Rock News of the Day
Was Ozzy Osbourne’s recent separation from his wife Sharon actually a publicity stunt? A man who claims that he was at one time a manager for Ozzy claims so… but the Black Sabbath singer was on his Facebook page to shoot down those reports.
Steven Machat says that he worked for Ozzy before Sharon became his wife and manager in the early 1980s; his story was told in British tabloids.
Ozzy’s statement: writes, “… for the record, Mr. Machat NEVER managed me nor was he employed by me in any capacity at any time in my career. His representation of this is a categorical lie. I met him when he was hanging around the music industry in the early 80’s, but haven’t seen him in at least 30 years. He’s a sad delusional relic from the 80’s.”
MORE ROCK NEWS
— Slash and Duff McKagan were on hand to watch Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose sing with AC/DC at London’s Olympic Stadium. Slash tweeted: “ACDC/Axl gig at Olympic Stadium was nothing short of awesome last night! Memorable evening to say the least!” while Duff posted a photo from the sound board, calling the show “simply an epic experience!”
— If you noticed something disturbing on Keith Richards’ Twitter account over the weekend, it’s because it was hit by hackers, who posted false and obscene messages. They’ve since been deleted.
— Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has formed a band called Day Of Errors… and he boasts that they will deliver “gut-kicking heavy” music. It’s his first musical project since the release of his solo album Accountable Beasts last year, following his acrimonious split from Black Sabbath before their reunion in 2013.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Debt Buyers
Hopefully you’ve never had to go through the experience of being hounded by a debt collectors. No one wants debt… that is, except companies that will buy your debt for pennies on the dollar then turn around to try and collect the full amount from you.
In this viral video, John Oliver explains the sleazy business of collecting debt, even showing how easy is was to buy $15 million of it. What he does with it, though, is amazing!
On This Day in Rock
1967—Dave Navarro, guitarist for Jane’s Addiction is born.
1969—Tommy by The Who entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number 96. It would later peak at number four.
1969—Blind Faith, the supergroup featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood & Ginger Baker made their live debut performing a free concert at London’s Hyde Park.
1991—Jane’s Addiction’s major label debut album Nothing’s Shocking was certified Gold by the RIAA, three years after its initial release.
1993—The groundbreaking ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame takes place in Cleveland. Among those in attendance are Chuck Berry, Pete Townshend, & Billy Joel.
1994—Boston released their fourth album Walk On their first album in eight years and their first album without singer Brad Delp, who would rejoin the band for their tour in support of Walk On.
1998—Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder sang the national anthem before game three of the NBA Finals between the Utah Jazz & Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago.
Guess My Gitch
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By the way, I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so today, DON’T GUESS GREEN!
More Watercooler Chat
Happy Tax Freedom Day!
This is the day where the average worker in Canada pays off their theoretical tax bill and starts putting money in their own pocket. This year’s Tax Freedom Day actually comes two days earlier than 2015.
So the big question is… on what are you going to spend your 2-days-worth of extra wages?