In a brand new interview with FM99 rock girl Jessica, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook was asked if he enjoys touring. He responded (see video below): "Well, actually, these days, it's pretty good. I mean, we're spoiled. Each of us has an assistant and our own dressing rooms and we have a masseuse. "We kind of had this conversation a long time ago that being in a band and being on tour shouldn't suck," he continued. "It's hard to explain to the public, but there are many micro frustrations that come with changing cities and changing buildings every day. Just micro frustrations — these are not real problems. A brain tumor is a real problem. The air conditioning in the room every day is not a real problem. But it's frustrating. So if you don't know how to process all this change — this constant change — if you don't know how to process it, it can burn you out a little bit, emotionally. But we fight through it." Asked what his favorite thing to do on tour is, Hook replied: "Well, to be honest, I really enjoy playing the show. It's the best 90 minutes of the day. 'Cause the rest of it, really, is sitting around and waiting to play the show. I do maintain that I do like to play my guitar." Hook also revealed what he does right before he goes on stage. He said: "I lift weights. I'm not trying to break any records [in terms of how much I lift], but it serves a couple of purposes. One is it kind of wakes me up — if forces the blood to go through your head and your body, which kind of brings me to life. And also, I've got the VAN HALEN cranked and I do some curls and push-ups; I do some shoulder flys. I just try to get the body as awake as possible. I used to pound energy drinks, but then, the net result of that was that after the concert, having consumed six energy drinks, I couldn't fall asleep. It was a disaster. So I pick up the weights and I just swing them around and crank the music and I'm ready to go. "Look, your health is your wealth," Jason explained. "And we're not, or at least I'm not a young man anymore. I mean, this is a young man's game. When you're 25, you can drink a 24-pack of beer and, 'Woo-hoo! Let's rock.' I'm not a young guy anymore. So it's really just about preservation and survival. I know that's not a romantic rock and roll answer... For me, it's all about supplements, vitamins, cardio, weights… I don't smoke, I don't drink. I spend a lot of time on Pro Tools, computer, stimulating my mind, read books — whatever." Hook added: "We recognize that we are so freakin' lucky to have broken through a plateau that so many don't. We are so lucky that we kind of look at it, like, we need to take care of ourselves so that we can continue to do this and to make people happy — keep it going. 'Cause we've all had a back thing and a shoulder thing and a knee thing, and you realize you're not immortal. And if we want to keep this alive, we almost have to redirect our focus off of strip clubs and pool tables and Jack Daniel's to weights and supplements. That's just the truth." FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's eighth album, "F8", will be released on February 28 via Better Noise Music. The LP is the band's first to be completed after frontman Ivan Moody's very public struggle with substance abuse took him to rehab several times. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH kicked off a U.S. headlining tour last month with THREE DAYS GRACE, BAD WOLVES and FIRE FROM THE GODS that next stops on Monday night (December 9) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Ozzy Osbourne has the No. 1 rock song in the country this week as his single "Under The Graveyard" captures the top position on the U.S. Rock Radio chart. This marks his third No. 1 on this chart and his first in 10 years; "Under The Graveyard" is his first new solo music in as many years. It also heralds Ozzy's forthcoming album, "Ordinary Man", due out on Epic Records in early 2020. Additionally, "Under The Graveyard" has eclipsed 5.4 million streams worldwide and received acclaim from Rolling Stone, NPR, and more. A cinematic music video will be unveiled soon. Last month, Ozzy unleashed "Straight To Hell", the album's second single, featuring GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash. Ozzy also joined Post Malone to perform their record-breaking collaboration "Take What You Want" in front of a sold-out audience at the Forum in Los Angeles (Nove,ber 21) and to a national audience on ABC's American Music Awards (November 24). "Ordinary Man" was recorded in Los Angeles and features producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES) on bass and Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) on drums. "This album was a gift from my higher power — it is proof to me that you should never give up," Ozzy said. "It all started when Kelly [Osbourne] comes in and says, 'Do you want to work on a Post Malone song?' My first thing was, 'Who the fuck is Post Malone?!' I went to Andrew's [Watt] house and he said we will work really quick. After we finished that song, he said, 'Would you be interested in starting an album?' I said 'that would be fucking great, but now I am thinking I don't want to be working in a basement studio for six months! And in just a short time, we had the album done. Duff and Chad came in and we would go in and jam during the day and I would go work out the songs in the evenings. I previously had said to Sharon I should be doing an album, but in the back of my mind I was going 'I haven't got the fucking strength...' but Andrew pulled it out of me. I really hope people listen to it and enjoy it, because I put my heart and soul into this album." Ozzy has not released an all-new solo effort since 2010's "Scream", having spent the last few years touring with BLACK SABBATH in support of that band's "13" LP, as well as playing a number of solo shows. More recently, Osbourne has been recuperating at home after sustaining a bad neck injury resulting in the postponement of his solo tour. This past October, Ozzy once again postponed his European tour, marking the second time the BLACK SABBATH singer has done so following a series of health issues. Ozzy initially scrapped his entire 2019 schedule earlier this year, as he recovered from surgery to repair an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The European leg of his "No More Tours 2" trek was then rescheduled for January through March 2020, with the North American dates set to follow in May 2020.