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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.

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

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

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Warner / Jet
Warner / Jet

Dio vs. Ozzy Osbourne – Metal Madness 2017, Round 2

It's Dio vs. Ozzy Osbourne in Round 2 of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Jet / Elektra
Jet / Elektra

Ozzy Osbourne vs. Motley Crue – Metal Madness 2017, Round 1

It's Ozzy Osbourne vs. Motley Crue in Round 1 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Alex Kluft Photography
Alex Kluft Photography

Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Fred Durst + More Attend Billy Morrison + Plastic Jesus Art Show in Los Angeles [Photos]

A number of rock and metal luminaries turned out to support musician-artist Billy Morrison and artist Plastic Jesus at their L.A.-based art show.

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CBS / Epic
CBS / Epic

31 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Unleashes ‘The Ultimate Sin’

'The Ultimate Sin' was rife with inner turmoil and was the last to feature guitarist Jake E. Lee. Get the full story behind the Ozzy Osbourne album inside.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘I Don’t Know’ Covered by Chris Jericho, Gus G + Metal Allegiance at ‘Fallen Heroes’ Gig

As part of Metal Allegiance’s tribute to fallen heroes, the song was performed as a tribute to late guitarist Randy Rhoads.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested for Urinating on Alamo Cenotaph

In one of Ozzy's most infamous antics, he was arrested for urinating on a Texas monument in 1982 and was banned for the next decade. Revisit the story inside.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne to Bark at the Moon While Headlining Moonstock Solar Eclipse Festival

Ozzy Osbourne will sing 'Bark at the Moon' to coincide with a total solar eclipse while headlining the Moonstock Festival in southern Illinois.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Ozzy Osbourne Backtracks on Claim of Sex Addiction: ‘I’m in a F—ing Rock Band’

After issuing a statement that he had been dealing with sex addiction last year, Ozzy Osbourne has backtracked on those claims.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold + Slayer to Headline Rock USA Festival

Wisconsin's Rock USA festival is returning in 2017 with another incredible lineup featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer as the headliners.

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