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16  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Ozzfest Japan 2013 on: December 06, 2012, 01:27:13 am
I got tickets to Black Sabbath in New Zealand thru Ticketmaster
I'm not sure how you can get tickets to Ozzfest Japan
Perhaps try Ticketmaster?
Or a concert event ticket agent like Pollstar etc?
17  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Ozzfest Japan 2013 on: November 29, 2012, 04:41:46 pm
Black Sabbath have announced a second show in Auckland.

The legendary metal band's April 20 show at Vector Arena sold out within minutes this morning.

Organisers immediately confirmed a second Sabbath show at the venue on April 22.

Tickets are already on sale through Ticketmaster.

The shows will be band's first in New Zealand since performing at the Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in January 1973.

Singer Ozzy Osbourne earlier told the Herald his memories of their headlining set at that festival are a little hazy.

"When we were last there we played at this place by a big lake or something. There were some local Maoris there. But I can't remember what it was called," he said.

The original Sabbath line-up, made up of Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bass player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward have reunited a number of times over the years, including special headlining appearances at Ozzfest during the 2000s.

Though Ward is not part of this reunion the rest of the band are recording their first album together in 33 years, to be released early next year.

The Vector Arena shows are part of their full world tour.

I already have my GA floor ticket for the Saturday night
Fuck work I might go to the Monday night show as well!!
18  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Ozzfest Japan 2013 on: November 29, 2012, 04:41:00 pm
It seems you can buy tickets now on the ozzfest japan site

It doesn't help though that it's in Japanese and you can't understand a fucking thing!!??
19  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Ozzfest Japan 2013 on: November 26, 2012, 12:08:52 am
I wonder why they set up a different website for ozzfest japan
Why not continue using this site for marketing the Japan show?
To me it makes sense to keep using the same site and format if they intend continuing the ozzfest brand?
20  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Why Japan??? on: November 26, 2012, 12:05:08 am
Bought my GA ticket today for the 4/20 show
NZD $150
21  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Why Japan??? on: November 25, 2012, 02:41:51 am
I'll be there
22  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Ozzfest Japan 2013 on: November 25, 2012, 02:41:06 am
Sabbath are playing in NZ on 20 April
Tickets on sale tomorrow thru Live Nation pre sale
Bring it on!!!!
23  Forum / General Discussions / Re: THINK GLOBALLY... ACT LOCO-LY : New Ozzfest Updated Preplist on: November 21, 2012, 02:20:35 pm
Black Sabbath are coming!!!!!

Vector Arena 20 April!!!!

24  Forum / General Discussions / Re: THINK GLOBALLY... ACT LOCO-LY : New Ozzfest Updated Preplist on: November 16, 2012, 10:31:11 pm
You're alive too Mini-fella!?  Shocked
25  Forum / General Discussions / Re: THINK GLOBALLY... ACT LOCO-LY : New Ozzfest Updated Preplist on: November 16, 2012, 02:16:32 pm
I thought you were dead FOF
26  Forum / General Discussions / Ozzfest Japan 2013 on: October 19, 2012, 11:07:23 pm
The Japanese installment of Ozzy Osbourne's travelling festival, Ozzfest, will take place on May 11-12, 2013 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City (outside Tokyo). The lineup for the event has not yet been announced.

"Ozzy and I want to tell you that May 2013 we will bringing Ozzfest to Japan for the first time ever," Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon said in a video announcement (see below). "We are so excited. Please be there because we love you Japan."

Sharon recently revealed that BLACK SABBATH will tour Australia next spring, leading to speculation that SABBATH will also headline Japan's Ozzfest.

Ozzfest, which began in 1996, has not been a traveling festival since 2007's "free" edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, also featuring METALLICA, before taking 2009 off.

The 2010 U.S. Ozzfest played in just six cities, with OZZY OSBOURNE co-headlining with MÖTLEY CRÜE and the rest of the main stage filled out by HALFORD, the solo band of JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, along with DEVILDRIVER and NONPOINT.

The aging festival faced increased competition in recent years from the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour, as well as the Uproar festival.
27  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Ijust got back !!! on: August 28, 2012, 04:00:22 am
Got myself two tix to Soundwave in Brisbane Feb 2013.

Linkin Park
Blink 182
Stone Sour

And more http://soundwavefestival.com/lineup
28  Forum / General Discussions / Re: what is up? on: August 28, 2012, 03:52:01 am
Nothin to see here folks.....keep movin on
29  Forum / General Discussions / Weird Music News on: July 10, 2012, 01:23:21 am
I just read this story on line and thought WTF?

Jagger and Bowie 'were lovers'
Last updated 15:30 10/07/2012


They frolicked in front of the camera for their 1985 remake of Dancing in the Street and have for many years moved in the same circles of rock royalty.

Now, adding fuel to rumours that have for years abounded, a new book claims that Mick Jagger, 68, and David Bowie, 65, arguably the most dynamic and influential rock stars of their generation, were once lovers.

The incendiary claims, neatly timed with the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first gig, have been made by Christopher Andersen, author of Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger.

Speaking with friends and family of the seemingly ageless rockers, at least four of the showmen's glamorous set have recalled stories of the men's antics. The two had a deep respect for each other, Mike (as Bowie knew Mick) admiring Bowie's creativity, and Bowie admiring Jagger's "financial genius" as the frontman of the Rolling Stones, writes Andersen.

The men, he says, were "fascinated with each other."

"When Bowie and his companion Scott were invited to a Stones concert a few months later, Mick not only paid for the couple's hotel room but sent along roses and champagne with a note signed "Love, Mick.""

This was 1973, after all, and, as singer Chuckie Starr told Andersen: "It was the glitter era, and everybody wanted to be part of the bisexual revolution".

Having had a hit that year with Starman, Bowie - in the public guise of Ziggy Stardust - experimented with androgyny, embraced glam-rock and was apparently open about his (and wife Angie's) bisexual extra-marital love-life.

Jagger had famously worn glitter on his 1972 US tour, echoing Bowie's eccentric style.

- © Fairfax NZ News
30  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Serj Tankian on: July 07, 2012, 11:25:05 pm
As you would expect from someone whose conversation swings easily from harakiri, the Japanese term for ritualistic suicide after which he named his latest solo album, to the Armenian genocide of nearly a century ago, Serj Tankian comes across as intense.

And not even his time living by the beach in New Zealand has chilled him out any.

As the frontman of System of a Down, the Lebanese-born Armenian-American has become a high-profile mouthpiece for Armenians wanting official recognition of genocide committed by Turkey during World War I. The historic issue has shaped his world view and his music, whether with SOAD, one of mainstream rock's heaviest outfits, or on his solo forays.

"I think my activism and politicisation came from the hypocrisy of the denial in the US of the Armenian genocide - and then realising how many other causes, be it human rights or environmentally oriented causes, are suppressed for political capital and gain," he says on the phone from Los Angeles.

Still, Tankian, a bloke who loved New Zealand so much he took up residency here in the mid-2000s and bought a house in Piha, is as affable as he is earnest.

Though he divides his time between New Zealand, Los Angeles and tour commitments, he really does love this place, and has done ever since he first visited in 1999.

"There was an intuitive sense of belonging that I had never felt anywhere else on the planet, and I have travelled extensively. It's the best country on the planet. I'm not saying that because you are on the phone to me. That's what I say to friends who ask me why I live in New Zealand," he says.

As the singer in System, his ballistic vocal style and politically charged and often hilarious lyrics helped make them the formidable band they are today. However, they went on hiatus in 2006 - they got back together in 2011 and played a fiery show in Auckland earlier this year - and during that lay-off Tankian's solo career has been prolific and diverse.

In this time, among many other things, he released his solo debut Elect the Dead in 2007, collaborated with the Auckland Philharmonia on an orchestral version of the album; his second solo album, Imperfect Harmonies (2010), fused live orchestra and electronic sounds and rock instruments, and in the past year he decided to do four separate albums. He is also working on film scores, soundtracks to video games and last year his second poetry book was released.

This creative burst is something he partly attributes to living in Piha.


"My time in New Zealand has been really helpful in terms of putting everything behind me, and it's been a great way of being able to write new music because when you have peace in your life you tend to be more creative because you have room to be creative. It's given me way more scope and depth to do what I do which is probably why I've made four records in one year."

A jazz album, an electronic one he wrote with music-making mate Jimmy Urine, and a classical symphony entitled Orca are yet to be released, but yesterday Harakiri came out, a trademark mix of agitating, poignant, and raging rock.

The album title suggests a powerful yet doomed image but the song Harakiri itself has an uplifting feel and mood to it.

"I was in New Zealand when I penned the song, back in January 2011, and it was around the time we were experiencing the death of birds, and there were even some [bird] deaths in Coromandel."

Tankian is referring to a spate of occurences where birds were falling from the sky in different parts of the world at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011.

"It was shocking and I saw it as a very obvious omen, although I didn't know what to make of it. So I wrote the song to try to understand it more than anything. How is it that large amounts of birds and fish would pretty much kill themselves? What do they know that we don't know? We know that animals are pretty intuitive. So all these questions started haunting me.

"And us, as humans, you could easily say we are committing suicide on a grand scale on this planet based on our lifestyle. So there are many ways to interpret the song but it's a pretty deep emotional and pyschological one for me."


Who: Serj Tankian, Kiwi resident, System of a Down frontman, and solo artist
New solo album: Harakiri, out now
Past solo albums: Elect The Dead (2007); Imperfect Harmonies (2010)
Also listen to: System of a Down - Toxicity (2001); Mezmerize (2005); Hypnotize (2005)
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