Classic David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Era TV Performance Goes HD


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(hennemusic) David Bowie’s team is revisiting footage from a 1972 UK television performance as part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations of his album, “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.”

In newly-available upgraded HD video, Bowie – as Ziggy and joined by his band, The Spiders From Mars – can be seen delivering the record’s opening track, “Five Years”, on the classic music series The Old Grey Whistle Test.

“Five Years” was one of three songs – alongside “Queen Bitch” and “Oh! You Pretty Things” from “Hunky Dory” – that the rocker delivered just days before the launch of the first Ziggy Stardust tour.

“Hunky Dory” had been released less than two months earlier and the Ziggy Stardust album opener wouldn’t be available to fans for a few months yet.

As Bowie’s team notes: “So, of the songs recorded, ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ would probably have been the best advert for the tour, in that it was freshest in the public memory, having spent several weeks on the UK singles chart for Peter Noone the previous May and June, when it peaked at No. 14.

“However, in their wisdom, the BBC didn’t broadcast ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ for another ten years, probably considering the song a little too mainstream (due to the Noone connection) for the often chin-strokingly serious TOGWT.”

Read more and watch the video here.

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Ozzy Osbourne reportedly wants to install bat boxes in his UK home

Ozzy Osbourne reportedly wants to install bat boxes in his UK home, hoping to protect the species.

The Black Sabbath frontman notoriously bit the head off a bat during a gig with the band, but is now hoping to help the animals.

Ozzy and wife Sharon recently revealed that they’re set to leave Los Angeles, California for a life in Buckinghamshire due to high taxes in the United States, and local news reports hint that the pair have an elaborate plan for their home.

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According to The Mirror (via Buckinghamshire Live), the Osbournes have made plans to turn their Grade II listed mansion near Beaconsfield into a bat sanctuary.

The couple have made no comment on the reported plans yet.

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Earlier this week, Osbourne announced his new album ‘Patient Number 9’ with the release of its title track ahead of the record’s release this September.

The album’s title track also features guitar work from Jeff Beck, who joins an A-list cast of musicians guest-starring on the track including Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Zakk Wylde, and producer Andrew Watt.

Set to be released on September 3, the album also includes contributions from Eric ClaptonBlack Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and Jane’s Addiction’s Chris Chaney also supplied some session work for ‘Patient Number 9’ alongside the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

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Ozzy recently updated fans on his current health condition as he recovers from a recent major operation. Following surgery that would “determine the rest of his life” on June 13, Ozzy told fans in a statement posted on his social media, “I am definitely feeling the love and support from all my fans and send everyone a big thank you for their thoughts, prayers and well wishes during my recovery.”

While specific details of Ozzy’s recent medical procedure have disclosed, the legendary frontman revealed last month that he was awaiting neck surgery as he “can’t walk properly these days”.

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The Rolling Stones Debut ‘She’s A Rainbow’ In London


Bruce Henne | 06-28-2022

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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones performed the 2022 debut of their classic 1967 single, “She’s A Rainbow”, during a June 25 show in London’s Hyde Park and fan filmed video of the performance has been shared online.

The track from “Their Satanic Majesties Request” appeared during the first of two nights at the iconic venue as part of the band’s 60th anniversary tour.

The event marked the fifth concert of the series – which opened in Madrid, Spain on June 1 and saw a June 13 concert in Amsterdam, The Netherlands postponed and a Bern, Switzerland show cancelled after Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19 while on the road.

The Stones will next perform a second show in Hyde Park on July 3 as part of the 2022 British Summer Time concert series. Watch video from the London show here.

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‘Fake Drake’ wants to box real Drake for $1million and a record deal

The Drake impersonator known as ‘Fake Drake’ has stated his ambition to enter a boxing match with the real rapper.

The copycat has attracted attention recently for attending a number of events designed to fool members of the public into mistaking him for the multi-platinum-selling Canadian star, including nightclub appearances.

Speaking on the We In Miami podcast, ‘Fake Drake’ said: “I’m challenging Drake to a boxing match. I just signed with Celebrity Boxing. If you win, I’ll change my name from Izzy Drake to just Izzy, you know.”

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If he defeats Drake in the match, Izzy is asking the rapper for $1million and a deal with Drake’s record label OVO, “’cause I’m just trying to feed my family.”

Watch the interview below.

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Last month, ‘Fake Drake’ spoke out publicly, claiming that his style and personality is all his own, despite booking a variety of public events based on his supposed visual likeness to the rapper.

Speaking on Instagram, Fake Drake said: “This is just who I am. I’m just like, I’m just going with the flow, you know? I didn’t ask to become famous.” The women asking him questions in the clip suggest that Fake Drake both looks and acts like Drake, to which he responds: “I act like Drake?”

Fake Drake also audaciously implied that his haircut, matching the OVO artist’s distinctive heart-shaped style, was his own idea.

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“I’ve had the heart for like a year and a half,” he claimed. “Nah, ’cause I have the heart because you know, if you do things with your heart it’s come back.”

Elsewhere, the real Drake released new album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ this month, breaking an Apple Music record within an hour of its release and going on to earn his 11th US Number One album, moving past Kanye West and Eminem to tie Bruce Springsteen and Barbara Streisand for the third-most Number Ones in Billboard 200 history, trailing only The Beatles (19) and JAY-Z (14).

Reviewing the album, NME wrote: “Arriving so quickly after his last body of work, as most Drake releases often do, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ is an unexpected elevation from the bland trap, R&B remakes and Drake’s melancholic attitude to love we heard last time around.

“He doesn’t quite shift the latter as much as one would hope – the album is as tiresomely woe-is-me as anything he’s ever done – but the house sound has at least given him the creative boost that his recording career has been crying out for recently.”

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Doctors Order Whitesnake’s David Coverdale To Rest Due To Infection


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Whitesnake has been forced to cancel their scheduled concerts in Milan, Italy on Tuesday (June 28) and Vienna, Austria on Thursday (June 30) after frontman David Coverdale was ordered by doctors to take 5 days rest due to a sinus and trachea infection.

Coverdale share the following update with fans on Monday (June 27th),
“Dear Whitesnake fans around the world: We have been rocking our way across the globe on the first part of our Farewell Tour giving all we’ve got to you, the fans. The rigors of the road are the same for all of us and we have been trying to keep everyone healthy and safe.

“Unfortunately we have been hit recently with a couple of situations that we have been dealing with, the best we can. First our beloved band leader Reb Beach went down temporarily and he missed a couple of shows while he mended (and is much better now, by the way).

“Then the rock of our band, the Legendary Tommy Aldridge went down and we unfortunately were not able to play the Rock Imperium Festival in Cartagena this past Saturday (very regrettable and all apologies to our Spanish fans and friends).

“Tommy was bad enough at the time to have missed the first show ever in his career – The GOOD news is that he is feeling better and is anxious to get back out there to perform for all of you.

“Unfortunately I have now been hit hard as well. I started feeling a bit under the weather two days ago, and was just diagnosed with an infection of the sinus & trachea. The doctor recommends 5 days of no singing and bed rest.

“Sadly, that means that we are not going to be able to do the upcoming shows in Milan, Vienna and a decision on Zagreb [July 2] is about to be made.

“I’m very sorry to all the fans who had planned to come see our Farewell Tour in each of those cities – it’s my intention to get better as soon as possible and be able to pick up with the remaining shows of the European Farewell Tour. You are all in our hearts!!”

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