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Ozzy Osbourne

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.

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Bill Ward: Sharon Osbourne Hasn’t Liked Me for a Long Time

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is continuing to talk about the dissolution of the relationship between himself and the band.

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Bill Ward on Black Sabbath’s Final Tour: I’d Need a “Signable Contract and an Apology” to Do It

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward talks about the possibility of returning to Black Sabbath for their final tour.

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29 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Exonerated in ‘Suicide Solution’ Fan Death Lawsuit

On Aug. 7, 1986, a judge tossed out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne and his record labels tying the song 'Suicide Solution' to the death of a teen.

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Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne + Judas Priest Lead ‘Rock Band 4′ Musical Additions

Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest are among the latest additions to the 'Rock Band 4' video game.

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Bill Ward Recalls Having to Fire Ozzy Osbourne From Black Sabbath

Bill Ward reflects on some of the unsavory jobs he had to do while in Black Sabbath, including firing Ozzy Osbourne back in 1979.

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Ozzy Osbourne Snags Geezer Butler, Tom Morello and Slash for 2015 Voodoo Festival Headline Set

Ozzy Osbourne will be joined by his Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler and guitar greats Tom Morello and Slash at the Voodoo Music Experience.

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Ozzy Osbourne Is a Grandfather Again as Son Jack Welcomes Second Baby Girl

Ozzy Osbourne is a grandpa six times over. The metal legend's son Jack Osbourne's wife Lisa gave birth to the couple's second child, a baby girl, over the weekend.

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Update: Apparently Ozzy Osbourne Did Not Buy a New $10 Million Home

Ozzy Osbourne denies his family purchased a $10 million Beverly Hills home.

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Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward: Until Dispute With Ozzy Osbourne Is Finished, I’m Not Going to Participate

While Bill Ward did join his Black Sabbath bandmates at the Ivor Novello Awards, he says he won't return to the band until his feud with Ozzy Osbourne ends.

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Mike Bordin on Re-Recording Drums on Classic Ozzy Osbourne Albums: It Was ‘F–ked Up’

Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin was part of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band from 1996 to 2010, and as such, he was also part of the infamous 2002 re-recordings of the drum and bass parts on Ozzy's classic 'Blizzard of Ozz' and 'Diary of a Madman' albums.

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