of Ozzy Osbourne
Michael Osbourne was born to John Thomas Osbourne and his wife Lillian
on December 3rd,
1948. His residence was located at 14 Lodge Road, Aston,
England. John Thomas was a professional tool maker and Lillian
worked at the Lucas car factory.
was one of 3 brothers and 3 sisters. His two brothers were named Paul,
and Tony, and his
3 sisters were named Jean, Iris, and Gillian.
While in grammar
school, John Osbourne was nicknamed "Ozzy", short for
his last name "Osbourne".
6th grade class picture: Teacher Wil Parry Williams, of Tregarth, near
who before his retirement was headmaster of Ysgol Treborth, Bangor.
is pictured at the right in his three-buttoned jacket.
was born into a very poor family. He barely had any clothes. In fact,
in a recent
interview he said he only had one shirt, one pair of pants,
and one jacket.
His apartment had no indoor plumbing and no indoor bathroom.
He slept in one
bed with all 5 of his brothers and sisters.
the young age of 15, Ozzy quits school and begins work as a plumbers
This job didn't last too long, and Ozzy moved on to a slaughter
This is where Ozzy learned to like killing 250 cattle a day and
sheep guts out. That lasted a few months, before he got tired of
and he wound up getting a job with his mother, Lillian (maiden name
testing car horns at the Lucas factory. This is where Ozzy's first
with the low income Ozzy is earning, he turns to a life of
He begins robbing small clothes stores and private home. The cops
catching him though, because he wears gloves but the fingers are cut
His fingerprints are left all over the place. Ozzy's longest sentence
6 weeks in the Winson Green Prison, for burglary. During this 6 week
armed with a needle and a slab of graphite, Ozzy places the now
tattoos on his body. O-Z-Z-Y across his knuckles, needles on his
the word "thanks" on his palm, and a happy face on each knee to cheer
up when he wakes up in the morning.
a child, Ozzy loved the Beatles and always was admired by the way
commanded an audience. He made up his mind, he wanted to be just like
the streets in search of something to do, Ozzy meets and old
who had just put a band together named "Approach". This band
no singer, so Ozzy said "I'm a singer!" Ozzy ran home and some how
his father to buy him a $50 amp and microphone. Approach was a
type band and Ozz didn't like it too much, so he quit and joined
band named "Music Machine". That band didn't last long either.
and old time friend Terrance Butler (now known as "Geezer") then
a band named "Rare Breed". Rare Breed really wasn't going any
so Ozzy put an ad in a local paper which said:
ZIG - VOCALIST - REQUIRES BAND - OWNS OWN P.A.
on the other side of town, two young men by the names of Bill
and Tony Iommi had created a band named "The Rest" which had later
their name to "Mythology". So Tony sees this ad in the paper
reading "Ozzy Zig", and he thinks to himself, "This can't be the
Ozzy I used to beat up on the playground when I was younger", so
goes to the address on the ad, and sure enough, it's the same Ozzy.
all hook up and create "Polka Tulk". Polka Tulk was derived from
can of talcum powder that Ozzy found in a bathroom. The band now
of 6 people: Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, Tony Iommi, Geezer
Jimmy Phillips and Clark. It was a blues/jazz type of music with
hard edge, but Phillips and Clark didn't like that hard edge so
both quit. Polka Tulk then became "Earth".
one particular Earth gig, the band was asked by mistake to play at
upscale banquet. They were asked to perform in Tux's. The people
had hired them had mistaken them for another band named Earth.
show went on, but the richy rich people in the audience were
by this new sound.
band was getting a little recognition but not much. They were touring
a very beat up van making very little money. In fact, in a recent
Tony recounts a time where Ozzy walked to practice barefoot
he couldn't afford new shoes.
Day an old horror movie was playing at a local theatre by the name
"Black Sabbath". Geezer saw this and said to himself, why would
pay good money to get the crap scared out of them? He came back
the guys and talked it over with them and decided to change their
and their name to "Black Sabbath". Black Sabbath would now be
a doomsy, dark and "new" band.
band starts playing a lot more small clubs and gaining popularity. A
man by the name of Jim Simpson steps in and becomes the bands newwith
bebop drums. Two of the songs on this album were named "A Song
Jim had the band record a special demo album, just for him
"For Jim". This album contains 5 songs, consisting of the only
session ever recorded by Black Sabbath. It features Tony Iommi
with the style of Wes Montgomery and Bill Ward backing him up
Jim" and "The Rebel". Short samples of them can be heard on a
released in the early 90's called "The Black Sabbath Story, Vol 1".
playing a lot of clubs, the band gets very annoyed at the audience
people are talking to each other and not paying attention. One
Ozzy decides to paint himself purple from head to toe to attract
attention, and the funny thing is....it didn't work! It took days
get off. So finally they decide to crank up the volume so loud, that
audience can't even hear themselves think and are force to listen.
Friday the 13th, 1970, Black Sabbath's first album "Black
is released under the Vertigo label. It was recorded in 8 hours
two four track machines and cost about $1200 to make. Ozzy couldn't
to bring the record home to show his father and say "Look dad, it's
on a piece of plastic!" After his dad listened to the record, he asked
"Are you sure you're only smoking cigarettes?" On the gatefold
the album, the record company decided to put an upside down cross
a poem in the middle of it. The band had no idea they did this.
poem read as follows:
Falls The Rain"
falls the rain,
veils of darkness shroud the blackened trees,
contorted by some unseen violence,
their tired leaves, and bend their boughs
a grey earth of severed bird wings.
the grasses, poppies bleed before a gesticulating death,
young rabbits, born dead in traps,
motionless, as through guarding the silence,
surrounds and threatens to engulf
those that would listen.
birds, tired of repeating yesterdays terrors,
together in the recesses of dark corners,
turned from the dead,
swan that floats upturned in a small pool in the hollow.
emerges from this pool a faint, sensual mist,
traces its way upwards to caress the feet
the headless martyr's statue
only achievement was to die too soon,
who couldn't wait to lose.
cataract of darkness forms fully,
long black night begins,
still by the lake, a young girl waits,
she believes herself unseen,
smiles faintly at the distant tolling bell,
the still rain falling.
the release of this first album, the bands audience begins to grow
attracting all walks of life, including self proclaimed witches
Satanists. One night the band was asked by a witch to play at a
ceremony. The band declined and the witch cast an evil spell
the band. Being totally freaked out by this, Ozzy had his father
aluminum crosses for all four members of the band to keep evil
away from them. In a recent interview, Bill Ward said he is the
one that still has the original cross. Ozzy now has 14 karat crosses!
October 1970, the band releases their second album, "Parnoid". This
was made in 4 days. It was originally supposed to be named
Pigs" but at the last minute was changed to Paranoid by the
company due to the Vietnam war. The very popular song "Paranoid"
actually recorded as just a filler song at the last minute in
studio and was never intended to become such an anthem to the
The album hits #1 status. At this same time they decide to let
Simpson go as their manager. Jim was keeping to much profit. Patrick
and Wilf Pine take over.
December, Black Sabbath's first album "Black Sabbath" is released
the U.S. by Warner Brothers as the band tours colleges. By now that
has already hit platinum status.
marries a woman by the name of Thelma Mayfair. Thelma already had a
from a previous marriage named Elliot Kingsley who was 5 years old, so
decided to adopt him.
march, the Paranoid album hits the #12 spot on the U.S. charts. This
goes on to sell over 4 million copies.
1971, The "Master Of Reality" album is released. This album featured
few songs that had a reference to religion in a good way, but received
press for putting down religion. In September it went to #5 on the U.K.
and #8 on the U.S. It reached platinum status shortly thereafter.
Sabbath's 4th album is released entitle "Volume 4". This album
originally going to be named "Snowblind" (a reference to cocaine
but the record company once again stepped in and told them "No!"
November it had reached a peak of #8 on the U.K. charts and #13 in
first offspring was born this year, a daughter by the name of
The Album "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is released. This album featured
first song which Ozzy wrote the lyrics and music to, "Who Are You?"
wrote 95% of lyrics to all Sabbath songs Ozzy sang.) In February
hit #4 on U.K. charts and #11 in the U.S. Within a year it had sold
6th, the band performs at the Cal Jam in Ontario, CA. The band hadn't
live for over 6 months and were given 1 days notice of this concert.
band gets paid $1000 each, but later learn that they really earned
which their manager screwed them out of.
again, Black Sabbath fires their management and try to take things into
own hands. Sabbath is managementless!
is released. This album featured a song entitle "The Writ"
told their true feelings against past management problems. It hit
on U.K. charts and #28 in the U.S.
first son is born, named Louis Jon Osbourne. (He is the little kid on
solo album "Diary Of A Madman".)
With all the bad management problems and constant touring, Ozzy took
time off. He went home and got rid of some of his frustration
shooting all the chickens around his house.
April, a best of album entitled "We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll"
hits #35 in the U.K. and #48 in the U.S.
band hires new management because they can't handle it all by
They hire a man by the name of Don Arden. This was how
was introduced to Sharon Arden (now Sharon Osbourne). Don is
late 1976, the "Technical Ecstasy" album is released. It hits #13 on
charts and #51 in the U.S.
is fed up with Tony's control over the band and is also whacked out
his mind from excessive use of drugs and alcohol. On top of all of that
father dies and throws Ozzy into a deep emotional swell. He announce
he is quitting Black Sabbath.
tries out a new singer by the name of Dave Walker (ex Fleetwood Mac).
can hear him singing a different version of "Junior's Eyes" on a well
bootleg entitled "The Archangel Rides Again". Ozzy gets back up on
feet and rejoins the band. All material written for the new album with
is destroyed because Ozzy didn't want to sing any of it.
last album with Ozzy "Never Say Die" is released. Ozzy dedicated
song entitled "Junior's Eyes" as a goodbye to his father.
usage of narcotics and alcohol force the band to fire Ozzy. Bill
Ward is put up to do the dirty deed. Ronnie James Dio would
his replacement. This marks the lowest point in Ozzy's life.
Ozzy spends about 6 months in a hotel room getting high and drunk non
stop over the breakup of Sabbath. Finally Sharon Arden (Don Arden's daughter)
came to collect an old debt from Ozzy and saw the sad state he
was in. Sharon gets Ozzy back on his feet and back into music.
Don Arden stuck with Ozzy as management and let the old Sabbath go. He put
together a band called "Law" which lasted for about 2 gigs and then
was Changed to the "Blizzard of Ozz". The band consisted of Randy
Rhoads (ex Quiet Riot), Bob Daisly (ex Uriah Heep), and Lee Kerslake (ex Uriah
Ozzy had been trying for weeks to get a label to sign him. Finally CBS signed
him for $65,000 for his first album. CBS was having a big corporate meeting
where Ozzy would meet all the top guys for the first time. CBS wasn't too
interested in Ozzy because they believed they had better artists on their
label. Ozzy's wife, Sharon, wanted him to make a big bang when he
entered, so she suggested throwing three white doves in the air
when he walked in, well, Ozzy had a little too much to drink
that day (as usual), he walked in, sat down on a girl's lap,
let 2 doves go, and bit the head off of the 3rd one. Let's just say everyone
was in complete shock. When his wife Sharon saw this, she was laughing so
hard that she urinated in her pants, and in her own words "It
wasn't just a little bit, it was a puddle!" Ozzy was
immediately kicked out of the meeting. On his way out he bit
the head off of a second dove that was still in his pocket and threw the carcass
at the receptionist. The press went wild with this, dubbing Ozzy
"insane" and "the mad man." The Humane Society of America
would soon try to ban all performances in the states.
Now, take note that this all took place before Ozzy's first solo album
was even released! Ozzy was banned from ever coming back into the CBS building
but they decided to release his album anyway. The album entitled
"Blizzard of Ozz" went to #7 on U.K. charts and #21
in the U.S. it has since gone quadruple platinum.
Ozzy gets a divorce from his wife Thelma and his second solo project is released
- "Diary of a Madman". It reaches #14 in the U.K. and #16 in the U.S.
A few weeks after "Diary of a Madman" is released, Kerslake and Daisly
are fired due to money problems and Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo take their
Ozzy concerts were getting very involved with his audience. At the end of each
show, he would catapult meat (and other leftovers from butcher shops such as
stomachs and intestines) at his audience. Well, over time his audience began
getting him back! Ozzy has said in a recent interview "we had to turn this
guy away from our show because he was trying to get in with an ox's head, a full
January 20th, at a concert in Des Moines, Iowa someone throws a bat on stage.
Stunned by the light, the bat lay motionless and Ozzy thinking it was plastic,
(of course he had to be drinking, or high on something to think this thing was
plastic!) picks it up and bites the head off of it. The bat then started to flap
his wings and Ozzy soon realized it wasn't fake! After the show Ozzy was
immediately rushed to the hospital for rabies shots. Ozzy describes it as
"one of the most horrible, painful experiences of my life."
February 1982, Ozzy visits the Alamo, a national shrine in Texas. Drunk in his
hotel room he decides to dress up as a woman and go outside to snap some
pictures. During film reloading, Ozz felt the need to relieve himself. He walks
over to this half knocked down wall and starts taking a leak. That piece of wall
turned out to be part of the Alamo building. Ozzy was thrown in jail and banned
from ever playing in San Antonio, Texas again. (a ban which was lifted in 1992)
More band member changes were made this year - Lindsey Bridgewater is hired for
keyboards, Bridgewater leaves shortly after and Don Airey is hired.
March 19th, 1982 would mark the saddest day in Osbourne history. Randy Rhoads is
killed in a tragic airplane crash. The driver of the bus was a licensed pilot,
who decided to do a little flying while some of the band rested on board the
bus. He took up a small engine aircraft along with Jake Duncan and Don Airey for
a little ride. Upon landing he extends the same invitation to Rhoads and Rachel
Youngblood (a woman that did makeup). So they both go up. (And to this day, Ozzy
doesn't know why they accepted The offer because they were both terrified of
flying.) The pilot had just gone through a nasty divorce and it is believed that
when his ex-wife had stepped off the bus he launched towards her. The wing of
the plane hit the top of the bus and from there flew into a near by garage and
blew up. The bus where Ozz and the rest of his band lie sleeping was badly
damaged but no one was hurt inside. A lot of people don't know this, but Ozzy
ran into the burning building to try and save Randy and it is said the he was
still alive, but died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
In an attempt to jump right back into the game, Ozz hires the first ax-man to
come along - Bernie Torme (who later went on to be with Dee Snyder). He lasted
only 3 weeks, couldn't take the pressure. Ozz then hires Brad Gillis (ex
Nightranger) to fill Torme's spot.
On July 4,1982 Ozzy gets married to Sharon on the tropical island of Maui. He
said he picked the 4th of July to get married so he would remember the date
because of the holiday (Independence Day). Tommy Aldridge was Ozzy's best man.
Ozzy didn't like the Hawaiian band playing there so he kicked them out and
distributed their instruments to his band and played some acoustical versions of
Goodbye to Romance, Paranoid and some old Beatles songs. (Geez, would I love to
see some video of that!) Sharon also took over the role as Ozzy's new manager by
buying the contract for Ozz from her own father!
In an effort to get out of a sticky situation, Ozzy is forced to put out a live
album called "Speak of the Devil" (also called "Talk of the
Devil" outside of the U.S.). This album was originally going to be a
tribute Randy Rhoads, but Ozzy thought it was too soon after his death to
release that kind of material. This album hit #14 on U.S. charts and went
platinum. If you've ever seen the cover, you know that Ozzy has raspberry jam
(looks like blood clots) spitting out of his mouth. Well, a few hundred albums
hit the store shelves with a sticker that covered that up and made Ozzy look
normal (or halfway normal). As soon as Ozzy found this out he them all recalled
and sent out the way he wanted it to be.
If you ever wondered what all that cryptic writing is around Ozzy on the front
cover of "Speak of the Devil" this is what it says: Howdy. Dial a
demon productions in conjunction with graveyard graphics, proudly presents the
madman of rock dumping in el satanos toiletto. The inside magic words reveal a
more serious note - a tribute to Randy Rhoads, axeman. That kid was my lifeline,
ya' know? He was such a dynamic player and I'd rather not talk about it anymore
because it cuts me up every day of my life. Randy Rhoads rest in peace and love.
Soon after the release of "Speak of the Devil" Ozzy shaves every inch
of hair off of his head. A lot of people think it was the rabies shots from the
bat incident that made his hair fall out, but this isn't true at all. their is a
video taped interview in which he explains "I was using a lot of gels and
oils in my hair, and with those bright stage lights beating down on that all
night long, it was making his hair very brittle and damaged. So one day I just
shaved it all off!"
Band member changes, Gillis goes back to Night Ranger and Ozzy hires Jake E Lee.
Ozzy releases "Bark at the Moon". This album hit #19 on U.S. charts
and #24 in the U.K. and eventually went double platinum.
On May 29th Ozzy performed at the Us Festival in San Bernardino, CA for a crowd
More band member changes, Aldrige leaves, and Carmine Appice is hired for drums.
Two months later he is fired and Aldridge comes back.
September 2nd, 1983 Ozzy has his first offspring with Sharon, a daughter, Aimee
Rachel (middle name possibly named after Rachel Youngblood who died in the plane
accident with Randy.)
Ozzy makes a music video for "Bark at the Moon" which took over 8
hours to prepare him in full wolf costume.
While making a video for "So Tired", an exploding mirror sends sharp
glass into Ozzy's throat, and 8 U.S. concerts have to be postponed.
The band line up is now Don Airey on keyboards, Jake E. Lee on guitar, Bob
Daisley on bass and Tommy Aldrige on drums.
In November Ozzy admits himself to the Betty Ford clinic for rehab of drug and
October 27th Ozzy becomes a father again to another daughter - Kelly.
July 15th, Ozzy reunites with Black Sabbath for the first time since their break
up in 1978, to do 3 songs at the Live Aid Concert.
November 8, 1985, Ozzy has another son, Jack Osbourne.
"The Ultimate Sin" album is released. Once again, Ozzy ran into
trouble with the looks of his album cover. The original cover had 3 crucifixes
atop a hill in the background and the girl had no pants on. Ozzy had actually
written a whole album before the "Ultimate Sin", but scrapped the
whole thing and started from scratch because he wasn't happy with it. The album
hit hit #8 in the U.K. and #6 in the U.S., and eventually went double platinum.
More band member changes included Randy Castillo taking over drums, Phil Soussan
taking over on bass, and John Sinclair taking over on keyboards.
The Ultimate Sin tour proved to be an expensive one. At the meadowlands sports
complex in New Jersey, Ozzy encouraged fans to rip up seats costing him $80,000
On January 13th, 1986 Ozzy, and
CBS records is sued by parents of a boy by the name of Jack McCollum, who
committed suicide while listening to the "suicide solution" song. Ozzy
is said to have subliminal messages in his music which drove the boy to do this.
on December 19th, 1986 a California superior judge denies a motion to reinstate
the "suicide solution" lawsuit citing first amendment protection. on
July 18, 1988 a California appeals court upholds the decision to dismiss the
lawsuit. On May 6, 1991 a district court judge in Atlanta dismisses the lawsuit
on first amendment grounds. On October 1st, 1992 the Supreme Court upholds
rulings that the first amendment protects Ozzy against lawsuits that allege his
music encourages suicide. What does all this mean? Ozzy won! of course, don't be
The Ultimate Ozzy video is released. A concert filmed at Kemper Arena, Kansas
City, Missouri in 1986. This video went gold.
In March Ozzy films a fanatical fundamentalist preacher part for the movie
"Trick or treat"
The long awaited "Randy Rhoads Tribute album" is released. A live
recording featuring the late ax-man. It hits #6 in the U.S. and #13 in the
U.K.and eventually made it to double platinum.
Ozzy picks up a new ax-man by the name of Zakk Wylde, bass is taken over by Bob
July 17 Ozzy begins a 6 week tour of U.K. prisons where he played one song I
don't have in my collection of rarities: "Jailhouse Rock"
The "No Rest For The Wicked" album is released. This album also had
troubles with it's cover. The original cover was similar to the one that was
released except Ozzy had a crown of thorns on his head, and the three girls were
holding crucifixes. This album made it to #23 on U.K. charts and to #13 in the
Wicked Videos is released. A collection of 3 videos. It is certified gold.
June 4th, Ozzy has his first pay-per-view concert broadcast to all paying
citizens of the U.S. The concert was performed live at the Tower Theatre in
Ozzy's duet with Lita Ford "Close My Eyes Forever" is a #8 hit on the
billboards singles chart.
August 12th, Ozzy plays the Moscow
peace festival in Russia with other big acts such as Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, the
Scorpions, and Skid Row. A week after the show, Ozzy back at home finds a case
of Russian vodka that someone gave him at the festival. He downs the 4 bottles
and hits the ultimate bottom. Ozzy's exact words to his wife Sharon were,
"we've decided that you've got to go.", and he started choking her.
Sharon hit the panic button on the house alarm and the cops came and took Ozzy
away. Ozzy woke up the next morning in jail. The cops told him you've been
arrested for attempted murder of your wife, and he said, "you've got to be
kidding, I don't remember a thing!" By court order Ozzy would spend the
next 3 months in re-hab away from his family.
Geezer Butler returns to Ozzy to play bass and records a live album named
"Just Say Ozzy", a 6 song album to hold fans over for a while.
1990 also saw the release of the now impossible to find "Ten
Commandments" this was a limited edition of Ozzy's best songs.
The "No More Tears" album is released on September 17th. It went to #7
in the U.S. and #32 in U.K and is now certified triple platinum. This album was
originally going to be called "Say Hello to Heaven". Geezer left Ozzy
again and Mike Inez took over on bass. Ozzy collaborates with Lemmy of Motorhead
in the writing process for this album. Ozzy even takes home a Grammy for "I
Don't Want To Change The World".
September 24th, Ozzy's home video "Don't Blame Me" is released which
includes rare footage and interviews about his whole life. It has reached gold
In October Ozzy breaks his foot on stage after doing one of his famous
"frog leaps", and after 3 more shows infection sets in causing him to
postpone the Theatre of Madness tour.
On January 5th Ozzy is back on tour with his newly healed foot.
March 26th Ozzy performs a memorial concert in Long Beach C.A. and dedicates the
proceeds to build a new tomb for Randy Rhoads.
March 28th Ozzy invites the audience to join him on stage at Irvine Meadows in
Laguna Hills, C.A. and fans cause $100,000 in damage including minor bruises to
In June Ozzy announces his retirement tour, the "No More Tours Tour".
This would mark the last tour Ozzy would ever perform (according to Ozzy). He
stated that he was retiring from the music business to spend more time with his
October 1st Ozzy performs in San Antonio, TX for the first time in 10 years
after donating $10,000 to the caretakers of the Alamo, where he relieved himself
on a drunken binge.
November 15th, on the last stop of the "No More Tours Tour", Black
Sabbath reunites for the 2nd time since their breakup in 1978 at Costa Mesa,
California. At the end of the show a sign is lit up which read "Ozzy
Osbourne, I'll be back"
November 18th, Black Sabbath is honored with a star at the rock walk on Sunset
Blvd. in Hollywood.
July 93 a double live album, and video is released by the name of "Live and
Loud". This was recorded around the world on the "No More Tours
Tour" 91-92. It also included one live track from the Sabbath reunion,
"Black Sabbath". It peaked at #22 on the charts and was later
Ozzy spends these 2 years at home with his family, taking it easy and enjoying
life, but the easy life is actually driving him nuts. He badly wants to get out
of the house and start doing what he does best, singing.
He does a little writing with Steve Vai and other musical talents. All in he
writes about 40 songs.
March 1st, 1994 Ozzy takes home a Grammy for best metal performance, "I
Don't Want To Change The World"
August, Ozzy announces to the world that he is back and here to stay. He
launches his retirement sucks tour in Monterey, Mexico with a new guitarist, Joe
Holmes. Joe has said that Randy Rhoads actually used to teach him when he was
younger, strange huh? Geezer was on bass and Dean Castronovo was on drums. Dean
left after 8 shows and Randy Castillo took over.
In September "Ozzmosis" is released which featured Geezer on bass,
Zakk on guitar, and Dean Castronovo on drums. This album went to #4 on U.S.
charts and to #22 in the U.K. Sadly there was no Steve Vai to be seen on this
album, (I would have loved to hear that) but there was credit to Steve in help
of writing Ozzy's dedication to his son Jack, "My Little Man". A lot
of people have heard rumors that the original title of Ozzmosis was going to be
called X-ray. This is not true, X-ray was the name of the band that Ozzy was
putting together with Steve. Ozzy records this album drug/liquor free for the
first time! Zakk only sticks around to record the studio album, and then he's
off to work with his own solo project "Pride and Glory".
While on tour in December, Geezer decides to take break, and Mike Inez steps in
May - more band changes! Joe Holmes on ax, Mike Bordin (from Faith No More) on
drums, Robert Trujillio (from Suicidal Tendencies) on bass, and John Sinclair on
August 17th, Ozzy co-headlines the Castle Donington festival with Kiss.
September 1996, Ozzy starts up "Ozz-fest", a huge festival with
Slayer, Neurosis, Biohazard, Prong, Fear factory, Danzig and others. You could
get a body piercing or a tattoo, and experience various other things there.
During the '96 tour Ozzy has to cancel/cut short numerous concert gigs due to
illness and voice/throat problems.
Ozzy starts his own record label "Ozz Records" in collaboration with
Red Ant records (which went belly up about 6 months later) and releases a live
album and video named "The Ozzfest". The album consisted of one song
from each of the bands that played on the '96 Ozzfest tour. The material was
recorded at the Glen Helen Block-Buster Pavilion, Devore, California 10/26/96,
and the Dessert Sky Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona.
Ozzy teams up with Type O Negative to do a song called "Pictures of
Matchstick Men" which is on the soundtrack to Howard Sterns movie
"Private Parts". Ozzy also has a small cameo part in his movie.
Ozzy announces that he will be reuniting with Black Sabbath, excluding the
drummer Bill Ward for creative differences at the upcoming summer Ozzfest. the
band kind of thought that Bill couldn't handle the touring any more, and Bill
had also been working on his new solo album so things just didn't work out. Bill
on the other hand has a completely different story. He claims to have never been
contacted about it.
May 24th, Ozzy kicks off his Ozzfest tour in VA reuniting with Tony Iommi and
Controversy surrounds Ozzy again as he wants to take his Ozz-fest out on the
road with Marilyn Manson. (a band known to do some un-earthly acts on stage)
Giants Stadium in NJ try to cancel the concert because of Manson, but Ozzy takes
NJ to court and wins the right to play!
June 17th Ozzy causes a riot at an Ozzfest concert in Columbus OH by not showing
up. Angry fans broke windows, uprooted trees, set various things on fire, and
even flipped over a car. Ozzy apparently had some throat problems and made up
the show on a later date.
November 11th "The Ozzman Cometh" is released. A greatest hits package
which features 4 so called "basement tapes" of early Sabbath
performing. The double cd also included a brand new song entitled "Back On
Earth", an interview, and multimedia software including screen savers, a
game, movies, and more! This date also marks the day where Ozzy held a signing
in New York, times square at the Virgin Mega store where I finally got to meet
December 4th & 5th, the original Black Sabbath reunites with all 4 original
band members at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. These 2 concerts are said to be
released as a live album and video in October 1998 with 2 new studio tracks.
Ozzy gets his old band back together...Zakk on guitar, Castillo on drums, and
Inez on bass but it only lasts for a short time. Zakk, Randy, and Inez leave
again and back come Holmes, Bordin, and Trujillio. Geez, make up your mind!
May 29th, Ozzy launches a European festival tour with the original Black
Sabbath, but Bill Ward has a minor heart attack and has to cancel his
appearances for the rest of the tour. Vinny Appice takes over on drums.
July 3rd, Ozzfest hits the states for the 3rd time kicking off in Holmdel, NJ.
Bands on the bill included Megadeth, Tool, Limp Bizkit, Sevendust, Coal Chamber,
Motorhead, Incubus, The Melvins, Snot, System of a Down, and Monster Voodoo
Machine. The tour ended August 1st.
September 20, "Reunion" a live album recorded by the original Black
Sabbath in Birmingham England on December 4th & 5th is released. Two studio
cuts were recorded for the album - "Psycho Man" & "Selling my
Soul". Ozzy, Tony, Bill, and Geezer launch a U.S. signing tour. I got to
meet them all at the Virgin Mega store, in Times Square, New York. The band also
announces a full scale - world reunion tour kicking off in Phoenix, Arizona on
New Years eve.
November, Ozzy teams up with Busta Rhymes to do a rap version of Iron Man. Ozzy
also does another song for the South Park sound track with rappers DMX, Crystal
Method and 'Ol Dirty Bastard.
December 31, Black Sabbath kicks off their reunion tour in Arizona. the tour
lasts through February 1999, and has multiple cancellations due to throat
problems with Ozzy. The last 4 dates were actually cancelled with no make up
May 27, the original Black Sabbath launches their final bow on the Ozzfest,
appropriately titled "The Last Supper" in West Palm Beach, FL. Opening
acts include Rob Zombie, Slayer, Deftones, Primus, Godsmack, System of a Down,
Fear Factory, Drain STH, Push Monkey, Flashpoint, Apartment 26, Slipknot, Hed (pe),
and Static X.
After the Ozzfest tour ends in July, Sabbath goes on their last tour of the U.S.
with opening bands Godsmack and Drain STH. The last stop was August 24 in Jones
September 7, Coal Chambers "Chamber Music" is released with a cover
version of Peter Gabriels "Shock The Monkey" performed by Ozzy and
December, Black Sabbath tour through London, Germany, Finland & Sweden.
December 21 & 22 Black Sabbath perform their last ever concerts in
Feb 23 - Black Sabbath pick up a Grammy Award for Category 17 - Metal
Performance, Iron Man from the "Reunion" album. Bill Ward picked it up
on behalf of the band but CBS did not air it. Bill Ward said it was gratifying
to see artists from the Woodstock generation, including the night's top winner,
Carlos Santana, doing so well.
``I think it's totally cool,'' he said. ``I didn't think that 31 years ago, I'd
be standing up in a suit. I feel more like an accountant than the guy who plays
drums in Black Sabbath.''
In late March, Ozzy hires Roy Mayorga to replace Mike Bordin on drums. Roy lasts
about 3 weeks and gets replaced by Brian Tichy.
June 15 - Ozzy plays a show in L.A. for KROQ radio and surprises everyone by
reuniting with Black Sabbath. During the first song, a rotating stage cut the
wires and caused a 10-minute delay. This mishap cancelled a 2nd planned reunion
in NJ 1 week later.
July 2 - Ozzfest 2000 begins in Palm Beach, Florida. Bands include Pantera,
Godsmack, Static-X, Incubus, Methods Of Mayhem, P.O.D., Queens Of the Stone Age,
Soulfly, Kittie, Taproot, Primer 55, Shuvel, Pitchshifter, Disturbed, The
Deadlights, Slaves On Dope, Reveille & Pumpjack.
October 28 - Zakk Wylde announces that he will be working with Ozzy again.
March - Black Sabbath announce that they will tour once again for Ozzfest 2001.
Also it is told that a new studio album is in the works.
March 27 - Ozzfest: Second Stage Live album is released.
April 9 - Black Sabbath reunite on ESPN's action and music awards show. Sabbath
April 10 - Ozzy's mother passes away. Ozzy said the following in an interview:
"Mum died of Diabetes and kidney problems. She went peacfully in her sleep,
unlike dad who had cancer and died in pain. I'd been to see her a week before
and she's seemed fine. I never thought I'd be affected, I wasn't affected when
my dad died. But it's different with mum, it knocks the stuffing out of me. I
didn't go to the funeral. They f*** me up to much. I've been to enough funerals
to last a lifetime. It might have pushed me over the edge. I thought I was going
nuts last year. I was driving around with spears. I was near the dark side. It
was like I was waking up with the worlds worst hangover but I hadn't had a
drink. I'm glued together with medication. I'm on everything proper psychotic
medication. If I don't pop pills I lose it. I'm a f***ing nutter, I won't last
June 8 - Ozzfest begins in Chicago, IL. Bands include Black Sabbath, Marilyn
Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Crazy Town, Black Label Society,
Disturbed, Mudvayne, Cold, Taproot, Union Underground, Nonpoint, No One,
Spineshank, American Head Charge, Pure Rubbish, Hatebreed, Drowning Pool,
Systematic, Beautiful Creatures, Boy Hits Car, Godhead & Otep.
August 14 - Ozzfest 2001: The Second Millennium album is released.
August 25 - "Get's Me Through", Ozzy's first new single in 5 years is
aired on K-rock radio in NYC.
October 16 - "Down To Earth" is released. Ozzy's first solo album in 6
October 31 - Ozzy kicks off his "Night of Merry Mayhem" tour with Rob
Zombie, Mudvayne, Soil and OneSideZero
November 9 - Ozzy is forced by doctors to cancel ten dates on the Merry Mayhem
tour due to a stress fracture in his leg. The fracture occurred when Ozzy fell
coming out of the shower before the Tucson show on 10/31. He was unaware that
the leg was fractured and continued to perform each night until the pain became
unbearable. On 11/8 Ozzy went to the doctor and discovered that his fall had
resulted in a stress fracture injury to his leg. The doctor immediately ordered
Ozzy to stay off his leg and to cease touring to prevent further injury.
November 23 - Rob Zombie directs Ozzy's video for "Dreamer".
November 29 - Ozzy resumes touring.
December 23 - Ozzy performs World Trade Center benefit at the meadowlands in
East Rutherford, NJ and visits ground zero. The proceeds from this show were
donated to the Howard Stern 9/11 fund. Ozzy was presented an iron cross made
from the steel of the World Trade Center by NY firemen and policemen.
February 8 - Ozzy begins his "Far East" tour in support of his new
album "Down to Earth" starting in Osaka, Japan, and traveling through
Korea, Canada, Germany and even making a first time stop in Alaska.
February 15 - Ozzy records a live concert for a summer release at Tokyo's famed
March 5 - "The Osbourne's" premiers on MTV. 13 episodes of "The
Real World" - Ozzy style! The show is an instant hit. It becomes MTV's
highest rated show in the channels history with over 6 million viewers weekly.
March 26 - Ozzy's former drummer Randy Castillo dies of cancer, he was 49.
April 12 - Ozzy gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of
Hollywood Boulevard's "Ripley's Believe It or Not" museum of oddities.
June 11 - The Osbournes Family Album is released
June 25 - Live at the Budokan is released on cd and video
July 2 - It is announced that Sharon Osbourne has been diagnosed with colon
July 21 - Sharon Osbourne's cancer has spread beyond her colon and will start a
three-month course of chemotherapy at the end of July
July 28th - Ozzy announces a 3 week break from Ozzfest to be by Sharon's side
August 7 - Sharon makes Ozzy return to Ozzfest because he's driving her mad.
August 16 - The lawsuit against Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne brought by Bob Daisley
and Lee Kerslake is dismissed by the federal court in Los Angeles. In a ruling,
the court rejected the plaintiffs' claims for record royalties and additional
credits on the classic Ozzy albums Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman. The
ruling ends the lawsuit first filed in 1998.
August 20 - Black Sabbath's "Past Lives" is released... a two disc set
containing live material from the early seventies.
September ? - Not to sure about the exact date, but somewhere around here,
Ozzy's oldest daughter, Jessica, had a baby girl named Isabelle Hobbs, making
Ozzy a grandfather.
September 15 - The Osbourne's series is named the year's outstanding nonfiction
reality program at the Creative Arts Emmys, which are mainly awards for
technical achievements given out eight days in advance of the main Emmy awards,
which are handed out on Sept. 22. Sharon, one of the show's producers as well as
one of its stars, accepted the award on behalf of her husband, saying,
"Ozzy I love you."
September 20 - Lawyers for former Ozzy Osbourne band members Bob Daisley and Lee
Kerslake file an appeal in Los Angeles of a judge's Aug. 16 ruling that threw
their royalties case against the rocker out of court. Daisley and Kerslake are
suing for $20 million in back royalties, and first launched the suit back in
March of 2000. In her August ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Christina A.
Snyder ruled the two musicians failed to prove their case in addition to the
fact that the statute of limitations had run out.
October 25 - Ozzy plays a special concert for 1600 people at The Palms Casino in
Las Vegas, NV.
November 26 - The Osbournes, Season 2 premiers on MTV.
December 31 - Ozzy and Sharon renew their wedding vows during a New Year's Eve
party at the Beverly Hills Hotel that includes hundreds of guests. They delayed
their July 4th 20th anniversary celebration because of Sharon's battle with
colon cancer. Sharon wore a cream-colored wedding gown and diamond tiara as she
was escorted down the aisle by her father. Kelly served as flower girl. Music
was provided by the 1970s group "Village People."