Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne and his reputation with bats go way back with the sordid tale of the Prince of Darkness biting the head off of a bat during a live performance. Even though the event proved to be an accident with Osbourne thinking the bat was a rubber toy, the infamy surrounding the event lives on to this day.
Black Sabbath may have enjoyed major returns for their reunion on their '13' album, but founding drummer Bill Ward missed out on the disc after engaging in a very public contract dispute with the other original members. Not only did he miss out on the album, Ward says it's also damaged his relationship with singer Ozzy Osbourne.
For over two years, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has battled cancer. Through songwriting, massive touring and all the work that comes with releasing a new album, Iommi has risen to the occasion, giving all he has to millions of Sabbath fans worldwide. Despite Iommi's incredible efforts, Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne admitted that he initially thought Iommi was handed a death sentence by doctors.
It was a tight battle, but Judas Priest's 'Breaking the Law' emerged victorious over the returning champ, Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades,' in the latest Classic Cage Match. The hard-driving riffs of the 1980 classic alongside Rob Halford's very distinctive vocals have made 'Breaking the Law' a metal anthem over the years. But how will the song do against another '80s metal powerhouse?
A tremendous amount of bands have released signature beers, but one legendary group omitted from that list is Black Sabbath. Due to his alcoholic past, it seems like an improper decision for Ozzy Osbourne to create his own beer, which may be one of the reasons that Osbourne's lawyers have stepped in to shut down an outside brewer's brand of 'Ozzy' beer.
Today (March 19) marks the 32nd anniversary of the death of Ozzy Osbourne guitar great Randy Rhoads and his onetime bandmate, Bob Daisley, has offered up his own special tribute online. Daisley has posted a Q&A about the seven hours of audio tapes that he recorded during the writing and recording sessions for the 'Blizzard of Ozz' and 'Diary of a Madman' albums. On top of that, he's also shared some previously unheard studio snippets from those recordings.
The Osbournes are spending their time in Los Angeles these days, as the family's U.K. home is currently undergoing some renovations after some significant flood damage.
Legendary Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne will be honored at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert on May 12. At the special event, Osbourne will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for the Sabbath singer's commitment to helping individuals who have struggled with addiction.