Matt Sorum Joins Supergroup with Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler
According to Ultimate Classic Rock
Geezer Butler has introduced Deadland Ritual, a new band which reportedly includes former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and Apocalyptica vocalist Franky Perez.
Both Butler and Stevens posted teaser clips on their Facebook pages; the French rock festival Hellfest has also confirmed that Deadland Ritual will appear on June 22 next year on their main stage.
Butler played his final show with Black Sabbath in February 2017. “I felt relief that it was all over, that it was done with, that we’d done a good show, and quite sad in a way to think that we’d never do it again,” he later admitted. “It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, actually. It just felt right. We’ve been around for 49 years now, and it’s time to call it a day.”
Still, Butler didn’t seem ready to settle down, confirming that guitarist Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis played a significant role in Black Sabbath’s decision to call it quits. “If it was up to me,” Butler added, “I would have toured for the next five years, because I love touring and traveling.”
Guns N’ Roses are reportedly working on a new song for a T-Rex Tribute album according to rock journalist Mitch Lafon.
Back in October 2018, Variety reported:
“The legacy of Marc Bolan and T. Rex will be celebrated in extravagant fashion next year, when BMG will release a tribute album — for which U2, Foo Fighters, Elton John and others are recording tracks — and documentary honoring the singer. Veteran producer Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson, “Saturday Night Live”) is helming the set.”
While he had just one hit in the U.S., Marc Bolan and the band he led, T. Rex, were monumental superstars in the U.K. and Europe during the early 1970s. From his early days as a “mod” fashion plate to his first albums as a hippie folksinger to his 1970 transformation into a pioneering glam rock icon, Bolan’s star power and hits like “Bang a Gong (Get It On),” “Telegram Sam,” “Jeepster,” 20th Century Boy” and “Children of the Revolution” made him one of the biggest stars of the era.
As his hits cooled off, Bolan had his own variety show, “Marc,” on the BBC, which he used to spotlight rising punk bands of the era, passing the baton to a generation he had helped to spawn. David Bowie was a longtime friend and rival — during his 1999 VH1 “Storytellers” segment, Bowie recalled first meeting Bolan in 1964 when both were enlisted to paint their then-manager’s office — and the two of them performed together on “Marc” just days before Bolan’s death in a car accident in October of 1977.
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