If a Mount Rushmore-style monument existed for metalheads, the late Ronnie James Dio would certainly be on it. As the frontman of Dio, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath (and a bunch of others), he’s more than earned his spot. And even if you don’t care much about smashes like “Holy Diver” or “The Mob Rules,” you have to give Dio credit for giving the world the metal horns.
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Grammys Winner Snubs and Surprises: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath steal, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar get robbed
Last night, there was a tweet floating around the Internet that noted that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had already amassed four Grammys and legendary artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, and the Who have a grand total of zero among them.
The suggestion, of course, is that possessing an an armload of Academy-issued gold sippy cups doesn’t necessarily have any real correlation to artistic greatness.
Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some head-scratching decisions and maddening snubs during last night’s telecast, most of which happened off-camera. As surprised as Taylor Swift was that Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, the French duo’s victory can’t entirely be called an upset; though there were some mild surprises among the awards handed out live at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, there wasn’t a single on-camera score that could be considered a true surprise of snub.
Luckily, there were dozens more awards given out before the televised show even started, and there lives a parade of outrage. READ FULL STORY
For the past year or so, Ozzy Osbourne has been working towards the release of the new album with his old band Black Sabbath. But according to a post on Facebook, that isn’t the only darkness Osbourne has been dealing with.
“For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs,” Osbourne wrote last night. “I was in a very dark place and was an a–hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.”
Rumors had been swirling that Ozzy was headed into a break up with his longtime wife (and manager) Sharon Osbourne, so he addressed those whispers as well. READ FULL STORY
Evil never dies, and neither does Black Sabbath.
In the wake of a handful of kinda-sorta-reunion dates last summer (drummer Bill Ward remains on the sidelines), the reconvened Black Sabbath announced more details about their upcoming album. Titled 13, the Rick Rubin-produced batch of songs will hit stores in June. Rage Against the Machine skinsman Brad Wilk will be sitting in for Ward, and the album represents the first under the Black Sabbath name since 1995’s Forbidden (which only featured one original band member, and was also super-terrible), and the first Ozzy-led Sabbath collection since 1978’s Never Say Die! (which was also pretty underwhelming).
The band also announced a handful of new tour dates that will take them to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan starting in April. READ FULL STORY
Coachella kicks off its first of two weekends in just a few days, which means that festival season has officially begun. And ever since Lollapalooza put away its touring circus format in favor of shacking up for one huge weekend in Chicago’s Grant Park, it has become the cornerstone of the summer concert calendar.
The past few Lollapalooza lineups have followed some sort of theme. Last year was the year that dance music got much bigger (deadmau5 was one of the main stage headliners), while 2010 was the year of pop (featuring Lady Gaga and a host of other nods to the bubbly mainstream). This year’s collection of bands doesn’t seem to have much of a tether, though it could be the loudest lineup in recent memory (or at least since that year that Metallica headlined). The sorta reunited Black Sabbath headline (drummer Bill Ward remains on the sidelines), along with the Black Keys, Jack White, At the Drive-In, Florence + the Machine, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Other highlights include the Shins, Justice, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, Frank Ocean, Delta Spirit, and the reunited Afghan Whigs. The undercard also consists of about-to-break acts like Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark, Jr., the Growlers, the Jezabels, LP, Bear in Heaven, and Michael Kiwanuka. They’ve even got that ridiculous band that won that Rolling Stone contest, the band with the number one song in the country, at least one former American Idol contestant, and Franz Ferdinand (who are still a band, it turns out).
Since Lollapalooza Perry Farrell is gaga for hot beats, there’s also a pretty awesome round-up of people from the dance world booked on his personal stage, including Calvin Harris and Santigold. Check out the complete list of performers below. READ FULL STORY
For some time now, Austin’s South by Southwest has been the festival where bands big and small alike make newsworthy announcements, debut reformations, tease long-awaited releases, and otherwise create waves and headlines.
But now that the lineup for this year’s Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif., has been announced, it’s starting to look like SXSW might have a worthy challenger out west.
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