English rock vocalist, songwriter, and television personalityJohn Michael “Ozzy Osbourne Was born 3 December 1948 Osbourne rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the pioneering EngIish band Black Sabbath, whose dark and heavy sound has often been cited as key to the development of the heavy metal genre. Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, though he has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, most recently in 2011 to record the album 13, which was released in 2013. Osbourne’s longevity and success have earned him the informal title of “Godfather of Heavy Metal”.
In late 1967, Geezer Butler formed his first and, Rare Breed, with Osbourne. The band played two shows, then broke up. Osbourne and Butler reunited in Polka Tulk Blues, along with guitarist Tony Iomi and drummer Bill Ward, whose band Mythology had recently broken up. They renamed themselves Earth, but after being accidentally booked for a show instead of a different band with the same name, they decided to change their name again. They finally settled on the name Black Sabbath in August 1969, based on the film of the same name. The band had noticed how people enjoyed being frightened; inspired, the band decided to play a heavy blues style of music laced with gloomy sounds and lyrics.While recording their first album in a castle, Butler read an occult book and woke up to a dark figure at the end of his bed.] Butler told Osbourne about it and together they wrote the lyrics to “Black Sabbath”, their first song in a darker vein.
Black Sabbath met with swift and enduring success. Built around Tony Iommi’s guitar riffs, Geezer Butler’s lyrics, Bill Ward’s dark tempo drumbeats, and topped by Osbourne’s eerie vocals, early records such as their debut album Black Sabbath and Paranoid sold huge numbers, as well as getting considerable airplay. At about this time, Osbourne first met his future wife, Sharon Arden. After the unexpected success of their first album, Black Sabbath were considering her father, Don Arden, as their new manager, Just five months after the release of Paranoid the band released Master of Reality. Black Sabbath’s Volume 4 was released in September 1972. In 1971 Osbourne met his first wife Thelma (née Riley) at a nightclub in Birmingham called the Rum Runner, where she worked.They were married in 1971 and children Louis and Jessica were soon born. his drug and alcohol abuse, coupled with his frequent absences while touring with Black Sabbath, took their toll on his family life, In November 1973, Black Sabbath released the critically acclaimed Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. ] Sabotage was released in July 1975. The neXt album Technical Ecstasy, released on 25 September 1976, ln 1978, Osbourne left the band for three months to pursue interest in a solo project he called Blizzard of Ozz,Three members of the band Necromandus, who had supported Black Sabbath in Birmingham when they were called Earth, did backup for Osbourne in the studio and briefly became the first incarnation of his solo band. At the request of the other members, Osbourne rejoined Sabbath.The band recorded Never Say Die! “Touring in support of Never Say Die! began in May 1978 with openers Van Halen. The band filmed a performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in June 1978, which was later released on DVD as Never Say Die. The final show of the tour, and Osbourne’s last appearance with the band (until later reunions) was in Albuquerque. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath on April 27, 1979.The band replaced him with former Rainbow singer Ronnie James DionIommi had reportedly “punched out” Osbourne numerous times over the years when the singer’s drunken antics had become too much to take.
After leaving Black Sabbath, Osbourne was signed to Don Arden’s Jet Records. Arden dispatched his daughter Sharon to Los Angeles Initially, Arden was hopeful that Osbourne would return to Black Sabbath, and Sharon attempted to convince Osbourne to form a new supergroup with guitarist Gary Moore., under the management of the Ardens, the Ozzy Osbourne Band formed again as The Blizzard of Ozz. The first line-up of the band featured drummer Lee Kerslake (of Uriah Heep), bassist / lyricist Bob Daisley (of Rainbow and later Uriah Heep), keyboardist Don Airey, and guitarist Randy Rhoads (of Quiet Riot). The album sold very well with hard rock/heavy metal fans. Osbourne’s second album, Diary of a Madman, is known for the singles “Over the Mountain” and “Flying High Again”.
uunfortunately on 19 March 1982 while Rhoads was in Florida for the follow-up Diary of a Madman tour, a light aircraft piloted by Andrew Aycock (the band’s tour bus driver) carrying guitarist Randy Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood, the band’s costume and make up designer, crashed while performing low passes over the band’s tour bus into the attached garage of a nearby mansion, killing Rhoads, Aycock, and the band’s hairdresser, Rachel Youngblood, Osbourne fell into a deep depression. The tour was canceled for two weeks while Osbourne, his wife/manager Sharon, and drummer Aldridge returned to Los Angeles.Gary Moore was the first guitarist approached to replace Rhoads, but he refused.During an audition for guitarists in a hotel room, Osbourne selected Night Ranger’s Brad Gillis to finish the tour. The tour culminated in the release of the 1982 live album,Speak of the Devil (Talk of the Devil,) was originally planned to consist of live recordings from 1981, primarily from Osbourne’s solo work. Under contract to produce a live album, it ended up consisting entirely of Black Sabbath covers recorded with Brad Gillis, bassist Rudy Sarzo, and drummer Tommy Aldridge. In 1982 Osbourne appeared as lead vocalist on the Was (Not Was) pop dance track “Shake Your Head (Let’s Go to Bed)”. new vocals by Kim Basinger were added to complement Osbourne’s lead.
In 1983 a new guitarist was recruited to play with Osbourne. Jake E. Lee, formerly of Ratt and Rough Cutt, and recordBark at the Moon. which featured former Rainbow keyboard player Don Airey. The album contains the fan favourite “Bark at the Moon”. In 1986’s The Ultimate Sin followed ( A rich, bold album, it features “Shot in the Dark” and fan favourites “Killer of Giants”, “Lightning Strikes”, and “Secret Loser”. Osbourne continued to struggle with chemical dependency. That year he commemorated the fifth anniversary of Rhoads’ death with Tribute, live recordings from 1981 that had gone unreleased for years. In 1988 Osbourne appeared in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and found Zakk Wylde, who was the most enduring replacement for Rhoads to date.Together they recorded No Rest for the Wicked . The subsequent tour saw Osbourne reunited with erstwhile Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler . A live EP (entitled Just Say Ozzy) featuring Geezer was released two years later. Butler continued to tour with Osbourne for the subsequent four tours, and was a major stage presence throughout. In 1989 Osbourne performed at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. In 1991Ozzy releaSed tbe album No More Tears. which enjoyed much radio and MTV exposure. Osbourne was awarded his only solo Grammy for the track “I Don’t Want to Change the World” from live album Live & Loud for Best Metal Performance of 1994. At the time, it was to be Osbourne’s final album. At this point Osbourne expressed his fatigue with the process of touring, and proclaimed his “retirement tour “No More Tours”, a pun on his No More Tears album. . Osbourne’s entire CD catalogue was remastered and reissued in 1995.In 1995 Osbourne released Ozzmosis and returned to touring, dubbing his concert performances “The Retirement Sucks Tour”. The album features the hard rocking fan favourites “Perry Mason”, “Ghost Behind My Eyes”, “Thunder Underground”, and the power ballad “See You on the Other Side”.The line-up on Ozzmosis was Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler (who had just quit Black Sabbath again) and ex-Bad English, Steve Vai andHardline drummer Deen Castronovo, now in Journey. Keyboards were played by Yes’s Rick Wakeman s. Wylde was considering an offer to join Guns N’ Roses. Osbourne replaced him. In early 1996, Butler and Castronovo left. Mike Inez (Alice in Chains) and Randy Castillo (Lita Ford, Mötley Crüe) filled in. Ultimately, Faith No More’s Mike Bordin and ex-Suicidal Tendencies bassist Robert Trujillojoined on drums and bass respectively. A greatest hits package, The Ozzman Cometh was issued in 1997.
Osbourne’s biggest financial success of the 1990s was a venture named Ozzfest, created and managed by his wife/manager Sharon and assisted by his son Jack. The first Ozzfest was held in Phoenix, Arizona on 25 October 1996 and in Devore, California on 26 October. Ozzfest was an instant hit with metal fans, spiralling many up-and-coming groups who were featured there to broad exposure and commercial success. Some acts shared the bill with a reformed Black Sabbath during the 1997 Ozzfest tour, beginning in West Palm Beach, Florida. Osbourne reunited with the original members of Sabbath in 1997 and has performed periodically with them ever since. Ozzfest reinstated the integrity and public familiarity with the band name Black Sabbath.Since its beginning, five million people have attended Ozzfest, the festival helped promote many new hard rock and heavy metal acts of the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2005 Osbourne and his wife Sharon starred in an MTV competition reality show entitled “Battle for Ozzfest”. A number of yet unsigned bands send one member to compete in a challenge to win a spot on the 2005 Ozzfest and a possible recording contract. Shortly after Ozzfest 2005, Osbourne announced that he will no longer headline Ozzfest. Although he announced his retirement from Ozzfest, Osbourne came back headlining the tour. In 2006 Osbourne closed the event for just over half the concerts, leaving the others to be closed by System of a Down. In 2008, Ozzfest was reduced to a one-day event in Dallas, Texas, where Osbourne played, along with Metallica and King Diamond. In 2010, Osbourne appeared as the headliner closing the show after opening acts Halford and Mötley Crüe.
Down to Earth, Osbourne’s first album of new studio material in seven years, was released in 2001. A live version filmed in Japan, Live at Budokan followed. The album features the fan favourite “Dreamer”. In 2002, Osbourne performed the Black Sabbath anthem “Paranoid” at the Party at the Palace concert in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, an event in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II. On 8 December 2003, Osbourne had an accident with his all-terrain vehicle on his estate in Buckinghamshire. Osbourne broke his collar bone, eight ribs, and a neck vertebra. While in hospital, Osbourne achieved his first ever UK number one single, a duet of the Black Sabbath ballad, “Changes” with daughter Kelly. In doing so, he broke the record of the longest period between an artist’s first UK chart appearance (with Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”, number four in August 1970) and their first number one hit: a gap of 33 years. Since the quad accident, aside from some short-term memory problems, he fully recovered and headlined the 2004 Ozzfest, in the reunited Black Sabbath.In 2005 Osbourne released a box set called Prince of Darkness. The first and second discs are collections of live performances, B-sides, demos and singles. The third disc contained duets and other odd tracks with other artists, including “Born to Be Wild” withMiss Piggy. The fourth disc is entirely new material where Osbourne covers his favourite songs by his biggest influences and favourite bands, including The Beatles, John Lennon, David Bowie and others.
Osbourne also helped judge the 2005 series of the X-Factor.In March 2006, he said that he hoped to release a new studio album soon with long time on-off guitarist, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. In October 2006, it was announced that Tony Iommi, Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, and Geezer Butler would be touring together again, though not as Black Sabbath, but under the moniker Heaven and Hell . Osbourne’s album, titled Black Rain, was released on 22 May 2007. Osbourne’s first new studio album in almost six years, .Osbourne revealed in July 2009 that he was currently seeking a new guitar player. While he states that he has not fallen out with Zakk Wylde, he said he felt his songs were beginning to sound like Black Label Society and fancied a change. Osbourne also provided his voice and likeness to the video game Brütal Legend character The Guardian of Metal. ln November, Slash featured Osbourne on vocals in his single “Crucify The Dead”,and Osbourne with wife Sharon were guest hosts on WWE Raw.
NEW ALBUM & HONOURS
In December, Osbourne announced he would be releasing a new album titled Soul Sucka with Gus G, Tommy Clufetos on drums, and Blasko on basS however the album was renamed Scream.and released In June. A single from the album, “Let Me Hear You Scream,” debuted on 14 April 2010 episode of CSI: NY. the second single from the album Was”Life Won’t Wait” and the video for the song was directed by his son Jack.The original Black Sabbath line up of Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward also .eunited for a world tour and new album,entitled 13
During his career Osbourne has been awarded numerous times for his contributions to the music community. In 1994, he was awarded a Grammy Award for the track “I Don’t Want to Change the World” from Live & Loud for Best Metal Performance of 1994.At the 2004 NME Awards in London, Osbourne received the award for Godlike Genius. In 2005 Osbourne was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame both as a solo artist and as a member of Black Sabbath.In 2006, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Black Sabbath band mates Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and Geezer Butler. In 2007 Osbourne was honoured at the second annual VH1 Rock Honors, along withGenesis, Heart, and ZZ Top. In addition, that year a bronze star honouring Osbourne was placed on Broad Street in Birmingham, England while Osbourne watched.On 18 May Osbourne had received notice that he would be the first inductee into The Birmingham Walk of Stars. He was presented the award by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.”In 2008 Osbourne was crowned with the prestigious Living Legend award in the Classic Rock Roll of Honor. Past recipients includeAlice Cooper, Lemmy, Jimmy Page. Slash presented the award.In 2010 Osbourne won the “Literary Achievement” honour for his memoir, I Am Ozzy, at the Guys Choice Awards. Osbourne was presented with the award by Sir Ben Kingsley. t.Osbourne was also a judge for the 6th, 10th and 11thannual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers