Ozzy Osbourne. John Michael Osbourne

3 de Diciembre de 1948

Birmingham, UK

Instrumentos: voz, harmonica

Bandasrelacionadas : Rare Brad, Polka Tulk Blues, Earth, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilin Masson, Kelly Osbourne, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Tommy Iommi, Rob Zombie, Firewind, Coal Chamber

 

   
 

 

 
   



Ozzy Osbourne, sabe lo que es pasar penurias, se crió en un ambiente marginal, tuvo una niñez paupérrima y tuvo que buscarse la vida desde pequeñito maleando y trabajando como limpiabotas. Alos 15 dejó los estudios y trabajó en infinidad de trabajos de la altura de aprendiz de fontanero o operario en un matadero.  Ya más mayorcito fue arrestado y condenado a tres meses de cárcel acusado de robar alguna cosa que otra. Fue precisamente entre rejas donde el hasta entonces John Michael se tatúa su apodo en el puño, "OZZY", un fino trabajo realizado con una aguja de coser y un trozo de grafito. Quien lo iba a decir, Ozzy decidió ser una estrella del Rock tras escuchar "She Loves You" de los Beatles. En 1967 unió por primera vez su destino a Geezer Butler para formar parte de su primera banda Rare Breed. Tras un par de representaciones la banda se disolvió y Osbourne y Butler volvieron a encontrarse en la banda Polka Tulk Blues, a la que también se unieron Tony Iommi y Bill Ward. La banda cambió su nombre a Earth y luego a Black Sabbath, por que el nombre ya estaba cogido por otro grupo. El primer álbum de la banda "Balck Sabbath" tuvo un éxito inesperado
, a este le siguieron "Paranoid" y "Master of Reality" que alcanzó el top ten en UK haciendo puritito Heavy Metal. a el "volumen 4" siguió "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" que llevó a la banda a la madurez y al éxito. en el 78 Ozzy de separó de Black SAbbath por tres meses para lanzar su priemr proyecto en solitario "Blizzard of Ozz". Ozzy volvió a Black Sabbath para grabar ·Neever say die", cuya propmoción contó como teloneros a los Van Halen. Unaño después Ozzy fue despedido de la banda por sus presuntos excesos y falta de compromiso , yremplazado por Ronnie James Dio. Ozzy se lanzó a la carga en soliutario con su "Blizzard of Oz" con la inestimable comañía de Lee Kerslake (ex batería de Uriah Heep), Bob Daisley y Don Airey (ambos ex de Rainbow ), y el genial  Randy Rhoads (de Quiet Riot). El primer álbum fue un éxito y a este siguió "Diary of a Madman ", Tommy Aldridge y Rudy Sarzo reemplazaron a Kerslake y Daisley, cuya promoción fue cancelada tras el tragico accidednte que terminó con la vida de Randy Rhoads. Ozzy sopesó para la guitarra a Gary Moore, Robert Sarzo y Bernie Tormé, pero el puesto finalmente lo ocupó Brad Gillis que terminó el tour y grabó el en directo Speak of the Devil. En 1983, Jake E. Lee,

Jake E. Lee and Osbourne parted ways in 1987. Osbourne continued to struggle with chemical dependency. That year he commemorated the fifth anniversary of Rhoads' death with Tribute, a collection of live recordings from 1981. In 1988 Osbourne appeared in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and told the director Penelope Spheeris that "sobriety fucking sucks". Meanwhile, Osbourne found Zakk Wylde, who was the most enduring replacement for Rhoads to date.[53] Together they recorded No Rest for the Wicked with Castillo on drums, Sinclair on keyboards, and Daisley co-writing lyrics and playing bass. The subsequent tour saw Osbourne reunited with erstwhile Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler on bass. A live EP (entitled Just Say Ozzy) featuring Geezer was released two years later. In 1988, Osbourne performed on the rock ballad "Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Lita Ford, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[54] In 1989 Osbourne performed at the Moscow Music Peace Festival.

Successful through the 1980s, Osbourne sustained commercial success into the 1990s, starting with 1991's No More Tears, featuring "Mama, I'm Coming Home". The album enjoyed much radio and MTV exposure. It also initiated a practice of bringing in outside composers to help pen Osbourne's solo material instead of relying on his recording ensemble. The album was mixed by veteran rock producer Michael Wagener. Osbourne was awarded a Grammy Award for the track "I Don't Want to Change the World" from Live & Loud, for Best Metal Performance of 1994.[55] Wagener also mixed the live album Live & Loud released on 28 June 1993. Intended to be Osbourne's final album, it went platinum four times over,[56] and ranked at number 10 on that year's Billboard rock charts. At this point Osbourne expressed his fatigue with touring, and proclaimed his "retirement tour" (which was to be short-lived). It was called "No More Tours", a pun on No More Tears. Alice in Chains' Mike Inez took over on bass and Kevin Jones played keyboards as Sinclair was touring with The Cult.

Osbourne's entire CD catalogue was remastered and reissued in 1995. In 1995 Osbourne released Ozzmosis and returned to touring, dubbing his concert performances "The Retirement Sucks Tour". The album reached number 4 on the US Billboard 200. The RIAA certified the album gold and platinum in that same year, and double platinum in April 1999.[57]

The line-up on Ozzmosis was Wylde, Butler (who had just quit Black Sabbath again) and former Bad English, Steve Vai and Hardline drummer Deen Castronovo, who later joined Journey. Keyboards were played by Rick Wakeman and producer Michael Beinhorn. The tour maintained Butler and Castronovo and saw Sinclair return, but a major line-up change was the introduction of former David Lee Roth guitarist Joe Holmes. Wylde was considering an offer to join Guns N' Roses. Unable to wait for a decision on Wylde's departure, Osbourne replaced him. In early 1996, Butler and Castronovo left. Inez and Randy Castillo (Lita Ford, Mötley Crüe) filled in. Ultimately, Faith No More's Mike Bordin and former Suicidal Tendencies and future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo joined on drums and bass respectively. A greatest hits package, The Ozzman Cometh, was issued in 1997.

Ozzfest

Ozzfest concert poster (middle) on a storefront door in Prague, Czech Republic (Summer 2002)
Osbourne's biggest financial success of the 1990s was a venture named Ozzfest, created and managed by his wife/manager Sharon and assisted by his son Jack. The first Ozzfest was held in Phoenix, Arizona on 25 October 1996 and in Devore, California on 26 October. Ozzfest was an instant hit with metal fans, helping many up-and-coming groups who were featured there to broad exposure and commercial success. Some acts shared the bill with a reformed Black Sabbath during the 1997 Ozzfest tour, beginning in West Palm Beach, Florida. Osbourne reunited with the original members of Sabbath in 1997 and has performed periodically with them since.

Since its beginning, five million people have attended Ozzfest which has grossed over US$100 million. The festival helped promote many new hard rock and heavy metal acts of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Ozzfest helped Osbourne to become the first hard rock and heavy metal star to hit $50 million in merchandise sales. In 2005, Osbourne and his wife Sharon starred in an MTV competition reality show entitled "Battle for Ozzfest". A number of yet unsigned bands send one member to compete in a challenge to win a spot on the 2005 Ozzfest and a possible recording contract. Shortly after Ozzfest 2005, Osbourne announced that he will no longer headline Ozzfest. Although he announced his retirement from Ozzfest, Osbourne came back headlining the tour. In 2006 Osbourne closed the event for just over half the concerts, leaving the others to be closed by System of a Down. He also played the closing act for the second stage at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on 1 July as well as Randalls Island, New York on 29 July. After the concert in Bristol, Virginia, Osbourne announced he would return for another year of Ozzfest in 2007. And 2020.

Tickets for the 2007 tour were offered to fans free of charge, which led to some controversy. In 2008, Ozzfest was reduced to a one-day event in Dallas, where Osbourne played, along with Metallica and King Diamond. In 2010, Osbourne appeared as the headliner closing the show after opening acts Halford and Mötley Crüe. The tour, though small (only six US venues and one UK venue were played), generated rave reviews.[58][59][60][61]

2000s

Osbourne on tour in Japan in 1999
Down to Earth, Osbourne's first album of new studio material in six years, was released on 16 October 2001. A live version filmed in Japan, Live at Budokan, followed. Down to Earth went gold in 2001, and platinum in 2003. The album features the fan favourite "Dreamer", a song which peaked at number 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks.[62] In June 2002, Osbourne performed the Black Sabbath anthem "Paranoid" at the Party at the Palace concert in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, an event in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II.[63] In 2003 Osbourne recruited former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted after he left the band in 2001 (and Trujillo replaced him on Metallica's line-up). Both Newsted and Osbourne were enthusiastic about recording an album together. He was parodied by The Wiggles in their 2003 video "Space Dancing" as Wozzy Hasbourne on a poster.

On 8 December 2003, Osbourne was rushed into emergency surgery at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, England when he had an accident with his quad bike on his estate in Jordans, Buckinghamshire.[64] Osbourne broke his collar bone, eight ribs, and a neck vertebra.[64] An operation was performed to lift the collarbone, which was believed to be resting on a major artery and interrupting blood flow to the arm. Sharon later revealed that Osbourne had stopped breathing following the crash and was resuscitated by Osbourne's then personal bodyguard, Sam Ruston. While in hospital, Osbourne achieved his first ever UK number one single, a duet of the Black Sabbath ballad, "Changes" with daughter Kelly.[65] In doing so, he broke the record of the longest period between an artist's first UK chart appearance (with Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", number four in August 1970) and their first number one hit: a gap of 33 years.[65] Since the quad accident, apart from some short-term memory problems, he fully recovered and headlined the 2004 Ozzfest, in the reunited Black Sabbath.


Ozzy with the Mayor of Birmingham in Birmingham, England in 2007
In 2005 Osbourne released a box set called Prince of Darkness. The first and second discs are collections of live performances, B-sides, demos and singles. The third disc contained duets and other odd tracks with other artists, including "Born to Be Wild" with Miss Piggy. The fourth disc is entirely new material where Osbourne covers his favourite songs by his biggest influences and favourite bands, including The Beatles, John Lennon, David Bowie and others. Osbourne also helped judge the 2005 UK series of the X-Factor where his wife Sharon was one of the main judges.[66]

In March 2006, he said that he hoped to release a new studio album soon with longtime on-off guitarist, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. In October 2006, it was announced that Tony Iommi, Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, and Geezer Butler would be touring together again, though not as Black Sabbath, but under the moniker Heaven and Hell (the title of Dio's first Black Sabbath album). The response to the news on Osbourne's website was that Osbourne wished Tony and Ronnie well and that there is only one Sabbath. Osbourne's album, titled Black Rain, was released on 22 May 2007. Osbourne's first new studio album in almost six years, it featured a more serious tone than previous albums. "I thought I'd never write again without any stimulation... But you know what? Instead of picking up the bottle I just got honest and said, 'I don't want life to go [to pieces]'", Osbourne stated to Billboard magazine.[67]


Osbourne at the 2009 BlizzCon concert held in Anaheim, California.
Osbourne revealed in July 2009 that he was currently seeking a new guitar player. While he states that he has not fallen out with Zakk Wylde, he said he felt his songs were beginning to sound like Black Label Society and fancied a change.[68] In August 2009, Osbourne performed at the gaming festival BlizzCon with a new guitarist in his line-up Gus G.[69] Osbourne also provided his voice and likeness to the video game Brütal Legend character The Guardian of Metal.[70] In November, Slash featured Osbourne on vocals in his single "Crucify The Dead",[71] and Osbourne with wife Sharon were guest hosts on WWE Raw.[72] In December, Osbourne announced he would be releasing a new album titled Soul Sucka with Gus G, Tommy Clufetos on drums, and Blasko on bass.[73] Negative fan feedback was brought to Osbourne's attention regarding the album title. In respect of fan opinion, on 29 March Osbourne announced his album would be renamed Scream.[74]

2010s
On 13 April 2010, Osbourne announced the release date for Scream would be 15 June 2010.[75] The release date was later changed to a week later. A single from the album, "Let Me Hear You Scream", debuted on 14 April 2010 episode of CSI: NY. The song spent 8 weeks on the Billboard Rock Songs, peaking at No. 7. Osbourne held a Meet-And-Greet album signing at the main branch of HMV in his home-town Birmingham, followed later that day by an intimate show in the Birmingham Town Hall. The first four hundred fans that arrived at the store earlier in the day were given wrist bands, enabling free access to the show.


Osbourne on stage with bassist Blasko in 2013
On 9 August 2010, Osbourne announced that the second single from the album would be "Life Won't Wait" and the video for the song would be directed by his son Jack.[76] When asked of his opinions on Scream in an interview, Osbourne announced that he is "already thinking about the next album". Osbourne's current drummer, Tommy Clufetos, has reflected this sentiment, saying that "We are already coming up with new ideas backstage, in the hotel rooms and at soundcheck and have a bunch of ideas recorded".[77] In October 2014, Osbourne released Memoirs of a Madman, a collection celebrating his entire solo career. A CD version contained 17 singles from across his career, never before compiled together. The DVD version contained music videos, live performances, and interviews.[78]

In April 2017, it was announced that Osbourne and Zakk Wylde would reunite for a summer tour to mark the 30th anniversary of when they first collaborated.[79] The first show of the tour took place on 14 July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.[80] Currently, Osbourne is working on a new solo album.[81][82][83]

On 6 November 2017, Ozzy was announced as the headline act for the Sunday of the 2018 Download Festival held annually at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Having previously graced the main stage in previous years fronting Black Sabbath, this will be his first ever Download headline solo appearance. The Download Festival set comes as part of Osbourne’s final world tour announcement that morning.[84]

On 6 February 2018, Osbourne announced that he would embark on his final world tour dubbed No More Tours 2, a reference to his 1992 tour of the same name, with support from Stone Sour on the North American portion of the tour.[85] He later insisted that he would not retire, "It's 'No More Tours', so I'm just not doing world tours anymore. I'm still going to be doing gigs, but I'm not going on tour for six months at a time anymore. I'd like to spend some time at home."[86]

Black Sabbath reunion

Osbourne singing at Black Sabbath's final performance which took place in their home city Birmingham, February 2017
It was announced on 11 November 2011 during a news conference at the Whisky a Go Go club on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip that the original Black Sabbath line up of Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward would reunite for a world tour and new album, to be produced by Rick Rubin.[87] Bill Ward dropped out for contractual reasons, but the project continued with Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk stepping in for Ward on drums. On 21 May 2012, Black Sabbath played at the O2 Academy in their hometown Birmingham, their first concert since their reunion.[88] The album, entitled 13, was released 11 June 2013,[89] and topped both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.[90][91]

In January 2016, the band began a farewell tour, titled "The End", signifying the final performances of Black Sabbath.[92][93] The final shows of The End tour took place at the Genting Arena in their home city of Birmingham, England on 2 and 4 February 2017.[94][95]

Other production work
Osbourne achieved greater celebrity status via his own brand of reality television. The Osbournes, a series featuring the domestic life of Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, children Jack and Kelly, occasional appearances from his son Louis, but eldest daughter Aimee did not participate). The program became one of MTV's greatest hits. It premiered on 5 March 2002, and the final episode aired 21 March 2005.[96]


Osbourne (centre) and his touring band in 2011
The success of The Osbournes led Osbourne and the rest of his family to host the 30th Annual American Music Awards in January 2003.[97][98] The night was marked with constant "bleeping" due to some of the lewd and raunchy remarks made by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Presenter Patricia Heaton walked out midway in disgust.[99] On 20 February 2008, Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne hosted the 2008 BRIT Awards held at Earls Court, London.[100] Ozzy appeared in a TV commercial for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! which began airing in the UK in February 2006.[101] Ozzy appears in a commercial for the online video game World of Warcraft.[102] He was also featured in the music video game Guitar Hero World Tour as a playable character. He becomes unlocked upon completing Mr Crowley and Crazy Train in the vocalist career.

Osbourne published an autobiography in October 2009, titled I Am Ozzy.[103] Osbourne says ghost writer Chris Ayres told the singer he has enough material for a second book. A movie adaptation of I Am Ozzy is also in the works, and Osbourne says he hopes "an unknown guy from England" will get the role over an established actor, while Sharon stated she would choose established English actress Carey Mulligan to play her.[104]

A documentary film about Osbourne's life and career, entitled God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, premiered in April 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released on DVD in November 2011.[105] The film was produced by Osbourne's son Jack.[106] On 15 May 2013 Osbourne, along with the current members of Black Sabbath, appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation titled "Skin in the Game". The History Channel premiered a comedy reality television series starring Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack Osbourne on 24 July 2016 named Ozzy & Jack's World Detour.[107] During each episode Ozzy and Jack visit one or more sites to learn about history from experts, and explore unusual or quirky aspects of their background.

Osbourne appeared in a November 2017 episode of Gogglebox along with other UK celebrities such as Ed Sheeran, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as part of Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK's Stand Up to Cancer fundraising campaign.[108] In November 2017, Osbourne entered into a new realm of sponsorship as he signed on as an ambassador of a rock-themed online casino known as Metal Casino, which was founded by metal music fans in August 2017.[109]

Awards

Birmingham Walk of Stars

Osbourne's star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles 27 April 2012
Osbourne has received several awards for his contributions to the music community. In 1994, he was awarded a Grammy Award for the track "I Don't Want to Change the World" from Live & Loud for Best Metal Performance of 1994.[55] At the 2004 NME Awards in London, Osbourne received the award for Godlike Genius.[110] In 2005 Osbourne was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame both as a solo artist and as a member of Black Sabbath.[111] In 2006, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and Geezer Butler.[112]

In 2007 Osbourne was honoured at the second annual VH1 Rock Honors, along with Genesis, Heart, and ZZ Top. In addition, that year a bronze star honouring Osbourne was placed on Broad Street in Birmingham, England while Osbourne watched.[113] On 18 May Osbourne had received notice that he would be the first inductee into The Birmingham Walk of Stars. He was presented the award by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. "I am really honoured", he said, "All my family is here and I thank everyone for this reception—I'm absolutely knocked out".[113]

In 2008 Osbourne was crowned with the prestigious Living Legend award in the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Past recipients include Alice Cooper, Lemmy, Jimmy Page. Slash, the former Guns N' Roses guitarist, presented the award.[114] In 2010 Osbourne won the "Literary Achievement" honour for his memoir, I Am Ozzy, at the Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California. Osbourne was presented with the award by Sir Ben Kingsley. The book debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times' hardcover non-fiction best-seller list.[115] Osbourne was also a judge for the 6th,[116] 10th and 11th[117] annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. In May 2015, Osbourne received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors at a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.[118] In 2016, Osbourne had a tram named after him in his home city of Birmingham.[119]

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Tras tocar en varias bandas vino a ser uno de los fundadores de el grupo Earth al que hubo que cambiar el nombre por Black Sabbath ya que otra banda había ya usado el primer nombre. A Black Sabbath se le atribuye el mérito de ser creadores del Heavy Metal y Ozzy estuvo allí para aportar su inconfundible tono terrorífico. En 1979, Osbourne es despedido de Black Sabbath debido a su adicción a las drogas y al alcohol y reemplazado por Ronnie James Dio. Tras una depresión volvió con su carrera en solitario alcanzando de nuevo el éxito ayudado por la calidad musical de Randy Rhoads. La suya ha sido una carrera llena de altibajos y excesos, Ozzy Osbourne ha sido uno de los cantantes menos preparados de la historia musical pero a pesar de ello ha conquistado el respeto de sus compañeros, el corazón del público y ganando varios discos de oro y platino además de un Grammy.

 

 

Ozzy Osbourne, passed trough many harships in his youth, he had a very poor childhood and he had even to work as a shoeshine. This life lead him to be eventually  arrested and sentenced to three months in jail accused of stealing  houses. In jail he made himdelf his famous tattoo on his fist, OZZY, made with a sewing needle and a piece of graphite. After playing in several bands, Ozzy became one of the founders of the group Earth wich conquered some local fame. Later they had to change the name of the band to Black Sabbath so that another band had already used it.  Black Sabbath is credited to be creators of Heavy Metal. Ozzy Osbourne has been one of the craziest singers of musical history, nevertheless, musically he has won several gold and platinum discs, and also a Grammy. In 1979, Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath because of his addiction to drugs and alcohol and replaced by Ronnie James Dio. After a depression he returned with a successful solo career. Especially memorable is his time in company of the great Randy Rhoads.

 

 

   



 

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