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Ozzy Collaborates on Billy Morrison New Track

billymorrisongodshapedholecd_0[1]There was a time when rock stars were so consumed with living up to their reputation as decadent, debauched icons that there was barely enough time in the day to write music and play shows. These days, life is different, especially for those like Billy Idol songwriter and guitarist Billy Morrison, who has already traveled the road of excess. When Morrison isn’t writing songs for Idol, touring, playing with his cover band Royal Machines, or creating striking modern pop art, he writes and records for his solo project. His first album, God Shaped Hole, which includes “Gods,” an original co-written with Ozzy Osbourne, comes out Oct. 23 and is available for exclusive streaming above.

Morrison worked on the album between tours and was in the studio when he received a text message from Osbourne, seeing what he was up to. “I have never asked Ozzy for anything, which is possibly why I’m one of his closest friends,” Morrison says. “I see him all the time and we text each other every day. I hadn’t texted him in a few days and he sent me a message, saying, ‘Where the f— are you?’ And I said, ‘I’m working on a solo album.’ And the next text from him was, ‘Well, I want to sing a song on your solo album.’ I thought, ‘Yeah, that would be great, mate.’ I really didn’t think too much about it.”

Morrison continued working on the album with Billy Idol drummer Erik Eldenius. The next time he saw Sharon Osbourne, he casually mentioned that Ozzy wanted to collaborate on a song. “She was 100 percent behind it,” Morrison says. “And she got me the clearances from Epic so I could release it without having to jump through any legal hoops.”
Morrison and Osbourne came up with the basic structure for the song in about 20 minutes. The rest pretty much created itself. “It was obviously channeled from something and somewhere,” Morrison says. “It wasn’t us, it was just given to us, which was amazing.”

“Gods,” which marks Osbourne’s first vocal appearance since Black Sabbath’s 2013’s comeback album 13, is one of several songs Morrison has written with the master of metal. “Everything I’ve written with Ozzy comes out sounding slightly different from what he would normally do, just because he’s working with me. I’m a rhythm guitar player, not primarily a lead guitarist, so he’s going to get a different style of writing. But this one was unlike anything we’d done before. We absolutely channeled the lyrics as well.”

Originally, Morrison planned to call his solo album Ideas and Inspirations to reflect the combination of originals and cover songs on the album. Then, Osbourne convinced him to change the title. “Ozzy was writing the chorus of ‘Gods,’ and it had the line, ‘I’ve found myself another God shaped hole.’ He looked at me and said, ‘There’s your album title.’ The song is a ballad, and I wasn’t even going to put a ballad on this album, but you don’t say no to the Prince of Darkness.”

In addition to “Gods,” God Shaped Hole features other new tracks. “Alone in the Crowd” is a modern, bluesy rocker that condemns the herd mentality; “Cinnamon Gin” is a galloping, rowdy anthem about alcoholism, which includes a mid-section embellished with TV news samples; and “Ordinary Girl” is a harmony-infused powerpop song that details a dysfunctional relationship.
God Shaped Hole also includes an unusual collection of cover songs by bands that never quite made it into the public eye: Flesh for Lulu, Senseless Things, Gary Numan and Tubeway Army, Boys Wonder, and Wasted Youth (U.K.).

“I wanted to pay tribute to the music that really inspired me growing up and gave me a feeling of invincibility that made me realize I also had something to say, despite what school and my parents were telling me,” Morrison says. “A lot of the stuff that moved me were songs no one had heard of because they were by obscure bands that had one single and then had a fight or couldn’t get arrested. So I started with the idea of recording an EP of covers that were my main inspirations, and the whole project grew from there.”

In addition to Osbourne, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens make cameo appearances on God Shaped Hole. “They’re on there because I’m in bands with both of them and they’re my friends,” Morrison says. “I didn’t want to make this an album full of special guests. I see both of those guys a lot, so when they found out I was working on this record they said, ‘Well, hey, can I come rock a solo?’ It was that kind of casual vibe. Dave’s on one track and Steve’s on two. But this album is really meant to be Billy Morrison saying, ‘I love music. These are the songs that I like.’


Article courtesy of  Jon Wiederhorn



If your dreams include a tropical vacation with rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, start packing now for a trip to Mexico next May for Cool Breeze Concerts Presents Ozzfiesta. The all-inclusive, five-day event is set for Wednesday, May 27 – Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Ozzfiesta will conclude with an intimate beachside closing night performance from Ozzy. Other Ozzfiesta highlights include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne (included in select room packages), an opening night “Welcome Party” featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a question-and-answer session with Ozzy Osbourne and his band, a BLACK LABEL SOCIETY full concert, a Comedy Club

Night with standup sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine, a Charity Golf Tournament benefitting The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, Osbourne Movie Nights and much more.

Tickets for Ozzfiesta go on sale Friday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET at

Ticket prices start at $1,899 per adult, $499 for children (4-17) and $100 for toddlers (newborn-3) and the first 500 rooms sold include a meet-and-greet with Ozzy. All prices include room taxes and gratuities.

Ozzfiesta will take place at an all-inclusive five-star resort with all high-level amenities. The resort boasts Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a “resort within the resort” exclusive to adult guests, which features three adults-only pools and a private beach on the serene waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounded by the natural sea cove. The luxurious location also offers two family pools and a private white sand beach nestled along the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, a world-class 18-hole Robert von Hagge-designed golf course, nine

on-site restaurants (ranging from casual to international gourmet selections) and 24-hour room service, top-shelf alcoholic beverages in six bars, a teen “backstage” lounge, the Little Big Club Experience children’s area with interactive play rooms and activities and playrooms, complimentary WiFi in rooms and throughout the resort property, unlimited phone calls to the continental U.S. and Canada. In addition, each room booked includes a $750 resort credit (which can be used for spa treatments, massages, golf and much more).


Citybreak music festival

Ozzy Osbourne headlined the Hyundai Card Citybreak music festival in Seoul, South Korea earlier tonight. The two-day event, which is being held August 9-10 at Seoul World Cup Stadium, also includes performances by the alternative rock band HOOBASTANK, former BON JOVI guitarist Richie Sambora, Japanese signature rock band LOCOFRANK, groove metal band COCOBAT and local punk rock band YELLOW MONSTERS.
While it remains unclear whether BLACK SABBATH will record another studio album, Osbourne appears certain to continue with his solo career. Ozzy’s touring guitarist, Gus G., told Noisefull in a recent interview, “Ozzy wants to do another solo album, that’s for sure. As far as I know, he has a contract for three more solo albums, so I don’t know when he will finish them, if he’ll do them and if I’m going to be a part in it, but I certainly know that he wants to do one more solo album.”

Band featured also Adam Wakeman, Blasco, Tommy Clufitos.
Setlist featured classic tracks played during the Scream world tour enhance with the rarely played “fire in the sky”:

Memoirs Of A Madman – update

album_10_3904_1109_2222An email blast was sent to subscribers today giving a bit more details about different format / packages:

“Memoirs Of A Madman audio and video collections celebrate the legacy of Ozzy Osbourne!
This October, the career of rock icon OZZY OSBOURNE will be celebrated with the Memoirs Of A Madman collections.

Due out October 7, MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN (CD) serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of OZZY’s greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career and will be available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. Pre-order now available at Amazon.

The MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN (DVD) is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from OZZY’s distinguished solo career. Pre-order also available at Amazon.

In addition, an exclusive AUTOGRAPHED limited edition fan bundle will be available. This includes an autographed poster, 2 DVD set, CD, 2 LP picture disc vinyl, along with a “Creative Allies” fan designed poster, which will feature an image personally chosen by OZZY.”

Memoirs of a Madman

Following the Unscramble Ozzy’s New Cover Art appeal of yesterday, Legacy has unveiled the new covert art of a new compilation album called “Memoirs of a Madman”. This will be an audio and video collection to celebrate the “legacy” of Ozzy. Format announced Single CD, two DVD set, 180g double vinyl and limited edition picture disc vinyl due out October 7th of Epic Records/Legacy Recordings. Pre order at Amazon available already.