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'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne': New documentary presents the life, art, and addiction of the metal madman

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, a documentary about the life and times of the Prince of Darkness, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday.

What could have been a glossy, fawning tribute to the most visible face in heavy metal music history—especially considering it was co-produced by his son, Jack—actually turned out to be a remarkably evenhanded look at Ozzy’s monumental musical influence as well as his less exemplary life as an addict and often-absent father.

The rock doc starts with Osbourne’s poor childhood in the cramped quarters of inner-city Birmingham, England, and goes up to his long-sought sobriety following the end of the water-cooler fodder reality series The Osbournes.

In Ozzy’s own words, “nothing really happened” in his life until he first heard the Beatles. “It was like someone had turned the world on to me,” said the Ozzman regarding his first exposure to “She Loves You.” “I knew I was going to be a rock star the rest of my life.” (Speaking of Beatles, Sir Paul is one of the numerous interviewees paying tribute to Ozzy’s impact). READ FULL STORY

Guitarist K.K. Downing quits Judas Priest after 40 years

British rockers Judas Priest are famous for breakin’ the law, breakin’ the law (at least in song). But today it was announced that guitarist and founding member K.K. Downing has broken with the metal muthas after 40 years of service.

In a statement on the official Judas Priest website the band announced “with regret” that Downing has retired and will not be joining them on their forthcoming tour. Downing will be replaced by a British guitarist called Richie Faulkner.

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Nirvana and Metallica fans most likely to go 'all the way' on first date, Lady Gaga fans less inclined, according to poll

Sex fiends looking to get lucky on a first date could do worse than to head to Britain and loudly announce their fondness for Metallica and Nirvana.

That is the conclusion to be drawn from a new poll conducted by U.K. music and dating website tastebuds.fm. The site asked users “how far they’d likely go” on a first date and then collated the information to find out band’s fans were the most, and least, likely to go “all the way.”

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Vince Neil released from jail early

Clark County Detention Center

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil was released from a Las Vegas detention center Friday after serving 10 days of his 15-day sentence for a June 2010 DUI conviction, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The rocker, 50, pleaded guilty to the offense last month, and in addition to the 15-day sentence, also entered a plea deal that included 15 days of house arrest and a $585 fine.

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Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil checked into Las Vegas’ Clark County Detention Center Tuesday to serve 15 days in jail, People reports. Neil’s jail time stems from a June 2010 DUI arrest. The musician pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charge, and, under a plea deal, will spend 15 more days under house arrest.

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Ozzy Osbourne postpones Reno show, due to illness

Ozzy Osbourne’s Sunday night show in Reno, Nev., was postponed, due to illness. “Based on advice from doctors, it is with great regret that Ozzy Osbourne is postponing his show this Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Reno Event Center,” a post on his official website read. “The multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Famer cannot perform tonight due to a sudden illness. Tickets from tonight’s concert will be honored for the rescheduled date on Saturday, April 23, 2011.”

Osbourne is still scheduled to perform tomorrow at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre. A call to his representative was not immediately returned.

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Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax to play massive one-off show together in California this April

metallicaImage Credit: Chris Weeks/Getty ImagesMetallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax have announced they will play a show together on April 23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA (which is also the site of the Coachella Festival). The so-called “Big Four” of heavy metal performed a clutch of dates together in Europe last year but the Indio show is being billed as “the only scheduled stop in America this go around” on the official Metallica wesbsite. General admission tickets will cost $99 and go on sale this Friday.
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Metallica guitarist accidentally kicks a child off stage

MetallicaMetallica guitarist Kirk Hammett blasted a lot more than some great riffs last week during a show in Sydney, Australia. Rolling Stone reports that he also knocked a little girl off stage after accidentally kicking a balloon at her. A number of black balloons—which more resembled the oversized inflated workout balls found in gyms—decorated the stage and for fun fan interaction the band threw and kicked some out the the audience.

But in Hammett’s case, the ball didn’t get to float up and out into the crowd. The girl was at the edge of the stage (by the way, who let their toddler on a Metallica stage?) and felt the impact instantly as it left his foot and flew back until she flew off the stage. Oddly enough, the incident happened while they were playing “Seak And Destroy.” She’s reportedly fine and not injured.

You can check out the video after the jump.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Who would you nominate for induction this year?

KISS-Rush-The-SmithsImage Credit: Everett Collection; Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images; Pete Cronin/Redferns/Getty ImagesYes, it’s that time of year again. On September 28, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will announce the list of nominations for 2011 induction, and countless arguments will erupt over who got nominated and didn’t deserve it, who didn’t get nominated and did deserve it, and what this whole thang we call “rock and roll” means anyway.

But why wait until then? Who do you think should be nominated (remembering that an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years ago)? The list of eligible acts is a long one and includes T.Rex, Bon Jovi, The Smiths, Rush, Joan Jett, Ice-T, Duran Duran, Beastie Boys, Peter Tosh, Alice Cooper, and last year’s unsuccessful nominees KISS, Donna Summer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Personally, if I had any say in the matter, I’d nominate cult British folkies Fairport Convention. But, hey, maybe that’s one of the reasons I don’t have a say in the matter.

What about you?

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Tommy Lee talks about the new Methods of Mayhem CD and why he played a drum kit made of boobs

tommy-lee2Image Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesMost rock stars are very choosy about which remixers they allow to tinker with their much sweated-over musical meisterworks. One exception to that rule? Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, who last year posted tracks online from the new album by his Methods of Mayhem project and invited fans around the world to, well, do whatever the hell they wanted with them. “Our direction was: Anything goes,” says Lee. “I don’t care if you play butt bongos on your girlfriend’s a–. Go crazy!”

The skinsman admits the submissions were of variable quality—”A lot of people have a hard time realizing what key things are in”—but that the experiment was ultimately a successful one. “There’s this song called ‘Back to Before’ that was a pretty straightforward, midtempo rock song,” Lee explains. “This dude from Paris took all the parts, remixed it, raised the tempo, and sent it back. I was like, ‘F—, that’s awesome.’ I redid the whole thing around his remix. That was the one that took the wildest turn. Essentially, at the end of the day, I made a record with the whole world.”

That CD, A Public Disservice Announcement, is out today and boasts an eclectic mix of riff-driven metal (“Fight Song”), hook-heavy rockers (“Louder,” “Blame”), and even electro-funk (the Deadmau5-assisted “Party Instructions”). What you won’t find on the album is an abundance of guitar solos. “I think it’s a f—ing waste of time,” Lee laughs. “‘Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!’ That’s great. You can play guitar. I get it. But can you remember anything that you just played? Probably not.” Of course, Mr Lee has himself played a few drum solos during Crüe shows—albeit often while strapped into a revolving metal cage. “That’s why I started to take the drum solo to another level,” he says. “There’s no way you’re going to leave the room if I’m f—ing flying upside down playing drums. Yeah, it’s still a drum solo. It’s a wank. But if you make it cool…”

Lee recently took the drum solo up—or, arguably, down—to another level when he played a kit made of people, and their mostly pneumatic breasts, for the Comedy Central show Tosh.0. “I love that guy,” says Lee of host Daniel Tosh. “I’m such a big fan. When he asked me to come do the show I was like, ‘Yes! I don’t even care what we’re doing on the show, the answer’s yes!'”

And where do you go after you’d played boob-percussion? How about playing a drum solo while riding a rollercoaster. “What I would love to do with Methods is set up a concert where I build a stage around a rollercoaster,” Lee explains. “I want to put seats on the f—ing thing and grab a couple of people out of the crowd and take them with me and play the whole way on the rollercoaster. I’ve got some f—ed up things that I want to do!”

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