Newsbites: Ozzy isn’t forced to tour
Ozzy Osbourne isn’t forced to tour by his wife Sharon, says daughter Kelly. She comments: “That’s just what people write when my mum doesn’t give them the money they want. it’s all politics because they can’t stand that a woman is smarter than them. He says he’s done halfway through every tour he’s ever been on, but as soon as he gets him he says, ‘When am I going on tour again?’ He was born to do it.” [WZLX 100.7]
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has slated Bon Jovi as the worst band he ever worked with. Asked to name the top and bottom outfits he’s shared a stage with, he says: “The best is probably the Hives – they’re a great live band. Worst? Oh boy, I have to go with bon Jovi.” [Kerrang]
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is offering the chance to share a flight simulator with him as part of a fundraising drive in aid of Aerobility. Bids have reached £2000 with seven days to go until the eBay auction closes.
Michael Anthony says the only painful moment in the relationship breakdown between him and Van Halen was when they airbrushed him from their album covers on their website. He explains: “They came out with a brand-new look on the website and some of the early albums I was on, they took my image off. I think it lasted for maybe a day. They were trying to erase some of the history to make way for the new thing. That hurt a bit. Everything else, it’s kind of like a marriage.” [That Metal Show]
Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo spent 90 minutes in an aquarium tank with sharks and stingrays while shooting a scene for upcoming movie Bula Quo in England last week. The Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings was closed to allow filming to take place and security divers were on hand to ensure the musicians’ safety. General manager Chris Ireland said: “Considering they’re almost pensioners they were good swimmers, had a lot of energy and were pretty fearless. They didn’t wear wetsuits so after a while they would have been getting chilly.” [Hastings Observer]
Late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is to be commemorated with a statue in his birthplace. Sculptor John McKenna has been commissioned to create the work which will be installed in Kirriemuir in Scotland. It’s being funded by community group DD8 Music, who run the annual Scott music festival in the town. [Daily Record]
Eric Clapton is expected to make up to $19m in an art auction next month. He’s selling an abstract work by German painter Gerhard Richter, which he bought for $3.4m in 2001. [Rolling Stone]