OZZY EYEING NEXT SOLO ALBUM
It appears Ozzy Osbourne is ready to restart his solo career as soon as his stint with the reunited Black Sabbath is over. Guitarist Gus G, the Prince of Darkness’ principal axeman since 2009, said in a recent interview, “Ozzy wants to do another solo album, that’s for sure. As far as I know he has a contract for three more solo albums, so I don’t know when he will finish them…but I certainly know that he wants to do one more solo album. When it’s going to happen, I don’t know…”
BOSTON TRUMPETS “HEAVEN ON EARTH” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
With Boston reemerging in 2013 with the release of its long-awaited new studio album Life, Love & Hope, and the success of the current single “Heaven On Earth,” the band has announced it will kick off a North American tour on June 5 in Hollywood, FL. Dubbed the Heaven On Earth Tour, the trek will touch down in cities such as Chattanooga, Biloxi, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, Phoenix and San Francisco before coming to a close in Springfield, IL on August 12.
AC/DC’S RUDD CLEARED OF FALSIFYING PILOT’S LICENSE APPLICATION
A 2010 conviction for marijuana possession almost caused AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd an opportunity to receive a helicopter pilot’s license in New Zealand. Britain’s The Guardian reports Rudd failed to mention the conviction (which was later overturned on appeal) in the medical portion of his application, but the judge in the case ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict Rudd of lying, so he’s cleared to resume flying his chopper.
HIGH SCHOOL SENDS SENIORS HOME FOR WEARING KISS MAKEUP
Four high school seniors in Montgomery, NY were sent home from their school’s “Senior Celebrity Day” on Wednesday for wearing Kiss makeup and dressing up like the Demon, Starchild, Space Ace and Catman. School officials cited a security risk as the reason the four fans were asked to go home, explaining that the makeup rendered them unrecognizable. With an unexpected day off school, the four hit up the local International House of Pancakes, where they were reportedly mistaken for real rockers and asked to sign autographs.
MORE BEATLES MEMORABILIA MAKING IT TO AUCTION IN MARCH
Over 200 pieces of Beatles memorabilia are set to be sold at auction at Omega Auctions in Liverpool on March 20, including the piano John Lennon and Paul McCartney played while filming the 1965 movie Help! The 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand, currently owned by Help! director Richard Lester, is expected to sell for around $84,000. Additional Fab Four items up for grabs include jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the movie and the matching coats worn by the band members on the Help! album cover.
PLENTY OF PALMER PRODUCT DUE THIS TUESDAY
Legendary drummer Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia) is set to release a plethora of new releases this Tuesday, March 11. Fans will be able to get their hands on two different DVDs – the 2011 concert collection Decade: 10th Anniversary Celebrating the Music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the art film Carl Palmer: The Solo – and an expanded two-CD package of the Palmer career-spanning Carl Palmer: Do You Wanna Play, Carl? – The Carl Palmer Anthology.
JAGGER FINDS SATISFACTION IN ACTOR’S PORTRAYAL OF JAMES BROWN
Actor Chadwick Boseman (42) is already receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of James Brown in the upcoming Godfather of Soul biopic Get On Up, and the kudos are coming from one of the film’s producers, Mick Jagger. The film is still in production, but the Rolling Stones frontman is already singing Chadwick’s praises, saying, “James Brown was a fluid, super aggressive mover, so for Chad to learn and do that is quite an achievement.”