Seeking to rid music of offensive content, Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center used the Filthy Fifteen to bring their cause to the Senate.
The Black Sabbath legend will play seven dates under the No More Tours 2 banner and will be joined on the road by Judas Priest.
The auction features 666 items in total including a Charvel guitar, a painting and numerous items of clothing.
The Texas-born musician formed Pantera alongside his brother, guitar virtuoso "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, and bassist Rex Brown in 1981.
Ozzy Osborne was honoured As Golden God, while Judas Priest, Maynard James Keenan and the Download Festival were among the victors.
The rock music weekend takes place at The Exchange in North Shields, hosted by the Whitley Bay Film Festival and presented by music historian and author Chris Phipps.
Previous recipients of the Golden God Award include Motörhead legend Lemmy, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Rob Zombie.
The widely-travelled keyboard player delivers a new album of his own.
Adam Wakeman, son of prog figurehead Rick Wakeman, is adding to his own reputation as a keyboard player and composer in the duo Wilson & Wakeman.
Def Leppard are set to release 'Volume One', the first of four projected career-spanning retrospectives which will come in 180g vinyl and CD box sets.
The music of Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf and No Doubt will feature in a Shakespeare-themed classic rock musical, Knights Of The Rose, in London in summer 2018.
Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is set to host a fundraising lunch for a cancer treatment unit at a Birmingham hospital
Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is to retire from touring due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease, though he will remain in the band
Ozzy Osbourne announces dates for a No More Tours 2 solo jaunt that kicks off this April in the US and continue sthrough South America, Mexico and Europe.
Legendary hit-making hard rock and metal producer Chris Tsangarides, famous for his work with Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath has died aged 61
Tony Calder, an early promoter of The Beatles with Decca Records and co-founder of Immediate Records with Andrew Loog Oldham, has died aged 74