* Black Sabbath is currently touring Australia, giving audiences there a taste of the new music that’s to come from their album 13, due out next month. It’s the first one in 35 years that sees Ozzy Osbourne back as the frontman, as he currently battles his substance demons. My good friend Brett Schewitz was there to capture a few incredible images from a Melbourne show earlier this week, which are well worth seeing.
* The world premiere for The Great Gatsby took place at the ever-so-elegant Lincoln Center last night, kicking off what director Baz Luhrmann hopes will be a summer of 20s-inspired parties. In that case, I look forward to partying with him in Cannes when the film opens the fest in two weeks’ time.
* They gave us one of the classic 90s tracks that still goes down well now, but sadly, one half of the rap duo Kris Kross was found dead last night. Chris Kelly, aka Mac Daddy, at the age of 34, died in an Atlanta hospital, from what appears to be a drug overdose.
* Will it ever end? The Michael Jackson saga continues, as the court case in which the late superstar’s mother and children are suing AEG for their part in hiring the doctor convicted of killing him seems like it could go on for quite a few months, as they get into testimony about Conrad Murray’s financial woes and AEG’s liability.
* After last year’s successful Global Festival concert in Central Park, organizers are keeping the momentum going by offering free tickets to see the likes of Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen. It’s the reward offered for sharing your knowledge about being socially active. Seems like a more than fair trade-off.