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Ozzy Osbourne on Bill Ward: ‘He’s Incredibly Overweight. A Drummer Has to Be in Shape’

Black Sabbath are finally able to enjoy the fruits of their reunion. Well over a year-and-a-half after Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward first announced a new album and world tour, Sabbath have now accomplished both, but without Ward. There has been much discussion over Ward's departure, but in a new interview with Ozzy Osbourne, the singer questioned Ward's ability to perform a two-hour show each night; labeling the drummer as overweight and pointing out Ward's two past heart attacks.

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Serj Tankian
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Serj Tankian: System of a Down Aren’t Working on a New Album, But I’m Not Opposed to Making One

On July 29 at California's iconic Hollywood Bowl, System of a Down played what would be their only North American tour date of 2013. At the conclusion of System's massive set, drummer John Dolmayan promised the L.A. crowd that a new album will be released before the band returned to the Bowl. However, frontman Serj Tankian chose to set the record straight during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit.

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Drummer Mike Portnoy on Rejoining Dream Theater: ‘I Would Do It in a Heartbeat’

Dream Theater experienced a drastic shift in 2010 when drummer Mike Portnoy announced his departure from the legendary band. Portnoy's plan was to take a temporary break from Dream Theater, but the group chose to cut all ties with their longtime drummer. Despite the drama, Portnoy has just revealed that he would rejoin Dream Theater "in a heartbeat."

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Trent Reznor
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Nine Inch Nails Debut New Song ‘Find My Way’ Live in Japan

Some very lucky Nine Inch Nails fans in Japan were given the opportunity to see Nine Inch Nails play their first show in four years. Trent Reznor's legendary industrial project played for the first time this decade at the 2013 Fuji Rock Festival, and as if that wasn't amazing enough, Nine Inch Nails debuted the track 'Find My Way' from the project's upcoming album 'Hesitation Marks.'

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Justin Foley
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Killswitch Engage Drummer Breaks Collarbone; As I Lay Dying Stickman Fills in on Tour

Unfortunate news has come out of the Killswitch Engage camp regarding the band's upcoming tour with Lamb of God. Killswitch drummer Justin Foley was involved in a bicycle accident which resulted in a broken collarbone. With Foley unable to perform due to the injury, As I Lay Dying drummer Jordan Mancino has been recruited to man the kit for Killswitch Engage's upcoming Asia / Europe tour.

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Burzum’s Varg Vikernes Released From Custody After Arrest on Suspicion of Terrorism

Burzum mastermind and controversial black metal musician Varg Vikernes has been released from custody two days after being taken in by French police for suspicion of plotting a "massacre." Although it was originally reported that only Varg was arrested, it turns out that his 25-year-old wife, Marie Cachet, was arrested alongside her husband.

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Ozzy Osbourne Talks ’13,’ His Marriage, Overdose of ‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith + More

Black Sabbath legend Ozzy Osbourne recently appeared on Chicago's WGN to promote Sabbath's new album '13.' Along with speaking about the disc, Ozzy discussed becoming a grandfather, singing during the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field and the overdose death of 'Glee' star Cory Monteith.

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Slash Sets Release for Soundtrack to Upcoming Horror Film ‘Nothing Left to Fear’

Musicians such as Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Phil Anselmo have connected large parts of their respective careers to the theme of horror. Next up in that respect is iconic guitar slinger Slash. The ex-Guns N' Roses / Velvet Revolver guitarist has created the entire soundtrack for the upcoming motion picture 'Nothing Left to Fear,' a film that he has produced through his production company, Slasher Films.

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Nikki Sixx
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Nikki Sixx: ‘Rolling Stone Has Disrespected the Families of the Boston Bombing Victims’

Yesterday (July 17), Rolling Stone revealed that the one still-living alleged Boston Marathon bomber would grace the iconic magazine's cover. Immediately after the announcement was made public, countless individuals unleashed their outrage via social media, condemning Rolling Stone for glamorizing a brutal terrorist and perpetuating the idea that sensational acts of violence will make you famous.

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Megadeth + Device Forced to Nix Oklahoma Gigantour Sets Due to Rainfall + Lightning Strike

Oklahoma City was plagued with bad luck last night (July 16) as Megadeth's Gigantour 2013 was severely affected by extreme weather issues. Intense rain and lightning forced Device to skip their set, but that wasn't even the tip of the iceberg. Shortly before Megadeth were set to take the stage, a bolt of lightning struck an Oklahoma City transformer, cutting power to the Zoo Amphitheatre entirely.

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