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This week’s edition of Sunday Old School is a very special one because today sees Sunday Old School reach two hundred official articles! So to celebrate this little milestone of ours, I wanted to look back in rock and metal history and find a true landmark moment in the genre. A moment that let the world know that heavy music was here to stay and meant so much to so many. And nothing seemed like a bigger moment in general metal history than when promoter Paul Loasby teamed up with Maurice Jones and formed a festival, which was to be held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and would be known as Monsters of Rock.
The one day event was initially scheduled to be a grand final date for Rainbow’s UK tour, a band whom Loasby had recently been promoting. Rainbow were joined at the inaugural event by established German rockers, the Scorpions, who had just released their seventh album, "Animal Magnetism" and Judas Priest, who were riding high thanks to the wildly successful, "British Steel" album. Also on the bill that day were heavy metal upstarts, Saxon, who were considered the leaders of the exciting young, New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement at the time, Canadian hard rock veterans, April Wine and New York openers Riot and Touch. The festival was a resounding success, drawing in thirty five thousand fans and a live compilation album, which sold well.
Although it was initially conceived only as a vehicle for Rainbow, it was announced on the day of the first edition that the festival would return the next year. AC/DC were to be the headliners in 1981, marking the first of their record holding three headline appearances at the event. It was a somewhat lighter tone in the sophomore year, where AC/DC were joined Whitesnake, American stars, Blue Oyster Cult and quite interestingly, British glam rock veterans, Slade, who had recently found favour with the heavy metal audience after a brief time out of the limelight. Rounding off the bill was Blackfoot, a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida and More, who were notable for featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Day, as well as a DJ set from the BBC’s voice of rock, Tommy Vance. The varied lineups continued, with Status Quo (AKA, your nan’s favourite band) headlining the event in 1982, where they were joined by other established rockers such as Gillan, Uriah Heep and Hawkwind, as well as a young Canadian group named, Anvil and Monsters of Rock veterans, Saxon, who became the first band to appear twice, before Whitesnake closed the event in 1983, which also featured Meat Loaf and ZZ Top, who were placed higher than such heavy metal favourites as Dio, Diamond Head and Twisted Sister. More...
American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:
Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
All Shall Perish
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Children Of Bodom
The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have confirmed a further nine names for this years edition of the event, including French death metal outfit Gojira, English doom metal veterans My Dying Bride and American hard rock legends Twisted Sister, as well as I Killed The Prom Queen, Cancer Bats, Lagwagon, While She Sleeps, Black Spiders and Kobra And The Lotus. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly: More...
Black Sabbath, which late last year confirmed the recording of the band's first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour, has had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma. Current plans are for Black Sabbath to perform only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour, which will be the U.K.’s Download Festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012.
So as not to let the promoters and fans down, Ozzy Osbourne will perform the majority of the previously scheduled Black Sabbath dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as Ozzy & Friends. These “first ever” Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians including Geezer Bulter (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy band member Zakk Wylde. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).
Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continues to write and record music in the U.K. for their upcoming album. More information about these dates and Black Sabbath's recording and touring plans is forthcoming.
The drama between Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward and the band is still unfolding, with the latest update from Ward sounding hopeful that the band will find a common ground and record the new album together.
The 2012 tour dates are as follows:
Sun 6/10 Donnington UK Download Festival
OZZY AND FRIENDS
Wed 5/23 - Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwall Arena
Fri 5/25 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Stadium
Sun 5/27 - Jelling, Denmark @ Jelling Festival
Tue 5/29 - Bergen, Norway @ Bergen Calling Festival
Thu 5/31 - Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
Sat 6/2 - Malmo, Sweden @ Malmo Stadium
Mon 6/4 - Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle
Wed 6/6 - Prague, Czech Rep @ O2 Arena
Fri 6/15 - Vitoria, Spain @ Azkena Rock Festival
Sun 6/17 - Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Fri 6/22 - Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Sun 6/24 - Milan, Italy @ Gods of Metal Festival
Tue 6/26 - Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle
Thu 6/28 - Belgrade, Serbia @ USCE Park
Sun 7/1 - Athens, Greece @ Rockwave Festival – Terra
Last Sunday both Motley Crue and The Darkness were featured in Super Bowl ads. They aren’t the first from their genre to sell out, or allow the semi-truck full of cash back up into their driveway, nor will they be the last. Over the past few years a lot of rockers from the eighties have partnered with Madison Avenue to create brief whore-like relationships. This week a look at the new Super Bowl commercials, and a few blasts from the past commercials: More...
Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...
30 years ago the bands Anthrax, Metallica, Motley Crue, Pantera, Queensryche, and Slayer were formed. It was also the year many important hard rock/heavy metal albums were released, laying the groundwork for the eighties. Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. Same as the “1986 M/F/K” edition there is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again. More...
Ozzy Osbourne has just released his self-help book "Trust Me I'm Dr. Ozzy," and is currently in Riverside today on the book signing circuit. Yesterday he appeared on the Today show and was interviewed by Jenna Bush-Hager, daughter of former president George W. Bush. Below is the video of the interview.
This August, audiences across the country will get an unrivalled look into the mind of legendary rock icon Ozzy Osbourne in "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne," an exclusive in-theater event that will be broadcast to movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, August 24th and Monday, August 29th.
Produced by Jack Osbourne, the movie includes never-before-seen footage, interviews, and recent solo tour clips. Additional details on the movie can be found at this location.
You can find a list of participating movie theaters by navigating your browser over here.
KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are planning to collaborate on a memoir. Is it already assumed the first and last chapters will be “Gene” chapters?...
Alice Cooper has been asked to help design Universal Studios Halloween maze. For a rocker that has always used fright and horror as a back drop it looks like Cooper has been typecast with this project. Three years from now Alice will be receiving calls to go to Iowa and design corn mazes…
The medical mystery man Ozzy Osbourne recently lost his two front bottom teeth (crowns). With a show only days away, Ozzy frantically looked for a dentist to fix his mouth. I realize we are five months away from Christmas, but I already know what Ozzy wants…
A fan with a “professional” style camcorder got a surprise when Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) went into the crowd to have him removed. Unfortunately from the video you are unable to see if there is in fact a camera or Sixx spotted on of Kat Von D’s new boyfriends. Either way Nikki might consider some additional insurance should he continue to jump into crowds at his age… More...
25 years ago hard rock and glam albums found regular rotation on the radio and pop culture thanks to MTV, Circus Magazine, and eighties culture. 1986 was riding the fringe of hair band saturation, but also the year Metallica and Megadeth put out timeless efforts. Since 1986 we have seen the grunge era, the boy band era, and the release of St. Anger. We’ve seen it all in the last 25 years.
Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. There is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again.
Master of Puppets (Metallica)
M: Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
F: Damage, Inc.
K: The Thing That Should Not Be
(NOTE: It really is the perfect “F” song) More...
A statement from Ozzy Osbourne's publicist has been posted explaining the cancellation of his Graspop appearance. The message reads as follows:
"We regret to announce that Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to cancel Saturday evening's performance at Graspop Metal Meeting. Regretfully, Ozzy has severe laryngitis and his doctor has ordered an immediate 72 hours vocal rest before further evaluation. We wish him all the best of course!"
Ozzy himself also added: "I was so looking forward to performing at the legendary Graspop Metal Meeting. It really pains me to let people down and it is with great disappointment that I am unable to perform for the great fans of Belgium."
You can also check out backstage footage from Ozzy Osbourne's June 13th, 2011 appearance in Oberhausen, Germany by heading over to this location.
Ozzy Osbourne has released some new behind-the-scenes footage from his June 13, 2011 appearance in Oberhausen, Germany. You can check out the footage in the player below.
Ozzy Osbourne has released some new behind-the-scenes footage from his recent appearance in Europe at the Sweden Rock festival. The footage was captured during his June 11, 2011 headlining performance at the event which is held in Solvesborg, Sweden. You can check out the footage in the player below.
U.K. metalcore act Bring Me The Horizon recently took home the "best album" award in the 2011 Kerrang! Awards for its album "There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret." The event was held on June 9th and was hosted by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor in London, England. You can view the full list of award winners below.
Best British Newcomer - ASKING ALEXANDRIA
Best International Newcomer - BLACK VEIL BRIDES
Best Single – "Hurricane" by 30 SECONDS TO MARS
Best Video - "Na Na Na" by MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
Best Live Act - ALL TIME LOW
Best Album - "There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret"
Best British Band - YOU ME AT SIX
Best International Band - 30 SECONDS TO MARS
Classic Songwriter - BIFFY CLYRO
Kerrang! Icon - ALICE COOPER
Inspiration Award - DEF LEPPARD
Hall Of Fame - KORN
Kerrang! Legend - OZZY OSBOURNE
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band has just been declared the "the most influential rock group of the last 30 years" by Kerrang magazine. Ulrich commented on the announcement by saying;
"It gives me a very warm and fuzzy feeling that Kerrang! magazine have voted Metallica as the band that most changed their lives. I remember the first issue of the magazine in 1981. I had made a pilgrimage to England because I was obsessed with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. I travelled all over the country and that first issue accompanied me everywhere."
The poll, which was voted on by Kerrang readers, is included in the next issue of the magazine, which celebrates 30 years since its launch in June 1981.
The top 10 bands included:
2. Green Day
3. Iron Maiden
5. My Chemical Romance
6. Linkin Park
7. Bullet For My Valentine
8. Blink 182
9. Ozzy Osbourne
10. Foo Fighters
Two more videos in promotion of of the upcoming "Diary Of A Madman" legacy 30th anniversary edition have been posted online.
In the first, you can listen to Ozzy's opinion on Diary of a Madman and Blizzard in this outtake from the "Thirty Years After The Blizzard" DVD included in the upcoming "Blizzard of Ozz / Diary of a Madman 30th Anniversary Collectors Box Set."
In the second, Sharon Osbourne talks about recording the "Diary of a Madman" album in only 6 weeks.
You can listen to a previously unreleased live version of the song "Flying High Again" and view the tracklisting here.
Ozzy Osbourne has posted a previously unreleased live version of the song "Flying High Again" online. The track is taken from the bonus disc that is featured in the upcoming "Diary Of A Madman" legacy 30th anniversary edition. You can stream the track in the player below.
Beginning May 31st, Rock Band 3 will offer an eight-pack of songs celebrating the release of the "Diary of a Madman/Blizzard of Ozz" 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition in the Rock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii consoles.
2011 marks the 30th Anniversary of "Blizzard of Ozz" (U.S. release) and "Diary of a Madman." The Ozzy Osbourne 8-pack will include 3 remastered classics from each album including "Mr. Crowley" and "Over the Mountain" as well as additional hits "Bark at the Moon" and "Mama, I'm Coming Home," and their built-in Pro Guitar/Bass upgrades only available as part of the 8-pack.
On a brief post made on the official Ozzfest Facebook page it has been announced that there will be no version of the popular Ozzfest taking place in 2011. One of the pioneering hard rock and metal festivals, started in 1997 by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, will once again miss out on another summer touring cycle - for the second time in three years. The festival has gone through a number of changes over the past few years as a result of economic woes and more competition from events like the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem and Uproar festivals.
Ozzy Osbourne offered a short statement in regards to the cancellation by saying;
"No, [there will be no Ozzfest] this year. I just finished a lengthy arena tour of the U.S., so I've decided to tour Europe this summer instead."
The festival's official website, Ozzfest.com, had previously posted polls asking for fans to vote on bands they would like to see appear at this year's event. The site also featured a forum post requesting fan input. Both articles have since been removed.