Converse Launch Black Sabbath Chuck Taylors

blacksabbath2013I’m never sure if I love or hate the idea of bands getting in on the shoe market. But when it’s a band like Black Sabbath, how can you not be a little curious?  Featuring cover art from the band’s albums Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Vol. 4, and Never Say Die!, as well as logos and photos, a new line of Black Sabbath Chucks will be issued by Converse. Shoes will run between $60 to $70, and feature various imagery in the liners, depending on the edition. Check out a teaser of the new shoes below. (more…)

Riffs, Rants & Rumors: Celebrate the Weed Laws with Rock's Top 10 Stoners

Sure, there was some kind of election or something last week”at least we think that’s what we heard coming out of the mouths of the TV pundits. Honestly, we kind of stopped paying attention after a while, at least until the news broke about a truly earth-shattering political breakthrough. While the rest of the world was focused on whichever one of those guys with the suits and ties walked away with the prize, we were captivated by a revolutionary piece of legislation that proved to be election night’s biggest surprise: the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Washington and Colorado. While this monumental move has been the dream of stoners all over America for decades, it must be assumed that the passing of what we like to call The Bong Bill will be most widely celebrated in the realm of rock ‘n’ roll. To commemorate the dawning of a new era for uncontrolled substances, let’s look back at some of rock’s most notorious stoners, who are sure to be holding their lighters aloft in honor of these epochal developments.

Black Sabbath

Just for starters, one of their earliest albums introduced the much-covered metal marijuana anthem Sweet Leaf. But beyond that musical love letter to THC, Ozzy Osbourne is one of rock’s most titanic tokers, to the point that he ultimately changed his stance on legalization in recognition of the damage drugs had done to his neurological system. Granted, we’re talking about a lot more than merely pot in Ozzy’s case, but nevertheless, Sabbath are still stoner-rock (more…)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kind Of A Drag

Today is kind of a slow news day. And so, today, you get¦ rock stars in drag: the superlatives.

Most natural: Bowie

Most disturbing: Queen

Most frequent: Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones

Best homage: Blur (as Blondie)

Most dudes: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention

Best pout: Ozzy Osbourne

Most confusing to high school jocks in 1994: Kurt Cobain

Most committed: New York Dolls

Best looking: Bono

Jack Osbourne Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

Reality television star Jack Osbourne has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, according to People magazine. Osbourne, son of Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne and America’s Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, recently welcomed the birth of daughter Pearl in April with fiancé Lisa Stelly just two weeks prior to the diagnosis. I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, ˜Why now?’ Osbourne told People. I’ve got a family and that’s what’s supposed to be the most important thing.

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system “ the brain and spinal chord “ and can affect muscle control, strength, vision, balance, thinking, and feeling. MS differs in each case, producing effects ranging from minor to severe disability. However, most people fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes.

Osbourne, the youngest of three children, starred in the MTV reality series The Osbournes, which followed the every-day lives of the rock star’s family. After entering rehab for drug use, he went on to star in his own 2005 series, Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie, undertaking various extreme sports around the world.

Osbourne is 26.

Friday, June 8th, 2012