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Sketchy collection fail to deliver a knockout

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (PG)

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Ozzy Osbourne, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone<br/>Al Green, The 02, London

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Peter Steele: Towering, deep-voiced frontman of the goth-metal band Type O Negative

The unsettling music of the New York goth-metal band Type O Negative may have been a minority taste, at its most effective on the soundtracks to computer games Descent 2, Blood and Grand Theft Auto IV or horror blockbusters I Know What You Did Last Summer, Bride Of Chucky or Freddy vs Jason, but teenagers, especially in the US, the UK, Scandinavia and Germany, loved the group and its towering frontman and primary songwriter Peter Steele, who died of heart failure aged 48.

Ronnie James Dio: Singer who worked with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and replaced Ozzie Osbourne in Black Sabbath

As lead vocalist with some of the biggest heavy metal bands of the 1970s and '80s, and fronting his own group, Ronnie James Dio bestrode festival stages and delighted millions of rock fans around the world. He also popularised the "devil's horns" gesture beloved of metal fans of all ages, and made it his trademark. "The 'sign'" is a superstitious symbol used by many older cultures," he remarked of the gesture he picked up from his Italian grandmother. "It's meant to intercept the evil eye and other curses, and what better place to use it than at a metal show?"

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OK Go, Shepherd's Bush O2 Empire, London

Just as Ozzy Osbourne's live shows will always seem tame in comparison to the famous incident of the decapitated bat, so any band whose success is predicated largely on one of the most iconic music videos of the YouTube age will struggle to have the same appeal live. It is with this unfortunate caveat that OK Go hit the stage tonight, without the treadmills that made "Here It Goes Again" an online sensation. They rattle through a back-catalogue that veers between some uncomfortably generic earlier material and the improved offerings from recent LP Of The Blue Colour of the Sky.

Best music books of 2009: After the excess comes the time for sober reflection...

Live fast, slow down a bit, write your memoirs. As rock'n'roll slogans go, it may not pack the same punch as the old beautiful-corpse chestnut, but at least this year's crop of music books proves that the thoughtful ruminations of survivors can hold their own against the army of picking-over-the-bones biographers.

Album: Mercury Rev, The Complete Peel Sessions, (Universal)

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