Reunited rockers Black Sabbath were triple winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards in London on Thursday night (14Nov13), but terminally ill Wilko Johnson was the event's hero. The 66-year-old former Dr. Feelgood guitarist, who was told by doctors that he would not live past October (13) after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year (13), took to the stage to collect the night's Innovator Award and joked, "I'm supposed to be dead now."
The rocker, who hopes to have time to record one more album with The Who star Roger Daltrey, told the audience at the ceremony that he has never felt more "vividly alive" after accepting his latest award from fellow musician Jimmy Page at the London Roundhouse.
Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates collected the Living Legend Award and the Best Album prize for their comeback release 13. They also claimed the Event of the Year trophy for taking the album to number one on the British charts.
The triple win came hours after Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler announced plans to extend their reunion tour into 2014.
Other winners included The Rolling Stones, who claimed the Best Band prize, and Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and late blues legend Rory Gallagher.
The full list of winners is:
The Living Legend Award - Black Sabbath
Event Of The Year - Black Sabbath go to number one
Breakthrough Award - Virginmarys
The Musicians' Union Maestro - James Dean Bradfield
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award - Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution - Mott the Hoople
Classic Album - Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall
VIP Award - Shep Gordon
Metal Guru - Zakk Wylde
Best New Band - The Temperance Movement
Album Of The Year - 13 by Black Sabbath
Reissue Of The Year - Rumours (35th anniversary edition) by Fleetwood Mac
Film Of The Year - Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin
Band Of The Year - The Rolling Stones
Spirit Of Prog - Alex Lifeson
The Showmen - The Darkness
Innovator - Wilko Johnson.
Funnyman Mike Myers is to make his directorial debut by taking charge of a new documentary about talent manager Shep Gordon. The Austin Powers star will also produce Supermensch.
Myers and Gordon have a long history dating back to Wayne's World in 1991 when they feuded over the use of an Alice Cooper song on the soundtrack, but they have become close friends.
Myers says, "I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne's World. I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr. Magoo. I've been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally said yes. I loved him like a brother before we started making this film, and now having sifted through his life and his legacy, I love him even more."
Gordon has managed the careers of Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others.
Myers' film will feature interviews with Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and Willie Nelson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The couple exchanged vows on the Hawaiian island on Saturday (28Nov09) at the home of Hollywood music and talent manager Shep Gordon, reports People.com.
They were joined by 75 family members and close friends, including Arnold's funnyman Dax Shepard, who served as the actor's best man.
The newlyweds met through mutual friends in April 2008 and were engaged in March (09) at Arnold's 50th birthday party.
Arnold spent a year single after ending his six-year marriage to Shelby Roos in August 2008. He was also married to make-up artist Julie Champnella and famously wed comedic actress Roseanne Barr.