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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Ozzy To Play Ozzfest With Team Of Doctors

Richard Johnson of The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: "Ozzfest is going to be a little less raucous this year due to Ozzy Osbourne's recent all-terrain-vehicle accident in England. 'His doctors have said he needs six to eight months of rehab, which will end exactly when Ozzfest begins,' said our insider. 'His doctors did not want him to do the tour, but he insisted, so he is planning on having a team of doctors travel with him.' Onstage, Ozzy will have several well-placed chairs and poles to assist him if he should need to sit or stand during performances. Meanwhile, Ozzy's wife Sharon has enraged some Ozzfest bands by demanding they pay upwards of $100,000 to perform in the traveling heavy metal show. It's prohibitive for smaller bands,' said our source, who noted Sharon is focusing on trying to get METALLICA, SLIPKNOT and JUDAS PRIEST to sign on to headline the tour. A rep said: 'The Osbournes traditionally charge the lesser known bands for a marketing fee, but the Osbournes pay the larger bands — and there will not be a slew of doctors in the road.' "

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Ozzy Claims 'Godlike Genius' award

OZZY OSBOURNE has claimed the 'GODLIKE GENIUS' award at today's NME AWARDS in London. Daughter KELLY OSBOURNE was on hand to collect the honor, while the stricken star, who was too ill to make the ceremony at Hammersmith Palais, filmed an acceptance speech.

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Judas Priest And Slayer Confirmed For Ozzfest 2004

Billboard.com is reporting that SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST and SLIPKNOT will join OZZY OSBOURNE as the mainstage acts on this year's Ozzfest, set to begin in early July. Details of the tour will be announced next week in Los Angeles Other bands said to be "all-but-confirmed" are: Hatebreed, Superjoint Ritual and Dimmu Borgir.

Other bands who are said to be "in-talks" with playing Ozzfest this year are as follows:
In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Fear Factory, Black Label Society, and Unearth.The official press-release for bands and dates will be announced Thursday, February 19th.

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Zakk Wylde On Cover of Guitar Player Magazine

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde graces the cover of Guitar Player magazine's March 2004 issue.

This cover is not only a landmark issue for Guitar Player magazine, but also a milestone for Zakk Wylde, both personally and professionally. "I have always wanted to be on the cover of Guitar Player magazine since I was a kid," explains Wylde. "Back in the day, they were the only guitar magazine. I saw all my heroes on the cover and I still own those magazines to this day. Guitar Player magazine always has the real-deal serious players on the cover. It is an honor for me to be considered a player of the same caliber as my heroes."

The Zakk Wylde cover was designed by award-winning Pentagram Design. Guitar Player magazine now touts a bold new look and appeal. "We needed to have the perfect cover for this transition. Zakk was the obvious choice for us," states Michael Molenda, Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Player magazine. "Zakk appeals to everyone. The youth love him for his style of music he plays and our core readers respect him for being the unbelievable technician that he is. He marries both sides perfectly."

This commemorative issue is available on newsstands February 3, 2004.

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'Eighth Star Bootleg' To Get Official Release

BLACK-SABBATH.com reports that TONY IOMMI intends to release what's commonly known as the "Eighth Star Bootleg" - this material was recorded back in 1996 for what was then to be Tony Iommi's first official solo album - the recording features performances by vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), keyboardist Don Airey (Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple) and drummer Dave Holland (Judas Priest).

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Griffin Cover Priest And Ozzy, MP3s For Download

Moonfog's Norweigan metal act GRIFFIN have posted two cover songs online, which will only be available online for the next 48 hours! The songs are of OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Crazy Train' and JUDAS PRIEST's 'Hell Bent For Leather'. You can download them here.

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Ozzy Gets 'Get Well' Gift From Prince Charles

The Sunday Mirror reports Prince Charles sent Ozzy Osbourne a bottle of Scotch as a get well gesture, perhaps forgetting the rocker's battle with long-term alcoholism. "Ozzy is doing well and is on the road to recovery," wife Sharon said. "And he is even better since he got a present from Prince Charles. He sent my husband a bottle of Scotch. Of course he hasn't touched it."

Read the full article at Sunday Mirror.

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Randy Rhoads Gets Star On Walk of Fame

The late Randy Rhoads will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame on March 18th, 2004. This date is one day before the 22nd anniversary of Randy's tragic death. The induction ceremony will be held at the Guitar Center Of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd.

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More Interviews About Ozzy's ATV Accident

There are a bunch more quotes from interviews of Ozzy going around the net about how he "died" twice following his quad-bike crash. "I have lost at least 11 days of my life. It seems like one big nightmare," he said. Meanwhile, wife Sharon has revealed she would have killed herself had Ozzy not recovered. "If Ozzy had gone, I would have gone with him," Sharon admitted. "I wouldn't want to, or be able to, spend the rest of my years without Ozzy. I couldn't go on without him. He is not just the love of my life, he IS my life." Ozzy's bodyguard Sam Ruston, who rescued the singer from almost certain death, and son Jack, who made light of the incident by ordering an Evel Knievel suit for him, have also been interviewed. Check out all the interviews at SundayMirror.co.uk:

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Ozzy Moved Out Of Intensive Care

OZZY OSBOURNE has moved out of intensive care two weeks after a serious quad bike accident. The singer was put on a ventilator after cracking a vertebra in his neck and breaking eight ribs in the accident on his Buckinghamshire estate. Osbourne was taken to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough for emergency surgery on a damaged blood vessel. He has now been transferred to a private clinic where he will continue his estimated six month recuperation.

A statement issued on behalf of his family said: "The Osbourne family are very happy that Ozzy has been allowed out of the intensive care unit for Christmas and would like to thank everyone for their kind support, well wishes and prayers. "They would also like to thank all the staff at Wexham Park Hospital for the outstanding care and treatment that Ozzy has received since his arrival."

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Download New Music From Antidote Records

Antidote Records, the leading independent horror-rock label, has decided to give music fans an early Christmas present. You can now download songs from all of Antidote's bands, including ex-White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult's new band, Rock City Morgue, and ex-Rob Zombie/current Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko's new band, The Death Rays). The label has even provided packaging artwork for those wanting to print out some great looking covers and traycards. All of this for FREE. For more information, click here.

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Will Ozzy's Rehab Be Aired On The Osbournes?

Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports execs at MTV are debating whether to show Ozzy Osbourne's extensive rehabilitation following an all-terrain vehicle accident on the next season of 'The Osbournes'. "We already went through Sharon Osbourne’s recovery from cancer," laments an insider. "We don’t want [the show] to become 'General Hospital'."

Read the full article at MSNBC.

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Ozzy To Have Steel Plate Inserted Into His Neck

Is it now reported that OZZY OSBOURNE will have a 7-inch steel plate fitted to the back of his neck, as revealed Monday by the Mirror.co.uk. Surgeons will perform the delicate operation as soon as the former BLACK SABBATH frontman is strong enough. It is understood they will insert the plate and take bone grafts from the 55-year-old singer's pelvis to reinforce the area in a three-hour operation.The plate will help stabilize the vertebrae Ozzy cracked in a quad bike crash. Doctors fear that without it Ozzy could suffer permanent damage if he fell on his head or neck again. He also broke eight ribs and his collarbone in the accident at his mansion in Buckinghamshire eight days ago.

Bringing you up-to-the minute coverage on Ozzy's every move. ;-)

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Ozzy Osbourne Taken Off Ventilator

Ozzy Osbourne began breathing unaided following his near-fatal accident, according to Telegraph.co.uk.

The former BLACK SABBATH singer has been able to chat to wife Sharon this morning at the Berkshire hospital where he has been recovering since crashing his quad bike last Monday.

A statement from Wexham Park Hospital in Slough said Osbourne, whose "Changes" duet with daughter Kelly claimed the No. 1 spot in the U.K. last night, is now breathing independently.

Osbourne, 55, was placed on a ventilator when he underwent emergency surgery after breaking eight ribs and a collarbone and cracking a vertebra in his neck when he fell off the bike at his Buckinghamshire mansion.

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Ozzy Rumour Denied

Recent reports that Ozzy might not be able to sing for a year following his recent accident have been strongly denied by official sources. The legendary Black Sabbath frontman has no vocal chord or windpipe damage, and is said to be making good progress.

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Ozzy and Kelly Make U.K. Number One

Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly stormed into the U.K. singles charts at No. 1 with their remake of the Black Sabbath classic "Changes".

Despite Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne's success they are only fourth favorite to hold on at the top for another week and bag the coveted Christmas No. 1 slot.

The Darknedd and Pop Idols are both expected to leap above the Osbournes, with the Idols tipped to take the top slot.

"Changes" debuted at No. 1 less than a week after Ozzy was seriously injured in a quad bike accident at his home in the U.K

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Sharon Osbourne's Message To Fans

The New York Post reports Sharon Osbourne visits her own show today, via videotape, to deliver a message to her fans regarding husband Ozzy Osbourne, who's recuperating in a London hospital after a horrific ATV crash on his estate. "Ozzy is doing really well," Sharon says. "He's still in the ICU, but he's doing really good - he's very stable... And I will be back really soon!"

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Ozzy's Crash Caught on Tape For 'The Osbournes'

The Evening Standard reports Ozzy Osbourne was being filmed for his MTV series 'The Osbournes' when he crashed his quad bike. Ozzy narrowly avoided being paralyzed in Monday's accident on his Buckinghamshire estate and is still in intensive care. The new series was to air in the US next month but filming has been suspended until Osbourne, 55, makes a full recovery.

UPDATE: Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports MTV is denying reports that it has footage of Ozzy Osbourne's quad motorcycle accident.

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Jason Newsted Update, New Voivod Material

Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted has checked in via the Chophouse Studios newsletter. Here's what he had to say:

"I would like to thank the Osbournes for including VOIVOD in their tours this year. I am honored to have had the privilege to share the stage with Ozzy, Zach and Mike through a very successful summer. It was a blast playing old BLACK SABBATH songs with this band!

My agreement with the Osbournes was to play bass for the gigs that Ozzy had committed to through December 2003. I wish Ozzy the best as he continues to fly the flag for metal!

I am excited to be back making new music with VOIVOD. The Chophouse studio is fired up and ready for the creation of the next album."

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Breaking News

Ozzy Osbourne Seriously Injured In ATV Accident

Ozzy Osbourne has been seriously injured in an accident while riding an all-terrain vehicle on the grounds of his British estate, a publicist for the heavy metal legend said.

Cindy Guagenti said Osbourne underwent emergency surgery after breaking his collarbone, several ribs and a vertebra in his neck Monday.

On Tuesday, Osbourne was "stable and comfortable" at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, west of London, hospital medical director Dr. Dick Jack said.

"When he was admitted, he had a fractured left collarbone ... with some damage to the blood vessel that lies underneath it," Jack said in a statement.

"He had eight fractured ribs on the left, and in addition to that, he has a small ... entirely stable fracture of ... one of the vertebrae in his neck. This is not a major problem. The emergency anesthetic and surgical team repaired the blood vessel and re-established the blood supply to the left hand and arm. The left collarbone was then reconstructed and he was taken to the intensive care unit where he spent the night comfortably. He's resting.

"This morning he will be seen by the doctors who are taking care of him. They will reassess him and make decisions as to what his treatment should be next."

Guagenti earlier said the surgery was necessary to "lift the collarbone, which is believed to be resting on a major artery interrupting blood flow to his arm." Guagenti also said that doctors were attempting to stop "some bleeding into his lungs," but that the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Read the full article at CNN.

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