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Ozzy: 'I'm Absolutely Beside Myself With Grief

Ozzy Osbourne has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell:

"Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many times. I'll always remember the signed guitar that he gave me at my 50th birthday party. My heart goes out to Dime's family, his fans and the other innocent victims who were killed in this senseless tragedy. It's just terribly, terribly sad."

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More Info On Damageplan Nightclub Shooting

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net that Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul was in a complete state of shock and expressed his desire to be with his brother right after the shooting occurred.

A friend of Scoop's, Kevin Minerd, who also attended the concert, told Blabbermouth.net that the gunman entered the stage from the left side and walked over to the right side where Dimebag was standing before grabbing the guitarist and pumping several bullets into him. Additional shots were fired, although it's presently unclear which other member of Damageplan, if any, was killed in the incident.

"A Columbus police officer, when he arrived, engaged the shooter, and the shooter is also dead, and if the officer hadn't acted when he did and how he did, we'd probably be looking at more dead, because this guy was actively shooting," Sergeant Brent Mull, public information officer, told MTV News.

"We have 200-plus patrons that we have sequestered inside three city buses," Sergeant Mull explained. "We are interviewing them one by one. The ones that were inside and witnessed this, ran for their lives and were in fear for their lives. They are victims too, and we want to take care of them."

As news of Dimebag's (born Darrell Lance Abbott in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966) bizarre and tragic demise rippled through the metal community, the news was met with shock and sadness.

"I'm speechless," friend and Rob Zombie/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson told MTV. "This is totally unreal. Dimebag is a fucking legend and this is total bullshit."

"This is insane and this is beyond travesty," Killswitch Engage frontman, and former Damageplan tour partner, Howard Jones said. "This is beyond anything I've ever heard. This shouldn't happen in or outside of the rock and metal community. He will be missed and mourned as a person, as a musician, and as a friend."

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, whose band has toured with Pantera and has featured Dimebag guest appearances on their albums, stated in a posting on Anthrax's web site, "I am devastated as I'm sure we all are. All I can convey at this moment are my condolences to Rita and Vinnie and the whole family. My heart is with you."

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx offered the following: "Dime, I will never forget all the times you made us laugh. I'm so happy we got to spend the day together in London recently… We should all live our lives as full as you have. I will miss you, as will all of us... This is a sad day."

Rich Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo): "Darrell was as nice as they come. During the times that I spent with him, I wondered why he played in such a heavy band. Not that he didn't have the ability to school all of us that dared to share a stage with him, but because he seemed like such a gentle and kind man. He had a great sense of humor and was someone that everyone in the room gravitated toward. He never carried himself like the big rock star that he really was, instead he came across humble and appreciative. I consider it a privilege to have known him, as he was one of the 'real' guys in the business and as Zakk [Wylde] would say, 'one of the boys'!"

Shaun Glass (Soil): "Today I am saddened to say I lost my friend and hero it sickens me that someone would take away a person that brought so much joy to so many people. Love ya, Double D."

Jon Dette (ex-Slayer, Testament): "My brother just called to tell me that Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage tonight. Words cannot express the sadness I'm feeling right now and my condolences go out to Vinnie Paul and the Abbott family for their loss. This is a huge tragedy for the music world."

Orange County, California-based sextet Bleed The Sky (recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records): "It's a sad day in heavy metal, Dimebag Darrell formerly of Pantera, was shot and killed while performing with Damageplan in Ohio. We would more than likely not be a band if it wasn't for him, and can't possibly imagine the pain that his brother and his family must be in. RIP, brother, heavy music will never be the same without you."

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Watch Ozzy And Sharon's Press Conference

Reuters has video of Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon at their press conference on Tuesday to talk about the burglary at their English country home. "At the time when I had a go at the assailant, I acted purely on instinct. On hindsight, it could have been a lot worse, I could have been like George Harrison. I could have been badly injured." Read more and watch the video footage here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Struggles With Intruder

Reuters reports that two burglars broke into the English country home of rocker and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne just before dawn on Monday and stole a large amount of jewelry, police said. A source close to the family said Osbourne, 55, grabbed one of them, but the intruder struggled free and jumped out of a first-floor window.

Read the full article at Reuters.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Guest On Howard Stern

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were guests on 'The Howard Stern Show' on Wednesday (October 20). The couple appeared to promote 'Battle for Ozzfest', which airs Monday at 10:30pm on MTV. Check out a rundown of their appearance at MarksFriggin.com.

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Ozzy Osbourne Has Been Clean For Six Months

ABC ePrep is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has been clean of recreational drugs and alcohol for six months, thanks to a 12-step program. He told "Access Hollywood"'s Billy Bush that it's really made a difference for his family, too. Ozzy explained, "I'm going to these meetings that they have. I'm back on track and my kids are. Jack's on a program, and Kelly's doing (well). You've come at a good time in the... life of the Osbournes, everyone's clean."

Next week, MTV will bow the new reality show "Battle for Ozzfest", where Ozzy and wife/manager Sharon will evaluate bands competing for a chance to play on the 2005 tour. In January, the network will premiere the fourth and final season of "The Osbournes".

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Ozzy Osbourne Box Set Track Listing Revealed

The complete track listing has been revealed for the upcoming Ozzy Osbourne box set, which has apparently been re-titled "The Prince of Darkness", according to IGN.com.

The 52-song set, due on February 8, chronicles Ozzy's career via his biggest hits and most memorable collaborations, but the clincher is that the fourth disc of the collection features 10 newly recorded versions of his favorite songs by other artists. This means that Ozzy fans can here the madman's very own renditions of classics by the Rolling Stones, Mountain, Mott The Hoople, King Crimson, and others.

"The Prince of Darkness" box set will be packaged in a weathered, collectable gothic book with new images of Ozzy taken by famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor Wood. It will be packaged with a 60-page booklet that contains a complete career overview and rare Ozzy photos.

The first two discs in the set will encompass re-mastered versions of Ozzy's most popular solo smash hits. The third disc (which is entitled "Oddities and Duets") is comprised of some of Ozzy's most unusual collaborations. And the special fourth disc (called "Under Covers") is comprised of newly recorded covers as only Ozzy can deliver.

"The Prince Of Darkness" track listing:

CD 1:

01. I Don't Know (live)
02. Mr. Crowley
03. Crazy Train
04. Goodbye To Romance (live)
05. Suicide Solution (live)
06. Over The Mountain
07. Flying High Again (live)
08. You Can't Kill Rock And Roll
09. Diary Of A Madman
10. Bark At The Moon (live b-side)
11. Spiders (b-side)
12. Rock And Roll Rebel
13. You're No Different
14. Dee

CD 2:

01. Ultimate Sin (live)
02. Never Know Why (live)
03. Thank God For The Bomb (live)
04. Crazy Babies
05. Breaking All The Rules
06. I Don't Want To Change The World (demo)
07. Mama, I'm Coming Home (demo)
08. Desire (demo)
09. No More Tears (single version)
10. Won't Be Coming Home (demo)
11. Perry Mason (live from Ozzfest live album)
12. See You On The Other Side (demo)
13. Walk On Water (demo)
14. Gets Me Through (live)
15. Bang Bang (original demo for "Facing Hell")
16. Dreamer

CD 3 - Oddities and Duets:

01. Iron Man (Ozzy With THERAPY?)
02. N.I.B. (Ozzy with PRIMUS)
03. Purple Haze (Ozzy with Zakk Wylde, Randy Castillo & Geezer Butler)
04. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Ozzy with TYPE O NEGATIVE)
05. Shake Your Head (Let's Go To Bed) (Ozzy with WAS NOT WAS)
06. Born To Be Wild (Ozzy with Miss Piggy)
07. Nowhere To Run (Vapor Trail) (Ozzy with CRYSTAL METHOD, DMX, 'Ol Dirty Bastard & Fuzzbuble)
08. Led Clones (Ozzy with Gary Moore)
09. For Heavens Sake (Ozzy with Tony Iommi & WU-TANG CLAN)
10. I Ain't No Nice Guy (Ozzy With MOTÖRHEAD)
11. Therapy (Ozzy With INFECTIOUS GROOVES)
12. Stayin' Alive (Ozzy With Dweezil Zappa)

CD 4 - Under Covers:

01. Good Times (ERIC BURDON)
02. 21st Century Schizoid Man (KING CRIMSON)
03. In My Life (THE BEATLES)
04. Mississippi Queen (MOUNTAIN)
05. For What It's Worth (BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD)
06. Fire (ARTHUR BROWN)
07. Hi Ho Silver Lining (JEFF BECK GROUP)
08. All The Young Dudes (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
09. Sympathy For The Devil (ROLLING STONES)
10. Changes - Duet with Kelly Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH)

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Ozzy Confirms Covers Details

Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he's covered songs from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Mountain and Mott The Hoople for his planned box set. The songs in questions are, respectively, 'In My Life' (likely to be released as a single before the end of this year), 'Sympathy For The Devil', 'All The Young Dudes' (featuring a guest appearance from vocalist Ian Hunter', 'Mississippi Queen' (with Mountain guitarist Leslie West). Also in the can are King Crimson's '21st Century Schizoid Man' and Arthur Brown's 'Fire'. As yet untitled, the box set will feature all these covers on one CD, with three other discs devoted to rarities, demos and previously unavailable tracks from the Prince Of Darkness' solo career.

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Heavy Metal Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off

The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.

"The sale includes original album cover artwork, handwritten lyrics and musical instruments from Metallica, Anthrax and other heavy metal groups. Many of the Metallica items are from the collection of Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.

The sale contains over 100 auction lots of awards, instruments, lyrics, artwork and documents from artists such as Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Kiss and many others. This historic offering gives fans an opportunity to obtain a piece of heavy metal music history from one of their favorite bands.

"Hard Rock Cafe was built on ground-breaking music, and we are thrilled to host the first-ever heavy metal memorabilia auction," said Don Bernstine, Hard Rock Cafe Manager of Acquisitions/Artist Relations. "The Hard Rock has the world's greatest collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, so we are a natural venue for this historic event that gives music fans the chance to own these artifacts that helped develop a new genre of music."

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Battle for Ozzfest Audition Rejects

MTV's latest effort for a reality based TV show, the 'Battle for Ozzfest', has throw up a small clip previewing the bands that didn't quite make the cut. The 'Battle for Ozzfest' premieres on October 25th on MTV at 10:30 pm.

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Osbourne's 'Battle For Ozzfest' To Air October 25

As Previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon are launching a new MTV reality series/contest, where a band will win a slot on the Ozzfest 2005 tour. 'Battle for Ozzfest', which premieres October 25th at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, will feature eight bands competing for the Ozzfest prize in addition to touring money, equipment and a possible record deal.

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Metal Masters' Righteous Revival

Toronto Star wrote an article about how "evil isn't what it used to be."

Parents groups, conservative politicians and religious wingnuts worried daily that exposure to metal was promoting everything from promiscuity, substance abuse and casual violence among teens to an overall increase in Satan's power over the surface of the earth. Tipper Gore, of the then-notorious Parents Music Resource Centre (PMRC), claimed the music told young people "It's okay to beat people up" and successfully lobbied for warning labels to be affixed to potentially offensive recordings. Geraldo Rivera presided over a straight-faced, primetime "news" special exploring the links between heavy metal and Satanism.

Ozzy Osbourne — already notorious in the midst of his drunken "lost years" for biting the heads off a dove and a bat (the latter, in Ozzy's defence, was accidental) — found himself dragged into California court over the first of two ludicrous legal claims that his song, "Suicide Solution," had convinced an unfortunate teenager to kill himself. British metallers Judas Priest would face a lawsuit of their own in Reno, Nevada a couple of years later when the families of two more suicidal teens claimed subliminal messages on the band's 1978 album, "Stained Class," had coaxed the boys to "do it." Slayer would be next in court in the '90s when three teens who murdered, then raped, a 15-year-old girl in a horrific "virgin sacrifice" claimed the band's blood-spattered lyrics were responsible.
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Sharon Osbourne Addresses Ozzy's Camden "No Show"

For those who don't already know Ozzy did not show up at the August 26th OZZFEST in Camden NJ. Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne has issued the following statement regarding Ozzy's no-show at the Ozzfest stop in Camden, NJ on August 26:

"To those who attended the Ozzfest show in Camden on August 26,

"I would like to address the few complaints that have arisen from BLACK SABBATH’s performance with Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] in Camden last Thursday, August 26th. The situation quite clearly was that Ozzy was suffering from bronchitis. He was hoping from the morning of the show until the afternoon that he would have some sort of voice so that he could perform that evening. Unfortunately by late afternoon he was advised by doctors that that just wouldn’t be possible. So, our options were:

1. Have BLACK SABBATH not to perform at all and inform the crowd at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon, which might have lead to a riot.

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2. Ask one of the legends of the genre, Rob Halford, if he would step in for Ozzy that evening so that people wouldn’t leave feeling disappointed not seeing BLACK SABBATH perform at all.

"Of course Ozzy’s more disappointed than the fans and he feels incredibly guilty that he let everyone down.

"Sincerely,

Sharon Osbourne

"P.S. Ozzy and I would like to personally thank Gil Edwards and WYSP-FM for their enormous and continued support of Ozzfest and hard rock music in Philadelphia."

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Ozzy Skips New Jersey Show

siN's Metal News reports that OZZY did not perform live last night with BLACK SABBATH in Camden, New Jersey. Evedently, the Ozzman fell sick and Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST handled all vocal duties for the entire setlist. Side reports have also filtered in saying attendees were thrown out for minor rioting.

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Ozzy's Dog The Bounty Hunter Theme Song Online

Ozzy Osbourne's original theme song for the new TV show "Dog the Bounty Hunter", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (780 KB).

"Dog the Bounty Hunter", which will begin airing on A&E on Tuesday, Aug. 31, with back-to-back half-hour episodes starting at 10 p.m., follows the show's star, a bounty hunter named Duane Chapman (nicknamed "Dog"), as he tracks and then traps various fugitives — usually men (and occasionally women) who skip their scheduled trial dates and are hiding out somewhere in Hawaii, usually in some of the islands' seedier locales.

Bringing them in is the job of Dog, his wife, Beth, 34, and various associates, including one of Dog's sons, Leland, 27, (Duane and Beth have 12 children between them) and one of Dog's nephews, Justin, 21.

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Vote For Best Metal Videos Of The New Millennium

MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.

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Ozzy Recording Theme For 'Dog the Bounty Hunter'?

The New York Post is reporting that OZZY OSBOURNE has recorded the original theme song for the new TV show "Dog the Bounty Hunter", airing on A&E on Tuesday, Aug. 31, with back-to-back half-hour episodes starting at 10 p.m.

"Dog the Bounty Hunter" follows the show's star, a bounty hunter named Duane Chapman (nicknamed "Dog"), as he tracks and then traps various fugitives — usually men (and occasionally women) who skip their scheduled trial dates and are hiding out somewhere in Hawaii, usually in some of the islands' seedier locales.

Bringing them in is the job of Dog, his wife, Beth, 34, and various associates, including one of Dog's sons, Leland, 27, (Duane and Beth have 12 children between them) and one of Dog's nephews, Justin, 21.

Read the full article at New York Post.

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Ozzy Merchandise Surpasses $50 Million Mark

The popularity of Ozzy Osbourne has seen sales of his merchandise hit the $50m (£27.2m) mark, a record for a heavy metal artist.

Sales of T-shirts, accessories and action figures have rocketed since TV show The Osbournes hit screens. Merchandising sold at concerts including Ozzfest raked in $35m (£19m), according to licensing company Signature Networks. Ozzy vintage clothing is even available in US fashion store Bloomingdales.

Signatures Network, who hold the worldwide merchandising and marketing rights to 125 music artists including U2 and Madonna, said an Osbournes slot machine would be one of the next products on the market.

Read the full article at BBC.

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Living Loud Plans To Tour U.S. Next Year

According to the Deep Purple fan site The Highway Star, Living Loud — the new "supergroup" consisting of Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Uriah Heep) on bass, Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Kansas, Dixie Dregs) on guitar, Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow) on keyboards, Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep, Ozzy Osbourne) on drums and Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel) on vocals — are currently in discussions to tour the U.S. in January next year.

Living Loud's self-titled CD and DVD will be released through EMI International in three formats: The original studio CD with two bonus live tracks ("Crazy Train" and "Good Times"), the DVD, or a DVD/CD double-pack titled "Loud & Live." The DVD will be available in PAL and NTSC formats, and will feature two bonus tracks not found on the CD ("Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Good Times"). Exact release dates have yet to be confirmed. In addition, negotiations are in place with iTunes to release a recording of the group's entire April 26 show in Sydney exclusively in the coming weeks.

Preview clips of three tracks from the Living Loud DVD have been posted online. The songs available for viewing are "Crazy Train" (Quicktime), "Good Times" (Quicktime) and "I Don't Know" (Quicktime).

Living Loud's debut album was recorded in Florida at Greg Rikes studio with producer Darren Schneider, who has worked with Deep Purple, Matchbox Twenty and Creed. The keyboards were subsequently laid down and at AIR studios in London, where the entire affair was mixed. The album includes five new original songs written by Steve, Jimmy, Lee and Bob, along with several cover versions of various Ozzy Osbourne classics.

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Tony Iommi: 'Dio Deserves A Bit More Credit...'

In a recent interview with Guitar World Magazine, BLACK SABBATH guitarist TONY IOMMI talked about the other legendary Sabbath frontman, RONNIE JAMES DIO, "(On the Dio albums) I'm really satisfied with them. No disrespect to OZZY, but I think it's a shame that they've been buried by all the Ozzy stuff. I think they're good albums, and I think Dio deserves a bit more credit than what he did get. He rarely gets mentioned when people talk about the band. Same with TONY MARTIN."

Iommi is currently working on another solo album and performing this summer at Ozzfest with original Sab members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

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