9 stories in brief from the Big 4, Rush, Thunder, Saxon, Ozzy, ZZ Top, Snowy White, Faith No More, Blink-182

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The Big Four of thrash have announced another European show, and promise there are more to be revealed. They’ll play the Veltins Arena, Gelsenkichen, Germany on July 2. A statement says: “We said ‘shows’ with an ‘s’ – keep watching for a couple more announcements in the coming weeks.”

Rush will release a 5.1 surround sound remix of their 1981 album Moving Pictures on April 5. It will be available in CD/DVD and CD/BD formats.

Thunder release their posthumous live album, Live, Rough & Ready, on March 1. It was recorded at two shows in 2005 and showcases one set of multi-track recordings and one set of board mixes. The band have repeated that their reunion show at this year’s High Voltage festival is a one-off.

Saxon have cancelled their appearance at Australia’s Soundwave festival because they need extra time to complete work on new album Call to Arms. The band explain: “Due to the bad weather in the UK during the sessions, we suffered various delays. We can’t just drop the production and leave, so we’re ford to cancel our Australia trip.”

Gus G says the hardest road story so far in his time with Ozzy Osbourne was completely down to him. He reports: “We were doing a gig in Norway and Ozzy said, ‘Let the madness begin,’ and we go right into Bark At the Moon. I have a killswitch on my guitar, to turn the volume on and off. I started playing the riff and there was no sound. I was like, ‘Wait, stop!’ My tech was like, ‘What the fuck is going on?’ Everybody was running around trying to figure it out and we were losing time. In the end it was just me – I had the guitar turned off.”

ZZ Top will be honoured in their home state next month when they receive a Texas Medal of Art.

Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Snowy White, who’s currently touring with Roger Waters’ The Wall show, releases a new album next week. Snowy White and the White Flames’ Realistic is out on February 28.

Faith No More frontman Mike Patton will play lead character Jackie Estacado again in the sequel to 2007 game The Darkness. Patton says of The Darkness II: “It feels really good to be the bad guy – and The Darkness is as bad as it gets. I’ve read the script and Hackie is going to be a brutally tortured soul. I’m looking forward to making his life a living hell.”

Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker says fans will need to wait a little longer for their comeback album, because they’re all so busy with their other projects. He explains: “We’ll get home from a tour and Tom Delonge’s side-project will go out, then he comes back and I’m about to do my thing. When we’re in a room together for more than a month, it’s really going to happen. We’re working in our separate studios on the music. We’ll turn the album in around June or July. It’s coming close, to the point where songs aren’t going to change.”

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