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SOUND EDUCATION

For Those About to Rook book

Rockin’ new book For Those About to Rock teaches kids music history with some edgy fun.

If you respect and appreciate good music and great artists, then you may be feeling a bit indifferent about the trending videos on YouTube that feature millennials and Gen Zers sharing their reaction to first hearing classic songs by legendary artists like the Bee Gees and Motley Crue. Now, watching strangers react to music sounds about as interesting as playing Zeppelin records backwards hoping to hear Satan. However, the most surreal part of the whole “reaction video” trend is that some young people simply aren’t ashamed of their lack of basic music history.

Granted, being able to name the four original members of KISS without needing to check Wikipedia won’t land you a professorship at the local university. But by the time anyone reaches their teen years, you’d hope they’d have some semblance of how and why Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles are just as important to American and world history as George Washington and Albert Einstein.

For Those About to Rook book

Considering how difficult it is just to get the American education system to provide a basic quality education, we’re not holding our breath. Fortunately, a new rockin’ new book has found a great solution. Author/rocker Kate Seldman‘s For Those About to Rock: A Kid’s Guide to 50 Legendary Musical Acts is a long overdue, gorgeously illustrated “text book” that highlights a rich musical education delivered in a fun and engaging presentation that would appeal to any young mind that loves learning.

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FEELING RANDY

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The O.C. Hosts Three Nights of All-Star Tribute Concerts to Rock Gods Randy Rhoads, Bonzo, John Entwistle & Keith Moon, Jan. 22-24

BonhamTimeless hard rockin’ hits by Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne and The Who will be shaking up The O.C. from January 22 to 24, when California Music Fest hosts three nights of classic cover tunes by superstar performers from the world of metal paying tribute to late, great legends John Bonham (right), Randy Rhoads (main photo, top), John Entwistle and Keith Moon!

Randy RhoadsThe all-star Bonzo Bash concert event is taking place on Jan. 22; the heavy metal spectacle Randy Rhoads Remembered is happening Jan. 23; and on Jan. 24, The Who icons get a rockin’ and raucous tribute at Entwistle/Moon: The Ox & The Loon.

Past performances at the annual concert events included legendary guest artists like Skidrow rocker Sebastian Bach; Quiet Riot, Ozzy and Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo.

All three concerts are set to rock the roof off of Santa Ana’s The Observatory Orange County, located at 3503 S. Harbor Blvd. Get ticket details on the full concert series here.

ROCK THE HOUSE

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OzzMania, Just Like Priest, Motorbreath & More are Bringing Heavy Metal Hits to House of Blues Sunset, Jan. 21

OzzManiaGoing through Ozzfest withdrawl? Relax — there is a rock and roll reprise of sorts on the horizon.

West Hollywood hot spot House of Blues Sunset is hosting the closest thing you’re ever gonna find to Ozzfest on January 21, when OzzMania (right) brings to the Strip an arsenal of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath hits, along with four other metal-loving tribute bands!

motorbreathSoCal cover band OzzMania proves you can’t kill rock and roll with a headlining night of non-stop metal that will be shaking up Sunset alongside Slayer-worshipping rockers Slaytanic; masters of Metallica, Motorbreath (right); spot-on Judas Priest imitators Just Like Priest (main photo, top); and Du Hast, which will rock out some Rammstein.

House of Blues Sunset is at located at 8430 Sunset. Get tickets and show times here.

WISDOM OF OZZ

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“L.A.’s not a good place to grow old. It’s a
Paris Hilton-getting-f–ked-up-the-arse kind
of town…a town full of ambulance chasers.”

                                                       OZZY OSBOURNE

ROCK N’ ROLE

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MOVIES’ MOTLEY CREW: THE 10 BEST, WORST & WEIRDEST ROCK STAR CAMEOS IN HOLLYWOOD FILMS

1. VINCE NEIL

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DEJA VU DEBUT: VINCE NEIL IN FORD FAIRLANE

vince-neilMotley Crue singer Vince Neil didn’t need any acting classes before stepping into the role of heavy metal singer Bobby Black, ill-fated frontman of Black Plague, in Andrew Dice Clay‘s big-screen comedy The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. The Dice Man, an avowed rock ‘n’ roll junkie, also invited a few of his other famous rock star friends to appear in the 1990 flick, including Sunset Strip refugees like legendary Brit bassist Phil Soussan and drummer Randy Castillo, who have both played on some of Ozzy’s greatest albums, and Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazzo. Neil tapped his real-life band to punch up the film’s soundtrack with the Crue classic “Rock ‘N’ Roll Junkie.”


2. GUNS N’ ROSES

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COOLEST SCREEN DEBUT: GUNS N’ ROSES IN THE DEAD POOL

carrey-dead-poolSeemingly possessed by Ozzy, Axl, Mick Jagger and Michael JacksonJim Carrey is brilliantly bad but entertaining to watch as a faux Axl Rose covering “Welcome to the Jungle” in the 1988 Clint Eastwood flick The Dead Pool. Fortunately, it’s the original Guns N’ Roses band that steps in to add some credibility to the flick and steal the spotlight with a brief bit in the cop drama. Axl, Duff McKagan, Slash, Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin are featured in a funeral scene mourning the murder of Carrey’s Axl character.

 

3. OZZY OSBOURNE & GENE SIMMONS

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BIZARRE BITS: OZZY & GENE SIMMONS IN TRICK OR TREAT

OzzyThe only thing scary about the 1986 horror flick Trick or Treat, about a vengeful rock star zombie, is that the film was ever made. Saving the low-budget, bizarrely directed 1986 movie from being a total waste of film are guest appearances by rock legends Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

Ozzy’s appearance in Trick or Treat is not as memorable as his stint in the 1997 blockbuster Private Parts, featuring the P.O.F.D. famously calling Howard Stern a “f**king jerk,” but it is worth a watch. Ozzy is in fine comedic form again in a tongue-in-cheek cameo that sees the sometimes Black Sabbath frontman taming his famous locks and adopting a clean-cut persona to play an evangelist ranting about dirty lyrics in heavy metal music. Talk about art imitating life!


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Gene Simmons has been moonlighting in Hollywood for awhile, including co-starring alongside Tom Selleck in the 1984 feature film Runaway. However, if you ever thought that Simmons could never make a film worse than the 1978 TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, think again. The rock bassist and “God of Thunder” singer puts his famous deep vocals to work in another capacity in Trick or Treat , playing a creepy-cool rock radio DJ. Looking like the bastard offspring of Ted Nugent and Merle Haggard, Simmons sports a leather cowboy hat and Wolfman Jack-like growl as a disc jockey enlisted to help battle a troublesome zombie musician. Where’s the KISS Army when you need it?

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SHADES OF GREY

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OZZY & WHITNEY’S VIEW TO A THRILL

GreystoneAs much of the country is facing a snowstorm and L.A prepares for a rainy week, we decided to take advantage of Tuesday’s brief break of decent weather and take a stroll to Greystone Mansion Park, just around the bend from Doheny and Sunset Boulevard and bridging the rock and roll excess of the Strip with the exotic indulgence of Beverly Hills. It was cool to see the famous location’s generally empty interior sporadically decorated with Christmas decorations (for whatever reason). The room above was used in The Bodyguard and us where Whitney Houston is first introduced to Kevin Costner in front of the fireplace.

ViewThe Greystone Mansion and its rolling grounds provide a public oasis for the locals and offers an incredible view of Los Angeles. The mansion has famously been used as an example of indulgence in countless music videos and every classic film from the Toby Maguire-era Spiderman trilogy and The Big Lebowski to Austin Powers: Gold Member and X-Men.

Ozzy Osbourne fans will recognize the lush landscape as the spot where the POFD used to curb his pooch on The Osbournes — Oz and family used to live next door. (Considering the huge “No Dogs” sign on the property, rebel rocker Ozzy and his pooches were characteristically breaking the rules.)

Enjoy a virtual tour below.

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PAUL DI’ANNO, THE ‘KILLER’ VOICE THAT LAUNCHED IRON MAIDEN, IS SET TO COVER THE ICONIC METAL BAND’S EARLY CLASSICS AT THE WHISKY JAN. 20

killersIf you were too stoned in the late ’70s/early ’80s or are one of those youngins who didn’t know that iconic British metal band Iron Maiden had a badass frontman before Bruce Dickinson, you should make a New Year’s resolution now to check out Paul Di’Anno at the Sunset Strip’s world-famous Whisky A Go Go on January 20.

Before Dickinson first rocked the mic for Maiden on 1982’s groundbreaking heavy metal masterpiece The Number of the Beast, and just after the band’s first two vocalists, Paul Day and Dennis Wilcock, bailed, Di’Anno fronted Maiden from 1978 through 1981 and managed to crank out a small but awesomely impressive collection of albums. Before rock and roll debauchery and personality conflicts within Maiden led to Di’Anno and the band parting ways, he set the foundation for Iron Maiden’s success with the now-classic albums Iron Maiden and Killers and the live EP Maiden Japan.

beast-singing-with-iron-maiden-drugs-groupies-whole-paul-dianno-paperback-cover-artDi’Anno released his memoir, The Beast, in 2010 and has forged ahead as a solo artist as well as a frontman for various hard-rock bands, including Praying Mantis, Battlezone and Killers.

More recently, Di’Anno has signed on as a special guest vocalist on ex-Ozzy Osbourne Band shredder Jake E. Lee‘s upcoming solo album, due in 2013.

Aside from Lee’s project, the singer hasn’t released new material since Battlezone’s 2001 album Cessation of Hostilities. Di’Anno did, however, release a cool compilation of his early work with his famous former band on the 2010 collection The Early Iron Maiden Songbook.

All things considered, it sounds like Di’Anno’s Whisky show on January 20, which is part of his worldwide “Running Free Again Tour,” is going to be a very loud and awesome sonic stroll down memory lane during his Iron Maiden years.

We can’t think of a more rockin’ way to reminisce. Get details on the Whisky show here.

Trujillo’s Sonic Salute

METALLICA’S ROBERT TRUJILLO DEBUTS MORE DETAILS ON UPCOMING JACO PASTORIUS BIO DOC

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo – who turns 48 today – has been inspiring young musicians since joining the mega-band in 2003, and even before, during his stints with  Suicidal Tendencies and Ozzy Osbourne.

Now, the musician is paying tribute to his main influence, bass legend Jaco Pastorius (pictured), with a new rock documentary, tentatively titled Jaco, that Trujillo debuted with a sneak-peak at last weekend’s Bass Player LIVE! industry event in Hollywood.

“Jaco was my hero growing up,” Trujillo told USA Today earlier this year, when he announced that he was financing the film, which is being directed Stephen Kijack. “Hearing him was like hearing Eddie Van Halen doing ‘Eruption’ for the first time.”

Trujillo reportedly produced a special teaser clip of his doc for the Bass Player LIVE event, which honored Pastorius with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.

Speaking of musical influences: On the night he died in 1987 following a violent encounter with a club bouncer, Pastorius spent the earlier part of the evening crashing Carlos Santana‘s set at a Santana concert, only to be kicked off the stage and out of the venue…and into that fateful fight.

A release date has not yet been set for Jaco. Trujillo will also be seen in Metallica’s 3D concert film in 2013.

Zakk Wylde Shreds on Sunset

ICONIC GUITARIST GETS ROCKIN’ SUNSET STRIP SALUTE

Heavy metal hero Zakk Wylde gets a shout out on an awesome new addition to Sunset Boulevard’s GuitarTown urban art installation that lines the Strip from Doheny to Crescent Heights.

An illustration of Zakk soloing — and completely capturing his signature guitar god pose with his wild mane flowing — adorns a giant gray, white and black guitar sculpture located in front of the House of Blues (8430 Sunset Boulevard).

We give this tribute to the badass Black Label Society and ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist a double-fisted devil’s horn salute!

Metalachi’s Gonna Rock You Like A Mexican Hurricane

CLASSIC METAL WITH A SLICE OF LIME 

Countless bands have rocked the Sunset Strip with cool covers of hard rock classics by metal icons like Metallica, Zeppelin and Ozzy. But no one has ever reinvented metal classics as badass and brilliantly hilarious as L.A. band Metalachi, the world’s first mariachi-metal cover band.

The KISS-inspired makeup and codpieces add a rockin’ edge to the souped up traditional mariachi outfits, but it’s the band’s mariachi-metal renditions of tunes like “Enter Sandman” and “Crazy Train” that steal the spotlight. And Metalachi’s velvet-smooth showmanship and loco sense of humor — they also cover Cheech & Chong tunes — make their shows more fun than downing a bottle of tequila and watching Spinal Tap again for the hundreth time. But what do you expect from a band with awesome aliases as metal as their music: frontman Vega De La Rockha, guitarist Ramon Holiday, violinist Maximillian “Dirty” Sanchez, guittaronist Poncho Rockefeller, trumpeter El Cucey and emcee Warren Russia.

Formed in 2011, the L.A. band is relatively new to the Hollywood scene but has already been packing Sunset Strip hot spots, recently headlining the Roxy on, appropriately enough, Cinco De Mayo. The Mexican metal heads have also nabbed famous fans like Billy Idol and artist Shepherd Fairey. Check out their tour schedule for upcoming SoCal shows, including the San Diego County Fair later this month.

Bang your head to Metalachi’s loco-cool cover of “Crazy Train” below.

Speak of the Devil: Ozzy

“Any guy who starts emailing pictures of his ball sack to anyone has got a serious f—ing problem.”

Ozzy Osbourne sounding off about randy technofiles (Rolling Stone)

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Hometown Heavy Metal Heroes Make a Pitch for the L.A. Dodgers

The L.A. Dodgers tapped a couple of local rock n’ roll heroes to hype the hometown team in the summer of 2010 as part of the baseball club’s “This Is My Town” campaign, which coincided with the launch of the third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in August. The promotion included billboards scattered throughout the city, including a notable presence on Sunset, and featured the likes of Hollywood bad boys Mötley Crüe, longtime Beverly Hills residents Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and for some unusual reason, Canadian cheeseballs Nickelback.

Guitar hero Slash, a faithful Dodgers fan who rocked the national anthem at a 2009 Dodgers vs Cardinals home game, donned Dodger Blue (a denim shirt, which is close enough) for a billboard near Sunset and La Cienega in West Hollywood.

Crüe bassist-songwriter Nikki Sixx and Poison frontman Bret Michaels were featured in the campaign last year.