Fred Phelps, Pastor of Kansas' Wesboro Baptist Church in Washington, DC for the Supreme Court trial of the case to decide his right of free speech to picket a fallen soldier's funeral, was selling homemade CD's featuring all the songs his congregants used in their picketing of various funerals. The CD is named "Crazy Hell, You Bet." Phelps hopes to use the proceeds from the sale to help pay for mounting expenses during his extended stay in the nation's capital while his case is being heard.
One song, in particular, Ozzy Osborne's "Highway to Hell" is track number one and as word of this reached Osborne, aka the Prince of Darkness, all hell really did break loose. Osborne has come out publicly to condemn Phelps and his followers for shamelessly using his good works in a march of evil on everything that is holy. And, Osborne has called on the other artists featured on the CD to come out against Phelps. Already two high-profile performers, AC/DC's Phil Rudd, speaking out on behalf of their hit "Hell's Bells" and Marvin Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, for his hit "Bat Out of Hell" have stepped up to the plate to demand Phelps cease and desist.
In all, there are 8 tracks and in all but one case, the artists of those tracks are ready to take Phelps to court of the unauthorized use of their songs. The lone holdout, 'Weird Al' Yankovich, after learning even his spoof song "Nature Trail to Hell" was being partially sung on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, said only that he wouldn't pursue any action because the sole purpose of his act is shock, and although he believes in this case Phelps is way outta line, "any publicity I can get to keep my schlocky act in the limelight, I'm not gonna pass up."
Not one to be easily sickened, Osborne admits that what Phelps is doing makes biting the head off a bat seem "like a sit in the sauna." There has been no official word yet from Phelps whether or not he and his congregants will stop using the Hell theme to make their case.