Zakk Sabbath, led by Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne shredder Zakk Wylde, has an unlikely hit on their hands. Released by the great label Magnetic Eye, known for sick bands, tons of stoner doom original releases, and tribute albums, Vertigo, is a tribute to Black Sabbath’s historic debut album which invented heavy metal and doom metal and turned 50 in 2019. The album, released only in physical versions and without online streams still ranked worldwide on the charts, due to physical sales (Deluxe CD vinyl). The label issued a statement on the release in light of charting., which you can see below. Zakk Sabbath also includes legends of rock and metal such as bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie), and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queen Of The Stone Age, Bloodclot),
Legendary Heavy Metal drummer Lee Kerslake, best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heap, has died. He was just 73 years old. In a post to social media Uriah Heap bassist and Lee’s friend, Ken Hensley commented: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning,”. “He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed.”
Ozzy Osbourne has released a deluxe version of his classic solo debut album Blizzard Of Ozz, that collection is in stores now. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne’s landmark debut album Blizzard Of Ozz, fans will be able to celebrate with a new animated video for “Crazy Train”, a live Twitter chat, the release of a new HD version of “30 Years After The Blizzard” documentary, a SiriusXM Ozzy’s Boneyard radio special, “40 Years Of Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Ozz”, a selection of limited-edition “Blizzard Of Ozz” commemorative merchandise, and a black and red vinyl version of the album. You can now watch a new animated video for “Crazy Train” right now!
With bands taking so much time between studio albums these days, it’s astonishing to believe that in the space of just three years, between 1970 and 1973, Brummie icons Black Sabbath released no less than five of the most important records in the annals of heavy metal.
As a result of streaming, two classic songs from Ozzy Osbourne have reached new sales milestones in the U.S. “Crazy Train” has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) on September 1 for accumulating four million certified units. That same day, “Mr. Crowley” was certified gold for accumulating half a million units. According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.
KnuckleBonz, the creator of the Rock Iconz music collectible series, has announced the production of a new bundle of Metallica figures (set of four or separately), available for pre-order now at this location. This “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” -era set includes James Hetfield Rock Iconz statue, Lars Ulrich Rock Iconz statue, Kirk Hammett Rock Iconz statue and Robert Trujillo Rock Iconz statue. Other bands that have received the KnuckleBonz treatment include Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, KISS, Ghost, Guns N Roses, and countless more. Continue reading
A&E Network’s relaunch of their Emmy Award-winning flagship show Biography continues with the new Ozzy Osbourne documentary Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne, a two-hour documentary about the life and times of the Heavy Metal icon. It will premiere on Labor Day (Monday, September 7) at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). Watch the trailer right here!
Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed up with Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider to create a Funko Pop! Vinyl figure Dee confirmed the news in a tweet. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures include Slipknot and N.W.A. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Ghost, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Lemmy, and Rob Zombie. Funko reported that these figurines increased its sales by 38 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The Funko brand went public with an IPO in 2018. International sales spiked 65 percent to $68.5 million, while U.S. revenue grew 26 percent to $122.7 million. Dee also recently confirmed in an interview with Ghost Cult (hear it here) his next album, book, and horror movie. His new live album For The Love of Metal Live! is out now via Napalm Records.
A&E Network’s relaunch of their Emmy Award-winning flagship show Biography continues with the new Ozzy Osbourne documentary Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne, a two-hour documentary about the life and times of the Heavy Metal icon. It will premiere on Labor Day (Monday, September 7) at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). Watch a preview here.
Sharon Osbourne made an appearance on the latest episode of Steve-O’s “Wild Ride!” podcast and says that Ozzy is “doing really good” after suffering from several medical issues last year, including a fall, neck surgery and hospitalization for the flu. She also said he is ready to begin working on another new album, after releasing his smash comeback album Ordinary Man earlier this year. Continue reading