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Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017 Lineup Was Announced Earlier This Week

For the second year running, Ozzy Osbourne will join forces with Slipknot & Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest! The two-day event goes down November 4th and 5th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.

The Ozzfest portion of the lineup promises a headlining performance from Ozzy along with Prophets of Rage, Deftones, Kreator, Baroness, Children of Bodom, Orange Goblin, and Iron Reagan, among others.

Knotfest boasts Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Stone Sour, Testament, Code Orange, Goatwhore, High on Fire, Havok, Black Dahlia Murder, Life of Agony, and ONI, among others. Not surprisingly, Nickelback is not on the lineup. LOL

“Last year’s show with Black Sabbath was just incredible,” Ozzy said in a press release announcing the shows. “I’m thrilled to be coming back solo this year with Zakk Wylde (back in the band), Tommy Clufetos, Ron “Blasko” Nicholson and Adam Wakeman to headline the 21st anniversary of Ozzfest.”

“Thunder Underground” is deep track from Ozzy’s seventh studio album Ozzmosis that was released in October of 1995 on Epic Records. The album reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the US Billboard 200. “Perry Mason”, “See You on the Other Side” and “I Just Want You” were released as singles. The album has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over 3 million copies.

“Shot in the Dark” is an Ozzy Osbourne cover by the Finnish metal band Children of Bodom. It was released as a Japan reissue bonus track on their third studio album Follow the Reaper back in October of 2000/2001. It can also be found on 2010’s ‘A Salute To Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath’ tribute album which you can find on And you can find Children of Bodom rocking the stage as part of the The Ozzfest 2017 lineup on Saturday, Nov. 4th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.

Single-day and two-day passes for Ozzfest meets Knotfest are ON SALE NOW and you can get yours HERE! You can also get more info on Facebook at the official Ozzfest Meets Knotfest page.


Tomorrow is Ronnie James Dio’s birthday! Tonight we pay Tribute!

Ronald James Padavona was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Italian-American parents who had moved there from New York, where they had grown up, due to Dio’s father’s service in the U.S. Army during World War II. And the rest as they say is Heavy Metal history! And what a long history it was!

Recorded in a New York studio prior to the release of the Rainbow classic ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll is the title track from the third studio album by the band Rainbow, led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame. The album ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ was released in April of 1978 and it was the last to feature original lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After the release and extensive world tour in 1977–78, Blackmore decided that he wanted to take the band in a new commercial direction away from the “sword and sorcery” theme. Dio on the other did did not agree with this change and he left Rainbow. And believe it or not Blackmore then asked vocalist Ian Gillan, also formerly of Deep Purple, to replace Dio, but Gillan turned him down. Which when you think about it is ironic or funny because he ended up later replacing Dio as the vocalist for Black Sabbath in 1983 for the ‘Born Again’ album. I chose this track tonight for a couple of reasons. First of all, because this was actually my first exposure to Ronnie James Dio, my Uncle used to crank the hell out of this album all the time!” It was always on repeat and I loved it! Also according to some critics, Long Live Live Rock ‘n’ Roll “would be cited as the last great album Rainbow would ever make, although they did enjoy a great deal of chart success in the post-Dio era.” The album is often cited as a strong influence on the formation of the Power metal genre, especially on its fantasy-themed lyrics and aesthetics. Another track on the album Kill the King has been referenced as “the first Power metal song”.

One of last songs ever recorded by Ronnie!

Metal Will Never Die featuring Ronnie James Dio on vocals is actually a track by David “Rock” Feinstein, a former member of Ronnie Dio & The Prophets and Elf (both bands of course also featured Ronnie) and he is the leader of the legendary New York band The Rods and well he just so happens to also be Ronnie’s cousin! The track comes of his “Bitten By The Beast” solo album that was released in November of 2010, and it was one of the last-ever recorded vocals by Dio before his death that same year. David said in an interview that “I feel like it was meant for me to write ‘Metal Will Never Die’, And it was meant to be that Ronnie should sing it! Whatever power it was that brought the two of us back together musically, I am so thankful for. Now, ‘Metal Will Never Die’ means more to me than any other song that I have written in my whole career as a songwriter and musician!” Wow. Pretty strong stuff! Nobody sings like Dio did. Such a strong powerful voice and commanding presence for a man who stood only 5′ 4″! The track Metal Will Never Die can also be found on The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 compilation album that was released in 2012 that includes tracks from the band Dio’s seventh through tenth studio albums.

Alright so once again Happy Birthday to the late great Ronnie James Dio who would have turned 75 tomorrow on July 10, 2017. His Legend will live forever in metal history!


33 years ago last week, The Last in Line was released! Tonight I’ll spin a couple of tracks from it.

The Last In Line is the second studio album by the band Dio. It was released on July 2, 1984. For Ronnie James Dio, the title of his bands second album, could very well have referenced the legendary singer’s lengthy wait for much-deserved solo stardom after decades serving as the ultimate team player! After all, the previous year’s hit Holy Diver was a debut album in name only. Between his recent exploits with Black Sabbath (whose career he helped save from oblivion), prior service with Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow, the band Elf and countless, oft-forgotten groups dating all the way back to the late ’50s, Ronnie had been preparing for this for a long, long time!

As with Holy Diver, Ronnie produced The Last in Line, which had been recorded at the same Caribou Ranch Studio, right here in Colorado already made famous by Elton John‘s LP of the same name. It welcomed back the same core trio of musicians — guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinnie Appice. Everyone contributing excellent song ideas, as well as their talents. The addition of former Rough Cutt keyboard player Claude Schnell gave their efforts new dimensions, and the end results were, as Dio himself might have put it, magic.

An instant success story around the world, The Last in Line hit No. 4 in the U.K. chart and No. 24 in the U.S., on its way to earning a gold certification within two months of its release, and powering through to platinum sales by the following year (thus becoming the first Dio LP to earn that distinction). The album, along with Holy Diver and Sacred Heart, was released in a new 2-CD Deluxe Edition on March 19, 2012 through Universal for worldwide distribution outside the U.S.

The Last in Line was so significant that a band with the name Last In Line was formed in 2012 by former members of the original lineup of Dio. Following the death of Ronnie James Dio in 2010, the original lineup of drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, guitarist Vivian Campbell, and keyboardist Claude Schnell reunited along with vocalist Andrew Freeman to perform the Dio songs they originally recorded.

*NOTE: Read the original article at UltimateClassicRock.Com


Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ we are blowing crap up and celebrating the 4th of July with 2 explosive fireworks-themed tracks!

“Shot in the Dark” is the ninth and final track on Ozzy Osbourne’s 1986 album The Ultimate Sin. It marks the final appearance of lead guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first and only Ozzy album to feature bassist Phil Soussan, who co-wrote the hit single. Drummer Randy Castillo, who had previously played in Lita Ford’s band, also makes his recording debut with Ozzy. The official music video for the song featured an appearance by Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil. “Shot in the Dark” was a top-ten hit on Mainstream rock radio and Ozzy and Phil have been battling each other in court for years over the songwriting credits. In spite of its success, the song has rarely appeared on any Ozzy greatest hits compilations as a result. One exception was the original release of The Ozzman Cometh; however, the song was later omitted from the 2002 re-mastered re-release of this compilation and replaced with “Miracle Man.” Both Just Say Ozzy and The Ultimate Sin were deleted from Ozzy’s catalog in 2002 (although they are now available on iTunes and all digital outlets.

“Fire in the Sky” is the sixth song on Ozzy’s 1988 album No Rest for the Wicked. The album was certified gold in December ’88 and has since gone double platinum. It peaked at lucky number 13 on the Billboard 200. It is the recording debut of lead guitarist Zakk Wylde, after parting ways with Jake E. Lee. Bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley also made his return to Ozzy’s band, the two had a falling out after the Bark at the Moon album in ’85. Once Wicked’s recording was complete, Daisley was out once again, and replaced by Ozzy’s former Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler.


Live & Loud is a live album by Ozzy Osbourne, released on 28 June 1993. At the time, it was to supposed be Ozzy’s final album following his final tour before retiring, aptly titled “No More Tours”. The track “Black Sabbath” featured the original line-up of Black Sabbath, the members of which were invited to join Ozzy as guest stars for the Costa Mesa Reunion shows.

In addition to the standard release in a ‘fat-boy’ 2CD case, the album was released as a digipak with a metal ‘speaker grille’ cover and included tattoos, as well as the booklet; the official release was preceded by a single CD sampler issued as a promotional item. A DVD of Live & Loud was also issued. It was one of the very first music compilations released in that format. The DVD is a compilation of live footage from several shows rather than a single concert: this is evident as Ozzy and can be seen both shirtless and then wearing different clothes during the same song, while guitarist Zakk Wylde can be seen playing up to three different guitars in the same song!

Ozzy won a Grammy for the version of “I Don’t Want to Change the World” included in this album.

The album, along with The Ultimate Sin and Just Say Ozzy, has since been deleted from Ozzy’s catalog and was not remastered or reissued along with the rest of his albums in 2002. This is mainly due to a continuing legal struggle with bassist/songwriter Phil Soussan over the song “Shot in the Dark”, present in the three albums. Despite this, the live track “I Don’t Want to Change the World” appeared on “The Ozzman Cometh” and The Essential Ozzy Osbourne compilations. Copies of the 1995 remastered CDs are still available on

Ozzy has signed on to headline Moonstock, a unique four day music festival that has been purposely scheduled to coincide with a total solar eclipse. The festival will take place August 18 through 21 at Walker’s Bluff Vineyard in Carterville, Illinois, with the final day being the solar eclipse. At exactly 1:20 PM, during the eclipse, Ozzy will kick off his live set with his solo track “Bark At The Moon,’ which is absolutely fitting! Waalker’s Bluff is a picturesque winery hidden amongst the wooded environs of southern Illinois, and there will be camping options available for those attending Moonstock. To commemorate the occasion, Walker’s Bluff have also begun selling their Ozzy Osbourne Solar Red wine, which can be found at this location.

Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Hellyeah, Theory of a Deadman, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Saliva, Otherwise and several other KILO bands are set to perform as well. (Totally wish I was going! I would kill to attend!)


F**K IT, WE’LL DO IT … LIVE … AT BUDOKAN … with OZZY OSBOURNE, Tonight at 9!

‘Live at Budokan’ is a CD/DVD combo that was released by Ozzy on today’s date, the 25th of June in 2002. It was recorded at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan in February of ’02 during his ‘Down to Earth’ tour. This live album is not an instant classic like the excellent ‘Tribute’ or ‘Live & Loud’ albums, but Ozzy and his band, consisting of longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo (soon to be in Metallica) on bass, Mike Bordin (of Faith No More) on drums and “the guy you never see” John Sinclair on keyboards, take Japan by storm! And when it comes to Japanese crowds, well, let me tell you that next to Brazilian ones they are pretty much the best rock crowds EVER at concerts! They love to ROCK!

The setlist is a fairly good mixture of older Ozzy solo classics, along with one Sabbath track (Paranoid of course) and some newer songs off ‘Down to Earth’ which was Ozzy’s most recent album at the time. The band is super-tight and spot on! And Zakk’s playing is as good as it always is. And as far as Ozzy’s voice goes, well even I have to admit that he was never this amazing singer, although he did have a much bigger range in the past. He got where he is because his voice is unique and that’s what makes him stand out. I don’t know how much of this album was later touched up in the studio but his voice sounds pretty good actually. It’s not perfect but it never has been, at least live anyways. Overall Ozzy puts on a great performance and that’s all that really matters!

The DVD portion of ‘Live at Budokan’ is largely shot in widescreen, except for the drum cam behind Mike Bordin that is pointed towards the audience, which is shot in 4:3. The picture format is a standard 4:3 aspect, with letter-boxing for all of the widescreen shots. Also, the DVD features the song “Suicide Solution” with Zakk Wylde’s accompanying guitar solo which was cut from the CD for time restraints. The DVD also contains bonus Osbournes reality show styled features which are pretty cool if you were addicted to the show like me! \,,/ And last but least you can buy the CD and DVD separately or packaged together as a CD/DVD combo, however the latter is getting harder and harder to find. In the end, if you are a huge Ozzy fan like me then this is a must have for your collection and if not well I suggest sticking with the more classic live albums I mentioned earlier like ‘Tribute’ or ‘Live & Loud’ or even ‘Speak of the Devil’ that features only a live set of Sabbath songs. But hey, that’s just my opinion.


25 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Dehumanizer’ featuring Ronnie James Dio!

Dehumanizer is the sixteenth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in June 1992. It was the first Sabbath studio album in over a decade to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals and Vinny Appice on drums. It is also the first in nine years to feature original bassist Geezer Butler. Originally, legendary drummer Cozy Powell was scheduled to play drums on the album but during rehearsals in November, Powell suffered a bizarre injury when his horse died and collapsed on him, breaking his hip. Dio wanted Simon Wright, who was playing with Dio at the time, to fill the drum seat, but Butler and Iommi vetoed him, opting instead to go with Vinny Appice, who had played in the Black Sabbath lineup for The Mob Rules. It was a good move. Appice’s consistant steady bombastic beats and simple, effective fills energized his band mates, resulting in what some consider one of Sabbath’s heaviest albums! Lyrical themes vary from a computer worshipped as a god, to televangelists, to individualism and doubts about the afterlife. In my personal opinion this album is a classic-metal masterpiece! By far one of their best with Ronnie on vocals.

Sadly this incarnation of Black Sabbath ended again when Dio’s contract with the band ended several days before the Costa Mesa reunion shows in November 1992. While on tour for the album, the band told Dio that Sabbath would be opening for Ozzy in Los Angeles as part of his farewell tour. According to Iommi, Dio quit because of this, referring to Ozzy as a “clown”. “No, sorry. I have more pride than that,” Dio supposedly said. Dio left Black Sabbath before the LA show and Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford filled in. Halford and Dio were friends so Rob would only do the Costa Mesa shows with Dio’s blessing, which he received when he spoke with Dio by phone. Both shows were recorded in their entireties and are now widely circulated as audio and video bootlegs. And I have copies of them and I plan on playing them in a future segment of BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ.

The Dehumaizer album was re-released, complete with bonus content, on 7 February 2011. It was also included in the 2008 Dio-Era Black Sabbath box set titled The Rules of Hell. And of course this album’s line-up of Dio, Appice, Butler, and Tony Iommi did later reunite in 2006 for a greatest hits set, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years, and a new studio album in 2009, The Devil You Know (billed as “Heaven & Hell”).


Happy Father’s Day KILO Nation! Tonight we pay tribute to all the hard working & rocking Dads out there!

“Junior’s Eyes” is a completely rearranged Black Sabbath cover by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society on their The Song Remains Not the Same, released May 10, 2011. The album mainly featured new cover songs, and acoustic versions of songs that were originally released on BLS’s previous album Order of the Black. The original version by Black Sabbath appears on their Never Say Die! album from 1978. It was the last full studio album with the band’s original lineup and also the last to feature Ozzy on vocals until 2013’s aptly titled 13. Prior to recording, Never Say Die! Ozzy had briefly quit the band and was temporarily replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker who the band wrote a handful of songs with. That short-lived line-up even performed together on the BBC program Look Hear. Ozzy eventually rejoined the band, and all of the songs written with Walker were then redone, including “Junior’s Eyes”, which was rewritten to be about the then-recent death of Ozzy’s father.

“My Little Man” is a song that was written for Ozzy’s son Jack Osbourne, now a father himself. Ozzy co-wrote the track with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai for his Ozzmosis album released in ’95. Although all guitars were performed by Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai was originally slated to perform guitar on the album after writing a number of songs with Ozzy, however they were all scrapped and only “My Little Man” was kept. At this time Ozzy also recorded the song “Aimee” for his oldest daughter Aimee Osbourne. However the song also ended up being omitted from the album but was later re-released as a bonus track on the 2002 reissue. And if you remember Aimee Osbourne had refused to participate in The Osbournes reality show at that time and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. If you go back and watch old episodes, most of the family photos shown on the show, she is either absent or blurred out.


Tonight we are stealing and selling souls with Badlands and Zakk Wylde in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ!

Voodoo Highway, released in June of ’91 is the second album by Badlands, a band founded by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee and former Black Sabbath members Ray Gillen and Eric Singer. After the first self-titled Badlands album, drummer Eric Singer left the band to join KISS, and was replaced by drummer Jeff Martin, who had previously sung lead vocals in the bands Surgical Steel and Racer X. Badlands were one of the most underrated bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s. I personally consider their first album an absolute classic in both style and content. A solid hard rock offering. And the follow up, Voodoo Highway was a less commercial more dirty Zeppelin-inspired blues-based hard rock album! Which unfortunately would later result in a fall out between singer Ray Gillen and Jake E. Lee. The songs on here are just as good as their debut with a little more fire in Gillen’s voice. Jake’s guitar is about as raw as you can get. One thing Badlands always had was energy and, of course, great rhythm guitar. The solos here are unmatched.

“Soul Stealer” is the sixth song on Voodoo Highway, the sophomore album by the band Badlands. As mentioned, Badlands appeared doomed by the time that the album was released in 1991, because the juggernaut that was grunge now would dominate the charts.
While Badlands’ rootsy blues-metal would have creatively fit in perfectly between Pearl Jam’s arena-rock jams and Nirvana’s complex punk-metal hybrid, label indifference and eventual hostility would put the band on the street withina year. Singer Ray Gillen who was at odds with Jake E. Lee over the bands direction was was given the boot, a new singer signed on, gigs in the UK/Europe were booked, and then that singer quit due to a conflict with money, Gillen was reluctantly bought back at short notice, and in hindsight this proved to be a very bad move as he and Lee still did not get along, which culminated in an onstage breakdown and band break-up at London’s Astoria Theatre. Things would not be the same again. Gillen was fired again, and another vocalist came on board, but by Spring 1992 it was all over. Ray Gillen’s health was a major concern all during the bands time together, and that all came to a head at the end of 1993 when he passed away due to AIDS related complications. If there is any consolation for Badlands, at least their first two albums have been given rightful credit as remastered reissues thanks to Rock Candy Records. I highly suggest you go out and buy them! They flat out rock! And they are a part of the Black Sabbath Family Tree.

(Instrumental only performance version of Sold My Soul)

“Sold My Soul” is the second track off of Book of Shadows, the first solo studio album by guitarist Zakk Wylde. The album was first released in 1996, and was later reissued by Spitfire in 1999 with a bonus disc containing three bonus tracks. Unlike Zakk’s work with Ozzy Osbourne, the future Black Label Society front man, shows a very different side to his music; an introspective and mostly acoustic style recalling many of the lighter moments from his previous southern rock project, Pride & Glory as well as classic folk rock artists such as Neil Young and Tom Petty. Promotional singles were released for the tracks “Between Heaven and Hell” and “Way Beyond Empty”, the latter of which also had an accompanying music video. Another track “Throwin’ It All Away” was written about the death of Shannon Hoon from the band Blind Melon. Shannon and Zakk had lived together and became close friends a few months before he died of a drug overdose. In conclusion, this is a very strong and underrated album, and in my opinion by far some Zakk Wylde’s best work. Die-hard fans of both Black Label Society and Ozzy might get discouraged over the lack of “metal,” but for the rest of us, Book of Shadows is a great listen for those who just wanna kick back with some cold ones and chill. It’s some good old fashioned down home rock and roll. So, if you have not heard it, I suggest that you give it a shot, you might be pleasantly surprised. Also Zakk released the sequel Book of Shadows II, his second official solo album in April of 2016. Check that one out as well.


Scream is the eleventh studio album by Ozzy Osbourne, released on 11 June 2010 and his last solo album as of 2016. The album was recorded at Ozzy’s home studio called “The Bunker” in Los Angeles, California and was produced by himself and Kevin Churko, who is best known for his work with artists such as Hellyeah, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Gemini Syndrome, Kobra and the Lotus, Asking Alexandria and many more. They had previously worked together on Black Rain in ’07. The album was commercially successful, reaching number 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and number 12 on the UK Albums Chart.

Originally to be titled Soul Sucka, the album was later changed to Scream. It is the only Ozzy album to feature guitarist Gus G, who replaced long-term guitarist Zakk Wylde. (Who is currently back in the band) Scream is also the first release to feature keyboardist Adam Wakeman, (the son of Legendary YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman) who has worked with Ozzy as a touring musician since 2004. He has also played keyboards and guitar off-stage for Black Sabbath.

A 2-CD, “Tour Edition” version of the Scream album was released in the U.S. on 5 October 2010. This package contains the original album on disc 1 and a second CD with seven bonus songs from the Scream sessions, and four additional live tracks recorded during the UK leg of the Scream tour.

The music video for ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’ from the SCREAM album.

“Let Me Hear You Scream” hit number 1 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, which is Ozzy’s second single to achieve such a feat. Also, in a stunt to promote the Scream album, at the LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels of Anaheim Major League Baseball game on 12 June 2010, Ozzy encouraged the crowd to scream the title of the album as loud as they could and for as long as possible. The goal was to earn the Guinness World Record for loudest and longest scream from a crowd, and it was a success! The stadium beat the previous record set by a group of Finnish Boy Scouts. And the money earned was donated to ThinkCure! to aid cancer research.

Music video by Ozzy Osbourne performing Life Won’t Wait from the SCREAM album. (C) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment

“Life Won’t Wait” reached No. 1 on the Mediabase rock chart in Canada, making it his third single to achieve such a feat.