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Led Zeppelin's John Bonham Honored With Hometown Statue - (hennemusic) A statue honoring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was unveiled on May 31 in his hometown of Redditch, UK on what would have been the late rocker's 70th birthday. According to the Redditch Standard, the two and half ton cast bronze tribute by sculptor Mark Richards was installed at midnight on Wednesday night in the town's Mercian Square for the occasion, as planned last fall once the initiative passed at a town council meeting after years of hard work and fundraising by The John Bonham Memorial Fund. Set on a plinth inspired by the legendary band's 1973 album, "Houses Of The Holy", the memorial shows Bonham in full flow with hair swirling as rocks out in his glory days. A caption on the bottom half of the piece reads: "The most outstanding and original drummer of his time, John Bonham's popularity and influence continue to resonate within the world of music and beyond." "Delighted that my memorial sculpture to John Bonham was installed over night in Redditch town centre," tweeted Richards with some photos of the project. "Thanks to all who helped make this happen."

Ghost End Show Early Over Fan Tragedy - (hennemusic) Ghost ended a May 31 show at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI early after a fan collapsed at intermission and later died at hospital, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Swedish band had just announced an intermission around 9:15 p.m. when a man in the pit fell to the ground, according to a fellow concertgoer; fans flagged security for help, CPR was issued, and people were cleared out of the venue around 9:45 p.m. when security advised fans that the remainder of the show was canceled. "Tonight, in Milwaukee there was a medical emergency with one of our fans," tweeted the band after the incident. "We decided not to continue out of respect to him and his family. Ghost and all who work with us ask that you please send the family your thoughts, prayers and respect their privacy during this time." The Milwaukee Medical Examiner said the man was transported to Columbia St. Mary's hospital, where he died late Thursday evening of natural causes. No autopsy was planned; his name and other details were not released. "This morning we learned that the man transported to the hospital from our show last night in Milwaukee passed away from natural causes," said the group the day after the event. "Our hearts are broken for him and his family. Once again we ask that you send the family your thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences and respect their right to privacy during this time." "We are saddened by the tragedy that happened at the Riverside Theater last night," said The Pabst Theater in a released statement, according to CBS 58 Milwaukee. "Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the family and we ask the public to respect their privacy. We appreciate the efforts of the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Fire Department and Per Mar Security in quickly responding and assisting during this difficult time."

Metallica To Be Honored By Deep Purple And Ghost At Polar Music Prize Event
- (hennemusic) Metallica will be honored by members of Deep Purple and Ghost when the legendary band receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize at a June 14th event in Stockholm. Metallica will be recognized alongside fellow laureates Afghanistan National Institute Of Music (ANIM) and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast with the award, which celebrates the power and importance of music and is given to individuals, groups or institutions for international recognition of excellence in the world of music. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo will accept the honor as presented by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, with Deep Purple members Ian Paice and Roger Glover read a citation recognizing the veteran metal band at the Grand Hotel. Members of Ghost and Candlemass will perform a Metallica tribute at the event; also scheduled to appear are Refused frontman Dennis Lyxen and Scorpions/ex-Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who will perform a piece of music written specifically for the occasion. "Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing," said Ulrich when news of the honor was first announced. "It puts us in very distinguished company. It's a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we're in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us. Thank you very much."

Ozzy Osbourne To Receive This Year's Golden God Honor
 - (antimusic) Metal legend Ozzy Osbourne will be receiving this year's Golden God honor during Metal Hammer magazine's Golden Gods Awards ceremony in London next month. The former Black Sabbath frontman will following in the footstep of previous honorees including Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Rob Zombie during the annual event which is set to take place at the Indigo in the O2 on June 11th, according to the announcement. Ozzy had this to say, "What an immense honor it is to be getting a second Golden God Award after Sabbath picked one up last year. The fans who have supported me and this music mean everything to me, which is why getting this award is so special. I will see you all down there." Metal Hammer Editor, Merlin Alderslade added, "It just doesn't get any bigger than this. The Prince Of Darkness, the most iconic name in heavy metal, a man without whom these very awards, this very magazine - hell, our very culture - would quite simply not exist. Seeing Ozzy walk out on that stage at the Indigo on June 11 is going to be unmissable. We can't wait to share what will be a very special moment with you all. All aboard!"

UFO Frontman Phil Mogg Retiring After 50th Anniversary Tour - (antimusic) UFO frontman Phil Mogg announced that he plans to retire from the band following the group's 50th anniversary tour next year. He has been the only member with the group through their five decade career. He explained in a statement posted to the band's official website, "This decision has been a long time coming, I've considered stepping down at the end of UFO's previous two tours. I don't want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year's gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band. "2019 marks UFO's 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right. There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won't be a long tour. Being out on the road isn't always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that's what I'm going to do. This is the right time for me to quit." He went on to further explain, "I'm a big reader of obituaries, and my finger always goes down to: 'I wonder how old they were…'. The last few years have been tough, losing Lemmy was awful and I was sad that Jimmy Bain passed on a cruise ship. That distressed me quite a lot." While many veteran bands in such a position simply cease playing live and continue to record, UFO will no longer be releasing new music. Last year’s covers collection ‘The Salentino Cuts’ is set to become a signing-off point, though Mogg insists that however unlikely the prospect might seem – the singer is a lone strand of consistency throughout a 50-year history – he would have no problem with UFO continuing with a replacement. The band’s current line-up – completed by keyboard player/second guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob De Luca – have of course been informed of Mogg’s decision. “I’ve told the guys that this is how it is,” he says. “They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me but I don’t want to play live or make records any more, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that.” Of course UFO have either split up, retired or gone on hiatus several times before but Mogg is keen to make the distinction that next year’s dates don’t just mark the end of his touring commitments with UFO – for Phil, there will be no further concerts of any kind. “For me, this is the end of my stint with UFO,” he clarifies. “This is a line in the sand. I’m suggesting we call the tour ‘Last Orders’, though I also like ‘The Bar Is Closing’. I’m also tempted to name it ‘The Drinks Are On Parker’,” he chuckles, referring to long-suffering sticksman Andy Parker. You’ll have gathered that Mogg is not about to slash his wrists anytime soon. Of course he is sad that the finishing line is now within sight but has had sufficient time to live with and process such a massive personal decision. “Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’,” he concludes. “But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour.”







 



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