1. Zakk Wylde Unveils His Own Line of Audio Gear at NAMM

    January 24, 2015 8:00 AM EST Black Label Society frontman plans to expand products to "anything-you-can-think-of audio." In 1984, a rapidly rising Madonna memorably told Dick Clark on American Bandstand that her goal was to "rule the world." Despite Black Label Society guitarist-vocalist Zakk Wylde…

  2. Watch Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Celebrate Birthday at All-Star L.A. Forum Concert

    January 11, 2015 11:00 AM EST Nearly a dozen rockers, including David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell, Slash and Alice Cooper, toasted the Foo Fighters frontman. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl celebrated his 46th birthday in true rock star style, taking over Los Angeles' the Forum on Saturday (Jan. 10) for a concert…

  3. Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Gus G on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I Wanted To Be That Dude'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Kostas Karamitroudis never met "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott . He never threw back a Black Tooth Grin with him or shook his hand at a meet-and-greet. Yet Dimebag has touched his life -- as he did thousands of others -- in a very profound way. 'Dimebag' Darrell Tribute: See…

  4. 'Dimebag' Darrell's Longtime Partner Rita Haney: 'He'd Actually Be Surprised at How Many People He Touched'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder's death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Abbott's life…

  5. Black Label Society Leader Zakk Wylde on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Was Like the Rat Pack All in One Guy'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Black Label Society leader and former Ozzy…

  6. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  7. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  8. Ozzy Osbourne Pays Tribute to Randy Rhoads at Classic Rock Honours

    November 05, 2014 5:00 PM EST Kelly Osbourne on Sabbath final tour: 'I'm telling you right now this is going to be like Cher's never-ending farewell tour.' Tuesday night's Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles was a family affair for the Osbournes, with Ozzy , Sharon and Kelly on hand to see Ozzy…

  9. Black Label Society Lands First No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    April 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Zakk Wylde-led group also starts atop Hard Rock Albums. Plus, Jack White debuts on Hot Rock Songs, Chevelle tops Mainstream Rock Songs and more Black Label Society scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" launches at…

  10. Golden Gods to Air in May on VH1 Classic; Axl Rose and Joan Jett Lead Honorees

    April 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT The Golden Gods Awards, a ceremony devoted solely to hard rock and heavy metal, is returning to TV on Saturday, May 24 via VH1 Classic at 8 p.m. ET/PT, produced by Dick Clark Productions and Revolver magazine. The four-hour live show will tape Wednesday, April 23, at Los Angeles' Club…

  11. Zakk Wylde Promises Return to the 'Heavy Stuff' on April's 'Black Vatican'

    January 24, 2014 9:51 AM EST After an odds 'n' sods set and an acoustic-oriented live album, guitar hero Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society is ready to get back to "the normal Black Label, the heavy stuff again" -- and will do so with the April 8 release of its ninth studio album, "Catacombs…

  12. Experience Hendrix Tour Returns in 2014 With Zakk Wylde, Buddy Guy, More

    November 18, 2013 7:56 PM EST The Experience Hendrix Tour, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix that's been an on-again, off-again presence in the music world since its inception in 1995, will return in 2014, Radio.com reports . The tribute tour will feature a score of players in the rock world, including Buddy Guy, Bootsy…

  13. Black Label Society, 'In This River' Live: Exclusive Video Premiere

    September 17, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Zakk Wylde tees up a live album of "intense" acoustic metal, talks union musicians, Beck's "Sea Change" and what's in store for BLS' next studio LP: "It'll have all the heavy riffs" Whatever you do, don't refer to "Unblackened…

  14. Judas Priest Hell Bent for Rock Fantasy Camp's First Metal Edition

    August 26, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Rob Halford talks Vegas and the legendary band's next album: "It's heavy. It's something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with" Rob Halford is curious to see who -- and what -- turns up in Las Vegas early next year when he and his Judas Priest bandmates…

  15. Slayer Guitarist Leads 'Moment of Noise' for Jeff Hanneman, Anthrax Plays 'Raining Blood'

    May 03, 2013 11:25 AM EDT Jeff Hanneman tributes pop up at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards Slayer guitarist Kerry King led a very metal tribute to his "fallen brother" Jeff Hanneman at the Revolver Golden Gods awards Thursday night, bypassing the usual moment of silence for something a bit more appropriate…

  16. Zakk Wylde: 'It Would Be an Honor' to Play With Pantera

    May 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Metal Guitar Icon Talks New Book, Sobriety, Church and Music Biz 'Cartoon Characters' The always outrageous and thoroughly entertaining Zakk Wylde has written a book, "Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination." Part…

  17. Exclusive: Gene Simmons Heads to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, Talks KISS Album

    May 03, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 'I'm Gonna Be the Drill Sergeant,' Rocker Says Kiss' Gene Simmons is prepping the whip for his role mentoring the next batch of Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp attendees. "I intend to be a hard taskmaster," Simmons, who joins the camp Oct. 10-14 at the MGM Grand in…

  18. Black Sabbath Reunion Tour Becomes 'Ozzy & Friends' Tour

    February 17, 2012 4:35 PM EST Three months after announcing a 2012 tour and album, Black Sabbath has reshuffled its reunion plans in light of guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma. The hard rock legends have confirmed that they plan to play only one show on their planned European tour -- Download Festival,…

  19. James Durbin Attempts to Turn 'Idol' Success Into Stadium Status

    December 03, 2011 9:00 AM EST Last spring, James Durbin , a 22-year-old metal enthusiast with a booming voice, finished fourth during the 10th season of "American Idol." He was visibly upset when he was eliminated, but declared in a press conference the next day, "I haven't failed at all. This is just…

  20. Leslie West on Leg Amputation: 'I Cried a Couple F--kin' Times'

    July 12, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Leslie West says that a looming new album in September and concert tour this fall have given him incentive to recover from having the bottom half of his right leg amputated last month. "I don't think there is another attitude," the former Mountain man tells Billboard.com from…

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