Mötley Crüe To Kick Off Year-Long 40th Anniversary Celebration This Weekend

Mötley Crüe officially formed 40 years ago on January 17, 1981 and the band are intending to commemorate that day with a year-long celebration. Fans are invited to head over to the band’s Facebook page to sign their birthday card before Sunday (January 17). More announcements are also expected that day as well. Furthermore, the group are encouraging everyone to participate in the celebration by watching their Netflix biopic “The Dirt,” listening to the movie’s soundtrack, and blasting their debut album “Too Fast For Love,” which will turn 40 on November 10. Nikki Sixx commented:

“In ‘Kickstart My Heart’, the lyrics say, ‘When we started this band / All we needed, needed was a laugh / Years gone by, I’d say we’ve kicked some ass.’ It’s always been about great songs and over-the-top live shows for us. The fans were always right by our side. I don’t know where all of the years went. It went by in a flash. What I can’t forget are the four decades of fans who have counted themselves as Crüeheads from day one, supporting us through thick and thin. To them we are in debt and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Happy 40th birthday to us all.”

Motörhead And Hillrock To Release Limited Batch Of Cask-Strength Bourbon

Motörhead are celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Ace Of Spades” with a new limited edition batch of cask-strength bourbon. The drink is being released in collaboration with Hillrock and Global Brews.

The band commented:

“In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ace of Spades, We are releasing a limited batch of cask strength bourbon in collaboration with Global Brews and the award winning Hillrock distillery. The release is limited to 1100 bottles, each bottle is hand numbered and comes packed in a bespoke Ace of Spades Gift box.”

The following was also added about the bourbon:

“A lush and velvety expression of Hillrock’s Solera Aged Bourbon amplified by this undiluted proof. Specially selected for its delicate balance of proof and flavor, as well as its incredibly long finish. A truly decanter worthy bottling. Cask #1 was bottled at 115.6ᵒ and limited to 599 bottles, ABV of 57.8%. Cask #2 was bottled at 115.3ᵒ and limited to 623 bottles, ABV 57.65%.”

Bad Religion To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With “Decades” Streaming Series

Bad Religion will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a four-part streaming series titled “Decades.” Each set was filmed live at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California and they all focus on different decades.

Here’s the dates:

12/12: “Bad Religion: The ’80s”
12/19: “Bad Religion: The ’90s”
12/26: “Bad Religion: The ’00s”
01/02: “Bad Religion: The ’10s”

The following was said about each performance:

* The ’80s – Bad Religion performs songs from “How Could Hell Be Any Worse”, “Suffer” and “No Control”. They discuss what it was like being young punks in a world of Pacman, Reaganomics and televangelism.

* The ’90’s – Bad Religion performs songs from “Against The Grain”, “Generator”, “Recipe For Hate”, “Stranger Than Fiction”, “The Gray Race” and “No Substance”. This decade cemented their position as one of the most influential and prolific bands of our time, but it didn’t come easy or without cost; the band discusses the growing pains and lessons learned.

* The ’00s – Bad Religion performs songs from “The New America”, “The Process Of Belief”, “The Empire Strikes First” and “New Maps Of Hell”. Returning home and charging forward into a new millennium, Bad Religion continued to awe with their prowess, releasing some of their most beloved material to date.

* The ’10s – Bad Religion performs songs from “The Dissent Of Man”, “True North” and “Age Of Unreason”. The COVID-19 pandemic cut short their plans to tour in support of “The Age Of Unreason” and are now performing material never seen live before. The band discusses the gratitude they live with every day looking back on 40 years of being Bad Religion and the legacy they are still actively creating.”

Greg Graffin commented:

“I can speak for the whole band when I say that we were so disappointed to not be able to tour this year. It is our fans and all those concerts we play each year that provide the life-force of Bad Religion. ‘Decades’ allows new fans as well as those who were there at the beginning to get a rich overview of our entire career and witness the changes in songwriting and performance styles at each stage of our evolution.”

Tickets are available HERE.

Motörhead To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of “Ace Of Spades” With New Podcast Series

Motörhead will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Ace Of Spades” with a new podcast series titled “The Motörcast: Ace Of Spades.” The first episode will be released next week with further episodes set to be released every two weeks. The following was said about the series:

“The Motörcast is the official podcast series celebrating the 40th anniversary of Motörhead’s seminal, Ace Of Spades album. Marvel at the warts and all stories of life on the road, behind the scenes, in the studio and more importantly, down the pub. Subscribe now to hear all these tales of rock n’roll excess from the people who were in the midst of the Motör-machine at the time.”

Circle Jerks Announce “Group Sex” 40th Anniversary Reissue

Circle Jerks will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Group Sex” by reissuing the album on October 30 via Matt Pincus and Joe Nelson’s new label Trust Records. This version of the effort will feature new packaging from Robert Fisher, a bonus recording from a 1980 rehearsal, and a 20-page booklet featuring unreleased photos and anecdotes from Tony Hawk, Mike Patton, Shepard Fairey, Ian MacKaye, Lars Frederiksen, and more.

“Group Sex” 40th Anniversary Track Listing:

01 “Deny Everything”
02 “I Just Want Some Skank”
03 “Beverly Hills”
04 “Operation”
05 “Back Against the Wall”
06 “Wasted”
07 “Behind the Door”
08 “World Up My Ass”
09 “Paid Vacation”
10 “Don’t Care”
11 “Live Fast Die Young”
12 “What’s Your Problem”
13 “Group Sex”
14 “Red Tape”
15 “What’s Your Problem” (1980 Band Rehearsal)
16 “Red Tape” (1980 Band Rehearsal)
17 “I Just Want Some Skank” (1980 Band Rehearsal)
18 “Beverly Hills” (1980 Band Rehearsal)
19 “Live Fast Die Young” (1980 Band Rehearsal)

2021 40th Anniversary Tour Dates:

Jul. 28 – Lisboa, Portugal – RCA Club
Aug. 01 – Le Garric, France – Xtreme Fest
Aug. 02 – Paris, France – Paris Punk Rock Summer
Aug. 04 – Camden, United Kingdom – Electric Ballroom
Aug. 05 – Blackpool, United Kingdom – Rebellion Festival
Aug. 06 – Duffel, Belgium – Brakrock Ecofest
Aug. 07 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Aug. 09 – Kӧln, Germany – Gloria-Theater
Aug. 10 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Aug. 11 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Aug. 13 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Punk Rock Holiday
Aug. 14 – Igea Marina, Italy – BayFest
Aug. 16 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia Club
Sep. 03 – Musashino, Tokyo, Japan – Club Seata
Sep. 05 – Kobe, Hyogo, Japan – Harbor Studio
Sep. 17-19 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

Ozzy Osbourne Shares New Animated Video For “Crazy Train”

Ozzy Osbourne has shared a new animated video for his song “Crazy Train.” The clip was created by Tiny Concert and it is being released as part of the frontman’s 40th anniversary celebration for “Blizzard Of Ozz.” A new expanded edition of that record was digitally released today (September 18). A new black and red swirl vinyl pressing will also be released on October 23 via Best Buy. Furthermore, fans can now buy new merch HERE and take part in a Twitter listening party on September 20.

Ozzy Osbourne To Digitally Release 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition Of “Blizzard Of Ozz”

Ozzy Osbourne will be digitally releasing a 40th anniversary expanded edition of his debut solo album “Blizzard Of Ozz” later this week. The effort will be available on September 18 and it will feature a number of bonus tracks.

“Blizzard Of Ozz” Expanded Edition Track Listing:

01. “I Don’t Know”
02. “Crazy Train”
03. “Goodbye To Romance”
04. “Dee”
05. “Suicide Solution”
06. “Mr. Crowley”
07. “No Bone Movies”
08. “Revelation (Mother Earth)”
09. “Steal Away (The Night)”
10. “You Looking At Me, Looking At You”
11. “Goodbye To Romance” (2010 guitar & vocal mix)
12. “RR” [Outtake from “Blizzard Of Ozz” Sessions]
13. “I Don’t Know” (from ‘Ozzy Live‘)
14. “Crazy Train” (from ‘Ozzy Live‘)
15. “Mr. Crowley” (from ‘Ozzy Live‘)
16. “Revelation (Mother Earth)” (from ‘Ozzy Live‘)
17. “Steal Away (The Night)” (from ‘Ozzy Live‘)
18. “Suicide Solution” (from ‘Ozzy Live‘)
19. “You Said It All” (live) (from ‘Mr. Crowley’ EP)

In other news, Osbourne is also planning to release digital video versions of “Live & Loud” and “Live At Budokan.“

Iron Maiden To Release 40th Anniversary Vinyl Pressing Of Their Self-Titled Debut Album

Iron Maiden will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut self-titled album by releasing a new limited edition vinyl pressing on October 9. You can pre-order the effort as a crystal clear picture disc at ironmaiden.com.

The Obsessed To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With “Live At Big Dipper” Release

The Obsessed will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a new live release titled “Live At Big Dipper.” The effort, which will be available on August 21, features a rough recording from an early show that drummer Dave “The Slave” Flood, bassist Mark “Professor Dark” Laue, and singer/guitarist Scott “Wino” Weinrichat played at the Big Dipper in Maryland, as well as several demos.

A description of the release was shared on Bandcamp:

“Live at Big Dipper is an authorized bootleg of Wino’s favorite-ever show with the original Obsessed lineup from the early 80s. We say “bootleg” because it’s a noisy, scratchy recording rescued from a worn aging tape that sounds like it was stored in a tool shed for 35 years. But despite the raw recroding, the performances are magic, and you can hear why this is a critical document of a seminal band at the peak of their early powers.”

Wino also commented:

“Years of spinning our wheels culminated in The Obsessed being known as a formidable live band, with a strange metal-glam-punk look. This show at the Big Dipper was one of the last if not the last show of the OG Obsessed lineup, and it’s my favorite by far. It’s raw and noisy and took some cleanin’ up, but here it is. If it ain’t heavy, it ain’t shit!!!”

“Live At Big Dipper” Track Listing:

01. “Lifer City” (Live)
02. “Field of Hours” (Live)
03. “Iron and Stone” (Live)
04. “Endless Circles” (Live)
05. “Leather Nuns” (Live)
06. “Decimation” (Live)
07. “Freedom” (Live)
08.” Mental Kingdom” (Live)
09. “Failsafe” (Live)
10. “Kill Ugly Naked” (Demo)
11. “A World Apart” (Demo)
12. “Higher Power” (Demo)
13. “Neatz Brigade” (Demo)