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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2018

The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced a string of new names for next year's edition of the event, which will be held over four days from June 21st to June 24th. In addition to the previously announced acts, Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden, the festival will also host such big names as British heavy metal icons Judas Priest, thrash metal legends Megadeth, Kreator and Exodus, nu metal giants Limp Bizkit and the Ice-T fronted, Body Count, amongst many others.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Guns N Roses
Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
A Perfect Circle
Limp Bizkit
Parkway Drive
Megadeth
Kreator
Body Count
Exodus
Anti Flag
P.O.D.
Killswitch Engage
Watain
Asking Alexandria
At The Gates
Less Than Jake
The Darkness
Iced Earth
Underoath
Amaranthe
Thy Art Is Murder
Powerwolf
Emmure
Marduk
Tesseract
Powerflo
Vader
Miss May I
Stray From The Path
Tyr
Knocked Loose
Arkona
Carnivore A.D.
Pist*On
Modern Life Is War
Asphyx
Planet Of Zeus
Akercocke
Blessthefall
Silverstein
Zeal & Ardor
Bolzer
Monuments
Stone Broken

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Iron Maiden Confirmed For Graspop 2018

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden has become the latest band to be confirmed for the 2018 edition of Belgium's premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, as part of their "Legacy of the Beast" tour, which will focus primarily on material from the 1980s. The group joins Ozzy Osbourne and Guns N Roses on the bill, which for one year only will be held across four days, in what the festival has dubbed the "XL Edition." The event will be held from June 21st to June 24th and tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday (November 18th.)

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces 2018 Tour Dates

Following the announcement yesterday that British heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will embark on a final world tour, dubbed his "Farewell" tour, the singer has announced the first batch of dates for the trek, which will see him perform in a variety of countries from Mexico to Russia. Although several venues and in some cases cities has yet to be confirmed, Ozzy will kick off the tour, which is expected to last into 2020 with the following shows:

May 5 - Mexico - TBA
May 8 - Santiago, Chile - TBA
May 11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - TBA
May 13 - São Paulo, Brazil - TBA
May 16 - Curitiba, Brazil - TBA
May 18 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - TBA
May 20 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - TBA
June 1 - Moscow, Russia - Olympiisky
June 3 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
June 6 - Finland - TBA
June 8 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
June 13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Airport Letnany
June 15 - Paris, France - Download Festival
June 17 - Italy - TBA
June 20 - Halden, Norway - Tons of Rock Festival
June 22 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival
June 24 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 26 - Krakow, Poland - Impact Festival
June 28 - Oberhausen, Germany - König-Pilsnet Arena
June 30 - Madrid, Spain - Download Festival
July 2 - Lisbon, Portugal - Meo Arena

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Ozzy Osbourne To Embark On "Farewell" Tour

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining festivals across Europe next year in what is, according to the organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, his "farewell" world tour. Although this is being touted as his final world tour, Osbourne says he may still perform shows "here and there" and it is expected that he will still be releasing another album. An official statement or list of tour dates has yet to be announced by Osbourne's camp, but he has been confirmed to headline the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium, Denmark's, Copenhell event and both the British and Spanish editions of the Download festival.

Download Festival's promoter, Andy Copping said: "We’re unbelievably excited to have Ozzy as one of the headliners next year. Already hailing from the Midlands, Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to Download, and after Black Sabbath closed the festival in 2016, how could I not ask The Prince of Darkness to come back all on his own? The Download family are without a shadow of a doubt, in for a treat."

More on this story will be revealed as soon as information becomes available.

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Ozzy "Barks At The Moon" During Solar Eclipse

Ozzy Osbourne took advantage of August 21st's solar eclipse by performing "Bark At The Moon" at the time of the event during his live set at the "Moonstock Festival" in Cartersville, Illinois.

Check out the fan-filmed footage of that below:

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Watch Zakk Wylde Shredding In New Clip For EMGtv

Zakk Wylde made an improvised shred session in the below video for EMGtv. Wylde improvised over an Andy James track provided by Jam Track Central.

In other news Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osborne have reunited after some years apart. Osbourne issued the following statement on the matter: More...

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Chicago Open Air 2017 Announced

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup on July 14th - 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL just outside Chicago.

The three day music, craft beer, and food festival will feature over 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air 2017 go on sale Friday, January 20tj at Noon CT right here. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. More...

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Gus G. Premieres New Music Video "The Quest"

Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind guitarist Gus G. premieres a new music video for his track "The Quest", taken from the latest album "Brand New Revolution", out in stores via Century Media Records.

Check out now "The Quest" below.

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Ozzy Comments On Sex Addiction

Following in the footsteps of David Duchovny, Colin Farrell, Kanye West, and many before him, Ozzy is now claiming sex addiction as the root of his recent problems. Osbourne posted this message online via Facbook:

"Over the last 6 years, I have been dealing with a sex addiction. I’m sorry if Ms. Pugh took our sexual relationship out of context. I’d also like to apologize to the other women I have been having sexual relationships with.

"Out of bad comes good. Since the press exposed this I have gone into intense therapy. I am mortified at what my behavior has done to my family. I thank God that my incredible wife is at my side to support me."

This coming clean stems from reports back in May of Sharon and Ozzy splitting over a tryst with the referenced Ms. Pugh, which subsequently led to some odd behavior and even rumors of Ozzy going missing.

On the music front (and that's why you're here, isn't it?) Ozzy also recently announced that Ozzfest would be combining with Slipknot's Knotfest. Details on the combined festival taking place in late September can be found here.

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Jim Breuer Premieres New Music Video

Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy's premieres a new music video for "Old School", taken from the band's debut album "Songs from the Garage", out in stores now via Metal Blade Records. In the clip, Breuer name drops some of his favorite metal and hard rock songs and references and also does his best impersonations of some of hard rock and metal's biggest personalities.

Check out now "Old School" below.

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Reportedly Missing

2nd Update: Ozzy appeared onstage alongside Sharon in California today (May 12th) to discuss Ozzfest and Knotfest coming together for a new two day event in September. Get full details here.

Update: more photos have now been posted online of Ozzy shot earlier this morning (see below). He's looking haggard, but is apparently fine. There has still been no comment from anyone in the Ozzy camp about the situation.

E! Online reported this weekend that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's 33 year marriage has come to an end, with Ozzy apparently vacating the premises.

Several sites are now reporting that Ozzy has gone missing since the split, with members of the family unable to contact the musical icon.

The original source of the story is a less than spectacularly reputable source however, and we are still waiting on confirmation from Osbourne's management or anyone in the family. PageSix.com issued this statement about an unnamed source:

Son Jack, 31, is said to be desperate to speak to rocker Ozzy but cannot find him. Pals said Ozzy’s children tried to contact stylist Michelle Pugh to see if their dad was with her but she did not turn up for work on Saturday.

A source said: “Jack tried to get hold of Ozzy because he thinks he might talk some sense into him. He and his sisters Kelly and Aimee are worried about him and a bit shocked by what has gone on. But Sharon is in an unforgiving mood and does not want him in the house, so it’s a difficult position. Sharon has got a fiery temper, but after a row, they often kiss and make up. It is a bit different this time, though, and she is extremely angry with Ozzy.”

Complicating the situation is that a tweet just went live from Ozzy's official Twitter account (check it out below) not mentioning the situation at all and possibly indicating he's fine. The exact same message with identical wording went live on the Slipknot pages at the same time however, so this may have been a scheduled post that went online automatically.

Celebrity gossip site JustJared.com has also released a photo reportedly shot today (May 9th) of Ozzy carrying a dog down a street in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available from an official source. More...

Read the full article at PageSix.

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:



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Video Highlights Of Lemmy's 70th-Bday Party Posted

Pro shot video highlights - directed and produced by Robert John and Greg Olliver - of Motörhead frontman Lemmy's 70th birthday party can be seen below. The event was held on December 13 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA.

Among others following musicians performed at the event:

Slash (Guns N' Roses)
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Robert Trujillo (Metallica)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Steve Vai
Billy Duffy (The Cult)
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper)
Billy Idol
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne)
Paul Inder (Lemmy's son)

Check out also a 360 Video of the event after the jump: More...

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Ozzy Rumored To Appear In Ghostbusters Movie

A few weeks back it was announced metal fans were being recruited for a concert scene in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, and now rumors are circulating that Ozzy Osbourne will appear in the flick. The Boston Herald had this to say:

"So rumor from the 'Ghostbusters' set is that the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, was the headliner at the heavy-metal concert scene director Paul Feig shot all last week at the Citi Wang Theatre.

"Our spy on the scene overheard a couple of crew members talking about the Black Sabbath frontman outside the theater where Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones were working.

"And posters outside the theater advertised a 'Rock Revenge Fest featuring Ozzy Osbourne' as part of a '12 Hour Marathon of Metal.'"

This upcoming reboot of the classic franchise is being directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Office, Nurse Jackie) and stars Mellisa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

Read the full article at Boston Herald.

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Rock Band 4 Reveals Song List

It's almost time to pull out the bar stools, pour out the shots, and dust off the plastic guitars, as Rock Band 4 will make its triumphant arrival October 6th for both the Xbox One and PS4.

Developer Harmonix previously announced all DLC you might have from the previous games (which eventually reached a truly staggering number of tracks) will carry forward and work with the new version, so you don't have to re-buy all those songs.

Details have been sparse up until now on the new tracks that will be available at launch. Today 22 songs were announced. The full list can be found here, but the entries most of interest to rock and metal fans will be "Toys in the Attic" by Aerosmith, "Hail to the King" by Avenged Sevenfold, "Metropolis - Part 1 The Miracle And The Sleeper" from Dream Theater, "The Feast and the Famine" by Foo Fighters, "Halls Of Valhalla" by Judas Priest, and Ozzy's "Miracle Man."

if you pre-order through Amazon by October 5th, you'll also get a download code for 34 bonus songs (full list of bonus songs here).

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Shirley Phelps-Roper Belts Out "Crazy Train"

The Westboro Baptist Church has made frequent headlines over the past few years with highly homophobic protest rallies and has been highly vocal against heavy metal.

So imagine our surprise when MetalSucks video correspondent Brian Storm attended a Westboro Baptist Church rally in Virginia and former church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper busted out into song with a religious version of Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” that’s been retro-fitted with God-loving, Christian-appropriate lyrics. Enjoy the crazy below.

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Thrashback Thursday: Steal Away The Night

As mentioned when we first launched this column, despite the title, it's not exclusively dedicated to thrash metal. We're proving that this week with a look at a song from a man who doesn't have anything to do with thrash as such, but has everything to do with metal, Ozzy Osbourne. Today also marks the twenty third anniversary of the death of his guitarist, Randy Rhoads, also formerly of Quiet Riot, who would no doubt have become a bigger guitar hero than he already is, as he was unquestionably one of the most talented guitarists of the time, perhaps of all time.

Rhoads caught the world's attention when Ozzy Osbourne released his first album, "Blizzard Of Ozz," in September 1980. It was a fantastic debut by anyone's standards, striking a balance between high energy heavy metal and sixties influenced pop rock, interspersed with sentimentality on songs like, "Goodbye to Romance" and "Revelation (Mother Earth)" and Rhoads got his own spotlight on the instrumental piece, "Dee," a classical inspired work which clocked in at just under a minute but highlighted his talent tremendously.

He helped create some excellent rock songs too; "Crazy Train" and "Suicide Solution" being arguably the most well from the record, but songs such as "I Don't Know" and "Steal Away (The Night)" were no less stellar, the latter featuring a sound which perfectly blended the heavy metal at the beginning of the eighties, helping Ozzy to stay relevant and contemporary with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which had really taken off that year. What makes it such a good song, is that while it's unquestionably a (then) modern heavy metal song, it has great undertones of the sixties music which shaped Ozzy's life so evidently. It features a highly catchy chourus and a generally positive vibe which was a staple of bands such as The Zombies and Status Quo, culminating in a very enjoyable closing track and a perfect snapshot of the "Blizzard of Ozz." More...

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Bonus Interview From Randy Rhoads Tribute Posted

On March 3rd, UDR Music will release "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" to memorialize Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for legendary hard rock and metal bands Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. The digipack version of the album will also include an accompanying bonus DVD.

Today, Loudwire.com is hosting the premiere of an unreleased clip from the bonus DVD, which features an interview with Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne). The in-depth interview discusses Sarzo’s work on the record and his memories of Randy Rhoads, as well as other topics. The interview is conducted by producer Bob Kulick and can be seen below (and as a bonus, Serj Tankian does not sing at all!)

In addition to the aforementioned interview with Rudy Sarzo, this essential bonus DVD is chock full of never-before-seen, in-depth interviews with more of the artists involved in the compilation, such as Dweezil Zappa, Jon Donais (Shadows Fall, Anthrax), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad), and others. More...

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"Mr. Crowley" Tribute Track Posted Online

UDR Music will release "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" and its accompanying bonus DVD (with digipack edition) on March 3rd, 2015.

After the absolutely abysmal Serj Tankian cover of "Crazy Train," today a new cover from the release comes online. Check out "Mr. Crowley" below, courtesy of LA Weekly.

"Mr. Crowley" features a line-up of all-star performers: Chuck Billy (Testament), Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Kelle Rhoads (brother of Randy Rhoads), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio). More...

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