Sunday night in the heart of the bible belt, about 400 family and friends were observing the Sabbath in one of Nashville’s most iconic places of worship, the Exit/In. Preaching the evils of the fast food industry, “drive thru metal” pioneers MacSabbath brought one of the most entertaining tour lineups to the stage that I’ve experienced in my 40+ years on this planet for the American Cheese Tour. Joined by Homer Simpson’s favorite Christian neighbor Ned Flanders, well the five Ned Flanders of OkillyDokilly to be exact, and fun-loving punk outfit PlayboyManbaby, the mix of raucous comedy and iconic BlackSabbath riffs kept the heads banging and the pit swirling the entire night. Continue reading →
Not one for usually liking surprises, watch the hilarious moment when Ozzy Osbourne Prince of Darkness finally met Mac Sabbath! In the previously unreleased clip from Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, three generations of the Osbournes – Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne and Jack’s daughter witness an exclusive performance by the fast food-parody kings for the very first time.
Appearing from behind a red and yellow striped curtain, Ronald Osbourne and the fry-guys Slayer MacCheeze, Grimalice and the Cat Burglar kick straight into “Frying Pan”,their hilarious reimagining of one of Sabbaths greatest hits “Iron Man”. Complete with a burning frying pan, a smoking grill, bouncing burgers, and other bizarre on-stage drive-thru theatrics, Ozzy won’t be forgetting this surreal surprise in a hurry! Continue reading →
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and what better way to spend it by rocking it out to OzzFest 2018 with some of the greatest acts in modern rock music. New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles this year will see the man himself OZZY OSBOURNE headlining along with ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON and a few more acts that are ready to entice you.
This 31st night, the show will take place at Los Angeles at the famed The Forum, which also includes an indoor and an outdoor large stage, some fun and frolic festivities, and some good food trucks. Joining the headliners are JONATHAN DAVIS, ZAKK SABBATH, BODYCOUNT(first OzzFest debut performance), DEVILDRIVER and WEDNESDAY13. If this doesn’t convince you to get on those moshing boots, then I don’t know what will!
On Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast, Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OzzyOsbourne, ZakkSabbath) is Joshua Toomey’s bonus interview guest this week. Nicholson joins the show via phone during the late-night hours from Barcelona, Spain. He talks about the unveiling of the first bingeworthy ten episodes of his new podcast, “A New Level” (available now on major podcast platforms) – A project that uncovers the ins an outs and dos and don’ts of the music industry through one-on-one conversations with notable veterans of the business. Among other topics, they discuss the music business past and present, retirement plans, and fanzines. Continue reading →
Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G. has established himself as one of the premier guitar gods on the planet. Gus is best known for his time as the much coveted axe-slinger for Ozzy Osbourne along with power metal powerhouse Firewind. On April 20th Gus G. will release his second solo effort titled ‘Fearless’ through AFM Records. Gus took the time to sit and talk with me about everything ranging from his upcoming solo album, his biggest influences, his time with Ozzy and everything in between. Interesting to note that Gus stated Ozzy wanted to play both ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ and ‘Diary Of A Madman’ in their entirety and back to back for the last 4 or 5 nights of the ‘Scream’ in 2011. This interview is a must listen for any Ozzy fan. Hear the entire conversation below. You can pre-order the album here
Gothenburg Doomsters Monolord have had quite the year in 2017 with their recently released third album ‘Rust’ receiving universal praise in reviews, and landing atop on multiple Album of The Year lists – including the #1 Album of 2017 on the Doom Charts. They have built up a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut ‘Empress Rising’. Truly exemplifying why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom. Monolord are a rare breed, encompassing and transcending the genre with an unstoppable force both on record and on stage. Now, we are to witness the trio take to the stage as special guests supporting famed Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society in March and April. See for yourself why critics are raving about this band. Full tour dates below.
“Universally beloved… Swedish doom royalty.” – Noisey
From fanatic heavy-metal advocates to casual listeners, a group that has managed to reel in an eclectic mixture of both communities is the now long-established, versatile force of Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, whose tenth studio album, whimsically titled ‘Grimmest Hits’ is perhaps a little bit of a celebration record for the band as it marks their twentieth anniversary as a recording unit. The record is scheduled to be released via eOne Music on 19/01/2018. Continue reading →
It’s been about two weeks now since one of the biggest music festivals stormed through Louisville, KY and forever stamped the Louder Than Life name on the Bluegrass State, offering one of the best lineups the festival has ever hosted. 2 days, 37 bands, and 60,000+ ‘Loudmouths’ fueled by what seemed like an endless supply of alcohol and a desire to rock. For many, (myself included) it was the first time attending the festivities, and I can assure you that I will be returning if the chance ever comes around again. There were people from all walks of life, adults and children, goths, punks, rockers, any type of person you could think of – they were there. Continue reading →
We have finally arrived to the last day of Chicago Open Air. Sunday was the reason many of us made the trip for this huge three day weekend. By the time it rolled around, some fans were calling it “Death Day”. You could definitely understand where they were coming from. There were several heavy hitters taking the stages today including Ozzy and Zakk Wylde, Slayer, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, DevilDriver, Behemoth, and more. Lots of running back and forth would lead to a very tiring day. Luckily, it ended up being the coolest day of the weekend, which made it a bit more bearable. Continue reading to see our review on the most electric day of the festival. Continue reading →
It appears that the rumors from early this morning are true. Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is absolutely stacked this year! The festival went extremely heavy this year booking acts such as Possessed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Decrepit Birth, Code Orange, and many more incredible acts. This will be the festival’s second year taking place at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. 2016 was a very successful year with over 75,000 in attendance for Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Megadeth, Slayer, and more. This year the festival falls in early November on the 4th and 5th, tickets can be purchased here when they go on sale this Friday on July 14th. Here’s what Ozzy and Sharon have to say about this year:
OZZY OSBOURNE: “Last year’s show with Black Sabbath was just incredible and I’m thrilled to be coming back this year with Zakk, Tommy, Blasko and Adam to headline the 21st anniversary of Ozzfest.”
SHARON OSBOURNE: “Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is coming back for another round. Last year we had over 75,000 people attend and we have another great lineup this year with Ozzy’s first solo show in L.A. in more than six years. This is not just another show…it’s Ozzfest Meets Knotfest! And this year’s event means the world to me as we’ll be amongst friends like Prophets of Rage, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Marilyn Manson and Stone Sour…it’s going to be another amazing weekend.”