For the past eight years, the Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. has been concocting a triple-hopped IPA that they lovingly call Devil Dancer. At 12 percent and 112 IBUs, this demonic brew comes strong, and as they advertise, the beer proves incredibly hoppy with a huge malty finish.
“It has no official satanic affiliation, but one would expect a beer so intense to be served at parties curated by the Dark One,” said Tim Traynor, the brewery’s New York representative. “We thought it fitting to pair an extreme beer with extreme music, especially since the bottle label resembles the cover artwork on Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album.”
Since this beer gets released Monday, July 2, the team at Founders is hosting a keg tapping and heavy metal party at The Gate in Brooklyn on Sunday at 11:59 till 4am. Show up wearing a metal T-shirt and get a chance to win a bottle of the new Founders Backstage beer, Frangelic Mountain Brown Ale, a tasty beer brewed with hazelnut coffee. If you can’t make it Sunday night (it’s a school night darn it!), Traynor said you can get this rare brew at bars like Taproom 307, 4th Avenue Pub, Mission Dolores, and more places TBA. For four-packs of bottles hit up Top Hops, Brouwerij Lane, Beer Street, Good Beer, and New Beer for your take-home pleasure.
“It being a limited release, which means it will be gone pretty quickly,” said Traynor. So jump on the crazy train and grab this brew while you can.
After a series of contract disputes, Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has announced, via an incredibly long public letter posted on his website, that he will not join his old bandmates as the do their middle-aged rocker reunion thing at dates in May, June and August. The band was slated to play a series of shows as well as to record their first album with this line-up since 1978.
The reunion has been marked with troubles since the beginning. Ward has had a very public back and forth with the band about whether or not he would play, mostly centered around contract debates. Meanwhile, guitarist Tommy Iommi was dealing with lymphoma that should have put the squabbling into perspective but didn’t. Now the group is playing shows sans Ward and it seems as though things will stay that way. Still, we can’t help but think of all the bands that claimed they would never reunite and who did just that, sometimes even weeks after making the statement. Let’s take a look.
The Sex Pistols: After years of claiming his infamous punk band would never reunite, Johnny Rotten (who publicly trounced a Police reunion as “soggy old dead carcasses”) did indeed put his band back on the road—and in the studio to record tracks for video games—but at least was self-aware enough to call the comeback shows the Filthy Lucre World Tour.
The Police: Speaking of Sting and company, they’ve denied reunion rumors throughout the years—the Tantric One recently said, "People reacted to The Police coming back as if mum and dad had got together, you could see that emotion in the audience. But who really wants to go and live with the wife you divorced? I won’t do it again”—but in 2007 did reunite, an experience that reportedly left the old men even more bitter and hateful toward one another than they were before the shows.
Hole: Even though her former bandmates are some of the few people Courtney Love never publicly tussled with, after she toured in a band she called Hole in 2010, saying, "Nobody asks Trent: why Nine Inch Nails… I made the [band] name up,” it was assumed that she had moved beyond her old cohorts. Not so! Just last month Love teamed up with the version of Hole that played on the group’s last real album, Celebrity Skin, and did a secret show in Brooklyn.
Is the 2012 Lollapalooza lineup set in stone? If this grainy snapshot of a piece of paper is to be believed, then the annual music festival will be headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White and Florence + The Machine, with The Shins, At the Drive-In, Justice, The Weeknd, Sigur Ros, and more swooping in for the supporting time slots. It could be completely b.s. — again, it’s a grainy snapshot of a piece of paper — but the lineup seems very appropriate to Lollapalooza’s big tent appeal, and some of the acts have already been hinted at through promotion on Chicago’s transportation system. Check out the full (rumored) lineup over at Pretty Much Amazing.
There may be one fly in the ointment: Black Sabbath previously cancelled a summer tour due to guitarist Tony Iommi’s lymphona treatment, and because drummer Bill Ward had previously expressed reluctance to do the reunion without being fairly compensated. But as this Rolling Stone report notes, Sharon Osbourne said that the band would be playing one American show in August — and, as it turns out, Lollapalooza happens to be American, a show, and in August. There’s your smoking gun if there ever was one. At any rate, we’ll know by Wednesday when the lineup is officially announced. There will be all sorts of fun to had at the festival regardless of who’s playing, as you can see below.