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Ozzy Osbourne

The notorious “heavy metal madman,” singer Ozzy Osbourne is perhaps the most celebrated and widely recognized artist to ever work in the heavy metal sphere. Born on December 3, 1948, in the Aston neighborhood of Birmingham, England, Osbourne became a founding member of Black Sabbath, which laid the very foundation for heavy metal with their early ‘70s albums, including essential titles like ‘Paranoid,’ ‘Master of Reality’ and ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.’ After parting ways with Sabbath acrimoniously in 1978, Osbourne embarked on an initially discredited solo career, only to turn the tables on his former bandmates (who had enjoyed an immediate rebirth with his replacement, Ronnie James Dio, before falling on hard times themselves) with the help of guitar hero Randy Rhoads, and hit albums like ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Not even Rhoads’ tragic death in an airplane crash could derail Osbourne’s newfound career momentum — though Ozzy himself sure gave it his best shot, via his chronic drug abuse and infamous antics that ranged from urinating on the Alamo to biting off the heads of assorted flying creatures. Another hot shot guitarist, Jake E. Lee, backed Os-bourne for two strong albums, 1983’s ‘Bark at the Moon’ and ’86’s ‘The Ultimate Sin,’ before giving way to Zakk Wylde for 1988’s ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ and 1991’s career highlight ‘No More Tears,’ after which Osbourne announced his retirement. But this lasted all of a few months, and by 1995 the singer had a new solo album, ‘Ozzmosis,’ in record stores and was soon to embark on the first of his annual Ozzfests (devised with manager and wife Sharon Osbourne), which became the preeminent heavy metal festi-val of the ensuing decade and, among other things, accelerated his touring reunion with Black Sabbath. The band might have also resumed their recording activities in 2002, if not for the breakaway success of the reality TV show, ‘The Osbournes,’ which transformed Ozzy from heavy metal legend to mainstream celebrity, and convinced him to devote the third millennium’s first decade to more solo albums and tours, instead of Sabbath. Finally, 2011 saw the seminal old band’s official reunion (minus drummer Bill Ward) for the recording of 2013’s ’13’ album, and it currently appears as though Osbourne will remain committed to Black Sabbath for the immediate future, while continuing to pursue the odd extra-curricular project relating to his widespread fame.

Selected Discography: ‘Paranoid’ (1970), ‘Vol. 4’ (1972), ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ (1980), ‘Diary of a Madman’ (1981), ‘No More Tears’ (1991) Related Artists: Black Sabbath, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee, Ronnie James Dio Further Reading: 10 Best Ozzy Osbourne Solo Songs Read More: Ozzy Osbourne News

Bill Ward Responds To Ozzy Osbourne With New Open Letter

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The back and forth venom between founding Black Sabbath members Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne continues.

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Ozzy Osbourne Responds to Drummer Bill Ward: ‘Physically, You Know You Were F—ed’

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Late last night (April 16), Ozzy publicly responded to Ward, but the drummer didn't quite get the response he was hoping for.

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Bill Ward Seeks Ozzy Osbourne Apology Before Considering Black Sabbath Return

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Drummer Bill Ward says it will take a "righting of the wrongs" by Ozzy Osbourne and being presented a signable contract for him to return to Black Sabbath.

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Black Sabbath Nix ‘Farewell’ Ozzfest Japan Gig, Ozzy Osbourne + Friends to Perform Instead

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Festival attendees will still get their fix of Ozzy Osbourne, as the Prince of Darkness will perform with his solo act, reportedly with some special friends.

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Watch Mascara-Wearing Justin Bieber Perform Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

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Justin Bieber is one of the featured performers on the new 'Lip Sync Battle' series, taking on an Ozzy Osbourne classic.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne + AC/DC Bassist Both List Homes for Sale

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If you're looking for a home previously owned by a rocker, both the Osbournes and AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams have recently listed properties.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Ozzfiesta 2015′ Canceled as Singer Plans to Undergo Surgery

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The inaugural Ozzfiesta Mexican getaway has been canceled due to Ozzy Osbourne's pending surgery.

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10 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne’s House Nearly Burned Down in Fire-Related Mishap

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On March 25, 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were sent fleeing from their Buckinghamshire estate due to a fire.

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Ozzy Osbourne to Receive Comic Book Biography

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Ozzy Osbourne is the subject of a new comic book biography from Bluewater Productions.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s Daughter Aimee Unveils Music Video for New Song ‘Raining Gold’

Private Screening Of The Restored "Fellini Satyricon" Hosted By Dolce & Gabbana At The 50th New York Film Festival

Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter Aimee Osbourne has released a music video for her first song under the artist name ARO.

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