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Zakk Wylde loves football, loves his New York Giants and loves fantasy football, thus ‘Wylde on Sports’ was born. The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society frontman's new show kicks off Sept. 4 on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, channel 87 on XM and channel 210 on Sirius Premiere. Zakk will answering phone calls from fantasy football players nationwide every Tuesday night (9:00 – 11:00 pm ET) for six weeks on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, SiriusXM's 24/7 fantasy sports channel.
SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio airs on channel 87 on XM and channel 210 on Sirius Premier and is also available on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.
Wylde, who grew up in New Jersey and is a lifelong New York Giants fan, will discuss roster moves and potential trades and preview the coming weekend's games. Throughout the series Wylde will also be joined on the show by celebrities and special guests from the worlds of entertainment and sports.
“I’m excited to join my brother-in-law Ken Thomson every Tuesday night on SiriusXM to recap all of the awesome NFL action, and to find out what in the Wylde world of sports is going on,” Wylde says. “We’ll be hosting an amazing cast of characters from the worlds of sports, music, movies, television & your local bowling alley as we get Wylde on Sports! Yay! Go Team!”
Wylde recently participated in a celebrity fantasy football draft with Jacksonville Jaguar running back Maurice Jones Drew, comedian Artie Lange, Playboy playmate Pilar Lastra and more.
Black Sabbath played their only scheduled U.S. concert date this year in Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday for Lollapalooza 2012. Saturday brought some major storm activity to the festival, causing a cancellation of a couple of band's sets and a delay to the set times, but Friday was a hot and humid evening for Sabbath.
The band (minus original drummer Bill Ward) delivered a crowd-pleasing 16-song set, wrapping up with a performance of 'Paranoid.' During 'Iron Man,' Ozzy Osbourne ran over to kiss the woman who was offering sign language translation for the deaf audience members and managing to keep up with the band throughout. Check out video of the show below.
Black Sabbath’s Aug. 3 Lollapalooza Set in Chicago:
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Into the Void
Under the Sun
Symptom of the Universe/Drum Solo
Faries Wear Boots
Children of the Grave
Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde and his wife, Barbaranne, welcomed on their fourth child, a son named Sabbath Page Wielandt Wylde, on Wednesday, July 4th. Sabbath joins older siblings Hayley Rae, Hendrix and Jesse. Check out the beautiful baby photos below.
"VALHALLA JAVA ALMIGHTY BLACK LABEL!!! SABBATH PAGE WIELANDT WYLDE Has Come to Join The Mother Chapter!!!!" Wylde tweeted at the time. The infant, who is named after Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page and Wylde's father Jerome Wielandt, a World War II veteran. Hendrix's godfather is former L.A. Dodger/New York Met/metal fan Mike Piazza, while Jesse's is Zakk's former boss Ozzy Osbourne. We're waiting to see who will end up as little Sabb's godfather.
Zakk will have to break away from baby Sabbath to take part in the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp this October 10-14 in Las Vegas. The camp continues to become a bigger attraction every year, not just for the fans and those willing to shell out for the experience, but for those in the industry willing to serve as instructors.
The annual event, now in its 15th year, will take place at the MGM Grand with KISS’ Gene Simmons, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Sebastian Bach and Zakk as guest star performers. Rock star counselors include Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo, Kip Winger, Phil Soussan, Kip Winger, Richie Kotzen, Kane Roberts, John Moyer and more. Get all the info here: www.rockcamp.com
Although stating that Pantera should leave the 14 years they had together untouched by a partial reunion, drummer Vinnie Paul recently said that if the band were to come together once again, Zakk Wylde would be the only man who can fill the spot of "Dimebag" Darrell. "I mean, [Zakk] and my brother were so tight. If [a Pantera reunion] ever were to happen, [Zakk] would be the guy [to step in for Dimebag]."
Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo responded to Vinnie Paul’s comments. "That is an interesting question, if anything like that would ever possibly happen. Vince and I would have to sit in the same room, hash out whatever differences that we have, and as far as Zakk Wylde goes, I am not too sold on that ’cause we have to hash some crap out too. That day has not come yet, and until that day comes, I can comment further on that, but till then it is just talk. It would be rough not to see Dimebag on stage to my left, I would feel naked."
Don't hold your breath on that Pantera/Zakk union happening, as Phil and his band Down have just announced an upcoming tour.
Zakk is also launching the BLS male lingerie line, believe it or not, with a report below. Look out for the release of 'Unblackened,' an acoustic-based DVD which is also set to drop later this year.
A new book will be on the life of iconic guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) is set for release by Velocity Publishing Group is due in late July. The 10 x 13 book, from Steven Rosen & Andrew Klein is 400 pages long and weighs in at 7 lbs, with a cost of $99.00.
Here's the official description of the book:
Before his tragic death at the age of 25, Randy Rhoads was on a fast track to being hailed by critics and public alike as the greatest rock guitar player of all time. Over a short two-year period, Randy recorded two seminal multi-platinum albums with Ozzy Osbourne, which are heralded today as among the most noteworthy recordings in hard rock music history. Through his jaw-dropping six-string work on songs such as “Crazy Train,” “Mr. Crowley,” and “Flying High Again,” Randy Rhoads achieved legendary status as a guitar icon and his artistic legacy continues to grow with each passing year.
A brilliant guitar virtuoso, Randy’s masterful ability of bridging rock and classical techniques, helped him forge a groundbreaking style of guitar playing. In 1981, Guitar Player magazine honored Randy by selecting him as best new talent of the year. Humble and self-effacing, Randy refused to rest on his laurels. Instead, being bestowed with this prestigious award motivated him to strive for greater creative heights. Tragically, Randy’s life ended much too soon when on the morning of March 19th 1982 he was killed in a small private plane that careened into the garage of a plantation home in Leesburg, Florida.
Randy Rhoads’ ascendancy to super-stardom was inevitable. Tirelessly honing his craft, he was a devoted student of his instrument, endlessly practicing and perfecting his skills. His days were spent as a guitar teacher and by night he solidified his rising reputation as the “next big thing” on the Hollywood club scene. His big break arrived when he assumed the lead guitar slot in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. Soon the entire music world would be dazzled by his spectacular flights of fiery fretboard sizzle, swiftly recognizing the merits of this burgeoning guitar genius.
With his dynamic six-string wizardry, Randy Rhoads invented an exciting and technically advanced style of explosive hard rock guitar playing that dominated the ‘80s music scene. Decades later, his massive influence continues to shape, educate and inspire first, second and third generation players and music fans that marvel at his extraordinary musicality and stunning instrumental prowess. Today, Randy’s legendary status as a guitar hero is assured, joining the pantheon of rock’s Mt. Olympus where he stands proudly alongside such revered guitar heroes as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Ritchie Blackmore.
No one trick pony, Randy was well versed in a multitude of musical genres seamlessly cross-navigating rock, blues and classical. In fact, his immense love of classical music continued to be a driving force in his life. Until his untimely death, he continued to take classical guitar lessons in an effort to break new ground as a player.
Today, mythologized and immortalized, Randy Rhoads has become a veritable pop culture institution. Paying homage to his pioneering ability, Marshall Amplifiers created a custom amplifier that bears Randy’s name and signature sound. Action figures and sculptures with Randy’s likeness have become highly sought after collector’s items, while Jackson Guitars have sold millions of Randy Rhoads model guitars, pleasing the late guitarist’s loyal legion of dedicated followers. His image graces innumerable music magazine covers annually.
Finally, after years of anticipation, comes the release of this biography written by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein, which vividly documents Randy’s life and career. Teeming with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia, the book chronicles an oral history of Randy’s remarkable life through those who knew him best. Packed with countless emotional and poignant stories about the guitar icon, the book weaves a powerful tapestry of colorful memories about his life, which help provide deeper insight into Randy, the man, the myth, the legend. His life is a lasting testament to his supernatural talent and quiet humility.
To order and get more info go to: www.velocitybooks.org
Lita Ford talks new album and how ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ with Ozzy came together under the influence
Lita Ford is getting ready for a busy summer with the upcoming release of her new album 'Living Like A Runaway,' and the big North American summer tour opening for Def Leppard and Poison. In an interview with Metal Underground, Lita talks about how she approached the album, her interest in getting The Runaways going again, being a mom in a rock band, and getting stoned with Ozzy Osbourne to create the iconic track 'Close My Eyes Forever.'
In the interview, Lita recalls how the biggest hit of her career, the duet with Ozzy, 'Close My Eyes Forever,' came about by accident during a night of drinking, getting stoned and driving under the influence.
The 1988 hit from her album Lita crowned an era during which she was named best female vocalist in rock, while Ozzy was named best male vocalist. She was managed by his wife Sharon at the time.
“Close My Eyes Forever was a mistake. It was just me and Ozzy and Sharon hanging about in the recording studio. They showed up one day and had a housewarming present for me: a life-size duplicate of Koko the gorilla from the San Diego Zoo. It was freaking huge – I had to strap it in the front seat of my jeep to get it home.
“Ozzy stayed, Sharon got bored and left, and me and Ozzy had a couple of drinks and we were jamming. We started singing, messing about and we wrote Close My Eyes Forever. Next thing I knew the sun was coming up. I looked at him and went, ‘Uh-oh, we’re in trouble.’ Sharon had been waiting all night.
“We were a long way from where Ozzy had to go. He said, ‘Can you drive me home?’ I said, ‘No, I can’t.’ We were stoned out of our minds. He got into a cab and I strapped Koko into my jeep and drove home – just barely made it.
“And then we had this hit song.”
It’s not the only time in Ford’s career a track has come out of the blue; the title song from new album Living Like a Runaway has a similar history.
She explains: “I presented two album titles: Branded and Living Like a Runaway. Everybody went: ‘Living Like a Runaway.’ The problem was I hadn’t written the song yet.
“I thought, ‘It’s such a great title’ and if I don’t write a song, someone else was going to. So I had to hurry up. We started with nothing but the title, and in three days we had a finished song.” Read the entire interview with Lita here: www.metalunderground.com