Ozzfest Returns For Another Year!
The Facebook page for the festival made the announcement today (Monday), saying that all the info will be revealed on July 10th. And it seems that like last year's event, it's going to be in collaboration with Slipknot, as the Facebook page made an event for the announcement billed as Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017.
Ozzy Osbourne will headline one of the days, taking over for last year's headliners, Black Sabbath. Ozzy's Facebook page posted a photo of the singer and Zakk Wylde with the caption, "Hey Zakk, should we do an Ozzfest this year?" But Slipknot's performing seems unlikely, since Corey Taylor has gigs with Stone Sour through late October.
Neal Schon Has No Plans To Break Up Journey
Neal Schon wants to make it clear that he has no plans to end Journey, regardless of his disagreement with Jonathan Cain over the keyboardist sharing his religious and political beliefs with the band's audiences.
He tweeted, "Funny how some are manufacturing that I'm ending the band... Did anyone out there hear me say this? I said Protect the Brand we built."
Schon says he's been trying to get the band to record new material. "We were in Vegas for three weeks and I tried to get them interested in going in the studio [but] Cain said no."
While Cain declined to work on new Journey music, he did use the time in Las Vegas to compose three songs for his Christmas album, which will be out in November. "It has 10 original songs for Jesus," says Cain. "I love Christmas and I always wanted to make a Christmas album. God has ended up being the best co-writer I’ve ever had." Cain promises another album next spring. "That’s how productive I’ve been. Our God is a living moving thing and He shifts us. If we don’t shift with Him, we get stale. You have to look for your God."
Schon is also working outside Journey, in a blues trio with drummer Deen Castronovo and John Waite. (The three were all in Bad English with Cain and Styx bassist Ricky Phillips.) Castronovo, who was booted from Journey in 2015 after being arrested for felony rape, assault, sexual abuse, unlawful use of a dangerous weapon and contempt of court, says, "This is gonna be awesome! God is working overtime! Thank you Jesus!!!"
In Other News
In the band’s first-ever headlining appearance at an American music festival, U2 played Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, Friday. Bono jokingly thanked organizers for naming a festival after him and those attending for “getting out of your tents and caravans and giving us a night we'll never, ever forget!" He dedicated "One Tree Hill" to Chris Cornell's daughter Lily, saying, "Her dad had a wonderful heart."
During tour rehearsals on Friday, Peter Frampton played his instrumental version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” for the first time since the death of Chris Cornell. He says, “It was even harder than I thought it would be. So much unique talent in one person.” The song is on Frampton's 2006 instrumental album Fingerprints.
Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls will release a solo album, tentatively titled Small Change, later this year. Smalls, a.k.a. actor Harry Shearer, will be joined on the disc by Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton and Steve Vai. Songs on the concept album about the life of an aging rock star include “MRI” and “It Don’t Get Old.”
Sammy Hagar donated $5,000 to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma before his show last week in Tulsa.
David Crosby, who has been calling President Trump “Rump,” has a new mean nickname for him: “the orange disaster.”
Jackson Browne will again join Little Feat at the band’s annual Ramble on the Island residency in Jamaica in January.
Twisted Sister have filed a lawsuit against the promoter of last October’s Rock Carnival in Lakewood, New Jersey, claiming they were only paid $50,000 of a promised $200,000.
Ray Davies, Robert Plant, Brian May, Elvis Costello, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Van Morrison, Tony Iommi, Bill Wyman, Roy Wood, Steve Winwood and Dave Edmunds are among the 41 artists who have signed a guitar being auctioned to support Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK.