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Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel names new vocalist

by on Jun.22, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel names new vocalist

Drummer Darren Smith of Canadian metal band Warmachine has been named the lead vocalist for Jake E. Lee's new band Red Dragon Cartel, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee, according to

The band name Red Dragon Cartel, references the axeman's Japanese roots, also features Ronnie Mancuso (Beggars & Thieves) on bass and Jonas Fairley (Black Betty) on drums.

The album was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Studios, which is owned and operated by producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment) and will feature a combination of legendary rock artists and some of the biggest names of new metal. Already recorded are guest appearances by Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden), Maria Brink (In This Moment), with many other big names attached to the project.

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Ozzy Osbourne loses eyebrows, front of his hair in Beverly Hills house fire

by on Jan.17, 2013, under ROCK NEWS

Ozzy Osbourne loses eyebrows, front of his hair in Beverly Hills house fire

A small blaze broke out in Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's home in Beverly Hills, California Thursday morning (Jan. 17) after a candle Sharon had left burning through the night sparked a fire in their living room.

Sharon Osbourne talked about the incident on today's CBS program 'The Talk', of which she is a co-host.

Sharon said: "Everybody is fine. There was only Ozzy, myself and the dogs in the house last night. At five o' clock [in the morning], I heard a noise like metal had fallen. I thought it was my housekeeper coming in and she had dropped her keys on the tiles, that's what it sounded like, so I didn't pay any attention. A few minutes later, my eyes are stinging and my throat's closing up, [I thought], 'Something's weird smelling in here.' Then my dog started to bark. I go downstairs and the whole living room [was on fire]. The candle had burst and the cracking sound was the glass and the candle exploding...

"My husband had an operation on his hand yesterday so he's in a complete cast... He comes down and goes, 'Oh, the fire, the fire!' [and tries to put it out[ with his hand in the cast. Then he opens the French doors and I go into the kitchen and throw water on it and it erupted...

"Ozzy's front of his hair from (his ear down is), gone! His eyebrows (are gone)... he's got like, skinned cheeks. We are, like, two idiots, it was like The Three Stooges... Everything you are not meant to do — go to bed with candles alight, open the doors and put water on — we did it all."

She continued: "[The firemen] come up, they give us a lecture, and Ozzy's like, 'She's been doing this to me for 32 years! You tell her, you tell her, no more candles!'

"I apologize to my husband because he put himself out. He made his hand worse, it started to bleed, the whole nine yards, and I'm sorry and I love you and I will never light a candle again...

"I want to thank the firemen from Beverly Hills Fire Station because you are magnificent there and I want to say to everyone out there, please, please check your candles before you go to bed."

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‘Jason’s Not Dead Yet’ II Festival featuring guitarists Richie Kotzen, Steve Morse, Uli Jon Roth, Gus G. and more announced


‘Jason’s Not Dead Yet’ II Festival featuring guitarists Richie Kotzen, Steve Morse, Uli Jon Roth, Gus G. and more announced

Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) and Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) are among the musicians who will perform at a special concert on Wednesday, January 23rd at Slim's in San Francisco, California, reminding the world that Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet. Proceeds from the second Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet festival (the first one was held in March 2011) will go towards medical supplies for Jason as well as a trust fund to provide for his future security.

Jason Becker, a onetime guitar prodigy first known as part of the metal duo CACOPHONY, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) at age 20, shortly after joining David Lee Roth's band for the gold-selling 1991 album "A Little Ain't Enough". Although the disease robbed him of his ability to play guitar — and eventually left him both paralyzed and unable to speak — Becker continues to compose music with the help of computers, collaborators, and a system of communication using eye movements that was devised by his father Gary.

Even after his once prodigious axe skills left him, Jason's music continued to earn the respect of his peers. Joe Satriani called 2001's "Perspectives" — Jason's first recorded work after losing his motor functions (originally self-released in 1996) — "a triumphantly powerful and beautiful album." Fellow virtuosos joined the chorus of praise, including Steve Vai, who said, "Jason has discovered a brilliant source of inspiration within himself. His deep soul searching has resulted in a body of music that reveals courage and insight and is deeply moving."

Jason's original partner in CACOPHONY, Marty Friedman added, "To call Jason a genius is an understatement. He doesn't cater to trend, target audiences, marketing gimmicks or anything like that. He plays out the emotions from his heart and makes real music that is a salute to the human spirit. Jason is a prodigy and on 'Perspectives' he realizes his miraculous potential."

Jason's most recent album, 2008's "Collection", is a mix of old recordings and new compositions, with guest guitar work from Satriani, Vai, Friedman, Michael Lee Firkins, and Greg Howe.

The January 23rd Jason Becker's 'Not Dead Yet festival' at Slim's in San Francisco is a tribute to Jason and celebration of his amazing story, as well as an opportunity to educate music fans and guitar aficionados about the effects of ALS and the quest for a cure. The idea for the show originated with Bay Area guitarist Dave Lopez of FLIPSYDE and BANG DATA.

The DVD version of the documentary film "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet" was made available on December 18 via Kino Lorber.
For more on Jason Becker and his fight with ALS, go to

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Black Sabbath announce new album title and month of release


Black Sabbath announce new album title and month of release

Black Sabbath has officially announced on this Jan. 13 that their highly anticipated new studio album will be titled '13.' Sabbath's original label Vertigo will release the album worldwide, with Vertigo/Republic the record label in the United States. After an original release planned for April, the album will now be out on a yet to be determined date in June.

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have spent the past year working on the release with producer Rick Rubin. It was revealed that Rage Against the Machine's drummer Brad Wilk joined the guys during the recording sessions. Ozzy's drummer from his solo band, Tommy Clufetos, filled in for Black Sabbath at their tour dates last year, but it isn't known which drummer will be a part of the band when touring resumes.

Black Sabbath will kick off touring again in April, starting in Australia and ending with a headlining spot on this year’s Ozzfest in Japan in May. More dates are expected and will be announced shortly.

Black Sabbath’s 2013 Tour:
Apr. 20 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
Apr. 22 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
Apr. 25 - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre
Apr. 27 - Sydney, Australia - All Phones Arena
Apr. 29 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 1 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 4 - Perth, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 12 - Tokyo, Japan - Ozzfest Makuhari Messe

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Fans invited to celebrate at The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute

by on Dec.05, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Fans invited to celebrate at The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute

Fans are invitied to celebrate Randy Rhoads' birthday with his family this week at Kathryn Rhoads D'Argenzio and her husband Richard D'Argenzio's wine-tasting room in Burbank, California. The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 6th and ends Saturday, December 8th and is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.

The D'Argenzio winery has, for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.

A special note from Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathryn Rhoads D'Argenzio: "The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive. Happy birthday to my loving son and our dear brother."

Randy Rhoads is best known for his tour of duty with OZZY OSBOURNE and his band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. Once Rhoads had officially joined, the band headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Propelled by Rhoads' neo-classical guitar work, the album was an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: 'Mr Crowley' and the hit 'Crazy Train'. Rhoads left us March 19th, 1982 in a tragic plane crash leaving a huge void in music. His legacy of brilliant music will live forever in the hearts of the people – He was a true hero and legend.

D'Argenzio Tasting Room
1204 W. Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
818 846 8466
3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Rhoads special edition 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon was released to the public on August 15, 2010. A release event was held that evening in Burbank, California at the D'Argenzio Winery's tasting room.

This wine is bottled and produced from the world-class wine region Sonoma County in Northern California. This is a limited-edition wine, available only at the Santa Rosa and Burbank tasting rooms and also through the web site. For more information, visit

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