After the breakup of Sabbath, Ozzy spends about 6 months in a Los Angeles hotel
room getting high and drunk non stop. Sharon Arden (Don Arden's daughter) 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.
Dana Strum (who later went on to play with Slaughter) helps Ozzy put his solo
band together. Numerous guitarists auditioned, but Ozzy didn't like any of them, until
Quiet Riot's Randy Rhoads was brought in. He was hired on the spot. The three had
intended to then travel to Britain, but Strum did not have a work permit so he was forced
to stay behind.
While in England, bassist Bob Daisley (of Rainbow) hooks up with Ozzy. A few different
are tested: "Ten Years After" drummer Dave Potts hangs around for a little over
1 week, demos are recorded with "Lone Star" drummer Dixie Lee, and "Flying Hat Band" drummer
Barry Scrannage plays an actual local pub gig before Ozzy finally settles on "Uriah
Heep" drummer Lee Kerslake.|
The band tours a few local pub gigs under the name "Law" before settling on "Blizzard of Ozz". |
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.
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 3rd one. |
Let's just say
everyone was in complete shock. When his wife Sharon saw this, she was laughing so
hard that she urinated in her pants, and in her own words "It wasn't just a little
bit, it was a puddle!" 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.
Now, take note that 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 U.S. it has since gone
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
A few weeks after "Diary of a Madman" is released, Kerslake and Daisly are
fired due to money problems and Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo take their
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. Well, over time his
audience began getting him back! Ozzy has said in a recent interview "we had to
turn this guy away from our show because he was trying to get in with an
ox's head, a full head!"
January 20th, 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,
(of course he had to be drinking, or high on something to think this thing
was plastic!) picks it up and bites the head off of it. The bat then started
to flap his wings and Ozzy soon realized it wasn't fake! After the show Ozzy
was immediately rushed to the hospital for rabies shots. Ozzy describes it
as "one of the most horrible, painful experiences of my life."|
February 1982, Ozzy visits the Alamo, a national shrine in Texas. Drunk in his
hotel room he decides to dress up as a woman and go outside to snap some
pictures. During film reloading, Ozz 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. (a ban
which was lifted in 1992)
More band member changes were made this year - Lindsey Bridgewater is hired
for keyboards, Bridgewater leaves shortly after and Don Airey is hired.
March 19th, 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. He took up a small engine aircraft along with
Jake Duncan and Don Airey for a little ride. Upon landing he extends the
same invitation to Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood (a woman that did makeup).
So they both go up. (And to this day, Ozzy doesn't know why they accepted
The offer because they were both terrified of flying.) 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 Ozz
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.
In an attempt to jump right back into the game, Ozz hires the first ax-man to
come along - Bernie Torme (who later went on to be with Dee Snyder). He
lasted only 3 weeks, couldn't take the pressure. Ozz then hires Brad Gillis
(ex Nightranger) to fill Torme's spot.
On July 4,1982 Ozzy gets married to Sharon on the tropical island of Maui.
He said he picked the 4th of July to get married so he would remember the
date because of the holiday (Independence Day). Tommy Aldridge was Ozzy's
best man. Ozzy didn't like the Hawaiian band playing there so he kicked
them out and distributed their instruments to his band and played some
acoustical versions of Goodbye to Romance, Paranoid and some old Beatles
songs. (Geez, would I love to see some video of that!) Sharon also took over the
role as Ozzy's new manager by buying the contract for Ozz 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" (also called "Talk of the
Devil" outside of the U.S.). 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. |
If you ever wondered what all that cryptic writing is around Ozzy on the
front cover of "Speak of the Devil" this is what it says: Howdy. Dial a
demon productions in conjunction with graveyard graphics, proudly presents
the madman of rock dumping in el satanos toiletto. The inside magic words
reveal a more serious note - a tribute to Randy Rhoads, axeman. That kid was
my lifeline, ya' know? He was such a dynamic player and I'd rather not talk
about it anymore because it cuts me up every day of my life. Randy Rhoads
rest in peace and love.|
Soon after the release of "Speak of the Devil" 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. I have
a video taped interview in which he 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 his hair very brittle and damaged. So one day
I just shaved it all off!"
Band member changes, 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 29th Ozzy performed at the Us Festival in San Bernardino, CA for a
crowd of 350,000!
More band member changes, Aldrige leaves, and Carmine Appice is hired for
drums. Two months later he is fired and Aldridge comes back.
September 2nd, 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 makes a music video for "Bark at the Moon" which took over 8 hours to
prepare him in full wolf costume.
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 California heroin addiction treatment clinic.
October 27th Ozzy becomes a father again to another daughter - Kelly.
July 15th, 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, 1985, Ozzy has another son, Jack Osbourne.
"The 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
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 is 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. What does all this
mean? Ozzy won! of course, don't be silly!
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
July 17 Ozzy begins a 6 week tour of U.K. prisons where he played one song
I don't have in my collection of rarities: "Jailhouse Rock"
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, Ozzy's first pay-per-view concert is broadcast in the U.S. The concert was performed live at the Tower Theatre in
Ozzy's duet with Lita Ford "Close My Eyes Forever" is a #8 hit on the
billboards singles chart.|
August 12th, 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 re-hab away from his family.
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.
The "No More Tears" album is released on September 17th. 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". Geezer left Ozzy again
and Mike Inez took over on bass. Ozzy collaborates with Lemmy of Motorhead in
the writing process for this album. Ozzy even takes home a Grammy for "I Don't
Want To Change The World".
September 24th, 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 5th, Ozzy is back on tour with his newly healed foot.
March 26th Ozzy performs a memorial concert in Long Beach C.A. and dedicates
the proceeds to build a new tomb for Randy Rhoads.
March 28th Ozzy 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". This
would mark the last tour Ozzy would ever perform (according to Ozzy). He stated
that he was retiring from the music business to spend more time with his
October 1st 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 15th, on the last stop of the "No More Tours Tour", Black Sabbath
reunites for the 2nd time since their breakup in 1978 at Costa Mesa,
California. At the end of the show a sign is lit up which reads "Ozzy
Osbourne, I'll be back"
November 18th, Black Sabbath is honored with a star at the rock walk
on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
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, "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
he writes about 40 songs.
March 1st, 1994 Ozzy takes home a Grammy for best metal performance, "I Don't
Want To Change The World".
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, strange huh? Geezer was on bass and
Dean Castronovo was on drums. Dean left after 8 shows and Randy Castillo
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.
Sadly there was no Steve Vai to be seen on this album,
(I would have loved to hear that) but there was credit to Steve
in help of writing Ozzy's dedication to his son Jack, "My Little Man". 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. 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".|
While on tour in December, Geezer decides to take break, and Mike Inez
steps in for him.
May - more band changes! Joe Holmes on ax, Mike Bordin (from Faith No More) on
drums, Robert Trujillio (from Suicidal Tendencies) on bass, and John Sinclair
August 17th, Ozzy co-headlines the Castle Donington festival with Kiss.
September 1996, Ozzy starts up "Ozz-fest", a huge festival with Slayer,
Neurosis, Biohazard, Prong, 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.
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. The material was recorded
at the Glen Helen Block-Buster Pavilion, Devore, California 10/26/96, and
the Dessert Sky Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona.|
Ozzy teams up with Type O Negative to do a song called "Pictures of
Matchstick Men" which is on the soundtrack to Howard Sterns movie "Private
Parts". Ozzy also has a small cameo part in his movie.
Ozzy announces that he will be reuniting with Black Sabbath, excluding the
drummer Bill Ward for creative differences at the upcoming summer Ozzfest.
the band kind of thought that Bill couldn't handle the touring any more, and
Bill had also been working on his new solo album so things just didn't
work out. Bill on the other hand has a completely different story. He claims to
have never been contacted about it.
May 24th, 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 Ozz-fest out on the
road with Marilyn Manson. (a band known to do some un-earthly acts on stage)
Giants Stadium in NJ try to cancel the concert because of Manson, but Ozzy
takes NJ to court and wins the right to play!
June 17th Ozzy causes a riot at an Ozzfest concert in Columbus OH by not
showing up. Angry fans broke windows, uprooted trees, set various 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 11th "The Ozzman Cometh" is released. A greatest hits package which
features 4 so called "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! This date also marks the day where Ozzy held a signing in New
York, times square at the Virgin Mega store where I finally got to meet him!
December 4th & 5th, 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.
Ozzy gets his old band back together...Zakk on guitar, Castillo on drums,
and Inez on bass but it only lasts for a short time. Zakk, Randy, and
Inez leave again and back come Holmes, Bordin, and Trujillio. Geez, make
up your mind!|
May 29th, 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. Vinny Appice takes over on drums.
July 3rd, Ozzfest hits the states for the 3rd time kicking off in
Holmdel, NJ. Bands on the bill included Megadeth, Tool, Limp Bizkit,
Sevendust, Coal Chamber, Motorhead, Incubus, The Melvins, Snot, System of
a Down, and Monster Voodoo Machine. The tour ended August 1st.
September 20, "Reunion" a live album recorded by the original Black
Sabbath in Birmingham England on December 4th & 5th 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. I got to
meet them all at the Virgin Mega store, in Times Square, New York. The band
also announces a full scale - world reunion tour kicking off in Phoenix,
Arizona on New Years eve.
November, Ozzy teams up with Busta Rhymes to do a rap version of Iron
Man. Ozzy also does another song for the South Park sound track with
rappers DMX, Crystal Method and 'Ol Dirty Bastard.
December 31, 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, the original Black Sabbath launches their final bow on the
Ozzfest, appropriately titled "The Last Supper" in West Palm Beach, FL.
Opening acts include Rob Zombie, Slayer, Deftones, Primus, Godsmack,
System of a Down, Fear Factory, Drain STH, Push Monkey, Flashpoint,
Apartment 26, Slipknot, Hed (pe), and Static X. |
After the Ozzfest tour ends in July, Sabbath goes on their last
tour of the U.S. with opening bands Godsmack and Drain STH. The last
stop was August 24 in Jones Beach, NY.
September 7, Coal Chambers "Chamber Music" is released with 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 & 22 Black Sabbath perform their "last ever" (billed as) concerts in
Feb 23 - Black Sabbath pick up a Grammy Award for Category 17 -
Metal Performance, Iron Man from the "Reunion" album. Bill Ward
picked it up on behalf of the band but CBS did not air it.
Bill Ward said it was gratifying to see artists from the
Woodstock generation, including the night's top winner,
Carlos Santana, doing so well. |
``I think it's totally cool,'' he said. ``I didn't think that 31
years ago, I'd be standing up in a suit. I feel more like an
accountant than the guy who plays drums in Black Sabbath.''
In late March, Ozzy hires Roy Mayorga to replace Mike Bordin on
drums. Roy lasts about 3 weeks and gets replaced by Brian Tichy.
June 15 - Ozzy plays a show in L.A. for KROQ radio and surprises everyone
by reuniting with Black Sabbath. During the first song, a rotating
stage cut the wires and caused a 10-minute delay. This mishap
cancelled a 2nd planned reunion in NJ 1 week later.
July 2 - Ozzfest 2000 begins in Palm Beach, Florida. Bands include
Pantera, Godsmack, Static-X, Incubus, Methods Of Mayhem, P.O.D.,
Queens Of the Stone Age, Soulfly, Kittie, Taproot, Primer 55,
Shuvel, Pitchshifter, Disturbed, The Deadlights, Slaves On Dope,
Reveille & Pumpjack.
October 28 - Zakk Wylde announces that he will be working with
March - 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 - Ozzfest: Second Stage Live album is released.
April 9 - Black Sabbath reunite on ESPN's action and music awards show.
Sabbath performs Paranoid.
April 10 - Ozzy's mother passes away. Ozzy said the following in an
interview: "Mum died of Diabetes and kidney problems. She went peacfully in her
sleep, unlike dad who had cancer and died in pain. I'd been to see her
a week before and she's seemed fine. I never thought I'd be affected,
I wasn't affected when my dad died. But it's different with mum, it
knocks the stuffing out of me. I didn't go to the funeral. They f*** me
up to much. I've been to enough funerals to last a lifetime. It might
have pushed me over the edge. I thought I was going nuts last year. I
was driving around with spears. I was near the dark side. It was like
I was waking up with the worlds worst hangover but I hadn't had a
drink. I'm glued together with medication. I'm on everything proper
psychotic medication. If I don't pop pills I lose it. I'm a f***ing
nutter, I won't last to 85."
June 8 - Ozzfest begins in Chicago, IL. Bands include Black Sabbath,
Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Crazy Town,
Black Label Society, Disturbed, Mudvayne, Cold, Taproot, Union
Underground, Nonpoint, No One, Spineshank, American Head Charge,
Pure Rubbish, Hatebreed, Drowning Pool, Systematic, Beautiful
Creatures, Boy Hits Car, Godhead & Otep.
August 14 - Ozzfest 2001: The Second Millennium album is released.
August 25 - "Get's Me Through", Ozzy's first new single in 5 years
is aired on K-rock radio in NYC.
October 16 - "Down To Earth" is released. Ozzy's first solo album in 6 years.
October 31 - Ozzy kicks off his "Night of Merry Mayhem" tour with Rob Zombie,
Mudvayne, Soil and OneSideZero.
November 9 - Ozzy is forced by doctors to cancel ten dates
on the Merry Mayhem tour due to a stress fracture in his leg.
The fracture occurred when Ozzy fell coming out of the shower
before the Tucson show on 10/31. He was unaware that the leg
was fractured and continued to perform each night until the pain
became unbearable. On 11/8 Ozzy went to the doctor and discovered
that his fall had resulted in a stress fracture injury to his leg.
The doctor immediately ordered Ozzy to stay off his leg and to cease
touring to prevent further injury.
November 23 - Rob Zombie directs Ozzy's video for "Dreamer".
November 29 - Ozzy resumes touring.
December 23 - Ozzy performs 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 - 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 - Ozzy records a live concert for a summer release at Tokyo's
famed Budokan Hall.
March 5 - "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.
March 26 - Ozzy's former drummer Randy Castillo dies of cancer, he was 49.
April 12 - 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 - The Osbournes Family Album is released
June 25 - Live at the Budokan is released on cd and video
July 2 - It is announced that Sharon Osbourne has been diagnosed with colon cancer
July 21 - Sharon Osbourne's cancer has spread beyond her colon and will start a
three-month course of chemotherapy at the end of July.
July 28th - Ozzy announces a 3 week break from Ozzfest to be by Sharon's side|
August 7 - Sharon makes Ozzy return to Ozzfest because he's driving her mad.
August 16 - The lawsuit against Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne brought by Bob
Daisley and Lee Kerslake is dismissed by the federal court in Los Angeles. In
a ruling, the court rejected the plaintiffs' claims for record royalties and
additional credits on the classic Ozzy albums Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a
Madman. The ruling ends the lawsuit first filed in 1998.
August 20 - Black Sabbath's "Past Lives" is released... a two disc set
containing live material from the early seventies.
September ? - Not to sure about the exact date, but somewhere around here, Ozzy's
oldest daughter, Jessica, had a baby girl named Isabelle Hobbs, making
Ozzy a grandfather.
September 15 - The Osbourne's series is named the year's outstanding
nonfiction reality program at the Creative Arts Emmys, which are mainly
awards for technical achievements given out eight days in
advance of the main Emmy awards, which are handed out on
Sept. 22. Sharon, one of the show's producers as well
as one of its stars, accepted the award on behalf of her
husband, saying, "Ozzy I love you."
September 20 - Lawyers for former Ozzy Osbourne band members Bob
Daisley and Lee Kerslake file an appeal in Los Angeles of a judge's
Aug. 16 ruling that threw their royalties case against the
rocker out of court. Daisley and Kerslake are suing for $20
million in back royalties, and first launched the suit back
in March of 2000. In her August ruling, U.S. District Court
Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled the two musicians failed to
prove their case in addition to the fact that the statute of
limitations had run out.
October 25 - Ozzy plays a special concert for 1600 people at
The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
November 26 - The Osbournes, Season 2 premiers on MTV.
December 31 - Ozzy and Sharon renew their wedding vows during
a New Year's Eve party at the Beverly Hills Hotel that
includes hundreds of guests. They delayed their July 4th
20th anniversary celebration because of Sharon's battle
with colon cancer. Sharon wore a cream-colored wedding gown and
diamond tiara as she was escorted down the aisle by her father.
Kelly served as flower girl. Music was provided by the 1970s group
January 14 - The Osbournes host the Video Music Awards.|
February 26 - Metallica announces that their new bassist will be none other
than Ozzy's own Rob Trujillo.
March 9 - Ozzy announces his new bassist, Jason Newsted, formally of
March 26 - The Osbournes hold a charity event in their home to support
Elton Johns AIDS foundation and Sharon Osbournes colon-cancer charity. In
attendance were Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor and Justin Timberlake among
April 23 - Sharon Osbourne announces that she is cancer free.
April 30 - Ozzy's son Jack checks into Rehab for treatment of drug and
May 5 - Sharon Osbourne announces that Ozzy will be leaving his Sony label.
June 1 - Jason Newsted plays his first show with Ozzy in Vancouver, Canada.
June 28 - Ozzfest kicks off in Selma, Texas. Mainstage bands include
Chevelle, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson & Korn.
June 29 - The Osbournes rand #12 on the Forbes list of most powerful
July 24 - Ozzy's tour manager Bobby Thomson, 50, is found dead in his hotel
room at the Townshend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan, after an 18-month
battle with throat cancer.
August 10 - Ozzy's "Down To Earth" album is certified platinum by the RIAA.
September 15 - Sharon Osbourne's talk show debuts on the WB network in the USA.
October 1 - Kelly Osbourne's version of "Changes", a duet with her father is released.
October 15 - A six week European tour is postponed due to side effects
of medication Ozzy was taking to control a tremor. Ozzy explains the tremors: "It turns out that it's a hereditary thing that I have from my
mother's side of the family," "This guy in Boston fixed me great. He's taken me off all
the medication that I was on. I'm taking one medication now for
October 24 - A Federal Appeals Court unanimously upholds the dismissal of the
lawsuit brought by former session musicians Bob Daisley
and Lee Kerslake. The lawsuit, filed against Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
in 1998, had sought royalties and credits on Ozzy's classic studio
albums "Blizzard of Oz" and "Diary of a Madman". The lawsuit was
dismissed last year by the United States District Court in Los
Angeles, and this week the United States Court of Appeals for the
Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal, ruling that Ozzy does not owe
any royalties or credit to the former session musicians, who were
let go in 1981.
December 1 - 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 4 - Jason Newsted leaves the Ozzy camp, and is replaced by ex-ROB ZOMBIE bassist Rob "Blasko"
Nicholson. Newsted, who was with the band for less than a year, left
due to undisclosed reasons.
December 8 - Ozzy is seriously injured in an ATV accident on the grounds of his estate in England.
Ozzy broke eight ribs, his collarbone and a vertebra which required
him to have a 7 inch steel plate attached to the back of his
neck. Ozzy needed to have emergency surgery to repair an
artery that had been damaged during the accident. He is placed on a ventilator to help him breathe.
December 15 - Ozzy is taken off of the ventilator.
December 28 - Ozzy leaves intensive care.
December 31 - Ozzy's son Louis is married, Ozzy is unable to attend his wedding due to his injuries.
January 8 - The twice-rescheduled European tour is officially cancelled.|
March 18 - Randy Rhoads is honored with a bronze bust of him at a
ceremony at the RockWalk at the Guitar Center
in Los Angeles' Hollywood district.
March 31 - Ex-Rob Zombie bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson leaves Ozzy's camp. Rob never got the chance to play a live show with Ozzy.
May 23 - Ozzy picks up the Legend Award at the Japan MTV Music Awards.
July 10 - Black Sabbath reunites one more time to tour the Summer for the 9th annual Ozzfest
with Judas Priest, Slayer, Black Label Society and more.
September 7 - Ozzy Osbourne honored with the Editor's Special Award at the annual GQ
Men of the Year awards.
November 22 - Burglars brake into Ozzy's English country home 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 2nd story window.
March 21 - The final episode of "The Osbournes" airs on MTV. |
March 22 - Ozzy's box set "Prince of Darkness" is released.
March 25 - Fire breaks out in the Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire Osbourne mansion after heat from a fire place ignites wood paneling. Sharon and Ozzy are forced to flee into the backyard. The fire wound up destroying the a hallway and the livingroom with over $100,000 in damages.
April - Aimee Osbourne is diagnosed with breast cancer.
June 6 - Black Sabbath kick off a European tour to a crowd of 1,000 people at the Aylesbury Civic Centre, in the UK.
July 15 - The tenth anniversary of Ozzfest kicks off at the Tweeter Center in Boston, Mass with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, Mudvayne, Black Label Society, Shadows Fall, and others.
August 12 - After multiple Ozzfest cancellations due to growing throat problems with Ozzy, it is announced that Ozzy will not be a part of Ozzfest in 2006.
August 20 - Sharon Osbourne organizes an all-out assault on Iron Maiden during their performance at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen, in Los Angeles, CA. About 30 people in the crowd pelt the members of Iron Maiden with eggs, plastic bottles, and other items. The power is cut multiple times, and a recorded Ozzy chant is played over the loud speakers. "Bruce Dickinson is a prick" she tells the audience after the whole incident. In later interviews, Sharon explained why she did it: "I'd say Bruce Dickinson has been unprofessional in the way he's behaved from day one. He's been complaining that the PA isn't loud enough, complaining about MTV, complaining that my husband does reality shows, complaining about the prices of the tickets, on and on. Fuck him. He didn't even speak to Ozzy once on the whole tour. I mean, Ozzfest ticket prices are expensive but we haven't raised the ticket prices for three years even though, with inflation. All the costs in putting on a show like this rise. If Monkey Boy hated the tour so much why didn't he leave it? I've been paying his wages for four weeks. He didn't seem to have any problem pocketing the $180,000 checks that me and my husband were writing for the band for every night — that could have stayed in my pocket. Me and my husband built up this tour over 10 years with blood, sweat and tears. I'm not having anyone fuck with that. For some reason Bruce Dickinson seemed to view it as a battle of the bands. He'd stand up on that stage and say that this wasn't the Ozzfest anymore, it was MAIDEN-fest. How fucking disrespectful is that? He's got such an '80s mentality. He's up there saying, 'Fuck MTV and fuck radio and you wouldn't catch IRON MAIDEN doing a reality show' and it's like, 'Hang on, you're a shareholder in Sanctuary, which is one of the biggest corporations in the music business.' He's never said a word about SABBATH either, only Ozzy, so it's personal. We've had 220 bands play this tour over the last 10 years and I've never felt the need to egg anyone."
September 8 - Ozzy performs "Crazy Train" at the NFL opening kickoff at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
November 1 - "Under Cover" album is released.
November 16 - Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne as a solo artist are inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
November 21 - Ozzy performs "In My Life" with Slash at the Annual Royal Variety Performance in Wales.
January 17 - Zakk Wylde is inducted in the Rock Walk on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. |
March 13 - Black Sabbath is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the chandeliers of the Waldorf-Astoria's grand ballroom in New York City. Metallica performs "Hole In The Sky" and "Iron Man" in their honor.