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 – 30th December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 30th December!

Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)

Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)

Happy birthday to drummer Clive William Bunker, who was born on the 30th December 1946 in Luton, Bedfordshire (UK). Clive was the original drummer in Jethro Tull and a member from 1968 until 1971. With the band, he recorded the first four classic studio albums „This Was“ (1968), „Stand Up“ (1969), „Benefit“ (1970) and „Aqualung“ (1971).


Clive Bunker began playing in a band called „The Warriors“ in the sixties. Later he formed with guitarist Mick Abrahams the band McGregor’s Engine, before both founded in 1967 with Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick Jethro Tull. Shortly after the release of the LP „Aqualung“, Clive Bunker decided to leave the band, get married and spend more time with his wife. Barriemore Barlow, a school friend of frontman Ian Anderson, took over his place.

Clive about his decision: „I had always told Ian, ‚If I find the right lady, I’ll be gone,‘ and I did just that. That was just at the start of their world touring in 1972, and I wouldn’t have been back in England for ages at a time. So I thought that I might as well end it then. Besides, Barrie was always in the background anyway, so I knew I wasn’t going to put them in a difficult situation. You must understand that back then, we didn’t have any time off; it was non-stop work, and I wanted to spend time with my wife.“

After his life with Jethro Tull, Clive played with many acts like Blodwyn Pig, Robin Trower, AviatorManfred Mann, Jack Bruce, Gordon GiltrapUli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Steve HillageSolstice, Glenn Hughes and Jerry Donahue. Finally in 1998, Clive Bunker’s debut solo album „Awakening“ was released feat. contributions by old Tullers Ian Anderson, Martin Barre and longtime friends Andy Glass, Dave Lennox, Jim Rodford, John Batrum, Vikki Clayton and Graham Dee.

Interesting note:
Doane Perry, who became the new Jethro Tull drummer in 1984, was taught one of his first drum lessons ever by Clive Bunker! I did an interview with Doane and he talks about this historic meeting – you can stream the conversation here (the topic starts at appr. 19:10 min)!

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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 – 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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RIVAL SONS – Europe Tour (2015)

Rival SonsThe Rival Sons will tour Europe from June until August 2015!
And after their own tour, the band will support the legendary Deep Purple on their tour from October until December 2015!

Jun 23    Rock in Roma                Rome, Italy
Jun 24    Postepay Milano Summer Festival        Assago, Italy
Jun 25    Luxor                    Cologne, Germany
Jun 26    Tinderbox Festival            Odense, Denmark
Jun 28    Glastonbury Festival             Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
Jun 29    Sin City                Swansea, United Kingdom
Jun 30    Central Station                Wrexham, United Kingdom
Jul 01    Roadmender                Northampton, United Kingdom
Jul 03    La Nuit De L’Erde Festival        Nort-Sur-Erdre, France
Jul 04    Main Square Festival            Arras, France
Jul 06    Backstage Halle                Munich, Germany
Jul 08    L’ATELIER                Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg
Jul 09    Arènes de Nîmes w/ Lenny Kravitz     Nîmes, France
Jul 10    Festival Musilac            Aix-Les-Bains, France
Jul 11    Harley Days Festival            Morzine, France
Jul 13    Z7 KONZERTFABRIK            Pratteln, Switzerland
Jul 16    Dour Festival                 Dour, Belgium
Jul 17    Bukta                    Tromso, Norway
Jul 18    Malakoff Festival            Nordfjordeid, Norway
Jul 19    Positivus Festival            Salacgriva, Latvia
Jul 22    Zoom                    Frankfurt, Germany
Jul 24    Les Nuits De La Guitare Festival    Patrimonio, France
Jul 24    Théâtre Verdure                Patrimonio, France
Jul 25    Zwarte Cross                Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
Jul 26    Ramblin Man Fairw/ Gregg Allman        Maidstone, United Kingdom
Aug 07    The Plug                Sheffield, United Kingdom
Aug 08    Belladrum Festival            Belladrum, United Kingdom
Aug 10    The Point                Sunderland, United Kingdom
Aug 12    Knust                    Hamburg, Germany
Aug 13    Tradgardsforeningen            Gothenburg, Sweden
Aug 14    Ole Bull Scene                Bergen, Norway
Aug 15    Kartfestivalen                Gvarv, Norway

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Oct 25    Atlas Arena (Indoor)        Lodz, Poland
Oct 27    CEZ Arena            Ostrava, Czech Republic
Oct 28    Cez Arena            Plzen, Czech Republic
Oct 30    Palafabris             Padua Pd, Italy
Oct 31    Mediolanum Forum        Milan, Italy
Nov 02    Le Dome                Marseille, France
Nov 03    Patinoire Meradeck        Bordeaux, France
Nov 05    Mandela Forum            Florence Fi, Italy
Nov 06    Palalottomatica            Rome, Italy
Nov 08    Arena                Geneva, Switzerland
Nov 09    Hallenstadion            Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 11    Zenith                Paris, France
Nov 13    Konig Pilsener Arena        Oberhausen, Germany
Nov 14    GETEC Arena            Magdeburg, Germany
Nov 16    Stadhalle            Rostock, Germany
Nov 17    Arena                Leipzig, Germany
Nov 18    Swiss Life Hall            Hannover, Germany
Nov 20    Arena                Trier, Germany
Nov 21    Arena                Nuremberg, Germany
Nov 23    02 World            Hamburg, Germany
Nov 24    Max Schmeling Halle        Berlin, Germany
Nov 26    Olympiahalle            Munich, Germany
Nov 27    Feshalle            Frankfurt, Germany
Nov 28    Mans Martin Schleyer Halle    Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 30    Amphitheatre Cite des Congres    Lyon, France
Dec 01    Zenith Eurpoe            Strasbourg, France
Dec 03    The O2                London, United Kingdom

Music Diary – 19th March

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 19th March!

RandyRhoadsBig

On the 19th March 1982, guitarist and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads died. The musician was killed in a plane crash.


Randy played that time in Ozzy Osbourne’s band and the whole entourage was touring through the USA. On the way to the next show in Orlando (Florida), they stopped on a property where on an airstrip some small helicopters and planes were parked. Andrew Aycock, the bus driver, took a test flight with keyboarder Don Airey and tour manager Jake Duncan. After a safe landing, Andrew took another flight – this time with guitarist Randy Rhoads and makeup artist Rachel Youngblood. During that flight the tragic happened: The plane buzzed over the tourbus, where Ozzy and the other band members were sleeping. After a second close pass the third didn’t succeed and one of the wings clipped the bus, broke and the plane was out of control and crashed into a near garage and bursted into flames. All three people were killed instantly and the bodies were burned beyond recognition. Randy Rhoads died at the age of only 26 years.

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