OZZY OSBOURNE, ZZ TOP, GENESIS and HEART are the rumored artists that will be honored as part of the second annual "VH1 Rock Honors" event, which pays homage to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock. According to Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited, the program will be taped on Saturday, May 12 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will receive its television premiere on May 24. An official press release announcing this year's honorees is expected later today (Wednesday, March 7).
VH1's first-ever "VH1 Rock Honors" event featured performances by KISS, QUEEN, DEF LEPPARD and JUDAS PRIEST in concert from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The show, which premiered May 31, 2006, included tributes from FOO FIGHTERS, GODSMACK, THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, Tommy Lee, Slash, Scott Ian, Gilby Clarke and Rob Zombie. The program attracted around 1.1 million total viewers in its 9:00 p.m. slot and also drew significant numbers in its 11 p.m. encore, drawing in an average 600,000 total viewers for that airing.
Hosted by "My Name Is Earl"'s Jaime Pressly, last year's "VH1 Rock Honors" saw the FOO FIGHTERS joining QUEEN's Brian May and Roger Taylor for "Tie Your Mother Down"; GODSMACK delivered a medley of JUDAS PRIEST's work; THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS covered DEF LEPPARD's "Photograph"; and an all-star band tribute to KISS included surprise guest Ace Frehley with Tommy Lee, Slash, Scott Ian, Gilby Clarke and Rob Zombie performing "God of Thunder".