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December 26, 2006

Ozzy Osbourne’s cancer shock

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Ozzy Osbourne says finding out that wife Sharon had cancer was like being hit over the head with a concrete block.

The former ‘Black Sabbath’ star’s wife is now in remission but when she was first diagnosed with colon cancer her rocker husband couldn’t believe how well she coped.

Ozzy told Hello magazine: “If I were her I would have been screaming the place down. But she just dealt with it.

“When I found out it was like someone had got a slab of concrete and hit me with a big dose of reality. I thought cancer plus patient equals death. The thought of losing her was more than I could bear.”

The star of ‘The Osbournes’ is delighted Sharon has such a successful TV career with ‘X Factor’ but couldn’t wait for the series to end so they can spend more time together.

He said: “It’s good to see my wife alive and well, doing something that she enjoys. I like watching it, but I’ve been a very lonely guy on Saturday nights so I’m glad to have her back.”

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt spend Christmas with Colombian refugees

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Josef Merkx, the representative of the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, said the paparazzi magnets wanted to have a low-profile visit with no news media, so reporters were notified only after they had left the country.

Jolie, a UNHCR goodwill ambassador since 2001, and her partner Pitt met with the refugees then handed out Christmas gifts to refugee children. Later they met with Costa Rican government officials, Merkx said Tuesday.

There are 11,500 refugees living in Costa Rica, some 10,000 of which are from Colombia, Merkx said.

According to a UNHCR statement in Spanish, Jolie described the four decade-long Colombian conflict as the biggest humanitarian tragedy in the western hemisphere, but despite that receives little international attention.

Journey Replace Augeri For Good

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Journey Replace Augeri For Good…. Journey frontman Steve Augeri has been permanently replaced in the classic rock act – by his stand-in.

Jeff Scott Soto, who stood in for ailing Augeri on Journey’s recent tour with Def Leppard, was announced as the group’s new full-time frontman late on Tuesday (19Dec06).

But there are no hard feelings – Augeri realises his touring days are behind him, and his former bandmates are wishing him well.

In a statement, the band writes, “We are so grateful to Steve for all the years he dedicated to Journey.

“We thank Steve for all his hard work and we wish him only the best in his future endeavours.”

Augeri states, “Singing for Journey these last eight years have been the most challenging and the most rewarding of my career.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the band, and especially the fans, for the privilege of being part of a musical legacy that has touched so many hearts and souls.

“I wish my fellow bandmates success and happiness as they continue to make great music in the future, as I will strive to do the same myself.”

Augeri is currently recording his debut solo album, In The Moment, which is due out next summer (07).

‘Godfather of Soul’ James Brown Has Passed Away

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James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured “Godfather of Soul,” whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73.

Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital on Sunday and died around 1:45 a.m. Monday, said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music. Longtime friend Charles Bobbit was by his side, he said.

Copsidas said Brown’s family was being notified of his death and that the cause was still uncertain. “We really don’t know at this point what he died of,” he said.

Along with
Elvis Presley,
Bob Dylan and a handful of others, Brown was one of the major musical influences of the past 50 years. At least one generation idolized him, and sometimes openly copied him. His rapid-footed dancing inspired
Mick Jagger and
Michael Jackson among others. Songs such as
David Bowie’s “Fame,” Prince’s “Kiss,” George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” and Sly and the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song” were clearly based on Brown’s rhythms and vocal style.

If Brown’s claim to the invention of soul can be challenged by fans of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, then his rights to the genres of rap, disco and funk are beyond question. He was to rhythm and dance music what Dylan was to lyrics: the unchallenged popular innovator.

“James presented obviously the best grooves,” rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy once told The Associated Press. “To this day, there has been no one near as funky. No one’s coming even close.”

His hit singles include such classics as “Out of Sight,” “(Get Up I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “Say It Out Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud,” a landmark 1968 statement of racial pride.

“I clearly remember we were calling ourselves colored, and after the song, we were calling ourselves black,” Brown said in a 2003 Associated Press interview. “The song showed even people to that day that lyrics and music and a song can change society.”

He won a Grammy award for lifetime achievement in 1992, as well as
Grammys in 1965 for “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (best R&B recording) and for “Living In America” in 1987 (best R&B vocal performance, male.) He was one of the initial artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, along with Presley,
Chuck Berry and other founding fathers.

He triumphed despite an often unhappy personal life. Brown, who lived in Beech Island near the Georgia line, spent more than two years in a South Carolina prison for aggravated assault and failing to stop for a police officer. After his release on in 1991, Brown said he wanted to “try to straighten out” rock music.

From the 1950s, when Brown had his first R&B hit, “Please, Please, Please” in 1956, through the mid-1970s, Brown went on a frenzy of cross-country tours, concerts and new songs. He earned the nickname “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.”

With his tight pants, shimmering feet, eye makeup and outrageous hair, Brown set the stage for younger stars such as Michael Jackson and Prince.

In 1986, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And rap stars of recent years overwhelmingly have borrowed his lyrics with a digital technique called sampling.

Brown’s work has been replayed by the Fat Boys, Ice-T, Public Enemy and a host of other rappers. “The music out there is only as good as my last record,” Brown joked in a 1989 interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

“Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown; you know what I’m saying? You hear all the rappers, 90 percent of their music is me,” he told the AP in 2003.

Born in poverty in Barnwell, S.C., in 1933, he was abandoned as a 4-year-old to the care of relatives and friends and grew up on the streets of Augusta, Ga., in an “ill-repute area,” as he once called it. There he learned to wheel and deal.

“I wanted to be somebody,” Brown said.

By the eighth grade in 1949, Brown had served 3 1/2 years in Alto Reform School near Toccoa, Ga., for breaking into cars.

While there, he met Bobby Byrd, whose family took Brown into their home. Byrd also took Brown into his group, the Gospel Starlighters. Soon they changed their name to the Famous Flames and their style to hard R&B.

In January 1956, King Records of Cincinnati signed the group, and four months later “Please, Please, Please” was in the R&B Top Ten.

While most of Brown’s life was glitz and glitter, he was plagued with charges of abusing drugs and alcohol and of hitting his third wife, Adrienne.

In September 1988, Brown, high on PCP and carrying a shotgun, entered an insurance seminar next to his Augusta office. Police said he asked seminar participants if they were using his private restroom.

Police chased Brown for a half-hour from Augusta into South Carolina and back to Georgia. The chase ended when police shot out the tires of his truck.

Brown received a six-year prison sentence. He spent 15 months in a South Carolina prison and 10 months in a work release program before being paroled in February 1991. In 2003, the South Carolina parole board granted him a pardon for his crimes in that state.

Soon after his release, Brown was on stage again with an audience that included millions of cable television viewers nationwide who watched the three-hour, pay-per-view concert at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Adrienne Brown died in 1996 in Los Angeles at age 47. She took PCP and several prescription drugs while she had a bad heart and was weak from cosmetic surgery two days earlier, the coroner said.

More recently, he married his fourth wife, Tomi Raye Hynie, one of his backup singers. The couple had a son, James Jr.

Two years later, Brown spent a week in a private Columbia hospital, recovering from what his agent said was dependency on painkillers. Brown’s attorney, Albert “Buddy” Dallas, said singer was exhausted from six years of road shows.

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