Ozzy Osbourne said that alcohol, not politics, has stopped him from playing in Israel until now.
Osbourne is in Israel this week as part of this year's international Ozzfest tour, along with Soulfly and Korn. Tonight's performance will be his first ever in the Holy Land.
Asked why he hadn't played in Israel before, the heavy-metal rocker, known for decades of decadence and substance abuse, told reporters in Tel Aviv: "I guess I was drunk for so many years."
He said politics had nothing to do with it. "I try to stay away from politics. They don't understand me and I don't understand them," Osbourne, 61, said, sitting with his wife, Sharon.
Pro-Palestinian activists have urged artists to boycott Israel to protest the country's policies toward the Palestinians. A number of performers, Elvis Costello and the Pixies, recently canceled shows, angering local fans. Other artists, including Metallica, Elton John and Rihanna, have resisted boycott calls and played in Israel this year.
Colbert's testimony called 'inappropriate'
The House's No. 2 Democratic leader says comedian Stephen Colbert's testimony last week on immigration was "inappropriate" and "an embarrassment."
Colbert was invited to appear before the House Judiciary Committee by Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California. But other Democrats weren't happy about her decision.
The committee chairman, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., asked Colbert to leave the room at the beginning of the hearing because Colbert has no expertise in farm labor issues or immigration policy.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland told "Fox News Sunday" he thought the episode was more of an embarrassment to Colbert than to the House. But, he added, "I think it was inappropriate" that he testified.
Ramone sign may be N.Y.' s most stolen
Officials say a metal homage to the late punk legend Joey Ramone may be New York City's most-stolen street sign.
The Department of Transportation recently had the "Joey Ramone Place" sign reinstalled in lower Manhattan for the fourth time since 2003. This time, it was raised 8 feet to curb temptation. The New York Post says that puts it about 20 feet above street level.
The group's longtime drummer, Marky Ramone , thinks Joey would appreciate the most-stolen distinction. But he adds: "Now you have to be an NBA player to see it."
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot , 76... actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo , 46... actress Mira Sorvino , 43... TV personality Moon Zappa , 43... actress Naomi Watts , 42... rapper Young Jeezy , 33... actress Hilary Duff , 23.