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Let me tell you this - it can be very hard to play real music on a toy guitar. It can be done, and when it's done well, the results can be fantastic. Formerly a guitar-slinger for OZZY OSBOURNE, the mighty ZAKK WYLDE has a great knowledge of the BLACK SABBATH catalog, so it's no wonder that he chose to whip out some Sabbath classics when Loudwire called upon him to rock the HELLO KITTY guitar in a sequel to last year's Mike Portnoy Hello Kitty Drums video. Check out the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist doing "N.I.B." unplugged...

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If you're like me and old enough to have lived in an era where the residents of McDonaldland were present not only in select McDonald's restaurants, but also on television regularly - you probably have memories of them that are either fond, creepy or both. I fall into the latter category of loving the characters, yet finding them totally bizarre and somewhat wrong. Is it possible that Mayor McCheese strapped on a guitar to become SLAYER McCHEESE - guitarist for a BLACK SABBATH cover band? What if Ronald McDonald became Ronald Osbourne and shifted the Sabbath lyrics to be fast food-themed? Well, my friends, it happened - and MAC SABBATH has been popping up in my social feeds frequently over the past few years, though I never expected to receive a press release noting that they're going on tour. Check out the dates and setlist below!

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Pop MarktHeard any rumors today? The mill is churning that AC/DC is breaking up due to Malcolm Young's health, causing countless sites to report on their demise prior to a single word from the band. The rumors are not true, and the band "is not on the cusp of retirement," according to an article published on Billboard a short while ago. What is true, is that an email just arrived here at Rock Father HQ from MyPlayDirect, announcing that in perfect timing to go with all this hoopla - AC/DC - BACKTRACKS (DELUXE COLLECTORS EDITION) has been put on-sale at Pop Market for just 18 hours (unless they sell-out earlier). While I can't tell you the price here on THE ROCK FATHER, I can confirm that it's less than 50% of it's $199.99 list. Here's the details...

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On April 1, Rhino Records will release RONNIE JAMES DIO - THIS IS YOUR LIFE, a truly all-star tribute album for the rock icon, with proceeds benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.  Today, Guitar World premiered a stream of "Rainbow in the Dark" as performed by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR, ex-SOULFLY), Satchel (STEEL PANTHER), Christian Martucci (STONE SOUR), and Jason Christopher (SEBASTIAN BACH, PRONG).

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sabbath125After getting a digital release earlier this year (available on Amazon MP3 or iTunes), BLACK SABBATH: THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1970-1978 will get a physical release as a box set on April 15 via Rhino (pre-order: Amazon). After forming in 1969, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler, and Bill Ward went on to release eight albums with their original lineup, and this clamshell box set collects all of the albums that they recorded for Warner Bros. Records during the 1970’s, including the iconic, eponymous debut (1970), the multi-platinum landmark Paranoid (1970), the platinum albums Master Of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973),as well as the gold albums Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), and Never Say Die! (1978).

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BLACK SABBATHIt is very rare at this point - almost unheard of - that I immediately bump something to the front of my review queue here at Rock Father HQ. With a never-ending assortment of items vying for my attention, it just never happens... except on occasions like this. Earlier today, the folks at Universal Republic sent me a digital stream of BLACK SABBATH: LIVE... GATHERED IN THEIR MASSES, the new concert film that was released last week on DVD and Blu-ray/CD Combo. With BLACK SABBATH's "13" already a highlight of 2013, I had to give this a watch right away.

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