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The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock

June 14th, 2014 9:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock
Amazing performers, distinctive voices, memorable style and working with a ‘metal’ band (not hard rock, grunge, punk or hardcore); these are the criteria for becoming one of the ten most powerful frontmen in heavy metal and hard rock. These performers not only lead their band on stage, they command a presence that is undeniable to fans who have been lucky enough to catch them live. Some are no longer here, some are a little long in the tooth, but their contribution to their genre will always be felt.

1. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf)

Dio is credited...
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Ozzy Osbourne Urges Fans To Donate To Cancer Charity On His Birthday

December 2nd, 2013 4:20pm EST
Ozzy Osbourne
The Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne is urging his numerous fans to celebrate his 65th birthday on Tuesday by donating money to Britain's Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

On Tuesday, the legendary rocker miraculously becomes a pensioner in his native England and he has taken to Twitter to urge fans to give generously.

The Black Sabbath singer tweets, "I'm using my bday (tomorrow) to raise money for @royalmarsden! Give a gift and donate to help cancer patients."

Ozzy isn't the only musician to use his birthday to raise donations for the charity this year, former Spice Girls star Mel C, Th...
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Ozzy Osbourne Says He Can't Believe Black Sabbath's 'Remarkable' Success

November 15th, 2013 4:20pm EST
Ozzy Osbourne
Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne says he struggles to believe Black Sabbath's lengthy success story.

The 64-year-old singer has been blown away by the response to the group's reunion in 2012 and their new album this year 13, the first studio LP to feature Ozzy on vocals since 1978's Never Say Die!, which topped the album charts in eight countries.

Ozzy, who is joined in the band by guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, admits he thought the group probably had just a few years ahead of them when they formed in 1968 and is astounded that 45 years on people are still so passionate ...
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The Prevalence Of Atheism/Religious Skepticism In Rock Music In 2013

November 7th, 2013 10:47pm EST
Black Sabbath: 13
Let me first state that I have no agenda with this feature, none in the least. My goal is to present some examples of atheism within popular music in 2013. Why? Because it is interesting how artists include their various beliefs and philosophies within their music. It is even more interesting in some cases where references to atheism and religious skepticism aren’t necessarily overt in the forefront. Again, there is no Christian, agnostic, or atheistic agenda. None. NADA! Now with that off my chest and “all minds and hearts clear…”

Atheism (and agnosticism as well) in popular music, partic...
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Ozzy Osbourne Wants Bill Ward Back For Next Black Sabbath Album

June 22nd, 2013 2:46pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath are planning to record and release another album following the success of 13, which has topped the charts around the world - and they are hoping former drummer Bill Ward will join them in the studio.

Last year, Ward pulled out of the get together citing contractual issues, and he was replaced by Rage Against the Machine star Brad Wilk.

Now, his former bandmates are enthusiastic for him to reconsider his decision not to be a part of the reunion, and despite confessing fears Ward might struggle as Sabbath's drummer, frontman Ozzy Osbourne admits he would welcome his old pal ...
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Black Sabbath Lands First No.1 Album Since 1970 Classic "Paranoid"

June 17th, 2013 2:28pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Hard rockers Black Sabbath have returned the top of the UK Album Chart for the first time in over four decades with their highly anticipated comeback album, "13."

The Ozzy Osbourne-fronted band hit No. 1 with the new album this week, setting a record for the longest gap between number-one albums. Sabbath last reached the top spot back in 1970 with their classic "Paranoid."

"I'm in shock! The success of this album has blown me off my feet," Ozzy said after hearing the news.

The previous record was held by Bob Dylan, whose 1970 album "New Morning" and 2009 disc "Together Through Life" had ...
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Sharon Osbourne 'Devastated' To Learn Ozzy Was Using Drugs Behind Her Back

April 24th, 2013 12:28pm EDT
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne was "devastated" to find out that her husband Ozzy has been taking drugs behind her back for the past 18 months.

The rock matriarch moved out of the couple's home last week and into a new mansion, revealing that the couple had separated weeks ago over Ozzy's recent relapse.

During Tuesday's episode of her show The Talk, she addressed the couple's problems and said that she and Ozzy aren't splitting.

"Everything that was printed in the tabloids has been distorted. There's always a little seed of truth to everything that gets reported, but then it gets very distorted," she ...
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Rumor Patrol: Rihanna Pregnant, Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth Cancel Wedding, More

April 20th, 2013 9:00am EDT
Rihanna
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Rihanna has been forced to cancel several concerts because she's pregnant. False. The singer axed her Houston and Dallas gigs on Monday and Tuesday night due to an "illness." Following the Houston cancellation, concert promoters Live Nation issued the statement: "Unfortunately, as a result of illness Rihanna is unable to perform this evening at Houston's Toyota Center. Fans are instructed to retain thei...
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Ozzy Osbourne Admits Relapse, Says He Is 44 Days Sober

April 16th, 2013 1:39pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he suffered a drug and alcohol relapse a year and a half ago. The rocker, who is also battling rumors he and wife Sharon are splitting, went to rehab back in 2003 and was considered sober for several years.

Ozzy told fans on his official Facebook page, "For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an a**hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober." 

The Black Sabbath singer also replied to the persistent divorce gossip, writing, "Just to set the record...
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Jack Osbourne Responds To Rumors His Parents Ozzy & Sharon Have Split

April 15th, 2013 3:21pm EDT
Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne was photographed moving furniture out of the home she shares with rocker Ozzy, and rumors have started circulating that the couple split up.

According to the Daily Mail, Osbourne and a team of helpers unloaded chairs, tables and other furniture into a house in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 2. The tabloid reports that the couple, who have been together for 30 years, are living apart.

Sharon's rep has denied the reports, claiming the pair is "still together" but busy with "work commitments." Osbourne, who is a co-host on "The View," probably has less on her schedule since ...
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Ozzy Osbourne Pays Tribute To Randy Rhoads

March 19th, 2013 4:20pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to his former guitarist Randy Rhoads exactly 31 years after he was killed in a plane crash.

Rhoads, who began performing with Osbourne in 1979, died on March 19th, 1982 at the age of 25 following a horrific accident at a private airstrip in Florida.

The Black Sabbath star remembered Rhoads on Tuesday, exactly 31 years after the tragedy, by posting a picture of his pal on his Twitter.com page with the message, "I still miss you every day. Rest in peace my friend."

Others who remembered Rhoads on the poignant anniversary include Rage Against The Machine st...
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Ozzy Osbourne Sustains Minor Injuries Battling House Fire

January 18th, 2013 1:19pm EST
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne needed medical attention Thursday morning after injuring his hand and singeing his hair while trying to snuff out a fire at his family's Beverly Hills home.

The Black Sabbath singer and wife Sharon went to bed Wednesday night forgetting to blow out a candle, which got so hot it shattered its glass vase and sparked a small fire in their living room.

Ozzy, whose hand was in a cast from having surgery on it Wednesday, tried to put the fire out with his hand in the cast, injuring it further.

Sharon explained the incident on her chat show The Talk Thursday morning.

"At five o' ...
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Black Sabbath Confirm 2013 Comeback

January 13th, 2013 5:47pm EST
Black Sabbath
Rockers Black Sabbath are heading back to the charts together for the first time in more than 30 years.

The reunited rockers began working on a new record last year, their first with the original line-up since 1978's "Never Say Die!", and they have now announced the album, titled 13, is finished and will hit stores in June.

Work on the record was slowed due to guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer battle, but it is hoped he will be well enough to re-join his bandmates for a number of 2013 shows.

Ozzy Osbourne's group has announced plans to tour in Australia, New Zealand and Japan ahead of the re...
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Ozzy Osbourne In Talks For Hometown Airport Honor

December 28th, 2012 4:20pm EST
The Osbournes
Ozzy Osbourne could soon have an English airport named after him as the record company boss who discovered Black Sabbath is calling for a name change to honor the local hero.

Jim Simpson, head of Big Bear Music, wants Birmingham Airport to be turned into a tribute for their hometown star Osbourne, who founded the metal band there.

Simpson has held talks with council chiefs who are reportedly considering following in the footsteps of officials in Liverpool, England, who unveiled the Liverpool John Lennon Airport in memory of the late Beatles legend.

He tells British newspaper The Birmi...
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Black Sabbath To Headline Japan's First Ozzfest

November 1st, 2012 10:30pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Slipknot and Black Sabbath will headline the first Ozzfest staged in Japan next May.

Ozzy Osbourne and his manager wife Sharon made the big announcement online on Thursday morning.

The news of the 11 and 12 May shows comes hours after Black Sabbath announced their first Australian tour in nearly 40 years.

Original band members Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will perform concerts in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in April.
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12 Music Acts That Need To Headline Halftime At The Super Bowl

October 17th, 2012 3:01pm EDT
Beyonce
Now that Beyonce has officially been named the headliner for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, we've decided to put together a little wish-list of acts that we think should provide the entertainment during the 30 minutes of downtime the players have to get rejuvenated for the second half of the big game.

With this year's addition of Beyonce, last year's headliner Madonna, and 2011's Black Eyed Peas shows we also think it's time to get back to some tried-and-true rock and roll.

Check out our picks after the jump...

Alice Cooper

The original shock-rocker puts on a ...
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Top 10 Celebrity Couples

July 14th, 2012 2:30pm EDT
Will Smith &  Jada Pinkett Smith
Approximately 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce in the United States, and if you add celebrity to the equation that percentage seems to increase exponentially.

Check out the stars who have filed for divorce in 2012 alone: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, Seal and Heidi Klum, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, and Debra Messing and Daniel Zelman. Johnny Depp and his longterm partner Vanessa Paradis also called it quits.

Despite rampant divorce rumors, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have weathered the storm after 15 years of marriage. And believe it or not, there are several celebr...
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Ozzy Osbourne Says He Was Misdiagnosed With MS, Asks Jack To Get Second Opinion

June 19th, 2012 4:37pm EDT
Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly
Ozzy Osbourne has pleaded with his son Jack to get a second opinion on his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis - because Ozzy was told he has the condition as well, only to be told previous doctors were incorrect.

Ozzy has Parkin Syndrome, which caused doctors to think he had MS. He told Hello! magazine, "I want Jack to go for a second opinion as I was misdiagnosed with MS a few years ago - it took them six months to work out that I have a rare hereditary tremor, called Parkin Syndrome."

Ozzy now wants Jack to go through more tests to make sure he actually has the condition and not something el...
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Jack Osbourne To 'Adapt & Overcome' Following Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

June 18th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Jack Osbourne
Reality star and new dad Jack Osbourne just revealed he has multiple sclerosis (MS). Ozzy Osbourne's son has opened up to Britain's Hello magazine to talk about the autoimmune disease, which he discovered he had last month after he lost 60 percent vision in his right eye.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.

In April, Osbourne wel...
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Black Sabbath Honored At 2012 Kerrang! Awards

June 8th, 2012 8:55am EDT
Black Sabbath
Reunited heavy metal stars Black Sabbath were the toast of the Kerrang! Awards in London on Thursday - just three days before their official comeback concert.

The reformed band - made up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - picked up the Inspiration Award at the U.K. magazine's annual prize giving as they prepare for Britain's Download Festival on Sunday.

It was also a monumental night for another rock legend - former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash walked away with the Kerrang! Icon honor.

Slash took to his Twitter.com page after scooping the prize to thank fans for voting ...
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Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Pulls Out Of 2012 Reunion Shows

May 15th, 2012 10:13pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has officially pulled out of the group's reunion plans - because he can't get along with his bandmates and their managers.

Ward threatened to quit earlier this year after revealing he had not been given a "signable contract" and the group pledged to continue with reunion shows without him.

Now, just four days before Black Sabbath's Lollapalooza festival warm-up show in the group's native Birmingham, England on Saturday, Ward has written a lengthy letter informing fans of his decision not to be a part of the get together.

In the correspondence, which the dr...
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Lindsay Lohan Attending White House Correspondents' Dinner - See Guest List Of The Stars

April 26th, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
The White House Correspondent's Dinner is one of the few times we get to so many Hollywood stars rub elbows with politicians. Every year, news sources get to choose big names to escort them to the dinner - so who's on the guest list this year?

Of course, the guest list is always up for discussion and usually points to trends at the time - Ozzy Osbourne was on the guest list in 2002, when The Osbournes was a hot reality show. Something tells us he's not going to be invited again soon.

Lindsay Lohan is the big surprise, given her recent troubles. Greta van Susteren of Fox has made the star ...
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Jack Osbourne Welcomes Baby Girl

April 25th, 2012 8:31am EDT
Jack Osbourne & Lisa Stelly
Ozzy Osbourne is a grandfather - his son Jack's fiancee Lisa Stelly has given birth to the couple's first child.

Jack's sister Kelly Osbourne broke the baby news via Twitter on Tuesday, stating, "I am one proud Auntie!"

Reports suggest the happy couple plans to call the baby girl Pearl.

The arrival comes a day after Jack's nervous mom Sharon appeared on TV and revealed the baby was late - just like her.

She told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, "It could be (born) any second... I've got the kettle on. I've got towels. I've got everything ready."
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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Completes Chemotherapy Treatment

March 27th, 2012 3:53pm EDT
Tony Iommi
Metal legend Tony Iommi has received his final dose of chemotherapy as part of his ongoing battle against lymphoma.

The 64-year-old Black Sabbath guitarist is now preparing to begin a course of radiation therapy in an effort to fight the disease, which is a cancer of the white blood cells.

In an update on his website, Iommi writes, "I've had the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon, the steroids were the worse (sic). I've now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I'm told can be very tiring so we'll see."

The rocker went on to ...
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The Osbournes Returning To Television For Animated Series

March 5th, 2012 2:47pm EST
The Osbournes
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family are returning to TV to voice themselves in a new animated series.

The Black Sabbath frontman, his wife Sharon and their two children Kelly and Jack, first opened up the doors to their home for The Osbournes, an MTV program which ran from 2002 to 2005.

And now, after a short hiatus, the family has signed up to share its day-to-day life with fans again in The F'n Osbournes.

Recently engaged Jack, who is also due to become a first-time father this year, will produce the project with his TV presenter mom and bosses at Canadian animation company Cuppa Co...
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Black Sabbath Cancel Shows As Tony Iommi Continues Cancer Battle

February 19th, 2012 11:00am EST
Tony Iommi
The reunited members of Black Sabbath have cancelled a number of upcoming shows as guitarist Tony Iommi continues his cancer battle.

The rocker, who turns 64 on Sunday, was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, just weeks after the band announced plans for shows and a new album in 2012.

Iommi refused to let the diagnosis halt the reunion plans, and started work on the group's comeback album, but the band has now postponed several forthcoming shows to allow him time to overcome his health battle.

Instead, Ozzy Osbourne will take to the stage in co...
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Ozzy Osbourne: 'Tony Iommi's Determination Will Help Him Beat Cancer'

February 9th, 2012 8:45am EST
Osbourne,_Ozzy
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne is convinced Tony Iommi's natural drive will help him win his cancer battle, insisting his Black Sabbath bandmate has "got more determination than anybody I've ever met".

The 63-year-old guitarist has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, and he announced the news to fans last month.

He's refusing to let the diagnosis halt reunion plans, and he has already started work on the band's comeback album - and Osbourne is supporting his pal in every way possible.

Speaking on his SiriusXM Radio show Ozzy's Boneyard, Osbourne say...
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Birmingham, England Planning Black Sabbath Day

February 7th, 2012 9:50pm EST
Black Sabbath
Birmingham, England's culture boss Martin Mullaney has thrown his support behind plans to celebrate Black Sabbath with the band's official city day.

Local officials want to pay tribute to the reunited rock group, who have returned to Britain to record new material and plan for a tour, and a Black Sabbath Day is now in the works in their hometown.

Mullaney tells the Birmingham Mail, "I am fully behind a celebration for Black Sabbath and we will be talking about that."

The idea was initially suggested by councillor Philip Parkin, who stated, "Early discussions are taking place about how be...
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DVD Review: 'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne'

January 27th, 2012 6:26pm EST
God Bless Ozzy
In some ways, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne seems a bit unnecessary, a bit of grandeur and posturing - as it were - for a man who helped to shape the course of heavy music throughout the years.

As far as content, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne covers the necessary evils – Black Sabbath, drug addiction (sort of), and family life, though the proceedings are less than biting.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne plays like a skeleton outline of Ozzy's life. While the man's alcoholism is addressed, it's quickly dismissed as just being part of Osbourne's lifestyle back in the day.

The Black Sabbath frontman's tenure ...
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Black Sabbath Heading Back To Birmingham

January 25th, 2012 1:35pm EST
Black Sabbath
Newly-reunited rockers Black Sabbath have moved their recording sessions from Los Angeles to the British city of Birmingham where they started their career.

The musicians began recording material for their new album earlier this month at the home of guitarist Tony Iommi, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

However, a statement from the Ozzy Osbourne-led group has now confirmed they have left the U.S. and flown back to their hometown of Birmingham to finish writing their new songs.

A message posted on the band's Facebook.com page reads, "The guys have moved writing sessio...
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