1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Bubbling Under: Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Switches Roles

    August 03, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, Josh Tatum, Chrystal Rucker and Mitchelle'l Cherry Cherry Boom Boom After years of Billboard chart…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  16. Zakk Wylde Unplugs for New BLS Album, Calls 'Idol' Gig 'Hysterical'

    May 27, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Z akk Wylde 's Black Label Society are still making a lot of noise these days. But some of it is quieter than others. Wylde calls the group's new album, "The Song Remains Not the Same," the "unblackened" side of Black Label Society -- an acoustic-oriented,…

  17. Q&A: Ozzy Osbourne On 'Blizzard' and 'Diary' Reissues, Black Sabbath Reunion Rumblings

    May 27, 2011 11:44 AM EDT There may be some Sony Music staffers who may want to forget the earliest days of Ozzy Osbourne's career, when he bit the head off a dove in a moment of inebriated exuberance. But a legion of fans still swears by his first two solo albums, 1980's "Blizzard of Ozz" and the…

  18. Charlie Wilson Eyes Crossover with 'Just Charlie'

    November 23, 2010 11:10 AM EST C harlie Wilson has overcome drug addiction, homelessness and prostate cancer. He's made a comeback by singing his way to the top of Billboard's Adult R&B chart for six weeks with "Charlie Last Name Wilson" and nine weeks with "There Goes My Baby," and he…

  19. Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Eyes Spring Start for Next Album

    September 23, 2010 5:25 PM EDT C had Kroeger is starting to get the itch to work on the next Nickelback album, but he says he may face a "strike" from his bandmates. "You don't want to bring that up around the band members, I can tell you that," Kroeger tells Billboard.com with a laugh. "…

  20. Ozzfest / Aug. 22, 2010 / Camden, NJ

    August 31, 2010 5:59 PM EDT Several downpours drenched the Susquehanna Bank Center during Ozzfest's visit to Camden, N.J. on Aug. 22, but they did little to dampen fans' spirits they waited for music's Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne , to make his grand entrance. Ironically, rain began falling in…

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