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Lollapalooza Day 2 brings Green Day, AFI, and Social Distortion: 'Wait, what year is this?'

green-dayImage Credit: Gary Miller/Getty ImagesIn its second day, Lollapalooza, Chicago’s giant music fest, finally revved into high gear, with concerts by Spoon, Phoenix, and Slightly Stoopid. But it was three aging punk-rock acts that ended up stealing the spotlight—AFI, Social Distortion and, of course, Green Day. These big three called to mind Lollapalooza’s early days, starting as a relatively small alt-rock festival in the early ’90s, before ballooning into the massive multi-day, multi-stage event that has now completely taken over Chicago’s sprawling Grant Park. These were yesterday’s three defining acts, and oddly enough, their sets shared a number of similar traits—shameless pandering to the crowd, some self-indulgent nostalgia, overt political content, showy production values, and some transcendentally amazing moments. READ FULL STORY

Ozzfest wedding packages: Would you enter into matrimony at a metal festival?

ozzfest-weddingImage Credit: Tommaso Boddi/PR Photos; Stockbyte/Getty ImagesOzzfest organizers announced today that fans can now buy “Unholy Matrimony” wedding packages which will allow couples to tie the knot at the heavy metal festival, whose lineup this year includes Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, Drowning Pool, and Goatwhore.

“As with other wedding packages, the one-stop Unholy Matrimony Packages provides just about everything the happy couple will need…except a marriage license,” explains the press release.  “Each special package includes a variety of items to mark the special day and 10 general admission pit tickets for the bride & groom and 8 guests; an official Ozzfest wedding ceremony by ordained minister, Ozzfest’s MC Big Dave; an Ozzfest cake and champagne toast.”

Frankly, it seems a bit of a rip that couples won’t be married by Ozzy himself—though I guess his legendary issues with diction might present a problem were he to officiate.

Anyone out there want to get married at Ozzfest? Would it seem like a better or a worse idea if Goatwhore agreed to play the reception?

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Bret Michaels: Police find marijuana on rocker's tour bus

brett-michaelsImage Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.comOn Wednesday night, police in Dekalb County, Ind., found marijuana on a tour bus carrying the Poison rocker and Celebrity Apprentice star Bret Michaels, according to the Fort-Wayne News-Sentinel. A DeKalb Clounty Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Michaels’ two tour buses just after 11.30pm because of a lighting violation. Officers searched both buses and found marijuana on both as well as other unidentified controlled substances. No arrests were made, but according to Chief Deputy Jay Oberholtzer, charges have been forwarded to the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Two of Bret’s tour buses were pulled over Wednesday night,” Bret Michael’s spokesperson tells EW via email. “Officers on the scene claimed there were no trailer tag lights. No arrests were made. Mr. Michaels allowed an open search of the buses and everything was handled in a professional manner.”

The spokesperson had no comment on the allegation that drugs were found on the buses.

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Black Sabbath lawsuit: Peace breaks out between Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

black-sabbathImage Credit: Chris Walter/WireImage.comHeavy metal legends Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi have settled their dispute over who owns the name “Black Sabbath.” In May 2009, Osbourne filed suit against Iommi accusing the Sabs guitarist of falsely saying he was the sole owner of the moniker.

Today, a spokesperson for Osbourne issued a statement saying that the pair had, “amicably resolved their problems over the ownership of the Black Sabbath name and court proceedings in New York have been discontinued. Both parties are glad to put this behind them and… would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business.”

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Vince Neil arrested on DUI charge

Vince-NeilImage Credit: Chris Gordon/WireImage.comVince Neil was arrested early Monday in Las Vegas on a drunken driving charge. The AP reported the Mötley Crüe singer was being held at the Clark County jail pending a court appearance.

There are no further details at present. But if Neil was driving while inebriated, it would reveal the front man has learned little from his personal history. In 1984, Neil was drunken driving when he had an accident that killed his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley. Neil was subsequently sentenced to a mere 30 days in jail.

The timing of the incident is unfortunate for Neil given that both his new CD, and his forthcoming memoir, are titled Tattoos and Tequila (both of which he spoke about to EW in a Music Mix Q&A last week). Neil also has his own tequila line, Tres Rios, and earlier this month opened the Vince Neil Tres Rios Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Vince Neil’s spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

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Slipknot bassist Paul Gray died of accidental overdose

Paul-GrayImage Credit: Kevin Estrada/Retna ltdPolice have announced that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray died as the result of an accidental overdose of morphine and the synthetic morphine substitute fentanyl, according to Reuters. An autopsy also concluded that the musician, 38, was suffering from “significant heart disease.” Gray’s body was found May 25 at a hotel near Des Moines, Iowa, the band’s hometown.

Are you a fan of Slipknot? What do you think of this news?

Vince Neil talks about his first solo CD in fifteen years

vince-neilImage Credit: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images“These are songs that have great memories for me,” says Vince Neil of the tracks he covers on his new CD out today, Tattoos & Tequila. “This is a window into my life.”

The Mötley Crüe frontman’s life is increasingly that of an entrepeneur—one whose business interests actually include a brace of tattoo parlors in Vegas, where he lives. Neil’s latest corporate venture? A  luxury air charter service called Vince Neil Aviation. The rocker seems genuinely disappointed when your reporter suggests some people might balk at the idea of flying on a rock star-owned plane. “My planes are pretty bad a–,” says the singer. “They have hot rod flames on them and a leopard-skin interior. But they’re regulated by the FAA. This isn’t like, ‘Hey bro, let’s go party!’”

After the jump, Neil pilots us back to the past to ruminate upon some of his Tattoos & Tequila cover choices.


Slipknot bassist Paul Gray found dead at 38

Slipknot-Paul-Gray-diedImage Credit: Annamaria DiSantoMultiplatinum nu-metal collective Slipknot, known for their ever-present face masks, horrorcore imagery, and theatrical stage shows, lost bassist Paul Gray today; he was 38.

TMZ says, via information obtained from the Urbandale Police Department, that Gray’s body was found by an employee at an Iowa hotel early this morning, and the Des Moines Register has reported that there is no evidence of foul play; an autopsy with toxicology tests is scheduled for tomorrow, May 25.

The band’s publicist verified his death, but did not provide additional details: “I can confirm that the news is sadly true,” she tells EW, “But that is all I can offer at this time.”

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Controversial church announces plans to protest outside Ronnie James Dio's memorial service, thanks God for his death

Westboro-Baptist-church-dioImage Credit: Larry Marano/Retna Ltd; Scott Olson/Getty ImagesThe highly controversial Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket this Sunday’s memorial service for ex-Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio in Los Angeles.

“This rebel had a God-given platform – for decades – which he should have utilized to publish the truth of God,” the WBC declared in a press release. “Instead, he used that platform – for decades – to teach rebellion against God, in the form glorifying atheism, promoting the devil horn hand sign & other such idolatries. Now he has been cut off by an Angry God & cast into hell.” The release also thanked God for “the dead brute Dio.” The Church, which is based in Topeka, Kansas, and in large part consists of single family, is infamous for picketing funerals to protest America’s tolerance of homosexuality.

On Saturday, Ronnie James Dio’s wife Wendy responded to the proposed picket with the following statement on her late husband’s website: “Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn’t know. We only know how to love someone we know!”

And who could disagree with that? Well, the Westboro Baptist Church, obviously. At this point, there’s a lot more I could write about an organization who thinks it’s doing the Almighty’s work by turning up to funerals with homophobic signage. But instead I would urge you to check out a documentary about the Church which was made a few years back by British journalist Louis Theroux. The film is a terrific example of giving people enough rope to do you-know-what with. You’ll find the first part after the jump.

What do you think about the Church’s decision to picket Dio’s memorial service? And about Wendy Dio’s response?


Ronnie James Dio: An Appreciation

As a teenage metal head, I may have spent more time listening to Ronnie James Dio, who died today after a battle with cancer, than any other singer. This is partly because he was in so many darn bands—including Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio—but mostly due to the fact that he was just a terrific frontman with an operatic control of his vocal instrument that few have ever matched. There are many people who only know the man from his fondness for flashing “the Devil’s horns” or for his cameo in the 2006 Tenacious D movie The Pick of Destiny. However, to a certain section of the metal-loving fraternity, Ronnie James Dio really is a legend.

The singer first came to the attention of rock fans in the mid-’70s as the frontman of Rainbow, the band legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed after departing from Deep Purple. Blackmore would gain a reputation as a tough, dictatorial boss who tended to re-shuffle the Rainbow lineup with each record. But he clearly recognized the value of Dio’s singing and songwriting skills, as the vocalist would ultimately grace four Rainbow albums—1975′s Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, 1976′s Rising, 1977′s On Stage, and 1978′s Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll—before he finally departed. Notable Dio highlights from his days with Rainbow include “Man on the Silver Mountain” and “Kill the King,” a hammering showcase for his full-throated howl.

Dio next joined Black Sabbath for two albums: 1980′s Heaven and Hell and the following year’s Mob Rules. Over time it has become accepted rock wisdom that the only Sabbbath worth listening to is one that features a certain John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne on vocals. That’s just plain wrong. The two Dio-fronted collections are terrific slabs of rock mayhem that in no way disgrace the Sabs’ history.

In 1982, he left the band and formed Dio with Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice. The group’s debut album, Holy Diver, once again showed Dio in top form and spawned the swaggering single of the same name. Dio the band continued to release albums over the next decade. Meanwhile, Dio the singer periodically returned to the Sabbath fold. In recent years, the Mob Rules-era lineup—Dio, Appice, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler—toured extensively under the name “Heaven & Hell,” and last year released an album called The Devil You Know. If the latter collection was not the finest work of anyone involved, it did very much show that the singer still possessed one of rock’s great voices.

I’ve posted some tracks after the jump that hopefully do show Ronnie James Dio at his very best. Please check them out.


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