Geezer Butler on Black Sabbath’s Early Struggles: ‘Rejected Again and Again’

Geezer Butler on Black Sabbath’s Early Struggles: ‘Rejected Again and Again’

Black Sabbath became an early standard bearer for heavy metal with their self-titled 1970 debut, but only after years of curious looks from people who didn’t understand their new sounds. “We used to do these auditions for record companies, and they’d just leave after the third song or something,” co-founding bassist Geezer Butler told Rolling Stone. “I’ll always remember one producer told us to go away, learn how to play and learn how to write some decent songs.” Read Full Story at Ultimate Classic Rock

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Mark Volman of the Turtles Declared Cancer-Free

Mark Volman of the Turtles Declared Cancer-Free

Mark Volman, the frizzy-haired co-frontman of the Turtles and the “Flo” half of Flo & Eddie, has been given a clean bill of health after undergoing treatment for throat cancer. The news was broken on Twitter by the band’s other frontman, Howard Kaylan, who wrote, “Thanks for all of your positive thoughts. Here to tell the world, Mark (Flo) Volman is Cancer Free!! #turtlesRback”   Whole Story at Ultimate Classic Rock  

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LITA FORD Says She Left THE RUNAWAYS After Learning All Her Bandmates Were Gay

LITA FORD Says She Left THE RUNAWAYS After Learning All Her Bandmates Were Gay

Speaking about her brief exit from THE RUNAWAYS forty years ago after learning that her bandmates were gay, Lita said: “This was in the early ’70s, mid-’70s, so I was not aware of homosexuality; I didn’t know anything about it. And it was still in the closet; nobody came out and said, ‘I’m gay’ — nobody came out at that time. And when I found out that the girls were all gay in the band, I wasn’t sure how to take it, and I didn’t know what it was. I…

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