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Bill Ward Thanks Fans For Support In Black Sabbath Reunion Dispute

Bill Ward has thanked fans for the recent support shown during his ousting from the Black Sabbath reunion following contractual disputes. Speaking through Billward.com, he stated:

“Dear Sabbath Fans,

This is Bill. I just wanted to humbly thank you all. Your support from across the world has given me further strength and hope for a positive resolve. I have been moved and overwhelmed by the thousands of messages. I love you all.

Rock forever,
Bill

Wes Borland Making Plans For New Black Light Burns Album (Updated)

Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland is making plans for the new album from his Black Light Burns group. He recently took to Twitter, offering:

“Strange things are afoot for BLB coming up this year! So far we got @AgataAlexander @jasonfiber @kimberlykane involved! The new record rules”

“And the video is gonna crush skulls! Now I just have to sucker @thekatvond and @JeffreeStar into getting involved. So excited! Buckle up!”

“New BLB, ‘The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall’ shooting for a September/October release, with US and European tours. That’s the goal”

Marilyn Manson Expands Late Spring European Touring Plans

Marilyn Manson has added more European shows to his schedule. Here’s where you can catch him:

05/26 Moscow, RUS – Arena Moscow
05/28 St. Petersburg, RUS – Jubileny Arena
05/31 Neuchatel, SWI – Festi’Neuch
06/04 Tilburg, NET – O13
06/05 Paris, FRA – Le Zenith
06/07 Padova, ITA – Gran Teatro Geox
06/08 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/15 Gothenburg, SWE – Metaldown Festival
06/16 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
07/11 Milan, ITA – Arena Civica

Earth Crisis Planning Summer U.S. Touring

Earth Crisis are currently plotting summer U.S. shows that will see them grace both coasts. The band recently tweeted:

“We are working on some U.S. shows for July and August. No details just yet, other than both coasts will be met, and we will be awesome! ; )”

An introduction video for A Cancerous Affair has been released online below. The group feature the following lineup:

Vocals – Dave Sheldon (ex-Annihilator, etc.)
Guitars – Kris Norris (ex-Darkest Hour/Straight Line Stitch)
Bass – Pat Kavanagh (Threat Signal, Arkaea)
Keys – Kristen Randall (ex-Winds Of Plague)
Drums – Ryan Parrish (ex-Darkest Hour)

For Today Announce More Spring European Dates

For Today have added the following new European shows to their itinerary:

04/25 Bochum, GER – Matrix
04/26 Berlin, GER – Comet
04/27 Dessau, GER – Beat Club
04/28 Meerhout, BEL – Groezrock Festival
04/29 Stuttgart, GER – Pirate Satellite Festival

Drummer Vinnie Paul recently spoke to Loudwire.com about the upcoming 20th anniversary edition of Pantera‘s “Vulgar Display Of Power“. Paul confirmed that the b-side “Piss” would be featured on the effort, stating:

“The reissue has a song called ‘Piss,’ which I had forgotten about it. Some parts of it were taken for other songs, and at the time, it was the only song that did not make the record. In Pantera, we never had songs that didn’t make the record.

If we were going to write 11 songs, then we’d write 11 quality songs. Some bands write 40 songs and then hope they have nine good ones in the bunch. That sucks. Why not concentrate on writing 9 great ones and forget the 31 others? Anyway, this song, at the time, didn’t feel right to go on the record, so we put it on the shelf.”

He later continued:

“When I started digging through archives, we were happy with it. It is the only undiscovered complete Pantera track there ever was and it will be part of the package. It should be cool to hear the first new thing from the band since 2000.”

Voicing an end boss and contributing new music isn’t the extent of Mindless Self Indulgence frontman Jimmy Urine‘s involvement with the upcoming video game, “Lollipop Chainsaw“. Certain preorders for the title will enable people to play in a Jimmy Urine costume.

You can check out footage and pictures of said attire in-game over at Joystiq.com. “Lollipop Chainsaw” is tentatively expected to arrive on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on April 01st.

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has updated his Randonesia blog with a heartfelt post that finds him speaking on what its like to be a member of Lamb Of God.

An excerpt from the entry can be read below:

“Being a member of my band, lamb of god, has provided me with many different experiences. Some are incredibly exhilarating, such as watching one of my best friends jump out of an airplane right in front of me, then eight terrified seconds later following him into free fall high above the Nevada desert. Stepping onstage in front of a hundred or so thousand screaming people in the English countryside. Running wild through the streets of Tokyo at night, intoxicated on a heavy mixture of strong Japanese beer, jet lag, and the Blade Runner-esque neon skyline I had dreamed of seeing since my childhood.

Some of the experiences aren’t so fun. Getting the flu and traveling around Europe in a sweaty haze, screaming my brains out for more than hour and trying to entertain the paying concert goers when I feel like I am going to pass out and/or defecate in my shorts on stage. Leaving home heartbroken after a terrible argument with my wife and not having time make it right before I fly to Australia for a month. Not being able to find a toilet that isn’t covered in excrement, vomit, blood, or urine and REALLY having to take a poop. The sheer exhaustion that settles in after rushing from airport to airport on far too little sleep for a couple of years in a row. It gets mind numbing at times.

For me, being in a band, MY BAND, is often long, boring, stretches of “hurry up and wait”, interrupted by really intense moments of pure joy. Somewhere in the middle of these highs and lows is the experience I call my life. I really cherish all of these moments, the good AND the bad. I try not take them for granted, to examine them under the admittedly clouded and subjective microscope that is my perspective, learn from them, and become a better man. I want to understand them for what they are, and what they mean in the context of my life. Since I’ve put down the bottle, I believe I do a pretty good job of it most days. The quotidian can get rather bizarre at times, but it’s mine. I’m clear headed enough to remember it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But there are times that being in my band gives me a moment that makes me stop dead in my tracks and ask myself “Why am I experiencing this? Why me?” A few fleeting seconds on the clock that I don’t understand the exact nature of, ones I can’t seem to process, no matter how I look at them. A minute or two in my life I can’t immediately compartmentalize, yet I know is important to me, the way I view the world, my place in it, and my movement through it.

I had one of these moments a few nights ago. My band was in Washington DC, finishing up a short six day east coast run to kick off our tour cycle for our new record. We were playing at the venerable 9:30 Club, and since it’s so close to home for us there were lots of friends and family members in attendance. When it was time for us to play, I walked over to stage left, kissed my wife for good luck, and took my place behind a wall of amps and cords with our guitarist Mark and his tech Warren Lee.

As our intro started to roll, Warren handed me a black aluminum band with some letters on it and said “Hey man- this kid gave me this. He wanted you to have it. It’s his buddy that got killed in Afghanistan”. I read the bracelet.”

Head over to Blythe‘s Tumblr to read the rest.