Happy birthday to John Michael Osbourne. There are so many groundbreaking performances to choose from it seems almost comical that we're going with this one, and yet here we are. Anyway, authorities in whom I have the greatest trust on the matter assure me that 13, Black Sabbath's most recent record, is actually quite good, so if that's the sort of thing you've been waiting to hear consider it vouched for.
The great Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon releases his next solo album next month. Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, it's called, the follow-up to 2009's terrific Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2. Some of the new music sounds good. The latest song to leak, "Rock n' Roll," which features Rae's frequent collaborator Ghostface Killah, the singer Kobe, and Jim Jones of the Diplomats, sounds less so, to my curmudgeonly autotune-averse ears. But it's interesting to look at which rock n' rollers get namechecked in the lyrics. Not necessarily ones you might expect. For instance, Raekwon's first shout goes out to Willie Nelson.
Given the extraordinary amounts of money people are willing to spend on both weddings and so-called "VIP" experiences at concerts, I'm surprised no one has thought to combine the two yet! Leave it to Sharon Osbourne, who has cooked up the "Unholy Matrimony VIP Package" for her husband's still-existent traveling metal carnival Ozzfest. It includes 10 pit tickets (for the bride, the groom, and an eight-person wedding party), an Ozzfest-themed cake, and a backstage tour conducted by someone named Big Dave — who will also conduct the ceremony. It's only $266/a person, which I guess is why they couldn't get Jack or Kelly to be the master of [...]
If Ozzy Osbourne can be sued, albeit unsuccessfully, for encouraging suicide with a song about alcoholism, then William F. Melchert-Dinkel is in big, big trouble. A 47-year-old licensed nurse from Faribault, Minnesota, Melchert-Dinkel has been charged with two counts of illegally aiding suicide. Prosecutors say that he sought out depressed people on website chatrooms, engaged them in conversation under false pretenses and pushed them to kill themselves-sometimes even making a suicide pact. One that he very rudely would not keep.