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OZZY & Stone Sour at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

October 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

OZZY OSBOURNE is a multi-platinum recording artist, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter, who has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. OSBOURNE’s career has spanned more than four decades (as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath) and his music is as relevant today as ever, still being heard daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. In 2011 OZZY reunited with Black Sabbath and in June 2013, after more than three decades of waiting, the band released their critically acclaimed 13 album (Vertigo/Republic), which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries. Produced by seven-time Grammy-Award winning producer Rick Rubin, 13 features the original BLACK SABBATH: OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER. In 2014 the group won a Grammy® Award in the Best Metal Performance category for the album’s first single “God Is Dead?” In May 2014 OSBOURNE was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert. Later that year (November), OZZY was presented with the “Global Icon” award at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow. This year also marks 20 years since OSBOURNE created his name-sake hard-rock/metal touring festival, OZZFEST, which has had a hugely successful run across North America, Europe and Japan and will return to the U.S. this September. OZZY is currently on tour in Europe with Black Sabbath on their massive 2016 The End world tour, which will return to North America in August.

Emerging from the same Midwest expanse as heavier sibling act Slipknot, American quintet Stone Sour carved out their own identity as a Grammy-nominated hard rock outfit with a string of Top Ten albums, including 2006’s platinum hit Come What(ever) May and the two-part House of Gold & Bones records.

Although Slipknotmade their mainstream debut in the late ’90s, singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root got their start a few years prior in Stone Sour. Inspired by Metallica and Alice in Chains, the group spent several years playing the Iowa bar circuit before Taylor and Root joined Slipknot. After the release of Slipknot‘s first two albums, Stone Sour re-formed in 2002 and quickly distinguished themselves as a post-grunge counterpart to Slipknot‘s furious, percussion-heavy metal. Root and Taylor contacted original guitarist Josh Rand and bassist Sean Economaki about recording a full-length Stone Sour album. The bandmates had already released several demos during their initial time together, and some of those songs were re-recorded for Stone Sour‘s self-titled debut, which earned two Grammy nominations and was RIAA-certified gold. Drafting in drummer Joel Ekman, the band released a song for the Spider-Mansoundtrack (“Bother,” credited only to Taylor) while recording the album in Los Angeles. A tour followed, and Stone Sour took a short break while Taylor and Root returned their attention to Slipknot for the recording of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.

Several years later, the band returned to the studio to work on a second album. The platinum-selling Come What(ever) Maywas produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo FightersVelvet Revolver) and arrived in August 2006, hitting number four on the Billboard charts and spawning the successful single “Through Glass.” Stone Sour hit the road that same year on the Family Values tour with high-profile headliners Deftonesand Korn, and they released a digital concert album, Live in Moscow, in 2007. Once the touring was over, Taylor and Root shifted their focus to Slipknot once again, this time for the creation of 2008’s chart-topping All Hope Is Gone.

Stone Sour‘s hiatus was shorter this time around, though, as the group returned in 2010 with a new album, Audio Secrecy, a more subdued effort that found the bandmembers maturing as songwriters. This trend continued into 2012 with their next release, House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 1, which would be the first part of an ambitious concept double album. In 2013, Stone Sour released the second part, House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2. At this time, Root was noticeably absent from the group’s touring lineup. His official departure from Stone Sour was confirmed later that year. A pair of covers EPs (Meanwhile in Burbank and Straight Outta Burbank) arrived in 2015, followed by the band’s sixth full-length, 2017’s Hydrograd. The first Stone Sour album without Root, the effort peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200.

Stone Sour At T-Mobile Arena – July 2017



October 13, 2018
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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