Quick Hits: Black Sabbath, Drake, Adam Lambert / Queen, Our Lady Peace, Lacuna Coil
February 6, 2012
After Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward said last week he cannot participate in the band's reunion album and tour unless he is presented with a "signable contract," the rest of the band has responded on Facebook. In a brief post, they wrote: "We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans... we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open... We are still in the U.K. with Tony [Iommi]. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll." The contract dispute is another sad turn of events for fans, after guitarist Iommi was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. This caused the band to move their recording sessions from Los Angeles to England, where Iommi is receiving treatment. Ward maintains that he is "packed and ready to leave the U.S. for England" if management is willing to negotiate.
Drake is being sued by an ex-girlfriend who says she is the voice on the other end of the phone call in his song "Marvin's Room." Ericka Lee filed the lawsuit claiming that she was excluded from sharing co-writer royalties for the track, which is featured on Drake's latest album, Take Care. Lee is now seeking a co-writing credit as well as undisclosed damages. A spokesperson for Drake responded to the lawsuit by telling Rolling Stone, "This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct. Ericka Lee consented to the use of her voice in the song 'Marvinís Room' prior to its release. Lee asked only for the credit she received as 'Syren Lyric Muse,' and she did not ask for any compensation. It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment. Drake tried for months to resolve the matter amicably, and he now looks forward to being vindicated in court."
Last week, U.K. tabloid The Daily Star reported that the rumored Adam Lambert tour with Queen could be a reality. However, Lambert was quick to post on Twitter that the story was being taken out of context. "Oooh them clever reporters takin my quotes outta context. I haven't confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about the EMA'S," Lambert wrote, referring to when he performed with Queen at the 2011 MTV Europe Awards. "That being said, I'm truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions, mr. journalist!" Rumors of the tour with Lambert first started circulating back in December, when Queen drummer Roger Taylor told Billboard: "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but we're talking about live dates. It could be very exciting."
Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace have set April 3 as the release date for Curve, their eighth studio album. The band will also hit the road for the "Urban Grind 2012" tour, kicking off in London, Ontario on March 29 with dates announced up to April 20 in Seattle. The lead single "Heavyweight" is currently climbing the Rock charts in Canada.
In support of their new release, Dark Adrenaline, Lacuna Coil will perform an acoustic set and meet-and-greet with their fans at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago on February 10. The special gig is open to the public and will take place after their performance at the Gigantour that night (tickets will be given on a first come, first serve basis). Dark Adrenaline is out now and is available in a variety of formats, including standard CD and vinyl; Deluxe Edition digipak with a bonus DVD, sticker, poster and guitar pick; and as an iTunes LP with expanded packaging, five bonus audio tracks and video.