Quick Hits: Justin Timberlake, Black Sabbath, Airborne Toxic Event, Iron Maiden, Robert Plant, Paramore
March 14, 2013
Justin Timberlake's album release party for The 20/20 Experience will air in its entirety on 175 Clear Channel radio stations around the country, and stream live on Yahoo! (http://music.yahoo.com) on March 18 at 6 p.m. PT. As reported yesterday, the party will be recorded and televised on The CW Network the following evening, March 19 at 8 p.m. The CW special will also include an exclusive eight minute world premiere of Timberlake's new music video for "Mirrors."
Black Sabbath has announced the release date of their new album, 13, which is confirmed for June 11. This will be the first album since 1978's Never Say Die! to have Sabbath's founding members Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi. 13 will be released on standard CD and vinyl formats and as a deluxe double CD with bonus studio material. Hardcore fans will also have the option to purchase the limited-edition Super Deluxe Box Set, containing both the CD and 12" vinyl, bonus recordings, a documentary on DVD, and various artwork and photos. The band also released a sneak peak video on Youtube about working with Rick Rubin in the studio.
The Airborne Toxic Event has announced a full headlining tour this spring across North America, from March 30 in San Diego to June 1 in Visalia, CA. The band just released a new EP, The Secret, which serves as a preview of the new material that will be on their third album, Such Hot Blood, due sometime in the spring. The Airborne Toxic Event also will be special musical guests on The Late Show With David Letterman next Wednesday, March 20.
Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died in his sleep at the age of 56. He had been struggling with multiple sclerosis for many years. Burr joined the band before they had reached fame from their debut self-titled album in 1980. In a statement released on the band's website, band founder Steve Harris said, "This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out." Burr drummed for the band's first three albums, Iron Maiden, Killers, and The Number of the Beast. Meanwhile, band members and Iron Maiden fans alike can remember Burr not only though his music, but with Iron Maiden's new beer. Though the beer, Trooper, is titled after the song, "The Trooper" from the album Piece of Mind, which was released a year after Burr left the band, one can still take a drink to the memory of Burr, who helped Iron Maiden achieve it's fame from its beginnings. The beer is being brewed by Robinsons Brewery in England. Robert Plant is ready to get back into action and take action. He's admitted to being open to a Led Zeppelin reunion next year, but for 2013, he already has some plans. He will be playing at the inaugural JamBase Live Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. He will be performing with his band, Sensation Space Shifters, on July 5 and 6. Plant has also been putting effort into raising money to save the venue called the Bell in Bath, UK from closing. Plant said about the venue, "For the last 10 years or so many of my musical adventures have been with friends from Bristol and Bath, so I’m fully aware of the Bell and its legacy and its contribution to the musicians and audience in the surrounding area." Plant added, "To me, the Bell is a crucial and integral venue and a great window into the world of music and entertainment in the West Country." Paramore has released a new lyric video for “Still Into You,” the second single from their self-titled album. The album is due in stores on April 9 and the band hits the road starting on April 25 in Houston.