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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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Gus G. Plays Metal Version of ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme [Exclusive]

Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Gus G. dropped by our studio and laid down a metal version of the 'Game of Thrones' theme song.

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Zakk Wylde Talks Relationship With Ozzy Osbourne, Says Axl Rose Is Best Choice to Front AC/DC

Zakk Wylde has stated he's a phone call away if Ozzy needs him and that Axl Rose is the best choice to front AC/DC.

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37 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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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm + More Receive Platinum + Gold Certifications From RIAA

A slew of hard rock and heavy metal albums have received either Platinum or Gold certifications from the RIAA this year.

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Loudwire

Zakk Wylde: Ozzy Osbourne + the Giant Lipsticked Man – Epic Rock Tales

In this animated recollection, Zakk Wylde shares a tale about Ozzy Osbourne and a giant lipsticked man.

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With so many rock stars passing this year, Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne hopes he's not next and in an interview he also discusses the death of Lemmy Kilmister.

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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 and Jack Osbourne Visit Colonial Williamsburg for Upcoming History Channel Show

Ozzy and Jack Osbourne recently visited Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia to film a piece for their upcoming father-and-son History Channel show.

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YouTube: Wilton Turdley

Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Over the Mountain’ Gets Ska Makeover by Andy Rehfeldt

YouTube user Andy Rehfeldt is back with a ska mash-up of Ozzy Osbourne's classic track 'Over the Mountain.'

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Loudwire

10 Greatest Ozzy Osbourne Quotes

Beyond contributing vocals to the most iconic heavy metal band in history, Black Sabbath, Ozzy jumbles together words far more perfect than anything scripted.

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