Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

20 things you didn't know about Ozzy Osbourne

Think you know everything about Ozzy Osbourne? Here are twenty things you didn't know about the Prince of Darkness

-There was a record for gaps between albums. Bob Dylan had 39 years between one album and the next. Black Sabbath broke it. In 1970, Paranoid was released, topping the UK charts and then 2013's 13 topped the charts, making it 43 years between the two

-Nearly 40 years after Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman played on 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Rick's son Adam worked with Ozzy on 'Scream' in 2010
-Ozzy's guitarist Gus G. was born in Greece as Kostas Karamitroudis
-Metallica bass player Robert Trujillo worked with Ozzy in 1991 on The Infectious Grooves' song 'Therapy' and in 2001 on 'Down to Earth'
-A year after Steve Vai worked with Ozzy, he recruited Joe Holmes, formerly of David Lee Roth's band and Lizzy Borden when Zakk Wylde took too long considering his option to join Guns N' Roses
-In 1994, Ozzy hired Steve Vai. Their work resulted in 'Ozzmosis' 'My Little Man' and 'Dyin' Day'. from Vai's solo 1996 album Fire Garden
-Ozzy lent vocals to the song 'Led Clones' from Northern Irish rocker Gary Moore
-There's a mysterious message on "Bloodbath in Paradise", where Ozzy says "Your mother sells whelks in Hull", a line from The Exorcist
-Ozzy and Madonna lent vocals to the same song: "Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed) by Was (Not Was)
-On the song "Speak of the Devil", Ozzy makes a dedication to the late guitarist Randy Rhoads
-On the album Diary of a Madman, the strange runes read "The Ozzy Osbourne Band"
-On Diary of a Madman, the song S.A.T.O. was said to be strange. In reality, it's the initials of two of the most important women in his life, manager Sharon Arden and then wife Thelma Osbourne
Sharon Arden-Osbourne
Thelma Osbourne
-Motorhead supported the Ozzy Osbourne Band for the majority of it's first US tour but flipped it around when they returned to England, making Motorhead the headliners
-Don Airey, keyboard player for Rainbow, Deep Purple, etc played the signature introduction to 'Mr. Crowley'
-When Randy joined Ozzy, he wasn't a big Black Sabbath fan. He took his inspiration from the glam rock scene, like Mick Ronson, the guitarist for David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust"era band The Spiders
-Randy Rhoads got the job of guitar with Ozzy with help from future Slaughter bass player Dana Strum
-It surprises all that when Ozzy left Black Sabbath to pursue a solo career that it was Sharon Arden who recommended using Ronnie James Dio
-1978 marks where Ozzy's solo career really started

-In 1972, Black Sabbath recorded Vol. 4. One of the tracks, 'Changes' started off with Tony Iommi doing lines of cocaine and messing around on a piano. When this song came out, a lot of Sabbath fans were let down, hearing their heroes releasing a ballad. But 30 years later, it found fame when it was re-recorded as a duet between Ozzy and his daughter Kelly, sending it to #1 on the UK charts
-He was the fourth of six kids born to John and Lillian Osbourne. Early on, he showed an interest in performing by taking part in school plays. Who would have thought that an early interest in performing plays would lead to singing heavy metal? Wow :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coolest rock concert ever!

It's official: I'm going to see Def Leppard or Kiss anytime they're in town!

As you probably know, on the 15th of July, I was planning on seeing Def Leppard and Kiss at the Riverbend Music Center here in Cincinnati, OH. I do apologize if I didn't do an immediate post. Didn't get a chance, I suppose. Well, that concert was awesome! I got plenty of killer pics. My seat was better than the Ticketmaster site suggested. I was less than 30 feet from the stage. And the sound nearly blew my mind; thankfully I brought ear plugs. That opening act was monstrously loud. Yeah, they had an opening act- some Canadian thrash metal band called Kobra and the Lotus, whose lead singer looked and sounded like Lita Ford

Any way, when Def Leppard took the stage, I was speechless. Especially when I got to see the guys really good from my seat. They played all their good stuff, ranging from "Photograph" "Animal" "Love Bites" "Hysteria" "Rock of Ages" "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" "Let's Get Rocked" "Rocket"

And then...KISS took the stage, but not before hearing their all mighty mantra "You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world...KISS! And then the curtain bearing their name fell, revealing the costumed warriors of rock in all their mighty regalia! The noise level in that place when they took the stage, only one word- deafening! They played mostly old stuff, like "Firehouse" "Deuce" "Black Diamond", "War Machine" but they did play other stuff, like "Rock and Roll All Nite" "Lick It Up" "Hide Your Heart" "I Love It Loud" "Love Gun", which had Paul Stanley riding a zipline over the audience to a small stage to sing it. He was on his rotating stage less than 20 feet from me! I just about died! The stage rotated! So I could get a good pic of Paul from any angle. The concert ended with "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", at least it was Kiss' version, and not the original by Argent, a band Kiss toured with frequently in their early, hard working days. And man oh man, was this concert a blast! I'm going every time Def Leppard or Kiss is in town. But, when my parents picked me up, my mom just had to turn the mood sour. She said angrily "This is why I don't go to concerts here. The traffic is always a madhouse." And that kind of ruined the mood for me. I apologized and told her, yet again, "Now you know why I wanted to get a car." And then she comes back saying "We wanted to make sure you had a job first before we even remotely think about getting you a car." But, I did buy some cool souvenirs. I bought two keychains, one for Def Lep and the other for Kiss, a Kiss poster since I never really got to own one, and a Kiss tour shirt! And a whole bunch of confetti

Here are some of the pix I took
Here are some of the opening act- Kobra and the Lotus


She looks and sounds like Lita Ford!
The disco ball for Kiss

Def Leppard
None other than Vivian Campbell!

Phil Collen in all his sexy English beauty :D

The screen during "Love Bites"

During the song "Rocket". The stage looks just like their video for the song, with all the TVs

The Thunder God himself!
Rick Savage

Joe singing "Animal"

Joe Elliott belting out "Photograph"


See the little red light at the right? They started flashing that and playing fire sirens as they launched into "Firehouse"

Eric Singer

The so-called "Kiss Swerve"

Man, I took some killer pics!

Witness the glory of one of rock music's most famous fire breathers!

Gene's torch

The New Spaceman- Tommy Thayer

The new Catman- Eric Singer

"The Demon" spitting blood during "God of Thunder"

Meant to take a pic of him from the front, but he turned around. I'll settle for that ;)

During "Rock and Roll All Nite"

This is the zipline that took Paul to a stage near me!
Singing "Love Gun" on his rotating stage

Paul getting ready to smash his guitar in mid swing

The final fireworks during "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Random guy sitting 5 seats away from me dressed as Paul, right down to the platform boots

Friday, July 18, 2014

20 facts you didn't know about Black Sabbath

Here are 20 unknown facts about Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath nearly broke up before recording a single song
-Tony Iommi left briefly to join Jethro Tull in 1969, but thankfully left
Black Sabbath supposedly took their name from a horror movie
-In reality, American psych rockers Coven wrote a song called "Black Sabbath" and even had a bass player named Oz Osbourne
No one knows the history of the mysterious woman on the debut album
-The woman is a complete mystery

The album Paranoid wasn't always known as that
-The neon image on the front shows a man holding a shield and sword- a "war pig". The album was renamed at the last moment because it was released in 1970, when Vietnam was still raging on
"Fairies Wear Boots" was inspired by true stories
-This song was inspired by one of Sabbath's early concerts, where combat boot-wearing skinheads interrupted a concert
Bill Ward is known for bashing his drums
-His main inspirations were big band-style people like Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich

They called in a little help for an album
-When the band started working on 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, the band called in Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman

Black Sabbath hired art designers at Hipgnosis to design their album covers
-The designers at Hipgnosis designed the cover art for the band's 1976 Technical Ecstasy album
Ozzy supposedly left in 1979, but records say otherwise
-He supposedly left that year after being both fired from the band for missing a concert and his desire to do some solo work. But in reality, he left in 1977, forcing the band to use Dave Walker, a singer with British blues-rock band Savoy Brown
Sharon Arden found the band's next singer
-Before she became known as Sharon Osborne, she was still known as Sharon Arden, daughter of Don Arden, Black Sabbath's manager. When Ozzy left, Tony came to her for help. She recommended Ronnie James Dio
Geoff Nicholls has been in and out of the band since 1979
-Since then, he has contributed keyboards and bass playing on 1980's "Heaven and Hell"

Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillen joins in 1983
-When he joined, there were plans to start a new band. 1986's Seventh Star was supposed to be a solo album by Tony Iommi but both were released under the Black Sabbath name
The Seventh Star-era lineup consisted of...everybody
-This 1986 lineup consisted of Tony Iommi, Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes, future Kiss drummer Eric Singer, bass player Dave "The Beast" Spitz, brother of Anthrax member Dan Spitz
Another musician joins on vocals
-Badlands member Ray Gillen, who was in the same band as Eric Singer, recorded all his vocals for 1987's The Eternal Idol, only to have his tracks redone by Tony Martin
Ray Gillen

Tony Martin
Tony Iommi was supposed to marry Lita Ford
-During the 1980s, Iommi and Ford were engaged to be married. But somehow, she got angry that he needed her drummer Eric Singer for his band and his unfortunate drug use didn't help. She broke off the engagement and later did the song "Close My Eyes Forever" with Ozzy Osbourne!
Brian May of Queen helps out
-He played guitar on "When Death Calls" from the 1989 album Headless Cross
Out with Ozzy, in with Rob
-When Ozzy was unavailable to sing with Black Sabbath in the 1990s, Rob Halford of Judas Priest filled in, singing "Iron Man" "Paranoid" and "War Pigs" among other songs
Geezer Butler and his friend both love football
-Terence "Geezer" Butler and his friend, actor Tom Hanks, both frequent games by Birmingham football team Aston Villa
The original members almost reunite
-In 2001, the original lineup almost reunited, but problems arose
Tony Iommi does stuff other than metal
-In 2013, he wrote a pop song for the Eurovision Song Contest, which ended up being covered by Armenian band Dorians