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RANDY RHOADS – Never Before Seen Live Footage

November 14th, 2010

The Metal Den has obtained the holy grail for Randy Rhoads fans: NEVER BEFORE SEEN LIVE FOOTAGE!

Before he rocked the world with OZZY OSBOURNE, late guitar great Randy Rhoads blazed it up with QUIET RIOT. This audience-shot footage is from Randy performing an extended guitar solo with QUIET RIOT. This extended Rhoads footage
from the Starwood on 10/25/79 was the final scheduled show for the band that Randy was fulfilling after he joined on with Ozzy…QR reunion gigs didn’t happen until the following May.

Randy had already recorded “Blizzard of Ozz” at this point, which would ultimately be released on September 20, 1980 in the UK and on March 27, 1981 in the United States. “Blizzard of Ozz”, considered one of heavy metal’s greatest albums, has sold over 6,000,000 copies worldwide.

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OZZY OSBOURNE – Are You Ready To Scream Canada?

November 8th, 2010
OZZY OSBOURNE - SCREAM

OZZY OSBOURNE - SCREAM

The dates for OZZY OSBOURNE’s anxiously-anticipated return to Canada are quickly approaching as the BLACK SABBATH singer will bring his crazy train first to Victoria, BC this Friday, November 12th.

These shows – in support of his album Scream (Epic Records) and latest single ‘Life Won’t Wait’ – are part the of the Ozzy’s in-progress 18-month world tour and will feature opening act HALFORD, featuring legendary JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. The first leg of arena dates will mark Ozzy’s first headlining North American tour since 2007’s trek for his Black Rain album.

The fall dates will coincide with the release of an expanded two-CD version of the Scream album. This Tour Edition package will feature seven bonus songs: a mix of previously unreleased tracks and live recordings. Epic will also issue a four-sided vinyl edition that includes five bonus tracks: the three aforementioned songs from the Scream sessions and the live version of ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’, along with the single version of ‘Life Won’t Wait’ (the second single from Scream).

Ozzy’s Canadian tour dates are as follows:

November

12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre

14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome

18 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place

27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

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ROB HALFORD – My Favorite BLACK SABBATH Album Is…

November 3rd, 2010
Rob Halford

Rob Halford

JUDAS PRIEST singer ROB HALFORD spoke with Steve Newton from Straight.com recently about his upcoming dates opening for BLACK SABBATH singer OZZY OSBOURNE. When asked what his fave Black Sabbath album was, the Metal God chose the band’s scary self-titled debut from 1970.

“It took 24 hours to make,” he says, “believe it or not, but the sound is absolutely mindblowing. If you just listen to the sound, how they were able to do that work in such a short space of time is extraordinary.

“I think a lot of musicians agree that generally your first record is very, very important,” he adds, “because you’re really coming from a very pure, new, uncluttered source. You’ve got nothing to prove because you’ve proved nothing yet; you haven’t really got a massive fanbase, so you’re searching to build that. Your record company’s not interfering with your music as they tend to do when you become successful—same with managers, agents, promoters. You’re really coming into your existence at a different level.

“If you look back at the history of your favourite band, generally the first couple are the ones that really kind of grab you. So that’s why I feel that first Sabbath album for me—much like Sad Wings of Destiny for Judas Priest—is a very important release.”

Halford has performed as the vocalist for Black Sabbath at three shows. He replaced Ronnie James Dio for two nights in November 1992, when Dio elected not to open a show for Ozzy Osbourne. Halford also replaced Osbourne in Black Sabbath on August 25, 2004 (his 53rd birthday) at an Ozzfest show in Camden, New Jersey, since Osbourne could not perform due to bronchitis.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne

October 29th, 2010
The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne

The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne

Rolling Stone’s newest health columnist Ozzy Osbourne is already oozing verbal gems of hilarity, and author Dave Thompson archives the legend’s internal genius in Thompson’s new book The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne.

After years of fronting Black Sabbath and four seasons of The Osbournes, Ozzy has developed a multilateral personality full of quirkiness and candidness, each side of which Thompson has captured in The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne.

“I don’t know who Ozzy is,” Osbourne says of himself. “I wake up a new person every day.” Such is the mystery of heavy metal’s most beloved and beguiled figures, a mystery that intrigues longtime fans and pop culture observers alike.

Excerpts of The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne can be found online. The book can be ordered here.

F+W Media is a book and magazine publishing company based in Cincinnati and New York. Dave Thompson is a music biographer and 40-year Black Sabbath super-fan that has interviewed Ozzy Osbourne and written about the musician for a variety of publications in the US and the UK. Thompson has published over 100 music-related books.

Be it the perfect holiday gift for the heavy metal enthusiast or simply a nostalgic look back at one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most legendary figures, The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne encapsulates the countless quote worthy moments of one of music’s most notorious figures.

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Ozzy Osbourne confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival

October 25th, 2010

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Ozzy Osbourne

There are famous artists, there are legendary ones – and there is Ozzy Osbourne. Not only is “the Prince of Darkness” one of hard rock’s most iconic characters, he has also remained at the very top of his career for longer than any of his peers. We are proud to announce that Ozzy Osbourne will make his only Swedish appearance in 2011 at Sweden Rock Festival!

His career took off on Friday the 13th of February 1970, with the release of Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut – the Big bang in heavy music history. Until 1978 the band would release another seven albums featuring Ozzy’s uniquely scornful voice over ominous Doomsday riffs, in countless immortal tracks like “Paranoid”, “Iron man” and “Sabbath bloody sabbath”. 1980 saw the arrival of the singer’s solo debut “Blizzard of Ozz”, another landmark release establishing the characteristic Ozzy sound with tough riffs combined with strong melodies. In the following years Ozzy’s status has grown to Olympic proportions. Events like the reunion of the original Black Sabbath and the controversial reality show “The Osbournes” have been commercial triumphs.

However, his prime achievements remain the albums themselves. In 2010, “Scream” materialized as Ozzy’s tenth studio release, featuring the single “Let me hear you scream”. The latter is the newest addition to an array of classic songs including “Crazy train”, “Mr. Crowley”, “Bark at the moon” and “No more tears”. To name but a few. His recent show at the Stockholm Globe Arena sold out completely soon after the tickets were released and was unanimously hailed by the press, proving Ozzy is as pivotal as ever to the world’s rock and metal scene.

It is this heavy metal titan that in June 2011 makes his very first appearance at Sweden Rock Festival. And his mind is setting on putting on a stellar show. As Ozzy himself puts it in an upcoming Sweden Rock Magazine cover story: “I would pay to see my fans. I love meeting them and making sure they have a good time.”

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HALFORD IV – ‘MADE OF METAL’ released on Metal God Records!

September 28th, 2010

HALFORD CONFIRMS OZZY OSBOURNE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

HALFORD CONFIRMS OZZY OSBOURNE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Halford announces Canadian dates with Ozzy Osbourne!

Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the release of ‘Halford IV Made Of Metal’ featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting September 28th in Canada via Fontana / Universal Music Group.

Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, Made Of Metal showcases a bulk of material (words & music) penned exclusively by Rob Halford. Made Of Metal features fourteen (14) new Halford studio tracks including: The Mower, the current radio single Made Of Metal, Fire And Ice, Till The Day I Die, Undisputed, Heartless and Thunder And Lightning.

Halford’s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video ‘Made Of Metal’ created by London-based Animator Dean Wright made its debut September 13th, 2010, now available at www.robhalford.com/madeofmetal.

The single ‘Made Of Metal’ digital download available at iTunes and www.HalfordMusic.com.

‘It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances. Halford IV Made Of Metal hits hard on many musical and emotional levels. I’m certain it will be recognized as one of the band’s best releases, and I’m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans’.

Halford will be supporting the release with a string of dates opening up for another of hard rock/heavy metal’s all-time great singers and frontmen, Ozzy Osbourne.

And now, without further adieu, a word from the Metal God himself. “Hello Canadian Metal Heads: Your Metal God is excited, ready and preparing Metal masterpieces for the Halford band’s first, full-length-concert tour of the Great White North. That’s right, Halford are preparing to roar across Canada during November 2010 as Special Guest for the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. Double horns way up!! Grab your tickets today, and I will see you all this Fall.” Rob Halford

Track Listing:

1. Undisputed

2. Fire and Ice

3. Made Of Metal

4. Speed Of Sound

5. Like There’s No Tomorrow

6. Till The Day I Die

7. We Own The Night

8. Heartless

9. Hell Razor

10. Thunder and Lightning

11. Twenty-Five Years

12. Matador

13. I Know We Stand A Chance

14. The Mower

Halford’s first live performances in more than seven years has included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal’s Heavy Metal Festival and Ozzfest 2010.

Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo’s Loud Park Festival 10.

Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26 and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

‘It has been a long wait for the global Halford fan-base, and of course I’m very pleased to return with Halford IV Made Of Metal this September 2010’. comments Rob Halford.

Ozzy Osbourne & Rob Halford 2010 Canadian Tour:

Nov. 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre

Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Nov. 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome

Nov. 18 – Edmonton, MB – Rexall Place

Nov. 20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

Nov. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

Nov. 25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place

Nov. 27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

For more information, please visit:

RobHalford.com

MetalGodShop.com

MetalGodApparel.com

MetalGodRecords.com

HalfordMusic.com

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OZZY OSBOURNE Dedicates ‘Road To Nowhere’ To His ‘Old Friend’ RONNIE JAMES DIO

September 26th, 2010

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Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne dedicated the song “Road To Nowhere” to his “old friend” Ronnie James Dio during Ozzy‘s September 22, 2010 concert at the Palasharp Arena in Milan, Italy.

“I’d like to dedicate this to my old friend Ronnie James Dio,” Osbourne said from the stage. “God bless you, man. It’s a song called ‘Road To Nowhere’. I love you, Ronnie.”

Fan-filmed video footage of the Dio dedication and “Road To Nowhere” performance can be viewed below.

Photos of the ahow are available on the news blog Musica Metal.

Ozzy‘s setlist was as follows:

01. Bark At The Moon
02. Let Me Hear You Scream
03. Mr Crowley
04. I Don’t Know
05. Fairies Wear Boots
06. Suicide Solution
07. Road To Nowhere
08. Shot In The Dark
09. [Band Jam / Solos]
10. Rat Salad
11. Iron Man
12. Killer Of Giants
13. I Don’t Want To Change The World
14. Crazy Train
15. Mama, I’m Coming Home
16. Paranoid
17. War Pigs

Ozzy Osbourne told QMI Agency in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on in May that Ronnie James Dio‘s ultimately fatal battle with stomach cancer hit close to home.

“As soon as I heard I heard he had been diagnosed with cancer, I sent him some encouragement,” Osbourne said. “Having been through that situation myself with (my wife) Sharon when we were doing (the reality TV show) ‘The Osbournes’, it’s always somebody over there. When it lands at your doorstep you’re like, ‘What do you do? How do you get round this?’ When Sharon got (colon) cancer, I’d never known anyone who survived. I thought it was bullshit when they told you, ‘They can survive.’ I just thought they were trying to smooth me over. And she got over it.”

Osbourne added that he ran into BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL drummer Vinny Appice at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in early April and inquired about Dio‘s health.

“I didn’t get a chance to see him but I was talking to the drummer Vinny, and I said, ‘Did he get my message?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he said.’ And I said, ‘Well, tell him to keep up the fight.’ Then on the weekend, we heard he had passed away, which is sad. He had a great voice. People thought that me and him were at war. At first, I suppose a bit of theatrics would be involved, but I mean it’s been 30 years.”

The deaths of Dio and SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray are the latest that have stunned the heavy rock world in the last few months. AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan died last December, while TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele passed away in April.

Ozzy, who knew or had a passing acquaintance with all four artists, told The Pulse of Radio it’s sad to see so many musicians pass away in such a short period of time. “I mean, of late everyone’s dropping dead,” he said. “This happens every so often, you know. I’m only hoping my number don’t come up soon. It’s what happens, you know. You hear me talking, I’m lucky I’m not one of the dead ones, ’cause I used to — I mean, Ronnie James Dio didn’t have any problems, but when there’s drugs involved or alcohol…I should have died a thousand times.”

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HALFORD CONFIRMS OZZY OSBOURNE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

September 14th, 2010
HALFORD CONFIRMS OZZY OSBOURNE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

HALFORD CONFIRMS OZZY OSBOURNE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Metal God Records and Rob Halford are pleased to confirm Halford North American concert dates November and December with Ozzy Osbourne!

Twelve cities are currently available for sale with additional dates to be announced.

Ozzy Osbourne & Rob Halford 2010 North America Fall Tour:

Nov. 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov. 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 18 – Edmonton, MB – Rexall Place
Nov. 20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Nov. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Nov. 25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
Nov. 27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Dec. 01 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
Dec. 03 – E. Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Dec. 05 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Dec. 12 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

Halford will also perform at Seattle’s Showbox on November 10th and Denver’s Ogden Theatre on December 15th. ?Tickets available September 17th and 18th for  Halford’s Seattle and Denver Headline Performances at Ticketmaster.com.

Rob Halford will be touring in support of his new studio release Halford IV Made Of Metal featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting world-wide September 27,  Oct 8 (UK & EU), September 28th (North America) and October 13, 2010 (Japan).

Halford’s first live performances in more than seven years have included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal’s Heavy Metal Festival and
Ozzfest 2010.

Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo’s Loud Park Festival 10.

Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26  and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Halford’s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video ‘Made Of Metal’ created by London-based Animator Dean Wright debuts September 13, 2010 at:
http://www.robhalford.com/madeofmetal

The single ‘Made Of Metal’ digital download is available at iTunes and www.HalfordMusic.com

Halford IV  Made Of Metal
Track Listing:
1. Undisputed
2. Fire and Ice
3. Made Of Metal
4. Speed Of Sound
5. Like There’s No Tomorrow
6. Till The Day I Die
7. We Own The Night
8. Heartless
9. Hell Razor
10. Thunder and Lightning
11. Twenty-Five Years
12. Matador
13. I Know We Stand A Chance
14. The Mower

FOR MORE INFO VISIT:
www.RobHalford.com
www.MetalGodShop.com
www.MetalGodApparel.com
www.MetalGodRecords.com
www.HalfordMusic.com

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Randy Rhoads Wine Out This Month

August 11th, 2010
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RANDY RHOADS Wine (Label)

According to Burbankleader.com, a limited edition wine will be released Sunday in honor of Burbank native Randy Rhoads, who was the lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE and QUIET RIOT before he was killed in a plane crash while on tour with Osbourne in 1982.

The Rhoads special edition 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon will be unveiled during a tasting party from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the D’Argenzio Winery in Burbank, home to the Rhoads and D’Argenzio families.

The special edition wine is a way to honor her brother’s legacy, music and life, said Kathryn Rhoads D’Argenzio.

“He grew up here and is still very revered in the music industry,” she said. “This is something I can do to keep his memory alive.”

Read more here.

For more info visit Dargenziowine.com.

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GUS G. Discusses New FIREWIND Album, Playing With OZZY In New Video Interview

July 20th, 2010

Llexi Leon, creator of the multi-media concept Eternal Descent, conducted an interview with FIREWIND/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. shortly before Ozzy Osbourne’s July 3, 2010 performance at the iTunes festival at London, England’s Roundhouse. Watch the chat below.

Gus G. is featured in the third issue of the gothic comic book series Eternal Descent, slated for publication later this month. The issue features a storyline inspired by guitar hero Gus G. who helps ETERNAL DESCENT characters Lyr and Sirian race against time to save Apollo and the rest of the band from the dissonant call of the Damned.

Gus G. - Eternal Descent

Gus G. - Eternal Descent

The comic book will be available at comic book stores worldwide through Diamond Distribution.

Llexi Leon recruits ESP artists for cameo appearances in the Eternal Descent comic which is inspired by a host of iconic metal musicians.

The launch issue came out on March 31, 2010, with subsequent issues to be released every 4-6 weeks.

Eternal Descent spotlights GOD FORBID guitarist Doc Coyle in issue 2, and Gus G. of FIREWIND and OZZY OSBOURNE in issue 3. Other bands — including STATIC-X, ATREYU, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and SOULFLY — are slated for cameo appearances in upcoming issues.

“Llexi Leon really caught my attention when I met him at NAMM, and he described his vision of combining actual rock dudes in his comic book series and doing an issue with each one,” explains Gus G. “I immediately asked him if we can be in one of his books and that’s how the whole thing started. It’s incredible! I feel Llexi has done a great job in capturing all of the band members’ characters.”

To view images from the Eternal Descent comic book issue #3 featuring Gus G., go to this location.

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Eternal Descent, ESP Guitars Sponsor Gus G. Guitar Contest

July 13th, 2010

Eternal Descent, ESP Guitars Sponsor Gus G. Guitar Contest

Eternal Descent, ESP Guitars Sponsor Gus G. Guitar Contest

Win an LTD GUS-600NT Guitar Played and Signed by FIREWIND / Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Gus G.

London, UK – Eternal Descent and ESP Guitars have once again joined forces to sponsor a contest to win a guitar – an LTD GUS-600NT ESP guitar played and signed by Gus G. of Ozzy Osbourne. The LTD GUS-600NT Guitar has a light alder body with a flamed maple top, a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, Sperzel locking tuners, Tonepros bridge/tailpiece, Seymour Duncan Distortion (bridge) and ’59 (neck) pickups with a set-thru construction at 25.5″ scale. Contest entries are accepted from now until August 31, 2010 at http://www.eternaldescent.com/contest/.  A winner will be randomly selected from all entries. One entry per person.

In the latest issue of Eternal Descent, you saw Gus G. using his random star-shaped Signature Series guitar to battle the hordes. In real life, you can see Gus playing his Signature ESP in the latest Ozzy Osbourne videos and onstage at Ozzfest.

“Llexi Leon really caught my attention when I met him at NAMM, and he described his vision of combining actual rock dudes in his comic book series and doing an issue with each one,” explains guitarist Gus G. “I immediately asked him if we can be in one of his books and that’s how the whole thing started. It’s incredible! I feel Llexi has done a great job in capturing all of the band members’ characters.”

The Eternal Descent comic book series is inspired by and features cameos from a host of iconic metal musicians including the bands Atreyu, Firewind, Shadows Fall, and Static X, among others. Issue 3 featuring Gus G. is available at comic retailers listed here: http://www.eternaldescent.com/events/Issue-3-Worldwide

Llexi Leon, the created of the Eternal Descent comic book, began making noise in London, England in 2005. His highly intricate guitar style exhibits the many influences corralled to create his intense sound – from classical, flamenco, electronica, and ambient genres to the more prominent genres of rock and metal. All of these genres infused to one, Leon has built a cinematic metal fantasia with his music which has branched out to a comic book series. His main aspirations are bringing stories to life through escapism. He utilizes everyday events and his vivid imagination to drive him to create more avenues for his multimedia enterprise.

Eternal Descent web sites:
http://www.eternaldescent.com
http://www.myspace.com/eternaldescent.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternal-Descent/151763664056?ref=ts

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Colin Farrell To Play OZZY OSBOURNE In Upcoming Bopic?

July 4th, 2010
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Ozzy Osbourne

According to Digitalspy.com, Colin Farrell has reportedly agreed to star as OZZY OSBOURNE in a upcoming biopic of the rock legend’s life.

Despite the 61-year-old Black Sabbath frontman’s desire to be played by an unknown from his home city of Birmingham, Perez Hilton reports that the 34-year-old Crazy Heart star has signed on for the role.

A source said: “At least Colin and Ozzy are on the same page when it comes to using four-letter words! Colin drinks, he smokes, he womanises. He’s just a sleeve tattoo away from being a real rock star.”

Hilton went on to express his approval at the casting, saying: “The more we think about it, the more we think that he’ll nail it!”

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OZZY OSBOURNE’S ‘SCREAM’ TOPS CHARTS AROUND THE WORLD

July 1st, 2010
OZZY OSBOURNE - SCREAM

OZZY OSBOURNE - SCREAM

DEBUTS AT #4 IN THE U.S.; ALBUM IS #1 IN GREECE AND ALSO LANDS IN TOP TEN ON CHARTS IN FINLAND, JAPAN, NORWAY, CANADA AND GERMANY

ALBUM’S FIRST SINGLE “LET ME HEAR YOU SCREAM” IS NOW #1 ON BOTH ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS AND STILL #1 AT MAINSTREAM ROCK FOR THE 5TH WEEK.

SCREAM–OZZY OSBOURNE’s first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–has entered the charts in the Top Ten in seven countries. Beyond earning the #1 slot on the charts in Greece, SCREAM‘s chart entries include: U.S., #4; Finland, #3; Japan #4 (international chart, #11 on combined chart); Norway, #5; Canada, #4; andGermany, #7. In his native England, SCREAM is at #12; it also is #11 in Australia. The acclaimed album (see quotes below) was released June 22 via Epic Records, with first single “Let Me Hear You Scream” now #1 on both Active Rock charts and still #1 at Mainstream Rock for the 5th week.

Just before SCREAM was released, the rock icon hosted a Sunday afternoon in-store CD signing at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles (June 20). The first 600 fans who purchased a copy were also given a free ticket to that night’s 10:00 PM House of Blues show. OZZY and his band–new guitar player Gus G., bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman–raised the roof with a red-hot performance encompassing new material and his many classics.

The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of SCREAM at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker. It was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY’s 2007 worldwide million-seller Black Rain. OZZY co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko.

OZZY will embark on an 18-month world tour in support of SCREAM. His U.S. dates will kick off with an August 12 performance at the 70th anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota before he launches this year’s OZZFest on August 14. The six OZZFest dates will feature the main stage line-up with full sets from Ozzy, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint. Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool,Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm. Each OZZFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest “Village of the Damned” featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.

Here’s some early critical praise for SCREAM:

“Oz is as sharp as a dagger and at the top of his headbanging skills for Scream. His voice is clear, and he belts every song with conviction. The opening tune, ‘Let It Die,’ sets the bar. This is metal music that begs for arena play, where the sounds of heavy bass, cowbell wallops and guitar power chords can expand. Ozzy’s vocals are as good as they get as he mixes his controlled scream with funky swagger. That sweat-and-danger attitude carries into ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ which combines thrash metal with a tempo that would allow ‘Scream’ dance-hall success…This is heavy, stairway-to-hell music that demands more volume than your ears should hear.”
–Dan Aquilante, New York Post , June 15, 2010

“The highlight is the fist-pumping first single, ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ on which, against a blitzkrieg of snarling guitars, the Ozzster works up a real rebel yell.”
People Magazine, July 5, 2010

” Metal master Ozzy Osbourne thrashes, roars and rocks on a strong batch of tunes…”
—Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News, June 21, 2010.

“…a glorious, imaginative effort by by Osbourne, quite possibly his best album release since 1981′s Diary of a Madman.” (4 stars)
—Patrick Prince, Goldmine Magazine, July 2, 2010

“…this is the most invigorated and relevant Ozzy’s sounded in years…cuts like “Crucify” and “Soul Sucker” [are]… bristling with a brutality and energy that rockers half Ozzy’s age have trouble mustering…his best album in more than 15 years.”
–Jason Ferguson, SHOCKHOUND.COM, June 22, 2010

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http://twitter.com/OFFICIALOZZY
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OZZY OSBOURNE On Biopic – “It Would Be Good To Get Someone From Birmingham To Play Me”

June 27th, 2010
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Ozzy Osbourne

Jonny Greatrex from Sundaymercury.net is reporting:

OZZY OSBOURNE will snub a host of Hollywood superstars as he searches for an actor to play him in a movie about his life.

The film will chart the former BLACK SABBATH singer’s early life, including his heavy booze sessions and the tough Aston upbringing which led to him doing time in prison.

It has been rumoured that A-listers Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jack Black have been considered for the role, with Depp a hot favourite.

But family man Ozzy has turned his back on Tinseltown’s finest. Instead, he wants a real-life Brummie to take the role, preferably a street kid from the back alleys of the city.

And he says he may even launch an X-Factor style open audition to give youngsters from his hometown the chance to achieve his level of superstardom.

“I’d like to get a Birmingham guy to play the young lad in it because Americans can’t do a good Brummie accent,” he told the Sunday Mercury before taking to the stage at Birmingham Town Hall last night.

“I don’t want a Johnny Depp or someone from the Hobbit films. I want someone who knows Birmingham.

“I’m from Birmingham, and it would be good to get someone from Birmingham to play me.

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OZZY OSBOURNE Discusses His Relationship With TONY IOMMI, Blasts DIO Funeral Protesters

June 23rd, 2010
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Legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” Monday night (June 21) with host Bob Coburn. During the appearance Ozzy shed light on the nature of his current relationship with SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, following a recently settled lawsuit over the use of the BLACK SABBATH name.

In response to a caller’s question, Osbourne revealed the last time he spoke to Iommi. Osbourne said, “I spoke to Mr. Iommi just the day after Ronnie James Dio’s funeral.” Osbourne went on to say, “I’m going to England tomorrow and I hope to meet up with him and have a chat with him about old times.”

Ozzy also blasted the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of Ronnie James Dio’s funeral. “I thought it was in such bad taste that those people had those banners about Ronnie James Dio. That’s disgusting. They say that we’re the anti-christ. Well, what makes them any better?”

In an new interview with AOL’s Noisecreep, Osbourne was asked if he will reunite with BLACK SABBATH again. “I am hoping,” he replied. “Tony [Iommi] and I spoke a few days ago. It was, ‘Let’s get together? Sure, mate!’ I talk to [drummer] Bill Ward every week. He is one of my dearest friends. We did a song. We are trying to do an album. It might not work out, but I’ve learned to never say never anymore.”

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