Sabbath Vh1 Tuner

Last week, we reported how former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was edited out of dozens of photos on Sabbath’s official website. Most people, (including us) jumped to conclusion that Sabbath was retaliating to Bill Ward’s announcement of not involving himself the upcoming reunion shows. BUT, a statement from Sabbath reveals that Ward, through his attorney, asked to be “temporarily removed” from the group’s website “so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement.” Bill will remain cropped and photoshopped out of the shots for the duration of the band’s forthcoming shows.

Over the weekend, the reunited original line-up of Black Sabbath, sans drummer Bill Ward, performed their hometown gig in Birmingham, England despite the drama taking place over the past few weeks. Bill chose not to include himself because he felt as though the contract he was offered was unfair and they couldn’t reach an agreement. Bassist Geezer Butler commented on his decision, releasing a statement that reads, “I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the Internet.”  Butler said the band never knew about the drama circling Bill Ward and feels their representatives could have worked it out.  Geezer goes on to say that Bill “wanted an amount that was unrealistic.”  He ends his statement saying Bill made his decision, and he has to respect that, but hopes to some day play with Ward again.

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That Metal Debate: That Metal Show Ranks The Top 5 Keyboardists

This weekend we wrapped the 10th Season of That Metal Show with HellYeah (and former Pantera) drummer Vinnie Paul, Tommy Shaw, and James “JY” Young of Styx. We rocked out to legendary guitarist Steve Stevens, who stood in as our guest musician.

In past episodes of That Metal Show, the boys have argued, fought and made the tough calls on the TMS TOP 5 Front men, Guitarists, Bassists, and Drummers. But this week, our hosts paid respect to yet another league of hard rock and heavy metal musicians: the TMS TOP 5 Keyboardists. How do you choose from all of the talented musicians who man the keys? You have the triple-threat Geddy Lee (Rush), who plays bass, sings, and is the keyboardist for Rush. There’s UFO’s Paul Raymond, Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater and Black Country Communion, Michael Kenney of Iron Maiden, and Darren Wharton of Thin Lizzy, to name a few.

But when Jennifer flipped the board, Jon Lord and Don Airey of Deep Purple showed up in ALL THREE of the hosts’ lists, so it quickly became clear who would earn the top 2 spots.  After much debate, the guys were able to narrow their picks down to the TMS Top 5 Keyboardists. Here’s who they came up with: Read more…

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Black Sabbath Erases The Existence Of Bill Ward From Their Official Website After He Bows Out Of Reunion

Black Sabbath Disses Bill Ward

Top: Black Sabbath shot (minus Bill Ward) that currently appears on BlackSabbath.com; Bottom: The original photo, which includes Bill Ward

We must admit, we were pretty excited to hear that the original Black Sabbath line-up was supposed to reunite this year for a tour and a new album. However, due to guitarist Tony Iommi’s cancer treatment, the tour was scrapped and replaced with a few gigs in the U.K. and one in the U.S. The U.S. date was confirmed by the founder of Lollapalooza Perry Farrell, who explained to us that the reunited Black Sabbath would headline at this year’s festival in Chicago. Which of course, excited a lot of fans. (Us too!)

Earlier in the week, though, former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward posted a statement on his official website to announce that he’s definitely not reuniting with Sabbath for the upcoming shows because he feels the contract they offered him was unfair. The rocker explained that after a final effort, he still hasn’t reached an agreement with the band and therefore won’t be playing at the three shows Sabbath has lined up. Bill explained, “It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this.”  Ward added that he doesn’t blame his band mates but feels it’s “sad that it’s come to this.” Read more…

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SNEAK: Season Finale of That Metal Show Airs This Saturday on VH1 Classic

Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by The Cult’s Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, as well as German metal vocalist DORO Pesch. Tom Morello stopped by to help out with our TMS Top 5 segment and welcomed back TMS Alum Frank Hannon who returned as our guest musician for the second week in a row. Did you miss the episode? Watch it online right here.

This week on the SEASON FINALE of That Metal Show, we welcome former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, who discusses Pantera’s album artwork for Vulgar Display Of Power and previously unreleased track, “Piss.” We are also joined by Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young of Styx and rock out to guest shredder Steve Stevens. Watch the SEASON FINALE of That Metal Show this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Read more…

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That Metal Debate: That Metal Show‘s Top 5 Black Sabbath Riffs

This week on That Metal Show, we welcomed The Cult’s Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, as well as German metal vocalist DORO Pesch. We rocked out with TMS alum Frank Hannon, who returned as our guest musician for the second week in a row. We also asked Tom Morello to stop by our TMS Top 5 segment and help us come up with the Top 5 Black Sabbath riffs of all time.

Over the past 40 years, the legendary Tony Iommi has given us such a magnitude of amazing riffs that it’s nearly impossible to cut the list down to a mere five. How do you choose from the iconic “Heaven and Hell” riff (which fans sing along to in stadiums), the punishingly heavy, haunting riff of “Black Sabbath,” and the “Iron Man” riff, which is arguably the most recognizable of all time? After much debate, the boys were able to narrow down the TMS TOP 5 Sabbath Riffs. Here’s what they came up with: Read more…

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Sneak Peek: Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy from The Cult on That Metal Show

Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by TMS alums Frank Hannon (Tesla) and Michael Schenker (Eddie Trunk’s idol), as well as Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), who talked about Pearl Jam holding out on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame until another band gets it. Find out what band they’re holding out on and watch the entire episode online, here.

This week, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy from The Cult stop by to discuss the band, their future, and their newest album, Choice of Weapon. Ian gets candid on his time playing with The Doors and how he almost played Jim Morrison in a movie. See Ian and Billy from The Cult as well as Doro Pesch (Warlock) on an all new episode of That Metal Show this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Read more…

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That Metal Debate: Top 5 Michael Schenker Albums

This week on That Metal Show, TMS alum Frank Hannon (Tesla) returned to shred as our guest musician. Joining the boys on set were Michael Schenker, of UFO and MSG fame (and, in case you didn’t know, Eddie Trunk’s idol), and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam). Since Schenker has been playing music for the last 40 years, we thought we would dedicate this week’s TMS TOP 5 to him, and come up with a list of The Top 5 Albums that Michael Schenker has played on. Here it is, this week’s THAT METAL DEBATE.

Eddie, Don, and Jim each listed UFO’s Strangers In The Night on their Top 5 lists, so it was unanimous when deciding it was worthy of a Top 5 position. Though deciding how far up on the list is a different discussion as Eddie argued that the Scorpions Lonesome Crow wasn’t Schenker’s best album due to him only being 17 years old when it was recorded. As much we all love that album by the Scorpions, can you say that it is Schenker’s best work? What about UFO’s Obsession or Force it? With Schenker making music for over 40 years it’s a tough list to put together. After much debate and Eddie physically taking Lonesome Crow off the list (and throwing it into the crowd), the guys finally decided on their Top 5 Michael Schenker albums.

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Watch This Sneak Peek Of This Weekend’s New That Metal Show Episode Featuring Michael Schenker and Mike McCready

Last week on That Metal Show, we welcomed back Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Jerry Dixon and Robert Mason (Warrant), and Michael Schenker, who rocked out as our guest musician. Did you miss the episode? Watch it online, right here.

This week we are joined by TMS alum; Frank Hannon (Tesla), who is our guest musician for the week, Michael Schenker, and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam). In the clip we have for you above, the guys start talking about The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame (Eddie’s favorite), and McCready excites the guys when he tells them that Pearl Jam has been talking about holding out on accepting their entrance to the RRHOF until Kiss gets inducted. How rock n’ roll would that be? Watch the new episode of That Metal Show this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic.

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That Metal Debate: That Metal Show‘s Top 5 Best Albums of This Century

This week on That Metal Show, we were joined by Lemmy (Motörhead), Jerry Dixon and Robert Mason (Warrant), and Michael Schenker, who rocked out as our guest musician for the second week in a row. For our TMS Top 5 segment we decided to have the hosts come up with the Top 5 Albums of this century. There aren’t THAT many bands out there, so it shouldn’t be so hard, right? Let’s get started.

How do you choose from Tesla’s album; Into the Now (with the original band, mind you), Buckcherry’s comeback record; 15, Accept’s; Blood of The Nations, which ended up on both Eddie and Don’s list, it’s a tough choice. You also have the underrated band like Hatebreed, who released Perseverance back in 2002 and The Blackening by Machine Head who is Jim’s “modern day Master of Puppets” (Metallica). Which, of course, is debatable. So, what ended up on the list? We’ve got it for you below.

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That Metal Show: Take a Sneak Peek of This Weekend’s Lemmy/Warrant Episode

Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by Michael Schenker (who rocked out on the guitar for us) and Iron Maiden‘s Adrian Smith. The guys talked all things Maiden and Eddie got a little emotional when surprised with a gift from Michael Schenker. Miss the episode? No worries, we have the full episode online, right here. (Go ahead and watch it at work, we don’t mind.)

This week, we welcome back Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) who will be joined by Jerry Dixon and Robert Mason (Warrant) as well as Michael Schenker, who will be returning as our guest musician. The guys from Warrant discuss the untimely loss of Jani Lane and the last time they saw him alive, and Lemmy weighs in on why hard drugs were never for him. A brand new episode of That Metal Show airs this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic.

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