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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Paranoid’ (1970), ‘Vol. 4’ (1972), ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ (1980), ‘Diary of a Madman’ (1981), ‘No More Tears’ (1991) Related Artists: Black Sabbath, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee, Ronnie James Dio Further Reading: 10 Best Ozzy Osbourne Solo Songs Read More: Ozzy Osbourne News

Zakk Wylde Launches Audio Gear Line, Talks Relationship with Ozzy Osbourne

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See some of Zakk Wylde's new audio gear line and read what he has to say about his relationship with Ozzy Osbourne.

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Sharon Osbourne Confirms Ozzy’s Monthlong ‘Hell Gate’ Vegas Halloween Experience

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More details have come out about Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming Vegas show called 'Hell Gate.'

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Ozzy Osbourne To Open ‘Hell Gate’ in Las Vegas

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Ozzy Osbourne is set to play a Halloween extravaganza in Las Vegas.

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Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest + Motorhead to Play 2015 ‘Monsters Tour’ Date in Brazil

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Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and Motorhead have been confirmed to play the first 'Monsters Tour' date in Porto Alegre, Brazil this coming April.

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Ozzy Osbourne To Perform on Late-Night Edition of ‘The Talk’

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The guest on the Monday, Jan. 12, after-dark edition of 'The Talk' will be co-host Sharon Osbourne's husband, Ozzy Osbourne.

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Ozzy Osbourne Joins All-Star Jam Band Royal Machines Onstage for ‘War Pigs’ + ‘Crazy Train’

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The Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, stepped onstage to sing 'War Pigs' and 'Crazy Train' with Royal Machines.

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Max Cavalera Talks Ozzy Osbourne’s Career Saving Advice After Departure From Sepultura

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Max Cavalera credits Ozzy for key advice following the veteran musician's departure from Sepultura.

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Jake E. Lee Claims He Was Denied Songwriting Credit on Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Bark at the Moon’

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Guitarist Jake E. Lee details how he was allegedly denied songwriting credit on Ozzy Osbourne's 'Bark At the Moon.'

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10 Unforgettable Ozzy Osbourne Moments

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Along with being the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne is the undisputed King of Rock Star Insanity.

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Ozzy Osbourne on Possible Knighthood: ‘I Can’t Imagine Anything Better’

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Ozzy Osbourne has commented on the online petition to have him knighted, saying that he can't imagine anything better and that it would be pretty cool.

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