OZZY OSBOURNE REVEALS HE HAS PARKINSON’S DISEASE

In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts for Good Morning America, Ozzy Osbourne, his children and his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, are shedding light on the private health battle he experienced after a fall and Parkinson’s diagnosis last February. A clip from the interview appears at the bottom of the story.

“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Ozzy told Roberts. “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”

To complicate the matters further, Osbourne revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that progresses slowly in most people, and has no cure.

“It’s PRKN 2,” said his wife, Sharon. “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”

Osbourne postponed his world tour and remained largely secluded while he recovered at home. Now, he’s on the mend, revealing that he’s on Parkinson’s medication and taking nerve pills.

“I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s or what, you know, but that’s — see, that’s the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”

This wasn’t the first time Osbourne has battled rumors about his health. Before his diagnosis, Osbourne, who spent 50 years on the road and lived a very public life while on his family’s popular reality TV show “The Osbournes,” has battled rumors about his physical state, even at one point, denying he had Parkinson’s. [Dana’s note: Osbourne claimed to have had a genetic tremor that had no relation to PD].

Now, the rock star is coming clean and letting his fans know about what’s been going on.

“I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”

In his family, it was his son, Jack, and his daughter Kelly, who first realized that something wasn’t right with their dad.

“The hardest thing is watching somebody that you love suffer,” Kelly told Good Morning America.

Kelly opened up about what life has been like for their family in the past year even if it was difficult to face their new reality head on.

“It’s kind of become a bit of — I think a role reversal for us, where we have to be like, ‘Snap out of it. Come on we — we have to all admit what’s happening here,’ so that we can get over this. And it took a while for everyone to be on the same page.”

In a way, Osbourne’s diagnosis has brought his family together and has helped them find strength in each other.

“We’ve all learned so much about each other again — and it’s reaffirmed how strong we are,” said Kelly, who admitted that her father’s diagnosis has helped her and her brother become closer over the past year.

Osbourne’s son, Jack, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, said he can relate to his father.

“I understand when you have something you don’t want to have — but if he wants to talk, and if not — I try to slip in information,” said Jack.

Although his family has helped him tremendously over the past year and has been there for him to lean on, Osbourne admits that it’s been an adjustment at home.

“Coming from a working class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job,” said Osbourne. “And so when I see my wife goin’ to work, my kids goin’ to work, everybody’s doing — tryin’ to be helpful to me, that gets me down because I can’t contribute to my family, you know. But you know, put it this way — I’m a lot better now than I was last February. I was in a shocking state”

As a family, the Osbournes were able to help get their father back on his feet and in the studio…

With the support of his family, Osbourne is on the road to recovery and is even turning to doctors outside the U.S. for other forms of treatment.

“We’ve kind of reached a point here in this country where we can’t go any further because we’ve got all the answers we can get here,” said Sharon. “So in April — we’re going to a professional in Switzerland. And he deals with — getting your immune system at its peak…”

Osbourne’s new album, Ordinary Man is scheduled for release on February 21st, stream the title track featuring Elton John, here. Listen to additional songs Under The Graveyard here and Straight To Hell, featuring Slash, here.

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BLUE OŸSTER CULT’S BUCK DHARMA DISCUSSES THE BAND’S NEW CD/DVD “HARD ROCK LIVE CLEVELAND 2014,” AND THE AUTHENTICITY OF LIVE RECORDINGS

Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with Blue Öyster Cult singer-guitarist, Buck Dharma, about their double CD/DVD set, Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014, which Prato claims is “a truly LIVE recording (devoid of any post-recording doctoring).”

BraveWords: What made the band decide to release Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 now – five years after it was recorded?

Buck Dharma: What happened was we inherited the rights to those video concerts – which were originally done by the cable providers. So, there was a time lag there. Also, we had gone back and edited some of them. As far as content, there is something new to enjoy about it.

BraveWords: Is it entirely live, or were there overdubs added after?

Buck Dharma: No, actually – it’s exactly the way it was.

BraveWords: With BÖC’s earlier live albums – On Your Feet Or OnYour Knees, Some Enchanted Evening, and Extraterrestrial Live – do you recall if there was some overdubs?

Buck Dharma: No. The only “massaging” that was done was I think they added some extra applause sometimes – because there wasn’t a good recording of the audience. We never like, went back and completely played it again.

BraveWords: That’s good to hear, because I know that quite a few classic rock bands from the ‘70s have since admitted that they went back and re-recorded parts on their live albums.

Buck Dharma: Sometimes if there’s a mistake or something, people would fix it. Or if you couldn’t hear what you were singing, and you sang off, and otherwise if it was good you might do that. But we never had to.

BraveWords: What was it about the ‘70s and classic live albums?

Buck Dharma: Well, the bands were good – for one. In that album era, everybody were often better live than on the studio recordings. I think that happened with BÖC – our first gold record was a live record [On Your Feet Or On Your Knees]. And of course, Peter Frampton’s career exploded with his live record [Frampton Comes Alive]. So, I just think the bands of that era were real strong performers live, and people wanted to hear it. I’ll contrast that with some other pop artists, which when they play live, they’re basically playing to tracks that they recorded, and they’re dancing around. They’re just dancing around to their studio records.

BraveWords: What do you think of current rock acts that use backing tracks live?

Buck Dharma: I think there’s some value in playing some of the production they use that can’t be readily duplicated live. But I prefer to play in the moment. One of the reasons why I still go out there and do shows is that it’s different every night. It’s never the same. The leads are different, the vibes of the songs change. The arrangements are basically the arrangements, but there is a lot of improvisation that goes on – that makes it interesting and rewarding to do. And continue to do.

Read more at BraveWords.

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GEDDY LEE AND ALEX LIFESON GIVE THANKS FOR THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT REGARDING NEIL PEART’S PASSING

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have thanked those who have offered their condolences in the wake of drummer Neil Peart’s recent passing.

“Our most heartfelt thanks go out to family, friends, musicians, writers and fans from around the globe for the incredible outpouring of love and respect for Neil since his passing,” they wrote in a pair of tweets. “These touching tributes help to lessen the pain of this terrible loss and remind us all to celebrate his remarkable life and our connections to it. – Geddy & Alex.”

Peart died on January 7th of a glioblastoma — a common, aggressive and incurable brain tumor — nearly four and a half years after retiring following the conclusion of Rush’s R40 tour. Lee and Lifeson asked fans to donate to a cancer research group or a preferred charity in Peart’s name.

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DIRTY HONEY UNLEASHES A RAUCOUS AMAZON ORIGINAL COVER OF AEROSMITH’S “LAST CHILD” AVAILABLE TO STREAM ONLY ON AMAZON MUSIC

Dirty Honey, one of the hottest new bands in rock today, offer up a brand new Amazon Original, a soul-and-swagger-filled cover of Aerosmith’s “Last Child,” written by Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford and originally released on the iconic band’s 1976 album, Rocks. Click here to check out Dirty Honey’s cover version, available now only on Amazon Music.

Dirty Honey – Marc LaBelle/vocals, John Notto/guitars, Justin Smolian/bass and drummer Corey Coverstone – recorded the track on December 21st at the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN, the same studio where The King of Rock & Roll himself, Elvis Presley, recorded more than 250 songs. Six-time Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, and the Lady Gaga/A Star Is Born six-million selling Always Remember Us This Way) produced the track.  Check out the in-studio, behind-the-scenes video footage of the recording, as well as Labelle discussing the track, Dirty Honey’s connection to Aerosmith, and working with Cobb, below.

Said Labelle, “Aerosmith has been a huge influence on our band, and Last Child is a staple in our live set, so to be tipping our hat to the band is really special.  Plus, we’re all big fans of the way Dave makes records.  He does it live, he tracks live, he does minimal overdubs, and we love that.  Our goal has always been to make music that has soul, that has a live feel, and has a performance element to it instead of perfectly in-tune vocals and perfectly played guitar solos.  That’s our philosophy for everything we do, we’re trying to capture performance, not perfection.”

Launched in September 2019, Amazon Music HD provides customers with the highest quality, with more than 50 million songs in High Definition, millions of songs in Ultra HD, and a growing catalog of 3D Audio.  Dirty Honey’s Last Child is available in Ultra HD, (better than CD quality), with a bit depth of 24 bits and a sample rate of 96 kHz.

Amazon Music listeners can find Last Child on the Rock Scene playlist  Customers can also simply ask, “Alexa play the Amazon Original by Dirty Honey” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to Last Child, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

Dirty Honey hits the road today on the first leg of its 2020 Rolling 7s North American tour.  The 25-date, coast-to-coast tour begins in Austin, TX at The Parish and wraps up six weeks later on February 28th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Hotly-tipped UK rock outfit The Amazons will open on all dates. The itinerary is below; for all ticketing and VIP information, go to  https://www.dirtyhoney.com.

January:

17  The Parish, Austin, TX
18  The Blue Light, Dallas, TX 
19  The Studio at Warehouse Live, Houston, TX 
21  The Parish at House of Blues, New Orleans, LA 
22  Club LA, Destin, FL
24  Dixie Roadhouse, Fort Myers, FL
25  Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL
27  Sidetracks Music Hall, Huntsville, AL
28  The Basement East, Nashville, TN
29  Capone’s Johnson City, TN
31  Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD

February:
 
1   Stage On Herr at HMAC, Harrisburg, PA
5   Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
7   The Stache, Grand Rapids, MI
8   The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
10  Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
11  Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
12  Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
14  Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
15  The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
17  Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO
21  Nuemos, Seattle, WA
22  Polaris Hall, Portland, OR
25  Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
27  The Parish at House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
28  El Rey, Los Angeles, CA

April:

17  WXTB 98RockFest, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
18  WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, FL
24  WDHA Rocks the Rock, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
25  WAAF 50th Anniversary, DCU Center, Worcester, MA

May:
 
1  Lunatic Luau, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA

Listen to Dirty Honey’s When I’m Gone, here, and Rolling 7’s, here.

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SCORPIONS ANNOUNCE JULY 2020 “SIN CITY NIGHTS” LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY WITH QUEENSRŸCHE

As they gear up for their 55th anniversary this year, Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, have announced that they will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, Scorpions Sin City Nights launches July 4th at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Scorpions will be joined by special guests Queensrÿche.

“We are very excited to come back to Vegas in July 2020 for a nine-show residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Zappos Theater,” said singer Klaus Meine. “We’re looking very much forward to share some wild Sin City Nights with all of you on the famous Strip … Let’s get ready for the Sting!!!!”

Tickets go on sale to the public January 24th at 10 a.m. PST. Scorpions Rock Zone fan club members will have exclusive, first access to tickets starting January 17th at 10 a.m. PST.

Citi is the official presale credit card of Scorpions Sin City Nights. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning January 20th at 10 a.m. PST until January 23rd at 10 p.m. PST through Citi Entertainment.

In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale beginning January 22nd at 10 a.m. PST through January 23rd at 10 p.m. PST.

The nine performances going on sale are:

July 2020: 4th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 25th

General ticket prices begin at $40, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com/scorpionsvegas or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

With over 110 million records sold around the world, Scorpionswill play fan favorites from their incredible catalog, including Wind Of ChangeStill Loving YouRock You Like A HurricaneSend Me An Angel and many more.

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JUDAS PRIEST FAILS TO MAKE INDUCTION FOR THE 2020 CLASS OF THE ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME, GUITARIST RICHIE FAULKNER TWEETS, “THE ROCK HALL HOLDS NO CREDIBILITY FOR ME AND NEVER HAS”

It has been reported that Judas Priest has been passed over, once again, for induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. The band were on the ballot for induction this year, but failed to receive enough votes to make the class of 2020.

In light of the latest snub, guitarist Richie Faulkner tweeted back to a fan who wrote. “WAIT. Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails and Biggie Smalls BEFORE @judaspriest in #RockHall2020? How do I explain this to my child if I don’t understand it? #MetalForever #HeavyMetal” Then Richie replied, “Doesn’t make sense does it kenny? Hence why the rock hall holds no credibility for me and never has RHRF DOTF”

He continued in a separate tweet, “I’ve said it before but 50 years in and still making music, touring the globe to the best fans in the world is the biggest accolade I can think of. These institutions are founded on what these guys helped create and to not be included is a total joke. I have spoken haha”

He added, “If you wanna call it the ROCK hall, then you should START with a healthy foundation of ROCK (in all its forms) to build on. The founding brothers and sisters that created and developed our beloved style of music and aided it’s evolution. Otherwise, what does it mean?”

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, have yet to be recognized by the institution, whom also dragged their heels when it came to inducting Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and KISS. Deep Purple’s induction was aided by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who voiced his disdain that Metallica got in before the band whom influenced them.

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