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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.
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is admitting that not only did he fall off the wagon in 2008, but fellow toxic twin, Joe Perry also joined him while they attempted to record a new album. The way Tyler tells it is that Joe was snorting so many prescription drugs he was unable to play guitar. Note that contrary to rumors, snorting non-prescription drugs does not enhance playing guitar…
With eight out of thirteen tracks completed, Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) is expected to have a new album released in the Summer of 2011. Bach is promising rock and roll with clean vocals and lots of screaming. All signs are pointing to Sebastian putting his “country music” years behind him. It appears everyone has agreed to just ignore this and make believe it never happened and that’s fine with me...
After attending classes and making a donation to M.A.D.D., Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is fully clear of his DUI charge. Neil will have the weekend to rest and then appear back in court on Monday for battery and disorderly conduct charges. For those keeping track it’s: Vince Neil 2, Lindsay Lohan 2 for number of court appearances in 2011. The good news is both are below their annual average, the bad news is we are only one-third through the year… More...
A new video trailer has been posted online for the reissues of Ozzy Osbourne's classic albums "Diary of a Madman" and "Blizzard of Ozz." The new versions of the albums will hit store shelves on May 31, 2011 and will include exclusive bonus content. You can view the trailer for the albums below.
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has posted some backstage footage from his recent concert appearance in Panama City, Panama. The video features Osbourne meeting Panama president Ricardo Martinelli. You can view the footage in the player below.
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has posted some backstage footage from his recent concert appearance in Bogota, Colombia. You can view the footage in the player below.
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has posted some backstage footage from his recent concert appearance in Lima, Peru. You can view the footage in the player below.
News wires across the globe were quick to pick up the report that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne owed a reported 1.7 million dollars in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. The Osbourne's reportedly have paid this debt that was, in their words, news to them. It’s too bad because that is obviously a lot of money. Other ways they could have spent 1.7 million dollars:
Sharon could slip the 1.7 to Donald Trump as a political “donation” in hopes of becoming his running mate for the next Presidential election…
Pay for a billboard over Hollywood’s Sunset strip and hire Randy “Macho Man” Savage to promote Jani Lane’s new EP. Lane has a new EP coming soon that will be a free download with a choice to pay. Let’s make this happen. Lane and Savage side by side over West Hollywood. Lane needs to get back to making music and Savage needs to get back to selling consumer products. How does this benefit Ozzy? Probably doesn’t, but let’s assume Sharon has a crush on Randy Savage, if so, call it an early Christmas present. For more information go to www.stepintoaslimjim.com... More...
Guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy, Firewind) is partnering up with Guitar Center for an upcoming “Sessions” event. This three hour instructional seminar will take place on Thursday, April 21st at Guitar Center Hollywood beginning at 7PM. This is a free event, but space is limited so be sure to get there early so you don't miss out on this very intimate evening. Fans can expect to see Gus perform his favorite riffs, participate in a Q+A segment, and autograph signing. For additional information visit this location.
Gus G. states: “I'm very excited about coming to Guitar Center in Hollywood later this month cause while I've done various clinics and workshops in Europe and Japan, this is going to be the first one in the U.S. for me! When they presented me with the 'Sessions' idea I thought it was a great way to meet some fans at a more intimate environment, play some stuff for them, answer questions and actually get to meet them. I will definitely be playing material from Ozzy and Firewind albums and hopefully I'll meet lots of you down there. Remember, this is going to be a free entrance event! See you soon.”
Guitar Center Sessions is a music and education based initiative that features informative and provocative discussions, along with hands-on tutorials by the industry’s most respected artists. Serving as an inspirational incubator for musicians, Sessions provides an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and knowledge from their musical influences in a comfortable and intimate setting.
Forgetting about his recent trouble with the law, Vince Neil (Motley Crue) joined Steel Panther on stage at the Ovation Showroom in Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas to sing Crue staples “Live Wire” and “Kick Start My Heart”. I’m not exactly sure where Green Valley Ranch is but I suspect the Ovation room is just down the hall from the Encore Center and Bravo-Bravo Hall… More...
The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...
The week of May 30th sees the re-release of two albums which form the cornerstone of Ozzy’s career as a solo artist: "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman."
These definitive versions of 1980's "Blizzard of Ozz" (with previously unreleased bonus tracks) and 1981's "Diary of a Madman" will be available individually on vinyl or CD, or together in a limited edition 30th Anniversary deluxe collector's box set.
The box set containing a 100-page coffee table book, a two-sided wall-size poster, a precise and detailed full-size replica of Ozzy's iconic gold cross that he has worn for 30 years, and the "Thirty Years After The Blizzard" DVD – which chronicles Ozzy’s years with Randy Rhoads and features previously unseen performance footage filmed in 1981 and 1982. All versions have been restored and remastered from the original analog sources by George Marino.
The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.
Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
3. ROB ZOMBIE
5. MACHINE HEAD
Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Metal As Fuck:
4. Zakk Wylde
Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection
Welcome to the first (and probably last) annual glam rocker draft. I am your moderator for this event; we will meet our four participants shortly, first a look at the rules. More...
Orange County, California based hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have been confirmed as the headliners for this year's edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place on April 20th at the Nokia Centre in Los Angeles, California and will be televised by VH1 on May 28th.
Also performing at the show will be the original lineup of the Alice Cooper band, as well as Duff McKagen's Loaded, Devildriver, Asking Alexandria, Volbeat and Fozzy, who's lead singer Chris Jericho will also be hosting the event. Alice Cooper is also set to receive the eponymous Golden God award, while Motley Crue will be picking up the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of other nominees for the awards are as follows: More...
John Lydon, the frontman of Public Image Ltd. and former vocalist of iconic punk rock legends the Sex Pistols, has hit out against Ozzy Osbourne for what he perceives to be an endorsement of drug abuse. Speaking to the Sunday Mercury while promoting his new book, "Mr Rotten’s Scrap Book," Lydon stated:
"'Paranoid' was one of the world’s greatest ever singles, but since then, the rumours of biting pigeon heads really, really haven’t impressed me. Ozzy now acting like a senile delinquent is equally unimpressive. The sly innuendo of promoting drug abuse and catatonic stupidity offends me.
"I’m not one for banning drugs. Quite the opposite. But I understand how to use them, and they don’t use me.
"Ozzy is clearly a victim, and selling that loser lifestyle shit to other people equally victimises them.
"That’s a shame. Ozzy’s a working class man, like me, yet he allows that to happen. By acting like he does all the time, he implies that we’re all stupid, the working classes. But we’re not, you know. We’re not! We’re the proper Britain, us lot."
Read the full article at Sunday Mercury.
The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...