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Bonamassa Shocks Music Industry

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on November 12, 2011

Sells out 2 nights at Legendary Beacon Theater in New York City

Joe Bonamassa will play the Louisville Palace Nov. 15th

November 7, 2011- Award-winning blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa kicked-off his 2011 U.S. Fall Tour on October 25, 2011. On his tour, Bonamassa has performed to sold-out crowds in Minneapolis’s State Theater, Detroit’s Fox Theater, Chicago Theater, Boston’s Wang Theater and most recent, sold-out a two night performance at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York, NY on Friday, November 4, 2011 and Saturday, November 5, 2011. Bonamassa has been on a roll selling out historic theaters such as the Chicago Theater, Detroit Fox Theater, and Boston’s Wang theater. During the two-night show in NY, Bonamassa performed with special guests:  Legendary Classic Rock Singer Paul Rodgers (Bad Company and Queen), John Hiatt, Nashville Music Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for songwriting, and American Music Award (AMA) winner for Hit song “Have a Little Faith in Me” and Blues-Rock Songwriter Beth Hart. Bonamassa’s U.S. tour is in support of his 12th solo albumDust Bowl, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart and #37 on Billboard’s Top 200, making it his highest-selling and chart-ranking U.S. debut to date. To get a free download of the single “Dust Bowl” click –

The two night show at the Beacon Theatre will be released as Bonamassa’s fourth live concert DVD, following a hugely successful DVD release “Joe Bonamassa – Live At The Royal Albert Hall”  featuring a special guest appearance from Eric Clapton. “Joe Bonamassa – Live at the Beacon Theatre” DVD is set to release early 2012.

Bonamassa collaborated with John Hiatt on the album Dust Bowland most recently, with Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Beth Hart, known for her raw and powerful blues-rock sound, on a record called Don’t Explain, released Sept. 27, 2011 through J&R Adventures. Don’t Explain features Hart’s interpretations of ten classic songs first made famous by artists including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Delaney & Bonnie, Bill Withers, and Aretha Franklin with Bonamassa on guitar. Fans can get a free download of the first single “Well, Well“.

Joe Bonamassa plays The Louisville Palace Nov 15





Black Sabbath Reunite, Plan First LP With Ozzy in 33 Years

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on November 12, 2011

Posted on Noisecreep  Nov 11th 2011 5:00PM by Chris Epting


11/11/11, also being called “Nigel Tufnel Day” in honor of the Spinal Tap guitarist’s special “goes to 11” amp, will also be remembered as the day the original four members of Black Sabbath — Ozzy OsbourneTony IommiGeezer Butler and Bill Ward — announced they are reuniting with plans for a new album and tour in 2012.

The announcement was made as the four musicians (joined by producer Rick Rubin, who will work on the band’s new album) gathered at the site of their very first U.S. show, L.A.’s famed Whisky a Go-Go on the Sunset STrip. That gig was played 41 years ago to the day on 11/11/70, so that’s where the men convened at 11:11AM, along with emcee, musician and spoken-word artist Henry Rollins.

Walking out on the intimate stage to a loud round of applause from the assembled press (after a short, thoughtful intro by Rollins and a video featuring vintage Sabbath footage), the four metal icons from Birmingham, England took questions first from Rollins then from the media. (And both Rollins and the band all acknowledged the importance of Veteran’s Day, as well.)

Ozzy described how this simply seemed like the right thing to do, given the fact that the band members are in touch (and still happen to like each other). All four seemed confident that the new material they are working on with Rubin is more than up to snuff, and Rubin expressed a lot of enthusiasm at being able to work with such seasoned legends. According to Rubin, the writing process is ongoing, with several songs already written. Recording will begin early next year.

Recently, the band signed a worldwide record deal with Vertigo and Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S., its original label. The new LP will mark their ninth studio album together and their first since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die!’

Next summer, Sabbath will headline the mammoth multi-day U.K. Download Festival on June 10, and the new album, set for a fall 2012 release, will be supported with a worldwide headline arena tour (dates TBA).

Noisecreep asked the band if they had any special memories from playing the same Whisky stage 41 years ago to the day. After disputing a much-reported and documented fact that the gig was actually an opening set for Alice Cooper, Iommi recalled that the band rented special white tuxedos for the show and that Bill Ward’s had become so filthy that the tux rental shop would not accept it back.

“I’ve still got the suit,” Ward said with a laugh. “And I’m thinking maybe I should give it to one of those halls that collects artifacts like that.”

Black Sabbath also announced today the launch of, the first-ever official Sabbath website for all authorized band news. In addition, the band’s online presence will also be supported by social media via Facebook and Twitter, marking the band’s first foray into the social media world.

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