Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters and AC/DC were among the winners at the Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour held at London’s Park Lane Hotel.
Osbourne won the gong for living legend although almost dropped the trophy on his foot, commenting, “I’m not very good at this awards thing.” The award was presented by Slash at the Nov. 3 ceremony.
Whitesnake’s “Good To Be Bad” (Steamhammer/SPV) took album of the year, while band of the year went to Foo Fighters, who sent a video acceptance speech.
AC/DC, who recently debuted at the top of the U.K. charts with their new album “Black Ice” (Columbia), won DVD of the year for “Plug Me In.”
Australian newcomers Airbourne, who recently signed with Roadrunner U.S., won best new band. Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, though absent at the event, was awarded the showman award.
Other public-voted awards included event of the year to Led Zeppelin for their headline appearance at the O2 arena in December 2007. The three first albums by Metallica – “Kill ‘Em All”, “Ride the Lightning” and “Master of Puppets” (Mercury) – earned the band the re-issue of the year award.
The Classic Rock judging panel decided on eight awards. Jeff Beck got the outstanding contribution award, while Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green was named classic songwriter and MC5’s Wayne Kramer got metal guru.
Slash received the Marshall 11 award, the late Syd Barrett was awarded the Tommy Vance inspiration award and Bryan Adams got the Childline award for his work with children’s charity.
Promoter Harvey Goldsmith received the Armand de Brignac V.I.P honor and classic album went to Cream’s “Disraeli Gears”. The ceremony was sponsored by play.com.