Ozzy Osbourne almost burned down his house making a bacon sandwich. Firefighters rushed to the Los Angeles home of Ozzy and his wife Sharon last Tuesday night after Ozzy started a small fire in the kitchen. Sharon was not home at the time and tweeted, “I’m in London, @OfficialOzzy is in LA making a bacon sandwich last night and the fire brigade ended up at our house!!”
Luckily, there were no injuries reported. This marks the second time the Osbournes have summoned firefighters to their home; back in January, a candle that was left unattended overnight exploded in its glass jar, causing a fire in the living room.
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx spoke openly on his Facebook page about his thoughts on downloading individual songs versus experiencing a full album: “When I was scrounging through record shops as a kid,” wrote Nikki, “you usually (unless you just shopped for singles) bought the whole album. I always fell deeper in love with the band because ‘ALL’ their songs spoke to me. Of course, some jumped out at you right away while others grew on you, but you didn’t skip any songs; you would listen from top to bottom over and over again. When I started making albums, I always believed the WHOLE album was the adventure. Of course, there is the lead single for radio but when did THAT become the whole experience?
I talk to more and more people every day who tell me they only buy singles now. iTunes hasn’t helped for that, of course. We have asked them many times to bundle our album as one download so fans wouldn’t cherry pick the hits and miss the hidden gems, but it’s not part of their business model. I love iTunes and buy music almost daily from it, but it still frustrates me. I just wish more people clicked ‘BUY ALBUM.’
Maybe I am old-fashioned in how I believe music should be listened to, but I refuse to ever buy just a band’s single. I always buy the WHOLE album. I encourage you to do the same. Technology may have changed, but the fact that a band makes a WHOLE album for you hasn’t. Dig deep and I promise you, you will fall deeper in love with the artist than you ever could only listening to one song.”
Elsewhere in the Motley Crue camp, singer Vince Neil spoke out again last week about his band’s upcoming break up (by 2016 or so) to Fox affiliate, KVVU. “We just think it’s kind of that time — to do one big push. The [upcoming] tour will last, like, two years. And kind of go out on top. I mean, we’ve been together, actually, 32 years, and by the time we finish up, it’ll be 35 years. So that’s a good enough run.
There are some bands that are on their fifth and sixth farewell tour,” Vince added. “Nah, we’re not gonna do that. I’m not gonna say we would never get back together and do some concerts or something — we wanna keep that open — but we’re not gonna do a farewell tour and then a couple of years later go, ‘Ah, never mind.'”
This guy became the happiest fan in Litaland when Lita Ford surprised him with a surprise duet of “Close My Eyes Forever” at the recent Days of the Dead horror convention in Indianapolis, IN.
Sammy Hagar’s upcoming (September 24) special guest-filled release, Sammy Hagar & Friends, ended up dramatically different than what the Red Rocker originally intended. “I was going to do an anthology record, four decades of rock, and I was going to license songs from each decade and have a two- or three-CD set,” he told Billboard.com. “And then I was going to write four new songs, one from each era. So there’s be a Montrose-esque song, which is ‘Not Going Down,” and an early Sammy (solo) song, which is ‘Bad on Fords and Chevrolets,’ and then a Van Halen-esque song and a lifestyle song, which is ‘All We Need is An Island.’
Then I started recording the new songs and I wrote a couple more and started getting excited. I’ve always been anti-greatest hits packages, anyway, and I thought, ‘Y’know, I can still write. I can still sing. I can still go and make a great record,’ so I kept going and the next think you know, I have a new CD.” Check out “Bad on Fords and Chevrolets” here.
Looks like it’ll be a few more months till the fate of the band name Queensryche is decided once and for all. The band splintered into two entities (each with the same name) last year when singer Geoff Tate was axed; he’s been granted a continuance until January 27, 2014, by the court which will hear the case.
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine recently talked with VH1.com about his peers acting “stupid.” When asked why heavy metal doesn’t get the respect it deserves, Dave responded, “You’ve got to look at a lot of the participants in it. To their own demise, a lot of heavy metal performers act stupid. You know, “Hey bro, duh.” It doesn’t further our cause any. If you want to be treated intelligently, then act intelligent. I remember a lot of the opportunities that I’ve had to do coverage for different shows or stuff, with the whole political process. People forget that. You don’t have to be like, ‘Hey, F you, dude,’ this kind of stuff to be cool. I think that rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal is about rebellion and if everyone thinks you’re stupid then rebel, be smart.
A lot of the bands that were thrash and speed metal bands were anti-authoritarian, anti-establishment bands but there were also a lot that played heavy metal that were singing about mythology and taking it to the extreme with death and black metal bands. I have nothing against it. I just kind of think that’s where it started to spiderweb into all these different fragments of metal. Think about it, there are dozens and dozens of types of metal. To me, it’s all metal. It’s basically how you sing. The majority of these black and death metal bands have great players but people won’t take them seriously because of their lyrical content.
I think if you want to appeal to the masses you have to talk about what’s happening in the real world or you have to address things that are happening emotionally with people that’s going on inside their own personal world. If not, it’s like in [the film] Purple Rain when the guy looks at Prince and said, ‘The only person who understands your music is yourself.’ That’s one of my favorite lines in any musical movie because you can very easily lose the plot.”
Hey Stoopid, Alice Cooper’s 1991 classic album, is being re-released on September 23 with bonus tracks “Hey Stoopid (Beba edit)”, “It Rained All Night,” and a killer clone cover tune of of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.”
Faster Pussycat’s 1987 self-titled debut is being re-released, as well. The Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition is fully remastered, and features a 16-page full color booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.