Rocker Joan Jett is set to make history at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this year (14) when she becomes the first female to receive the prestigious Golden God title. The I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Motorhead, KISS star Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper, who have all taken home the top prize at the Los Angeles event in recent years.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will be another big winner - he will be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement accolade. Metallica took home the award at last year's (13) ceremony.
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are among the multiple nominees for the prizegiving, which honours the best in heavy metal.
Ozzy Osbourne's group and their comeback release 13 will face off against Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King and Korn's The Paradigm Shift for Album of the Year, while Jonathan Davis (Korn) and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) have been shortlisted for Best Vocalist, as have Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch).
The Best Guitarist category will be a fight between Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Munky & Head (Korn), Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), while Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Fieldy (Korn) and Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) are among the nominees for Best Bassist.
Best Live Band nods go to Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, Slayer and Motley Crue, among others, and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will compete for Comeback of the Year.
The awards, not to be confused with Metal Hammer's Golden Gods in the U.K., will take place at Club Nokia in L.A. on 23 April (14).
Motorhead, Anthrax and Metallica are among the heavy metal heavyweights paying tribute to late rock icon Ronnie James Dio on a new album. The three acts have joined the likes of Killswitch Engage, Scorpions and Tenacious D to rework Dio's classic tracks for the upcoming release, This is Your Life, which will help raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Produced by Dio's longtime manager and wife Wendy, the album's highlights include Metallica's nine-minute Ronnie Rising Medley, which features snippets from the late rocker's Rainbow recordings, and a new version of Starstruck recorded by Motorhead and Saxon frontman Biff Byford.
The album will be released in April (14).
Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010.
143/ReprisePlaying yuletide songs outside of December always seems rather inappropriate. But there are several 'festive' standards that have as much right to be blared out in the blazing hot summer as in the run-up to the big day. Here are five Christmas favorites that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas at all.East 17 – "Stay Another Day"The track which pipped Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" to the U.K. number one spot back in 1994, boyband East 17's signature hit has become a staple of the holiday season across Europe. But despite its use of sleigh bells and an accompanying snow-filled video, the ballad is in fact a heartfelt tribute to chief songwriter Tony Mortimer's brother, Ollie, who had committed suicide several years previously.Frankie Goes To Hollywood – "The Power Of Love"Taken to the U.K. number one spot by Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1984 and then again by Gabrielle Aplin last year, the message of "The Power Of Love" may be in keeping with the season of goodwill ("make love your goal"). But there's not one mention of Christmas during its epic production and the track has only become synonymous with the festivities because of its nativity-themed promo.Aled Jones – "Walking In The Air"Another track which has become associated with Christmas due to its accompanying visuals, "Walking In The Air" was written by Howard Blake for the animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs' much-loved children's book The Snowman. Played during the boy and the snowman's journey to the North Pole, the soaring lullaby has perhaps inevitably since become a choirboy favorite but it still contains a distinct lack of anything Christmassy."Jingle Bells"Recorded by everyone from The Beatles to Buble, "Jingle Bells" has been a yuletide favorite for over 150 years, largely thanks to its copious amounts of snow. But snow isn’t confined to Christmas and the jaunty ditty was actually written by composer James Lord Pierpont to be sung at Thanksgiving rather than December 25th."Baby It's Cold Outside"Recently covered by the likes of She & Him and Kelly Clarkson & Ronnie Dunn, "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been a seasonal favorite ever since its writer, Frank Loesser, and his wife, Lynn Garland, premiered it at their housewarming party back in 1944. But again, the track has become so ingrained in the festive season because of its Arctic weather conditions rather than anything particularly Christmassy.
Black Sabbath star Geezer Butler has revealed he wrote a macabre tribute song to bandmate Tony Iommi after the guitarist was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of 2012. Iommi has been battling lymphoma throughout the heavy rock group's reunion and when bassist Butler, who writes the bulk of the band's songs, learned of his health crisis he felt inspired to get his thoughts and feelings out in lyrics for a track he tentatively titled Hanging by a Thread.
He tells Revolver magazine, "It (song) was very much about dying, about giving your last breath and passing your spirit on."
But the track didn't make it on the band's comeback album 13.
Butler adds, "We never came up with the finished thing."
The rocker admits he feared the worst for his bandmate - because their pal Ronnie James Dio had lost his cancer battle in 2010.
He tells the magazine, "We didn't know if he (Iommi) was going to recover from it, especially after seeing Ronnie go so fast. Ronnie went right in six months from being diagnosed to dying (sic)."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberley Walsh, Alexandra Burke and Peter Andre were on hand to honour brave Brits at the annual Pride of Britain Awards in London on Monday night (07Oct13). James Corden, Ronnie Corbett, Sarah Harding, Katherine Jenkins and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron also attended the ceremony, but were overshadowed on the night as the spotlight was shone on the country's most inspirational citizens.
Among those honoured included lollipop lady Karin Williams, who dived in front of an out-of-control car to push a group of children to safety, as well as eight-year-old Harley Lane, who raised more than £1,000 for charity by completing a sponsored run, despite having his arms and legs amputated as a toddler.
After presenting him with his award, Scherzinger told reporters, "I'm humbled to be here. Last year was my first year and I cried rivers. I just want to embrace everyone here."
Also feted was teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who hit headlines around the world last October (12) when she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen after campaigning for the rights of girls in Pakistan to go to school.
Ronnie James Dio's former Dio bandmates are heading into the studio to record an album of new material in tribute to their late frontman. Dio Disciples, a supergroup comprising of former members of Dio, formed after the rock icon's death in 2010 and have been playing the Holy Diver group's music on tour in a bid to keep their old pal's memory alive.
Now guitarist Craig Goldy reveals Dio Disciples are planning to start work on a project of original songs - and they've already received the blessing of the singer's widow, Wendy.
He tells Songfacts.com, "I've been working on some original material recently, and at Ronnie's memorial service - the public memorial service - I stated that when I ever did another original material project, that I want to make sure that I utilise the things that I learned from him (Dio) and that would hopefully make him proud. So when Wendy Dio heard the songs that I've been working on, she said, 'Wow, Ronnie would be really proud of you.' That was real special...
"We want to make sure that people don't think we're trying to replace Ronnie. Like a lot of bands who have had members either leave or die, they go on with the same name and for the same purpose, and some fans get bummed out about that. We're not trying to do that. It's just if we do do a full album of original material, it's not replacing him. It would be our way of saying, 'Hey, this is what we've learned from him, this is what the man means to us.' It would be in the spirit of keeping his memory alive and honouring him in some way."
Ronnie James Dio launched his namesake band in 1982 following his departure from Black Sabbath.
The Rolling Stones hit the town in London after their sell-out gig in the U.K. capital's Hyde Park on Saturday night (13Jul13) to celebrate Sir Mick Jagger's upcoming 70th birthday. The band thrilled the 65,000-strong crowd with a hits-packed set, including Brown Sugar, You Can’t Always Get What You Want and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, and they headed out to private members club Loulou's after the show to toast Jagger's impending milestone.
Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood turned out to celebrate with their bandmate, who turns 70 on 26 July (13), as did Jagger's children Jade, James, Georgia May and Elizabeth.
John Cleese, Kim Cattrall and Ed Westwick also joined the party, as did Alfie Allen and his girlfriend Jaime Winstone.
Rocker SLASH has paid tribute to his late friend Ronnie James Dio on what would have been the star's 71st birthday. The former Black Sabbath frontman lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, and his pal took to his Twitter.com page late on Wednesday (10Jul13) to post a message in honour of Dio's special day.
Slash writes, "Today would have been Ronnie James Dio's birthday. RIP RJD. Your music & memory will live on for eternity."
Nikki Sixx and rock duo Tenacious D also posted messages on Twitter to remember Dio on Wednesday.
The classic 1970s line-up of rock supergroup Rainbow was close to reuniting in the late 1990s, just before drummer Cozy Powell was killed in a car crash. Bass player Bob Daisley has revealed there were secret meetings and plans to convince Ritchie Blackmore to return to the stage with Ronnie James Dio and David Stone.
In a new interview filmed for the DVD release of Rainbow: Live in Munich 1977, the Australian rocker reveals, "I'd actually talked to Cozy not long before he died in about 1997 or 1998... There was a guy I'd hooked up with in Los Angeles that was very interested in maybe trying to get a reunion happening and some shows and an album.
"There were moves being made to try and put it together... It was getting to the stage where it felt like it was gonna happen, but then soon after that Cozy went in his car crash."
Powell died in April, 1998.
Daisley was fired by Blackmore and replaced by Deep Purple star Roger Glover in the late 1970s. The shake-up also cost Dio and Stone their places in the band.