News In Brief
Rock Goddess have split up – barely weeks after reforming! Plus come inside for the latest news on Ronnie Wood, Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock and more.
- ROCK GODDESS SPLIT
1980s all-girl band Rock Goddess have split up – barely weeks after reforming! The reasons behind this decision have yet to be announced, but the band didn’t even get to do a gig.
Rock Goddess were due to play at the Classic Rock-sponsored Hard Rock Hell III: The Vikings’ Ball, which occurs on December 4/5 at Pontin’s in Prestatyn.
- ANDREW W.K. IN TOP GEAR
Andrew W.K., the one-time self-styled ‘crazy, bloody-nosed rocker’ has gone all classical. His new album, 55 Cadillac, is a collection of spontaneous solo piano improvisations, inspired by cars. Long way from I Get Wet!
The album is released in America on September 8, by his own Skyscraper Music Maker label, in conjunction with Ecstatic Peace!, run by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
- STAT’S OZZY
You can own a small statue of Ozzy Osbourne. There are now Ozzy Osbourne limited edition figures available through Rock Iconz.
The Prince Of Darkness is depicted from the Diary Of A Madman era, in his crimson chaimail suit, flanked by gothic style arches.
Officially endorsed, this comes on a wooden base, is cast in a polyresin and hand-painted. Each one is numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. If you want to order one (or more) for Hallowe’en. go to
http://www.knucklebonz.com/ozzy_osbourne.html. Sadly, it doesn’t come with optional dove feathers in the mouth. But it does come with a huge strawberry around the crotch area.
- ROCKING THE JAM
Kid Rock will get into his best hoodie, strike his finest streetwise pose and get down with the ‘Hood on October 13. He’s part of a stellar line-up of rap artists paying tribute that night to Def Jam Records at the Academy Of Music And Opera in Brooklyn.
The label was started in 1984 by Rick Rubin and, apart from its huge hip-hop tradition, released the seminal Slayer album Reign In Blood in 1986. This night is to be filmed by VH1 for screening as part of its VH1 Hip-Hop Honors series.
Ronnie Wood has launched a fashion range – based on his paintings. The Rolling Stones guitarist has done a deal with Liberty, which allows the London store to sell a whole range of goods featuring prints of three of Wood’s recent canvases. These include dresses, T shirts, scarves, wallets and holdalls.
The paintings are titled I Feel Like Painting (inspired, Wood told Harper’s Bazaar magazine, by “the day when I decided to turn my life around” after a stint in rehab last year), Orchid and Hawaiian Guitar.
The range, with prices going from £175 to £1200, will be available online from September 15 and in the store from October 1.
- SPV DO SALVATION DEAL
Independent German label SPV have signed a partnership deal with Sony Music Germany. The details haven’t yet been made public, but it is a lifeline for the label, which went into administration in June. It does appear, though, that SPV will continue to be run by founder Manfred Schutz.
SPV’s extensive rock and metal roster includes Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Whitesnake, Saxon, Dio and Magnum.