Ozzy Osbourne Inspires Name for Tree Frog

A tiny tree frog discovered in the Amazon has been named for Ozzy Osbourne.

National Geographic reports the creature nicknamed the “bat frog” has been named Dendropsophus ozzyi . It’s less than an inch long and has a shrill, batlike call.

Pedro Peloso, one of the frog’s discoverers, says they kept talking about the “bat frog” in the lab, which led to discussion about Osbourne and Black Sabbath.

NEW MARILYN MANSON ALBUM DUE OUT IN JANUARY

Marilyn Manson’s new album The Pale Emperor will arrive January 27. The first new song from the album “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” has already been released by Manson and can be heard below.

Robert Plant Rips Up $800 Million Zeppelin Reunion Contract

Apparently it’s not money that Robert Plant is looking for… he walked away from a 35-date tour that would have netted Led Zeppelin nearly $800 million.

He literally ripped up the contract in front of stunned promoters.

Richard Branson had a big plan to reunite Led Zeppelin and the promoters had gotten the green light from the other band members.

The mega deal would have paid Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones roughly $300 million apiece, before taxes. The 35 shows would have been split between London, Berlin and a site in New Jersey.

The other guys in the band lobbied hard for Plant to join in but he wouldn’t change his mind.

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd’s Murder Charge Dropped

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is no longer facing a charge of attempting to procure a murder.

Rudd was accused of attempting to hire one person to kill two others, and of threatening to kill another. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Authorities decided there wasn’t enough evidence to justify the charge, so they tossed it.

Rudd’s lawyer says his client has “suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which, on any basis, was never justified. The damage to Mr. Rudd is incalculable.”

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Steven Tyler Won’t Read Joe Perry’s Autobiography

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler said he hasn’t read bandmate Joe Perry’s book because he has to share a stage with him next year.

Tyler said he wants to “love the son of a bitch.”

He said he might read the book after their next tour is done but Perry hasn’t read his book either.

Perry’s book, “Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith” was released earlier this year.

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Megadeth To Record New Album Next Year

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said the band will go in the recording studio in January. The band is finishing up the writing process right now for the new album.

Mustaine said they will be touring the U.S. and South America next August with a huge English metal band. He is hoping to have the new album out sometime next summer.

Megadeth’s last album, “Super Collider came out in 2013.

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Arrested For Attempting to Hire Hitman

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly attempted to hire a hitman to kill two people.

The 60-year-old was in a New Zealand court yesterday for a brief appearance.

Rudd is accused of attempting to hire one person to kill two others in September, but no word on who he wanted dead.

After a raid on his house, Phil was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

For now, Rudd is out on bail until November 27 when he goes back to court.

Do we even need to make a Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap joke?

WAYNE STATIC DEAD AT 48

UPDATE (NOV. 3): Wayne Static’s publicist issued a statement saying Wayne died in his sleep and his death was not caused by drugs. Here’s the full statement:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 1, 2014) – Today is a sad day in the music industry – Front-man and founding member WAYNE STATIC of STATIC-X passed away quietly in his sleep at his home last night.

The couple was getting ready to leave for a Fall/Winter tour this morning. They were to have left the night before on Halloween, but decided they would head out early in the morning November 1st.

The couple, known for partying heavy, had left hard drugs in 2009 and had not touched them since. Static’s first solo album – Pighammer – was a tribute to his new non-drug life and hoped it would help others to get clean from hard chemical drugs.

More official information about his passing will be released in the following days. This is not a drug related incident or an O. D. Please be courteous to his family and wife and leave positive messages~

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Wayne Static of Static-X was found dead at 48 on Nov. 1. The cause of death has not been officially released yet. Here’s the statement from his management announcing the news: