Music Diary – 5th March

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 5th March!

The OsbournesOn the 5th March 2002, the reality show „The Osbournes“ had its premiere on MTV!

The program shows the life of Ozzy Osbourne and his family, featuring his wife Sharon and his kids Kelly and Jack. The final episode was aired on 21st March 2005. In 2002 the show won the „Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program„.


In 2009, the new variety show „Osbournes Reloaded“ for the Fox network happened. This series debuted on 31st March 2009, but it was canceled after the first episode. Now there are rumours, that eight new episodes will be filmed in 2015.

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Music Diary – 13th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 13th February!

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On the 13th February 1970 – and yes, it was a Friday – the legendaty self-titled debut album by Black Sabbath was released in the UK. The LP reached No. 8 on the British chart and this recording is considered as one of the first Heavy Metal performances ever. „Black Sabbath“ hit the US market a few months later – on the 1st June 1970.

All seven songs were recorded on the 16th October 1969 at the Regent Sound Studios in London and produced by Rodger Bain. The only single outtake was „Evil Woman“ (a cover version of a Crow song) with „Wicked World“ on the b-side, which was released already one month before, on the 9th January 1970. Other classic songs from the Black Sabbath debut album are „Black Sabbath„, „The Wizard“ and „N.I.B.


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Music Diary – 10th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 10th February!

cliffburtonprofHappy birthday to Mr. Clifford „Cliff“ Lee Burton, who was born on the 10th February 1962 in Castro Valley, California (USA)!

As a boy, little Clifford was introduced to classical music by his father and he started to take piano lessons. At the age of 13, Cliff began playing the bass like a maniac – six hours at least per day!

As a student, he founded his first band EZ-Street, featuring also guitarist „Big“ Jim Martin and drummer Mike Bordin (these two guys became members of the legendary crossover formation Faith No More). With Martin, Cliff Burton formed later the group Agents of Misfortune. In 1982, another chapter has began for the bassman: He joined his first major act called Trauma. Performing at the Whisky a Go Go, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich from Metallica, which had formed the band the previous year, attended the show. After the concert they ask Cliff to join the band as the new bass player – and Burton agreed. He recorded only the three Metallica albums “Kill ‘Em All” (1983), “Ride the Lightning” (1984) and “Master of Puppets“(1986).

On the 27th September 1986, Cliff Burton was killed in a tragic accident. The tour bus crashed due to black ice during the Scandinavia tour between Stockholm and Copenhagen. Burton was thrown through the window and the bus fell on him. The musician died at the age of only 24 years.

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Music Diary – 8th February

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Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)

Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)

Happy birthday to Mr. Vincent Neil Wharton aka Vince Neil, who was born on the 8th February 1961 in Hollywood, California (USA).

Neil attended Sunflower Intermediate School and later Royal Oak High School in Glendora. Beside his interest in music he was also into surfing, basketball, football and wrestling. And during his highschool time, he became friends with drummer Tommy Lee. In the seventies, Neil Vince was the singer in the band Rockandi, before he was asked to join the Heavy Metal band Mötley Crüe, which was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and Neil’s long time mate and drummer Tommy. In 1981, the debüt album „Too Fast for Love“ was released and with the second LP „Shout at the Devil“ (feat. the singles „Looks That Kill“ and „Too Young to Fall in Love„), Mötley Crüe became a huge act on the Metal scene.

In 1984 a tragic accident happened: Neil Vince was driving home with his friend Nicholas „Razzle“ Dingley, who was the drummer for Hanoi Rocks. During a head-on collision, Razzle was killed and Neil was charged with „Driving under Influence“ and „Vehicular Manslaughter“ and sentenced to 30 days in jail. He also received a $ 2,000,000 fine. The upcoming Mötley Crüe album „Theatre of Pain„, which was released on 21st June 1985, was dedicated to Dingley and the band started into their Glam Metal phase, which was refined on the next and also very successful albums „Girls, Girls, Girls“ (1987) and „Dr. Feelgood“ (1989), which went No. 1 in the USA.


In February 1992, Neil Vince quit the band and he concentrated on his passion Indy racing and started also a solo career. First, his single „You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come)“ was released by following his debut album „Exposed“ in 1993. Two years later, the more Industrial sounding LP „Carved in Stone“ hit the market.

In 1997 Neil returned to Mötley Crüe and the comeback album „Generation Swine„, which reached No. 4 in the US chart, hit the stores. The next two studio works „New Tattoo“ (2000) and „Saints of Los Angeles“ (2008) were released on their own label Mötley Records.


In 2015, the band announced the end of Mötley Crüe. They are going to do their last world tour and the final two concerts are scheduled for the 30th and 31st December at Staples Center, Los Angeles.

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Music Diary – 8th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 8th February!

Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)

Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)

Happy birthday to Mr. Vincent Neil Wharton aka Vince Neil, who was born on the 8th February 1961 in Hollywood, California (USA).

Neil attended Sunflower Intermediate School and later Royal Oak High School in Glendora. Beside his interest in music he was also into surfing, basketball, football and wrestling. And during his highschool time, he became friends with drummer Tommy Lee. In the seventies, Neil Vince was the singer in the band Rockandi, before he was asked to join the Heavy Metal band Mötley Crüe, which was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and Neil’s long time mate and drummer Tommy. In 1981, the debüt album „Too Fast for Love“ was released and with the second LP „Shout at the Devil“ (feat. the singles „Looks That Kill“ and „Too Young to Fall in Love„), Mötley Crüe became a huge act on the Metal scene.

In 1984 a tragic accident happened: Neil Vince was driving home with his friend Nicholas „Razzle“ Dingley, who was the drummer for Hanoi Rocks. During a head-on collision, Razzle was killed and Neil was charged with „Driving under Influence“ and „Vehicular Manslaughter“ and sentenced to 30 days in jail. He also received a $ 2,000,000 fine. The upcoming Mötley Crüe album „Theatre of Pain„, which was released on 21st June 1985, was dedicated to Dingley and the band started into their Glam Metal phase, which was refined on the next and also very successful albums „Girls, Girls, Girls“ (1987) and „Dr. Feelgood“ (1989), which went No. 1 in the USA.


In February 1992, Neil Vince quit the band and he concentrated on his passion Indy racing and started also a solo career. First, his single „You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come)“ was released by following his debut album „Exposed“ in 1993. Two years later, the more Industrial sounding LP „Carved in Stone“ hit the market.

In 1997 Neil returned to Mötley Crüe and the comeback album „Generation Swine„, which reached No. 4 in the US chart, hit the stores. The next two studio works „New Tattoo“ (2000) and „Saints of Los Angeles“ (2008) were released on their own label Mötley Records.


In 2015, the band announced the end of Mötley Crüe. They are going to do their last world tour and the final two concerts are scheduled for the 30th and 31st December at Staples Center, Los Angeles.

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Music Diary – 7th January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 7th January!

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On the 7th January 1971, the second studio album by Black Sabbath was released in the USA. „Paranoid“ became a milestone in Heavy Metal history and it features classics like the title track (which reached number 4 on the UK chart), „Iron Man“ and „War Pigs„.


All eight tracks were recorded (produced by Rodger Bain) from the 16th until the 21st June 1970 at the Regent Studios and Island Studios in London.


The North American edition of this LP have a slightly different track list: The songs „War Pigs“ is entitled as „War Pigs/Luke’s Wall“ and „Fairies Wear Boots“ as „Jack the Striper/Fairies Wear Boots“.

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Music Diary – 3rd December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 3rd December!Ozzy Osbourne

Happy birthday to John Michael Osbourne, who is better known as „Ozzy„! The also called „Prince of Darkness“ was born on the 3rd December 1948 in Birmingham, UK. In the seventies the singer joined Black Sabbath, whose unique and very dark, heavy sound has been considered as one of the developers of the Heavy Metal genre. Until his leaving in 1979 he recorded many milestones with Black Sabbath, like „Paranoid„, „War Pigs“ (both 1970) and „Iron Man“ (1971).

Ozzy started a very successful solo career and until today he released eleven studio albums including the milestones „Blizzard of Ozz“ (1979 – featuring the classics „Crazy Train„, „Suicide Solution“ and „Mr. Crowley„),  „Diary of a Madman“ (1981), „Bark at the Moon“ (1983), „No more Tears“ (1991 – featuring the hit „Mama, I’m coming Home„) and the cover album „Under Cover“ (2005). Over the years he reunited with Black Sabbath, like in 2011 to record the comeback album „13„.

His biography „I am Ozzy“ gives a perfect insight in his outstanding life including many and funny episodes behind the reality show „The Osbournes„.

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Music Diary – 17th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 17th November!

Martin Barre & John Glascock (Jethro Tull)

Martin Barre & John Glascock (Jethro Tull – 1978)

On the 17th November two remarkable things happened, which are connected to the British Rock band Jethro Tull:

In 1946 guitarist Martin Lancelot Barre was born in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Barre joined Jethro Tull in 1969 after the departing of Mick Abrahams and his first recordings with Ian Anderson & Co. can be heard on the second Tull album „Stand Up“ (1969). Martin Barre was the long time member in the line-up beside singer, flute player and acoustic guitarist Ian Anderson. He left Jethro Tull in 2011 and concentrated on his solo works.

Barre’s signature solo on the 1971 Jethro Tull standard „Aqualung“ is still considered as one of the most outstanding guitar solos. It was voted by the readers of „Guitar Player“ magazine as one of the top rock guitar solos of all time.


And on the 17th November 1979, John Glascock, the bass player for Jethro Tull from 1976 until 1979, died at the age of only 28 years. Glascock suffered a congenital heart valve defect, which was worsened by an infection caused by an abscessed tooth. Before joining Jethro Tull to replace Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond on bass, Glascock was a member of the Blues band Chicken Shack and later of the progressive Rock band Carmen. Ritchie Blackmore mentioned John’s fantastic skills in an interview with „Guitar Player“ in September 1978; „John Glascock is a brilliant bass player, the best in the business in rock.“ John Glascock’s playing can be heard on the Tull albums „Too old to Rock’n’Roll: Too young to die!“ (1976), „Songs from the Wood“ (1977), „Heavy Horses„, the live album „Bursting Out“ (both 1978) and some parts on „Stormwatch“ (1979).

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Music Diary – 11th November

Welcomt to my Music Diary – today for the 11th November!

Black Sabbath (2011)

Black Sabbath (2011)

On the 11th November 2011, the four original members of Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward) announced that they are going to reunite. And it was also announced that a new record followed by a world tour in 2012 will happen. But the plans and the schedules were crossed because of Tony Iommi‘s health issue and Bill Ward’s contract problems – so the tour had to be postponed. Finally, the first Black Sabbath show since 2005 took place on the 21st May 2012 in Birmingham at the O2 Academy. Tommy Clufetos filled in for Ward playing the drums.


On the 10th June 2013 the comeback album „13“ was released and went straight to number one in many countries like USA, UK and Germany.

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Music Diary – 27th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 27th September!

Clifford Lee Burton (10th February 1962 – 27th September 1986)

Clifford Lee Burton (10th February 1962 – 27th September 1986)

On the 27th September 1986 Metallica’s bass player Cliff Burton was killed in a tragic accident. The tour bus crashed due to black ice during the Scandinavia tour between Stockholm and Copenhagen. Burton was thrown through the window and the bus fell on him. The musician died at the age of only 24 years.


Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and he contributed his bass lines for the first three studio albums „Kill ‚Em All“ (1983), „Ride the Lightning“ (1984) and „Master of Puppets„(1986). And for the song „To live is to die“, which is on the fourth album „…And Justice For All“ (1986), he received the poshumous writing credits. On the 4th April 2009 Burton was also inducted posthumously with Metallica into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also he was selected as the 9th greatest bass player of all time in an online poll by the Rolling Stone magazine in 2001.

Jason Newsted, who played for Flotsam and Jetsam, replaced Burton in 1986. After 15 years with Metallica, Newsted left the band in January 2001 and Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy Osbourne) became the new bassist two years later.

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