Ozzy Osbourne is known as “the Prince of Darkness” and for his crazy antics on stage and off, but the singer and and entertainment personality is opening up about something more serious.

In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” the legendary rocker, his children and his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, are shedding light on the private health battle he experienced after a fall and Parkinson’s diagnosis last February.

“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Osbourne told Roberts. “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”

To complicate the matters further, Osbourne revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that progresses slowly in most people, and has no cure.

“It’s PRKN 2,” said his wife, Sharon. “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne speak with ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

Osbourne postponed his world tour and remained largely secluded while he recovered at home. Now, he’s on the mend, revealing that he’s on Parkinson’s medication and taking nerve pills.

“I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s or what, you know, but that’s — see, that’s the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”

This wasn’t the first time Osbourne has battled rumors about his health. Before his diagnosis, Osbourne, who spent 50 years on the road and lived a very public life while on his family’s popular reality TV show “The Osbournes,” has battled rumors about his physical state, even at one point, denying he had Parkinson’s.MORE: Woman with Parkinson’s disease surprised with service dog

Now, the rock star is coming clean and letting his fans know about what’s been going on.

“I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”

In his family, it was his son, Jack, and his daughter Kelly, who first realized that something wasn’t right with their dad.

“The hardest thing is watching somebody that you love suffer,” Kelly told “Good Morning America.”

Kelly opened up about what life has been like for their family in the past year even if it was difficult to face their new reality head on

Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne attend the Pride of Britain awards, Sept. 28, 2015, in London.

“It’s kind of become a bit of — I think a role reversal for us, where we have to be like, ‘Snap out of it. Come on we — we have to all admit what’s happening here,’ so that we can get over this. And it took a while for everyone to be on the same page.”

In a way, Osbourne’s diagnosis has brought his family together and has helped them find strength in each other.

“We’ve all learned so much about each other again — and it’s reaffirmed how strong we are,” said Kelly, who admitted that her father’s diagnosis has helped her and her brother become closer over the past year.

Osbourne’s son, Jack, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, said he can relate to his father.

“I understand when you have something you don’t want to have — but if he wants to talk, and if not — I try to slip in information,” said Jack.

Although his family has helped him tremendously over the past year and has been there for him to lean on, Osbourne admits that it’s been an adjustment at home.

“Coming from a working class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job,” said Osbourne. “And so when I see my wife goin’ to work, my kids goin’ to work, everybody’s doing — tryin’ to be helpful to me, that gets me down because I can’t contribute to my family, you know.”

“But you know, put it this way — I’m a lot better now than I was last February. I was in a shocking state.”

As a family, the Osbournes were able to help get their father back on his feet and in the studio.

“We have all played a role,” said Kelly. “But the only thing I know is what can I do to make him smile? I know going to the studio makes him happy. That’s what I did. Everything else was him.”

With the support of his family, Osbourne is on the road to recovery and is even turning to doctors outside the U.S. for other forms of treatment.

“We’ve kind of reached a point here in this country where we can’t go any further because we’ve got all the answers we can get here,” said Sharon. “So in April — we’re going to a professional in Switzerland. And he deals with — getting your immune system at its peak.”

Ozzy Osbourne breaks his silence on his battle with Parkinson’s disease

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A History of Gwar, the Best Satirical Extraterrestrial Metal Band Ever.

Say what you will about their Satanic-looking masks, gnarly R-rated-Jim-Henson-warrior outfits, and strapped-on penis appendages – no band has ever made monster metal like Gwar. Then again, when a band essentially creates its own genre from scratch, they really don’t have much competition.

Born in 1984 out of the Richmond, Virginia artist collective known as Slave Pit, Gwar embodies a certain kind of rock sensibility that seems like the brainchild of a metal-loving teenager who would go on to become a performance artist. Their band members have names like Oderus Urungus (“undying chaos demon” the late Dave Brockie) and Balsac the Jaws of Death (Mike Dirks)

Following the death of frontman and lead singer Dave Brockie in 2014, the group has continued without any of its founding members. As part of their mythos, are a group of intergalactic “chaos warriors” that were banished to Earth and became “the sickest band in metal history.” (They also throw really great “Gwar-B-Qs.”)

But beyond the fun, shock-and-awe value of a lot of the memorabilia, there’s also the story of an artist collective and a movement that set itself apart from the hardcore punk in nearby Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s by mixing its social commentary with monster masks, satire, and political commentary. The exhibit will also show how the band’s mythology and decidedly intense live shows fostered a unique fan community that emerged before social media and has persisted for three decades – from the 1980s to Beavis and Butt-Head and beyond.

“I think people don’t always see Gwar as being in the context of theater,” Benjamin Thorp, the exhibit’s curator, told WIRED. “We understand theater as being this massive undertaking that takes years to develop – to create props, sets, narratives, production, drawings, budgets, and all of this stuff that we’re presenting – I think it puts them in the context I believe they deserve to be viewed in.”

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Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, was was again in attendance at this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, California for the launch of the latest additions to the Ibanez Nita Strauss signature JIVA family: the new JIVA X, JIVA10 and JIVA Junior models.

Video footage of Strauss shredding the axe on January 17 during the 2020 NAMM can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user Clyde Shenefield).

Nita recently admitted that she initially had some reservations about putting out an album of instrumentals with her debut solo LP, 2018’s “Controlled Chaos”.

“I always thought that instrumental music was for ‘better guitar players’ than me,” she wrote in an Instagrampost. “I listened to it, but it took me a long time (and a push from [Steve Vai]) to find the faith in my ability that I could do it. That’s a weird thought now that I look back on it, but let’s face it — writing music that’s essentially all solos is intimidating. It wasn’t until I started writing ‘Controlled Chaos’ that I realized there was a part of me that NEEDED to express myself that way.”

She continued: “An instrumental song is one of the most pure forms of expression. It can be about whatever the listener needs it to be in that moment… just pure emotion, without being restricted by the use of words. I love that about it.

“Carving this new path as a solo artist has truly been one of my most cherished experiences of the decade and I can’t wait to see where this second album takes me as I write it.”

Nita‘s second solo LP is tentatively due in late 2020.

The guitarist’s live show is mostly instrumental in nature, combining originals with covers.

Strauss has been playing with Alice Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker’s former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.

Watch NITA STRAUSS Shred At This Year’s NAMM

IN THIS MOMENT will release its seventh album, “Mother”, on March 27 via Roadrunner/Atlantic. Today, the band has shared the video for first single “The In-Between”, a sonically gorgeous labyrinth of sound steered by frontwoman Maria Brink‘s beguiling vocals, which swirl around guitarist Chris Howorth‘s heavier-than-granite riffing.

“Mother” was once again recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko. The disc features guest appearances by Lzzy Hale (HALESTORM), Taylor Momsen (THE PRETTY RECKLESS) and Joe Cotella (DED).

“Mother” track listing:

01. Fly Like An Eagle 
02. The In-Between (Hell & Heaven) 
03. Legacy 
04. We Will Rock You (feat. Lzzy Hale, Taylor Momsen) 
05. Mother 
06. As Above, So Below 
07. Born In Flames 
08. God Is She 
09. Holy Man 
10. Hunting Grounds (feat. Joe Cotella) 
11. Lay Me Down 
12. Into Dust

Last fall, IN THIS MOMENT began playing another new song called “Legacy” during its concerts.

Howorth told the 99.7 The Blitz radio station about “Mother”: “It’s kind of an extension of [2017’s] ‘Ritual’. And the reason we thought of ‘Mother’… It’s a lot of different things, but a lot of the fans call Maria [BrinkIN THIS MOMENT singer] ‘mom,’ for one. They’re always, like, ‘Maria‘s my mom’ and ‘Mother Maria‘ and all this. That was always kind of there. We were actually even talking about it for the last album, but I felt like maybe we weren’t ready for it yet. But it’s also ‘mother’ in the sense of ‘Mother Earth,’ the creation of life — all these things that mother has such significance for. Mother is kind of connected to everything. So, in all that sense, it’s really cool and it gives us a lot to pool from. And Maria‘s a mom; she was raised by her mom; everybody has a mom, in some sense. So, that whole concept is kind of what we were going for. With the extension of ‘Ritual’, the album before, and some of the imagery with that, the ritualistic, pagan kind of feel.”

IN THIS MOMENT recently announced a spring 2020 headlining tour, dubbed “The In-Between Tour”. Support on the trek will come from BLACK VEIL BRIDESDED and RAVEN BLACK.

Originally formed by Brink and Howorth in 2005, IN THIS MOMENT released its debut album, “Beautiful Tragedy”, in 2007. Their 2014 album “Black Widow”landed at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Hard Rock Albums chart.

Video Premiere: IN THIS MOMENT’s ‘The In-Between’

ALTER BRIDGE has released the official lyric video for the song “Godspeed”. The track — described as an uplifting musical memorial for anyone who has lost someone — is taken from the band’s latest album, “Walk The Sky”, which was released in October via Napalm Records. According to a press release, the 14-track follow-up to 2016’s “The Last Hero” is a “complete career retrospective drawing upon elements from each of the band’s previous releases to create something new.”

ALTER BRIDGE is getting ready to launch the first 2020 leg of its  “Walk The Sky” tour. The band will play a kick-off show in Lake Charles, Louisiana at the Golden Nugget Casino on January 31 before jumping onboard ShipRocked as co-headliner alongside HALESTORM. Back on land, the band will make stops in Nashville, Tennesee; Indianapolis, Indiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Los Angeles, California, among others, before wrapping up on February 27 in Spokane, Washington. This leg will be just the beginning of what is shaping up to be a robust year of tour around the globe for ALTER BRIDGE. with more shows to be announced in the future.

Guitarist Mark Tremonti told Kerrang! magazine about “Walk The Sky”: “It’s kinda like a [revered horror maestro] John Carpenter movie — this old-school synth-wave kind of vibe. Somebody might hear the record and have no idea that was intended, but for a batch of songs, I tapped into some old loops that I either created or found randomly online, and worked with them in the background to inspire me to go in a different direction. I loved working like that. We challenge ourselves to not repeat ourselves and find new inspiration to add a different layer to what we do. It’s particularly challenging when you’ve had so many records, but when I showed Myles [Kennedy, vocals/guitar] what I was thinking, he absolutely loved it and was on board right away.”

As for how “Walk The Sky” compares to the rest of ALTER BRIDGE‘s discography, Mark said: “It’s hard to completely get away from who we are — the same four guys in the band — but everyone who’s heard the record says it has its own personality and doesn’t sound like any particular ALTER BRIDGE record. But that being said, it’s familiar ALTER BRIDGE territory, and Myles has said it’s kind of the answer to ‘AB III’. That was a very brooding and dark lyrical record, whereas this one is the yang to the yin of that. ‘AB III’ was kind of about a loss of faith and not believing. Myles was having a dark moment in that time and he wrote the majority of the lyrics. This is more of an enlightening, Zen kind of record. It’s not a preachy record by any means; it’s more of a free-spirited kind of thing.”

ALTER BRIDGE Releases ‘Godspeed’ Lyric Video

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens has slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame after the band’s latest snub.

The British heavy metal legends were on the ballot for Rock Hall induction this year, but failed to receive enough votes to make the class of 2020.

Having been eligible for induction since 1999, PRIEST was previously on the ballot for the 2018 class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but was ultimately left out of the inductee list.

Current members Rob HalfordIan HillGlenn Tiptonand Scott Travis would have been inducted along with K.K. DowningLes Binks and late drummer Dave Holland.

Speaking to Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio stationOwens stated about PRIEST‘s absence from the Rock Hall: “Here’s the one thing about JUDAS PRIEST. Somebody said one time, ‘Well, they’re trying to look for bands and musicians that are influential.’ Well, how can you be any more influential to music than JUDAS PRIEST? Dual guitars. Pretty much coined the phrase ‘heavy metal.’ The leather and studs and what they wore… It is horrible JUDAS PRIEST isn’t in and gets snubbed again, but, on the other hand, I won’t be going in with JUDAS PRIEST either, so it looks like I was kind of snubbed as well. I [was] in the band about 10 years, and I won’t be going in.”

Asked if he would still go to the Rock Hall ceremony if PRIEST was being inducted, Owens said: “Listen, I’m still friends with everybody. I would certainly hope I would be invited to go if they went into the Hall Of Fame. I can’t imagine they wouldn’t, but some of the decision making that happens wouldn’t shock me. Obviously, they’ve kind of erased my history anyways. It doesn’t change what I think. I’m totally friends with them. Amazing people, all of them — Rob included. It’s kind of like my college — JUDAS PRIEST was. But I would think I would be invited. I mean, it’s shocking that you can be [in a band] about 10 years and two studio records, up to that point, and not go.”

Owens also made negative comments about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducting rap and pop artists, saying that hip-hop acts do not belong in the institution.

“The problem is it should not be called the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame then, because they’re not putting rock and roll artists in; they’re putting musicians in,” Tim said. “And some of them, in my opinion, aren’t even really musicians. Just because you can rhyme a couple of words and mumble through something doesn’t make you a musician.

“It does open the gates up for JUDAS PRIEST making the Rap Hall Of Fame,” Owens joked. “So that’s probably a good thing nowadays. And I’m actually hoping I can get into the Football Hall Of Fame — the NFL Football Hall Of Fame — which I don’t play and never really have, but I do watch it, so I should probably be able to get in. That’s kind of how they look at it.

“It’s just named the wrong thing, isn’t it?” Tim added. “That’s the only thing. They should just change the name to the Music Hall Of Fame. … Rock and roll is a branding of rock and roll. Obviously, some country artists can go in, because they have some [rock] influences. Johnny Cash, I can see going in there, because old Johnny Cash was rockabilly, and he had some of that influence. And nowadays country will definitely get in, because they’re more rock and roll than country.”

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal bands like PRIESTIRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N’ ROSES in that group’s first year of eligibility.

Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible a quarter century after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll,” which is, of course, open to interpretation.

Eligible for induction since 1999, KISS didn’t get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014.

DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn’t get inducted until 2016.


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Rock Bitch

Rockbitch were an expat, British, mostly female, metal band, who performed nude and incorporated sexual acts and Pagan rituals into their performances.Associated acts.

The band was originally formed (as Red Abyss) by bassist Amanda Smith-Skinner from the members of a free sex commune, where monogamy is outlawed. Musically, Red Abyss drew on jazz, funk and rock influences dominated by singer Julie’s Janis Joplin-influenced vocals. In time Red Abyss’s music became harder edged, drawing on punk and metal influences. As its line-up changed, this led to a name change to Rockbitch. Rockbitch was nearly ready to call it a day due to the apathy of male-dominated rock audiences.

At what was intended to be their last gig (at a biker festival) Rockbitch decided to put the wild sex of their home life into the stage act. They went down a storm and decided to continue touring in order to spread their pro-sex message. The most infamous part of their stage act was “The Golden Condom” contest. This involved throwing the so-called golden condom out into the audience. Whoever caught it (man or woman) was taken backstage for sex with one or more band members. The intention of this was to prove the band were not just an act and were ready to stand by their beliefs.

Rockbitch toured widely from the late ’90s until 2002, meeting increasing resistance from authorities, particularly English town councils who were constantly banning gigs. Large sections of their audience (particularly in England) tended to consist of drunken lads just wanting to see some nudity, with no interest in the message. However Rockbitch also began to attract a small following of men and women who seemingly understood the band’s message and had their lives changed forever. Outside the UK (particularly in Holland) they sometimes played to more sympathetic audiences. However, in Germany they suffered many censorship problems.

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