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OZZY Issues Post-Surgery Statement: ‘I Am Now Home.

Ozzy Osbourne says that he is ” recuperating comfortably,” two days after undergoing grueling surgery to remove and realign pins in his neck and back. Earlier yesterday (Wednesday, June 15),the 73-year-old legendary heavy metal singer released the following statement via social media:

“I am now home from the hospital recuperating comfortably. I am definitely feeling the love and support from all my fans and send everyone a big thank you for their thoughts, prayers and well wishes during my recovery”.

Ozzy’s statement came just hours after Page Six shared the first photos and video of the BLACK SABBATH frontman as he was wheeled out of a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday. In the images, Ozzy could be seen wearing a black T-shirt, black jeans and a blue mask as he stood up and got into a black Range Rover with guidance from a hospital attendant. Ozzy was accompanied by his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne.

Sharon released a short statement on Tuesday thanking Ozzy’s fans for their “love and support” leading up to his surgery Ozzy.
She also said that he “is doing well” and is “on the road to recovery”.

An Osbourne family source told Page Six on Monday (June 13) that there will be a “lengthy amount of convalescence” after the operation, and the legendary heavy metal singer will need a nurse at home.

The source added: “Ozzy is 73 and any kind of surgery when you get older is difficult. This is quite major. He’s having the pins in his neck and back realigned from when he had a fall back in 2019.

“He’s been in a lot of pain.”

Last week, Sharon said that he was about to undergo a “major operation” which would “determine the rest of his life.”

Sharon announced on U.K.’s “The Talk” on June 8 that she would be flying to America to be by her husband’s side. She also said that she didn’t know if she and Ozzy will do anything special for their 40th wedding anniversary in July. “[It] depends on everything with Ozzy,” she explained.

Last month, Ozzy confirmed to Classic Rock magazine that he was “waiting on some more surgery” on his neck. “I can’t walk properly these days,” he revealed. “I have physical therapy every morning. I am somewhat better, but nowhere near as much as I want to be to go back on the road.”

Ozzy, who revealed two years ago that he was battling Parkinson’s disease, has reportedly applied for permission for a “rehabilitation” wing at his historic Grade II listed home in Buckinghamshire, England. According to the Daily Mail, the extension will feature “an abundance of stopping and sitting” spaces, “discreet grab rails and aids” and “soft non-slip surfaces” as well as a self-contained nurse’s flat. There is also a “pool house orangery”, “garden room” and a “health and welfare exercise studio”.

Last November, Ozzy‘s previously announced European tour with guests JUDAS PRIEST, originally set for 2019 and then rescheduled three times, was once again postponed. The new dates will now take place in May and June 2023.

Ozzy initially scrapped his entire 2019 schedule as he recovered from surgery to repair an injury sustained while dealing with a bout of pneumonia. The tour was postponed a second time after Ozzy continued to deal with health issues following a fall in his Los Angeles home. That fall “aggravated years-old injuries” from an ATV accident that occurred in 2003. The tour was pushed back a third time in October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ozzy‘s European tour with JUDAS PRIEST tour will now take place more than four years later than originally planned, and almost five years after tickets first went on sale in September 2018.

HELLFEST: One more lineup and running order update


UPDATE RUNNING ORDER 
Hellbangers, unfortunately a few days before the festival, the train of cancellations continues…
 
Here are the changes as of today, with the cancellations of :

WE1 : Sacred Reich
WE2 : Goldfinger, Diamante, Molassess, My Dying Bride

A big thank you to the bands who accepted to replace these last minute changes :
WE1 : Agressor
WE2 : Celkilt, Manigance, Dätcha Mandala, Conviction and Headcharger !

2 changes in the running order :

24/06 – Warzone : Sherrif and Millencolin move up one slot each
26/06 – Mainstage 1 : Ugly Kid Joe goes up one slot

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Was Motörhead’s Lemmy a Nazi Sympathizer?

It’s no secret that Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was a huge collector of Nazi war memorabilia. In fact, anyone who’s ever watched the 2010 documentary Lemmy would have a hard time not knowing this fact; Lemmy’s LA apartment is so choked with relics from the Third Reich that almost every shot has a swastika in it. This fascination also leaked through into his public persona, the original version of Motörhead’s infamous war pig mascot Snaggletooth had a swastika on its helmet (it was later removed from future editions of their self-titled record), and young Lemmy was often photographed wearing swastika necklaces and badges. But now, in response to a fan’s tweet, Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell has come out against assertions that Lemmy had personal allegiances with the Nazis.

As reported by Blabbermouth, a Venezuelan fan recently tweeted the following (translated by Twitter):

“RIP Lemmy…although he had his Nazi tendency, he always seemed to me the best rocker in history…of course after Hendrix, whose assistant he was at concerts.”

This tweet had Campbell jumps right in to respond:

“FYI, Lemmy DID NOT, have any Nazi tendencies. He was a historian.”

Followed by Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, who was also Lemmy’s bandmate in rockabilly act Headcat, to chime in, saying:

“Phil Campbell is 100% correct & I will vouch for this true statement all day long. Best, SJP.” In response to this, Campbell wrote, “Thanks Jim, we should know.”

Kirk Hammett on Streaming: “We Told You So…”

Metallica have worked very hard to come back from the image they projected by fighting against Napster in the early 2000s.

The metal titans’ crusade against the forefather of music-sharing services felt like a slap in the face to the fans they’d constantly encouraged to bootleg and tape-trade their material, and seemed to put their bottom line ahead of new listeners’ ability to obtain music. But since then, Metallica have supported up-and-coming artists while publicly giving tons of money to charity, while the public opinion of music-sharing has shifted dramatically due to the low royalty rates of big streaming services like Spotify. Now, in a new interview, guitarist Kirk Hammett has come out basically saying ‘I told you so’ to the masses.

The interviewer, who speaks to Kirk for Classic Rock, kinda feeds right into Kirk’s response with their question:

Classic Rock launched just before Napster came along in 1999, and the music industry started to change. Metallica were one of the big names fighting against peer-to-peer file sharing, which morphed into the streaming model that prevails today. 

We warned everyone that this was gonna happen. We warned everyone that the music industry was gonna lose eighty percent of its net worth, power and influence. When these monumental shifts come you just either fucking rattle the cage and get nothing done or you move forward. 

There’s definitely a new way for getting music out there, but it isn’t as effective as the music industry pre-Napster. But we’re stuck with it. There needs to be some sort of midway point where the two come together, or another completely new model comes in.

There you have it, what goes around comes around, and now that streaming is no longer the technological darling it once seemed to be, Metallica were right all along.

Serj Tankian Drops New Armenian Single “ամպեր”

While metal act System of a Down has only released two new songs in the last 15 years, frontman Serj Tankian is aggressively prolific. Serj released his Elasticity EP last year, and announced that he already had another EP written before it came out.
Now, Serj has dropped a new single “ամպեր” “Amber,” which is sung entirely in Armenian and calls for peace and unity in the country. Apparently, Serj’s song is not about the golden sap-rocks from which Jurassic Park‘s dinosaur DNA was pulled — in Armenian, “amber” (ahm-ber) means “clouds.” The video sees Serj singing in Armenian with collaborator Sevak Amroyan, an Armenian singer who is beloved in his homeland.

This is what Serj had to say about the song:

“‘Amber’ was written in 2017 after I visited Armenia along with my friends Atom and Arsinée Egoyan and Eric Nazarian as members of the coalition ‘Justice For Armenia’ to serve as election monitors for the Parliamentary elections. I was so distraught by the slick theft of the elections before ever reaching the ballot box that I wrote this song as a response. The lyrics, however, seem to be more poignant today when Armenians are divided politically and socially following the devastating attack on Nagorno-Karabagh and Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey in 2020 and the continuous fallout over negotiations with those two dictatorial regimes. ‘Amber”s message is that of unity and harmony. Those are the only truly powerful weapons of the Armenian nation.

“Sevak’s voice has a unique strength harking back to our people’s native lands. I loved listening to his songs like ‘Yarkhushta’ so when we met I was excited to work on something with him.”

Sevak Amroyan adds:

“Naturally, I have listened to Serj Tankian’s music since childhood and always with a sense of pride. After getting acquainted with him, I realized that in addition to being an iconic musician he’s also a very proud Armenian. I am happy about our collaboration and thankful to Serj that we’re singing ‘Amber’ together. It’s a great honor for me.”

Check out the song “ամպեր” “Amber” below:

 

Shinedown launched “Daylight” exploring the importance of human connection.

One of my favourite bands Shinedown have released a new single (June 1) called “Daylight” from their forthcoming album Planet Zero. The uplifting song is about how important relationships are and is a “meaningful portrait of a vital human connection.”

In an interview with People, lead singer Brent Smith said the song is a product of what everyone has dealt with for the last three years, a global pandemic. It was written in just 45 minutes and the band calls it “a gift because it kind of writes itself.”

Shinedown’s new single “Daylight” is “about the human condition. We’ve got to live, and we’ve got to live with another. And that should be something that is celebrated and not tolerated. That’s what ‘Daylight’ really presents. It’s our humanity. It’s an understanding that we’re all on this planet together, and we’ve got to figure out ways to take care of one another” Smith says.

The Shinedown vocalist adds, “We can’t lose our empathy and courage towards each other, or our willingness to pick someone up if you see them on their knees, because there’s gonna be a moment in time when you need someone to pick you up.”

Before Shinedown played the song for the very first time in April in front of 14,000 fans, Smith says he “had this calm come over me right before we played it. The song just took over. The song wrapped its arms around us and said, ‘ I got you.'”

Shinedown are currently on tour in Europe, check the dates and grab your tickets here: Shinedown Tickets

Listen to Shinedown’s new single “Daylight” below and you pick it up here.

 

JOE LYNN TURNER Defends JOHNNY DEPP ‘#MENTOO!’

The legendary Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, Yngwie Malmsteen) has weighed in on actor Johnny Depp‘s highly publicised defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Earlier today (Wednesday, June 1), a jury in Fairfax, Virginia awarded Depp $15 million in damages against Heard over the 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post that claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. The five-man, two-woman civil jury later added $2 million in damages to Heard in her counterclaim. Depp has denied any physical or sexual abuse and says Heard concocted the claims to destroy his reputation.

A short time after the verdict was made public, Turner took to his social media to write: “Having followed the Depp vs Heard trial with great attention and detail and coupled with my own personal experience, I believe I can make an educated judgment in favor of Mr. Depp.

“The World must understand that IPV (Intimate Personal Violence) is not selective to a particular gender, it can affect anyone, anywhere at anytime. A victim has no gender specifics…Period. #MENTOO!”

Another musician who weighed in on the verdict is AEROSMITH‘s Joe Perry, a bandmate of Depp‘s in the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. He wrote on Instagram: “Proud and happy for Johnny’s huge win today. We never doubted anything, we always knew the truth, and that the truth would prevail… Congratulations on getting your life back today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Depp, sued Heard, for $50 million, alleging she defamed him in The Washington Post column in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers said he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.

Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim against Depp for statements made by his former lawyer Adam Waldman, who accused Heard of staging an “abuse hoax” in the Daily Mail. The jury found Heard proved defamation on one of the counts her legal team brought in its counterclaim.

 

Kirk Hammett Butchers “Nothing Else Matters”, Laughs at His Own Screw-Up

Whatever job we have, we all fuck up at some point. even the guitarist for the biggest heavy metal band of all time does at some point.

What really matters is how you deal with this fuck up, how you own it then move forward, rather than fight it.

This is exactly what Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett did at the Boston Calling festival this weekend, where he totally butchered the intro to a song he’s played a million times, and at least had the good humour to laugh at how hard he dropped the ball.

As you’ll see in the fan-shot video below, Kirk started off Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” on Sunday, May 29th, at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts, with a little flourish from “More Than a Feeling” by Boston (because of the fest). However, when it came time to play his own song, Kirk straight-up screwed the pooch, prompting him to fall to his knees and then flop onto his back in exasperation. The dude then got up with a big grin on his face and told the crowd, “Sorry, guys, you’re so kickass…I got distracted by how kickass you are!” Then he tried again, and the band played the song.

Some part of us wants to criticise Kirk for messing up a track he’s played countless   times in his life. Something about a big crowd, owing the fans, yadda yadda yadda. But honestly, this incident just makes him look very endearing. Metallica ONLY play to big crowds, so it’s inevitable that they’re going to have minor fuck-ups in front of thousands and thousands of people. Least they can do is chuckle about it and apologise.

Watch the videos down here:

Full Song here:

Johnny Depp, From Court To The Stage with Jeff Beck in Sheffield, UK

The actor jumped on a plane shortly after the closing arguments in his widely publicized defamation trial against former wife Amber Heard

Up until very recently, Johnny Depp has been in the midst of a widely publicized defamation trial against his former wife Amber Heard, so he was perhaps the last person fans expected to see at a recent Jeff Beck gig in Sheffield, England.

But the Hollywood Vampires guitarist and Hollywood A-lister did indeed appear, donning a Fender Telecaster to help Beck play a trio of classic covers.

In new fan-shot footage, Depp can be seen aiding the electric guitar legend during his set at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday (May 29) for renditions of John Lennon’s Isolation – of which the pair released a studio version in 2020 – as well as Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing and Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, and an original track named Hedy Lamarr.

You can watch the cover of Isolation here.

Johnny Depp is currently suing Amber Heard for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote for the The Washington Post in 2018 in which she documented her experience of being a domestic abuse survivor, without mentioning Depp by name. Heard is countersuing him for $100 million.

While best known for his acting career, Depp is also a prominent musician. With his current band, Hollywood Vampires, which also features Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, he has released two albums: their self-titled debut in 2015 and 2019’s Rise.

He has also collaborated with the likes of Oasis and Aerosmith, while in the ’90s he was a member of a band called P, who once performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and John Frusciante at LA’s The Viper Room, then part-owned by Depp.

KING DIAMOND teases a New Nine-Minutes MERCYFUL FATE Song: ‘It’s Quite A Monster’

Influential Danish metallers MERCYFUL FATE will embark on a European tour this spring and summer. The tour will kick off on June 2 in Hannover, Germany and will include shows in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Norway, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. A one-off appearance at the Psycho Las Vegas festival in Las Vegas, Nevada will follow in late August.

In a Twitch livestream from the MERCYFUL FATE rehearsals, which are taking place in Glostrup, Denmark, vocalist King Diamond revealed that he and his bandmates are planning to debut a brand new song at the upcoming shows. “We’re trying,” he said. “We’re still working on a song. I wrote the final lyrics the day of our departure [for rehearsals], I would say, and that’s a couple of days ago. So the others have not heard me sing the song at all. We played a few riffs from it yesterday. I didn’t sing to it at that time. But it’s coming [along] here. The next couple of days we’re gonna see where it leads us.”

About the musical and lyrical direction of the new MERCYFUL FATE song, King said: “It’s quite a monster, I would say. It’s almost nine minutes long. So it’s not just a quick little [tune]. We hope we can play it. We’re gonna do everything in our power to play it. It’s not recorded yet. So whatever version we might play for you could change before it actually is fully recorded. Some drums have been recorded, that’s what I can say. But we will do our damnedest to play it. We put it early in the set even. But that’s something to look forward to, definitely. And now we’ve gotta make it sound correct, ’cause the early demo versions have lots of stuff on that create a certain mood in the whole thing, which we can’t do [when we perform it]. The live version will be different. I can’t do the backing vocals, naturally, that is intended for the song. But that’s also a challenge, to do a version that works live, of course, [with the] vocal lines. It’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be heavy. The subject is veryheavy too. We are back in 1675 till 1690. That’s a piece of history that we are describing, a nasty piece of history,” he added, possibly referring to the Salzburg Witch Trials.

Confirmed MERCYFUL FATE dates:

Jun. 02 – Expo Plaza – Hannover, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
Jun. 04 – Mystic Festival – Gdańsk, Poland
Jun. 10 – Sweden Rock – Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 14 – Wuhlheide – Berlin, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
Jun. 16 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium
Jun. 18 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 24 – Rock The Castle – Verona, Italy
Jun. 26 – Hellfest Open Air Festival – Clisson, France
Jul. 01 – Rock Fest Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
Jul. 02 – Tuska Open Air – Helsinki, Finland
Jul. 22 – Hills Of Rock – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Jul. 24 – Artmania Festival – Sibiu, Romania
Jul. 28 – Fezen Festival – Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Jul. 29 – Metaldays – Tolmin, Slovenia
Aug. 04 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
Aug. 06 – Beyond The Gates – Bergen, Norway
Aug. 11 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer, Czech Republic
Aug. 13 – Bloodstock Open Air – Derbyshire, UK
Aug. 21 – Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

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