Odds & Ends: Black Sabbath, ‘Sound City,’ Bowie & More

Black Sabbath has more details about its new album, Dave Grohl’s documentary is coming to select theaters, producer Tony Visconti says David Bowie is open to a live show, Aesop Rock postpones his January tour, and The Angels’ singer is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

Ozzy & Company haven’t revealed an exact album release date yet. For now fans will have to be content with the promise that the album is due out sometime in June. Along with the release month, Black Sabbath also announced that the title is 13 and the album will be released on the band’s original label, Vertigo.  

This will be Black Sabbath’s first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die! The band is touring Australia and New Zealand in April, followed by Ozzfest Japan in May.

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If you can’t make it to Sundance Film Festival, you’ll still get the chance to see “Sound City” on the big screen. Dave Grohl’s documentary about the history of the Van Nuys, Calif., recording studio Sound City Studios will be screened at dozens of U.S. and Canadian theaters on Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 7, Feb. 15, Feb. 20 and Feb. 22.

Cities on the schedule include New York City; Albuquerque, N.M.; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Phoenix, Toronto and Vancouver.

“Sound City” premiers at Sundance, which takes place Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah. On Jan. 18 Grohl, the rest of the Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and other musicians featured in the film will rock Park City as a band dubbed the “Sound City Players.”

For a full list of participating movie theater visit SoundCityMovie.com.

Last week David Bowie delighted the world with a brand new single and the news that a new album, titled The Next Day, is due out March 11 in the United Kingdom (March 12 in the U.S.). The single “Where Are We Now?” is the English singer’s first new song in 10 years.

Bowie’s longtime collaborator Tony Visconti, who produced the new music, says there might be more than one album coming.

“We recorded 29 titles,” Visconti told the U.K. Telegraph. “We have at least four finished songs that could start the next album. If all goes well, we will be back in the studio by the end of the year. He’s back. Bowie has found out what he wants to do: he wants to make records. Nothing else.”

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As for hitting the stage, a show is a possibility but forget about a tour.

“He doesn’t want to tour any more,” Visconti said. “He’s had enough of it. But he hasn’t ruled out that he might do a show. It was a relief to me to hear that he was open to that.”

Aesop Rock has put his January tour on hold because he’s had an accident and broken a rib. The dates, which featured Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz along with support from Busdriver, were scheduled Jan. 19-30 and included stops in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah and British Columbia.

The tour will be rescheduled. Ticket holders should contact venues for information about refunds.

The Angels singer Doc Neeson was diagnosed with a brain tumor after being admitted to the hospital over the holidays. An announcement from the band says he will undergo intensive radiation and chemotherapy treatment, which begins next week and will continue for the next six to seven months.

While the band waits for Neeson to be given the OK to perform again, The Angels have canceled all scheduled dates. The band was supposed to tour Australia with Guns N’ Roses in March.

For more information visit TheAngels.net