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Def Leppard, Rage Against The Machine Lead Rock Hall Nominees

Def Leppard are on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Make sure you vote for Def Leppard - you can click through their tweet below for more information on that.

From Rolling Stone, the entire list of nominees:

"...the list includes Radiohead, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Rage Against the Machine, the Cure, Devo, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, MC5, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and the Zombies. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted March 29th, 2019 at a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. HBO will broadcast the event later next year."

Of that list, I think Def Leppard will get in as will Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead and Janet Jackson. Who do you think will make it?




Ozzy Looks Terrible

Ozzy Osbourne recently had hand surgery. He had to postpone his tour to deal with an issue that got way worse than it should have. Here's what his wife Sharon told People magazine:

“He had a little cut on his thumb. You know when you pull the side of your nail and he just left it. And then he hit it on a door. It started to get bigger and bigger, and then his middle finger, the same thing happened … and Saturday morning we took him into the emergency room and what had happened from a tiny thing here on the side of his nail, it had turned into two different infections in his hand.

He had to have this operation where they cut the side of his thumb and this [middle] finger and they had to get rid of the infection. It’s been from something you think is absolutely nothing, he’s still in hospital today. It’s unbelievable. He’s on an antibiotic drip, two different kinds and he’s just stuck there… eating ice cream.”

The good news it that Ozzy does seem to be getting better, albeit slowly.


'Bohemian Rhapsody' Looks Amazing

Over the weekend, I saw A Star Is Born and it was incredible. One of the previews was for Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of Queen. That movie looks bloody amazing too. When I first heard that there was going to be a big Queen movie, I was skeptical. But I really think Bohemian Rhapsody is going to be an accurate hit! Fortune favors the bold, after all.

The film is out November 2.

Short trailer:

Long trailer - which looks great on the big screen:


It Happened Again: Stephen Pearcy Edition

I post this to not make fun of Stephen Pearcy. Rather, I want to bring into focus the crisis of addiction in America. It's a problem that politicians like to talk about once in awhile and then seemingly do nothing about... and for a lot of communities, problems with opioids, heroin and fentanyl are only getting worse.

I believe Stephen Pearcy has a bad knee and needs surgery. You can tell by the way he walks around stage - he is stiff. That happens after jumping around on stage, night after night, for 30 years or so. Just ask Prince. Except, you can't because he died of an overdose too, trying to mask the pain of a bad hip. Same story with Tom Petty.

Maybe fans put too much pressure on their idols to keep performing at the same level forever. It just isn't possible. Something goes: looks, voice, a hip or a knee. Or all of it. Then these musicians we say we love struggle to keep up and they get mocked, mercilessly, by the very people who profess to idolize them. It's an odd circle, isn't it? Keep in mind, you likely won't be able to do your job forever, either. Someone younger, faster and cheaper will come behind you and be the "best new thing." It happens in every industry, not just music. That's probably another reason we get a million stories of "economic anxiety" despite a robust economy and subreddits full of young people bemoaning "their lost generation."

By and large, a lot of things suck in the world today. But there's still more good than bad. I hope Pearcy finds the help he needs and that his "new breed" of RATT will stop enabling him and shove him toward rehab. Yeah, the "new breed" isn't making any money when not playing live, but doing shows like this is no way to earn a check: it's akin to theft from fans and it's pushing Pearcy one step closer to the edge.



Red Dragon Cartel Releases New Lyric Video

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Red Dragon Cartel (Jake E. Lee) has released a lyric video for "Crooked Man." The song is from the upcoming album Patina.


Kenny Ozzfest Planned For December 1

It's almost that time again! Kenny OzzFest will happen on December 1 at MVP Bar and Grille in Cincinnati. Every Mother's Nightmare will headline. This is Kenny's annual birthday bash and you're invited. You can get tickets from Kenny (that link is to his Facebook page) or leave a comment here and he'll check in.


Will We Ever See This Again?

Whenever a person connected to the Beatles dies, we know about it. The other day, legendary recording engineer Geoff Emerick passed away. This death was pretty immediate news and Geoff's name trended on Twitter all day.

That got me to thinking: we will ever see this phenomenon again? It's one thing for it to be news when a famous musician dies. It's another when a behind-the-scenes person passes. About the only instance I can think of would be Bob Rock or Mutt Lange, right? And those two are from the 80s era and earlier. Music is so "throwaway" these days. What do you think?