Ozzy: #2 On NY Times Best Sellers List, Schedules In-Stores
February 18, 2010
Take what you thought was "rock and roll excess," double it, and you still would not be anywhere near the dizzying life of Ozzy Osbourne
. Born into a life so poor that the entire family slept in one room, music was his salvation, and his band Black Sabbath
went on to change the musical landscape forever. The inevitable sex and drugs came along with along with the rock and roll lifestyle, and Ozzy
soon fell into an epic relationship with booze and chemicals.
The stories of Ozzy's
days on the road are now those of legend - biting the head off of a live bat, the tragic plane crash that took the life of his best friend and writing partner - but few know about the real heartbreak he suffered during those days of hard living. I AM OZZY
(Grand Central Publishing
Hardcover; $26.99; January 25, 2010) is the heavy metal pioneer's unbelievable story told, for the first time, in Ozzy's
hilarious, witty, and inimitable voice. In the end it was love that saved him: the love of his wife Sharon
and kids Aimee
, and Jack
.I AM OZZY
: Updated Tour Events: February 18
6521 Las Vegas Blvd. South
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6:30pm to 8:30pm February 19
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA
6:30pm - 8:30pm February 20
6428 S. McClintock Drive
3pm February 21
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
1:00pm - 3:00pm February 26
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About the Author:Ozzy Osbourne
was born in Aston, Birmingham, in 1948. He has sold over a hundred million records both with Black Sabbath
and as an award-winning solo artist. He has five children and lives with his wife, Sharon
, in California and Buckinghamshire.
Ozzy Talks Ozzfest With Sirius XM Liquid Metal's Jose Mangin
January 30, 2010
The one and only legendary Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne
talks about the return of Ozzfest
with SIRIUS XM Liquid Metals Jose Mangin
. In case you missed it, you can hear the entire interview on Liquid Metal
on Saturday 1/30 at 1 am and 4 pm, and Sunday 1/31 at 9 pm. All times Eastern. For more information go to http://www.sirius.com/liquidmetal
Also don't forget to check out Ozzys
autobiography, I Am Ozzy
, in book stores now.
Converse Spring 2009 Ozzy Osbourne Rock Collection Info
March 16, 2009
With deep roots in music and rock & roll, Converse
has collaborated with numerous artists that represent musical visionaries of the past, present and future. The Converse British Rock
series maximizes the indelible imprints of each band on music and culture and the imagery that accompanied their rise. The series is designed for fans of each band as well as music fans of all types to rock in their own way. Info on the Ozzy
collection is available below.
As one of the key instigators of the Heavy Metal genre, Ozzy
inspired generations of fist-pumping rockers. Osbourne’s
career began with England’s pioneering Black Sabbath
. He soon created his own enthralling brand of onstage madness that transformed him from an eccentric character into a musical icon.
The high-top versions of the Chuck Taylor All Star
shoes in this collection include Ozzy
himself scrawled all over the upper in drawings representing an angel, the devil and is accented with the Ozzy
logo emblazoned on the tongue. Shoes in this collection are now available nationwide at Journeys
stores and online at the Journeys website
Ozzfest 2008 Details Announced
May 15, 2008
All eyes and ears will be on Dallas, Texas Saturday, August 9 as Ozzfest
, the original and iconic hard rock festival, returns in 2008 as a one-day stadium spectacular that teams Ozzfest
founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne
(in his only U.S. concert appearance this summer) with Metallica
(marking their Ozzfest
Produced by Sharon Osbourne
and AEG Live
, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in hard music-loving Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent (with many Ozzfest
alumni) and reliably twisted Ozzfest
The full main stage lineup will also spotlight performances by Serj Tankian
(System of a Down
, Jonathan Davis
), Cavalera Conspiracy
, Shadows Fall
and In This Moment
. Also scheduled on the main stage is a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera
guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott
. Second stage acts include Sevendust
, Kingdom of Sorrow
, Soilent Green
. The Texas
— “an homage to the many great metal bands that come from Texas,” says Sharon Osbourne
--features The Sword
, Drowning Pool
, Rigor Mortis
, The Destro
, and Within Chaos
just finished an 11-month world tour so I think he deserves a summer off,” Sharon
says about this year’s one-day Ozzfest
. “We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now--we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving Ozzfest
. This is just the beginning; AEG Live
and I have a lot of new ideas for Ozzfest
This year’s dynamic line-up encompasses artists who’ve played Ozzfest
before in different incarnations such as Serj Tankian
(System of a Down
); Jonathan Davis
); Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul
) and Chad Gray
); Kingdom of Sorrow’s Jamie Jasta
) and Kirk Windstein
); and Max Cavalera
) of Cavalera Conspiracy
. Other Ozzfest
graduates include Shadows Fall
, Drowning Pool
and In This Moment
has great relationships with all of the bands that have played Ozzfest
,” says Sharon
. “We’re the only real festival for harder edge bands and these artists have been very loyal to us--there is lots of love on this line-up.”
Tickets for this year’s Ozzfest
will go on sale Saturday, May 31. For up-to-the-minute details go to www.Ozzfest.com
Don Was Interview With Ozzy Osbourne
May 8, 2008
Don Was, known for his producing work with the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, and The Rolling Stones among others, recently sat down with Ozzy Osbourne for a brand new episode of My Damn Channel's "Links"
Check out the video below.
(27 news stories listed.)
YEAR FORMED: 1980
HOME TOWN: Aston, Birmingham, England
Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
Gus G. - Guitars
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson - Bass
Mike Bordin - Drums
While very successful as a heavy metal act through the 1980s, Ozzy Osbourne sustained commercial success into the 1990s, starting with 1991's 'No More Tears', which enjoyed much radio and MTV exposure. It also initiated a practice of bringing in outside composers to help pen Osbourne's solo material, instead of relying solely upon his recording ensemble to write and arrange the music. The album was mixed by veteran rock producer Michael Wagener, who also mixed the 'Live and Loud' album which followed in 1993. It went platinum several times over, and ranked at #10 on that year's Billboard rock charts. At this point Osbourne expressed his fatigue with the process of touring, and proclaimed his "retirement", which was to be short-lived.
Osbourne's entire CD catalogue was remastered and reissued in 1995. Also that year, he released 'Ozzmosis' and went on stage again, dubbing his concert performances "The Retirement Sucks Tour". 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 loosely by his son Jack. Ozzfest was a quick hit with metal fans, spurring up-and-coming groups like Incubus and Slipknot to broad exposure and commercial success. Some acts even had the pleasure to share the bill with a reformed Black Sabbath. Osbourne reunited with the original members of Sabbath in 1997 and has performed periodically with the band ever since.
Since its start, five million people have attended Ozzfest, which has grossed over US$100 million. The festival also helped promote many new hard rock and heavy metal acts of the late 1990s and early 2000s, including System of a Down, Drowning Pool, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Disturbed, HIM, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Velvet Revolver, Godsmack and Slipknot. Up until the 2006 tour, Osbourne was always the headlining artist, either solo or with Black Sabbath as the headliner, it has also featured other famous artists such as Danzig, Sepultura, Marilyn Manson, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer and Megadeth. Ozzfest also helped Osbourne to become the first hard rock star to hit US$50 million in merchandise sales. Osbourne's first album of new studio material in seven years, 2001's 'Down to Earth', met with only moderate success, as did its live follow up, 'Live at Budokan'.
On December 8, 2003, Osbourne was rushed into emergency surgery at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough when he was involved in an accident involving the use of his all-terrain vehicle on his estate in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, UK. Osbourne broke his collar bone, eight ribs, and a neck vertebra. An operation was performed to lift the collarbone, which was believed to be resting on a major artery and interrupting blood flow to the arm. Sharon later revealed that Osbourne had stopped breathing following the crash and was resuscitated by Osbourne's then personal bodyguard, Sam Ruston.
While in the 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 accident, he has fully recovered and headlined the 2004 Ozzfest, where he again reunited with Black Sabbath. He has also turned his hand to writing a Broadway musical. The reputed topic is that of the Russian monk Grigory Rasputin, who held sway with Russia's last royal Romanov family. In 2005, he 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" with Miss Piggy. The fourth disc is entirely new material where Ozzy covers his favourite songs by his biggest influences and favourite bands, including The Beatles, John Lennon, David Bowie and others.
He and wife Sharon starred in yet another MTV show, this time a 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.
In 2004, Osbourne received an NME award for "godlike genius".
Shortly after Ozzfest 2005, Osbourne announced that he will no longer headline Ozzfest. Although he announced his retirement from Ozzfest, Ozzy came back for one more year, 2006, albeit only closing for just over half the concerts, leaving the others to be closed by System of a Down. After the concert in Bristow, Virginia, Ozzy announced he will return for another year of Ozzfest in 2007. According to the official website, (www.ozzfest.com) tickets for the 2007 tour will be offered to fans free of charge.
In 2005, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame along with Black Sabbath where he decided to moon the crowd because of their poor reception while they were playing.
In March 2006, he said that he hopes 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 rather under the moniker 'Heaven and Hell (the title of Dio's first Black Sabbath album). The response to the news on Ozzy's website was that Ozzy wished Tony and Ronnie well and that there was only one Sabbath.
The new Ozzy album, titled 'Black Rain', is currently set for release in May 2007, Although it has also been stated in a recent interview that it has been pushed back to June while they are still mixing material. There will be 11 all-new songs on the album, including "Countdown's Begun", "Not Going Away", and "Lay Your World On Me", about Sharon Osbourne's recent cancer battles.
On May 24, he will be an honoree at the second annual VH1 Rock Honors, along with Genesis, Heart and ZZ Top.