Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne

John MichaelOzzyOsbourne (born 3 December 1948)[8] is an English singer, songwriter, and tv character. He rose to prominence throughout the Seventies because the lead vocalist of the heavy steel band Black Sabbath, throughout which interval he adopted the nickname “Prince of Darkness”.[9]

Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 on account of alcohol and drug issues, however went on to have a profitable solo profession, releasing 12 studio albums, the primary seven of which acquired multi-platinum certifications within the US. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on a number of events. He rejoined in 1997 and helped file the group’s remaining studio album, 13 (2013), earlier than they launched into a farewell tour that ended with a February 2017 efficiency of their hometown, Birmingham. His longevity and success have earned him the casual title “Godfather of Steel”.[10]

Osbourne’s complete album gross sales from his years in Black Sabbath, mixed together with his solo work, are over 100 million.[11][12] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame as a member of Black Sabbath and into the UK Music Corridor of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of the band. He has been honoured with stars on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame and Birmingham Stroll of Stars. On the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, he acquired the International Icon Award. In 2015, Osbourne acquired the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Within the early 2000s, Osbourne turned a actuality tv star, showing as himself within the MTV actuality present The Osbournes alongside spouse and supervisor Sharon and two of their three kids, Kelly and Jack. He co-stars with Jack and Kelly within the tv collection Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour. The present’s third season debuted in June 2018.


Osbourne was born at Marston Inexperienced Maternity Hospital close to to Coleshill, however grew up within the Aston space of Birmingham.[8][13] His mom, Lilian (née Unitt; 1916–2001), was a non-observant Catholic who labored days at a manufacturing facility.[14] His father, John Thomas “Jack” Osbourne (1915–1977), labored night time shifts as a toolmaker on the Basic Electrical Firm.[15][16] Osbourne has three older sisters, Jean, Iris, and Gillian, and two youthful brothers, Paul and Tony. The household lived in a small two-bedroom residence at 14 Lodge Highway in Aston. Osbourne has had the nickname “Ozzy” since main college.[17] Osbourne handled dyslexia at college.[18] On the age of 11, he suffered sexual abuse from college bullies.[19] Drawn to the stage, he took half at school performs akin to Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and HMS Pinafore.[20] He possesses a “hesitant” Brummie accent.[21]

Upon listening to their first hit single at age 14, Osbourne turned a fan of The Beatles. He credit their 1963 track “She Loves You” for uplifting him to turn into a musician.[16][22] He mentioned within the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, “I knew I used to be going to be a rock star the remainder of my life.”[23] Osbourne left college at 15 and was employed as a building web site labourer, trainee plumber, apprentice toolmaker, automotive manufacturing facility horn-tuner, and abattoir employee. Whereas younger he dabbled in crime and spent six weeks in Winson Inexperienced Jail when he was unable to pay a effective after being convicted of burgling a garments store; to show his son a lesson, his father refused to pay the effective.[15]


Black Sabbath

Osbourne (backside left) with Black Sabbath in 1972

In late 1967, Geezer Butler fashioned his first band, Uncommon Breed, and shortly recruited Osbourne to function vocalist.[17] The band performed two reveals, then broke up. Osbourne and Butler reunited in Polka Tulk Blues, together with guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Invoice Ward, whose band Mythology had just lately damaged up. They renamed themselves Earth, however after being unintentionally booked for a present as a substitute of a distinct band with the identical title, they determined to vary their title once more. They lastly settled on the title Black Sabbath in August 1969, primarily based on the movie of the identical title.[24] The band had observed how individuals loved being frightened; impressed, the band determined to play a heavy blues type of music laced with gloomy sounds and lyrics.[8] Whereas recording their first album, Butler learn an occult ebook and wakened seeing a darkish determine on the finish of his mattress. Butler informed Osbourne about it and collectively they wrote the lyrics to “Black Sabbath”, their first track in a darker vein.[25][26]

Regardless of solely a modest funding from their US file label Warner Bros. Information, Black Sabbath met with swift and enduring success. Constructed round Tony Iommi’s guitar riffs, Geezer Butler’s lyrics, Invoice Ward’s darkish tempo drumbeats, and topped by Osbourne’s eerie vocals, early data akin to their debut album Black Sabbath and Paranoid offered large numbers, in addition to getting appreciable airplay. Osbourne remembers a band lament, “in these days, the band wasn’t extremely popular with the ladies”.[17]

At about this time, Osbourne first met his future spouse, Sharon Arden.[17] After the sudden success of their first album, Black Sabbath have been contemplating her father, Don Arden, as their new supervisor, and Sharon was at the moment working as Don’s receptionist.[17] Osbourne admits he was interested in her instantly however assumed that “she in all probability thought I used to be a lunatic”.[17] Osbourne mentioned years later that the perfect factor about finally selecting Don Arden as supervisor was that he bought to see Sharon commonly, although their relationship was strictly skilled at that time.[17]

Simply 5 months after the discharge of Paranoid, the band launched Grasp of Actuality. The album reached the highest ten in each the USA and UK, and was licensed gold in lower than two months.[27] Within the Nineteen Eighties it acquired platinum certification[27] and went Double Platinum within the early twenty first century.[27] Critiques of the album have been unfavourable. Lester Bangs of Rolling Stone famously dismissed Grasp of Actuality as “naïve, simplistic, repetitive, absolute doggerel”, though the exact same journal would later place the album at quantity 298 on their 500 Biggest Albums of All Time record, compiled in 2003.[28] Black Sabbath’s Quantity 4 was launched in September 1972. Critics have been once more dismissive of the album, but it achieved gold standing in lower than a month. It was the band’s fourth consecutive launch to promote a million copies in the USA.[29][30]

In November 1973, Black Sabbath launched the critically acclaimed Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. For the primary time, the band acquired beneficial opinions within the mainstream press. Gordon Fletcher of Rolling Stone referred to as the album “a very gripping affair”, and “nothing lower than an entire success”.[31] Many years later, AllMusic’s Eduardo Rivadavia referred to as the album a “masterpiece, important to any heavy steel assortment”, whereas additionally claiming the band displayed “a newfound sense of finesse and maturity”.[32] The album marked the band’s fifth consecutive platinum promoting album within the US.[33] Sabotage was launched in July 1975. Once more there have been beneficial opinions. Rolling Stone said, “Sabotage just isn’t solely Black Sabbath’s finest file since Paranoid, it could be their finest ever.”[34] In a retrospective assessment, AllMusic was much less beneficial, noting that “the magical chemistry that made such albums as Paranoid and Quantity 4 so particular was starting to disintegrate”.[35] Technical Ecstasy, launched on 25 September 1976, was additionally met with blended opinions. AllMusic offers the album two stars, and notes that the band was “unravelling at an alarming charge”.[36]


Osbourne in 1973

In 1978, Osbourne left the band for 3 months to pursue a solo undertaking he referred to as Blizzard of Ozz,[37] a title which had been recommended by his father.[38] Three members of the band Necromandus, who had supported Sabbath in Birmingham once they have been referred to as Earth, backed Osbourne within the studio and briefly turned the primary incarnation of his solo band.

On the request of the opposite members, Osbourne rejoined Sabbath.[39] The band spent 5 months at Sounds Interchange Studios in Toronto, Canada, writing and recording what would turn into the album By no means Say Die! “It took fairly a very long time”, Iommi mentioned. “We have been getting actually drugged out, doing quite a lot of dope. We would go all the way down to the classes, and must pack up as a result of we have been too stoned; we might must cease. No person might get something proper, we have been in all places, everyone’s taking part in a distinct factor. We would return and sleep it off, and check out once more the following day.”[40]

Touring in assist of By no means Say Die! started in Could 1978 with openers Van Halen. Reviewers referred to as Sabbath’s efficiency “drained and uninspired”, in stark distinction to the “youthful” efficiency of Van Halen, who have been touring the world for the primary time.[41] The band filmed a efficiency on the Hammersmith Odeon in June 1978, launched on video as By no means Say Die. The ultimate present of the tour – and Osbourne’s final look with the band till 1985 – was in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 11 December.

In 1979, again within the studio, stress and battle arose between the members. Osbourne remembers being requested to file his vocals time and again, and tracks being manipulated endlessly by Iommi.[42] This was a degree of rivalry between Osbourne and Iommi. At Iommi’s insistence, and with the assist of Butler and Ward, Osbourne was ejected from the band on 27 April 1979.[17] The explanations supplied to him have been that he was unreliable and had extreme substance use points in comparison with the opposite members. Osbourne claims his drug use and alcohol consumption at the moment was neither higher nor worse than that of the opposite members.[43]

The band changed him with former Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio.[26] “I used to be not, and by no means can be, Ozzy Osbourne,” Dio famous. “He was the vocalist and songwriter in that period who helped create that band and make it what it was, and what it’s in its traditional kind.”[44]

Battle had existed between Iommi and Osbourne from the start. When responding to a 1969 flyer studying “Ozzy Zig Wants Gig- has personal PA”[45] posted in a file retailer, Iommi and Ward arrived on the listed deal with to talk with Ozzy Zig. When Iommi noticed Osbourne emerge from one other room of the home, he left upon discovering it was the identical “pest” he knew from rising up, as he knew of and disliked Osbourne from again of their college days.[17] Iommi had reportedly “punched out” Osbourne quite a few occasions through the years when the singer’s drunken antics had turn into an excessive amount of to take.[46] Iommi remembers one incident within the early Seventies through which Osbourne and Butler have been preventing in a lodge room. Iommi pulled Osbourne off Butler in an try to interrupt up the drunken struggle, and the vocalist proceeded to show round and take a wild swing at him. Iommi responded by knocking Osbourne unconscious with one punch to the jaw.[47]

Solo profession

On leaving Sabbath, Osbourne recalled, “I would bought £96,000 for my share of the title, so I’d simply locked myself away and spent three months doing coke and booze. My pondering was, ‘That is my final social gathering, as a result of after this I am going again to Birmingham and the dole.”[48] Nonetheless, Don Arden signed him to Jet Information with the purpose of recording new materials. Arden dispatched his daughter Sharon to Los Angeles to “take care of Ozzy’s wants, no matter they have been”, to guard his funding.[49] Initially, Arden hoped Osbourne would return to Sabbath (who he was personally managing at the moment), and later tried to persuade the singer to call his new band “Son of Sabbath”, which Osbourne hated.[17] Sharon tried to persuade Osbourne to kind a supergroup with guitarist Gary Moore.[17] “Once I lived in Los Angeles”, Moore recalled, “[Moore’s band] G-Power helped him to audition musicians. If drummers have been attempting out, I performed guitar, and if a bassist got here alongside, my drummer would assist out. We felt sorry for him, mainly. He was all the time hovering round attempting to get me to affix, and I wasn’t having any of it.”[50]

In late 1979, below the administration of the Ardens, Osbourne fashioned the Blizzard of Ozz,[51] that includes drummer Lee Kerslake (of Uriah Heep), bassist-lyricist Bob Daisley (of Rainbow and, later, Uriah Heep), keyboardist Don Airey (of Rainbow and, later, Deep Purple), and guitarist Randy Rhoads (of Quiet Riot). The file firm would finally title the group’s debut album Blizzard of Ozz, credited merely to Osbourne, thus commencing his solo profession. Co-written with Daisley and Rhoads, it introduced Osbourne appreciable success on his first solo effort. Although it’s usually accepted that Osbourne and Rhoads began the band, Daisley later claimed that he and Osbourne fashioned the band in England earlier than Rhoads formally joined.[52]

Blizzard of Ozz is without doubt one of the few albums amongst the 100 best-sellers of the Nineteen Eighties to have achieved multi-platinum standing with out the good thing about a top-40 single. As of August 1997, it had achieved quadruple platinum standing, in line with RIAA.[53] “I envied Ozzy’s profession…” remarked former Sabbath drummer Invoice Ward. “He appeared to be coming round from no matter it was that he’d gone by means of and he appeared to be on his method once more; making data and stuff… I envied it as a result of I wished that… I used to be bitter. And I had a totally depressing time.”[54]

Osbourne performing in Cardiff in 1981

Osbourne’s second album, Diary of a Madman, featured extra songs co-written with Lee Kerslake. For his work on this album and Blizzard of Ozz, Rhoads[24] was ranked the Eighty fifth-greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone journal in 2003.[55] This album is understood for the singles “Over the Mountain” and “Flying Excessive Once more” and, as Osbourne explains in his autobiography, is his private favorite.[17] Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo quickly changed Kerslake and Daisley. Aldridge had been Osbourne’s authentic alternative for drummer, however a dedication to Gary Moore had made him unavailable.[49] Sarzo had performed in Quiet Riot with Rhoads, who really useful him for the place.

On 19 March 1982, the band have been in Florida for the Diary of a Madman tour, and per week away from taking part in Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis. A lightweight plane piloted by Andrew Aycock (the band’s tour bus driver) – carrying Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood, the band’s costume and make-up designer – crashed whereas performing low passes over the band’s tour bus. The left wing of the plane clipped the bus, inflicting the aircraft to graze a tree and crash into the storage of a close-by mansion, killing Rhoads, Aycock, and Youngblood. The crash was dominated the results of “poor judgement by the pilot in buzzing the bus and misjudging clearance of obstacles”.[56] Experiencing firsthand the horrific loss of life of his shut pal and bandmate, Osbourne fell right into a deep despair. The tour was cancelled for 2 weeks whereas Osbourne, Sharon, and Aldridge returned to Los Angeles to take inventory whereas Sarzo remained in Florida with household.[57]

Gary Moore was the primary to be approached to interchange Rhoads, however refused.[57] With a two-week deadline to discover a new guitarist and resume the tour, Robert Sarzo, brother of the band’s bassist Rudy Sarzo, was chosen to interchange Rhoads. Nonetheless, former Gillan guitarist Bernie Tormé had flown to California from England with the promise from Jet Information that he had the job. As soon as Sharon realised that Jet Information had already paid Tormé an advance, he was reluctantly employed as a substitute of Sarzo. The tour resumed on 1 April 1982, however Tormé’s blues-based type was unpopular with followers. After a handful of reveals he knowledgeable Sharon that he can be returning to England to proceed work on a solo album he had begun earlier than coming to America.[58] At an audition in a lodge room, Osbourne chosen Night time Ranger’s Brad Gillis to complete the tour. The tour culminated within the launch of the 1982 reside album Communicate of the Satan, recorded on the Ritz in New York Metropolis. A reside tribute album for Rhoads was additionally later launched. Regardless of the difficulties, Osbourne moved on after Rhoads’ loss of life. Communicate of the Satan, recognized in the UK as Discuss of the Satan, was initially deliberate to include reside recordings from 1981, primarily from Osbourne’s solo work. Underneath contract to provide a reside album, it ended up consisting totally of Sabbath covers recorded with Gillis, Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge.

In 1982 Osbourne appeared as lead vocalist on the Was (Not Was) pop dance observe “Shake Your Head (Let’s Go to Mattress)”. Remixed and rereleased within the early Nineteen Nineties for a Was (Not Was) hits album in Europe, it reached quantity 4 on the UK Singles Chart.[59] In 1983, Jake E. Lee, previously of Ratt and Tough Cutt, joined Osbourne to file Bark on the Moon. The album, cowritten with Daisley, featured Aldridge and former Rainbow keyboard participant Don Airey. The album comprises the fan favorite “Bark on the Moon”. The music video for “Bark on the Moon” was partially filmed on the Holloway Sanitorium outdoors London, England. Inside weeks the album turned licensed gold. It has offered three million copies within the US.[60] 1986’s The Final Sin adopted (with bassist Phil Soussan[61] and drummer Randy Castillo), and touring behind each albums with former Uriah Heep keyboardist John Sinclair becoming a member of previous to the Final Sin tour. On the time of its launch, The Final Sin was Osbourne’s highest-charting studio album. The RIAA awarded the album Platinum standing on 14 Could 1986, quickly after its launch; it was awarded Double Platinum standing on 26 October 1994.[62]

Jake E. Lee and Osbourne parted methods in 1987. Osbourne continued to battle with chemical dependency. That yr he commemorated the fifth anniversary of Rhoads’ loss of life with Tribute, a set of reside recordings from 1981. In 1988 Osbourne appeared in The Decline of Western Civilization Half II: The Steel Years and informed the director Penelope Spheeris that “sobriety fucking sucks”. In the meantime, Osbourne discovered Zakk Wylde, who was essentially the most enduring alternative for Rhoads so far.[63] Collectively they recorded No Relaxation for the Depraved with Castillo on drums, Sinclair on keyboards, and Daisley co-writing lyrics and taking part in bass. The next tour noticed Osbourne reunited with erstwhile Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler on bass. A reside EP (entitled Simply Say Ozzy) that includes Geezer was launched two years later. In 1988, Osbourne carried out on the rock ballad “Shut My Eyes Without end”, a duet with Lita Ford, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Scorching 100.[64] In 1989 Osbourne carried out on the Moscow Music Peace Pageant.[65]

Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman LP (backside) on show on the Dwelling of Steel Exhibition held on the Birmingham Museum and Artwork Gallery in his residence metropolis Birmingham

Profitable by means of the Nineteen Eighties, Osbourne sustained industrial success into the Nineteen Nineties, beginning with 1991’s No Extra Tears, that includes “Mama, I am Coming Dwelling”. The album loved a lot radio and MTV publicity. It additionally initiated a observe of bringing in outdoors composers to assist pen Osbourne’s solo materials as a substitute of counting on his recording ensemble. The album was blended by veteran rock producer Michael Wagener. Osbourne was awarded a Grammy Award for the observe “I Do not Wish to Change the World” from Dwell & Loud, for Finest Steel Efficiency of 1994.[66] Wagener additionally blended the reside album Dwell & Loud launched on 28 June 1993. Supposed to be Osbourne’s remaining album, it went platinum 4 occasions over,[67] and ranked at quantity 10 on that yr’s Billboard rock charts. At this level Osbourne expressed his fatigue with touring, and proclaimed his “retirement tour” (which was to be short-lived). It was referred to as “No Extra Excursions”, a pun on No Extra Tears. Alice in Chains’ Mike Inez took over on bass and Kevin Jones performed keyboards as Sinclair was touring with the Cult.

Osbourne’s complete CD catalogue was remastered and reissued in 1995. In 1995 Osbourne launched Ozzmosis and returned to touring, dubbing his live performance performances “The Retirement Sucks Tour”. The album reached quantity 4 on the US Billboard 200. The RIAA licensed the album gold and platinum in that very same yr, and double platinum in April 1999.[68]

The road-up on Ozzmosis was Wylde, Butler (who had simply stop Black Sabbath once more) and former Unhealthy English, Steve Vai and Hardline drummer Deen Castronovo, who later joined Journey. Keyboards have been performed by Rick Wakeman and producer Michael Beinhorn. The tour maintained Butler and Castronovo and noticed Sinclair return, however a serious line-up change was the introduction of former David Lee Roth guitarist Joe Holmes. Wylde was contemplating a proposal to affix Weapons N’ Roses. Unable to attend for a choice on Wylde’s departure, Osbourne changed him. In early 1996, Butler and Castronovo left. Inez and Randy Castillo (Lita Ford, Mötley Crüe) stuffed in. Finally, Religion No Extra’s Mike Bordin and former Suicidal Tendencies and future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo joined on drums and bass respectively. A best hits package deal, The Ozzman Cometh, was issued in 1997.


Ozzfest live performance poster (center) on a storefront door in Prague, Czech Republic (Summer season 2002)

Osbourne’s largest monetary success of the Nineteen Nineties was a enterprise named Ozzfest, created and managed by his spouse/supervisor Sharon and assisted by his son Jack. The primary Ozzfest was held in Phoenix, Arizona, on 25 October 1996 and in Devore, California, on 26 October. Ozzfest was an prompt hit with steel followers, serving to many up-and-coming teams who have been featured there to broad publicity and industrial success. Some acts shared the invoice with a reformed Black Sabbath throughout the 1997 Ozzfest tour, starting in West Palm Seaside, Florida. Osbourne reunited with the unique members of Sabbath in 1997 and has carried out periodically with them since.

Since its starting, 5 million individuals have attended Ozzfest which has grossed over US$100 million. The pageant helped promote many new onerous rock and heavy steel acts of the late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s. Ozzfest helped Osbourne to turn into the primary onerous rock and heavy steel star to hit $50 million in merchandise gross sales. In 2005, Osbourne and his spouse Sharon starred in an MTV competitors actuality present entitled “Battle for Ozzfest”. A lot of but unsigned bands ship one member to compete in a problem to win a spot on the 2005 Ozzfest and a attainable recording contract. Shortly after Ozzfest 2005, Osbourne introduced that he’ll not headline Ozzfest. Though he introduced his retirement from Ozzfest, Osbourne got here again headlining the tour. In 2006 Osbourne closed the occasion for simply over half the live shows, leaving the others to be closed by System of a Down. He additionally performed the closing act for the second stage at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on 1 July in addition to Randalls Island, New York on 29 July. After the live performance in Bristol, Virginia, Osbourne introduced he would return for one more yr of Ozzfest in 2007.

Tickets for the 2007 tour have been supplied to followers freed from cost, which led to some controversy. In 2008, Ozzfest was diminished to a one-day occasion in Dallas, the place Osbourne performed, together with Metallica and King Diamond. In 2010, Osbourne appeared because the headliner closing the present after opening acts Halford and Mötley Crüe. The tour, although small (solely six US venues and one UK venue have been performed), generated rave opinions.[69][70][71][72]


Osbourne on tour in Japan in 1999

All the way down to Earth, Osbourne’s first album of latest studio materials in six years, was launched on 16 October 2001. A reside album, Dwell at Budokan, adopted in 2002. All the way down to Earth, which achieved platinum standing in 2003, featured the one “Dreamer”, a track which peaked at quantity 10 on Billboards Mainstream Rock Tracks.[73] In June 2002, Osbourne was invited to take part within the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, performing the Black Sabbath anthem “Paranoid” on the Social gathering on the Palace live performance within the grounds of Buckingham Palace.[74] In 2003, Osbourne recruited former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, although his time with Osbourne can be brief. Curiously, Osbourne’s former bassist Robert Trujillo changed Newsted in Metallica throughout this similar interval.

On 8 December 2003, Osbourne was rushed into emergency surgical procedure at Slough’s Wexham Park Hospital when he had an accident together with his quad bike on his property in Jordans, Buckinghamshire.[75] Osbourne broke his collar bone, eight ribs, and a neck vertebra.[75] An operation was carried out to elevate the collarbone, which was believed to be resting on a serious artery and interrupting blood movement to the arm. Sharon later revealed that Osbourne had stopped respiration following the crash and was resuscitated by Osbourne’s then private bodyguard, Sam Ruston. Whereas in hospital, Osbourne achieved his first ever UK primary single, a duet of the Black Sabbath ballad, “Adjustments” with daughter Kelly.[76] In doing so, he broke the file of the longest interval between an artist’s first UK chart look (with Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”, quantity 4 in August 1970) and their first primary hit: a spot of 33 years.[76] For the reason that quad accident, other than some short-term reminiscence issues, he absolutely recovered and headlined the 2004 Ozzfest, within the reunited Black Sabbath.

Osbourne in 2007 with the Mayor of Birmingham in his residence metropolis

In March 2005, Osbourne launched a field set referred to as Prince of Darkness. The primary and second discs are collections of reside performances, B-sides, demos and singles. The third disc contained duets and different odd tracks with different artists, together with “Born to Be Wild” with Miss Piggy. The fourth disc, is totally new materials the place Osbourne covers his favorite songs by his largest influences and favorite bands, together with The Beatles, John Lennon, David Bowie and others.[77] In November 2005, Osbourne launched the covers album Underneath Cowl, that includes 10 songs from the fourth disc of Prince of Darkness and three extra songs.[78] Osbourne’s band for this album included Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell,[79] bassist Chris Wyse[79] and Religion No Extra drummer Mike Bordin.[79]

Osbourne additionally helped choose the 2005 UK collection of the X-Issue the place his spouse Sharon was one of many predominant judges.[80] In March 2006, he mentioned that he hoped to launch a brand new studio album quickly with longtime on-off guitarist, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. In October 2006, it was introduced that Tony Iommi, Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, and Geezer Butler can be touring collectively once more, although not as Black Sabbath, however below the moniker Heaven and Hell (the title of Dio’s first Black Sabbath album).

Osbourne’s subsequent album, titled Black Rain, was launched on 22 Could 2007. His first new studio album in nearly six years, it featured a extra critical tone than earlier albums. “I assumed I would by no means write once more with none stimulation… However what? As a substitute of selecting up the bottle I simply bought trustworthy and mentioned, ‘I do not need life to go [to pieces]'”, Osbourne said to Billboard journal.[81]

Osbourne on the 2009 BlizzCon live performance held in Anaheim, California

Osbourne revealed in July 2009 that he was presently searching for a brand new guitar participant. Whereas he states that he has not fallen out with Zakk Wylde, he mentioned he felt his songs have been starting to sound like Black Label Society and fancied a change.[82] In August 2009, Osbourne carried out on the gaming pageant BlizzCon with a brand new guitarist in his line-up, Gus G.[83] Osbourne additionally supplied his voice and likeness to the online game Brütal Legend character The Guardian of Steel.[84] In November, Slash featured Osbourne on vocals in his single “Crucify the Useless”,[85] and Osbourne with spouse Sharon have been visitor hosts on WWE Uncooked.[86] In December, Osbourne introduced he can be releasing a brand new album titled Soul Sucka with Gus G, Tommy Clufetos on drums, and Blasko on bass.[87] Damaging fan suggestions was dropped at Osbourne’s consideration relating to the album title. In respect of fan opinion, on 29 March Osbourne introduced his album can be renamed Scream.[88]


On 13 April 2010, Osbourne introduced the discharge date for Scream can be 15 June 2010.[89] The discharge date was later modified to per week later. A single from the album, “Let Me Hear You Scream”, debuted on 14 April 2010 episode of CSI: NY. The track spent eight weeks on the Billboard Rock Songs chart, peaking at No. 7.

Osbourne on stage with bassist Blasko in 2013

On 9 August 2010, Osbourne introduced that the second single from the album can be “Life Will not Wait” and the video for the track can be directed by his son Jack.[90] When requested of his opinions on Scream in an interview, Osbourne introduced that he’s “already fascinated with the following album”. Osbourne’s present drummer, Tommy Clufetos, has mirrored this sentiment, saying that “We’re already arising with new concepts backstage, within the lodge rooms and at soundcheck and have a bunch of concepts recorded”.[91] In October 2014, Osbourne launched Memoirs of a Madman, a set celebrating his complete solo profession. A CD model contained 17 singles from throughout his profession, by no means earlier than compiled collectively. The DVD model contained music movies, reside performances, and interviews.[92]

In August 2015, Epic Information president Sylvia Rhone confirmed with Billboard that Osbourne was engaged on one other studio album;[93][94][95][96] in September 2019, Osbourne introduced he had completed the album in 4 weeks following his collaboration with Put up Malone.[97][98] In April 2017, it was introduced that guitarist Zakk Wylde would reunite with Osbourne for a summer time tour to mark the thirtieth anniversary of their first collaboration on 1988’s No Relaxation for the Depraved.[99] The primary present of the tour occurred on 14 July on the Rock USA Pageant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.[100]

On 6 November 2017, Ozzy was introduced because the headline act for the Sunday of the 2018 Obtain Pageant held yearly at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Having beforehand graced the primary stage in earlier years fronting Black Sabbath, this can be his first-ever Obtain headline solo look. The Obtain Pageant set comes as a part of Osbourne’s remaining world tour announcement that morning.[101]

On 6 February 2018, Osbourne introduced that he would embark on his remaining world tour dubbed No Extra Excursions II, a reference to his 1992 tour of the identical title, with assist from Stone Bitter on the North American portion of the tour.[102] He later insisted that he wouldn’t retire, “It is ‘No Extra Excursions’, so I am simply not doing world excursions anymore. I am nonetheless going to be doing gigs, however I am not happening tour for six months at a time anymore. I would prefer to spend a while at residence.”[103]

On 6 September 2019, Osbourne featured on the track “Take What You Need” by Put up Malone. The track would peak on the Billboard Scorching 100 charts at quantity 8, making it Osbourne’s first US High 10 single in 30 years since he was featured on Lita Ford’s “Shut My Eyes Without end”.[104]


On 21 February 2020, Osbourne launched his first solo album in nearly ten years, Extraordinary Man, which acquired optimistic opinions from music critics and debuted at quantity three on the UK Albums Chart.[105][106] A number of days after the discharge, Osbourne informed IHeartRadio that he wished to make one other album with Andrew Watt, the primary producer of Extraordinary Man.[107][108] One week after the discharge of the album, an 8-bit online game devoted to Osbourne was launched, referred to as Legend of Ozzy.[109] Osbourne has began engaged on his comply with up album, as soon as once more with Andrew Watt.[110] In November 2021, Sony introduced that Osbourne’s album can be launched inside six months;[111] it was additionally introduced that Zakk Wylde could have full involvement within the album.[112]

Black Sabbath reunion

Osbourne singing at Black Sabbath’s remaining efficiency which occurred of their residence metropolis Birmingham, February 2017

It was introduced on 11 November 2011 throughout a information convention on the Whisky a Go Go membership on West Hollywood’s Sundown Strip that the unique Black Sabbath line up of Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Invoice Ward would reunite for a world tour and new album, to be produced by Rick Rubin.[113] Invoice Ward dropped out for contractual causes, however the undertaking continued with Rage Towards the Machine’s Brad Wilk stepping in for Ward on drums. On 21 Could 2012, Black Sabbath performed on the O2 Academy of their hometown Birmingham, their first live performance since their reunion.[114] The album, entitled 13, was launched 11 June 2013,[115] and topped each the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.[116][117]

In January 2016, the band started a farewell tour, titled “The Finish”, signifying the ultimate performances of Black Sabbath.[118][119]
The ultimate reveals of The Finish tour occurred on the Genting Area of their residence metropolis of Birmingham, England on 2 and 4 February 2017, with Tommy Clufetos changing Invoice Ward because the drummer for the ultimate present.[120][121]

Different manufacturing work

Osbourne achieved better movie star standing through his personal model of actuality tv. The Osbournes, a collection that includes the home lifetime of Osbourne and his household (spouse Sharon, kids Jack and Kelly, occasional appearances from his son Louis, however eldest daughter Aimee didn’t take part). This system turned considered one of MTV’s best hits. It premiered on 5 March 2002, and the ultimate episode aired on 21 March 2005.[122]

Osbourne (centre) and his touring band in 2011

The success of The Osbournes led Osbourne and the remainder of his household to host the thirtieth Annual American Music Awards in January 2003.[123][124] The night time was marked with fixed “bleeping” on account of a few of the lewd and raunchy remarks made by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Presenter Patricia Heaton walked out halfway in disgust.[125] On 20 February 2008, Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne hosted the 2008 BRIT Awards held at Earls Court docket, London.[126] Ozzy appeared in a TV industrial for I Cannot Imagine It is Not Butter! which started airing within the UK in February 2006.[127] Ozzy seems in a industrial for the net online game World of Warcraft.[128] He was additionally featured within the music online game Guitar Hero World Tour as a playable character. He turns into unlocked upon finishing “Mr. Crowley” and “Loopy Prepare” within the vocalist profession.

Osbourne printed an autobiography in October 2009, titled I Am Ozzy.[129] Osbourne says ghost author Chris Ayres informed the singer he has sufficient materials for a second ebook. A film adaptation of I Am Ozzy can be within the works, and Osbourne says he hopes “an unknown man from England” will get the position over a longtime actor, whereas Sharon said she would select established English actress Carey Mulligan to play her.[130]

A documentary movie about Osbourne’s life and profession, entitled God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, premiered in April 2011 on the Tribeca Movie Pageant and was launched on DVD in November 2011.[131] The movie was produced by Osbourne’s son Jack.[132] On 15 Could 2013 Osbourne, together with the present members of Black Sabbath, appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation titled “Pores and skin within the Sport”. The Historical past Channel premiered a comedy actuality tv collection starring Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack Osbourne on 24 July 2016 named Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour.[133] Throughout every episode Ozzy and Jack go to a number of websites to find out about historical past from consultants, and discover uncommon or quirky points of their background.

Osbourne appeared in a November 2017 episode of Gogglebox together with different UK celebrities akin to Ed Sheeran, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, and Labour Social gathering chief Jeremy Corbyn as a part of Channel 4 and Most cancers Analysis UK’s Stand As much as Most cancers fundraising marketing campaign.[134] In November 2017, Osbourne entered into a brand new realm of sponsorship as he signed on as an envoy of a rock-themed on-line on line casino referred to as Steel On line casino, which was based by steel music followers in August 2017.[135] In February 2019, Osbourne’s merchandising accomplice introduced that Ozzy would have his personal branded on-line slots sport as a part of the NetEnt Rocks music-themed portfolio.[136]


Birmingham Stroll of Stars

Osbourne’s star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in Los Angeles 27 April 2012

Osbourne has acquired a number of awards for his contributions to the music neighborhood. In 1994, he was awarded a Grammy Award for the observe “I Do not Wish to Change the World” from Dwell & Loud for Finest Steel Efficiency of 1994.[66] On the 2004 NME Awards in London, Osbourne acquired the award for Godlike Genius.[137] In 2005 Osbourne was inducted into the UK Music Corridor of Fame each as a solo artist and as a member of Black Sabbath.[138] In 2006, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame with Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Invoice Ward, and Geezer Butler.[139]

In 2007 Osbourne was honoured on the second annual VH1 Rock Honors, together with Genesis, Coronary heart, and ZZ High. As well as, that yr a bronze star honouring Osbourne was positioned on Broad Road in Birmingham, England whereas Osbourne watched.[140] On 18 Could Osbourne had acquired discover that he can be the primary inductee into The Birmingham Stroll of Stars. He was offered the award by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. “I’m actually honoured”, he mentioned, “All my household is right here and I thank everybody for this reception—I am completely knocked out”.[140]

In 2008 Osbourne was topped with the distinguished Dwelling Legend award within the Traditional Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Previous recipients embody Alice Cooper, Lemmy, Jimmy Web page. Slash, the previous Weapons N’ Roses guitarist, offered the award.[141] In 2010 Osbourne gained the “Literary Achievement” honour for his memoir, I Am Ozzy, on the Guys Selection Awards at Sony Photos Studio in Culver Metropolis, California. Osbourne was offered with the award by Sir Ben Kingsley. The ebook debuted at No. 2 on the New York Occasions’ hardcover non-fiction best-seller record.[142] Osbourne was additionally a choose for the sixth,[143] tenth and eleventh[144] annual Unbiased Music Awards to assist impartial artists’ careers. In Could 2015, Osbourne acquired the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors at a ceremony held on the Grosvenor Home Resort, London.[145] In 2016, Osbourne had a tram named after him in his residence metropolis of Birmingham.[146]

On April 6, 2021, Osbourne was inducted into the movie star wing of the WWE Corridor of Fame for his varied appearances, notably for his look at WrestleMania 2 in 1986.[147]

Private life

In 1971, Osbourne met his first spouse Thelma (née Riley) at a nightclub in Birmingham referred to as the Rum Runner, the place she labored.[17] They have been married later that yr and kids Jessica and Louis have been quickly born whereas Osbourne adopted Thelma’s son Elliot. Osbourne later referred to his first marriage as “a horrible mistake”.[17] His drug and alcohol use, coupled together with his frequent absences whereas touring with Black Sabbath, took their toll on his household life; his kids later complained that he was not a great father. Within the 2011 documentary movie God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, produced by his son Jack, Osbourne sheepishly admitted that he couldn’t even keep in mind when Louis and Jessica have been born.[148]

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in Hawaii (2004)

Osbourne married his supervisor Sharon Arden on 4 July 1982 and the couple had three kids collectively, Aimee (born 2 September 1983), Kelly (born 27 October 1984), and Jack (born 8 November 1985). He later confessed that the well-known “Fourth of July” US Independence Day date was chosen in order that he would always remember his anniversary. Guitarist Randy Rhoads predicted in 1981 that the couple would “in all probability get married sometime” regardless of their fixed bickering and the truth that Osbourne was nonetheless married to Thelma on the time.[58] Osbourne has quite a few grandchildren.[149]

Osbourne wrote a track for his daughter Aimee, which appeared as a B-side on the album Ozzmosis. On the finish of the track, mentioned daughter may be heard saying “I will all the time be your angel”, referring to the track’s refrain lyrics. The track “My Little Man”, which seems on Ozzmosis, was written about his son Jack. The Osbourne household divide their time between their Buckinghamshire[150] mansion and a house in Los Angeles, California.[151]

Although Osbourne has lengthy been accused of being a Satanist, it was reported by The New York Occasions in 1992 that he was a working towards member of the Church of England and prayed earlier than every present.[152] In 2002, Osbourne and spouse Sharon have been invited to the White Home Correspondents’ Affiliation dinner by Fox Information Channel correspondent Greta Van Susteren for that yr’s occasion. Then-President George W. Bush famous Osbourne’s presence by joking, “The factor about Ozzy is, he is made quite a lot of large hit recordings – ‘Social gathering with the Animals’, ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’, ‘Dealing with Hell’, ‘Black Skies’ and ‘Massacre in Paradise’. Ozzy, Mother loves your stuff.”[153]

Ozzy and his spouse are one of many UK’s richest {couples}, in line with the Sunday Occasions Wealthy Record. They ranked at quantity 458 in 2005, with an estimated £100 million earned from recording, touring, and TV reveals. Osbourne has over 15 tattoos, essentially the most well-known of that are the letters O-Z-Z-Y throughout the knuckles of his left hand. This was his first tattoo, created by himself as an adolescent with a stitching needle and pencil lead.[15] A longtime fan of the comedy troupe Monty Python, in a 2010 interview with Us Weekly Osbourne said, “My favorite film is Monty Python’s Lifetime of Brian“.[154] Osbourne suffered minor burns after a small home hearth in January 2013.[155] On his sixty fifth birthday on 3 December 2013, he requested followers to have a good time his birthday by donating to the Royal Marsden most cancers charity in London.[156]

On 6 February 2019, Osbourne was hospitalised in an undisclosed location on his physician’s recommendation on account of flu issues, suspending the European leg of his “No Extra Excursions 2” tour. The problem was described as a “extreme upper-respiratory an infection” following a bout with the flu which his physician feared might grow to be pneumonia, given the physicality of the reside performances and an intensive journey schedule all through Europe in harsh winter situations.[157] Pneumonia targets the airway and respiration and is often deadly in aged sufferers, necessitating the preventive measures.[158] By 12 February 2019, Osbourne had been moved to intensive care. Tour promoters Dwell Nation mentioned in a press release that they have been hopeful that Osbourne can be “match and wholesome” and capable of honour tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in March.[159] Osbourne later cancelled the tour totally, and in the end all reveals scheduled for 2019, after sustaining critical accidents from a fall in his Los Angeles residence whereas nonetheless recovering from pneumonia.[160] He was recognized with Parkinson’s illness in February 2019, which he publicly revealed in January 2020.[161][162] In February 2020, Osbourne cancelled the 2020 North American tour, searching for remedy in Switzerland till April.[163]

Drug and alcohol use

Osbourne has misused alcohol and different medicine for many of his grownup life. He admitted to Sounds in 1978, “I get excessive, I get fucked up … what the hell’s improper with getting fucked up? There should be one thing improper with the system in that case many individuals must get fucked up … I by no means take dope or something earlier than I’m going on stage. I will smoke a joint or no matter afterwards.”[164] Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi mentioned that whereas all of the band have been concerned with alcohol and different medicine to varied levels within the Seventies, Osbourne had the unhealthiest life-style of all of them. Regardless of this, mentioned Iommi, he was usually the one one left standing when the others have been “out for the rely”.[47] Longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde has attributed Osbourne’s longevity despite many years of substance misuse to “a really particular type of fortitude that is larger than King Kong and Godzilla mixed… significantly, he is onerous as nails, man!”[165]

Osbourne’s first expertise with cocaine was in early 1971 at a lodge in Denver, Colorado, after a present Black Sabbath had accomplished with Mountain.[17] He states that Mountain’s guitarist, Leslie West, launched him to the drug.[17] Although West is reluctant to take credit score for introducing Osbourne to cocaine, Osbourne remembers the expertise fairly clearly: “If you come from Aston and also you fall in love with cocaine, you keep in mind whenever you began. It is like having your first fuck!”[17] Osbourne says that upon first attempting the drug, “The world went a bit fuzzy after that.”[17]

Osbourne’s drug and alcohol misuse have at occasions brought on friction inside his band. Don Airey, keyboardist for Osbourne throughout his early solo profession, has mentioned that the vocalist’s substance-misuse points have been what in the end brought on him to go away the band.[166] In his memoir Off the Rails, former bassist Rudy Sarzo detailed the frustrations felt by him and his bandmates as they coped with life on the street with the vocalist, who was in a state of near-constant inebriation and was usually so hungover that he would refuse to carry out. When he was capable of carry out, his voice was usually so broken from cigarettes and alcohol that the efficiency suffered. Many reveals on the American leg of the 1981-82 Diary of a Madman tour have been merely cancelled, and the members of his band shortly started to tire of the unpredictability, coupled with the usually violent temper swings he was susceptible to when drunk.[58]

Osbourne claims in his autobiography that he was invited in 1981 to a gathering with the top of CBS Europe in Germany. Intoxicated, he determined to lighten the temper by performing a striptease on the desk after which kissing the file govt on the lips. In response to his spouse Sharon, he had really carried out a goose-step up and down the desk and urinated within the govt’s wine, however was too drunk to recollect.[43]

On 18 February 1982, whereas carrying his future spouse Sharon’s gown for a photoshoot close to the Alamo, Osbourne drunkenly urinated on a cenotaph erected in honour of those that died on the Battle of the Alamo in Texas, throughout the road from the precise constructing.[167] A police officer arrested Osbourne,[168] and he was subsequently banned from the town of San Antonio for a decade.[169] Osbourne had been on a protracted consuming binge and earlier that very same day had drunkenly fired his complete band, together with Randy Rhoads, after they’d knowledgeable him that they might not take part in a deliberate reside album of Black Sabbath songs. He additionally bodily attacked Rhoads and Rudy Sarzo in a lodge bar that morning, and Sharon knowledgeable the band that she feared he had “lastly snapped”. Osbourne later had no reminiscence of firing his band and the tour continued, although his relationship with Rhoads by no means absolutely recovered.[58] In Could 1984, Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, once more for public intoxication.[170] Probably the most infamous incident got here in August 1989, when Sharon claimed that Ozzy had tried to strangle her after returning residence from the Moscow Music Peace Pageant, in a haze of alcohol and medicines.[171] The incident led Ozzy to 6 months in rehabilitation, after which era, Sharon regained her religion in her husband and didn’t press prices.[172]

Although he has managed to stay clear and sober for prolonged durations in recent times,[173] Osbourne has regularly commented on his former wild life-style, expressing bewilderment at his personal survival by means of 40 years of drug and alcohol misuse.[174] Upon being fired from Black Sabbath in 1979, Osbourne spent the following three months locked in his lodge room taking huge quantities of alcohol and different medicine all day, each day.[175] He claims that he would definitely have died if his future spouse Sharon had not supplied to handle him as a solo artist.[176]

In 2003, Osbourne informed the Los Angeles Occasions how he was practically incapacitated by treatment prescribed by a Beverly Hills physician.[177] The physician was alleged to have prescribed 13,000 doses of 32 medicine in a single yr.[178] Nonetheless, after a nine-year investigation by the Medical Board of California, the Beverly Hills doctor was exonerated of all prices of extreme prescribing.[179]

Osbourne skilled tremors for some years and linked them to his steady drug misuse. In Could 2005, he discovered it was really Parkin, a genetic situation, the signs of that are just like Parkinson’s illness. Osbourne must take every day treatment for the remainder of his life to fight the involuntary shudders related to the situation.[180] Osbourne has additionally proven signs of delicate listening to loss, as depicted within the tv present, The Osbournes, the place he usually asks his household to repeat what they are saying. On the TEDMED Convention in October 2010, scientists from Knome joined Osbourne on stage to debate their evaluation of Osbourne’s entire genome, which make clear how the famously hard-living rocker has survived many years of drug misuse.[181]

In April 2013, Osbourne revealed by means of Fb that he had resumed consuming and taking medicine for the previous yr and a half, stating he “was in a really darkish place” however mentioned he had been sober once more since early March. He additionally apologised to Sharon, his household, buddies, bandmates and his followers for his “insane” behaviour throughout that interval.[182] In a February 2021 interview with Selection, Ozzy and his son Jack (who has been sober for 17 years) opened up about their restoration. Ozzy admitted to having been sober for about seven years.[183]


Osbourne, flanked by Philadelphia law enforcement officials, leaves Borders in Middle Metropolis after signing copies of his autobiography, I Am Ozzy on 27 January 2010.

All through his profession, many spiritual teams have accused Osbourne of being a damaging affect on youngsters, stating that his style of rock music has been used to glorify Satanism. Scholar Christopher M. Moreman in contrast the controversy to these levelled in opposition to the occultist Aleister Crowley. Each have been demonised by the media and a few spiritual teams for his or her antics. Though Osbourne tempts the comparability together with his track “Mr. Crowley”, he denies the cost of being a Satanist; conversely, it has been alleged that Osbourne is a member of the Church of England and that he prays earlier than taking the stage every night time earlier than each live performance.[184][185]

In 1981, after signing his first solo profession file deal, Osbourne bit the top off a dove throughout a gathering with CBS Information executives in Los Angeles.[186] Apparently, he had deliberate to launch doves into the air as an indication of peace, however on account of being intoxicated on the time, he as a substitute grabbed a dove and bit its head off. He then spat the top out,[186][187] with blood nonetheless dripping from his lips. Regardless of its controversy, the head-biting act has been parodied and alluded to a number of occasions all through his profession and is a part of what made Osbourne well-known.[168]

“I’m just like the Dennis the Menace type of loopy. Enjoyable loopy, I hope.”

—Osbourne describing himself within the British documentary, Hellraisers, Channel 4, 2000.[188]

On 20 January 1982, Osbourne bit the top off a bat[189] that he thought was rubber whereas performing on the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa. Rolling Stone journal in 2004 ranked this incident quantity two on its record of “Rock’s Wildest Myths”.[190] Whereas the Rolling Stone article said the bat was alive, 17-year-old Mark Neal[186] who threw it onto the stage mentioned it was dropped at the present lifeless.[186] In response to Osbourne within the booklet to the 2002 version of Diary of a Madman, the bat was not solely alive however managed to chew him, leading to Osbourne being handled for rabies. On 20 January 2019, Osbourne commemorated the thirty seventh anniversary of the bat incident by providing an ‘Ozzy Plush Bat’ toy “with removable head” on the market on his private web-store. The location claimed the primary batch of toys offered out inside hours.[191]

On New 12 months’s Eve 1983, Canadian youth James Jollimore killed a girl and her two sons in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after listening to the “Bark on the Moon” track. A pal of the assassin quoted: “Jimmy mentioned that each time he listened to the track he felt unusual inside … He mentioned when he heard it on New 12 months’s Eve he went out and stabbed somebody”.[192]

In 1984, California teenager John McCollum dedicated suicide whereas listening to Osbourne’s “Suicide Answer”. The track offers with the risks of alcohol misuse. McCollum’s suicide led to allegations that Osbourne promoted suicide in his songs. Regardless of figuring out McCollum suffered medical despair, his mother and father sued Osbourne (McCollum v. CBS)[193] for his or her son’s loss of life, saying the lyrics within the track, “The place to cover, suicide is the one method out. Do not what it is actually about?” satisfied McCollum to commit suicide. The household’s lawyer recommended that Osbourne ought to be criminally charged for encouraging a youngster to commit suicide, however the courts dominated in Osbourne’s favour, saying there was no connection between the track and McCollum’s suicide. Osbourne was sued for a similar cause in 1991 (Waller v. Osbourne), by the mother and father of Michael Waller, for $9 million, however the courts as soon as once more dominated in Osbourne’s favour.[194]

In lawsuits filed in 2000 and 2002 which have been dismissed by the courts in 2003, former band members Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake, and Phil Soussan said that Osbourne was delinquent in paying them royalties and had denied them due credit score on albums they performed on.[195][196] In November 2003, a Federal Appeals Court docket unanimously upheld the dismissal by the US District Court docket for the Central District of California of the lawsuit introduced by Daisley and Kerslake. The US Court docket of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dominated that Osbourne doesn’t owe any royalties or credit score to the previous band members who have been let go in 1981.[197] To resolve additional points, administration selected to interchange Daisley and Kerslake’s contributions on the unique masters, changing them with Robert Trujillo on bass and Mike Bordin on drums. The albums have been then reissued.[198] The unique tracks have since been restored in accordance with the thirtieth anniversary of these albums.

In July 2010, Osbourne and Tony Iommi determined to discontinue the courtroom proceedings over possession of the Black Sabbath trademark. As reported to Blabbermouth, “Each events are glad to place this behind them and to cooperate for the longer term and would love it to be recognized that the problem was by no means private, it was all the time enterprise.”[199]

Band members

Present members:

  • Ozzy Osbourne – vocals (1979–current)
  • Zakk Wylde – lead guitar (1987–1992, 1995, 1998, 2001–2004, 2006–2009, 2017–current)[200]
  • Rob “Blasko” Nicholson – bass (2003, 2006–current)
  • Adam Wakeman – keyboards, rhythm guitar (2004–current)
  • Tommy Clufetos – drums (2010–current)



  • Blizzard of Ozz Tour (1980–1981)
  • Diary of a Madman Tour (1981–1982)
  • Communicate of the Satan Tour (1982–1983)
  • Bark on the Moon Tour (1983–1985)
  • The Final Sin Tour (1986)
  • No Relaxation for the Depraved Tour (1988–1989)
  • Theatre of Insanity Tour (1991–1992)
  • No Extra Excursions Tour (1992)
  • Retirement Sucks Tour (1995–1996)
  • The Ozzman Cometh Tour (1998)
  • Merry Mayhem Tour (2001)[201]
  • All the way down to Earth Tour (2002)
  • Black Rain Tour (2008)
  • Scream World Tour (2010–2011)
  • Ozzy and Pals Tour (2012)
  • No Extra Excursions II (2018–current)[202]


  • Trick or Deal with (1986) – Rev. Aaron Gilstrom
  • The Decline of Western Civilization Half II: The Steel Years (1988) – Himself (Documentary)
  • The Jerky Boys: The Film (1995) – Band Supervisor
  • South Park (1999) – Himself (voice)
  • Little Nicky (2000) – Himself
  • Moulin Rouge! (2001) – The Inexperienced Fairy (voice)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) – Himself
  • Dame Edna Dwell on the Palace (2003)
  • Robbie the Reindeer in Shut Encounters of the Herd Form (2007) – Vicar (voice)
  • Brütal Legend (2009) (Video Sport) – The Guardian of Steel, Dadbat (voice)
  • Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) – Fawn (voice)
  • Fish Hooks (2011) – Earth Troll (voice)
  • Howard Stern on Demand (2013) – Himself
  • Bubble Guppies (2015) – Sid Fishy (voice)
  • Ghostbusters (2016) – Himself
  • The 7D (2016) – Duke the Drear (voice)
  • Sherlock Gnomes (2018) – Fawn (voice)
  • Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm (2020) – Himself[203][204]
  • Trolls World Tour (2020) – King Thrash

  • Ozzy Osbourne at IMDb
  • The Official Ozzy Osbourne Web site
  • Ozzfest Info
  • Ozzy Osbourne Dwell Picture Gallery

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