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Introducing Queen UK coins, Ozzy Osbourne reveals his diangosis, Joey Kramer sues Aerosmith

Queen honored with their official UK coin

Queen have always been praised as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, but now they are honored as they have never been before. They got their own coin.
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As Pitchfork writes, the Royal Mint stated that Queen is just the first in a row in the upcoming "Music Collection".

“This is a big ‘who could have imagined it?’ moment for us,” Brian May said in a statement. “When we began as Queen, even the first rung of the ladder to recognition seemed remote and unreachable. To have our band recognised and our music celebrated in this way is very touching—a real honour.”


“Queen were one of the most influential bands of their generation, and their timeless classics are still enjoyed by millions of fans around the world,” said Nicola Howell, the Chief Commercial Officer at the Royal Mint. “That’s why we’re so pleased to be honouring their great contribution to British music with their very own coin, which will be the first time a British band has been celebrated on UK coinage. British music is one of our greatest contributions to culture around the world, and its musicians like Queen who are at the forefront of this. We’re looking forward to announcing other coins in our new ‘Music Legends’ collection later this year, marking the work of other exceptional British musicians.”

Ozzy Osbourne diagnosed with Parkinson's

Ozzy Osbourne revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, writes Pitchfork.
Ozzy Osbourne
In a new interview for Good Morning America, Ozzy and his wife revealed that he received the diagnosis last February after his fall.

“I did my last show New Year’s Eve at the Forum. Then I had a bad fall,” he explained. “I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.” He is currently on Parkinson's medication and will be going to a specialized professional in Switzerland. He was diagnosed with PRKN-2, which is supposed to be a mild version of Parkinson's disease.

“I feel better now that I’ve owned up to the fact that I have Parkinson’s,” he said. “I ain’t gonna go anywhere yet.”

Ozzy's recent history is filled with health issues. In early 2019 he had to cancel his tour due to hospitalization after complications from the flu. Later that year he had the fall. Towards the end of the year, rumors appeared that he was on his deathbed. Kelly Osbourne denied those rumors.

Osbourne's new album "Ordinary Man" is out on February 21 on Epic. He already shared a single, title track, which features Elton John.

Joey Kramer sues Aerosmith

Joey Kramer, drummer of the Aerosmith is suing his own band after they asked him to audition in order to get back into the band.
Aerosmith
At this weekend's Grammy Awards Aerosmith were supposed to be honored as the recipients of the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year. However, instead of celebrating the band will be handling the lawsuit.

As Consequence of Sound writes, Kramer is suing the band accusing them of not letting him play on the Grammy Awards ceremony. Kramer said that he had to take a disability leave after some minor injury last spring, but after his recovery, he was informed he had to audition to prove that he can still "play at an appropriate level".

In the lawsuit, Kramer claims the stress caused by audition caused him “significant repercussions” that put him in the hospital. Allegedly he was also forced to miss Aerosmith’s residency gigs in Las Vegas and pay his replacement $20,000 a week.

When he finally auditioned, Kramer says, he was prevented from rejoining because of his lack of "energy".

The epilogue will be known after the Grammy Awards ceremony where Aerosmith is set to perform with Run-DMC.

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