OK, now that the fog has cleared from the Ozzy concert, I'm starting to recall some of the more humorous moments from that night. This tops the list.
As we were watching the show (we were stage right - left if you're in the audience) and closer to Rob 'Blasko' Nicholson (Ozzy's new bassist) and my buddy says to me "Hey, is it just me or does Ozzy's bassist look like Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap!"
I looked again... and said "Holy F#ck, ya... he does!"
Are we nuts or do you see the similarity as well? C'mon... even if you're the biggest Ozzy/Blasko fan in the world, ya gotta admit... Harry Shearer's (the actor who portrays Smalls), character is all-but Blasko ringer.
Given that this is the Motörheadster Blog, you should know... Rob includes Lemmy/Motorhead as one of his influences... sadly, not Smalls!
On that note, I leave you with a quote from the man himself.
Derek Smalls: "We're very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel. They're like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They're two distinct types of visionaries, it's like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water".
My hearing has finally returned to normal. The 'Prince of Darkness' Ozzy Osbourne and crew ripped it up in the River City 11/20/2010.
The stage featured a simple setup with a huge Ozzy sign in front of a video screen. We had incredible seats and the speakers were just above our heads. Needless to say, I forgot my earplugs. Ya, I'm gettin' old, f#ck off!
Ozzy and his four-piece band covered 40 years of metal with Black Sabbath favourites 'Fairies Wear Boots', 'War Pigs', 'N.I.B.' and 'Iron Man'.
He also played some new material and all time faves as well like: 'I Don't Know', 'Crazy Train' and 'Flying High Again'.
There of course were various concussion bombs and pyrotechnic explosions, but it was the music fans were there for and they weren't disappointed.
New guitarist Gus G. doesn't command the stage like his predecessor Zakk Wylde did,
but he proved himself worthy enough to fill the shoes of the formidable guitarists whose riffs he cranked out all night.
From those killer power chords of Tony Iommi...
to Randy Rhoads' lightning fingered solos.
Gus told the Greek edition of Metal Hammer how he got the gig with Ozzy, "I got a message on my MySpace page from Rob 'Blasko' (Nicholson), Ozzy's bass player, asking me what was doing, if I was living in America or not and saying that he wanted to talk to me.
I never thought he'd want me for something like that (playing with Ozzy). I initially thought that maybe he wanted to talk to me about doing a project or something and then he told me that one of Ozzfest's managers was looking for me".
The manager said that they wanted me to fly out to Los Angeles immediately for a show that Ozzy was about to do in Anaheim, California."
Prior to the show, this is froman interview Ozzy gave to a local rag. "I mean, rock 'n' roll is getting stoned and getting f#cking drunk". "It's part of the job, you know. I suppose for an alcoholic or drug addict, it's the perfect job, you know. I don't think you can ever think of another job where you would turn up stoned," he said. "People would go, f#cking hell, you've got to do surgery today."
Once my daughter and I finished shoveling, we decided to have some fun. She made snow Angels. Went sledding and did some snow carvings. Yup, she made this skull and cross bones! A chip of the ol' block!
What eles would you expect from a kid who loves to go for rides on her dad"s Harley!
If you frequent this blog, you know I'm a big fan of David Lozeau. Here's a recent painting he did for a Vietnam Vet I thought was worthy of a post.
This work is called 'Have Guns, Will Travel'. It's a 16x20, done in acrylics and 1 Shot enamel on claybord. Vintage David!
The painting is a commission for this highly decorated Vietnam Vet who was a gunner for the US Marine Corps and flew hundreds of missions in a UH-1E chopper.
From Dave's site: They were shot down twice over the course of a few years and nicknamed "The Warriors" with the slogan “Have Guns, Will Travel.” On June 21, 1969, they dropped the first helicopter bomb.
Wow! Imagine pullin' up beside this bitchn' scoot at a stop light. Not only is that Ol' Panhead a killer bike with it's gleaming chrome and copper accents, that front end is drop dead, kick-a$$, motha f#ckn' gorgeous!
The crazy custom bike builders at Rooster Custom Cycles (in collaboration with Perse Performance) is about to release this "back-in-the-day" classic suspension with some modern updates.
Aside from the chrome, the first thing that catches your eye is that shock.
Rooster enlisted the engineering department at Penske Motor Sports to hook em' up with a shock for the vintage front end that would allow for a varying degree of riding styles and feels.
And as expected... this back-to-the-future front end will be available to suit any frame configuration.
And you know I wouldn't mention it in the Motörheadster Blog, unless there was a bolt on kit for Sportster models. But it ain't cheap!
The polished stainless steel front end w/ headlight, brake mount and fender straps, just over $5000. If you want it powder coated DOM tube w/ stainless steel components, headlight, brake mount and fender straps, just over $4,000. That front end will put a big hole in your rear end where your wallet sits.
This will set you back $20 dollars US. Foreign/Canadian customers need to add another $10. Click on here to order.
Knockout Choppers has a unique saying, "Live it! Don't just dream about it".
And their new 2011 calendar provides all the material you need, to dream about what life is worth living for.
The Knockout Motorcycles calendar features 13 hotties on 13 killer scoots! Oh did I mention they're all nude? According to KM, sales are brisk the boys are already talking about a second print run and planning next years calendar.
Oh, I can't forget about The 2011 Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle and Centerfold Model Calendar.
For a copy, which costs $16.95, just go to Fastdates.com. There are more calendars out there (Zero Engineering is my fave!) but I thought I'd profile a couple of new ones this year.
It's about time some one offered up a kit like this.
Check it, a Sportster Cafe frame kit with available tank, seat and all the extras you'll need to mock-up you're own knee-scraping cafe bad boy. Awesome!
The fine craftsmen/women at J.W. Motorcycles spent months planning and designing the frame kits for the solid mount Harley Evo Engine.
The frames are made from T45 tubing. The frame (and what you see pictured above) weigh in at 14.75 kg. The headstock is machined to accept Sportster yokes using taper bearings and the rake is 26 degrees.
How about this for foresight. One of the options available is an aluminium oil tank/battery box. OK, that's f#ckin' killer. Why? Well if you've ever tried to build a scoot from the ground-up... well there are no "options" available. And in this application, it's a necessity!
For those with a belt drive no problem. Or if you want to convert to a sprocket, well it'll allow you to use any number of rear wheels. Although I'm not sure you'd want to go much wider than 180mm?
You have a choice of three tanks. A 5 gallon manx, 3.5 gallon manx or the sprint (shown above). You can also see the headstock and Sporty yoke/tree in this pic.
You can also choose between two different fibreglass seat units.
And finally some inspiration, for those brave enough to make reservations and order off the menue for the J.W. Motorcycles' cafe.
Recently I have been indulging my artistic side, venturing forth into the mystic world of pinstriping.
Whether it be an accent stripe down the side of a car, a classic ol' skool job or a complex mural... pinstripes can make a scoot/vehicle stand out from the crowd.
While vinyl is fine (I used plastic on the Motörheadster), I have always been attracted to the look of paint when it comes to pinstripes and murals.
The smooth edges give a more finished look... while the slight imperfections in line width, or variances in symmetry, portray the artistry of the person applying it. Their own signature or stamp of artistry you might say.