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Sharon made the decision because The Recording Academy did not honor the band during the live CBS network broadcast but instead taped the May 11th ceremony and tribute performances for a PBS special this fall.
Ozzy's bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward and the band's support group on their farewell tour, Rival Sons played a medley of Sabbath classics ("War Pigs", "Changes" and "Paranoid") at the event.
She explained the decision to keep Ozzy from attending during an interview with Celebrity Access Encore. She said, "I was just so pissed off at the Grammys this year because they gave them a Lifetime Achievement Award, but wouldn't give it to them on the TV show that we all know as the Grammy Awards .
They did it at a separate ceremony, which goes out on another network later on. I wouldn't let Ozzy go because I just thought it was shocking what they did to them. So I wouldn't let Ozzy go... They wanted to give it [the Lifetime Achievement Award] to them in some pissy f***ing ceremony that they had.
"Listen, there were artists there that got awards that deserved it too. But I just thought because Sabbath - their career spanned 50 years and they are still selling records today; their catalog still sells and their last record that was out six years ago was No. 1 in many countries worldwide.
"So the other artists they were honoring had great careers and deserved to be honored, but they still didn't have the careers that Sabbath had. So not to put them on the proper show, it was, like, 'How dare you?' I was so angry. I just thought, 'F*** you. I am not going to give you the honor of having Ozzy at your sh*tty ceremony.'"
The project captures the band in concert at London's legendary Hammersmith Apollo this past February as part of a European trek in support of their 2018 album.
The 22-song set mixes tracks from Slash's four solo records, including three with the band featuring vocalist Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz, bassist Todd Kerns and guitarist Frank Sidoris. "Every night is chasing that magic and when it all happens, it's euphoric," says Slash. "I just love it...London kicks ass."
"Living The Dream Tour" will be released on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3LP Black Vinyl, limited edition 3LP Red Vinyl, digital video and digital audio.
The package is being previewed with a live video performance of "Anastasia", which originally appeared on 2012's "Apocalyptic Love." Watch the videohere.
The cover tune is featured on the band's latest album "Trust In Rust", which hit stores last August. Singer Stefan Schmidt explained previously what makes their group unique, "We have that freak factor, we have a style not everybody likes, but we wouldn't have tried it for [more than] 10 years if nobody cared."
He continued, "We're living the dream, as long as we're playing shows and people turn up to listen to us, we must be doing something right." Check out the video here.
Working alongside a core lineup that included guitarist Robbie Blunt, bassist Paul Martinez and keyboardist Jazz Woodroffe, Plant also brought in drummer Phil Collins for most of the project while still coming to terms with the loss of his longtime friend Bonham.
"The whole of my previous 12 years had been in the warmth and occasionally tepid and very often freezing climate of Led Zeppelin," explained Plant. 'When we all lost John there was only one thing to do, and that was to carry on, and try to carry on and distance myself, if I could, from the wondrous shadow of the past."
With something specific in mind for drums the track, "Like I've Never Been Gone", the singer had Cozy Powell step in to handle things. "Cozy we knew pretty well from those days," Plant recalls, "and Cozy was a good guy: precocious, confident and, like John, you could hear him yelling when he was playing, the sheer joy of actually pulling something off that probably shouldn't have been possible, as far as a drum fill went. So, Cozy played on this track and on a track called "Slow Dancer" and then Phil played on the rest of the album.
"Phil Collins would go on to play on the next album too. So this is great because it's a piece that is pretty dramatic, beautiful playing by everyone. In a way, to me, it felt like even though, obviously, we couldn't get John back, and it wasn't the case of replacing him or getting another Bonham. Instead, it was just basically taking the idiom into somewhere pretty powerful, beautiful with Robbie Blunt's playing and the way it cascades as a piece of music - it's just great."
Plant would go on to release his solo debut, "Pictures At Eleven", in June of 1982; the project was a No. 2 hit in his native UK and reached No. 5 on the US Billboard 200. Listen to the episodehere.
"We're excited to return to North America and share the Legacy Of The Beast Tour with all our friends there!," explains vocalist Bruce Dickinson. "We're immensely proud of this show and we've had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe. The production is based on our mobile game The Legacy Of The Beast which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs.
"It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage," he continues, "and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We've got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during 'Aces High,' tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvelous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course we have Eddie, as you've never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises.
"I've had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it's been fantastic, we can't wait to bring this show to you!" Watch the episodeshere.
Barker had this to say, "XXX and Peep were two of my favorite artists. Both changed music in their own way. Having the opportunity to put my spin on 'Falling Down' was truly an honor.
"From the first time I heard the song I loved it. The true challenge was how could I manage to make it better...I'm really proud of what came out of that." Watch the Ramez Silyan directed video here.
The band celebrated the announcement with the release of the track "Uh Oh," which can be streamed here. Frontman Wes Scantlin had this to say, "This album has been a long time coming. I'm just so happy to finally get it out there for my fans. I hope the new music inspires my fans to live their lives. I'm just trying to crawl under people's skin and help them through their life musically."
He continued, "Sometimes in life you come across people who want to bring you down and rip apart your soul. Well, those days are gone. I have surrounded myself with a great team of people. They believe in me and I believe in them. I'd like to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and perseverance. I would also like to thank all of my fans for their patience. This is just the beginning. I have a lot more rock 'n' roll in me to share with the world!"
The album's music is based on the first music that the they ever wrote. Tegan explains, "While working on our memoir, we discovered lost cassette tapes that had been unheard for over 20 years. They contained dozens of our first songs, written between the ages of 15 and 17...we immediately recognized the songs as an essential part of our high school story."
The record is billed a return to their "rock and punk roots, with a punch of pop production". "With only minor tweaks to lyrics and structure, we tried to remain true to the original essence of each song," says Sara.
Tegan and Sara agree, "This is the record we never could have made as teenagers, full of songs we never could have written as adults." Check out the trailer here
vocalist/guitarist Stephen Cobucci had this to say about the new track, "This is a fight song; a song of rebellion. Countless lies and deceptions are thrown at us every day from the news media, politicians, people who abuse religion, social media, and even our own minds."
He continued, "I wanted to write a simple song that could be one of rebellion to be sung whenever we hear these lies." Check out the new song here.
The package features The Pretenders featuring Chrissy Hynde performing with special guests including Iggy Pop, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Kings of Leon and Incubus at the Decades Rock Arena in Atlantic City, NJ.
Songs include "Brass in Pocket"; "Message of Love" by Incubus, "I'm Only Happy When It Rains" by Shirley Manson, "Precious"; "Candy" by Iggy Pop and Chrissy Hynde", "Talk of the Town"; "Back on the Chain Gang"; "Drive" by Incubus; "Mystery Achievement", "Fools Must Die" by Iggy Pop, and "Middle Of The Road" encore performance featuring The Pretenders with Iggy Pop, Incubus, Kings Of Leon and Shirley Manson. See the tracklistinghere.
Sasquatch will provide support on the trek, which is set to kick off on August 22nd in Los Angeles and visit 27 cities before wrapping on September 22nd in San Francisco.
The band had this to say, "We can't wait to hit the road with a new record. It's been a long time since we've played the US. Nebula has always been a hard working band and we plan to do no different this time around. Hawkwind summed it up pretty well for us:
"Get ready for an all out sonic attack on your senses, you will notice vibrations in your diaphragm, you will hear a distant hissing in your ears, you will feel dizzy, there will be bleeding from your orifices. These are signs of imminent sonic destruction, you can help no one, do not panic, think only of yourselves." See the dateshere.
The inside story for "Destination Anaheim" is simple it is about people idolizing musicians, especially in our day in the age of Instagram. It is so easy for us to look so f***ing popular and so happy and sober...but the reality is hard.
Hell, I just saw this morning about Steve Adler stabbing himself...this is what I am talking about...does this have to be the destiny of a rockstar? We idolize this lifestyle that can become very quickly overwhelming.
I have had a little feedback from older friends and family that are assuming that I am supporting the use of cocaine, drinking and smoking...when all I am really pushing is that social media makes it look like we are having lots of fun and living it up when really it is hard and rock n roll life can be pretty f***in' sh*tty.
While I did write the song on one of my trips to Orange County...but not to let anyone down but the words just rhymed and CA is where people go to "make it".
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourselfright here!
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