NEWS: News for March 17, 2009

Happy St Patrick’s day!

Zakk Wylde continues work on new Ozzy CD.

Zakk Wylde has told Live Daily that he’ll return to the studio to finish tracking Ozzy’s next album in April, after he returns from the current Black Label Society tour.

We started working on it already,” Zakk said. “When we got off the road, everybody went home and decompressed a little bit – we did, like, 16 months or something like that on the road – and went home.”

Ozzy, Black Label Society and a yet-to-be-disclosed third band are planning an early 2010 tour.

Source: Live Daily.

More Download acts announced

Down, Lacuna Coil, Chris Cornell and Journey are among the latest bands to be confirmed for the Download festival at Donington Park, United Kingdom, June 12-14. Here’s the line-up so far. Since this is my blog and I can do what I like, I’ve bolded the ones that I’d be most psyched to see if I was able to go.

Anvil
Architects
Billy Talent
Black Stone Cherry
Buckcherry
Chris Cornell
Clutch
Def Leppard
Devildriver
Down
Dragonforce
Dream Theater
Faith No More
Journey
Karma To Burn
Killswitch Engage
Korn
Lacuna Coil

Limp Bizkit
Marilyn Manson
Mötley Crüe

Papa Roach
Parkway Drive
Pendulum
Skin
Slipknot
Tesla

The Blackout
The Prodigy
Trivium
Whitesnake
ZZ Top

Source: Blabbermouth.net

David Ellefson launches video series

Former Megadeth bass player David Ellefson, who wrote the book Making Music Your Business as well as two metal bass instructional DVDs, Metal Bass Level 1 (DVD) and , has launched his own YouTube video series, David Ellefson’s Rock Shop. Ellefson says, “I’m always asked questions from fans and other musicians about playing the bass, the business side of our industry, and music in general. “So, I decided to create these regular video webisodes as a way to inform and respond to many of those questions.”

Ellefson says, “I’m always asked questions from fans and other musicians about playing the bass, the business side of our industry, and music in general. “So, I decided to create these regular video webisodes as a way to inform and respond to many of those questions.”

Source: YouTube.

Undercover takes on the music media’s love of downloads

Here’s an interesting article from Undercover.com.au comparing download sales verses CD sales here in Australia. The figures are probably a little different in less technophobic areas of the world, but at least here in the land of Young Einstein, Olivia Newton John and yellin’ “CRIKEY!” at stuff, CD sales are outstripping downloads 9 to 1.

Source: Undercover.com.au