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Interview: Ozzy Osbourne Recalls Getting Sacked From Black Sabbath “I Thought It Was Over”

Self-described “Prince of f**king darkness” and sometime-television personality Ozzy Osbourne sat down with  VH1 Classic DJ Nik Carter at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour where he was on hand to receive the Classic Album award for his 1980 solo album, Blizzard Of Ozz. Reflecting on his firing from legendary heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, Ozzy said “I thought it was over.” However, after hooking up with guitar shredder Randy Rhoads, the Ozzman crafted one of the great metal debuts of all time.  “I don’t know whether the stars were in alignment for me on that one but the two albums I made with Randy were classic albums.” Speaking of Rhoads, who died in 1982 in a tragic tour mishap, Osbourne added “he seemed to be with me for years but he was only there for a couple.” Read more…

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God Bless Ozzy Osbourne Documentary Examines Life Of Metal’s Prince Of Darkness And Premieres Tonight On Palladia


Whether as a solo artist or as the lead singer of heavy metal Godfathers Black Sabbath, self-described “Prince Of F***ing Darkness” Ozzy Osbourne is one of the most infamous figures in all rock n’ roll. However the new documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, which premieres tonight at 8/7C on Palladia and re-airs tomorrow on VH1 Classic, reveals there’s much more to the man than his legendary battles with addiction and tales of biting the heads off any number of winged animals. Read more…

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My Dad Is Cooler Than Yours: 10 Unlikely But Awesome Heavy Metal Fathers

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Father’s Day. A time to celebrate the man who drove you to little league, taught you about life, cheered you up when you were feeling down. But what if your dad was on the road 80% of your young life, snorting lines of ants and partying with groupies and throwing TVs out of hotel windows? Well that doesn’t make him a bad person, or a bad father – does it? Sure, “normal” dads may have had more quantity time with their kids, but a lot of heavy metal dads had just as strong a bond with their young ‘uns (albeit in a different way) and made sure to give them everything they need to grow into decent, responsible adults. We think. And though the offspring of heavy metal legends might not be thanking their dads with a Hallmark card and a polo shirt for his big day, there’s no reason they shouldn’t celebrate them and show them how much they mean. From Ozzy to Lemmy to Tom Araya and Eddie Van Halen, these guys have all found the rock star/doting father balance. Here’s 10 Unlikely, but no less great, Metal Dads – just in time for Father’s Day.

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Fade To Black: 15 Hard Rock Heroes Who Miraculously Cheated Death

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We’ve mentioned many times that rock ‘n’ roll is a dangerous business. Whether it’s through plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps, many of music’s finest have tragically been taken from us long before their time. But then there are some rockers who narrowly dodged the reaper, escaping with some crazy stories to tell!

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First Blood: 20 Classic Debut Albums In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock History

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Where would we be without the number one? One is the beginning and the final destination, the ultimate, the pinnacle and the symbol for wholeness and unity. It’s no wonder then that we pay so much attention in music to an artist’s first album. It is the start of their career, their introduction to the world, and where first impressions are made. Read more…

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Remembering Randy Rhoads: Celebrate The Legacy Of Heavy Metal’s Great Guitar Hero!

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32 years ago today heavy metal music lost one of it’s greatest guitar heroes, original Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads. His combination of guitar pyrotechnics, classical flourishes, flashy rhythm guitar fills and peerless technique has influenced players since he was first widely heard on Osbourne’s 1980 debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz and continues up to this very day. Read more…

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Prison Blues: 35 Musicians Who’ve Served Jail Time

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Nobody is above the law, not even rock stars! We mostly just think of their awesome life style, huge paychecks and world-wide adoration, but those hard partying ways can lead to hard time and big trouble. That bad boy image isn’t always an act -you’d be surprised how many musicians have done time in the clink. And not just overnights from DUIs, either. We’re talking long stretches and serious sentences!

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GILF ALERT: We Can’t Believe These Rock Greats Are Grandparents!

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Think about what your grandparents look like and now look at the grandparents that we found in music. You are not going to believe your eyes…

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Celebrate The Super Bowl With Hard Rock’s Top 10 Jock Jams!

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The Super Bowl hits today with a giant wallop of testosterone, from the on-field battling to the at-home screaming to the face-painting to the cheap beer and nachos. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from piling on even more masculine energy with this list of the greatest rock and metal stadium anthems. Whether you’re rooting for Seattle or Denver to triumph in the end, or you just don’t care at all, there’s at least one song on this list that you’ve cared about at some point in your life. And while these songs have been played at stadiums of all sports ad nauseam and can now be considered quite Velveeta-cheesy, they’re still some of the most motivating, inspiring and adrenaline-rushing songs we’ve ever known. From AC/DC to Queen to The White Stripes, they’ve all hit us hard with melodies and messages of hope, belief and victory. So to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII, here’s a list of the 10 Greatest Rock & Metal Jock Jams of all time – songs that are the musical equivalent of a kick in the pants. Hope you’re wearing your cup. Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Zakk Wylde – Find Out His Favorite Guitars, Players + How He Gets His Tone!

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In honor of season 13 of That Metal Show which premieres tonight on VH1 Classic we’re going behind the stacks and finding out what you’re favorite guitarists are playing and what better way to start than with episode 1 guest, legendary Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. Besides being one of the greats of heavy metal guitar he’s also one of the most down-to-Earth and humble musicians you’ll ever have the pleasure of talking to. Though known for his fearsome looks and manic pinched harmonics he is also a student of bluesy players like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the legendary Jimmy Page and adds that to his unparalleled arsenal of guitar technique. Let’s find out what Zakk has to say about his favorite gear, his favorite guitar players and which That Metal Show host he’d most like to marry. No, seriously. Read more…