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Ozzy Osbourne: Not Ready For Retirement
Ozzy Osbourne is urging fans not to write him off just because Black Sabbath are calling it a day. Ozzy is disappointed his band-mates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi don’t want to continue after their current farewell tour, which will end with a show in the rockers’ native Birmingham, England on February 17.
He tells Billboard.com, “Tony wants to do 80 shows and we’re doing 80 shows. It’s good enough, but I wouldn’t mind extending the tour for another few gigs. There’s a lot of people who won’t get to see us, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Sharon Osbourne recently hinted her husband would step away from the spotlight before he hits 70 in three years, but Ozzy dismissed her retirement chatter, adding, “It’s not me that wants to retire, it’s Black Sabbath. I’ll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife is good at telling me partial information, but I know I’m not hanging my boots up for a while.
“Being Ozzy Osbourne solo again is not a job. It’s a passion. It’s a love. It’s the biggest, greatest love affair of my life.”
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Says Farewell Won’t Be Any Time Soon
Joe Perry is putting the brakes on the talk surrounding a farewell tour for Aerosmith, saying the band is still taking things one step at a time. He’s also striking a conciliatory tone about singer Steven Tyler‘s solo pursuits, despite some earlier jabs.
Tyler recently talked about having a final Aerosmith tour, perhaps as early as 2017. But not so fast, Perry tells Guitar World. “It’s one of many things we’ve talked about as a band, but I don’t know if it’s the end,” “We take it from album to tour and day to day. It’s the same philosophy we’ve always had.”
“It [a farewell tour] could go on for two years,” he said. “There are still a lot of places we haven’t played yet that we want to play. More to follow – let’s just put it that way.”
Jon Bon Jovi Makes a Surprise Visit to Fan Battling Cancer
Carol Cesario, a lifelong Bon Jovi fan battling stage-four lung cancer, was probably thrilled just to visit the singer’s New Jersey restaurant. But then Jon Bon Jovi himself showed up to wish her well, and everything changed.
Cesario was sitting with her back to the door when Bon Jovi walked in. “Oh my God,” she yelled out, when she finally noticed him. Check out the video to see what happened.
The meeting came after Cesario’s daughter, Rosie Skripkunis, set up a social-media campaign to connect her mother with Bon Jovi. Skripkunis said that she was contacted by Bon Jovi’s management team within an hour of posting a makeshift sign pleading for a visit. “One of her biggest dreams was to meet him, ever since I was little,” Skripkunis told NBC Philadelphia.
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil A Song Thief?
Mötley Crüe frontman, Vince Neil, will be playing a bit of the villain card when NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice returns this Summer. Neil and opposing team member Boy George are each tasked with writing the jingles for a chewing gum company. Only it turns out Vince Neil suffers a bit of writers block and turns to fellow musician Boy George on the opposing team for some help. The thing is; Vince is just helping himself to the jingle without Boy George knowing about it.
It’s rumored that Boy George was furious at the incident and brought it up in the boardroom. Plus you’ll never guess who gets sent home sweet home by host Arnold Schwarzeneggar.
Celebrity Apprentice is expected to debut late Summer or early Fall on NBC.
Guns N’ Roses Favored As Glastonbury Headliners
British bookies have made Guns N’ Roses the favorites to headline next year’s Glastonbury festival. The day after this year’s Glasto at Worthy Farm was closed by a headline performance by Coldplay, bookies William Hill made the reunited GNR 8/11 favorites to headline the 2017 event.
Kasabian are priced at 5/4 to headline any of the three nights in 2017, with Radiohead and The Stone Roses joint third favorites at 2/1. The Foo Fighters are priced at 3/1.
William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly says: “After yet another successful Glastonbury, all thoughts will already be turning towards 2017’s festival and it looks likely that a couple of recently reformed bands – Guns N’ Roses and The Stone Roses – may be headlining the Pyramid Stage next summer.”
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Performs With Neck Brace
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor performed with a neck brace during his first show since undergoing surgery.
Taylor was ordered by doctors to refrain from headbanging and jumping when the band kicked off its summer tour Tuesday, June 28 in Nashville, Tennessee. The band was forced to postpone its North American trek with Marilyn Manson by three weeks after Taylor underwent what he described as “an unplanned spinal surgery.”
Slipknot played a 17-song set at the Bridgestone Arena, with Taylor telling the crowd: “Let’s address the elephant in the room: I f**king broke my neck. But there was no way I wasn’t coming to Nashville to do this show.”
He later added: “It sure is weird playing with this pillow on my neck.”
Before the show, Taylor tweeted: “First day back. Haven’t smoked in two months. Broken neck, weird scar. Not enough coffee.”
Metallica Teams Up With Italian Luxury Menswear House Brioni
Metallica is featured in the new advertising campaign for the Italian luxury menswear house, Brioni.
The black-and-white ad campaign features two portraits of Metallica members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo as a group — one in black tuxedos, one in white tuxedos — overlaid with the word “Brioni” in a large, gothic font, a new interpretation of the house’s first official logo, which it used from 1955 until the 1980s.
Said Metallica: “We are beyond thrilled to have been invited to be the face of Italian luxury menswear powerhouse Brioni.
“The black-and-white Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”-inspired photos were shot last month in San Francisco by photographer Zackery Michael. We’re sporting Bespoke Brioni suits and tuxedos as well as sunglasses from their new eye-wear collection.”
Jimi Hendrix Estate Wins Partial Injunction Against Makers of Purple Haze Liqueur
The estate of Jimi Hendrix has won another court battle against a company using his name without permission. Only this time, one of the defendants was Hendrix’s own brother.
Bloomberg News reports that Experience Hendrix, LLC., sued Tiger Paw Distributors, LLC, who has partnered with Hendrix’s brother Leon, for their Purple Haze Liqueur, whose bottle features a stylized drawing of the late guitarist and a drawing of Hendrix’s signature. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia ruled that, due to Hendrix’s “undeniable fame,” Tiger Paw had no claim to use the word “Jimi” on the bottle or the website for the beverage, jimipurplehaze.com, which currently has no content on it.
However, the court ruled Tiger Paw can continue calling their product “Purple Haze Liqueur” and that the drawing of Hendrix wasn’t similar to the “bust” mark that is owned by his estate.
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“I have very strong political views and I could easily write politically motivated songs, but that’s not what the band is about. Music isn’t about politics. We’re in the escapism business.”
“I think it’s really important in this day and age to be positive during an election season,” he said. “It’s important to have music be an escape from TV and hate-spewing rhetoric. Music is a chance to get away from all that.”
~ Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen in a recent interview with Syracuse.com.