Black Sabbath And Velvet Revolver Members Team Up For New Project

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum have launched a new musical project called Deadland Ritual. They are joined in the group by Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and singer Franky Perez, who nearly replaced the late Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver after the latter was dismissed by the members of that band. Perez sang at one point for System Of A Down offshoot Scars On Broadway and has spent the last three years as the vocalist for Apocalyptica, while also singing with Stevens, Kings Of Chaos and Royal Machines. Sorum spoke a while back about working with Perez in Velvet Revolver: "We worked with him for a while, and we really love Franky, and just didn't go all the way with it. It wasn't anything against him, he's still an amazing singer, writer, and everything. It just did not completely click." Black Sabbath played its final shows in February 2017. Butler told Billboard in an interview about his post-Sabbath plans, saying, "I'm not in a hurry to do anything . . . We've recently moved house this year and I'm going to be building my home studio, but it's taken me ages. Next year I'll see if I can get back into music." Deadland Ritual is scheduled to appear at Hellfest in Clisson, France next summer. The group will perform on the main stage on June 22nd, 2019 before such other acts as Kiss, Def Leppard and Whitesnake.