Ozzy Osbourne revealed on Tuesday (January 21st) in an interview on Good Morning America that he is battling Parkinson's disease. The singer received the diagnosis last February after several health issues, including a near-deadly staph infection and a fall that damaged his nervous system. He's treating the disease with medication.
The Black Sabbath frontman's wife Sharon explained that Ozzy has "PRKN 2, which is a form of Parkinson's. 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. It's like you have a good day, a good day and then a really bad day."
Osbourne added he has been experiencing other symptoms that may or may not stem from Parkinson's, saying, "I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery; my legs keep going cold. 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."
Sharon said that Ozzy will head to Switzerland in April to see a professor who specializes in helping people with their immune systems, in order to distinguish between her husband's symptoms. Sharon remarked, "We're going to go wherever we can go to seek answers," to which Ozzy added, "We're lucky enough to be able to afford to do that."
Ozzy said that he feels "better now" that he's come clean about his illness, and expressed hope that his fans are "there for me because I need them."
The metal legend told us that staying in touch with his fans has always been important to him: "I don't like to be that far separated from my fans. I like to go out and see what they're about, you know. If you read your e-mail or your website or your fan letters, it's like a piece of paper or numbers on a board. I like somewhat of human contact. I'm just a simple man. I have to touch you and hear you say you like my music. It does more for me than receiving letters."
Ozzy is scheduled to return to North American arenas for another leg of his No More Tours 2 tour this spring, while his first new solo album in 10 years, Ordinary Man, is due for release on February 21st.
AUDIO: OZZY OSBOURNE ON STAYING IN TOUCH WITH FANS
Yungblud has announced the underrated youth North American spring tour. The trek starts off with two Coachella performances on April 12th and April 19th. From there, the British superstar will play 16 shows before wrapping up the tour at the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama on May 16th. Tickets go on sale Friday (January 24th) but pre-sales are available now.
Yungblud has been preparing to release his second full-length album, which will follow up his 2018 debut 21st Century Liability and last year's EP The Underrated Youth.
The singer took to social media on Tuesday (January 22nd) to announce the tour. In an Instagram post, the singer shared a poster and his thoughts, saying, "I got so many messages from you all asking me to come to places that aren't just the 'regular cities' people go too. so i called me team and was like I wanna go there."
Newly confirmed Yungblud tour dates (subject to change):
April 12 – Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
April 19 – Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
April 21 – Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
April 23 – Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
April 25 – Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
April 26 – Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
April 28 – Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
April 30 – Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
May 1 – Omaha, NE - Slowdown
May 3 – Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
May 4 – Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Center
May 6 – Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
May 8 – Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
May 9 – Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 10 – Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
May 12 – Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
May 14 – St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
May 15 – Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
May 16 – Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
Nickelback has confirmed a North American summer 2020 headlining tour to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the band's multi-platinum fifth album, All The Right Reasons. The Canadian act will perform the LP in its entirety, including its seven hit singles such as "Photograph," "Rockstar," "Far Away," "If Everyone Cared" and "Savin' Me."
Stone Temple Pilots will join as special guest at all shows on the tour, while Switchfoot and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown will support on select dates. The lengthy trek kicks off on June 19th in Raleigh, North Carolina and will visit 46 cities across the U.S. and Canada before winding down on October 3rd in Mountain View, California. Tickets go on sale this Thursday (January 23rd) at 10:00 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.
All The Right Reasons was released in October 2005 and debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart. It spent 110 weeks in the Top 30 and has sold over 19 million copies worldwide, including more than eight million in North America alone.
Frontman Chad Kroeger told us a while back that he doesn't know the formula for that kind of success: "I used to think I knew how to help another band achieve success, and I don't think I know how to do that anymore. I mean, that's what every record company is looking for, aren't they? How do we get a band to be as successful as we possibly can. There's just something there about four guys that get together, make music, and they get onstage and they play their hearts out for their fans...sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."
Confirmed Nickelback tour dates (subject to change):
June 19 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park
June 20 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
June 23 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
June 26 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center
June 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
June 30 - Burgettstown, PA - S&T Bank Music Park
July 2 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 3 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater
July 5 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 8 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
July 10 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
July 11 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
July 17 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
July 19 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
July 22 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 25 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
July 26 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
July 29 - Syracuse, NY - St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
July 31 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
August 1 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 4 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
August 6 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
August 8 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP
August 9 - Omaha, NE - CHI Health Center Omaha
August 15 - West Palm Beach, FL - iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairground
August 16 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
August 19 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
August 21 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
August 22 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 25 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
August 27 - Milwaukee, WI - American Family Insurance Amphitheater
August 29 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 1 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 3 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion
September 4 - Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 11 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
September 12 - Ridgefield, WA - Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
September 15 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
September 18 - Boise, ID - Ford Idaho Center Arena
September 19 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
September 22 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
September 25 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
September 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 29 - Chula Vista, CA - North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 2 - Wheatland, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre
October 3 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
AUDIO: NICKELBACK'S CHAD KROEGER SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin unloaded on a couple of autograph collectors following a benefit show by the British band in Los Angeles on Monday night (January 20th).
According to TMZ, Martin was approached by what was described as several "assertive" autograph seekers shortly after the show. Instead of going patiently through the motions, Martin snapped at them and asked that they show him some "decency" after he played what he called a "s**tty" gig.
Martin did take a moment to collect himself and settled down quickly, proceeding to sign some items before hurriedly walking away.
The concert itself was a benefit for Reform LA Jails, which campaigns for alternatives to incarceration and prison reform. Coldplay's intimate, 19-song set at the Hollywood Palladium featured a healthy serving of songs from the band's new LP Everyday Life, as well as a few rarities.
One of those songs, the early fan favorite "Amsterdam," was abandoned after Martin forgot the lyrics -- prompting him to beg the audience, "Please don't put this on YouTube." Perhaps he was still thinking about it when he got hit up for his signature after the show.
An Australian broadcaster named Eddie McGuire said on Monday (January 20th) during his Triple M Melbourne morning program that AC/DC will release a new album in either February or March of this year, with a tour of Australia to follow in October or November.
McGuire hinted that co-founding guitarist Angus Young, longtime vocalist Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd are all likely to participate in both the album and tour. Regarding the hearing issues that forced Johnson out of the group in 2016, McGuire explained, "After a lot of work and a lot of technical research, they have been able to get a hearing aid for Brian Johnson, who will be out front."
McGuire added, "Even Phil Rudd might be back in the group . . . so that they've got three of -- well, not the originals, but three of the old-timers, if you like, back there." The report did not address the status of 40-year bassist Cliff Williams, who retired in late 2016 at the end of AC/DC's Rock Or Bust tour cycle.
Rumors have been circulating for nearly two years that AC/DC was reportedly recording an album based around music that late co-founder Malcolm Young had left behind, as a tribute to the band's fallen leader. Malcolm exited the band in 2014 due to the onset of dementia and passed away in 2017.
Looks like more drama in the Aerosmith camp. After a few good years within the Boston bad boy's club -- trouble has reared its head in the apparent ousting of drummer Joey Kramer. TMZ broke the report that Kramer was filing suit against the band for forcing him to audition to re-join the band following what he describes as "minor" shoulder surgery last spring. In his absence of the end run of the band's Las Vegas shows, his drum tech, John Douglas, sat in for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
The report stated that Kramer's bandmates forced to him to perform along with a click track to see if he was "able to play at an appropriate level" -- something the drummer maintains none of the other members were forced to do upon returning from medical leave.
Upon listening to Kramer's performance, the band claimed he, quote, "did not have enough 'energy' in the recordings." Kramer claims he has been forced out of the band -- including appearing at such high-profile upcoming gigs as the group's MusiCares honor and a Grammy performance.
Joey Kramer has issued a statement on the matter, which reads:
Ever since I was 14 years old, I had a set of drumsticks in my hand and a passion to create music. Being prohibited from playing with a band that I have given 50 years of my life to supporting, is beyond devastating.
This is not about money. I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers, for our collective, lifetime contributions to the music industry. Neither the MusiCares' Person of the Year Award nor the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement honors can ever be repeated.
The fact that I would be asked to audition for my own job, demonstrate that I can play at ‘an appropriate level' and play better than my temporary fill-in with a moving target of made-up standards is both insulting and upsetting. Other band members and their lawyers will likely attempt to disparage my playing and claim that I am unable to play the drums right now. Nothing could be further from the truth. I did everything they asked -- jumped through hoops and made both a recording of playing along solo to a recent live recording of the band – one I had never heard before, and that process was videotaped. But I did it, and I did it well. In Aerosmith's 50-year history, no other band member has ever been subjected to this scrutiny, let alone be asked to audition for his own job!
I hope our fans can understand that all I'm trying to do is get back to playing with the band that they love -- and that's Aerosmith with all five original members. The greatest magic and success of Aerosmith happens when all the band's founding members are together in the house. To be removed from my rightful place on stage to celebrate our success – a success that acknowledges my own life's work, is just plain wrong.
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, and Tom Hamilton responded to Kramer's suit, posting a statement to People, which read:
Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. However he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so.
Joey has now waited until the last moment to accept our invitation, when we unfortunately have no time for necessary rehearsals during Grammys week. We would be doing a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse. Compounding this, he chose to file a lawsuit on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events.
Given his decisions he is unfortunately unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honor. We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage.
An inside source told People: "They had been inviting him to come back for the last six months since he's been away for whatever medical situation he's been dealing with. He said ‘Yes, I'll come and rehearse' and kept not showing up. On the eve of the Grammys and MusiCares, he wanted to be back. They all got on the phone with him after they heard the demo and talked it through with him. They voted as a band, which they do with every decision, and it was four to one. They said ‘Please come to MusiCares and Grammys. We'll take photos and celebrate. You're our brother.' They just don't want to risk a performance because he hasn't been with them in six months."
Not too long ago, during better days with the band, Joey Kramer told us that playing live with Aerosmith still means everything to him: "Absolutely, positively, without a doubt. More than anything else that I do in life itself. 'Cause what it's about for me is being behind my drums, seeing those four guys in front of me, and playing for two hours. That's it -- that's what I live for."
AUDIO: JOEY KRAMER SAYS PLAYING LIVE WITH AEROSMITH MEANS EVERYTHING TO HIM