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A complete biography on rock musician Ozzy Osbourne. I put this together for a class project a few years ago. It is a very detailed and very long show.

A complete biography on rock musician Ozzy Osbourne. I put this together for a class project a few years ago. It is a very detailed and very long show.

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    • John Michael Osbourne was born on December 3 rd , 1948 in Birmingham, England. While in grammar school, John Osbourne was nicknamed "Ozzy", short for his last name "Osbourne". Ozzy was born into a very poor family. He barely had any clothes. His apartment had no indoor plumbing and no indoor bathroom. He slept in one bed with all 5 of his brothers and sisters.
    • At age 15, Ozzy quits school and begins work as a plumbers mate. This job didn't last too long, and Ozzy moved on to work at a slaughter house. He got tired of that, and he wound up getting a job with his mother testing car horns. This is where Ozzy's first musical influence started.
    • Dissatisfied with the low income he’s earning, he turns to a life of crime, robbing small clothes stores and private homes. The cops keep catching him though, because he wears gloves, but the fingers are cut out, leaving his fingerprints all over the place!
    • During a 6 week sentence for burglary, in the Winson Green Prison, armed with a needle and a slab of graphite, Ozzy places the now famous tattoos on his body. O-Z-Z-Y across his knuckles, needles on his arms, the word "thanks" on his palm, and a happy face on each knee to cheer him up when he wakes up in the morning.
    • As a child, Ozzy loved the Beatles and always admired the way they commanded an audience. He made up his mind, he wanted to be just like the Beatles. Ozzy meets an old friend who had just put a band together, but the band had no singer, so Ozzy said “I'm a singer!” He ran home and some how got his father to buy him a $50 amp and microphone.
    • Ozzy didn't like it too much, so he quit and joined another band but that band didn't last long either. Then Ozzy and old time friend Terrance Butler formed a band. It really wasn't going any where so Ozzy put an ad in a local paper which said: OZZY ZIG - VOCALIST - REQUIRES BAND - OWNS OWN P.A .
    • Now, on the other side of town, two young men by the names of Bill Ward and Tony Iommi had created a band. Tony sees this ad, and thinks to himself, "This can't be the same Ozzy I used to beat up on the playground when I was younger", so he goes to the address on the ad, and sure enough, it's the same Ozzy.
    • They all hook up, and the band now consists of 6 people: Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Jimmy Phillips and Clark. But Phillips and Clark didn't like the hard edge the music had, so they both quit. “ Polka Tulk ” then became " Earth ".
    1948 - 1968 Song: “Supertzar”
    • The band was getting a little recognition but not much. They were touring in a beat up van making very little money. Tony recounts a time where Ozzy walked to practice barefoot because he couldn't afford new shoes.
    • One day an old horror movie by the name of " Black Sabbath " was playing at a local theatre. Geezer saw this and came back to the guys and talked it over with them and decided to change their image and their name to " Black Sabbath ". Black Sabbath would now be a doomy, dark and "new" band.
    • Now playing a lot of clubs, the band gets very annoyed at the audience because people are talking to each other and not paying attention. One night Ozzy decides to paint himself purple to attract some attention, and the funny thing is....it didn't work! It took days to get off. So finally they decide to crank up the volume so loud that the audience can't even hear themselves think and are forced to listen.
    • February, Friday the 13 th , 1970, Black Sabbath's first album “ Black Sabbath ” is released under the Vertigo label. It was recorded in 8 hours on two 4-track machines and cost about $1200 to make. After his dad listened to the record, he asked Ozzy “Are you sure you're only smoking cigarettes?”
    • With the release of this first album, the bands audience begins to grow rapidly attracting all walks of life, including self proclaimed witches and Satanists. One night the band was asked by a witch to play at a satanic ceremony. The band declined and the witch cast an evil spell over the band.
    • Being totally freaked out by this, Ozzy had his father make aluminum crosses for all four members of the band to keep evil spirits away from them. In a recent interview, Bill Ward said he is the only one that still has the original cross. Ozzy now has 14 karat gold crosses!
    • On the gatefold of the album, the record company decided to put an upside down cross with a poem in the middle of it. The band had no idea they did this. The poem read as follows:
    Still Falls The Rain Still falls the rain, The veils of darkness shroud the blackened trees, which, contorted by some unseen violence, shed their tired leaves and bend their boughs toward a grey earth of severed bird wings. Among the grasses, poppies bleed before a gesticulating death, and young rabbits, born dead in traps, stand motionless, as through guarding the silence that surrounds and threatens to engulf all those that would listen. Mute birds, tired of repeating yesterdays terrors, huddle together in the recesses of dark corners, heads turned from the dead, black swan that floats upturned in a small pool in the hollow. There emerges from this pool a faint, sensual mist, that traces its way upwards to caress the feet of the headless martyr's statue whose only achievement was to die too soon, and who couldn't wait to lose. The cataract of darkness forms fully, the long black night begins, yet still by the lake, a young girl waits, unseeing she believes herself unseen, she smiles faintly at the distant tolling bell, and the still rain falling. 1969 - 1970 Song: “Wicked World”
    • In October 1970, the band releases their second album, “ Paranoid .” This album was made in 4 days. It was originally supposed to be named " War Pigs " but at the last minute was changed to Paranoid by the record company due to the Vietnam War.
    • The very popular song " Paranoid " was actually recorded as just a filler song at the last minute in the studio and was never intended to become such an anthem to the group. The album hits #1 status.
    • In December, Black Sabbath's first album “ Black Sabbath “ is released in the U.S. by Warner Brothers as the band tours colleges. By now that album has already hit platinum status.
    • In 1971, Ozzy marries a woman by the name of Thelma Mayfair. Thelma already had a boy from a previous marriage named Elliot Kingsley who was 5 years old, so Ozzy decided to adopt him.
    • In March, the Paranoid album hits the #12 spot on the U.S. charts. This album goes on to sell over 4 million copies.
    1970 - 1971 Song: “Iron Man” View slide
    • Later in 1971, the “ Master Of Reality “ album is released. This album featured a few songs that had a reference to religion in a good way, but received bad press for putting down religion.
    • In September it went to #5 on the U.K. charts and #8 on the U.S. It reached platinum status shortly thereafter.
    1971 Song: “Orchid” View slide
    • Black Sabbath's 4 th album is released entitled “ Volume 4 .” By November it had reached a peak of #8 on the U.K. charts and #13 in the U.S.
    • This album was originally going to be named " Snowblind " (a reference to cocaine usage) but the record company once again stepped in and told them "No!“
    • Ozzy's first offspring was born this year, a daughter by the name of Jessica Starshine Osbourne.
    1972 – 1973 Song: “Laguna Sunrise”
    • The band’s 5 th album, “ Sabbath Bloody Sabbath ” is released. This album featured the very first song which Ozzy wrote the lyrics and music to, " Who Are You? " (Geezer wrote 95% of lyrics to all Sabbath songs Ozzy sang.)
    • In February it hit #4 on U.K. charts and #11 in the U.S. Within a year it had sold a million copies. April 6 th , the band performs at the Cal Jam in Ontario, CA.
    • The band hadn't performed live for over 6 months and were only given 1 days notice of this concert. They get paid $1000 each, but later learn that they really earned $250,000 which their manager screwed them out of.
    1974 Song: “Killing Yourself to Live”
    • Once again, Black Sabbath fires their management and try to take things into their own hands. Sabbath is managementless!
    • Their 6 th record, “ Sabotage ”, is released. This album featured a song entitle “ The Writ ” which told their true feelings against past management problems. It hit #7 on U.K. charts and #28 in the U.S.
    • Ozzy's first son is born, named Louis Jon Osbourne. He is the little kid that is pictured on the cover of Ozzy's 1981 solo album “ Diary Of A Madman ”.
    1975 Song: “Hole in the Sky”
    • With all the bad management problems and constant touring, Ozzy took some time off. He went home and got rid of some of his frustration by shooting all the chickens around his house.
    • In April, a best of album entitled “ We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll ” and hits #35 in the U.K. and #48 in the U.S.
    • The band hires new management because they can't handle it all by themselves. They hire a man by the name of Don Arden. This was how Ozzy was introduced to Sharon Arden (now Sharon Osbourne). Don is Sharon's father.
    1976 Song: “Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath”
    • In late 1976, the “ Technical Ecstasy ” album is released. It hits #13 on the U.K. charts and #51 in the U.S.
    • The following year, Ozzy is fed up with Tony's control over the band and is also out of his mind from excessive use of drugs and alcohol. On top of all of that his father dies and throws Ozzy into a deep emotional swell. He announces that he is quitting Black Sabbath.
    • During this time period, Ozzy attempts to put together his own band and records demos for a proposed album. These demos have never seen the light of day. Later this same year, Ozzy again makes another attempt at a solo project; however, it wasn't in the cards for this line-up either.
    1976 - 1977 Song: “Gypsy”
    • Sabbath tries out a new singer by the name of Dave Walker, but Ozzy gets back up on his feet and rejoins the band. All material written for the new album with Walker is destroyed because Ozzy didn't want to sing any of it.
    • Sabbath's last album with Ozzy “ Never Say Die! ” is released. Ozzy dedicated a song entitled “ Junior's Eyes ” as a goodbye to his father. Constant usage of narcotics and alcohol force the band to fire Ozzy. Bill Ward is put up to do the dirty deed. Ronnie James Dio would be his replacement. This marks the lowest point in Ozzy's life.
    • After the breakup of Sabbath, Ozzy spends about 6 months in a Los Angeles hotel room getting high and drunk non stop. Sharon Arden came to collect an old debt from Ozzy and saw the sad state he was in. Sharon convinces Ozzy to get back on his feet and back into music.
    • Numerous guitarists auditioned for Ozzy’s new solo band, but Ozzy didn't like any of them, until Quiet Riot's Randy Rhoads was brought in. He was hired on the spot. The band tours a few local pub gigs under the name " Law " before settling on “ Blizzard of Ozz .”
    1978 - 1979 Song: “Never Say Die!”
    • Don Arden decides to stick with Ozzy as management and lets Black Sabbath go. Ozzy Tries for weeks to find a label to sign him, but none are interested. Finally CBS signed him for $65,000 for his first album.
    • CBS was having a big corporate meeting where Ozzy would meet all the top guys for the first time. CBS wasn't too interested in Ozzy because they believed they had better artists on their label. Sharon wanted Ozzy to make a big bang when he entered, so she suggested throwing three white doves in the air when he walked in.
    • Well, Ozzy had a little too much to drink that day (as usual), he walked in, sat down on a girl's lap, let 2 doves go, and bit the head off of the 3 rd one. Let's just say everyone was in complete shock. Ozzy was immediately kicked out of the meeting. On his way out he bit the head off of a second dove that was still in his pocket and threw the carcass at the receptionist.
    • The press went wild with this, dubbing Ozzy "insane" and "the mad man." The Humane Society of America would soon try to ban all performances in the states. This all took place before Ozzy's first solo album was even released!
    • Ozzy was banned from ever coming back into the CBS building but they decided to release his album anyway. The album entitled “ Blizzard of Ozz ” went to #7 on U.K. charts and #21 in the US. It has since gone quadruple platinum.
    1980 Song: “Goodbye to Romance”
    • Ozzy gets a divorce from his wife Thelma and his second solo project is released - “ Diary of a Madman .” It reaches #14 in the U.K. and #16 in the U.S. A few weeks after it is released, drummer Bob Kerslake and bassist Bob Daisly are fired due to money problems and Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo take their spots.
    • Ozzy concerts were getting very involved with his audience. At the end of each show, he would catapult meat (and other leftovers from butcher shops such as stomachs and intestines) at his audience.
    • January 20 th , 1982 at a concert in Des Moines, Iowa someone throws a bat on stage. Stunned by the light, the bat lay motionless and Ozzy thinking it was plastic, picks it up and bites the head off of it. The bat then started to flap his wings and he soon realized it wasn't fake! After the show Ozzy was immediately rushed to the hospital for rabies shots. He describes it as "one of the most horrible, painful experiences of my life.“
    • In February, Ozzy visits the Alamo. Drunk in his hotel room he decides to dress up as a woman and go outside to snap some pictures. During film reloading, he felt the need to relieve himself. He walks over to this half knocked down wall and starts taking a leak. That piece of wall turned out to be part of the Alamo building. Ozzy was thrown in jail and banned from ever playing in San Antonio, Texas again.
    1981 - 1982 Song: “Believer”
    • March 19 th , 1982 would mark the saddest day in Osbourne history. Randy Rhoads is killed in a tragic airplane crash. The driver of the bus was a licensed pilot, who decided to do a little flying while some of the band rested on board the bus.
    • The pilot had just gone through a nasty divorce and it is believed that when his ex-wife had stepped off the bus he launched towards her. The wing of the plane hit the top of the bus and from there flew into a near by garage and blew up.
    • The bus where Ozzy and the rest of his band lie sleeping was badly damaged but no one was hurt inside. A lot of people don't know this, but Ozzy ran into the burning building to try and save Randy and it is said the he was still alive, but died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
    1982 Song: “Thunderbird” - Quiet Riot
    • On July 4 th ,1982 Ozzy gets married to Sharon on the tropical island of Maui. He said he picked the 4 th of July to get married so he would remember the date because of the holiday. Ozzy didn't like the Hawaiian band playing there so he kicked them out and distributed their instruments to his band.
    • Sharon also took over the role as Ozzy's new manager by buying his contract from her own father. In an effort to get out of a sticky situation, Ozzy is forced to put out a live album called “ Speak of the Devil .” This album was originally going to be a tribute Randy Rhoads, but Ozzy thought it was too soon after his death to release that kind of material. This album hit #14 on U.S. charts and went platinum.
    • The album cover featured Ozzy with raspberry jam (to simulate blood) coming out of his mouth. Well, a few hundred albums hit the store shelves with a sticker that covered that up and made Ozzy look normal (or halfway normal). As soon as Ozzy found this out he them all recalled and sent out the way he wanted it to be.
    • Soon after, Ozzy shaves every inch of hair off of his head. A lot of people think it was the rabies shots from the bat incident that made his hair fall out, but this isn't true at all. explains "I was using a lot of gels and oils in my hair, and with those bright stage lights beating down on that all night long, it was making my hair very brittle and damaged. So one day I just shaved it all off!"
    1982 Song: “The Wizard”
    • More band member changes, replacement guitarist Brad 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 29 th , Ozzy performed at the US Festival in San Bernardino, CA for a crowd of 350,000! Then comes more band member changes. Tommy Aldrige leaves, and Carmine Appice is hired for drums. Two months later he is fired and Aldridge comes back.
    • September 2 nd 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 later makes a music video for the song “ Bark at the Moon ” which took over 8 hours to prepare him in full wolf costume. Click here to watch it!
    • In 1984, 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 alcohol addiction. October 27 th , Ozzy becomes a father again to another daughter, Kelly.
    • July 15 th 1985, 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 th 1985, Ozzy has another son, Jack Osbourne.
    1983 - 1985 Song: “Spiders in the Night”
    • " Ultimate Sin " album is released. Once again, Ozzy ran into trouble with the looks of his album cover. The original cover had 3 crucifixes atop a hill in the background and the girl had no pants on. Ozzy had actually written a whole album before the "Ultimate Sin", but scrapped the whole thing and started from scratch because he wasn't happy with it.
    • The album hit #8 in the U.K. and #6 in the U.S., and eventually went double platinum. More band member changes included Randy Castillo taking over drums, Phil Soussan taking over on bass, and John Sinclair taking over on keyboards. The Ultimate Sin tour proved to be an expensive one. At the meadowlands sports complex in New Jersey, Ozzy encouraged fans to rip up seats costing him $80,000 in damage.
    • On January 13th, 1986, Ozzy and CBS records are sued by parents of a boy by the name of Jack McCollum, who committed suicide while listening to the “ Suicide Solution ” song. Ozzy is said to have subliminal messages in his music which drove the boy to do this. On December 19th, 1986 a California superior judge denies a motion to reinstate the "suicide solution" lawsuit citing first amendment protection.
    • on July 18, 1988 a California appeals court upholds the decision to dismiss the lawsuit. On May 6, 1991 a district court judge in Atlanta dismisses the lawsuit on first amendment grounds. On October 1st, 1992 the Supreme Court upholds rulings that the first amendment protects Ozzy against lawsuits that allege his music encourages suicide.
    1986 Song: “Thank God for the Bomb”
  • 1987
    • 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 Daisley. On July 17, Ozzy began a 6 week tour of U.K. prisons where he played the classic "Jailhouse Rock“.
    Song: “Crazy Train”
    • 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 U.S. Wicked Videos is released. A collection of 3 videos. It is certified gold.
    • June 4th, 1989, Ozzy's first pay-per-view concert is broadcast in the U.S. The concert was performed live at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Ozzy's duet with Lita Ford “ Close My Eyes Forever ” is a #8 hit on the billboards singles chart.
    1988 1989 Song: “Crazy Babies”
    • August 12th, 1989, Ozzy plays the Moscow Peace Festival in Russia with other big acts such as Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, The Scorpions, and Skid Row. A week after the show, Ozzy back at home finds a case of Russian vodka that someone gave him at the festival. He downs the 4 bottles and hits the ultimate bottom.
    • Ozzy's exact words to his wife Sharon were, “We've decided that you've got to go.", and he started choking her. Sharon hit the panic button on the house alarm and the cops came and took Ozzy away. Ozzy woke up the next morning in jail.
    • The cops told him you've been arrested for attempted murder of your wife, and he said, “You've got to be kidding, I don't remember a thing!" By court order, Ozzy would spend the next 3 months in rehab away from his family.
    • In 1990, 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.
    1989 - 1990 Song: “Miracle Man”
    • The “ No More Tears ” album is released on September 17 th 1991. 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". Ozzy collaborates with Lemmy of Motorhead in the writing process for this album.
    • September 24 th , Ozzy's home video “ Don't Blame Me ” is released which includes rare footage and interviews about his whole life. It has reached gold status. 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.
    • January 5 th , 1992, Ozzy is back on tour with his newly healed foot. On March 26 th , he performs a memorial concert in Long Beach C.A. and dedicates the proceeds to build a new tomb for Randy Rhoads. On March 28 th , he 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 Ozzy!
    • In June Ozzy announces his retirement tour, the " No More Tours Tour ". October 1 st , 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 15 th , on the last stop of the tour, Black Sabbath reunites for the 2 nd time since their breakup in 1978, at Costa Mesa, California. November 18 th , Black Sabbath is honored with a star at the rock walk on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
    1991 - 1992 Song: “Mama, I’m Coming Home”
    • 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 ” album, “ Black Sabbath ”. It peaked at #22 on the charts and was later certified gold.
    • 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 all, he writes about 40 songs. On March 1 st , 1994, Ozzy takes home a Grammy for best metal performance, “ I Don't Want To Change The World ".
    Rules! 1993 - 1994 Song: “Changes”
    • 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. 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. 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 Vai.
    • 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 ".
    • August 17 th , 1996, Ozzy co-headlines the Castle Donington festival with Kiss. In September, Ozzy starts up "Ozz-fest", a huge festival with Slayer, 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.
    1995 - 1996 Song: “Aimee”
  • 1997
    • 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.
    • Ozzy teams up with Type O Negative to do a song called "Pictures of Matchstick Men" for the soundtrack to Howard Stern’s " Private Parts ". He also has a small cameo in his movie. He later announces that he’ll be reuniting with Black Sabbath, excluding Bill Ward, at the upcoming Ozzfest.
    • May 24 th , Ozzy kicks off his Ozzfest tour in VA reuniting with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Controversy surrounds Ozzy again as he wants to take his Ozzfest out on the road with Marilyn Manson. Giants Stadium in NJ trys to cancel the concert because of Manson, but Ozzy takes NJ to court and wins the right to play!
    • June 17 th , Ozzy causes a riot at an Ozzfest concert in Columbus OH by not showing up. Angry fans broke windows, uprooted trees, set 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 11 th , " The Ozzman Cometh " is released. A greatest hits package which features 4 "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!
    • December 4 th and 5 th , 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.
    Song: “Paranoid (Live with Randy Rhoads)”
  • 1998 - 1999
    • On May 29 th , 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. July 3 rd , Ozzfest hits the states for the 3rd time in Holmdel, NJ. Bands on the bill included Megadeth, Tool, Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, Motorhead, System of a Down, and more. The tour ended August 1 st .
    • September 20 th , " Reunion " a live album recorded by the original Black Sabbath in Birmingham England on December 4 th & 5 th 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. The band also announces a full scale - world reunion tour kicking off in Phoenix, Arizona on New Years eve.
    • December 31 st , 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 dates! May 27 th , 1999, the original Black Sabbath launches their final bow on Ozzfest, appropriately titled " The Last Supper " in West Palm Beach, FL.
    • After the Ozzfest tour ends in July, Sabbath goes on their last tour of the U.S. September 7 th , Coal Chamber releases a cover version of Peter Gabriels " Shock The Monkey " performed by Ozzy and Coal Chamber.
    • December, Black Sabbath tour through London, Germany, Finland & Sweden. December 21 st & 22 nd Black Sabbath perform what are billed as their "last ever" concerts in Birmingham, England.
    Song: “Psycho Man”
  • 2000 - 2001
    • On Feb 23 rd , Black Sabbath wins a Grammy Award for Category 17 - Metal Performance, for “ Iron Man ” from the " Reunion " album.
    • June 15 th , Ozzy plays a show in L.A. for KROQ radio and surprises everyone by reuniting with Black Sabbath.
    • July 2 nd , Ozzfest 2000 begins in Palm Beach, Florida. Bands include Pantera, Godsmack, Static-X, Kittie, Disturbed!
    • October 28 th , Zakk Wylde announces that he will be working with Ozzy again.
    • March 2001 - 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 th , “ Ozzfest: Second Stage Live ” album is released. April 9 th , Black Sabbath reunites on ESPN's action and music awards show. Sabbath performs Paranoid. April 10 th , Ozzy's mother passes away.
    • June 8 th , Ozzfest begins in Chicago, IL. Bands include Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Black Label Society, Disturbed, and more! August 14 th , “ Ozzfest 2001: The Second Millennium ” album is released. August 25 th , " Get's Me Through ", Ozzy's first new single in 5 years is aired on K-rock radio in NYC.
    • October 16 th , " Down To Earth " is released. Ozzy's first solo album in 6 years. October 31 st , Ozzy kicks off his " Night of Merry Mayhem " tour with Rob Zombie. November 9 th , Ozzy is forced by doctors to cancel ten dates on the tour due to a stress fracture in his leg that occurred when Ozzy fell coming out of the shower before the first show.
    Song: “That I Never Had”
  • Song: “We’re a Happy Family” - The Ramones 2001 - 2002
    • November 23 rd , Rob Zombie directs Ozzy's video for " Dreamer ". November 29 th , Ozzy resumes touring.
    • December 23 rd , Ozzy performs a 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 th , 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 th , Ozzy records a live concert for a summer release at Tokyo's famed Budokan Hall.
    • March 5 th , " 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.
    • April 12 th , 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 th , “ The Osbournes Family Album ” is released.
    You f***ing said it! This family’s f***ing crazy!!!
  • 2002
    • June 25 th , “ Live at the Budokan ” is released on cd and video. July 2 nd , it is announced that Sharon Osbourne has been diagnosed with colon cancer. July 21 st , Sharon Osbourne's cancer has spread beyond her colon and will start a three-month course of chemotherapy at the end of July.
    • July 28 th , Ozzy announces a 3 week break from Ozzfest to be by Sharon's side. August 7 th , Sharon makes Ozzy return to Ozzfest because he's driving her mad.
    • August 16 th , the lawsuit against Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne brought by Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake is dismissed by the federal court in Los Angeles. The ruling ends the lawsuit first filed in 1998 seeking record royalties and additional credits on the classic Ozzy albums Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman .
    SHARON! Song: “Mr. Crowley”
    • August 20 th , Black Sabbath's " Past Lives " is released... a two disc set containing live material from the early seventies. In September, Ozzy's oldest daughter, Jessica, had a baby girl, making Ozzy a grandfather. September 15 th , The Osbourne's series is named the year's outstanding nonfiction reality program at the Creative Arts Emmys.
    • October 25 th , Ozzy plays a special concert for 1600 people at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas. December 31 st , Ozzy and Sharon renew their wedding vows during a New Year's Eve party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Music was provided by “ The Village People .“
    • January 14 th , 2003, the Osbournes host the Video Music Awards. April 23 rd , Sharon announces that she is cancer free. April 30 th , Ozzy's son Jack checks into rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. May 5 th , Sharon announces that Ozzy will be leaving his Sony label.
    • June 29 th , the Osbournes rank #12 on the Forbes list of most powerful celebrities. August 10 th , " Down To Earth " is certified platinum by the RIAA. September 15 th , Sharon’s talk show debuts on the WB network. October 1 st , Kelly's version of " Changes ", a duet with her father is released.
    • October 15 th , A six week European tour is postponed due to side effects of medication he was taking to control a tremor. December 1 st , it is revealed in a new book " Ordinary People: Our Story, by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne " that Ozzy was sexually abused as a child and that Sharon had sexual relations with Randy Rhoads.
    • December 8 th , Ozzy is injured in an ATV accident on the grounds of his estate in England. He broke eight ribs, his collarbone and a vertebra which required him to have a 7” steel plate attached to the back of his neck. He needed emergency surgery to repair an artery. He is placed on a ventilator to help him breathe.
    • December 15 th , Ozzy is taken off of the ventilator. December 28 th , he leaves intensive care. December 31 st , Ozzy's son Louis is married, but Ozzy is unable to attend his wedding due to his injuries.
    2002 2003 Song: “Megalomania”
  • 2004 2005 Song: “Stayin' Alive”
    • January 8 th , the twice-rescheduled European tour is officially cancelled. May 23 rd , Ozzy picks up the Legend Award at the Japan MTV Music Awards. July 10 th , Black Sabbath reunites one more time to tour that summer for the 9th annual Ozzfest with Judas Priest, Slayer, Black Label Society and more.
    • September 7 th , Ozzy is honored with the Editor's Special Award at the annual GQ Men of the Year awards. November 22 nd , burglars brake into Ozzy's English country home and steal close to $2,000,000 worth of jewelry. Ozzy wrestled with one of the burglars (while stark naked), but he got away by jumping out a 2 nd story window.
    • March 21 st , the final episode of " The Osbournes " airs on MTV. March 22 nd , Ozzy's box set " Prince of Darkness " is released. March 25 th , a fire breaks out in the Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire Osbourne mansion. Sharon and Ozzy are forced to flee into the backyard. The fire wound up destroying the hallway and the living room with over $100,000 in damages.
  • Song: “Mississippi Queen” 2005
    • June 6 th , Black Sabbath kick off a European tour to a crowd of 1,000 people at the Aylesbury Civic Centre, in the UK.
    • July 15 th , the 10 th anniversary of Ozzfest kicks off in Boston, Mass with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Black Label Society, and others.
    • August 12 th , after multiple Ozzfest cancellations due to growing throat problems, it is announced that Ozzy will not be a part of Ozzfest in 2006.
    • November 1 st , “ Under Cover ” is released. The disc features the cover songs from the “ Prince Of Darkness ” box set plus some new ones.
    • Ozzy stole the show at the UK Music Hall of Fame ceremony November 16 th , by mooning the audience. He was performing with Black Sabbath, to mark their induction. After telling the crowd “I’ve seen more life at a f**king wake”, he dropped his jeans and bared all.
  • DID YOU KNOW? Song: “A Bit of Finger - Sleeping Village - Warning”...Facts and pictures courtesy of Ozzyhead.com
    • Ozzy once snorted a line of ants like they were cocaine. Tommy Lee of Motley Crue dared him to do it, and Ozzy accepted!
    • During his Black Sabbath days, Ozzy felt the need to “release” (defecate) while in an elevator of a posh hotel. When the doors of the elevator opened, guests of a fancy dinner ball were shocked to see the awful site!
    • Early on in his youth, Ozzy was stabbed in the stomach with a screwdriver at a dance.
    • Ozzy Osbourne is a huge collector of Victorian Art.
    • Ozzy has had cameo parts in 4 major movies. He played a priest in "Trick or Treat", a band manager in "The Jerky Boys Movie", himself in "Howard Sterns Private Parts" and himself in "Little Nicky".
    • Ozzy used to shave off the eyebrows of his sleeping crewmembers while on tour. He was also known to set fire to newspapers being read by total strangers.
    • Ozzy Osbourne is the Godfather of Zakk Wylde's child.
    • Ozzy can not read a note of music, and the only instrument he can play is the harmonica. You can hear him playing on Black Sabbath's first album, on a song entitled "The Wizard".
    • Stoned out of his mind, Ozzy once woke up in the middle of a busy highway, with cars passing him on both sides. He stood up, walked over to a cop car that was parked on the side of the road and urinated on it. He was arrested immediately.
    • Ozzy attempted suicide several times in his youth. The youngest attempt was when he was just 14 years old.
    • Once on a drunken rage, Ozzy shot to death 17 of his cats. His wife at the time, Thelma came home to the bloody massacre to find Ozzy lying under the piano in a white suit with a shotgun in one hand and a bloody knife in the other.
    • While performing live in concert, Ozzy likes to keep a tank of Oxygen on the side of the stage “just in case”. He also has strict rules against green furniture in his dressing room.
    • Ozzy has 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
    • All of Ozzy’s albums have gone platinum or better. He has sold more than 45 million albums worldwide.
    • Early on in Black Sabbath, Ozzy splattered purple paint on his chest to catch the audience's attention. Didn't work.
    • When the plane crash that took Randy's life occurred, Ozzy saved the owner of the house that the plane crashed into, who was deaf and unaware of what was going on.
    • In Ozzy's first band, The Approach, he sang Otis Redding and Crosby, Stills, and Nash covers -- a far cry from what Sabbath would invent.
    • During the No More Tours tour, a doctor administered a pre-show painkiller injection to Ozzy which temporarily paralyzed him from the waist down. He performed the show by clinging to the microphone stand for the two hours.
    • Ozzy's song "Mama, I'm Coming Home" is dedicated to his wife Sharon. Ozzy calls her "Mama".
    • Ozzy's song "Goodbye To Romance" is a farewell to Sabbath.
    • Ozzy's "Prince Of Darkness" box set was originally going to be titled "Bible Of Ozz".
    • "Suicide Solution" is a song about the alcohol related death of singer Bon Scott from AC/DC.
    • Ozzy attempted to put together a band with Steve Vai. It was going to be called "X-ray".
    • The guy laughing and saying "egg" at the end of "Crazy Train" is not Ozzy. When Ozzy was in the studio recording this song he was fooling around with an oscillator (a device that contorts your voice) when he asked a guy in the studio what he had for breakfast. The guy said "an egg", and Ozzy turned the nob and produced that effect.
    • Ozzy has had his dragon tattoo re-colored 2 times since he originally got it.
    • Ozzy was tricked into going to the Betty Ford Clinic by Sharon, who told him that they would teach him to "drink like a gentleman."
    • After Sharon gave birth to Jack, Ozzy had a vasectomy. In the summer of 2003, Ozzy was acused by Sheron Lutz, a satan-worshiping dominatrix, of fathering her 6 year old son. Little did she know, he'd had a vasectomy 17 years earlier!
    • Ozzy once demonstrated a “new way” to play a piano. He climbed up on top of it, stood on it and urinated inside of it. He was playing the strings by directing his endless stream of urine into it.
    • Ozzy does not like peacock feathers and will not allow them near his house, because he thinks they are the Eye of the Devil.
    • Ozzy is a sleep walker.
    • Ozzy is dyslexic.
    • Ozzy forgets the words to his own songs during live concerts, so he has a teleprompter onstage to remind him what they are.
    • Ozzy isn't a fan of the "skinny cadaver" girls and thinks women should have "a little heft to them."
    • Ozzy once lived in an L.A. home where Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith once lived.
    • The girl in the "Shot In The Dark" video was a cheerleader for the LA Rams.
    • Ozzy almost appeared in a Miami Vice episode but was pulled because of the "Suicide Solution" debate where a young man killed himself listening to Ozzy's music. He was just too controversial.
    • Zakk Wylde heard that Ozzy was looking for a new guitarist through the Howard Stern show. Zakk answered the call!
    • The words "bodge" and "flaps" heard in some Ozzy songs such as "No Bone Movies" and "Suicide Solution" are alternative words for vagina and breasts.
    • Sabbath once performed in white ties, tails, top hats and canes at the Whiskey in LA in the early 70's.
    • Lemmy from Motorhead helped Ozzy write the lyrics to 4 of the songs on "No More Tears".
    • "Mr. Tinkertrain" on the album "No More Tears" was named after Mr. Tinkertrains bar in Bearsville, NY.
    • Tony Iommi was once engaged to Lita Ford.
    • The album "No More Tears" was originally going to be called "Say Hello To Heaven".
    • Tony Iommi coughs at the start of "Sweet Leaf" on "Masters of Reality". It is not Ozzy.
    • Bill Ward was almost fired from Black Sabbath in 1972? Two reasons, he couldn't get the drum track down for "Cornucopia" and he was heavily hooked on narcotics.
    • The song "Bloodbath In Paradise" on "No Rest For The Wicked" is about the mass-murderer Charles Manson.
    • Black Sabbath rehearsed for the "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" album in a castle that was claimed to be haunted. Ozzy and Bill say they saw the ghost!
    • Bill Ward was very close with the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. They actually grew up together and became regular drinking buddies.
    • The Black Sabbath song "Nib" was named after Bill Wards beard. The guys in the band started calling him nibby (as in the top of a pen nib) because his beard came to a point. (no, it's not nativity in black)
    • Tony Iommi once put lighter fluid on Bill wards legs and set them on fire for a joke.
    • The song "S.I.N." on the "No More Tears album" stands for "shadows in the night".
    • Tony Iommi got the tops of two of his fingers of his right hand chopped off working on some machinery as a child and to this day still wears protective finger stalls to play the guitar.
    • Tony Iommi once punched Ozzy in the nose for ripping up Bibles placed in hotels by the Gideons.
    • The song "S.A.T.O." on "Diary of a Madman" stands for Sharon Arden Thelma Osbourne. Thelma was Ozzy's first wife, and Sharon Arden was Sharon Osbourne's maiden name. It does not stand for Sailing Across The Ocean.
    • Ozzy used to play an opera song before his concerts. It was written by Norweigan composer Carl Orff and is entitled "O Fortuna" which is the first movement of "Carmina Burana".
    • Ozzy once stole $500 from Sharon (before they were married) to buy cocaine.
    • When Ozzy was a young kid, he would spray paint "Ozzy-Iron Man" and "Iron Maiden" around the Aston area where he lived.
    • The song "A.V.H." on the album "No More Tears" stands for Aston Villa Highway. Geezer is a big fan of the Aston Villa soccer team. It does not stand for alcohol, valium, and hash.
    • The song "Miracle Man" on "No Rest For The Wicked" is about the preacher Jimmy Swaggart.
    • Zakk Wylde's original name was Jeffery Wielandt, but has had it officially changed to Zachary Phillip Wylde.
    • Ozzy plays the synthesizer on "Who Are You" on the "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" album? It is actually the very first song that Ozzy wrote the notes for.
    • Ozzy once said he was going to record a "Farewell To Randy Rhoads" album with Zakk playing songs that Ozzy and randy wrote together, but never recorded.
    • Geezer got his nickname from his brothers? In his own words... "When I was a little kid, actually, I had three brothers in the army and in that time we called each other "Geezer" - it was the thing to do. I got cursed with the nickname from my brothers calling me that."
    • Two days after Ozzy met Geezer, he took a crap on someones car... In Geezers own words... "I've seen him take a crap on some guy's car. For no reason. He's crazy. That was two days after I'd met him. He's not mellowed. He's just more subtle now."
    • "No Rest For The Wicked" was originally going to be title "Son of a Nun".
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