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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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Mike Bordin on Re-Recording Drums on Classic Ozzy Osbourne Albums: It Was ‘F–ked Up’

Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin was part of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band from 1996 to 2010, and as such, he was also part of the infamous 2002 re-recordings of the drum and bass parts on Ozzy's classic 'Blizzard of Ozz' and 'Diary of a Madman' albums.

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Bill Ward: ‘All the Ozzy Fans F–king Hate Me’

Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne have been having a fairly public back and forth argument, firing accusations at one another and demanding apologies.

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Ozzy Osbourne Gifts Louisville Percussionists With $10K After Seeing ‘Crazy Train’ Performance

Ozzy Osbourne has offered a generous donation after seeing the youth group Louisville Leopard Percussionists cover his classic song 'Crazy Train.'

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Anthony Kiedis, Ozzy Osbourne + Duff McKagan Support ‘Let a Bear Sh!t in the Woods’ Campaign

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Duff McKagan and others are among the celebrities that are joining forces for a new campaign.

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Band Comprised of Three Young Sisters Rocks Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’ on ‘Ellen’

Earlier this month, we shared a cover of Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' performed by a group made up of three young sisters who are now aged 16, 13 and 10.

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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Black Sabbath Plan to Record Final Album + Tour in 2016

During a recent press conference, Ozzy Osbourne revealed that Black Sabbath are looking at 2016 for their final album and tour.

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VH1 Scraps ‘The Osbournes’ Reality Show Reboot

The iconic celeb-reality program was scheduled for a reboot on VH1, but according to the network, the decision has been made to scrap the project.

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Ozzy Osbourne + Friends, Korn and Evanescence Announced for 2015 Ozzfest Japan

Ozzy Osbourne and friends, Korn and Evanescence are the first three acts confirmed for Ozzfest Japan 2015.

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36 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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