Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2008 anoints Ozzy Osbourne as Living Legend
The glitterati of the rock world were out in force tonight at London’s Park Lane Hotel to honour the winners of the prestigious Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards in association with Play.com.
ck Roll Of Honour Awards in association with Play.com.
Hosted by Planet Rock DJ Nicky Horne, the event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Classic Rock Magazine.
Ozzy Osbourne, the true Prince Of Darkness, was named as Living Legend (sponsored by Marshall), and guitar hero Slash was on hand to present him with his award.
Having enjoyed a hugely successful career both as Black Sabbath’s unique frontman, and also as a solo performer, Ozzy’s career in music is truly one to be recognised, and he joins Alice Cooper, Lemmy and Jimmy Page in being honoured as Classic Rock’s Living Legend.
Album Of The Year (sponsored by Universal Music Catalogue/Lost Tunes), always a hotly contended category, went to Whitesnake for Good To Be Bad.
Despite claiming that he wouldn’t return to the UK for another 10 years, Dave Grohl sent in an acceptance speech thanking Classic Rock readers for nominating the Foo Fighters as Band Of The Year (sponsored by Live Nation) at this year’s awards.
Although losing out on Event of the Year (for Download) and Band Of The Year, Kiss’s inimitable rhythm guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley received the Showman award (sponsored by Guinness).
Australian rockers Airbourne were in jubilant spirits to collect the award for Best New Band (sponsored by Provogue), whilst their heaviest influence, AC/DC, won DVD Of The Year (sponsored by Play.com) for Plug Me In.
Having just announced a UK and European tour, metal titans Metallica won the award for Re-Issue Of The Year (sponsored by Rock Radio) for their first three albums; this was collected on the night by the producer of Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets, Flemming Rasmussen.
Led Zeppelin won Event Of The Year (sponsored by Music Live) for their historic return to the live circuit last December for the one-off London 02 show.
Eight further awards were announced tonight, as voted for by a Classic Rock magazine panel.
Jeff Beck was honoured for Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Monitor Audio) and was presented with his award by fellow guitar legend Ronnie Wood.
Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green picked up Classic Songwriter (sponsored by Guitar Hero) from Gary Moore, Sharon Osbourne presented the Armand de Brignac VIP Award to music promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Wayne Kramer from The MC5 collected the award for Metal Guru (sponsored by Plastichead Distribution) from bad boys of rock Bobby Gillespie and Mani.
The night also saw Jack Bruce pick up Classic Album for Cream’s Disraeli Gears (sponsored by Eagle Rock), and Slash receive the Marshall ‘11’ Award for his services to balls-out, guns-blazing rock ‘n’ roll.
A poignant moment came when Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett was posthumously awarded the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award (presented by Gibson). Syd’s sister Rosemary collected the award in honour of her late brother. The legendary Todd Rundgren presented Rosemary with the award.
The Classic Rock Childline Award went to Canadian rocker Bryan Adams.
Classic Rock’s Editor In Chief Scott Rowley said: “Ten years ago people said a magazine like Classic Rock couldn’t last. A decade later, we outsell the NME and Kerrang! – as well as men’s magazines like Esquire and Arena. Ozzy’s a household name and bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses are getting more headlines and front covers than ever, breaking box office records and topping the charts. The Roll Of Honour is a celebration of rock music as the most vital and vibrant genre of music.”
Full list of winners:
Album Of The Year sponsored by Universal Music Catalogue/Lost Tunes
Winner: Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
Band Of The Year sponsored by Live Nation
Winner: Foo Fighters
Reissue Of The Year sponsored by Rock Radio
Winner: Metallica – 1st Three Albums: Vinyl Reissues
DVD Of The Year sponsored by Play.com
Winner: AC/DC – Plug Me In
Event Of The Year sponsored by Music Live
Winner: Led Zeppelin @ The 02 Arena
Best New Band sponsored by Provogue
Classic Songwriter sponsored by Guitar Hero
Winner: Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
Showman Award sponsored by Guinness
Winner: Paul Stanley (Kiss)
The Armand de Brignac VIP Award
Winner: Harvey Goldsmith
Gibson presents the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award
Winner: Syd Barrett
Classic Album sponsored by Eagle Rock
Winner: Cream – Disraeli Gears
Metal Guru sponsored by Plastichead Distribution
Winner: Wayne Kramer (MC5)
Classic Rock/Childline Award
Winner: Bryan Adams
Outstanding Contribution sponsored by Monitor Audio
Winner: Jeff Beck
Marshall ‘11’ Award
Living Legend sponsored by Marshall
Winner: Ozzy Osbourne