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Ozzy Osbourne

Though many bands have succeeded in earning the hatred of parents and media worldwide throughout the past few decades, arguably only such acts as Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, and Marilyn Manson have tied the controversial record of Ozzy Osbourne. The former Black Sabbath frontman has been highly criticized over his career, mostly due to rumors denouncing him as a psychopath and Satanist. Despite his reputation, no one could deny that Osbourne has had an immeasurable effect on heavy metal. While he doesn't possess a great voice, he makes up for it with his good ear and dramatic flair. As a showman, his instincts are nearly as impeccable; his live shows have been overwrought spectacles of gore and glitz that have endeared him to adolescents around the world. Indeed, Osbourne has managed to establish himself as an international superstar, capable of selling millions of records with each album and packing arenas across the globe, capturing new fans with each record.

John Michael Osbourne began his professional career in the late '60s, when he teamed up with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward to form Black Sabbath. The band, made unique by their slow, gloomy melodies and themes, released their self-titled album in 1970 and went on to release classic platinum records such as Paranoid and Master of Reality throughout the rest of the decade. After the 1978 album Never Say Die, Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath, which led him to form his own solo project. With his new manager and wife, Sharon, Osbourne formed his own band, the Blizzard of Ozz, with guitarist Randy Rhoads, bassist Bob Daisley, and drummer Lee Kerslake. The group's self-titled first album was released in September 1980 in the U.K. and early 1981 in the U.S. Blizzard of Ozz had some of the same ingredients of Black Sabbath: the lyrics focused on the occult and the guitars were loud and heavy, yet the band was more technically proficient and capable of pulling off variations on standard metal formulas. Featuring the hit singles "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley," Blizzard of Ozz reached number seven on the U.K. charts; it peaked at number 21 in the U.S., continuing to sell for over two years and becoming a huge success. Kerslake and Daisley were replaced with Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo shortly before the subsequent November release of Diary of a Madman. This album, which included the drug ode "Flying High Again," charted at number 16 in the U.S. and became another huge seller. As the Diary tour went underway, sales for the album continued to improve as those of Black Sabbath waned.

Osbourne had no trouble in attaining mass audiences, and his career seemed to have peaked. However, controversy soon erupted when he was accused of animal cruelty: during one performance, a bat was thrown on-stage by a fan and Osbourne bit its head off while supposedly thinking that it was fake. The show was canceled when he had to be rushed to the hospital for a rabies vaccination. Not long afterward, Rhoads was killed in a bizarre plane accident, bringing the band's success to a screeching halt. Osbourne fell into a massive depression shortly after losing his best friend, and plans for his upcoming live album were soon changed. Instead of material recorded with Rhoads, 1982's Speak of the Devil featured live recordings of classic Black Sabbath material and was recorded with guitarist Brad Gillis. Osbourne was freed from his contract with Jet Records and showed up drunk at an Epic Records meeting with two doves, one of which he freed and the other of which he killed in the same manner as the bat; Osbourne was signed to the label. Jake E. Lee became Osbourne's new guitarist for the 1984 studio effort Bark at the Moon. While it didn't match the consistency of Blizzard of Ozz or Diary of a Madman, the record was equally successful, pushing the singer to embark on a tour with glam metal stalwarts Mötley Crüe. Although Bark at the Moon opened up to rave reviews, 1986's Ultimate Sin received rather harsh criticism. The album, although containing the hit single "Shot in the Dark," was regarded as Osbourne's worst studio effort by numerous critics, who claimed it was redundant and uninteresting; nonetheless, the album was another smash hit.

Also in 1986, Osbourne was accused of encouraging suicide among listeners via use of subliminal messages in his Blizzard of Ozz song "Suicide Solution," a song that he claimed was written in relation to the effects of alcohol abuse. Although the case was eventually dismissed, Osbourne once again earned a feared reputation. He pulled up his profile in 1987 with Tribute, a live album recorded in 1981 that was dedicated to the memory of Randy Rhoads. Lee soon left the band and was replaced with Zakk Wylde for No Rest for the Wicked, which would be released in 1988. The record proved to be one of his strongest yet, highlighted by "Miracle Man," in which Osbourne ridiculed evangelist (and longtime foe) Jimmy Swaggart. Just Say Ozzy, a live EP taken from the subsequent tour, was released in 1990. After recording a new studio album in 1991, Osbourne found himself without the usual enthusiasm to perform, due to his increasing age and his desire to spend more time with his family. When No More Tears was released in the fall, it was confirmed that the following tour would be Osbourne's last before retirement. Following the tour, a live double album, Live & Loud, was released in 1993 to commemorate Osbourne's career, and it was now assumed that the singer's glory days were over.

However, the retirement was not to be -- Osbourne resurfaced in 1995 with Ozzmosis, which, despite mixed reviews, sold three million copies within a year after its release. After the subsequent tour proved one of the best-selling of the summer, Osbourne created Ozzfest, a tour package that featured himself along with many other metal bands. While there were only two performances in 1996, a live album was nonetheless released, simply titled The Ozzfest. 1997's tour package included such metal acts as Pantera, Marilyn Manson, and a Black Sabbath reunion from which only Bill Ward was absent. With the exception of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair, Ozzfest 1997 was the most successful tour of the year, and Osbourne released a compilation album, The Ozzman Cometh, in November. Shortly afterward, Osbourne united the entire original lineup of Black Sabbath to record the live album Reunion, which was released in 1998. He also found time to duet alongside rapper Busta Rhymes for a remake of the Sabbath classic "Iron Man," retitled "This Means War," which was included on Rhymes' 1998 release Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front).

Sabbath continued to tour well into 1999, as they again headlined the year's Ozzfest, which was billed as their supposed final tour. The same year, a grisly Ozzy action figure was shipped out to toy stores -- complete with tiny decapitated bats. Osbourne also finally began work on the follow-up to his lackluster 1995 solo release Ozzmosis, which saw him joined by returning guitarist Wylde, plus former Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin and former Suicidal Tendencies/Infectious Grooves bassist Robert Trujillo. 2001 was greeted with the news that not only was Black Sabbath reuniting once again for the summer's edition of Ozzfest, but that the quartet was going to enter the recording studio in the fall with producer Rick Rubin to work on the original lineup's first all-new album since 1978's Never Say Die. Unfortunately, Epic Records caught word of Osbourne's plans and stopped both a post-Ozzfest tour with Disturbed and the album itself until he finished his solo record. Ozzy fans were given the double-disc Ozzfest: Second Stage Live to tide them over in the meantime -- the collection included tracks from most of the bands that participated in the 2000 festival, as well as tracks from Ozzfest's inaugural 1996 lineup.

Finally, the new solo album Down to Earth appeared in the fall of 2001, followed by a few successful rock radio singles and a huge Christmas tour with co-headliner Rob Zombie. Meanwhile, inspired by an episode of MTV's Cribs starring his family, Osbourne and the network's producers took a chance on creating a reality show based around the infamous singer. Following his family around the house for several months at the end of 2001, the end result was The Osbournes, one of the most successful shows in the history of the network. The show, which was equal parts documentary and sitcom, reinvented Osbourne as a befuddled father with a razor-sharp wit and a loving family. It also proved to also be a critical success, and Osbourne found himself invited to a White House dinner to promote his animal protection activism, something that only came to light after an episode of the show dedicated to the family's numerous pets. A string of compilations followed Down to Earth, including 2005's Under Cover, a collection of cover songs. Ozzy returned to the studio the following year to begin work on a new studio album. The resulting Black Rain arrived in May 2007, followed by his tenth studio album, Scream, in 2010. In 2012, Ozzy reunited with most of the original Black Sabbath lineup to record an album of all-new material that harkened back to the heaviness of their earliest days. The album 13 was released in 2013 and Ozzy toured with Sabbath for much of the year in support of it. The next year focus returned to his solo work with the release of Memoirs of a Madman, a greatest-hits-style collection that offered standout tracks from almost every album in his body of solo work. ~ Barry Weber & Greg Prato, Rovi
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Comments

When I was a baby my dad would put this song on and I would kick in my moms belly
I saw him in Austin with Geezer and Tony for the 13 tour at the Erwin Center. Incredible performance. Some idiot wannabe east coast transplant here told me "yeah I was there and his singing was off-key and horrible, it sucked". I told him ok. Really? Now it's become judgement day for his voice because he couldn't hear himself? (Ozzy continuesly motioned to the idiot side/stage monitor sound guy that nite that he couldn't hear his monitor feed enough). It eventually got dialed in. People watc
Mhenderson. U should pick up a guitar or some drumsticks.u should absolutely follow what u love 100%
Mr Ozzy was a 'CUTIE' in his day !! - Some super 'Riffin' goin' on here !
You right on that. Big time!
this song bring childhood ���� anyone wanna follow me? :)
The Ozzman cometh
YOU R UNIQUE LOVE YOUR MUSIC
I remember seeing Black Sabbath's first appearance on TV (Lawrence Welk? or ......?)(can someone help me here?) in the 60s. So I was about 7 to 9 yrs old. My mom saw my interest and changed the channel. I was playing my dad's guitar at the time, it somehow broke in half and my parents wouldn't help me get another one. I made a makeshift drum set that Neil Peart would have been proud of and they knocked that down(discour a g e ) too.
I never did play guitar, drum
Follow your dreams and don't let go
Life♥
Hey fat. I'm 13 and I listened to this wen I was 6
This song is what got me into metal back n 83 and I was 10 n still rocking black n death metal hail
Excuse me mr fat um i have been listening to this music since i was 5 actually i was 5 when i went to ozzfest okay so you can stuff a sock in it k oh and btw im 13 so yeah you dont know wat ur talking about so shut ur mouth okay okay thx fer ur time
If you're 13 and your parents let you listen to this, you and your parents should have their a** whipped.
Bite down hard
Good band good music
Love u ozzy
My dad has been listening since he was 17 and he is 50 now and I am 13 now still listening to you and I love your music Ozzy thank you for making the music so awesome Ozzy thank you
Hellz yeah!!!
On my P. Floyd station? Really?
Shut up haohmaruofth e w i n d 6 9 . Stop commenting so much on bands.
And hes 66 yrs old
AC/DC is so f-ing good like no joke listening to them now ^-^
Love you ozzy and the family!!!!!
lizdandy
n't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Happy birthday ozzy
I love this person
Ozzy Rules!!!
Haoh I hope u r bullshittin. Cause I love SLAYER
Ozzy!!!You crazy M.F!!
Ozzz fest!!
F**k ya its the song ever
Shot in The Dark great song. Luv the Ultimate Sin album...ROCK ON EVERYONE
Happy birthday Ozzy
Happy birthday Ozzy!
Happy birthday Ozzy!
The Prince has spoken
Happy birthday Ozzy a huge fan of our music and Sabbath
Happy Birthday Ozzy!

Whoever wrote this Bio on Ozzy is a f**king idiot.

His voice was unique!
He was in the very first metal band ever, thus he was the first heavy metal vocalist ever.

Also, how can you write a bio on him without mentioning Ozzfest and the impact that he and his tours have had on heavy metal bands and audiences?
Happy b day ozzy
I would like to wish Ozzy Osborne a Happy 66th Birthday.
halothane55
While he doesn't possess a great voice, he makes up for it with his good ear and dramatic flair. Are you kidding me? His voice was strong, clear, piercing, and haunting. Get a grip Mr. Pandoofus.
halothane55
While he doesn't possess a great voice, he makes up for it with his good ear and dramatic flair Are you kidding me? His voice was brilliant, strong, and haunting. Get a grip Mr. Pandora.
Dude gonna try that
Dude Gonna try that
Dude gonna try that
Dude gonna try that
Dude gonna try that
Dude gonna try that
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