Ozzy Osbourne is set to be honored at the Sunset Strip Music Fetival as its “Sunset Strip Icon 2009.” To honor the honoring (what?) a large billboard was unveiled on August 20 featuring his image. The billboard hangs above Sunset Strip on the 12-story 9000 Building across from Strip icons the Roxy and Rainbow Bar & Grill. On the opening night of the Fest, September 10, Ozzy will be honored as an artist that has made an impact on the Sunset Strip. On Black Sabbath’s first tour in 1970, they performed a five-night stand at the Whisky A Go-Go. All-Star cover band Camp Freddy will perform at the event.
“This expansive wall not only celebrates our honoree, Ozzy Osbourne, it also serves to welcome everyone to the Sunset Strip and is certain to be a very photographed component of this year’s music festival,” noted Todd Steadman, executive director of the Sunset Strip Music Festival.
In other Ozzy building-related news, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman rhythm section Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake are probably crashing at a homeless shelter somewhere.
Since November of last year, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has been in a semi-conscious state following a car accident. While we previously covered the site and charity set up for him, One Love For Chi, an all-star lineup of musicians and friends have recorded “A Song For Chi.” Led by Korn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, the instrumental also features members of Metallica, Hatebreed, Slipknot, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Machine Head, Sevndust and P.O.D., as well as other Korn members.
Visitors to the site can download the song for free, as well as watch the video, but the hope is that anyone checking out the song will make a donation to help Chi’s medical expenses. All of the musicians donated their time, and 100% of the donations will go to covering his medical expenses. His brother has stated that Cheng’s insurance company stopped paying for his treatment in January, and his mom has said that not only was his house returned to the bank, but even his dog was given away.
We’ll list all those that performed in the song after the jump. While the song itself isn’t all that great, the song isn’t the point. If you’ve ever liked the Deftones, then it’s absolutely a worthy cause to donate.
While we reported that Metal Maniacs was relaunching as an online-only entity in September, they’ve gone online a day early. The site, taken over by the owner of digital metal distributor metalhit.com, doesn’t feature any of the original Maniacs writers, but it is a good read. There are interviews with James Malone from Arsis, Frank Watkins from Obituary and Gorgoroth, and Katon D. Pena from Hirax, as well as a free 24-track download featuring plenty of new music. There’s always room for one more metal blog, especially if it’s keeping the Metal Maniacs name alive.
Believe me, I want to make fun of this video, I really do. But you know what? The song is actually really catchy. And full disclosure: I saw The Final Destination this weekend and had an amazing time. So maybe I have some brain damage?
Bury the singer alive! Then watch him dig out! Then watch him beat up guys in suits! For some reason? At least the one guitar player stopped wearing a kimono.
More details have leaked on the upcoming Rock Band Network, which will allow independent bands to submit their own music to the game a la iTunes, which should expand the amount of downloadable content by, like, a bajillion.
The menu seems to be very helpful in cutting through the mess if there is a massive collection, with a “Top 10,” “Harmonix’s Picks” and others. Players will also be able to browse music by artist (alphabetically), or by an expansive amount of sub-genres, from speed metal and rockabilly.
Prices will be set by the artist in the $1 – $3 range, with free one-minute demos available. See our previous story to see how the revenue sharing will break down.