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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Battle With Parkinson’s Disease

Ozzy said that he wanted to come clean and let his fans know about what’s been going on.

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In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” Ozzy Osbourne, his children and his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, are shedding light on the private health battle he experienced after a fall and Parkinson’s diagnosis last February.

“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Osbourne told Roberts. “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”

To complicate the matters further, Osbourne revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that progresses slowly in most people, and has no cure.

“It’s PRKN 2,” said his wife, Sharon. “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”

Osbourne postponed his world tour and remained largely secluded while he recovered at home. Now, he’s on the mend, revealing that he’s on Parkinson’s medication and taking nerve pills.

“I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s or what, you know, but that’s — see, that’s the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”

Ozzy said that he wanted to come clean and let his fans know about what’s been going on.

“To hide something is hard — you never feel proper,” he said. “You feel guilty. I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore. It’s like I’m running out of excuses.

“I feel better now that I have owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s.”

Ozzy and Sharon revealed they have exhausted the medical options in the U.S. and will travel to Switzerland in April to seek advice from a professor who specializes in the condition.

“We’re going to go wherever we can go to find answers,” Sharon said. Ozzy added: “We’re lucky we can afford to do that.”

Ozzy’s new solo album, Ordinary Man, will arrive on February 21 via Epic Records.

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Brandon Fields Experience Album To Feature Slash, Ace Frehley Band Members

The new album features Todd Kerns, Jeremy Asbrock, and Matt Starr with appearances from Alex Kane and Eric Jayk.

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Brandon Fields, the namesake behind Brandon Fields Experience, has made the most of his quarantine downtime by creating some amazing rock n’ roll – and inviting an outstanding group of musicians along for the ride.

From his home in Kentucky, Fields was constantly on the road playing his brand of rock music. Then COVID-19 became the new reality. When a touring musician has a forced time away from the road, songwriting takes center stage. “The time off really gave me an opportunity to take advantage of some different things. I think everybody is still kind of adjusting to what’s happening in the music world right now.”

An ambitious plan was formed as Fields plotted to put together new tracks featuring some of today’s top talent.

Rock Confidential spent a few minutes with Brandon Fields to talk about the upcoming album and how this lineup came into place.

Thanks for taking time out for this, Brandon. How are things going?

Things are going great, man! This has been such a crazy year. Despite everything that’s happening in the world I’ve been working a lot and making some major transitions in my music career.

Tell me about your upcoming album and who all is involved.

Well, let’s just jump right into this. So I’ve been extremely fortunate to put together an awesome lineup for the new Brandon Fields Experience album. The band features myself, Todd Kerns, Jeremy Asbrock, and Matt Starr. Todd’s been playing in Slash’s band for the last decade and his other groups are just as great. Everybody in the music community has a lot of respect for him and it’s very easy to understand why after just talking to him for a minute or two. Jeremy and Matt are both in Ace Frehley’s band and are just great at their craft. Matt played with Mr. Big as well so anybody that has to hold down time for Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan is obviously pretty talented.

How did this lineup come to be?

The best place to start would be at the very beginning. I met Jeremy Asbrock when I was thirteen years old in Oak Ridge, TN in 2009. Jeremy was in a band called The Shazam at the time. Me and one of my friends went to the civic center where they were playing and I had actually checked out some of their original music before going to the show. So when we showed up and I asked if they were going to play a specific one of their originals it was pretty surprising to them. There weren’t very many people there and me and my friend were standing right at the front of the stage. One of the members noticed us and said to keep an eye on the gear and Jeremy immediately walked over and asked us if we wanted to play his guitars. So we got to play Jeremy’s guitars for a second and hang out with them shortly before the show. It was such an awesome experience as a teenager who had aspirations of being in a band.

So when I started cutting demos for this new record I reached out and asked him if he’d be interested in playing a solo on a track. This kind of encouraged me to reach out to other guys I was interested in working with. When I reached out to Matt and Todd it was originally for just guest appearances on maybe one or two songs. It turned out we were all just having a really fun time putting these songs together with the four of us. It turned into us just cutting the entire record as a whole unit. The songs really are great, too!

Tell me about your writing process for this album.

Despite what the group name might suggest, Todd, Jeremy, and myself all took part in the songwriting process and, obviously, Matt was in control of what he played as far as his drumming went. We all wrote our own lyrics on the songs we sing. The music was mostly written by me with the exception of a track that Jeremy did a lot of the heavy lifting on. Me and Jeremy both split the leads so neither one of us are taking a backseat the entire time. Some of the songs I wrote maybe two weeks before recording and some came from riffs that were almost 10 years old.

What track will be your lead single?

Unfortunately, we are not announcing the single until August when we release it along with the album title, release date, and track listing. I can tell you that there is a track on the album that features guest appearances by Alex Kane (Enuff Z’ Nuff) and Eric Jayk (Wildstreet). The track is very eighties hard rock so it was a perfect fit for these guys.

Did a particular track set the tone for the record early on?

I think the first track that Todd sent back with vocals he recorded on it is what got us all really excited. Todd is such a talented artist and can groove to anything you throw at him. His judgement as far as what fits great musically is fantastic.

Are there plans for this group to do any live shows or possibly tour?

Absolutely! We have all expressed interest in doing some gigs with this lineup. Of course that will all be dependent on each of our schedules whenever live shows are allowed to resume. I know Slash and Ace keep these guys busy consistently but it’s something we all have said we would like to do at some point.

What did you look to for inspiration on these songs?

Just like every other musician right now for the most part, I had a lot of free time when the quarantine first started. That situation definitely helped open up the door for us working together on this album. If the quarantine wouldn’t have happened we would have all been busy with our original plans for this year. Once we started demoing everything for this album it was really easy for us to stay excited.

What inspires you as a musician?

I get inspired by knowing that if I keep up the effort that I put in, there’s always going to be rewarding outcomes. That doesn’t always mean commercially or financially but just finishing or accomplishing a goal that could be simple keeps you inspired. This is a field a lot of people take for granted while it’s going well for them. I enjoy the whole process. No matter how successful you are it’s always a learning experience.

Who are some of your influences? Was there a particular artist that had more of an impact?

One thing I can say is that Slash and Ace Frehley were my two biggest influences as a lead guitarist. So for me to be able to say that the band I’m in solely consists of members of each of their respective bands is still quite surreal to me. The first rock album I went and bought was AC/DC Live At Donington when I was about seven. About a week after that I got the DVD and seeing Angus Young and the whole rock n’ roll set my whole world on fire. When I got Appetite For Destruction in the fifth grade, though – that was the game changer.

Thanks again, Brandon. What would you like to say to wrap up?

I think this has been my third overall interview with Rock Confidential. Every time we talk it’s always about something even better. I don’t know how I’ll top this information that I’m finally releasing today, but here’s to hoping that the next time we chat it’s even more astounding! Thank you for always giving me a supportive outlet and including myself with other great content.

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Watch The ‘Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine’ Trailer

‘Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine’ hits select theaters this summer.

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Legendary rock critic Lester Bangs and his protégé Cameron Crowe appear in the new trailer for Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, in select theaters starting in August.

Directed by Scott Crawford, the trailer features vintage videos and various Creem covers throughout the Seventies and Eighties. Several musicians appear in the trailer, including Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Suzi Quatro, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. “Most people want to fit in somewhere,” Stipe says. “I wasn’t going to find it in my high school. I found it in Creem magazine.”

“Buying Creem was a little bit like buying Playboy,” actor Jeff Daniels says. “You didn’t want your parents to see either one of them.”

The documentary Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, formerly known as Boy Howdy: The Story Of Creem Magazine, is directed by American filmmaker Scott Crawford, his second film after making the doc Salad Days previously. The film features additional interviews with Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and more. It was produced by Barry Kramer’s son, JJ Kramer, and Creem alum Jaan Uhelszki, and features music by MC5’s Wayne Kramer (who is also interviewed for the film).

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