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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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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Have Renewed Their Wedding Vows

Earlier this month, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne renewed their wedding vows, just a year after the couple almost split.

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Facebook: Bob Daisley / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Bob Daisley’s Case Against Ozzy Osbourne Headed to Arbitration After Lawsuit Dismissed in Court

Bob Daisley's case seeking unpaid royalties from Ozzy Osbourne and his company will continue out of court, headed to arbitration over songwriting agreements.

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

10 Things to Learn About Ozzy Osbourne by Who He Follows on Twitter

Over five million people follow Ozzy Osbourne on Twitter, but he only follows 72 accounts.

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Century Media Records

Gus G. on Zakk Wylde Reunion With Ozzy Osbourne: ‘It’s Been Long Overdue’

Gus G. has issued his response to being replaced by the returning Zakk Wylde in Ozzy Osbourne;s band.

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Frederick M. Browne, Getty Images
Frederick M. Browne, Getty Images

Zakk Wylde Is Back in Ozzy Osbourne’s Band, Will Perform at 2017 Shows

Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde have reunited! The guitarist is back in Ozzy's band for his 2017 shows!

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Vertigo

38 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fire Ozzy Osbourne

On April 27, 1979, after various attempts to get Ozzy back on the team, Black Sabbath fired their lead singer.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Ozzy Osbourne to Headline Buffalo Chip at 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Ozzy Osbourne will be one of the headliners at the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally week.

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Disney

‘Metal Disney’ Covers Album Features Former Ozzy Osbourne + Dokken Members

Some of your favorite classic Disney songs have been given the metal treatment on an official 'Metal Disney' covers album!

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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

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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