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Ozzy Osbourne

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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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Kelly Osbourne Says She’s Paying for Ozzy Osbourne’s Crimes After Bat Poops on Her Head

The bats are still sour about Ozzy Osbourne biting the head off one of their own in 1982 and have sought revenge by pooping on Kelly Osbourne's head.

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Photo by Mark Weiss

Black Sabbath Resume Tour in Tacoma as Ozzy Osbourne Returns From Illness

Black Sabbath had to postpone three tour dates as Ozzy Osbourne battled sinusitis and bronchitis and have resumed their farewell tour in Tacoma.

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Ozzy Osbourne Bouncing Back From Illness, Black Sabbath to Continue ‘The End’ Tour

Black Sabbath postponed four Canadian gigs after Ozzy came down with a serious case of sinusitis.

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Black Sabbath Postpone Shows as Ozzy Osbourne Battles Extreme Sinusitis [Updated]

Black Sabbath fans in Edmonton and Calgary will have to wait a bit longer to see the heavy metal legends on their final tour.

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Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne Reflect on Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne reflected on the loss of influential rock icons Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie in a new interview.

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Ozzy Osbourne: David Bowie’s Death ‘Knocked the S–t Out of Me’

Ozzy Osbourne has spoken openly about David Bowie for the first time since the rock icon's sudden death earlier this week.

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Rudy Sarzo ‘Left Ozzy Because it Was Too Painful’ Without Randy Rhoads

Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo reflected on leaving the band after the tragic death of guitarist Randy Rhoads.

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Ozzy and Jack Osbourne Visit Cuba to Film for History Channel Show

Ozzy and Jack Osbourne have travelled to Cuba to reportedly shoot footage for their upcoming History Channel show.

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Frazer Harrison / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne Writes Memorial for Lemmy Kilmister: ‘He Was My Hero’

Ozzy Osbourne's tribute to Lemmy Kilmister isn't just a quick few sentences, the Prince of Darkness put together an amazing piece for Rolling Stone.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne to Guest on Disney Animated Series ‘The 7D’

Ozzy and Sharon are reportedly booked to voice the parents of character Hildy Gloom, who has been voiced by Kelly Osbourne since the TV show debuted in 2014.

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