Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne

On 12/03/1948 the known as Prince of Darkness musician Ozzy Osbourne saw under the real name John Michael Osbourne the light of day in Aston (United Kingdom). His parents Jack, a toolmaker, and Lillian had at that time already three children, John Michael was followed by two more. The boy attended the local comprehensive school, where it already the nickname Ozzy was missed. In school he was already for school plays on stage and played already as a 14-year-old in the first volume.

At the age of 15, he went from school and found work through various henchmen jobs as a painter, butcher, plumber or funeral assistant to secure a better livelihood to the family. By deficient payment Osbourne came off the rails and tried it with burglary and theft, said he was sent off and went to prison for six weeks. He slept with one of his trademark today, he tattooed with graphite its nickname Ozzy over the knuckles of the fingers of the left hand.

After having served his sentence, he tried his hand as a singer in various groups, but with rather limited success. After he could grind his father some money from his pocket to put to Osbourne amplifier and microphone. At the same time he published under the name Ozzy Zig an ad in a local record store. Then came the contact with Terry "Geezer" Butler, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward. Thus arose in 1968 with two other people the Polka Tulk Blues Band. These two fit the four but not into the concept and so they broke the group on further ado and regrouped without the ballast under the name Earth. Just one year later, in 1969, they took to prevent confusion a new name change before. Geezer Butler wrote a song of the same name, from which the name was adapted, known to this day band Black Sabbath was born.

Already the self-titled debut, the group led by the Prince of Darkness was a complete success. In the United States could be one year hold on the Billboard 200th As Ozzy Osbourne for high phase of Black Sabbath The late 70s of the 20th century had massive alcohol and drug problems, more than the rest of the group, and its reliability among suffered massively, Tony Iommi decided to throw him out of the band and to replace him with Ronnie James Dio. The Godfather of Heavy Metal withdrew then provisionally from the music business and even consumed more drugs. Later Sharon Arden joined, first as manager, in his life and beglich part of its debt. It is also thanks to them that John Michael lies to persuade a solo career. Within a year, he called the band Blizzard of Ozz into being which Randy Rhoads Don Airey included beside him on guitar, Bob Daisley on bass, the keyboard and Lee Kerslake on drums.

Actually the album under the band name should selbtbetitelt Blizzard of Ozz appear, however, the group renamed itself ultimately to the singer Ozzy Osbourne and only the title of the album remained. It was published on 20.09.1980 in the UK and is still one of the most successful heavy metal albums of all time. It comes from the well-known title "Mr. Crowley". To pave the way for a world tour was looking for a distribution partner for the United States, which is. After an incident in the negotiations, Ozzy bite the head off a dove, also found Following the release of their second album in 1981, the singer of his wife Thelma divorced.

The next incident of the extrovert singer occurred during an appearance in Des Moines (Iowa, USA) on 20/01/1982. A fan threw something on stage, what Ozzy held for the dummy of a bat and therefore bite his head off. It was only then he realized alleged that they were a real animal, since it the same blood ran in his mouth. Obowhl the thrower asserted that the animal was dead, he had to undergo a vaccination against rabies, which Osbourne massively weakened, he suffered several attacks of weakness. The triggered outcry and the associated image he used to gigantic stage productions to stage with corresponding ideas. At the time, he earned the nickname Madman because he stob like a madman on the stage and the audience pelted with offal which course of post again came back from there.

On 07/04/1982 Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Arden went to Hawaii a tie the knot. 1983 followed the third studio album titled "Bark At The Moon" and a tour around the world together with the rockers of Mötley Crüe. At 02:09. the same year saw Aimee Rachel first child of the couple the light of day. This was followed by a drug rehabilitation for the musician, but showed only brief action and a joint appearance with Black Sabbath at Live Aid. The second daughter Kelly Lee came 10.27.1984 on the world, the third child Jack Joseph on 08.11.1985.

Another scandal befell the prince of darkness after the release of the album "The Ultimate Sin" in 1986. The American teenager John McCollum shot himself with a rifle, as he listened to the sounds of the album "Blizzard of Ozz". The parents of the young people made Ozzy for the suicide of her son responsible, in particular the title "Suicide Solution". According to the applicants to ask for suicide in the song hidden messages. Osbourne denied this claim, however, a trend in the US was triggered: lawsuits against bands, mainly from the metal area of ​​hidden messages in their titles. According to the singer himself went in the title to his own battle against addiction to alcohol and the alcohol death of the AC-DC singer Bon Scott. After almost two years process of musicians was then spoken definitively established.

The next headline on the scandal-rockers read not long in coming. On 09/02/1988 he attempted to strangle his wife Sharon and was it taken into police custody. He was released only edition, to go to a mental hospital to make there an alcohol withdrawal. This failed repeatedly. Only at the beginning of the 90s of the last century renounced Ozzy Osbourne alcohol and other addictive substances and also presented his diet around. Later a hereditary nerve disease has been diagnosed with, leading to tremors and speech problems.

The first time was in 1996, the Ozzfest place which sprang the plans of Sharon Osbourne. There were bands like Slipknot or System Of A Down to known quantities, but also industry giants such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer or Judas Priest were among those already honored. The event takes place every year since then. On 04.12.1997 Ozzy played with Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward first reunion gig Black Sabbath. Thereafter, the reunited group went on tour and one year later the album "Reunion" on the market.

In favor of the victims of 9/11 he interrupted on 23.12.2001 his tour we played a benefit concert in New York. The proceeds thereof and from specially designed t-shirts, which were sold on the tour, the Godfather of Heavy Metal donated for the victims. In spring 2003, the music channel MTV launched the reality series "The Osbournes" and made the rest of the scandal-ridden rock grandpas family known. During this time, especially the title "Mama, I'm comming home" known. but one of the most famous in Germany Hits probably already published in 2002, "Dreamer", which made it to second place in the singles charts.

By colon cancer by Sharon Osbourne also the children Jack and Kelly fell to the already known the Father addictions and had to be hospitalized. Shortly after Ozzy was racing with a Quad against a tree and injured his life-threatening. this had a planned tour of Europe fail, but at Ozzfest, the singer was able to participate again.

End of the first year Zents in the new millennium he also appeared in the context of new media in appearance. In winter 2008, he made commercials MMORPG World Of Warcraft. For "Guitar Hero - World Tour" Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde and captured as animations have been integrated into the game. At BlizzCon 2009, the singer appeared as a special guest and played a concert before the assembled fans. Also represented he was in Brütal Legend.

In autumn 2009, the autobiography was published "I Am Ozzy", in Germany it is titled "Ozzy: The Autobiography" available. A film is also in the works. Osbourne is hoping that an unknown actor gets embody in to and so might make the breakthrough chance. On 22.06.2010 the next album by Prince Of Darkness appeared under the title "Scream" after the originally planned name "Soul Sucka" was met with criticism. Shortly after releasing the Ozzfest was held again after a year's break.

On November 11, 2011 Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler announced to the delight of fans the reunion of the band Black Sabbath in the original line.

In the list of 100 best metal singer of all time in the US music magazine "Hit Parader" Ozzy Osbourne is out in eighth.

Discography

2015: Blizzard of Ozz

2010: Scream , Let Me Hear You Scream

2007: Black Rain , I Do not Wanna Stop , Not Going Away , Black Rain

2006: In My Life

2005: Prince Of Darkness , Under Cover , Mississippi Queen

2003: The Essential Ozzy Osbourne , Changes (with Kelly Osbourne)

2002: Live At Budokan , Dreamer

2001: Down To Earth , Gets Me Through

1997: The Ozzman Cometh , Back On Earth

1996: See you on the other side , I Just Want You , Walk On Water

1995: Ozzmosis , Perry Mason

1993 Live loud , Changes

1992 Time After Time , Road To Nowhere , Mama, I'm Coming Home , Mr. Tinker Train

1991: No More Tears , No More Tears

1990: Just Say Ozzy , Ten Commanments

1989: Best Of Ozz , Close My Eyes Forever (with Lita Ford)

1988 No Rest For The Wicked , Miracle man

1987: Tirbute , Crazy Train (live)

1986: The Ultimate Sin , Shot In The Dark , The Ultimate Sin

1984: So Tired

1983 Bark At The Moon , Bark At The Moon

1982: Speak Of The Devil , Over The Mountain , You Can not Kill Rock N 'Roll , Symptom Of The Universe , Iron Man / Children Of The Grave

1981: Flying High Again

1980: Blizzard of Ozz , Mr. Crowley Live , Mr. Crowley , Crazy Train

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