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 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
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.
1993 - 1994
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."