Disney's ambivalent relationship with Satan, paganism and heavy metal mirrors America's ambivalent relationship with itself. More evidence: the studio's new "Maleficent." Read my thoughts in the Op-Ed section of LA Times.
Last month I noted the mini-torrent of current releases by guitarists associated with Ozzy Osbourne, and I began the survey with
"Catacombs of the Black Vatican" by Black Label Society, the long-running project of Zakk Wylde (Ozzy 1987-1995 and 2001-2009). Now I'm gonna catch up with Joe Holmes (1995-2001), Jake E. Lee (1983-1987) and Gus G. (2009-present).
Leni Stern is writing out her set lists at a table beside the stage. "I made such nice lists," she mutters to bassist Mamadou Ba, "and then I left them at the hotel." With Ba in the band for several years now, they hardly need a map.