CLIFTON, NJ, (December 19, 2018) - In an update to a story making news headlines, the non-profit organization Hall of Heavy Metal History today announced it is helping former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake who has only months to live, complete his documentary with longtime friends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss, and Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain among others. The Hall of Heavy Metal will be flying him to California during NAMM week so Kerslake can accept his award and complete one of his bucket list items.
Another important dying wish of Kerslake is to receive his Platinum record awards from Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne for his writing contributions on the iconic "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of A Madman" albums, which to this date he has not received.
Some backstory, on December 7, 2018, Kerslake was announced he would be inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. On December 11, 2018, Kerslake did an interview with Jimmy Kay on The Metal Voice, where he revealed his terminal illness, saying doctors give him only 8 months to live. (see below)
Today In a statement , Kerslake said "I am ecstatic over my Induction into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. They are taking donations to fly me to the United States via special medical air flight accommodations, in order to help me finish my documentary. "
Kerslake continued, "Also three weeks ago I sent a letter Sharon Osbourne to request my Platinum record awards for helping establish the Ozzy Osbourne band. I've been waiting for them for years. Life is too short, and I have so much admiration for Sharon as a business woman. I'd like to think that Sharon, Ozzy, and I are friends. It would be a great honor to see them again, and to have them present me with my award at my Induction in January 23 2019. "
"It is a great honor to Induct Lee Kerslake into the Hall of Heavy Metal History," Says Pat Gesualdo, President of The Hall of Heavy Metal History. " He has given metal fans around the world so many wonderful memories. Now we all need to be there anyway we can, to help him fulfill his legacy."
Lee Kerslake will make a special appearance at the Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala on January 23, 2019, 6;00 PM, at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove, Anaheim, CA.
For the full list of Inductees, and the Lee Kerslake donation page, please visit www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org.
About The Hall of Heavy Metal History:
The Hall of Heavy Metal History is a non-profit organization, dedicated to enshrining forever, those iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making Rock and Metal music what it is today. Their contributions to genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.
The Hall of Heavy Metal History hosts the Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala. It is part of the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which provides free therapy services and programs for special needs children, adults and wounded veterans on a Global basis.
For more information, Lee Kerslake donations and tickets to the annual Gala please contact 973-725-5150 or .www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org
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