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Ozzy Osbourne has extended his medical credentials – he’s now offering health and diet tips and life lessons as a monthly columnist in Rolling Stone magazine.

The rocker hit the headlines earlier this year when he started offering medical advice to Sunday Times readers in the U.K. and now he’s offering American fans the wisdom of his hellraising life in music magazine Rolling Stone’s new Ask Dr. Ozzy column.

In his first piece, published in the new issue of the publication, Osbourne offers tips to a Hawaiian desperate to give up beer and lose weight and a Los Angeles fan who has just found out her teenage son is surfing for pornography online.

Ozzy also weighs in on a Turkish fan’s vertigo issues, suggesting he “go to bed, drink only water, then get up and walk around in circles for a bit. If you’re still dizzy, let me know.”

He adds, “I thought I had vertigo… I went to the doctor, and he said, ‘Mr. Osbourne, the problem – as far as I can tell – is simply that you’re very, very drunk.”

The Ozzman is coming to Voodoo Fest in New Orleans.

Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

Metal icon Ozzy Osbourne tops the initial roster of performers announced for the 2010 Voodoo Experience, Oct. 29-31. He’ll join Muse, MGMT, Weezer, Drake, Metric, Paul Oakenfold, the Eagles of Death Metal, Cage the Elephant, Minus the Bear, Janelle Monae, Street Sweeper Social Club and dozens of New Orleans musicians in City Park.

British trio Muse intermingles progressive, classic and hard rock with elements of electronica on its five studio albums. Bolstered by an elaborate stage show, Muse is popular on the festival circuit, and headlines stadiums in Europe. Only recently has the band graduated to arena status in the United States.

MGMT traffics in psychedelic-tinged modern rock. Drake, a rapper and actor from Canada, established himself as one of the hottest new acts in hip-hop via a succession of mix tapes. He released his first formal studio album, “Thank Me Later,” on Tuesday via Cash Money Records and Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. Street Sweeper Social Club is a side project of Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and rapper Boots Riley.

Locals in the 2010 Voodoo lineup include Galactic, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, the Rebirth, Treme and Soul Rebels brass bands, the Stanton Moore Trio with Anders Osborne and Robert Walter, the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Theresa Andersson, the New Orleans Bingo Show, Rotary Downs, Fatter Than Albert, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, the Honey Island Swamp Band with Gal Holiday, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Paul Sanchez, DJ Soul Sister, Consortium of Genius and many more.

Ozzy Osbourne will represent rock’s old guard at Voodoo Fest, much as KISS did in 2009. Other marquee slots at the festival are occupied by artists who were still in grade school, or not yet born, when Osbourne first scared parents as the wild-eyed Black Sabbath singer.

In contrast to that image, “The Osbournes,” a reality show that aired on MTV from 2002 to 2005, depicted Osbourne as a bumbling but ultimately sweet-natured husband and father bemused by the comings and goings of his wife and children.

Osbourne recently released his tenth studio album as a solo artist. Titled “Scream,” it features the single “Let Me Hear You Scream” and formally introduces Gus G. as the latest in a long line of guitar heroes to stand at Osbourne’s side.

His Voodoo Experience show is part of an extensive tour in support of “Scream,” and his first New Orleans concert in several years.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Halloween then with a performance at Voodoo,” Osbourne said.

Additional Voodoo performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Three-day passes for the 2010 Voodoo Experience are on sale now. Single-day tickets are not yet available.

ozzy-osbourne-The Voodoo Experience was launched in 1999 by Stephen Rehage and is still produced by his company, Rehage Entertainment. Rehage Entertainment also produces the Essence Music Festival in the Superdome over the July 4th weekend.

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