Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

75602762_10157591626738213_1068101045881667584_oI usually do not like to deal in speculation especially when reporting on News because until it’s proven true then it’s just an opinion. So, I have some speculation news that could be huge for the rock and metal world. Nine hours or so ago, Lizzy Borden posted a picture (to the left of this paragraph) with no caption listing them as the fourth band on a bill that already features Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Poison. The bill is already stacked with some top talent that adding Lizzy Borden to the bill would just be absolutely maniacal and would be sure to conjure up some competition for sure as to who ruled the bill. Then around the same amount of time, the band would post this next picture below asking if their fans would be intrigued to see the show if it actually happened.

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So as far as we know, nothing is set in stone or concrete as to whether this is just wishful thinking on part of Lizzy Borden or if there is any actual truth to this. I have not seen any other rock or metal news sites post anything on this yet, but if I do see anything be sure that we will post the news, but there is one question that remains. Would you want to see Lizzy Borden added to this bill?

the challenge 2020Back in 2016, I accomplished a goal that I had been messing around with for years and that goal was to watch a film every day for one whole entire year. One year, I had made it to the 90’s mark while another had fizzled out in the 70’s. In 2016 though, I started the challenge on January 1st with the film Aloha and ended it on December 31ST with The Man With One Red Shoe. You can check out the blog for yourself right here at 365moviesin365dayschallenge.wordpress.com and see all of the films that I watched. It was one of the most exhausting moments of my life because it took a lot out of me to stay that committed to not only watch a film, but then to blog about it every day after watching it. Truth be told, it took me a year to shake off the effects of the challenge, but to be honest I was just craving another crack at it with different versions. I tried watching a wrestling match every day for a year and failed. I tried reading a comic book a day in 2018 and failed after 200 plus days. I just wasn’t ready to try again and I needed the right media format to continue and I think I have it folks. That is why I am declaring that on January 1, 2020, I will once again embark on the journey of watching one film a day, but this time it’s not for 365 days or 366 days, it’s to see how long I can go before I ultimately tap out. I ultimately want to hit 400 plus days, but that is going to take a lot of commitment from me. That is why I have compiled a list on IMDB as well of possible choices for the challenge. Remember, it’s 400 plus films that I have never seen before because that is what makes the challenge fun. We’ll see what happens, but for now stay tuned for more info as it comes.

moshpits promo posterI just wanted to take the time to write all the individuals no matter where in the world you are an update as to what is going on at the moment. There has not been a lot of posts on the site as of late besides the Album Of The Week posts and there is sort of a reason for that. Sometimes there is a bit in your life when it finally catches up to you and you find yourself strapped for time and energy because you are dealing with what life gives you. I am hoping that I am going to be able to start doing more with the site very soon like bringing back some of my favorite segments like Cheeseball Cinema, Tuesday Night Fights, as well as some new segments for the blog like a Podcast that I will post on the site. I have been working on several ideas for a podcast for a very long time and I am hoping that I finally have the content set in place. Plus, Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween returns for the seventh year and I am excited for what we have for you this year. I have a lot of ideas and hopefully soon, I’ll be finished with the comic book challenge that I am doing because I am honestly over it already. So, I say just stay tuned here for more as I am looking forward to producing more content for you guys.

tim-lambesis-1Back in 2013, I extensively covered the strange, but true case of one Tim Lambesis for another blog that I owned at one time. It was the most shocking case of 2013 because no one had seen this coming not even fans of his metalcore band As I Lay Dying. As I Lay Dying were one of a few metalcore bands that I respected in those times, but I haven’t listened to a single track since then. You see Tim was accused of conspiring to have his estranged wife Meaghan murdered by a hitman. He was sentenced to a six year sentence, but was released on parole in 2016 after serving three years. There was a lof mystery surrounding the frontman as to what his plans were going to be now that he was out of jail. Some rumors were going around suggesting that he was going to be bringing back As I Lay Dying, but with all new band members and as of June 1ST, that looks to be a true statement. The band released a 30 second teaser video on it’s Facebook page that showcases some new music. The only problem is that you can not tell who is on vocals, but we can only assume that it is Tim Lambesis. The question moving forward is how many people are willing to give the singer a second chance and how many will actually check out the band’s new music? How do his old band mates feel about the new music coming out as well?

We are going to keep this short and sweet because the pictures describe it better than words can so here are all the winners for both the movies and the music sides. For the wrestling side of it, please click here to go to Mr. X’s Punch Out to see those.

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Metal Video Of The Year:

Rock Music Video Of The Year:

Metal Single Of The Year:

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20130712-phil-anselmo-306x306-1373646895There is a big issue going around on the internet regarding some Anti-Semitic remarks that Phil Anselmo made at Dimebash 2016. Phil responded to the Youtuber who posted the video saying that it was all a joke and that it had something to do with white wine that they were drinking backstage. While this isn’t the first time that he has made racists or Anti-Semitic remarks, there has to be a time when we say that enough is enough in the metal community. One man has the intestinal fortitude to come out and speak out against what Phil said from the metal community. That man is Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn. While Robb is no stranger to stirring things up in the metal community, this time he has a legit reason to have an issue with the implicated figure. Robb released a video explaining what exactly was the issue with Anselmo explaining, “not a chardonnay or a pinot grigio in sight backstage” and then he informs you that Anselmo was drinking Becks which is a German beer. He continues to explain to people that Phil should not be let off the hook for his remarks and explains to everyone who doesn’t know why it isn’t OK to say those things.

robbThe part that shocks me the most is when Robb recalls sitting down with Anselmo backstage before they went on. He says, “Within 30 seconds of sitting down and talking to him, his drunk ass decided to let me know in no uncertain terms that he hated the ‘nig-er’ era of Machine Head, referring to our third and fourth album, The Burning Red.” That was a big time shock to me because I would never have imagined him saying those things, but then again I do not know the man personally from a hole in the wall. Second of all, The Burning Red was a kick ass album from Machine Head, but that isn’t the issue. The real Issue is that a public figure no matter if he is a musician, actor, politician, whatever should not be allowed to do that. Especially at an event that was meant to honor the legacy of one of the greatest guitar players in Metal history. I have always respected Robb for speaking his mind and standing up for what is right. I also agree with him in saying that there should be more people in Metal that should be calling out Anselmo for what he said as well. We can’t just brush this under the rug and say that it’s OK because of who he is. Check out the video below for yourself.

 

Bill-Ward-Ozzy-Osbourne-630x420We have a new segment that I will try to do because being in a metal band can be just like high school and so here is the segment of When Metal Bands Fight and we are looking at the case of Bill Ward vs Black Sabbath. If you haven’t been paying attention at all to the drama that unfolded when Black Sabbath decided to record with Bill Ward then you have either been living under a rock or you just don’t give a hoot. Nevertheless, the drama continues as Bill Ward reheats the situation by going after frontman Ozzy Osbourne on the internet. On April 15TH, Bill ward came out and released a statement basically claiming he was not offered a fair enough deal by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and hence is the reason he didn’t return to the lineup. Here is the statement he released regarding all the issues:

I hope you’re well and in good spirits. I have not made any public statements regarding my relationship with Black Sabbath since February 2012. Today, I want to address that relationship in this formal statement. Thank you.
I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath, however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues. And now, with the imminent release of a new Bill Ward Band album, and the flurry of rumors about new Sabbath projects, I feel it appropriate to speak in a truthful and an un-cynical way.
There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record. With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue. I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed. I don’t think previously strong relationships can remain strong after dispute by just sweeping the offensive stuff under the carpet, or by saying a puny sorry, or “oh, that’s all over now.” It doesn’t work like that for me. Righting of wrong works, and that’s what I want if I’m ever going to be his friend again.
Still undone and faraway is a “signable” contract. I would require a “signable” contract before moving one step toward a pathway that could lead to us all playing together again. I want a contract I can approve. That’s my truth. That’s my stand. I’ve listened to nothing but insults and false remarks, and if as a band or as individuals they wish to continue along the same lines, then any notion of an original Black Sabbath lineup will continue to fade away.
Put simply, it’s up to them. I have dearly missed playing with them and as people, I have been heartbroken over the loss of who I thought we were. And now you know where I stand.
Very soon my band, BWB will release a new album ironically called “Accountable Beasts.” I re- kick-started it in May 2012, and in an off and on journey to record, we have reached our final destination – a good mix, and a well mastered record. At this time we are putting the final touches on the digital booklet.
There are other multiple projects in different stages of progress, and I hope to bring more definitive news about them as things unfold this year. I have been very happy writing new songs, playing drums and working with other musicians. I have been blessed with musical visions and the ability to harness them. I’m moving into the future with an optimistic outlook.
For our many Sabbath fans, I love you all dearly. You are extremely special people. You f–king rock. I have been in deep regret since January 2012 that a true union was denied. I’ve remained faithful to you and honest with myself. Had I not been honest throughout I would have perished long ago. My hand is within yours, and I am encouraged to know you better. Stay safe and stay strong.
Now it is time to meet the circumstances of my statement and attend to what else is ongoing and before me.
Love,
Bill Ward

You obviously knew that it wouldn’t be long before Ozzy would answer what Bill Ward had to say in that statement above. You don’t call someone out and not expect them to respond to some pretty big claims. So on April 16TH, Ozzy released a statement of his own and read a little something like this:

I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill’s statements left me no option to but to respond honestly.

Wow Bill,
What the f— are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s “13” album and tour– physically, you knew you were f—ed. Tony, Geezer and myself didn’t think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony’s condition we felt that time was not on our side.
Bill, stop this smokescreen about an “unsignable contract” and let’s be honest. Deep down inside you knew you weren’t capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you’ve only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans.
Bill, we go back a long way, let’s stop this now before it gets out of hand.
God bless you.
Love.
Ozzy

Ozzy makes some pretty substantial claims as we all knew that time was not of the essence for Tony Iommi who is battling cancer and so an obvious quick move had to be made at the time. Meanwhile the band had to cancel their “Farewell” gig at Ozzfest Japan to which many fans suspected that maybe Tony’s condition took a turn for the worse, but he responded saying, “Thank you for all the enquiries about my health, very kind. I’m not sure how the rumour of my being unwell started as I was away on holiday! Once you’ve had something like lymphoma the fear that it will return never leaves, all I can say is that right now I’m fine and have regular blood tests.” Meanwhile, on April 17TH, Bill Ward rebutted Ozzy’s statement telling Rolling Stone, “The truth is that I was overweight for playing onstage, but I wasn’t overweight for the studio. I could cut tracks with the weight that I arrived at. All of those guys know that I have a really rigorous exercise regimen. In August 2011, I started to drop weight because, at that point, I thought, “OK, we’re probably at five or six months away from actually doing a tour.” When we were in England, I was walking six miles before breakfast, I was doing bench presses, I was walking possibly two to three miles in the evening, and I was playing, like, three to four hours a day. I’m quite capable of playing a complete f—ing Black Sabbath set. So this health thing has been bandied around, and it’s true that I have heart disease, and it’s true that I did get sick a couple of years after the fact. But when the health card is being thrown around, the bottom line is that I really tried to take care of myself. Every day, I always look at the day and say, “Could I have played a gig today no matter what’s going on with me?” And the answer is always, ‘Yes.’ I’m much harder on me than those guys could ever be … I went through the loss of a dear friendship [with Ozzy]. I actually grieved the loss of his life in my life. It was f—ing terrible. I cried. It was really horrible. I thought, ‘My God, I don’t even know who this person is anymore.“Then on Saturday (April 18), Bill Ward posted a long open letter to Ozzy really responding to everything saying:

  1. You never wanted to discuss in a public forum. BUT, you did by making all these public comments during your interviews for the 13 album and tour. I was only responding in kind. Don’t forget why I spoke out. If you had talked to me and shared your opinions privately, we wouldn’t be here today.
  1. I was ready and in shape to record. I knew I would need to get in better shape for the gigs –same as I have needed to do and have done in the past. I was beginning my workout regime to get “tour ready.”   I knew what I needed to do to play the gigs, and I was confident I would be ready. I would not commit to an extensive tour without believing I could go all the way with it. I wouldn’t do that to our fans.
  1. Shoulder Surgery. This was not a surgery that was an immediate necessity, or an emergency, or something that was prohibitive in terms of playing drums in Sabbath. It wasn’t anything like that. I would have elected to do the surgery after we finished touring, but since that didn’t come to pass, I scheduled it for the fall of 2013. My other surgery, yes was unexpected, but who among us knows what curve balls might be coming our way. Having had to recently cancel your own gigs, I think you could understand that and not hold someone to “what ifs”.
  1. The “unsignable” contract isn’t a smokescreen – it’s the truth. I have been honest with our fans on where I stand. Your opinions of me are completely immaterial – they have nothing to do with my reason for not participating – the “unsignable” contract – that’s it. I wonder if I had signed it if any of this would have come up? I imagine we would have made an album and done a tour with the original line up in place.

Hey Oz,

It’s not going to work.

I can see you,

And, I read your statement.

Boy oh boy.

Well, I know I didn’t expect you to respond to my request of an apology. By the way, it’s pretty easy to go back and really look at what was truth and what was not.

I notice you’re including Tony and Geezer in being in full agreement, that with my health condition I couldn’t have played a two hour set with a drum solo. First time I’ve ever heard about a two hour show with a drum solo. But I’m asking you, not them. Why did you stay in the studio working with me? Why did we go to England for band rehearsals in August 2011? Why did we continue rehearsing in the Fall? Why did we make the announcement of 11/11/11? Why did you call me in late January 2012 asking me to come over to England to continue rehearsals? Why, if you thought I was so unhealthy, did you continue with me at all? You know why, Oz, because I was fine. I was playing. I was good to go.

I ran into no, zero, health problems until October 22nd 2013. Oz, I could have played my ass off in 2012, all the way through to October 22nd 2013. The shoulder operation was optional. It was quiet and I needed a wear and tear adjustment. I was fine. I could have gone without surgery. But listen to you, hitting back and hard, too.

I don’t believe a word of it. I am not an enemy. Eternity will show and serve as proof.

None of it, Oz.

I’m not going to own a fucking thing, other than I came into the studio initially overweight to tour, but not overweight to record. I was good to record. All of you know how much I put in, especially when I prepare to tour.

Your own anticipatory fear has got you by the balls. What fucking smokescreen, about an unsignable contract.

Yes, let’s get honest. I did.

It came out in my statement Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

I’m not playing (your quote). I never did. I don’t fuck with sincerity and honesty, period. I’ve done nothing but bring my truth to the fans. Man, you spin it real well. Sorry I can’t love you back, Oz. I put my love for you somewhere safe inside my heart in 2012 when your stories started showing up. It’s hard to love someone who thinks he’s telling the truth by making false claims, elitist comments and just plain rude statements.

It’ll show up, Oz, in your dreams, in your daily days. I’m clean and have nothing to feel doubtful about. All my actions have been of loyalty, honesty, and open-mindedness.

Stay safe old friend.

Sad we couldn’t roll it out for the fans one more time.

I read your speculation, and your what ifs, your doubts. I’m about as far away from being a victim as I am from Hell itself.

I would have loved to see the original lineup back together, but I do have to admit that Brad Wilk did a terrific job in the studio, but Sabbath just isn’t Sabbath without Bill. Let’s not forget that Bill Ward at one time quit Sabbath because he didn’t believe in going on without Ozzy anymore after being on the Heaven And Hell album. He was quoted saying, “It was intolerable for me to get on the stage without Ozzy. And I drank 24 hours a day, my alcoholism accelerated.” Time will only tell if the two sides ever reconcile and all we can do it wait and see. Stay tuned here for anymore info that comes along.