Posted on October 15th, 2010 No comments
Ozzy Osbourne is not happy about his music being associated with Westboro Baptist Church, and he’s issued an impassioned statement expressing how appalled he is that the church’s paraphrased lyrics from his hit, ‘Crazy Train,’ at a Supreme Court hearing.
“I am sickened and disgusted by the use of ‘Crazy Train‘ to promote messages of hate and evil by a ‘church,’”Ozzy said in response to news that the his lyrics were borrowed and corrupted for events surrounding Tuesday’s Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court hearing. Apparently, an attorney, who is the daughter of Westoboro Baptist Church’s founder, along with her sister, paraphrased the Prince of Darkness’ words at a press conference in Washington D.C.
The church is described by the Wall Street Journal as a “tiny Kansas church … [that] preaches that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for American’s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.”
We just think these hate mongers are a bunch of whacks who need to learn to love more and hate less. But sometimes you just can’t change stupid.
Posted on June 23rd, 2010 No comments
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of the album at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of Ozzy’s new guitar player, Gus G. Ozzy’s band also features bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
Some of Ozzy’s past albums include: Ozzman Cometh (Eco-Friendly Packaging), Black Rain, Down to Earth [Import], Speak of the Devil [Live, Import], Under Cover, The Essential, No Rest for the Wicked, Bark at the Moon, Diary of a Madman, No More Tears, Blizzard of Ozz, Ozzmosis [Original recording remastered, Import].
Posted on May 16th, 2010 1 comment
The small heavy metal rocker in stature, but big in hair and pipes has passed away on May 16 due to stomach cancer. Known for his devil’s horns and work both as a solo performer and with bands such as Rainbow, Elf, Heaven & Hell and Black Sabbath (he replaced Ozzy Osbourne in 1979), Ronnie James Dio spent six decades crafting his career as a heavy metal icon.
Classic Rock Magazine awarded Dio with the “Metal Guru Award” at their yearly “Roll Of Honour” awards ceremony in 2006, On January 17, 2007, Dio was inducted into Guitar Center’s Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA., Dio was named “Best Metal Singer” at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in April 2010.
Message from his wife Wendy Dio on Ronnie’s official web site:
Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.
- Wendy Dio
Ronnie will surely be missed in the heavy metal world.
Explaination about Ronnie’s infamous devil’s horns symbol: Ronnie James Dio is known for popularizing the sign of the horns in heavy metal. His Italian grandmother used it to ward off the evil eye (which is known as malocchio, Dio’s term for the gesture). Dio began using the sign soon after joining Black Sabbath.