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Ozzy Talks About The Making Of "Prince..." (3/21/2005)

OZZY OSBOURNE recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about his upcoming four-disc
box set, "Prince of Darkness". An excerpt from the interview follows:

Metal Edge: The box set is obviously a career retrospective, but how long has the
cover album been in the making?

Ozzy Osbourne: "Over the years, I've always wanted to do an album of other
people's stuff, like some [John] Lennon. I've always wanted to do 'Whiter Shade
of Pale', but I didn't do it, because everybody who does a cover album, the first
track is always 'Whiter Shade of Pale'. I've had a long list, and Sharon comes up
to me on the Ozzfest last year and tells me that Sony's putting together a box
set of rarities and live recordings — stuff with Dweezil Zappa, the BEE GEES, WAS NOT
WAS, 'Born to be Wild' with Miss Piggy, stuff like that — and she says, 'Why don't you
do an album of cover songs?' I didn't know what it was going to sound like, but it's
something different instead of another version of 'I Don't Know' done underwater in
fuckin' Paris in '78! I must be the only artist with six or seven solo records, and
eighty fuckin' spin-offs of the best of, in different running orders, in Chinese,
whatever."

Metal Edge: "The Ozzman Cometh" and he cometh again and again and again…

Ozzy Osbourne: "And when is he going to stop comething? [Laughs] We promise you
this is the last cometh! It hasn't been me, though. So I built a studio in the
back of the house and I said to Sharon, 'Let me just have a go at doing the covers.
If it turns into a pile of shit, nothing ventured, nothing gained.' A friend of
mine, Mark Hudson, who I've known for many years and wrote some of 'Ozzmosis' with,
produced it. We originally did like eight or ten songs, and they said, 'Fuckin' A,
this is great, keep on going!' So we're going to do an album on the box set, then
another album called 'Ozzy Undercover' or something. So there's 14 or 15 for that
album, and eight or 10 for the box set. I've got to confess, it's come out a lot
better than I ever expected it to. It's got balls. It's got meat."

Metal Edge: Who played on them with you?

Ozzy Osbourne: "Mark Hudson, Leslie West did 'Mississippi Queen', Jerry Cantrell,
Ian Hunter did 'All the Young Dudes', and a bunch of musicians and arrangers. I was
doing it on the road. We had portable ProTools and a 32-track. This album has
been all over the world! I was doing it down in Florida, on tour, where they were
nailing up the fucking hotel because of Hurricane Charlie, and I'm singing with a
big gold bowl of Red Bulls to keep me going. It was one of those albums that
started, and it just got better as we went along. If it was up to me, I'd have
kept going. I wasn't going to sing 'Good Times' by THE ANIMALS — [singing] 'I
remember all the good times' — but Sharon thought it kind of summed up my life, so
I did it for her. I did JEFF BECK's 'Hi Ho Silver Lining'. I thought, if it's good
enough for JEFF BECK, it's good enough for me,' but once I started doing it, I
thought, 'Who the fuck wrote these lyrics?' [Laughing] 'Flies are in your pea soup,
baby, and they're looking at me.' That's really an earth-shattering lyric! I mean,
when I started out, we used to talk to each other and go, 'Hey man, how you doing?'
Then we went from 'man' to 'dude,' and I thought, 'Who the fuck thought of 'dude'?'
And I thought it must have been DAVID BOWIE in 'All the Young Dudes', and I recorded
that… But then when I recorded 'Mississippi Queen', there was a line that went,
'While the rest of those dudes…' And I'm going, 'I must have really been fucking
stoned, because I'd never heard 'dude' before!' [Laughing] And I did 'Fire' by ARTHUR
BROWN, 'Working Class Hero' on an acoustic guitar without a big production, just a
few 'oohs' and 'aahs' in the background. I did 'Rocky Mountain Way' by JOE WALSH,
which is fabulous, and 'Woman' by JOHN LENNON, which is fucking beautiful… it's so
much fun, because the songs have already been established, and I just fuck with them
and rearrange them. I've heard cover albums before where they fuck with the songs to
the point where the only thing that sounds like 'Jingle Bells' is the fucking title!
It wasn't like that, but they're still me. It was some of the easiest work I ever did.
So that was that…"


Source: Blabbermouth


Ozzy To Guest On Dr. Phil Next Monday (3/18/2005)

Dr. PHIL McGRAW and OZZY OSBOURNE may seem like strange bedfellows, but on Monday,
TV's top doc knocks on the stained oak doors of the Prince of Darkness' manse for
a most unusual house call. Fans of Dr. Phil's can catch the hourlong session on
his daily syndicated show, while fans of MTV's "The Osbournes" can check out all
the action on the season finale of the reality series that very same evening at 10 p.m.

Joining Ozzy will be wife SHARON, daughter KELLY and son JACK, when the life
strategist takes a look at where the family has been and where they are going
now that Ozzy is out of rehab and living his life clean and sober.

"I can't ask for anything else. He is sober. He is back," a tearful Kelly tells
Dr. Phil. Adding, "I can't remember a time when I was a kid that we would go
anywhere as a family, or I went to a movie with my dad, or he would fall asleep
in my school meetings. I thought that was the way all dads were."

The metal madman listens to what his family says, and then admits, "I can't
change what I've done. I recognize I've had a problem and today I'm dealing with it."

But Ozzy isn't the only one who takes himself to task. When Sharon tells the
talk-show host that she won't win any mother-of-the-year award, the response is
surprising.

"It offends me when you say that," Jack admits. "I get pissed off she is
talking @#$% about herself."

And Kelly agrees with her brother. "You need to stop doing that," she tells
her mom. "When you sell yourself out, you sell us out, too."

Since "The Osbournes" premiered on MTV, they have become America's favorite
dysfunctional family, and even though Ozzy is sober now, most likely that
won't change -- but he will.

But Dr. Phil cautions the family, "It is critical to his rehabilitation and
staying sober to know how important he is to you all."


Source: Ozzyhead


Ozzy Was Surprised By Another "Best Of" Compilation (3/18/2005)

ROCK wildman Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he's astounded by the way his manager-wife
Sharon and record label Sony keep repackaging his old music.

Especially since he’s only made eight original records since quitting Black Sabbath
in 1979.

The singer-turned-MTV star told Kerrang! magazine: "When Sharon first mentioned
that Sony were putting out a box set I thought 'what of?'

"I must be in the Guinness Book Of Records for having the most f**king compilation
albums from only eight records."

"There's The Ozzman Cometh, The Ozzman Goeth, The Ozzman Dieth and The Ozzman
Cometh Backwards."


Source: The Sun


The Ozzyhead.com "Prince Of Darkness" Review (3/16/2005)

I was very happy to come home today to see a beautiful package sitting on my front door
step. Inside it was my advance promo copy of Ozzy's new box set: Prince Of Darkness.
Here's my review (hope you've got a few minutes... this is gonna be a long one!):


I'll start out by reviewing the songs. I won't make any attempt to review the songs
which everyone has already heard before...but I will critique the ones which most
people will be hearing for the first time.

Disc 1

Track 1 - I Don't Know (Live): Taken From "Tribute".

Track 2 - Mr. Crowely: Taken from "Blizzard Of Ozz".

Track 3 - Crazy Train: Taken from "Blizzard Of Ozz".

Track 4 - Goodbye To Romance (Live): Taken From "Tribute".

Track 5 - Suicide Solution (Live): Taken From "Tribute".

Track 6 - Over The Mountain: Taken from "Diary Of A Madman".

Track 7 - Flying High Again (Live): From "Tribute".

Track 8 - You Can't Kill Rock And Roll: Taken from "Diary Of A Madman".

Track 9 - Diary Of A Madman: Taken from "Diary Of A Madman".

Track 10 - Bark At The Moon (Live): Originally released as a B-side to the UK "So Tired" single.

Track 11 - Spiders: Taken from the European version of "Bark At The Moon".

Track 12 - Rock 'N' Roll Rebel: Taken from "Bark At The Moon".

Track 13 - You're No Different: Taken from "Bark At The Moon".

Disc 2

Track 1 - Ultimate Sin (Live): Taken from the "Ultimate Ozzy" video released in 1986, recorded in Kansas.

Track 2 - Never Know Why (Live): Taken from the "Ultimate Ozzy" video released in 1986, recorded in Kansas.

Track 3 - Thank God For The Bomb (Live): Taken from the "Ultimate Ozzy" video released in 1986, recorded in Kansas.

Track 4 - Crazy Babies: Taken from "No Rest For The Wicked".

Track 5 - Breakin' All The Rules: Taken from "No Rest For The Wicked".

Track 6 - I Don't Want To Change The World (Demo): Pretty close to the version released on "No More Tears"... the untrained ear may not even notice the difference! This was originally released in 1992 on the very rare "No More Tears Demo Sessions" album.

Track 7 - Mama, I'm Coming Home (Demo): Ozzy voice is raw and untouched by studio hands in this demo version. This was originally released in 1992 on the very rare "No More Tears Demo Sessions" album.

Track 8 - Desire (Demo): Not very different from the version released on "No More Tears". This was originally released in 1992 on the very rare "No More Tears Demo Sessions" album.

Track 9 - No More Tears: Taken from "No More Tears".

Track 10 - Won't Be Coming Home (Demo): This is the original version of "S.I.N" off of the "No More Tears" album. The chorus features different lyrics. Ozzy says "I must have been stoned because I don't remember recording this one." This was originally released in 1992 on the very rare "No More Tears Demo Sessions" album.

Track 11 - Perry Mason (Live): Taken from an Ozzfest sampler cd.

Track 12 - See you On The Other Side (Demo): Hark, do I hear horns? Can it be? An Ozzy song with horns? Is that Kenny G in the background? Very cool man! Ozzy's voice sounds like he's on a wobbly merry-go-round. This is a very cool mix. Ozzy says he "much prefers this verison".

Track 13 - Walk On Water (Demo): This was the first song listened to upon receiving this box set. I've been waiting to hear this version since I first heard the 20 second sample of it in the Beavis and Butthead Do America movie. What they released on the soundtrack was a far cry from what they played in the movie. I must say, I think I like the original version better, although I can now understand the lyrics a little bit better.

Track 14 - Gets Me Through (Live): Taken from "Live At The Budokan"

Track 15 - Bang Bang (You're Dead): Holy crap! If you're on the fence about buying this box set... please listen to me.... GET IT JUST FOR THIS SONG ALONE! "Facing Hell" is one of the heaviest songs Ozzy has ever made in his solo career. This is the original song which should have appeared on "Down To Earth" but the record company "freaked" according to Ozzy. Totally different lyrics.... All I have to say is WOW! AWESOME!

Track 16 - Dreamer: Ozzy's version of John Lennon's "Imagine". A wonderful song in my opinion, but if it were up to me, I would have left this tune off and left room for more demos!

Disc 3

Track 1 - Iron Man: Ozzy with Therapy? Originally appeared on the Nativity In Black tribute album (why would Ozzy appear on his own tribute album?). It's an "OK" tune. To tell you the truth... I'm not a big fan of any "Iron Man" anymore.

Track 2 - N.I.B.: Ozzy and Primus did this cover for the Nativity In Black II tribute album... again... why Ozzy appear on his tribute album is beyond me... (but that's just me), check out the bass licks on this bad boy!

Track 3 - Purple Haze: This has always been one of my favorite rarities. In my opinion, Ozzy does a better job on this track then Hendrix could ever do!

Track 4 - Pictures Of Matchstick Men: Ozzy recorded this cover song with Type O Negative for Howard Stern's Private Parts Movie soundtrack. Awesome Tune.

Track 5 - Shake Your Head (Let's Go To Bed): There are actually 3 versions of this song out there. The version which appears here is the first original one from 1982. This song was recorded with "Was Not Was" and actually features Madonna as a back up singer! The track was later remixed in the early 90's with Kim Basinger.

Track 6 - Born To Be Wild: Ozzy originally hated the idea of doing this song, but finally agreed because his kids thought it was "cool". I crack up every time I hear this song. Maybe I have a dirty mind, but the noises Miss Piggy makes, you would think she's having sex with Ozzy! Check it out!

Track 7 - Nowhere To Run (Vapor Trail): This song was made for the South Park cartoon soundtrack. Unfortunatley, they put the edited version on the box set. No curse words!

Track 8 - Psycho Man: Black Sabbath. Enough said. Awesome song recorded for the "Reunion" album.

Track 9 - For Heaven's Sake 2000: Ozzy says "I'm not even sure I know who the fuck Wu Tang 3 Clan are, however, Tony Iommi and I were asked to join them on this song. It's actually one of two tracks I collaborated with the late great Ol Dirty Bastard... God Bless Him!" Unfortunatley they put the edited version of this song on the box set as well. Go figure!

Track 10 - I Ain't No Nice Guy: Ozzy's duet with Lemmy from Motorhead. This is a nice slow tune... I've never been a real fan of Lemmy. In fact, every time I see a picture of the guy, I have to cringe a little bit. He kind of looks like he has a cocoa puff glued to his cheek. It's still a great tune worth checking out. There was a video made for this song, which Ozzy appeared in. Check it out if you can find it.

Track 11 - Therapy: This track features Ozzy with Infectious Grooves. This was a band in the early 90's which was kind of a side project for the boys in Suicidal Tendincies. Ozzy was also featured in a video for this song. If you've ever seen the video, you'll notice that Ozzy is sitting through the entire song, this was because of an injury he got from a crazed who jumped up on stage and "bear hugged" him from behind.

Track 12 - Stayin' Alive: I was very happy to hear a brand new remix of this song. I think I like this new remix better then the original! Turn it up loud and get out your disco ball! I was lucky enough to get the original verison of this tune from a friend of Dweezil Zappa's drummer. He told me he stole it from him when he wasn't looking... I traded it with a few people, and suddenly everyone in the underground world had it! You people out there who have the orginal will be very refreshed to hear this brand new version remixed by Dweezil.

Track 13 - Dog, The Bounty Hunter (Theme Song): This is a longer version (by 20 seconds) then what was released on the internet last year. Still short, but very sweet. Ozzy says he met "Dog" while vacationing in Hawaii last year, where he asked him to write a theme song for his TV show.

Disc 4

Track 1 - 21st Century Schizoid Man: I've never heard the original before, nor have I ever heard a song by King Crimson. Great tune though!

Track 2 - Mississippi Queen: Most of you Ozzy fans out there have already heard this tune on the radio. I didn't like it too much at first, but it's growing on me. West does some killer guitar work in this tune, and it's worth checkin' out if you haven't already!

Track 3 - All The Young Dudes: A good track. It was originally written by David Bowie. In the book, Ozzy says "After we recorded the track, it was apparent that I needed to get former "Mott The Hopple" singer, Ian Hunter, to sing on the choruses". I'm going to have to disagree with ya there Ozzy. I think this track would have been even better with :::YOU::: screaming in the background.

Track 4 - In My Life: This Beatles cover gives me chills. It's absolutley raw Ozzy. I've always been a huge Beatles fan (just like Ozzy is!) This track is excellent. Note to Ozzy: Please do an entire album of Beatles covers!

Track 5 - Fire: Wow! This song rocks! Originally written by Arthur Brown... I have never heard of him, nor I have I ever heard the original version... but now I am inclined to go find it. I had to put this one on repeat a few times...

Track 6 - For What It's Worth: I've never heard the original song, but I used to have a bootleg of Led Zeppelin covering this tune... and I always liked it. Ozzy does a fine job, although this is probably my least favorite song on disc 4.

Track 7 - Sympathy For The Devil: This has to be my favorite cover on disc 4. It's loud and heavy, and you can just tell Ozzy had a great time belting this one out. I love it! Woooooo! Ha Ha Ha!

Track 8 - Working Class Hero: I've never heard John Lennon's version of this tune. It's a very dreary song. Just a simple accoustic guitar riff, with no drums or bass. Not my favorite song on this disc, but descent none-the-less. Ozzy says it's the first song he's ever heard the F-bomb in.

Track 9 - Good Times: What a fun song this is. Fits Ozzy perfectly. I've never heard the original, so I have nothing to compare it to... but I always said Ozzy could sing "Jingle Bells" and it would sound awesome.

Track 10 - Changes (With Kelly Osbourne): I was kind of confused as to why they stuck this song on this cd. Yes, it's a cover, but it's not new. Wondering when and where "Hi Ho Silver Lining" (JEFF BECK GROUP) will be released.


Packaging

The package comes wrapped in cellophane (of course). The cd case is seperate from the
enclosed booklet (as opposed to being glued in, as was the case in the Japan "Bible Of
Ozz"). There is a J card which lists the track listings for each disc and is visible
through the back of the cellophane. The box (which is really more of a book) opens up
to reveal 4 cd's and a 59 page book of pictures, lyrics, and Ozzy's personal thoughts
on each of the songs. You also get a coupon good for one free ticket to Ozzfest 2005
with the purchase of any Ozzfest 2005 ticket. The offer is only good on general
admission seats.

I was a little disappointed with the lyrics in the book as they don't list them for
every song. I never understand why they do that... but that's what my website is for
I guess! Click here if you need them! I also noticed that the lyrics for
"Won't Be Comin' Home" were incorrect. It seems they copied the lyrics from "No More
Tears" but didn't realize that the demo has completly different lyrics.

I was also a little disappointed with the pictures inside as there are absolutley none
that I have not already seen before. Of course, that's me now... don't get discouraged!
The average Ozzy fan will absolutley love how the book is laid out, and will probably
find tons of new pics (I think I've seen them all at this point). Ozzy gives personal
insight on every single song, and most are very funny.


So what's wrong with the box set in my eyes? Not much! I would have liked a better
"box" to house all of this stuff. If you have the Black Sabbath "Black Box" you know
what I mean. You can put your J-Card in there, your book, and nothing will get ruined.
There is nothing to stop everthing from falling out of this "box". I also would have
liked to see more demos, and unreleased stuff on here, but hey, beggars can't be choosers
right? There's alot of new music on here and you should all be happy! The price is
awesome too! It's worth every penny.

Side Notes

The discs are not entitled like they originally were going to be. The
only one that has a title is the 4th one known as "Under Covers" and it's only listed
that way in the book, not on the cd itself. Disc 3 was to be entitled "Oddities and
Duets", but that is not listed anywhere. There is just a simple "1", "2", "3" and "4" on
each cd.

There are no hidden files on any of the cd's. (Video, Screensavers, etc...)

Ozzy thanks his "beautiful grandchildren: Isabelle and Harry" at the end of the book.
This was news to me... I knew Ozzy had one grandchild, but not two!

Wrap Up

All in all, I have no true disapointments with "Prince Of Darkness...", do yourself
a favor and go buy this box set right now from Amazon.com!

(Special Thanks To Tim At Sony Music!)


Source: Ozzyhead.com


Ozzy To Guest On The Opie And Anthony Show (3/16/2005)

Ozzy is scheduled to be on the Opie and Anthony XM radio show on Monday, March 21st.


Source: Ozzyhead.com


New Solo Album In Works, Sabbath Album Pushed Back (3/16/2005)

Ozzy Osbourne has re-signed with Epic Records and is working on material for his next studio
release. "Ozzy's writing now, and there'll be something out at the beginning of next year,"
his wife/manager Sharon tells Billboard.com. As previously reported, the label will on
Tuesday (March 22) release the four-disc Osbourne boxed set, "Prince of Darkness."

One item not likely to see the light of day, however, is a new Black Sabbath studio disc,
which would be the band's first with Osbourne since 1978's "Never Say Die!"

"I could go in the studio and write a bunch of stuff, but why do an album just for the sake
of [drummer] Bill [Ward], [guitarist] Tony [Iommi], me and bassist [Geezer] Butler together
playing if it's not up to the Black Sabbath standard that I left?," Ozzy tells Billboard.com.

"It would f*ck it up, you know? It's so sad when you hear these monumental bands do these
piece of sh*t records just because they want the money."

That said, Osbourne still revels in playing live with Black Sabbath, which will anchor
this summer's 10th anniversary edition of the Ozzfest tour. "There is no one on the face of
the earth that can play these songs," he says. "The fortunate thing about me is I have two
vibes; I can do the Ozzy thing and the Sabbath thing. The Sabbath thing, when we were kids,
we didn't say 'We'll, write this song called 'War Pigs' and in f*cking 25 years we'll be
icons. We had no idea. We didn't have any musical education."

"The beauty of those days was, we would end the song when we wanted to f*cking stop playing,"
he continues. "I can honestly say that [with] Black Sabbath, nobody ever told us what to play or
how to play. It was our gig."

So how much longer will Ozzy keep mounting major tours? "I don't know," he admits. "I retired
about 15 years ago and that lasted a f*cking year. What I learned from that retirement thing
was you have to retire to something else. If you sit on your arse watching TV, you're gonna
drop dead."

Plus, traditional retirement activities don't appeal to Ozzy. "I fish with f*cking dynamite
and I f*cking hate golf," he says.

In related news, Butler will on May 10 release a new album from his band Geezer, "Ohmwork,"
via Sanctuary. The group, which also features vocalist Clark Brown, guitarist Pedro Howse
and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, plans to tour in the fall.


Source: Billboard.com


Ozzfest 2005 Official Press Release (3/16/2005)

Ozzfest — the king of festivals — triumphantly returns this summer to
celebrate its hard-earned 10th anniversary with the staggering line-up
of BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL
and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The summer's premier concert festival — which has
propelled many of today’s rock bands to superstardom while paying close
attention to its discerning fans — will roll out July 15 in Boston and visit
26 cities by the time it reaches West Palm Beach on September 4. The Hot
Topic Second Stage will be headlined by ZOMBIE and feature a preview of
rock's rising stars, including AS I LAY DYING, MASTODON, THE HAUNTED, IN
FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURY YOUR DEAD, SOILWORK,
TRIVIUM, IT DIES TODAY, A DOZEN FURIES and more.

"I'm most proud of the success of Ozzfest," says founder Sharon Osbourne.
"Everyone said it would never happen and 10 years later we are still in
business." In fact, 125 bands, 238 shows and over 4 million fans later,
the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment is roaring louder
than ever. History in the making, 2005 marks the first time metal legends
BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN have toured together and also represents
IRON MAIDEN's first Ozzfest appearance.

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson said, "This summer's MAIDEN touring
is based on the recent 'Early Days' DVD and all the songs we do at
Ozzfest will be from our first four albums — 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers',
'Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind'. We will be bringing over our
full European show, naturally including as special guest Eddie in various
appropriate guises!! The stage sets, production and backdrops will
recreate aspects of the shows on the tours around those albums — only
bigger… much bigger!!! We don’t know if anyone has done anything like
this before but we think it’s something the fans will really appreciate
both in the choice of songs and in the production values."

Also debuting on the tour will be Texas-based band A DOZEN FURIES who
landed their coveted Hot Topic Second Stage slot after winning Ozzy and
Sharon's MTV "Battle For Ozzfest" reality series competition. Debuting
last fall and lasting right up until the February launch of the fourth
and final season of the Emmy-award winning "The Osbournes", "Battle For
Ozzfest" is the ultimate battle of the bands, with contestants having
survived 2004's grueling Ozzfest challenges.

This year, a limited number of fans who purchase OZZY OSBOURNE's
first-ever 51-song, four-CD retrospective box set "Prince Of Darkness" (out
March 22 of Epic Records) will be able to obtain one free Ozzfest ticket.
The initial pressing of the box set will feature a precedent-setting
promotion allowing fans to buy one Ozzfest general admission ticket and
get one free.

Ozzfest, originally launched in 1996 as a limited two-city trek, has
become a virtual breeding ground for up-and-coming bands. The renowned
second stage has been instrumental in catapulting the careers of SYSTEM
OF A DOWN, LINKIN PARK, LIMP BIZKIT, INCUBUS, SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED,
GODSMACK and CHEVELLE. "Playing Ozzfest — twice — will always be among
the highlights of our career," notes drummer Samuel Loeffler of CHEVELLE,
who most recently appeared in the festival’s 2003 line-up. "Personally
speaking, I was honored and somewhat nervous about sharing the stage with
Ozzy, but finally felt comfortable after both he and Sharon patted me on
the ass."

The heavy metal juggernaut has earned a hallowed position in the busiest
tour season with a relentless commitment to its core fans and the consistency
of quality they demand as their birthright. Just as the festival is committed
to presenting the best music, it also provides an interactive,
multi-sensory experience for concert-goers with a wide-range of attractions.
The traveling show’s notorious "Village Of The Damned" — alive with tattoo
artists, piercing booths, state-of-the-art video games, a wide range of
vendors and much more — promises to be wickedly tempting.

JUDAS PRIEST — one of the biggest attractions on last year's tour — declared:
"We were thrilled to be part of such a unique moment in heavy metal history
that will be remembered forever!" Jonathan Davis — lead singer for KORN,
who pounded the main stage in 2003 — added, 'Ozzy and Ozzfest are some of
the cornerstones of metal. I loved playing in front of the Ozzfest crowd,
the fans at those shows were f$*#ing amazing."

In addition to drawing vital hard rock acts, Ozzfest has always attracted a
variety of select sponsors devoted to the tour's core fan base. Hot Topic —
returning to host the second stage — will be the festival’s official soft
line teen retailer. Throughout the day, Tama drums and Ibanez guitars will
proudly showcase their arsenal in the Village. F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment)
is on board for the fifth consecutive year as the official music retailer
and will host the FYE autograph tent giving fans the opportunity to meet
some of their favorite Ozzfest artists. Trojan brand condoms will also have
presence in the Village as the official latex condom of Ozzfest. Jagermeister
will once again bring the backyard BBQ party back to Ozzfest and prove their
commitment to metal music with artist autograph signings and tons of free
swag for attendees 21 and over.

Here are the Ozzfest tour dates:

Jul. 15 - Boston, MA - Tweeter Center
Jul. 17 - Hartford, CT - Meadows
Jul. 19 - Camden, NJ - Tweeter Waterfront
Jul. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes
Jul. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette
Jul. 24 - Washington, DC - Nissan
Jul. 26 - New York, NY - PNC
Jul. 30 - Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Jul. 31 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 02 - Columbus, OH - Germain Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 06 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley
Aug. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - Floatrite Park
Aug. 11 - Seattle, WA - White River
Aug. 13 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train
Aug. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Pavilion
Aug. 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket
Aug. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
Aug. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Aug. 25 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff
Aug. 27 - Houston, TX - Cynthia J. Woods Pavilion
Aug. 28 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 - Nashville, TN - Starwood Amphitheatre
Sep. 02 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon
Sep. 04 - West Palm Beach - Sound Advice

Source: Ozzfest.com


Ozzynet.com Re-launches, "Prince Of..." Samples Available (3/15/2005)

Ozzynet.com has a brand new look and feel. Stop by and check it out, they have a
"Prince Of Darkness" sampler there where you can check out clips of "Mama I'm
Coming Home" (Demo), "In My Life", "Mississippi Queen", and "Stayin' Alive" among
other songs.

On a side note... "Stayin' Alive" appears to be a different mix then the one
available in bootleg trading circles. I have not yet received my advance copy...
although I am told it was mailed early last week. My full review will be posted
once I get it. (Hopefully it shows up today!)

Initial pressings of "Prince..." will include a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for
this summer's Ozzfest, valued at $40. To redeem, customers go to the Ozzfest.com web
site and punch in the code on the coupon.


Source: Ozzynet.com


More Details On Ozzy Appearances (3/14/2005)

March 21 - Howard Stern Radio Show (airs 6:00am to 10:30am, Ozzy usually shows up
around 8:00am.)

March 21 - CNN’s Showbiz Tonight (airs 7:00pm)

March 21 - Rockline Radio Show

March 22 - Conan O’Brien (airs on NBC, at 12:35am)

March 22 - Tower Records In-store Appearance in The Village at 7PM. The first 350 people
to purchase Ozzy’s new box set will receive a wristband that provides admission to this
special event. 1 pass per person. All Photographs will be taken by on-site professionals.
(If you're serious about meeting Ozzy, I would get there no later than 6:00am!)

March 23 - Daily Show with Jon Stewart (airs on Comedy Central, 11:00pm)

March 30 - Last Call With Carson Daly (airs on NBC, at 1:35am)


Source: Ozzyhead.com


Ozzy Admits Plastic Surgery (3/9/2005)

Wild rocker Ozzy Osbourne has confessed to having cosmetic surgery on his face. The former
Black Sabbath frontman admitted to a nose job and a facelift after being inspired by the
positive results for his wife Sharon – who has always been open about her surgical
enhancements.

"It boosted my confidence no end. I've had a face job and a new nose," Ozzy told celebrity
magazine Reveal.

Speculation had arisen about the smooth look of 56-year-old Ozzy's face over the past
few months, but he previously put it down to giving up drink and drugs.

Sharon recently said she had spent a staggering £120,000 on surgery procedures, including
liposuction, a tummy tuck and a brow lift. Ozzy said he wants to spend the rest of his life
with wife Sharon. Despite splits in 1989 and 2003 — after Sharon’s colon cancer scare — he
said: “We’re in it for the long haul. “I thought she was going to die. But she’s not allowed
to die before me. I couldn’t live without her."

“I’d love Sharon if she was the size of ten houses or three twigs. I love her, the soul,
the person.”


Source: www.thisislondon.co.uk


Meet Ozzy Osbourne At Tower Records In NYC (3/8/2005)

Ozzy will be stopping by Tower Records in NYC on Tuesday, March 22nd for
a meet and greet with fans. He will not be signing any items, but you will get a picture
with the madman!

I'm sure there will be other "meet and greet" opportunities around the U.S., as of
right now, I don't have any further details. Stay tuned!


Source: Ozzyhead.com


ENTER THE OZZYHEAD.COM CONTEST AND WIN "PRINCE OF DARKNESS" (3/7/2005)

I'm giving away 5 copies of Ozzy's brand new box set "PRINCE OF DARKNESS"! Just send
me an e-mail and tell me you want it! Names will be drawn at random on March 28th, 2005.
This contest is open to U.S. residence only!

Only entries e-mailed to Prince_Of_Darkness@ozzyhead.com will be accepted. Please include
your name and mailing address. One entry per person. Multiple entries will be deleted.

Three runner-ups will receive an Ozzfest 2004 Sampler CD, and 1 runner-up will
receive an Ozzfest 2003 Sampler CD.

This contest is brought to you by OZZYHEAD.COM and SONY MUSIC.


Source: Ozzyhead.com


Rolling Stone Review Of "Prince Of Darkness" (3/7/2005)

3 1/2 Stars - A four-CD set of wickedly entertaining madness from TV's top heavy-metal
dad to the Ozzy Osbourne fan who has to have it all: The ultimate lunacy is on Disc
Three -- the prince of fucking darkness and the ego queen of puppets, Miss Piggy,
making a ham sandwich of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild." To be fair, Osbourne is a
model of metal decorum, yelping with as much conviction as the occasion will bear,
while Miss Piggy's ecstatic squeals imply she's riding something other than a Harley.

Indeed, there may be no better measure of Osbourne's miracle ride since he was sacked
from Black Sabbath in 1979 than the extreme zigzags between hellfire classicism and
hilarious anomaly (singing for Was Not Was, swapping verse with Ol' Dirty Bastard)
in this delightfully motley four-CD anthology. Prince of Darkness is also the story
of Osbourne's long trip out of gloom after his first guitarist, Randy Rhoads, died
in 1982. A sharp songwriter and champion soloist, Rhoads is the real star of the
first half of Disc One (the barking-dog riff in "Crazy Train," his long, manic break
in the live "Suicide Solution"); the rest of the box recounts Osbourne's search for
a strong, steady alter ego in the parade of shredders (Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde) and
co-writers (Motorhead's Lemmy, Foreigner's Mick Jones) that follows.

Osbourne also throws his prog-rock, heavy-blues and psychedelic roots around in nine
newly cut covers, at least three of which belong on your next metal-party mix CD: King
Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man," Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" and "Fire," by
the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. But the greatest shock is the authentic force that
Osbourne, who was born into poverty and never finished school, brings to his
whispered-goth reading of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." "If you want to be a
hero," Osbourne sings in a searing whine uncannily like Lennon's, "well, just follow
me." You could do worse.

(Note: I'll be getting my box set promo copy any day now... expect a full review from
me very soon!)


Source: Rollingstone.com


Q & MOJO Magazine Want Your Top Ten Favorites (3/7/2005)

Q & MOJO, the monthly UK music magazines, are conducting a poll to discover the fans
favorite Ozzy and Sabbath songs. All you need to do is list your 10 favorite tracks
(either Ozzy-era Black Sabbath or solo Ozzy) and e-mail them to us at special.projects@emap.com.

One entry chosen at random will win a bag of Ozzy-related merchandise. The results
will be published in a 150 page Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath Q & Mojo special
edition which will go on sale from April 14th.


Source: Q and MOJO


Ozzy Schedules More Appearances (3/7/2005)

March 11th - "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno (w/ Sharon)
March 21st - Howard Stern Radio Show
March 21st - CNN's Showbiz Today
March 21st - "Rockline" Radio Show
March 22nd - Conan O'Brien
March 23rd - Daily Show with Jon Stewart


Source: Ozzy.com


Download "Mississippi Queen" (In It's Entirety!) (3/3/2005)

Download Ozzy's brand new cover of "Mississippi Queen" from Itunes or Napster.


Source: Ozzynet.com


Ozzy To Guest On Rockline - 3/21/05 (3/3/2005)

Ozzy Osbourne will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" on
Monday, March 21 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. To speak with Ozzy that night
you can call the program at 1-800-344-ROCK. To find a station near you, visit
http://www.rocklineradio.com. A replay of the show will air on Wednesday, March 30.


Source: Rockline.com


Ozzy And Sharon Scheduled For Jay Leno (3/2/2005)

Ozzy and Sharon will guest on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" on Friday, March 11th.


Source: Ozzyhead.com


Ozzfest Press Conference Is Not Official Yet - Despite Reports (3/2/2005)

A recent report over on Blabbermouth stated that "An Ozzfest representative has told
BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the lineup and schedule for this year's travelling festival will
be announced at a press conference "mid-March."

I was contacted today by my source at Divine Recordings and they informed me that "No
one has told them (Blabbermouth) there would be a press conference in mid March."


Source: Ozzyhead.com


Ozzy Osbourne Leaving Sharon To Be With Daughter Kelly (3/2/2005)

Ozzy was caught in public yesterday feeling up his daughter. Ozzy said, "I am
leaving Sharon, to be with my daughter Kelly."


No.... just joking. I couldn't resist. It seemed everyone was trying to keep
abreast of things when American celebrities Carmen Electra, Anna-Nicole Smith
and the infamous Osbourne family fronted media to promote MTV's first Australian
music awards.

Former Playboy playmate Smith was happy to divulge that she sports a 32DD bra
size these days and Ozzy Osbourne was quick to ham it up for the cameras by
giving his daughter Kelly an affectionate boob squeeze.

And ex-Baywatch babe Carmen Electra promised to get a few pulses racing when
she takes to the stage at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards (AVMA's) at
Sydney's Luna Park tonight.

"I brought my whip. I brought my guard belt and my corset so I am ready to go,"
Electra, who is married to musician David Navarro, is in Australia to promote
her Fit To Strip DVD series.

"I thought (the awards) would be a perfect opportunity to give a sexy
performance and ... get up on stage and dance because that is my true passion."

Smith, who was last year escorted off the stage while presenting at the
American Music Awards, will present at the AVMA's and offered to follow Electra's
lead.

The inaugural AVMA's are aimed at acknowledging the best in Australian and
international music in a variety of viewer-voted categories.

Nominated locals include Delta Goodrem, Jet, Spiderbait, Grinspoon, Pete Murray,
Guy Sebastian, JWess, Kylie Minogue and Powderfinger.

Winners in each category will be determined by viewer interaction via SMS, email,
fax and phone.

The Osbourne family - Ozzy, Sharon and kids Kelly and Jack - will host the awards
with Sharon saying she was a keen fan of Australian music.

"(Sydney band Thirsty Merc) are my new favourite band," she said.

"I shall have to go out to watch them (perform)."

When quizzed, Smith didn't have such a grasp of the local music scene. "To be honest,
I am not Australian," Smith said to laughter from the media pack. "But I did come
here to learn."

Kelly Osbourne, who will perform at the awards, promised to be on her best
behaviour.

On her last trip Down Under, the singer was fined for underage drinking and used
obscenities to describe Natalie Imbruglia.

"We have seen each other since then and I have apologised for my rude comment,"
she said today.

"I don't still have to generally think she's the best person in the world but I
will behave myself."


Source: smh.com


Osbournes In Australia To Host MTV Awards (3/1/2005)

Ozzy and daughter Kelly arrived in Australlia yesterday, greeting
photographers with shy grins before being whisked away in a black limo.

Brother Jack arrived just before them, skipping a photographic
greeting by jumping into a waiting car. The Osbournes are in Australia for
the MTV Awards ceremony on Saturday.

After arriving in the Harbour City late morning, the wild children of
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy went into awards rehearsals, then did what most
showbiz offspring do: they made a General Pants store close for a little
over an hour so they could raid the shelves for jeans, sneakers and T-shirts.

Around 200 people had gathered outside the Oxford St Bondi Junction General
Pants store while media waited inside for the scheduled arrival of the
Osbourne kids, their dad Ozzy and also the wacky Anna-Nicole Smith, who are
all in town for Thursday's MTV Awards.

But things had gone awry with the news Ozzy and Smith had pulled out of the
shopping trip for unspecified reasons and Jack, who should be used to such
attention thanks to his reality TV-fuelled fame, became shy when he pulled
up outside the store just after 1pm.

He remained behind the tinted windows in his a chauffeur-driven car and
shortly afterwards drove off again, indicating that it's not just on their
popular now-concluded TV show that things go pear-shaped for the Osbournes.

He refused to leave the air-conditioned car because he had "freaked out,"
according to a General Pants spokeswoman.

Before Jack returned 30 minutes later with sister Kelly and Australian nanny
Melinda Varga in tow, disgruntled media were herded out of the store to
allow the pair to browse by themselves.

"I pulled up and I was like 'this is not right'," Jack later told Confidential.

"I just didn't think there was going to be ... cops and the riot squad out
there," he said in reference to the 15 police stationed outside the shop
in addition to at least five security guards.

Ahead of the MTV Awards, Jack is today planning to do some rock-climbing
in the Blue Mountains, while Kelly intends to do BridgeClimb, which she
missed out on during her 2002 Sydney visit.


Source: Daily Telegraph


OZZFEST 2005: Offical Press Conference To Be Held Mid-March (2/28/2005)

An Ozzfest representative has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the lineup and schedule for this
year's travelling festival will be announced at a press conference "mid-March."

Although there has been no official confirmation on the matter, the 10th edition of Ozzfest
is expected to be headlined by BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN. Also believed to be in the
running for the festival's main stage are BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and the classic "Among the
Living" lineup of ANTHRAX. Other rumored main-stage acts are MEGADETH and DISTURBED.

Over on the second stage, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, THE HAUNTED, MASTODON and
BURY YOUR DEAD are believed to be a "done deal," while unconfirmed reports have also
mentioned ROB ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE, TAPROOT and STATIC-X as strong second-stage candidates.
Some reports have even indicated that there might be a third stage this year, presumably
so that more non-rotating slots could be accomodated while still allowing this year's
shows to start later than the previous 9:00 a.m. kick-off time.


Source: Blabbermouth


Osbournes To Fufill Dream Of Ill Child (2/28/2005)

With the help of a woman who is inspired to bring excitement into the life a of sick child,
he will soon meet Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon in California.

That was the wish that Casas expressed to his mother Tracy Houser when he decided upon a
request.

‘We were at home one day, and he said meeting the Osbornes was his greatest wish,” said
his mother.

Casas was diagnosed April 27, 2004, with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), three days
after his 12th birthday.

While he was in the hospital, his family was approached by a wish granter from the
Make-A-Wish Foundation.

After thinking about it, he made his wish known.

“He watches the Osbournes’ show on television and said he wanted to go meet them,” said
his mother. “And the Osbournes agreed!”

She said that while some might not understand the youth’s desire to meet the Osbournes,
she feels they are people just like others.

“The only difference is, they are rich and they let the world see what’s going on in
their home, and we don’t,” she said.

Through the assistance of April Jones in Paris, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was able to
arrange for Casas’ dream to be realized.

Annually, Jones conducts fund-raising efforts and the proceeds are combined to grant
a wish for a child with a life-threatening illness.

Casas will be the fourth child Jones has helped.

“One time, I was moved by a child who was recovering from cancer,” she said. “I’m lucky to
have a healthy child, but I decided I wanted to do something to help children in that
situation. My thrill is watching their eyes light up. His eyes were awesome!”

Casas marks the first child who Jones has helped in Clark County. In the past three years,
her efforts have granted a wish to children from the Edgar County communities of Kansas,
Chrisman and Paris.

She acknowledged that it is the community that helps her reach out to children in need,
through such ways as golf outings, poker runs, a band performance, auction and other
fund raising events. This year, the accumulated total was $5,012.90.

“Our community is wonderful when they meet a need like this,” she said of those who
contributed.

Casas, his mother, and 10-year-old sister Heaven Casas are now planning the week-long
trip to California, although the details are not yet known.

“We may do other things while we’re there,” Houser said.

As far as Casas’ health is concerned, he is currently undergoing monthly chemotherapy
treatments at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, which will continue until
August 2007.

“Jeremy is excited and is looking forward to it,” said his mother.


Source: Paris Beacon News


Ozzy Is In Awe Of Elton, But Not Of Doherty (2/28/2005)

Ozzy Osbourne is in awe of British singer SIR ELTON JOHN because he lends so much of his
time to his friends and under-privileged people the world over.

The former Black Sabbath frontman is indebted to the CANDLE IN THE WIND singer for all
the support he gave wife SHARON during her battle with potentially lethal colon cancer
and they have become firm friends.

He says, "Elton and Sharon are great friends. I'm great friends with him too but he was
brilliant with Sharon. They are on the phone all the time. He's amazing, he never
stops - he's either performing or raising money for charity.

"He does so much, I don't know how he does it. I can't say enough good things about him."

Ozzy also had some choice words for troubled British rocker Pete Doherty. He's urging him
to quit his crack and heroin drug addictions before it's too late.

The 56-year-old managed to beat his own drug problem with the help of wife SHARON - and he
hopes the former-LIBERTINE will come clean before he self-destructs.

He says, "I just hope he gets it before he dies. It's a horrible drug to come off, really
hard. I took it for a very short time.

"I'm the last person to give advice and I think he should make the most of everything and
have the best time he can. But I just hope he quits before it's too late.


Source: Contact Music


Mississippi Queen RA Sample Posted Online + Leslie West Speaks About Track (2/27/2005)

A clip of Ozzy Osbourne's latest venture "Mississippi Queen" can be found at this location in Real
Audio format:

http://rope.zfmq.fimc.net/afamusic/ozzy_miss56.ram

This track will appear on Ozzy's box set due March 22nd. If you would like to pre-order "Prince Of
Darkness", please visit my website, and click on the banner. If you order now, you can save $5 off the
list price of $49.99 and get free shipping as well. Who could ask for more?

In related news, Leslie West was interviewed in January, and he had the following to say about the track:
“Two months ago, I recorded ‘Mississippi Queen’ with Ozzy (Osbourne) for his new box set, He sang and I
played guitar. It sounds like me playing with Black Sabbath. We sounded great. I think it might be on
Ozzy’s box set. The title at the time was ‘Songs I Wish I Wrote.’ It really came out great.

“In fact, we (Mountain) started (playing) it like that now — a little bit different than Mountain’s
version,” he added. “I like his version better. Now, I play it like I played it with Ozzy. It’s a
little heavier and darker.”


Source: fmqb.com


$382,000 Worth Of Jewels Stolen From Jack Osbourne (2/23/2005)

British rock star Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack had jewelry worth 200,000 pounds ($382,000)
stolen from a suitcase during a flight from Los Angeles to London, the Sun newspaper
reported on Thursday.

The valuables, which included two watches, were probably stolen from the case before
it was put in the cargo hold for the flight, the paper said.

Jack, 19, who became famous in his own right from the MTV reality show "The Osbournes"
which followed the daily exploits of Ozzy and his foul-mouthed family, was said to be
devastated.

"They were gifts. It's a horrible thing to happen," the Sun quoted him as saying.

The theft is the latest in a series of troubles for the Osbourne family.

The hit fly-on-the-wall show has featured Jack and his sister Kelly dealing with
substance abuse rehabilitation, his mother Sharon battling cancer and Ozzy recovering
after a near-fatal quad bike crash.

Three months ago intruders broke into the family's English country estate and stole
jewelry worth nearly $2 million including Sharon's wedding ring.

Ex-Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy, 55, wrestled with one of the thieves during the raid
but the man escaped.


Source: Reuters


OZZY OSBOURNE Fan Files Lawsuit Over 'Remastered' Classics (2/21/2005)

Steve Patterson of the Chicago Sun-Times has issued the following report:

Anthony Wester said he hoped to hear remastered versions of OZZY OSBOURNE's
"Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" albums.

Instead, he's a mad fan who says he and others were blindsided by a blizzard
of deceitful acts by Sony Entertainment and Epic Records.

In a lawsuit filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court, the Downstate man
is demanding compensation for himself and anyone else who bought "remastered"
versions of the Osbourne classics because the original drummer and bassist
on the albums were replaced.

The CDs, released in 2002, were marketed as crisp updates of the originals,
with no mention that the sounds of bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee
Kerslake were cut out and replaced by Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin.

Loyal fans of Osbourne ridiculed the move, which came after Daisley and
Kerslake filed lawsuits in a dispute over unpaid royalties from the original
albums.

Fans claim there's "a noticeable difference" in the changed rhythm sections
on the original and remastered albums, while Wester says the change "forever
alter[ed] and stain[ed] the legacy" of the originals, as the new version
"bears little relation to the original."

A Sony spokesman could not be reached. Wester did not return a call to his
Belleville-area home.

Wester's Chicago attorney, Ben Barnow, said "consumers are supposed to get
what they paid for. ... For a product as treasured as these albums, to
change the ingredient is to change the product."

Barnow wants class-action status for the suit. He hopes to recover damages
on behalf of anyone who felt deceived after listening to the 2002 version
of the albums.

Other class-action efforts have been filed here against rock bands LIMP
BIZKIT and CREED, who concertgoers said put on shows not worthy of the
price of admission.

But in this case, a fan says he was duped by a record company trying to
remake classic albums.

Bordin, who once played with FAITH NO MORE, and Trujillo, now with
METALLICA, were hired to re-record Daisley's and Kerslake's parts on
albums that have sold more than 10 million copies since their original
releases in 1980 and 1981.

A year after the updated CDs were released, judges dismissed the suit brought
by Daisley and Kerslake. Since their performances were cut from the 2002
remastered CDs, they can't seek royalties from those.


Source: Blabbermouth


OZZY Apologizes For Missing Benefit Concert (2/21/2005)

Ozzy Osbourne has issued an apology for missing Friday night's (February 18) Music
for Relief: Rebuilding South Asia concert at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California,
due to a family emergency. Osbourne was supposed to join Los Angeles' all-star
rockers CAMP FREDDY (featuring Dave Navarro and Matt Sorum, among others) for a
few songs. A posting on Ozzy's official web site reads as follows:

"Despite his and the Osbourne family's ongoing support for victims of December's
tsunami tragedy, Ozzy Osbourne is unfortunately unable to perform at [Friday night]'s
Los Angeles tsunami benefit concert at the Pond, due to a family emergency.

"Ozzy Osbourne sends his sincere apologizes to fans who were expecting to see him
[Friday night] — Ozzy was to join CAMP FREDDY for a couple of songs
at Friday night's show — especially because the show is benefiting tsunami victims.

"The Osbournes have been committed to tsunami relief efforts since the tragedy
occurred. To date, the family has made numerous efforts to aid tsunami fund-raising
including:

*More than $200,000 in cash donations

*Items for an MTV/eBay auction with profits going to UNICEF, which include: Sharon
Osbourne's personal 5.45 CT Diamond Necklace; a lunch for two with Sharon Osbourne
at the family's Beverly Hills home; a Sunburst Epiphone Acoustic Guitar signed by
Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne; a Samick Acoustic Guitar signed by Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne;
a Les Paul Gibson Guitar signed by Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne; an Epiphone Acoustic Guitar
signed by Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne; a Gibson electric guitar signed by Sharon & Ozzy
Osbourne; a Black Gibson Bass signed by Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne

* Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have supported the Daily Mail's 'Flood Aid' fund and
'Save the Children' (www.savethechildren.org.uk)

* Sharon Osbourne has personally organized an all-star line-up (which includes Ozzy
and Kelly Osbourne) of talent for the recording of Eric Clapton's 'Tears in Heaven'
for a soon-to-be released single being distributed worldwide by Sony/BMG. All money
raised from the single will go to 'Save the Children' to help fund the longer
term rebuilding of the lives of children in tsunami-affected countries."


Source: Blabbermouth


Ozzfest 2005 Updates/Rumors (2/21/2005)

Blabbermouth is reporting that BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and ROB ZOMBIE have both secured
slots on the 10-year-anniversary edition of Ozzfest, with Zakk Wylde's troupe slated
to kick off the proceedings on the main stage. Meanwhile, ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE and KILLSWITCH
ENGAGE are said to be in the mix for the smaller second stage, which is expected to
feature more non-rotating slots this summer compared to the last couple of years.

Other rumors have been floating around that there won't even be a second stage this year,
and that this may be the last year Ozzfest will even happen.

Blabbermouth previously reported that IRON MAIDEN are set to co-headline the entire event
with BLACK SABBATH, although recent reports indicate that OZZY OSBOURNE (with Zakk Wylde
on guitar) may attempt to stage a solo performance at this year's festival. Also expected
to perform on the main stage is the "Among the Living" lineup of ANTHRAX, which has already
been confirmed for three European festivals this spring/summer (Holland's Dynamo Open Air
on May 7, Sweden's Sweden Rock on June 9-11 and Italy's Gods of Metal on June 11-12) prior
to their appearance at Ozzfest.

PLEASE LET ME NOTE THAT NOTHING HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED YET!


Source: Blabbermouth


Sabbath Concerts Sell Out In Less Than An Hour (2/21/2005)

BLACK SABBATH's headlining concert in Oslo, Norway reportedly sold out in less
than an hour after tickets went on sale Saturday morning (Feb. 19). SABBATH's
original lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward — are
scheduled to play at the 8,000-capacity Oslo Spektrum on Thursday, July 7.
Support at the show will come from VELVET REVOLVER. The legendary heavy metal
band's July 3 concert in Stockholm, Sweden also reportedly sold out in less
than an hour when the tickets went on sale last Monday (Feb. 14).

Upcoming BLACK SABBATH shows:

Jun. 09 – Dortmund, GER @ Westfalenhalle 1
Jun. 11 - Derbyshire, UK @ Donington Park (Download)
Jun. 14 – Leipzig, GER @ Arena Leipzig
Jun. 16 – München, GER @ Olympiahalle
Jun. 18 - Nijmegen, NETH @ Fields of Rock Festival
Jun. 20 - Vienna, AUT @ Wiener Stadthalle
Jul. 01 - Roskilde, DEN @ Roskilde Festival
Jul. 03 - Stockholm, SWE @ Globen
Jul. 07 – Oslo, NOR @ Oslo Spektrum


Source: Blabbermouth


Sabbath Claim #1 Spot On Best British Rock Albums Poll (2/16/2005)

Ozzy Osbourne can reclaim a bit of limelight from his celebrity family after huge
success in a rock music poll.

Clearly Mr Osbourne is a favourite among Kerrang! magazine reader, after he appears
six times - more than any other artist - in the 100 best British rock albums.

His band Black Sabbath topped the list with their self-titled debut album released
in 1970 - but Ozzy also made the list twice as a solo artist.

His album Blizzard Of Ozz came in at number 16 and Diary Of A Madman was at number 33.

Osbourne said Black Sabbath making the number one spot was a triumph for British rock,
and added: "Back then you'd hear, 'If you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower
in your hair.' And we were like, 'What the f*** are they on about?'"

"We lived in Aston, Birmingham, in drizzly rain. The only flowers I ever saw
were on a gravestone in our local cemetery," he said.

The top 100 features a mix of heavy metal, punk and glam rock.

Iron Maiden came second with Number Of The Beast, followed by Never Mind The Bullocks by
the Sex Pistols and Led Zeppelin's IV.

Brit winners Muse also appear in the top 10 with Absolution, along with London Calling by The Clash.

Current rock acts Feeder and Lostprophets both feature, along with The Prodigy and Stereophonics.

Here are the Top 25 albums of all time, according to Kerrang! magazine:

1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath.
2. Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast.
3. The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bullocks.
4. Led Zeppelin - IV.
5. Black Sabbath - Paranoid.
6. Muse - Absolution.
7. The Clash - London Calling.
8. Queen - Sheer Heart Attack.
9. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden.
10. Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible.
11. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti.
12. Judas Priest - British Steel.
13. Def Leppard - Hysteria.
14. Black Sabbath - Volume 4.
15. The Darkness - Permission To Land.
16. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz.
17. The Wildhearts - Earth vs The Wildhearts.
18. Lostprophets - Start Something.
19. Queen - A Night At The Opera.
20. Muse - Origin Of Symmetry.
21. Ash - Free All Angels.
22. Motorhead - Ace Of Spades.
23. Stereophonics - Performance And Cocktails.
24. Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go.
25. Feeder - Echo Park.


Source: Reuters


Sabbath And Maiden To Headline Ozzfest 2005 (2/15/2005)

BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN will headline the 10th anniversary edition of Ozzfest,
informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. In addition, ANTHRAX's "Among the
Living" lineup — featuring vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarist Dan Spitz and
bassist Frank Bello — is said to have secured a slot on the main stage at the
festival, which is expected to kick off in mid-July.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Ozzfest 2005 shows will start later than
the previous 9:00 a.m. kick-off time and will include more non-rotating slots on
the second stage.


Source: Blabbermouth


DAVE NAVARRO To Rehearse With OZZY OSBOURNE For Benefit Concert (2/15/2005)

According to a posting on his official web site, former JANE'S ADDICTION
guitarist Dave Navarro is scheduled to "take a few hours off" on Tuesday
"to go and rock with Ozzy [Osbourne] at rehearsal for the [Concert for
South Asia] tsunami thing [Navarro's 'jam' band] CAMP FREDDY is doing"
on Friday, February 18.


Source: Blabbermouth


Sony Website: Prince Of Darkness Details (2/15/2005)

Sony's Official website in Japan has revealed some additional information on
Ozzy's upcoming boxset. According to their website (along with Ozzynet.com),
the track listing changes I reported previovously may be untrue. Guess
we'll have to wait until it's actually released to find out?

Anyway... musicians on the new recordings (Under Covers) are as follows:

Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
Mike Bordin – Drums
Jerry Cantrell – Guitars
Jim Cox - Keyboards
Chris Wyse - Bass

GUEST MUSICIANS:
Leslie West - Guitar solo on Mississippi Queen
Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel on Sympathy for the Devil, Guitar solo on
21st Century Schizoid Man
Ian Hunter - Vocals on All the Young Dudes

Box set Produced by: Sharon Osbourne and Bruce Dickinson


Source: Japan Sony website


Ozzy Says: "Possible New Sabbath Album" (2/14/2005)

Black Sabbath main man and Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne has let it slip
that there may be a new Sabbath album in the works.

According to Metal Rules when speaking to Kerrang! Magazine at the launch
for Download 2005, Ozzy reportedly said that there may be a new solo album,
a Broadway musical about Rasputin he also said: "and there's possibly,
I'm not going to promise, possibly another Sabbath album.”


Source: gigwise.com


More European Sabbath Dates Announced (2/11/2005)

Black Sabbath is confimed for a headlining date at the 8,000-capacity Oslo Spektrum
arena in Oslo, Norway on Thursday, July 7. Velvet Revolver will support. Tickets for
the concert go on sale on Saturday, February 19. In addition, the group are scheduled
to play at the Globen arena in Stockholm, Sweden on July 3. Although there has been
no official confirmation on the matter, it is believed that VELVET REVOLVER will be
the opening act at this show as well. Tickets for the Stockholm date go on sale on
February 14.

In an interview with the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, a spokesperson for SABBATH's
Scandinavian booking agency, EMA Telstar, indicated that talks are currently underway
to bring the band to the Hartwall arena in Helsinki, Finland sometime in early July.
That show is expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

Confirmed BLACK SABBATH European tour dates:

Jun. 11 - Derbyshire, UK @ Donington Park (Download)
Jun. 18 - Nijmegen, NETH @ Fields of Rock Festival
Jun. 20 - Vienna, AUT @ Wiener Stadthalle
Jul. 01 - Roskilde, DEN @ Roskilde Festival
Jul. 03 - Stockholm, SWE @ Globen
Jul. 07 – Oslo, NOR @ Oslo Spektrum


Source: Blabbermouth


OZZY: 'I Would Gladly Give It All Up Just To Be Simple Old OZZY Again' (2/11/2005)

In a brand new interview with the Classic Rock magazine, Ozzy Osbourne spoke
about the success of "The Osbournes" and the impact his newfound status as a
TV star has had on the way he is perceived by his longtime fans.

"When 'The Osbournes' took off, I thought, 'Man, I've probably shattered eight
million dreams in one fucking airing,'" he said. "I've had people I've admired
over the years. I've built up a mental picture of them, and then when I've met
them it's been a bit of a letdown. So yes, it did cross my mind a lot, the fact
I've disappointed people. And if I have, I'm sorry. At the end of the day,
with 'The Osbournes', I fucking hated it. I only really noticed how big-time I
had become when the music industry began to invite me to posh functions. All
these executives kept on wanting to meet me for some reason. Again, I don't
like it. My wife's more of a socialite.

"Look, man, this is how it happened. 'The Osbournes' took off, then my son
got hooked on heroin, my daughter got strung out on pills, I ended up back
on the p*ss, and my wife got cancer of the colon.

"For all the money we have, the way we live, the cars we drive, the first-class
travel we take...I would gladly give it all up just to be simple old Ozzy again."


Source: Blabbermouth


Prince Of Darkness Box Set Update (2/11/2005)

"Prince of Darkness," a four-disc box set from heavy-metal godfather Ozzy
Osbourne, will hit shelves on March 22. According to a press release from
Epic Records, the new disc of covers (appropriately entitled "Under Covers")
will feature guitarists Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Robert Randolph
(Robert Randolph & The Family Band) and Leslie West (Mountain).

According to the press release, there has also been a few minor changes
to the tracklistings on Disc 1 and 3.

The final tracklisting will be:

Disc 1
01. I Don't Know (live)
02. Mr. Crowley
03. Crazy Train
04. Goodbye to Romance (live)
05. Suicide Solution (live)
06. Over the Mountain
07. Flying High Again (live)
08. You Can't Kill Rock and Roll
09. Diary of a Madman
10. Bark at the Moon (live, B-Side)
11. Spiders" (B-Side)
12. Rock and Roll Rebel
13. You're No Different
(originally reported track 14 "Dee" has been deleted)

Disc 2
01. Ultimate Sin (live)
02. Never Know Why (live)
03. Thank God For The Bomb (live)
04. Crazy Babies
05. Breaking All The Rules
06. I Don't Want To Change The World (demo)
07. Mama, I'm Coming Home (demo)
08. Desire (demo)
09. No More Tears (single version)
10. Won't Be Coming Home (demo)
11. Perry Mason (live from Ozzfest live album)
12. See You On The Other Side (demo)
13. Walk On Water (demo)
14. Gets Me Through (live)
15. Bang Bang (original demo for "Facing Hell")
16. Dreamer

Disc 3
01. Iron Man (with Therapy)
02. N.I.B.. (with Primus)
03. Purple Haze (with Zakk Wylde, Randy Castillo, Geezer Butler)
04. Pictures of Matchstick Men (with Type O Negative)
05. Shake Your Head (Let's Go To Bed) (with Was Not Was)
06. Born to Be Wild (with Miss Piggy)
07. Nowhere to Run (Vapor Trail) (with Crystal Method, DMX, Ol' Dirty Bastard & Fuzzbuble)
08. Psycho Man (Black Sabbath) - replaces originally reported "Led Clones"
09. For Heaven's Sake 2000 (with Tony Iommi & Wu-Tang Clan)
10. I Ain't No Nice Guy (with Motorhead)
11. Therapy (with Infectious Grooves)
12. Dog, The Bounty Hunter (A&E Series Theme Song) - replaces originally reported "Stayin' Alive"

Disc 4
01. 21st Century Schizoid Man (originally recorded by King Crimson)
02. Mississippi Queen (originally recorded by Mountain)
03. All The Young Dudes (originally recorded by Mott the Hoople)
04. In My Life (originally recorded by The Beatles)
05. Fire (originally recorded by Arthur Brown)
06. For What It's Worth (originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield)
07. Sympathy for the Devil (originally recorded by The Rolling Stones)
08. Working Class Hero (originally recorded by John Lennon)
09. Good Times (originally recorded by Eric Burdon)
10. Changes (with Kelly Osbourne) (originally recorded by Black Sabbath)


Source: livedaily.com


Ozzy To Play Tsunami Benefit In California (2/6/2005)

In the six weeks since tsunamis ravaged the coastlines of Southeast
Asia and East Africa, governments and global organizations have
pledged almost $4 billion in aid. The music community has been
equally up to the task, organizing charity singles, nationwide
telethons and benefit concerts — and yet again, an A-list group
of musicians is answering the call.

Linkin Park, Jay-Z, Blink-182, No Doubt, Ozzy Osbourne and Jurassic 5
are among the artists confirmed for Music for Relief's Concert for
South Asia, to be held at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California,
on February 18. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Music
for Relief, the organization formed in part by Linkin Park that has
raised more than $1.5 million for victims of the tsunamis.

"When we started Music for Relief, we hoped to mobilize artists and
fans to contribute to the massive relief effort in South Asia,"
Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson said in a statement. "Due to the
incredible support and generosity of so many of our peers and supporters
within the music community, Music for Relief has played a vital role
in helping get aid to people who most need it.

"We are deeply honored to participate in what will likely be our
biggest event to date, Music for Relief's Concert for South Asia,"
he continued. "With so many amazing artists on one bill, we expect
this concert to be incredibly powerful in its ability to raise both
money and awareness for the long-term rebuilding effort we must all
support."

Tickets for the concert are set to go on sale Friday, with a special
pre-sale promotion scheduled to air Wednesday on Los Angeles radio
station KROQ-FM. Organizers hope the concert will raise more than
$1 million for tsunami relief.

"A disaster of this magnitude that affects so many people forces
you to ask yourself, 'What can I do to help?' " No Doubt bassist
Tony Kanal said in a statement. "We were compelled by that question
to come together for this show and do what we do best to make the
most impact in both dollars and awareness. We are looking forward
to giving the fans a great show, and in return, needed funds that
will head to South Asia to rebuild the broken communities of our
brothers and sisters on the other side of the globe."


Source: VH1


Ozzy And Sharon To Appear On “Live with Regis and Kelly” (1/31/2005)

Ozzy and Sharon are scheduled to appear on “Live with Regis and Kelly” on Friday,
February 4th at 9:00am.


Source: tvplex.com


Donald Dempsey, Former Ozzy Record Exec. Dies (1/31/2005)

Donald Dempsey, the recording industry boss who helped launch acts as diverse
as Ozzy Osbourne, Dan Fogelberg and Merle Haggard, has died.

Dempsey, 73, died on Thursday at his home of a suspected stroke, said his
son, Don, of New York.

Dempsey, a senior vice president with CBS Records for 25 years, brought out
the best in artists and singers, said Tony Bongiovi, president of Bongiovi
Entertainment in South Florida and cousin of rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

He became general manager of Epic, Portrait and CBS Associated Labels Group
and worked with The Clash, Culture Club, Quiet Riot, Luther Vandross, The
Isley Brothers, Ricky Skaggs and George Jones.

He was credited with aggressively marketing Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller
album, which sold more than 40 million copies.


Source: scotsman.com


BLACK SABBATH To Tour Europe, North America (1/28/2005)

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that BLACK SABBATH will be back in action
this summer. Singer-bassist Glenn Hughes, who's finishing up a new album
with SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, said that Ozzy Osbourne and company will
hit both Europe and North America this year, and that he might also be on
the bill. "They are doing the, the festival run in Europe, and I believe — if
I'm not shooting my foot off here — that they will be playing Ozzfest," he
said. "And there's a rumor that Tony and I will be, with our new project, on
that same bill, but I can't say that's gonna happen — but you never know."

BLACK SABBATH has already signed on to play Denmark's Roskilde (pronounced
Ross-kill-dee) Festival, one of the largest annual music events in Europe.
Roskilde, in its 34th year, will take place June 30 through July 3. Last
year's festival drew 75,000 fans to hear 150 bands performing on six stages.

Other groups slated to play this year's Roskilde Festival include GREEN
DAY and AUDIOSLAVE.

Osbourne is preparing for the March 22 release of "Prince of Darkness", a
four-CD box set of material from throughout his career, as well as some
newly recorded cover songs.

Besides the project with Iommi, which should be out this summer, Hughes
has a solo album called "Soul Mover" that's due next month. It features
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith and ex-JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist
Dave Navarro.


Source: Blabbermouth


Ozzfest To Hit Download Festival (1/27/2005)

Organizers of this year's Download are planning to turn the rock festival
into a three day event, incorporating a more 'indie' theme on the Friday
and an Ozzfest day on the Saturday.

Having previously programmed only Saturday and Sunday, the proposed
expansion would make 2005 the biggest Download ever - with both weekend
and day tickets being sold for the 60,000 capacity Donington Park event.

At present, the festival is scheduled to take place on the weekend of
11-12 June but organisers are hoping to run the event on Friday 10th as
well. It is believed that Feeder have been approached to headline that day.

However, a Download organizer told VF that nothing has been confirmed yet,
and said that the Friday would only go ahead if the right kind of bands
agree to play.

She confirmed that the Ozzfest day would go ahead, with Ozzy Osbourne
selecting the bands to play on that day - giving further weight to
reports that his band Black Sabbath will be headlining.

Other strong rumours doing the rounds include Velvet Revolver, Motley
Crue, The Datsuns, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

System Of A Down have revealed via their own website that they will be
playing on the Sunday, which is expected to be a more traditional metal
line-up.

Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, on 11-12
June (and possibly the 10th). It is believed that tickets will go on
sale in February.


Source: virtualfestivals.com


BLACK SABBATH Confirmed For Denmark's ROSKILDE FESTIVAL (1/26/2005)

The original lineup of BLACK SABBATH has confirmed their appearance
at the 2005 edition of the Roskilde Festival, set to take place
June 30-July 3 in Roskilde, Denmark. Also scheduled to perform at the
festival are AUDIOSLAVE and GREEN DAY, among others.


Source: Blabbermouth


Ozzy & Sharon: Rescheduled Tonight Show Appearance (1/24/2005)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne will be the featured guests on NBC's "The Tonight
Show With Jay Leno" on Wednesday, January 26.

Also, be sure to catch the "Awesomely Wacky Families" special airing all
week long on VH1 which features the Osbournes.


Source: Rockontv.com


Sharon Osbourne Makes Bid For Politics (1/19/2005)

Sharon Osbourne wants to be a British MP (Member of Parliament)
and is going to make a TV show about her stand for Parliament.

The 52-year-old, who is married to Ozzy Osbourne, told the Daily Star that
she will try and win a seat in London as an independent candidate.

The news comes as the mother-of-three is today revealed as the new face of
supermarket chain Asda.

"I'm in the middle of writing a new TV show," Sharon told the newspaper.

"It will show me running to be a local MP, it will be in London, but I
don't know for sure which borough yet because I am still thinking about it.

"I will be an independent candidate and I am very excited about it because
it is something so different."

Before she embarks on her political career, however, Sharon will join a
number of other mums talking about what it is like being a modern parent
in a new advertising campaign for Asda, Mums In A Million.

In the first of up to six 30-second ads, Sharon will be visiting a local
store, checking produce and talking to staff.

"I remember my kids saying can we go to Asda because they cook better
than you?" she said.

Chris Pilling, Asda's marketing director, said: "There was only ever one
choice for the campaign.

"Sharon is a strong woman, a real-life mum and our customers relate to
her because she believes in the things mums stand for — caring, providing
and coping."


Source: DeHavilland.co.uk


Gwen Stefani, Pink, Osbournes To Record Cover Of 'Tears In Heaven' (1/18/2005)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne continue to seek ways to help tsunami victims in Southeast Asia,
announcing Monday their plans to record a cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" to
benefit storm recovery efforts. And they've managed to line up a whole galaxy of stars
to help.

Gwen Stefani, Pink, Velvet Revolver, Steven Tyler, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Ozzy
and Kelly Osbourne are among the artists lending their voices to the song, sales of
which will benefit the Disasters Emergency Committee's Tsunami Earthquake Appeal.

The recording sessions will take place on two continents, starting this Thursday at
London's Whitfield Street Studios, where Velvet Revolver, Elton John and Italian opera
star Andrea Bocelli will lay down vocals. The following week, Stefani, Stewart, the
Osbournes, Josh Groban and Robbie Williams will record their tracks in Los Angeles.
Pink is set to record in New York, and Tyler will do his vocal work in Boston.

Sharon is set to produce the track along with "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell.

Clapton's original version of "Tears" — written after the tragic death of his 4-year-old .
son Conor in 1991 — first appeared on the 1992 soundtrack to the film "Rush," and then
later that year on his Unplugged album. The stripped-down, acoustic version of the song
took home several Grammy awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The Osbournes have already donated more than $190,000 to the DEC and have recorded a
public-service announcement asking others to help.

There is no word yet on when the new version of "Tears in Heaven" will hit radio.


Source: MTV.com


Ozzy and Sharon Look For Smaller Home, Prepare New TV Sitcom (1/18/2005)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are preparing to swap their Beverly Hills mansion for a
humble "small house with a small garden," according to the New York Post.

"It's quietly on the market," Sharon disclosed in a phone interview with The
Post from the house Friday (Jan. 14). "We're not going to put a 'for sale'
sign outside, but a few brokers in town know that it's on the market.

"The kids are growing up, they're moving out," Sharon said. "Once Kelly and
Jackie-boy go, it's way too big for us. They want their own homes now, and
Ozzy and I want a small house with a small garden for the dogs."

Sharon said Ozzy has been clean and sober for nine months, ever since he
kicked the painkillers to which he became addicted following the crash of
an all-terrain vehicle he was driving on his English estate last February.

Ozzy's addiction drama is the focal point of the season premiere of "The
Osbournes" which aired last night at 10:30 on MTV — the first of 10 new
episodes.

"The first episode really, really shows Ozzy really out of it," Sharon
said. "He wasn't drinking, but he was on a lot of drugs — loads and loads
of pain pills. But he's in the condition today where he can say, 'Thank
God I've come through that and I'm not that way anymore.' "

After "The Osbournes" and "Battle for Ozzfest", Sharon said she and Ozzy
who helped usher in an entire era of celebrity reality shows — are finished
with reality TV. But they're not done with TV.

They even have a new project in the works, an "unstructured" sitcom for
Fox, possibly for next fall, Sharon said. "There is no script, but there
is a whole storyline to the show, but we ad-lib our lines," she said,
describing a technique used in such shows as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and
the upcoming "Fat Actress".


Source: Blabbermouth


Sharon Buys Deer For Ozzy (1/12/2005)

SHARON Osbourne raised a few eyebrows when she bought a herd of deer
for rocker husband Ozzy.

The Japanese sika deer, now grazing on the couple's Welders Lane
estate, were a bizarre choice of Christmas present for the former
Black Sabbath frontman.

But it is hoped the £5,000 herd of two stags and ten hinds from a
farm in Worcestershire will help mark the closure of a forgettable
12 months for the family.

Dr John Fletcher, Britain's only vet specialising in deer, said it
would only be a matter of days before the latest introduction to the
couple's £2 million home would find their feet.

The vet, who runs a deer farm in Fife, Scotland, added: "A lot of
people are starting deer parks at the moment. Of course they will
breed, so the Osbournes may have to start producing venison."

Driven down from their Worcestershire home late on Christmas Eve,
the herd were secretly smuggled onto the 250-acre Chalfont estate
and released into a purpose-built enclosure.

The purchase has sparked rumours that the couple may soon be seen
scouting pet shops across the area in a search for deer feed.

A spokesman for Chalfont Home Stores pet shop, in Market Place, said: 3
"The Osbournes have not visited us. But should they need certain food
we can certainly order it."


Source: thisislocallondon.co.uk


"A Dozen Furies" Wins Battle For Ozzfest Contest (1/11/2005)

Dallas, TX-based A DOZEN FURIES beat out North Carolina's CYNDER (now CYN)
in the "Battle for Ozzfest" finale to win a highly coveted tour spot on
Ozzfest 2005, plus band gear and enough money to cover all their expenses.
In addition, the band were presented with a recording contract from
Sanctuary Records, which they are expected to sign before beginning work
on their full-length debut.

Formed in late 2003, A DOZEN FURIES have recorded a self-produced
EP ("Rip These Stars Down") and have toured extensively.

Ironically, guitarist Marc Serrano, who was chosen to represent A DOZEN
FURIES in the "Battle for Ozzfest" competition, had previously performed
at Ozzfest 2003 as part of the now-defunct former Maverick recording
artists UNLOCO — a fact that was never mentioned on the show.

For more information on A DOZEN FURIES, visit their official web site:
http://www.adozenfuries.com


Source: Blabbermouth


Sharon Osbourne's Life To Become A TV Movie (1/11/2005)

Neil Sean of Sky News reports that Sharon Osbourne's life is set to
become a television movie. The Osbourne matriarch is secretly working
on the project and hopes her daughter Kelly can play the role of the
young Sharon. "It has great potential but it will be hard to cast
someone to play Ozzy," Sharon told a spy. "He is rather unique, you
see, and it will take a big man to fill those shoes." Sharon hopes the
TV movie will start production by spring.


Source: Blabbermouth


Osbournes Home Voted One Of The Most Stylish On TV (1/11/2005)

OZZY and Sharon Osbourne’s Beverly Hills mansion has been voted one of the
most stylish homes on television.

Frasier’s ultra-modern Seattle apartment, in the hit TV series of the
same name, came top of the list of most desirable screen pads.

Charlotte’s luxurious Park Avenue home in Sex and the City was second
favourite in the poll for BBC Good Homes magazine.

Despite being mocked as tasteless after appearing in the MTV series,
Ozzy and Sharon’s gated residence has been named third favourite to
appear on the small screen.

The lavish 48-room manor belonging to oil millionaires The Carringtons,
in the 80s series Dynasty, came next.

The survey also discovered the ugliest home to appear on British TV
screens - the junk-filled dwelling of rag and bone men Steptoe and Son.

The student dive in The Young Ones comes second in the ten worst list,
followed by Del Boy’s Peckham council flat in Only Fools and Horses and
Pauline Fowler’s dull home in EastEnders.

Other homes from hell, in the poll of 6740 people, include those featured
in the Royle Family, Big Brother and The Simpsons.

Inspector Morse’s home and those in The Good Life and Keeping up Appearances
also got into the top ten most stylish list.


Source: Scotsman.com


Box Set "Covers CD" Track Listing Changes (1/7/2005)

I have recieved word from a very reliable source that the track listing
and order for disc 4 (Covers) in the upcoming box set has changed.

The new tracklisting and order is as follows:
01. 21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson)
02. Mississippi Queen (Mountain)
03. All The Young Dudes (Mott The Hoople)
04. In My Life (The Beatles)
05. Fire (Arthur Brown)
06. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
07. Sympathy For The Devil (Rolling Stones)
08. Working Class Hero (John Lennon) - replaces original "Hi Ho Silver Lining"
09. Good Times (Eric Burdon)
10. Changes - Duet with Kelly Osbourne (Black Sabbath)

Original tracklisting reported on Ozzy.com:

1. Good Times (Originally recorded by Eric Burdon)
2. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Originally recorded by King Crimson)
3. In My Life (Originally recorded by the Beatles)
4. Mississippi Queen (Originally recorded by Mountain)
5. For What It’s Worth (Originally recorded by the Buffalo Springfield)
6. Fire (Originally recorded by Arthur Brown)
7. Hi Ho Silver Lining (Originally recorded by the Jeff Beck Group)
8. All The Young Dudes (Originally recorded by Mott the Hoople)
9. Sympathy For The Devil (Originally recorded by the Rolling Stones)
10. Changes - Duet with Kelly Osbourne (Originally recorded by Black Sabbath)


Source: Demon Dance Design & Ozzyhead.com


Ozzy, Steven Tyler & Others To Record Clapton Cover For Tsunami Victims (1/7/2005)

Sharon Osbourne has enlisted a host of stars to cover Eric Clapton's tragic song
"Tears In Heaven" for a charity single to raise money for the victims of the
Indian Ocean tsunami.

The rock matriarch has joined forces with arch-rival Simon Cowell to produce a
star-studded remake of the 1992 song Clapton wrote following the death of his
four-year-old son Conor, who was killed when he fell from a 53rd floor
apartment window.

Osbourne says, "We approached Eric and his lawyers and everyone else said
yes straight away — we could not think of a more appropriate song."

The song will include the vocal talents of Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams,
Sir Elton John, AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler, Gwen Stefani and Ozzy and
Kelly Osbourne.

Cowell is in talks for WESTLIFE, Will Young and Brian McFadden to join the
track, which will be released on Sony and BMG Records.

Osbourne adds, "The people taking part are spread all over the world. They
will probably have to record their parts in local studios and then we can
put them all together."


Source: Contactmusic


The Osbournes Head Into Final Season on MTV (1/7/2005)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his raucous, foul-mouthed
family launch the fourth and final season of their hit MTV reality show later this
month, the cable network announced on Thursday.

"The Osbournes" returns on Jan. 17 to kick off a last batch of 10 episodes
chronicling Ozzy's bout with insomnia, daughter Kelly's drug rehab, her budding
new commercial TV career, and a family vacation to Hawaii.

The Viacom Inc.-owned network said the Emmy Award-winning show will end its run for
good with a final episode set to air March 21.

The bleep-filled series premiered in March of 2002 and instantly became MTV's
biggest hit, turning the unruly brood into overnight pop culture icons.

The show's first season followed the daily exploits of the heavy metal star in his
off-stage role as a befuddled father puttering around his Beverly Hills house, forever
cleaning up after his incontinent dogs, taking orders from his wife, Sharon, and
sparring with their teenage children, Jack and Kelly.

The program took a more serious turn in its second season as the family coped with
Sharon Osbourne's cancer treatments and Jack's substance abuse rehabilitation.
The household also was joined by 18-year-old Robert Marcato, a family friend adopted
by the Osbournes after his own mother died of cancer. The third season saw Ozzy
Osbourne recover from a near-fatal all-terrain vehicle accident.

While the program has faded in the ratings since its heyday, it has remained one of
MTV's most watched programs, averaging more than 3 million viewers per episode.

Although "The Osbournes" will end its run in March, Kelly Osbourne has garnered her
own prime-time stint as a co-star of ABC's new coming-of-age drama "Life As We Know It."


Source: Reuters


Ozzy Insists He Isn't Any Richer (1/7/2005)

OZZY OSBOURNE insists his family are no richer than before the success of their
reality show THE OSBOURNES, because his shopaholic wife SHARON spends all their spare cash.

The rocker admits he was "plodding along nicely" before The Osbournes came along - and
now he has a house full of his wife's gifts.

He says, "Now, instead of one pair of shoes, my wife will buy 18. So I'm not financially
any better off, because she blows it, or we blow it, as soon as it comes in."


Source: Contactmusic


Ozzy: "There Are Gonna Be Two Covers Albums" + "I Tried Out That Buckethead Guy" (1/5/2005)

Ozzy Osbourne recently spoke to Revolver magazine about his four-disc retrospective box set,
"Prince of Darkness", and the upcoming 10th anniversary edition of his Ozzfest traveling festival,
among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Revolver: What made you decide to record a covers album at this point in your career?

Ozzy Osbourne: "For many years now, I've thought that it would be great to do some covers,
old songs that mean something to me. So anyway, on the Ozzfest in 2003, I was talking to
someone from the record company and I said that I've always wanted to do a covers album.
So we started making a list of songs, and we narrowed it down. Then I forgot about it.

"Jumping a year forward, Sharon tells me about the box set. I thought, 'A box set of what?'
The record company has already raped my back catalog! They can't do it anymore. There's
already been 'The Best of Ozzy' and 'The Ozzman Cometh' and all these other fucking things,
and they're all just the same fucking album with a different cover. So the box set originally
started out as mainly a collection of rarities. Then the record company asked me if I was
still into doing the covers album, and Sharon said that it would be something extra for the
box set, so people are getting more than the same songs they've heard 50,000 times before."

Revolver: Do you think that by doing cover versions you might prompt people to say you're
running out of ideas for your own solo material?

Ozzy Osbourne: "I'm not too bothered if it gets slagged. It's just giving people something
different. You can download a lot of the other stuff on the box set from the Internet,
anyway. The record company was going to release it with or without the covers album, and
I felt embarrassed, to be honest. If I'd insisted on doing a full studio album for the
box set, it probably wouldn't have come out until the end of next year. I've done this
covers album as a stopgap so people can have something different. It's just me having a
bit of fun with some songs that are already proven. There are gonna be two covers albums.
There's the one on the box set, which will have some of the songs that will be on the
other one, and some that won't."

Revolver: Ozzfest was a huge success again this year, but did you ever worry that your fans
would feel excluded by the success of the TV show and your acceptance by the mainstream?

Ozzy Osbourne: "One of my big fears about the Ozzfest after the success of 'The Osbournes'
was that I wondered if the audience would think I'm an asshole, or that people would come
along expecting to see a Vegas cabaret act, because that's not what I'm about at all! After
the accident, this Ozzfest was nowhere near as strenuous, and I did the best I could. But
in the end it was great. I'm doing the 10th one next year. I'm stunned by that, to be honest."

Revolver: Will that be with BLACK SABBATH or your solo band?

Ozzy Osbourne: "This is what usually happens: Sharon will ask me whether I want to do it
with my own band or SABBATH, and I'll say, 'I'll do it with SABBATH.' And she'll say,
'Are you sure?' I'll say, 'Yeah,' so she'll say, 'Okay, but if you do it with SABBATH
then there'll be problems.' So I say, 'Okay, I'll do it with my own band.' And she'll
say, 'Are you sure?' By this time, I'm not fucking sure either way! All I know is, I'll be there."

Revolver: If it's your solo band, what will the lineup be?

Ozzy Osbourne: "One big problem I've got is finding a good guitar player to write with.
Nobody plays guitar anymore, they just make a noise. There ain't no fucking rock gods,
and even the good guitarists are fucking nuts."

Revolver: What about Zakk Wylde?

Ozzy Osbourne: "He's fucking nuts! It depends on a lot of things. He'll probably be
with me. I don't know at this point. I really want to find someone to write with, too."

Revolver: Have you held any auditions?

Ozzy Osbourne: "I tried out that Buckethead guy. I met with him and asked him to work
with me but only if he got rid of the fucking bucket. So I came back a bit later and
he's wearing this green fucking Martian's-hat thing. I said, 'Look, just be yourself!'
He told me his name was Brian, so I said that's what I'd call him. He says, 'No one
calls me Brian except my mother.' So I said, 'Pretend I'm your mum then!' I haven't
even got out of the room and I'm already playing fucking mind games with the guy. What
happens if one day he's gone and there's a note saying, 'I've been beamed up?' [Laughs] Don't
get me wrong, he's a great player. He plays like a motherfucker!"


Source: Blabbermouth


Battle For Ozzfest Finale (1/5/2005)

If you’ve been watching BATTLE FOR OZZFEST, you know the end is near! The winner is about
to be crowned and will earn a spot to tour on Ozzfest 2005! But why wait until Monday to
watch it on TV when you can be there in person? We are casting Ozzfest fans to come join
in the mayhem and witness the "Final" Battle for Ozzfest! To be casted as part of the
audience you must appear to be between the ages of 18 and 35, like Ozzfest type bands
and be available to attend the show on Jan 9th, between 5pm and 10pm, and most importantly,
be able to keep a secret and not tell the winner until the show airs the next day!

So if you meet the requirements sign up now now to attend this FREE show!

You are signing up to be in the audience NOT as seatfillers,
once you get a spot in the venue it’s yours to keep!

Some areas may be standing room only! >
SHOW DETAILS
DATE: Sunday, January 9, 2005
LOCATION: TBA, Los Angeles Area
CHECK-IN TIME: 5:00 PM (will end approx 10PM)
PARKING: TBA
CASTED AGE RANGE: appear 18 to 35, must be at least 18 with ID!
WARDROBE/DRESS: Ozzfest wear!
CONFIRMATIONS TO BE SENT: by email by January 7, sooner if possible.

SIGN UP AT http://home.earthlink.net/~mtvshows/Ozzfest/2005finalsinfo.htm

Who do you think should win the BATTLE FOR OZZFEST? Now is your chance to voice your
opinion. Make sure and vote at http://www.mtv.com/onair/dyn/battle_for_ozzfest/html_poll.jhtml

If you missed any episodes you have one last chance to see EVERY EPISODE! MTV and MTV2 will
both be airing every episode this Saturday. Check local listings for exact times.

You can also watch CYNDER and A DOZEN FURIES performances from Ozzfest 2004 at
http://www.mtv.com/onair/dyn/battle_for_ozzfest/series.jhtml


Source: Ozzy.com


Ozzy & Sharon To Guest On Jay Leno (1/5/2005)

Ozzy & Sharon will guest on Jay Leno's Tonight Show on 1/13/05 on NBC.


Source: Rockontv.com


Ozzy Box Update (1/4/2005)

The soon to be released Ozzy Box Set has undergone a name change. Formerly
titled "Bible of Oz", it has been changed to "Prince of Darkness". The
release day has also been pushed back to Tuesday, March 22nd.


Source: Ozzy.com


Osbournes Up Donation To £100,000 For Tsunami Earthquake Relief (1/2/2005)

BRITONS have proved to be the world’s most generous
people — by donating to the Asia tsunami appeal
in record amounts. In an unprecedented outpouring
of sympathy individuals dug deeper than ever
yesterday to help stricken millions on the other
side of the globe.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne encouraged people
to back the Tsunami Earthquake appeal
and chipped in £100,000 themselves.












Source: The Sun & Daily Mirror


Sharon Osbourne Is The New Face Of UK Supermarket Chain ASDA (1/2/2005)

Reality TV star Sharon Osbourne will be the new face of British supermarket chain
ASDA.

The headstrong 'X Factor' judge, who is wife of rock veteran Ozzy, will start
shooting for commercials and posing for billboard shots in the beginning of 2005.

"Asda like the fact Sharon is a successful and attractive older woman. She also
has a reputation as a tough negotiator who doesn't like to be ripped off," rate
the music quoted an insider as saying.

"She's a good advert for the brand because people looking for a bargain canrelate
to her," added the insider.


Source: newkerala.com


Ozzfest 2005, 10th Anniversary Tour Around The World? (12/29/2004)

Sharon announced on MTV's "Battle For Ozzfest" that the Ozzfest
2005, 10th Anniversary Tour would "tour the world". This is a very
good indication that fans in Europe will finally get to see the
Ozzman next year.

Ozzy's last scheduled European tour in 2003 was initially postponed
due to foot surgery, and then postponed again due to excessive tremors
caused from over medication, and then finally cancelled due to his
quad bike accident.


Source: Ozzyhead.com


Sharon To Take Rudest Role Yet (12/29/2004)

SHARON Osbourne is set to star in a foul-mouthed play about
women's private parts.

Ozzy Osbourne's missus, who became famous for her swearing as a
judge in The X Factor, is in talks to become the latest celebrity
to tackle The Vagina Monologues.

The comedy - written by American Eve Ensler - features women
talking about their intimate bits and has been a huge hit on
Broadway and in the West End.

If Sharon, 52, takes the part for its London run next year it
will be her stage debut - but she has no fears.

An insider said: "Sharon saw the play and loved it. It's ballsy
and fun. There's not that much acting and she will play different
women at various stages of life.

"It could have been written for her - it's women talking frankly.
And - what suits Sharon down to the ground - it's very foul-mouthed."

Although MTV reality show The Osbournes made her famous, she has
gained more notoriety on TV talent show The X Factor.

In the final, Sharon tried to stop favourite Steve Brookstein
winning by branding him "fake" and "full of crap". Earlier this
year, Sharon had a brief appearance on TV as a lesbian barmaid
in hit US sitcom Will & Grace. She landed her cameo after
impressing show bosses with a brief lesbian role in American
daytime soap Days Of Our Lives.

Sharon said: "They were so stunned by my acting ability they
wrote me a special part."

But her move to become a chat show queen hit the buffers nearly
a year ago when she became too foul-mouthed.

Despite a £2million-a-year deal for the daily Sharon Osbourne
Show, worried TV executives ditched the series half-way through
its first run. Sharon, who battled colon cancer last year, said:
"I got fired. They just didn't like me. I loved the show, but it
was really hard.

"Daytime TV in America has so many restrictions. You must be
politically correct. They even banned the word sausages as they
said it had a sexual connotation."

"There is so much more freedom in the UK. Political correctness
has gone mad in the United States.

Previous London casts of The Vagina Monologues have included
Maureen Lipman, Sophie Dahl, ex-Spice Girl Mel B and Jerry Hall.


Source: Mirror.co.uk


Ozzy Loves Sharon: Thick Or Thin (12/29/2004)

We've been there for many of Sharon Osbourne's most intimate moments, from
her battle with colon cancer, to her expletive-filled heart-to-hearts
with her children, to her creepy baby talk with husband Ozzy.

But it turns out the publicity-loving, soul-baring MTV matriarch still
has some secrets left to spill, reports MSN.com.

First up: her continuing struggle with bulimia. "I still have it," she
admitted. "Ozzy knows, yes. And the kids. My God, how could they not!
It's the thing that causes most arguments. We'll be at the dinner table,
and I'll go off, and they'll say, oh, here we go again. They hate it."

Sharon, 52, figured the problem would solve itself when she got her
stomach stapled a few years back, dropping from 225 pounds to 130,
but she was wrong.

"It just means I can't eat as much. I still binge," she said. "I cram
it in -- eat, eat, eat -- until I physically can't get any more into
my body. The food is piled up to my throat. Then I have to go and be sick."

Moving on to the next revelation: her extensive nipping and tucking.

"Face lift, neck, breasts. Lips, leg lifts, bum implant, tummy tuck.
I've had it all, and it is fabulous," enthused Sharon, who has said
the various surgeries set her back about $250,000.

"I've had so much plastic surgery, but there is only so much you can
do. Then you have to start accepting yourself as you are," she
explained. Despite her low self-esteem and weight problems, she
said, Ozzy always "loved me the way I was."


Source: LA Daily News


Sharon Wins Personality Of The Year Award (12/29/2004)

Sharon Osbourne has snatched the Rock Personality of the Year award out of the
hands of husband Ozzy.

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy picked up the accolade last year after scoring his
first ever number one in a three-decade chart career.

But in 2004, Sharon, 52, outdid her husband and other stars on the list with
her rock n' roll antics.

She wins the Virgin Radio poll for hitting out at X Factor judge Simon Cowell
and attacking Steve "Creepy Smirker" Brookstein.

Sir Bob Geldof comes second "for re-forming Band Aid and taking on the world again".

Sir Elton John is third for his hissy fits and acid tongue - accusing Madonna
of miming on stage, and calling photographers at a Taiwan airport "rude, vile pigs".

Jake Shears, the frontman of US band Scissor Sisters, is fourth for his
outrageous dress sense, and Pete Doherty, whose drug abuse led to the spilt
of acclaimed band The Libertines is fifth for his "amazing music".

Virgin's Most Wanted presenter Ben Jones said: "Sharon took on the pop pansy
Simon Cowell at his own game and showed him who's boss.

"She is a role model for the nation - speak your mind and say what's what. Now
she's stolen the award from her husband, the original rock n' roller."

Virgin Radio polled over 6,000 listeners to find their ultimate Rock Personality
of the Year.


Source: Yahoo News


Sharon Osbourne To Host New Years Eve Party (12/29/2004)

Sharon Osbourne is throwing a $270,000 New Year's Eve party for everyone
special in her life - including her cleaners.

The rock matriarch plans to host the lavish bash at the London home she
shares with her husband Ozzy, and has ensured all her staff are included
in the celebrations.

Osbourne, 51, says, "We think it's important to include family and friends
and most of my staff fall into that bracket. Everybody deserves some kind
of reward for their hard work.

"Even the bin men get along with Ozzy and me."

However, not everyone has been invited to the end of year get-together.

Osbourne jokes: "It's just as well Simon Cowell isn't going to be in the
country because he wouldn't be invited."


Source: Irish Examiner


Stolen Sabbath Discs Returned (12/21/2004)

GOLD and silver Black Sabbath discs stolen from the home of Ozzy Osbourne's
former manager have been returned.

The records were reported missing last week after a burglary in Edenbridge, Kent.

Kent Police said that an anonymous tip-off had led to all eight being found
in plastic bags behind recycling bins in Tonbridge.

Two other discs from the haul - which included the albums Master of Reality,
Paranoid and Volume 4 - had already been recovered after they were offered
for sale on eBay.

A black 12-string guitar and other property taken during the raid is
still missing.


Source: The Sun


Awards Clash For Ozzy Clan And Cowell (12/21/2004)

TV bosses are so worried that the Osbournes will want "words" with Simon
Cowell at tomorrow's British Comedy Awards, they've hired extra security.

Cowell, 45, has not spoken to Sharon since the X Factor final, when she
attacked Steve "Creepy Smirker" Brookstein.

After a series of clashes, Simon isn't keen on Sharon being a judge on
next year's run of the hit ITV show.

"Sharon and Ozzy are presenting a comedy award, as is Simon," says our
ceremony insider.

"Kelly and Jack are going along, too, and the Osbournes have been given
dressing rooms at opposite sides of the ITV studio from Cowell.

"Everyone is worried that it'll kick off. They've even drafted in extra
security to ensure they are kept apart.

"The Osbourne clan are furious with Cowell for the way he has behaved
during the X Factor series.

"He even had the cheek to joke that their recent break-in - when
£2million of jewellery was stolen - was a publicity stunt."

The executive producer for the London-based show, Michael Hurll,
told us yesterday: "We were worried that the tension has been rising
since the X Factor final and, with the whole Osbourne family in tow,
we felt extra security may be needed for the night."

Sharon, 52, and Cowell clashed almost every week on the talent
show and, earlier this month, she memorably said: "Simon said he
thinks I fancy him. In fact, I'd rather have a giant lobster in
my crotch than him."

Our source also reveals: "Simon didn't show up at the wrap party
for all the X Factor production staff at a Mayfair restaurant
last week until after Sharon and Ozzy had left."

Kelly, 20, and 19-year-old brother Jack may not be his biggest
fans either.

When Kelly released her single Shut Up last year, Cowell described
her as fat and talentless. So no doubt she'll be dying to discuss
the matter tomorrow night.

As well as special treatment backstage, Cowell is making sure he's
treated like an A-list star on it, too.

He has demanded that he presents his award at the One-Tel sponsored

event on his own.

"All the other celebs are doing it in pairs. But Simon insisted
he won't share the stage. And what Simon wants, Simon gets."

The music mogul will also be thrilled with the goodie bags presenters
have received.

Last year, several complained that their freebies - including a
satsuma, chattering teeth and a DVD of Joe Pasquale In
Concert - were "pants".

So this year, they received £800 of gifts, including a weekend
break-for-two at a Champneys health spa and VIP membership at the
Zeta Bar at the Park Lane Hilton.

Apparently, Ozzy was so impressed with them, he blagged bags for
Jack and Kelly, too.


Source: The Mirror


Look What I Got In The Mail Today! (12/20/2004)

The official Osbournes Christmas card...

Front: (Click To Enlarge)

Inside:

Back:


Source: Ozzyhead.com


Ozzy TV Claims Refuted (12/20/2004)

POLICE have refuted claims they are giving veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne
special treatment by featuring a burglary at his house on BBC's Crimewatch.

Detective Inspector Paul Miller defended the decision to go on Crimewatch
about the crime in Chalfont St Peter after a viewer complained to the
show on Tuesday night. He said Crimewatch had approached Thames Valley
Police about the investigation.

He said: "We want to use every tool in our investigation. The tool of
particular use is the attention of the media which is because of the
celebrity of the Osbournes.

"It is a very high profile case, which will attract viewers, and that
will help all the cases that were covered on Crimewatch."

Ozzy's wife Sharon made a pre-recorded plea on the show, and said she
remains "scared" living in her Welders Lane house since the break-in
on November 22.

She said: "It will probably take some time before I feel comfortable
in the house."

Police hope the £100,000 reward put up by the couple and their
insurers, which is believed to be one of the biggest offered in
criminal history, will act as an incentive.

The intruder used a ladder to gain entry into a first-floor bedroom
before making off with necklaces, two wedding rings, an engagement
ring, 24-carat sapphire ring and dress watches.

The offender is described as 5ft 10in tall, light skinned, very slim
and wearing a light jacket, dark trousers, trainers and a ski mask.

If you have any information, please call 08458 505505


Source: Bucks Free Press


Geezer To Release New Solo Album (12/20/2004)

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler is scheduled to release the follow-up
to his 1997 solo CD, "Black Science" (issued under the GEEZER banner),
tentatively titled "Ohmwork", on April 19, 2005 via Sanctuary Records.

Joining Butler on the album will once again be vocalist Clark Brown,
whose previous credits include of LD/50 (featuring former TESTAMENT/FORBIDDEN
guitarist Glen Alvelais) and BEWKENHEIMER. In addition to GEEZER, Brown is
involved with SYMATIC, a Worcester, Massachusetts-based group who are
currently seeking a record deal. More information is available at
www.symaticmusic.com.


Source: Blabbermouth


Prince Charles Asks How Ozzy Is After Burglary (12/16/2004)

British royal PRINCE CHARLES took time out of last night's (DEC 14, 2004) ROYAL
VARIETY PERFORMANCE to console SHARON OSBOURNE over her recent $3.8 million
(£2 million) burglary and her husband OZZY's recurring quad bike injury.

The heir to the throne was disappointed the former BLACK SABBATH star was
forced to cancel his appearance at the London Coliseum event, due to
complications with the metal shoulder plate he had inserted after last
year's (03) accident.

The Prince also sympathised about intruders who stole irreplaceable
jewellery from the Osbournes' Buckinghamshire, England, home last month
(NOV 22, 2004), and offered his condolences to Osbourne over her recent
spell of bad luck.


Source: FemaleFirst.co.uk


Black Sabbath Gold Discs Stolen (12/16/2004)

BBC News is reporting that a 12-string Fender guitar and gold and silver
BLACK SABBATH discs have been stolen in a burglary at the home of Ozzy
Osbourne's manager Patrick Meehan.

They were taken in a break-in at outbuildings in Troy Lane, Edenbridge, Kent,
Kent Police have revealed.

A gold and a silver disc since advertised on Internet auction site eBay were
recovered from an address in Welling, police said on Thursday.

"Master of Reality", "Paranoid" and "Volume 4" are among those still missing.

The burglary took place some time between November 20 and December 4, police said.

The discs recovered were advertised on eBay at the beginning of December and
had been bought in good faith from a boot fair in Essex.

BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy grappled with a burglar who escaped with jewellery
worth £2m from his own Buckinghamshire mansion in November.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said there was no reason to link the two break-ins.

Officers are appealing for help in tracing the guitar and remaining gold and
silver discs.


Source: BBC


Has Ozzy Had A Facelift? (12/16/2004)

ContactMusic.com is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has allegedly followed his
wife Sharon's example by having extensive cosmetic surgery, a leading
British medical aesthetics specialist claims.

Dr. Mervyn Patterson, from the U..K's Woodford Medical Clinic, has studied
a series of photos of the former BLACK SABBATH star in 2000, and another
collection of up-to-date pictures, and is convinced he has had surgery
around his eyes and neck, as well as liposuction and semi-permanent make-up.

He tells British magazine Heat, "It appears that Ozzy has had significant
facial surgery. He's had fat removed from the bags beneath his eyes and
had the skin tightened. This reduces bulging and lining.

"He's also had some form of lifting procedure in the lower face to correct
the sagging that comes with aging. And it's likely he's had liposuction
to remove excess fat in the lower face and neck.

"I think he's had semi-permanent make-up applied to his face to give him
a more defined, wider-eyed look."


Source: Blabbermouth


Spokesperson: No New BLACK SABBATH Album Planned (12/16/2004)

A spokesperson for Ozzy Osbourne has rejected a British newspaper report
that producer Rick Rubin recently spent time in the U.K. working on a new
BLACK SABBATH studio album.

Sunday Herald Associate Editor Alan Taylor reported over the weekend that
he ran into Rubin in Worcestershire, U.K. where Rubin was apparently in
the process of making a new SABBATH CD.

When asked by blabbermouth if there is any truth to the report or if
Taylor somehow got his facts mixed up, a Sharon Osbourne Management
spokesperson said, "He is confused. [There is] nothing [new] to report."


Source: Blabbermouth


Injured Ozz Forced To Cancel Royal Variety Performance (12/14/2004)

Rock star Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to pull out of the Royal Variety Performance, which
is being filmed on Tuesday, because of a shoulder injury. Osbourne needs another operation
because the metal plate he had inserted after a quad bike accident last year has become so
painful.

Liza Minnelli and Sir Elton John are among those still scheduled to appear.

Osbourne's wife Sharon will appear on BBC One's Crimewatch on Tuesday after their home was
burgled last month.

The Royal Variety Performance, to be screened on Wednesday, will take place in front of
Prince Charles and was due to be Osbourne's only UK live appearance of the year.

Thieves recently stole jewellery from the Osbournes' home A statement from his record
company said: "Adjustments need to be made to the plate which is making Ozzy very
uncomfortable at present.

"Although having made a remarkable recovery from the life-threatening accident, Ozzy needs
the procedure as soon as possible."

His place will be taken by wife Sharon and daughter Kelly, who will send his apologies
to the crowd at the London Coliseum.

Meanwhile, Sharon will also feature on Crimewatch UK to appeal for help tracing thieves
who broke into their Buckinghamshire home and stole valuable jewellery.

Ozzy Osbourne tackled a burglar who then jumped 30ft (10m) from a first floor window
and escaped.

A £100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to a conviction.

The stolen items included three wedding rings, a pearl necklace and a sapphire bought as
an investment for their daughters.


Source: news.bbc.co.uk


Rick Ruben Working On New Sabbath Album (12/13/2004)

Rick Rubben (famous producer for working with artists such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Beastie Boys, etc...) recently told an editor for the Sunday Herald that he was in
Worcestershire (U.K.) to work on the new Black Sabbath album.


Source: http://www.sundayherald.com/46386


Ozzy Osbourne To Star In London Stage Musical? (12/12/2004)

According to Ireland On-Line, Ozzy Osbourne is in talks with theatre producers to
star in the London production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

The BLACK SABBATH frontman, 56, is desperate to play the evil Child Catcher in the
West End show, currently being performed by former BOYZONE singer Stephen Gately.

Osbourne enthuses: "I love the show and I think that I would be great in that role.

"I am supposed to be the prince of fucking darkness after all."


Source: Blabbermouth


Rest In Peace Dimebag (12/12/2004)

"Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I’m absolutely beside myself with grief. I can’t
for the life of me understand why someone would do this.

Pantera toured with me many many times. I’ll always remember the signed guitar that
he gave me at my 50th birthday party.

My heart goes out to Dime’s family, his fans and the other innocent victims who were
killed in this senseless tragedy. It’s just terribly sad."

- Ozzy


Source: Ozzy.com


Ozzy Comments About The Murder Of Dimebag Darrell (12/9/2004)

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was fatally shot during a performance, was a frenetic,
ear-shattering guitarist whose riffs for the Grammy-nominated Pantera and more
recently Damageplan were a heavy-metal staple. He was 38.

Abbott was shot to death as he took the stage Wednesday with Damageplan at the
Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.

Three other people also were fatally shot before a police officer shot the
gunman to death.

The deaths shook the heavy-metal music industry, and fans flooded Web sites to
share their shock.

"I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand
why someone would do this," said Ozzy Osbourne, who often toured with Pantera.

Mark Hunter, lead singer of the metal band Chimaira, said Abbott "changed the way
metal music was written with his guitar playing. I don't know anybody in a band
who hasn't stolen a few guitar riffs from him."

A fan posting on the band's Web site read, "This is the worst day in metal history."

Pantera's fast, aggressive sound attracted a massive cult following in the early
1990s, and its third release, "Far Beyond Driven," debuted at No. 1 in 1994,
surprising chart-watchers and critics alike. Other hit albums were "The Great
Southern Trendkill" and "Reinventing The Steel," and a song by the band became
the Dallas Stars hockey team's signature tune in 1999.

"When you think of '90s heavy metal or hard rock, Pantera is one of these seminal
bands. They are quoted today as influences by many bands," said Tom Calderone,
MTV's executive vice president. "Hard rock has lost a legendary guitar player."

Pantera was nominated for Grammies for best metal performance in 1995 for "I'm
Broken" and in 2001 for "Revolution Is My Name." The video "The Best of Pantera:
Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits" hit the top 10 for music-video
sales earlier this year; another video, "3-Watch It Go," went top-10 in 1998.

Darrell Abbott and his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, left Pantera last year
and produced Damageplan's debut album, "New Found Power," which was released in
February.

Born in Dallas on Aug. 20, 1966, Darrell Abbott was introduced to music by his
father, country songwriter Jerry Abbott, who owned a recording studio. The
younger Abbott gravitated toward rock music and the styles of Tony Iommi, Ace
Frehley, Eddie Van Halen (news) and Randy Rhoads.

The Abbott brothers and bassist Rex Rocker formed Pantera in 1983. Then Abbott
went by the name "Diamond Darrell." Abbott later took the moniker "Dimebag" and
was often referred to as "Dime" by fans and friends.

Early on, Pantera leaned more toward hard rock, but the band began to develop a
heavier sound after singer Phil Anselmo joined in 1987. After releasing a few
independent albums, Pantera signed with Atlantic Records in 1990. It was also
the period when Abbott came into his own as a guitar player, developing his
heavy, frenetic sound that can first be heard on the 1990 album "Cowboys
from Hell" and then on the 1992 standout "Vulgar Display of Power."

Dimebag's exceptional guitar playing and flair for partying endeared him to
friends and fans, and the band was known for post-concert backstage parties
spiked with Crown Royal whiskey, said Paul Gargano, executive editor of
Metal Edge magazine.

"He was just a huge fan of rock music and heavy metal and the lifestyle," said
Gargano, who considered the guitarist a good friend.

Despite Dimebag's nickname, Gargono said, "It was funny because I never saw him
smoke pot all the time I knew him."

Pantera's manager Kim Zide-Davis, who worked with Abbott from 1994 to 2003,
called him larger than life, and said she often told the guitarist he was "a
living cartoon character."

"He would do things that you wouldn't believe a real person was capable
of," she said.

In recent years, Abbott also made recording appearances on Nickleback's "The
Long Road" and with Frehley, of the band Kiss.

Besides the Abbott brothers, Damageplan also includes vocalist Patrick Lachman
and bassist Bob Zilla.


Source: AP


Burglars Target Osbourne Neighbors (12/7/2004)

Burglars are continuing to cause havoc in Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's neighbourhood, it has emerged.

A fortnight ago the former Black Sabbath front man grappled with a night-time intruder at his
mansion in the village of Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire. Ozzy's best efforts could not stop
the thief escaping with some £2 million of jewellery.

But despite the subsequent publicity generated by the Osbournes' press appeal following the
burglary, the problem has not gone away.

Thames Valley Police announced they were investigating another break-in at a home in Leachcroft,
Chalfont St Peter, which took place between 7.30pm on Friday and 2.30am on Saturday.

A force spokesman said : "Amazingly, the burglars were undeterred by the family's 10-stone rottweiler,
which was in the house at the time."

Meanwhile, another burglary occurred between Wednesday and Friday last week in Chenies Avenue, at
nearby Little Chalfont, police said.


Source: Yahoo News


Sharon: Ozzy Is Still Haunted By Burglary (12/4/2004)

It is not something she will easily forget. Twelve days after burglars raided her
home, Sharon Osbourne is still in shock.

But it's shock mixed with fury as she reveals that the thief who stole her £2million
collection of jewellery spent TWO HOURS ransacking her home.

The raider was captured on CCTV going into the Osbourne's Buckinghamshire mansion and
fleeing 120 minutes later after veteran rocker Ozzy disturbed him and grabbed him in
a headlock.

Sharon and Ozzy have watched the tapes, both appalled at the length of time the brazen
crook spent rifling their every possession.

Recalling their terrifying ordeal 12 days ago, Sharon reveals both are still struggling
to come to terms with the attack.

But the dedicated pop manager has pushed her despair at losing her precious jewels
each with priceless sentimental value - to the back of her mind by working flat out with
her protege, X Factor's rising star, Tabby.

Tonight, the public will decide if the raunchy Irish contestant will go on to next
week's grand final.

"To be extra special, to be able to do it all, no one can compete with Tabby," says
Sharon "We have got to get everybody to vote for Tabby because that's who deserves to win."

For Sharon, 52, working punishingly long hours is her way of coping. Her 55-year-old
husband, however, remains haunted by that night.

"Ozzy is not great," says Sharon, her voice barely a whisper. "For anybody to be woken
up in the night and then suddenly find you are wrestling with a bloody burglar at four
in the morning, it's absolutely terrifying.

"We are both still in shock, deep shock. But all Ozzy keeps seeing is this guy's eyes.
The burglar wore a balaclava and all Ozzy could see was his eyes. And he's haunted by them."

The night before the raid, Sharon had removed her jewellery - including a 24-carat sapphire
band she bought when she beat colon cancer last year - and placed them beside her bed
in the couple's Buckinghamshire mansion.

As they slept, the thief coolly searched every drawer in the house.

And most worryingly for Sharon, he stood over her as she slept while he rifled through
her jewellery just feet away.

"It was so shocking, not because of the sentimental things that were taken," she says with
a note of anger rising in her voice. "It's the fact that someone came into the house.

"Can you imagine being asleep and someone coming to the side of your bed, taking your
rings from the side of your bed as you sleep?

"Every drawer has been opened, everything has been looked at, for God's sake. You feel
dirty. It is heartbreaking when you lose your wedding rings ... but I thank God that
my husband is fine."

Despite their dismay that, after living crime-free in Los Angeles, their return to
Britain was marked by a devastating break-in, the couple plan to spend more, not
less, time in the UK.

"We have been burgled in this house before, four times over ten years now," she says.
"But nothing as big as this. Yet I feel safe here. I am not going to let anyone make
us move.

"We have a home in LA and we have work commitments there but, in fact, we will be
spending more time here than we have in the past.

"This time last year Ozzy had his crash (on a quad bike) and it's like 'Argh, has
somebody got it in for us?'"

But if they have, Sharon is no easy target...

Lying on a bed in her suite at London's swanky Dorchester Hotel, she is on fine form.
Beside her, her beloved dog Minnie playfully yaps at young Tabby, the Irish singer
who she knows will become a big star.

Tabby apologises for being exhausted by a hectic schedule which involved learning
two new songs for tonight's show, while recording - with other hopefuls G4 and
Steve Brookstein - the single that the winner will eventually release.

Sharon clearly has a soft spot for the 23-year-old from Sligo, staunchly defending
him from a raft of stories suggesting he has spent has life avoiding work and
scrounging on welfare benefits.

All her energies are focused on winning the ITV show and getting him the £1million
recording contract.

"The X Factor has really helped take my mind off the burglary," she says. "If I
didn't have something to throw myself into then I would have just been at home
crying. But I haven't had time to dwell on it.

"By next Saturday, when this ends, I am going to be like an elastic band - I am
going to bloody snap."

She has, she readily admits, been taken by surprise at how gruelling her schedule
for the show has become.

Last year, she beat colon cancer yet instead of resting, she is working 14-hour
days to make Tabby a winner. Adding to the spice is her feud with fellow judge
Simon Cowell.

"We don't put this war on," she says. "It's a clash of egos and we both want to
win. Its a battle of who's the biggest and who's the best.

"But to be fair to the guy, his comments about the burglary being great
publicity were misunderstood.

"I'd never say I agree with Simon but he didn't mean that, he was just messing
around. In fact the first person who called me in the morning after his tongue-in-cheek
remarks broke was Simon.

"Then he sent beautiful flowers round for Ozzy. Apart from that, we both want to win."

For Sharon, it is obvious why the public should vote tonight to keep her boy in the contest.

"This is a competition about who has the X Factor and that means you are special.

"You have to have it all, to be a well-rounded performer, to be extra special.

"It's fine to be a great singer but that's not the X Factor, that's not what this is
all about." With that the exhausted pair hastily rearrange their plans for the
evening - to get some well-earned rest.

And with a smile and a malicious twinkle in her eye, Sharon has one last message
for the man who raided her home.

"All I can say is I hope your willy turns to marshmallow and drops off."

-THERE is a £100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Sharon's
jewellery and the conviction of the offenders. Call Thames Valley Police
on 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Source: The Sun


Late Necromandus Bassist Played In Ozzy's Blizzard Of Ozz (12/4/2004)

More information has surfaced regarding former NECROMANDUS bassist Dennis McCarten, who
died of a kidney illness in London, aged 54.

Dennis McCarten was the very first bass player with Ozzy Osbourne's BLIZZARD OF OZZ band,
alongside his NECROMANDUS colleagues, guitarist Barry Dunnery and drummer Frank Hall.
The band recorded a number of tracks before Ozzy rejoined BLACK SABBATH for the "Never
Say Die" album. This is all documented exclusively with first-hand accounts in Garry
Sharpe-Young's Ozzy Osbourne biography.

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly took the group under his wing, introducing
them to the recording studios where they recorded tracks for a debut album, "Orexis of Death".

But, despite gaining a prestigious slot as the set openers on BLACK SABBATH's successful
British tour in 1973, which included a date at the then-Towbar Club in Nethertown, near
Egremont, the album was shelved and the band disbanded soon afterwards.

After being heavily bootlegged for many years, the NECROMANDUS album "Orexis Of Death" was
released in 1999 by the Italian Black Widow label.


Source: Garry Sharpe-Young-Rockdetector.com


How Ozzy Osbourne is helping West Chicago High (11/30/2004)

It's a passing period at Community High School in West Chicago, and the
heavy metal sounds of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" blares from the public
address system.

It's all about geometry class, of course.

Teacher Gwen Geiger explains how the self-proclaimed "Prince of Darkness"
was going to shed some light on an efficient way to prove geometry
statements are true.

"You can use an Ozzy proof for anything," said Geiger, dressed in black
from head to toe for the occasion.

Last year, while teaching a geometry unit, fellow math teacher Barbi 3
Mathews noticed the acronym for the process spelled "EAT BAT." (Either,
Assume, Then, But, Assumption, Therefore.)

Mathews immediately thought of Ozzy Osbourne from the MTV reality show,
"The Osbournes."

In his younger days, the singer's legend grew after he bit the head off
a live bat during a concert in the early 1980s.

Mathews jokingly referred to the EAT BAT process as an "Ozzy proof." The
idea caught on, and this year, she and Geiger held their first-ever Ozzy
Day. They distributed plastic bats to students and played Ozzy Osbourne
songs before and during class.

"It makes it a little more fun in the middle of the day as opposed to a
straight lecture," Mathews said. "A lot of geometry curriculum can be a
little dry. The more we can mix it up, the better."

Students seemed to appreciate the break from the routine.

"It helps to remember the acronym," said sophomore David Adamson. "My
grade will go up, definitely."

Added sophomore Ed Ford: "It makes it more fun."

While some know Osbourne from his Black Sabbath days in the 1970s,
Geiger said the reference works well with today's generation who are
familiar with the dog-chasing dad on MTV.

"It's tying into the things they like," Geiger said. "By making it fun,
were also helping them learn. If I could think of an acronym for other
(geometry) proofs, I'd do it in an instant."


Source: Chicago Daily Herald


Korn To Cover "Diary Of A Madman" (11/30/2004)

KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer has told Billboard.com that the
band are planning on entering the studio in Janaury to begin work on
their seventh album, tentatively slated for a late spring/early summer
2005 release.

"On Jan. 2, we're going to go back and finish writing our next album,"
Shaffer said. "We have about four songs we're trying to keep quiet,
but you know how that type of s*** leaks [on the Internet], which is
fine.

"It's definitely more of a progressive [sounding] KORN," he added.

Having recently included covers of CAMEO's "Word Up" and PINK FLOYD's
"Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1, 2, 3" on their Epic/Immortal set
"Greatest Hits, Vol. 1", Shaffer hinted the Bakersfield, Calif.-based
five-piece are working on a covers EP, with a tentative title of "Korn
Kovers", for a possible April release.

"We threw out a lot of ideas and came up with a handful of cover songs
that we recorded like NINE INCH NAILS' 'Head Like a Hole' and the
PSYCHEDELIC FURS' 'Love My Way'," Shaffer told Billboard.com. "And we
really want to do OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Diary of a Madman'."

Released in October, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" debuted at No. 4 on The
Billboard 200 and has sold 392,000 copies in the United States,
according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Also in the works is a late winter/early spring live DVD release
featuring footage mainly from this past summer's Projekt Revolution
Tour.


Source: Blabbermouth


Betting On Return Of Osbourne Jewels By Christmas (11/28/2004)

The betting line on the return of Osbournes' jewels has become the most popular
line at AnyBets.com. Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon, who were robbed of
diamonds, sapphires, watches and wedding rings, cherish hope for getting Sharon’s
jewels back by Christmas. But police and punters are betting otherwise.

According to Onlinecasinonews.com, now a $1 bet on recovery of the jewels would
win you $1.05 but a $1 bet against this outcome would win you $20.

“Within minutes of posting the wager on the Osbourne jewels at our site the
betting pool began to swell,” said an excited AnyBets.com spokesperson. “Where
it will stop we won’t know until Christmas!”

Heavy metal rock star Ozzy Osbourne, 55, and his wife Sharon were pilfered at
their home near Chalfont Saint Peter, in the south of England. Ozzy nearly
caught one of the thieves in Sharon's dressing room. Nevertheless, the burglar
and an accomplice managed to get away taking with them jewellery including
Sharon’s wedding rings and a 24-carat sapphire she had bought for her daughter
as an investment. According to Iafrica.com, the stolen jewels are estimated
to be worth about GBP 2 million (USD $3,786,410).

"Everything we have got we have worked our arses off for. I worked for every
penny, and when somebody comes who hasn't worked and wants to take what's
yours, you know, it pisses me off big time," said Sharon Osbourne about the loss.

Later the Osbournes decided to offer a reward of GBP 100,000 ($ USD 189,320)
for information leading to the return of the gems. The family made a statement
at a press conference outside London, offering this substantial amount together
with the insurance giant Lloyd's of London.


Source: gamblinggates.com


Ozzy & Sharon Attend Women Of The Year Awards (11/28/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon attended the Women of the Year awards
honoring women in the music industry at the Intercontinental Hotel on
Wednesday, November 24th in London, England.

Pictures are available at Rex Features and Getty Images.


Source: Blabbermouth


Osbourne Orders Extreme New Security Measures (11/28/2004)

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has ordered extreme new security measures at his mansion
to prevent a repeat of the $3.6 million jewellery theft earlier last week.

Ozzy bravely held one of the two intruder's in a headlock and dangled him out
of a window at his Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire home before the thief
struggled free, escaping with irreplaceable gems, including his wife Sharon's
wedding and engagement rings. But the 55-year-old is making sure he's prepared
for future trespassers, by hiring 24-hour security guards and installing laser
"tripwires," guard dogs and a series of watchtowers. An insider explains, "He's
shocked and angry. He can't understand how what he thought was a good security
system failed."


Source: Soundbuzz


Sharon Osbourne Furious At Jack (11/28/2004)

X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne is apparently furious at her son, Jack, because
he has had every inch of his back covered by a tattoo.

Jack, who is currently in Los Angeles, is following in the footsteps of his
father, Ozzy, who also has several tattoos.

A source told The People, "Sharon was seething. She hit the roof when she
spoke to Jack over the phone. Ozzy is also mad at him.

"Jack had the massive tattoo outlined on his flesh in September and Sharon
begged him not to continue with it. Now she feels he has betrayed her at a
bad time.

"She was already very upset about the robbery, and now this."


Source: digitalspy.co.uk


Ozzy's Sister: He Deserved To Be Robbed (11/26/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne's elder sister has told a British newspaper that he deserved to be
robbed as payback for the similar crimes he committed in his youth.

Gillian Hemming, 59, says Ozzy's teenage past came back to haunt him when his
Buckinghamshire mansion was hit by a $3.6 million (£2 million) raid last week.

When he was 17-years-old, Ozzy — real name John Michael Osbourne — served a
two-month prison sentence for breaking into a clothes shop in Birmingham,
England and stealing women's stockings.

Hemming says,"The stockings he took were only worth a few quid and his burglary
cost him £2 million.

"He's paid for it now, hasn't he? It's like bad karma."

He is Britain's favourite rock star - famous for his foul-mouthed rants and
bat-biting antics.

But last week Ozzy Osbourne, who began life in the humble backstreets of
Birmingham, fell victim to a violent burglary at his English country mansion.

Thieves raided wife Sharon's jewellery cabinet, making off with diamond-studded
watches, sapphire wedding rings and necklaces worth up to £1m.

A devastated Ozzy hit out at Britain's soaring crime rate, declaring: "It doesn't
give me a very good reflection about the state of crime in the country.

"We have spent a lot of time in America where we could have been mugged, shot,
murdered. We have been over here a couple of months and all this has happened."

But to some, the singer's comments could have a ring of hypocrisy about them.

Because, before rising to fame and fortune, the Black Sabbath frontman had a
reputation as a thief - and a burglar.

Long before living it up in sunkissed California, Ozzy was brought up on the
mean streets of Aston, in a small terraced home in Lodge Road.

He hated life at Birchfield Road Secondary Modern school and used to bunk off
from classes whenever he could.

From there it was a rapid decline into a world of drugs, crime - and ultimately
prison.

Ozzy even raided the home of a 63 year-old woman neighbour in his teenage
years - an incident strikingly similar to his own horrendous experience last week.

Other criminal exploits included breaking into gas and electricity meters at
school to steal cash.

A teenage Ozzy also broke into the Sarah Clarke clothing shop on Witton Road,
Aston, planning to steal sweaters before selling them on.

But the raid was anticipated by cops and Ozzy ended up being caught red-handed.

He was charged with breaking and entering and stealing goods to the value
of £25. He was later convicted and fined £40 - a sum he could not afford to pay.

And because Ozzy's father, John Osbourne Senior, refused to bail his son, the
young tearaway ended up serving three grim months in Winson Green prison.

It was all a far cry from the life of celebrity luxury he was later to enjoy.

"I cut as often as possible [from school], passed the time hanging out at the
snooker hall with my closest friend," Ozzy wrote in his book Ordinary People
in 2003.

"We were always waggin' it - hooky - playing hoodlums. It was a small kid-like
crime like scrumping, which was stealing apples off people's trees.

"By our early teens we graduated to lifting candy, soda and cigarettes from
the little shops."

Yet young Ozzy - then known as just plain John - was a farcical flop as a thief.

He had turned his hand to a variety of different jobs including working in a
slaughterhouse, a funeral home and as a horn-tester in the local Lucas car factory.

"The only reason I worked was to pay for all the pills I took," added Ozzy.
"Mostly speed. The occasional Seconal to sleep.

"Then I did what most unemployed drug-taking alcoholics do. I turned to crime.

"Obviously I wasn't a criminal. Despite ripping off gas meters and climbing
through the window of the old lady who lived next door to us, I didn't have a
criminal mind-set.

"I proved that one night when the cops caught me coming out of a clothing
shop carrying about £25 worth of merchandise I'd just burgled.

"'Don't you have gloves?' one of the cops asked. I was like, 'Yeah, I do. I
left 'em inside.' I went back in and returned with the last bit of evidence
they needed."

Ozzy ended up serving six weeks of his sentence - and hated every minute of
it. While behind bars, he tattoed the trademark 'OZZY' on his knuckles.

Later, he was to recall how the experience had driven him from crime forever
and launched his drive to become the world-famous rock star known to millions
today. But while Ozzy has moved on to limousines and Beverly Hills mansions,
life in Lodge Road continues much as it did 40 years ago.

The quiet street looks a little more worn now and faded scrawls declaring
fans' love for Ozzy adorn the front door of his former family home.

One elderly neighbour, who asked not want to be named, recalled her memories
of the road's most famous ex-resident.

"John was a little rascal," she said. "He would hang around with some
tearaways and he would get into trouble for stealing things from the shops.

"He was in and out of people's houses a lot. But he had a very hard start
to his life - and it was a tough, tough life for him at the beginning.

"If he hadn't had such a tough start then you knew he would have been a smasher.

"He used to play with my son and the music they played was awful - that
heavy metal stuff. I was always more of a Daniel O'Donnell fan.

"John was always getting into trouble one way or another. But that's John
for you.

"His father was a tough man. It didn't matter if the family was working or
not, they had to put money on the table.

"Mind you, if John turned up now I would give him a good clip round the ear
for some of the language he uses today.

"He still comes back occasionally in his Jaguar. But not so often now."


Source: icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk


Cops To Quiz X Factor Stars Over Robbery (11/26/2004)

DETECTIVES are probing a possible link between the £2m jewels raid at Ozzy
Osbourne's home and hit show the X Factor.

Contestants and crew who visited the Osbournes' mansion during filming for
the TV series could face questioning as part of routine inquiries into the case.

Contestants Tabby Callaghan, 23, Cassie Compton, 17, and Roberta Howett, 23,
all stayed with Sharon for two weeks when X Factor kicked off.

Fellow wannabes Andy Steed, 24, and Megan Ramsay, 16 - who were both knocked
out early in the series - were also guests, as were Cassie's mum, Tabby's
girlfriend Anna Leask and a stylist who works with the wannabe stars. None of
the contestants, their families or friends are considered suspects.

Sharon, who has a £42million fortune, employs a number of live-in servants
and ground staff to tend the extensive grounds of the mansion in Chalfont
St Peter, Bucks. They may also be quizzed during the routine inquiries.

Last night, a police source told the Sunday Mirror: "We are looking at talking
to as many people as we can about the raid. It has all the hallmarks of an
inside job and anyone with knowledge of the house and the Osbourne's habits
may well be able to help our inquires.

"Detectives are planning to talk to all of those involved with X Factor who
spent time at the house, along with housekeepers and estate workers."

We can also reveal police think the gems are likely to have been shifted
out of the country within hours of the raid.

The source added: "The culprits knew what they were getting and how to get
rid of them. The current belief is that they already had a buyer lined up
and ready to hand over cash."

Raiders struck at the £3million country home in the early hours of Monday
morning, escaping with the haul of Sharon's expensive jewellery.

They appeared to know the couple's habits and went straight to the bedside
table where Sharon leaves her wedding ring before going to sleep. A naked
Ozzy woke to find one of the two burglars in his wife's dressing room and
grappled with him.

He held the man in a headlock as his legs dangled outside a window. But
the raider managed to break free and drop 30ft to the ground below where
he escaped with his accomplice.

The burglars' haul included a 10-carat diamond ring worth £700,000, a
string of pearls worth £80,000, a £150,000 rose ring, and a £520,000
perfect sapphire ring.

The Osbournes put up a £100,000 reward for information on the criminals.

Speaking about the theft of her gems, Sharon, 52, said: "I always take
them off and put them beside the bed. That's where they were, right
beside me on the bedside table. The man had come right next to me."

Sharon's X Factor finalists have been staying at her home on and off
since the end of August.

She has become a friend to the young contenders battling to win the
contest and has made them welcome at the eight-bedroom mansion.


Source: sundaymirror.co.uk


Ozzy To Perform For Prince Charles (11/24/2004)

Scotsman.com is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne will perform at this year's Royal
Variety show, it was announced today.

The rocker — who grappled with a burglar at his Surrey mansion earlier this
week — will give his only U.K. performance of the year.

Wife Sharon will also take the stage at the event, held at the London Coliseum
on December 14 in the presence of the Prince of Wales.

Liza Minnelli will make her Royal Variety performance debut.

Sir Elton John, Jamelia, Gwen Stefani, GIRLS ALOUD and Denise Van Outen are
all on the bill.

Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem will give the first TV performance of their
new duet "Almost Here".

Nathan Lane and Lee Evans will perform a medley of songs from West End hit
The Producers", while Sir Cliff Richard is promising "a few musical surprises."

The performance will be broadcast on BBC1 on December 15.


Source: Blabbermouth


Ozzy offers £100,000 reward for gems (11/23/2004)

Wild man rocker Ozzy Osbourne spoke of his distress today after thieves stole
precious jewellery from his country mansion.

The Brummie star, who grappled with one of the intruders during yesterday's
break in, offered a £100,000 reward for the return of the stolen gems.

And asked if he would tackle a burglar again he responded: "Is the Pope
a Catholic?"

Ozzy and wife Sharon, stars of the eponymous reality TV show, spoke of
their distress following the burglary at their home in Chalfont St Peter,
Buckinghamshire, at a press conference today at a nearby hotel.


They gave a full list of the items taken, including Sharon's wedding rings
and a 24-carat sapphire, which Sharon bought as an investment for her daughters.

Sharon spoke of her anger at the burglary and said that while people might
think that the family were rich enough to replace the items taken, their
sentimental value made them irreplaceable.

She added that she and Ozzy had "worked our a**** off" to pay for the goods
taken, which were valued at around £2 million.

Sharon told reporters at the Bellhouse Hotel near Gerrard's Cross,
Buckinghamshire, that it "p***** me off, big time" that the items that
she and Ozzy had worked hard for had been taken.

She said: "I'm sure a lot of people will look at us and say 'Well,
they have got more, they can buy it again, there's more serious things
happening in the world, who really gives a damn?'.

"But the thing is, we worked for everything.

"I came from Brixton, Ozzy came from not a very nice part of Birmingham
and everything we have got we have worked our a**** off for.

"If I choose to make an investment for my kids in whatever way I choose
to make it, that's my business.

"I worked for every goddam penny and when somebody comes who hasn't
worked and wants to take what's yours, you know it p***** me off big time."

It was announced at the press conference that the Osbournes and Lloyds
Underwriters are offering a reward of up to £100,000 for information
leading to the conviction of the offenders.

Ozzy and Sharon were both dressed in black and looked tired and subdued,
although she was wearing a diamond necklace and large, ruby brooch which
the burglars had apparently left behind in the raid.

Sharon talked through a series of photographs of pieces taken during the
raid, explaining their sentimental significance to reporters.


She lost a diamond daisy chain necklace, which was a 20-year anniversary
gift from Ozzy in the raid, as well as two Franck Muller watches, both of
which are collectors' pieces and one of which was one of only 10 made.

A string of pearls with a diamond clasp, which she had had for 20 years,
was also taken, as was a 4-inch by 4-inch diamond rose ring.

One of the most significant losses was a perfect 24 carat sapphire called
The Swimming Pool, which she bought with what she called "my first
significant money" a couple of years ago as an investment for her daughters.

Sharon said it was one of only very few absolutely pure sapphires in the
world.

She also lost her wedding rings, which Ozzy bought her a couple of years
ago, when they renewed their marriage vows.

The rings were to replace the one which he had originally bought her when
they first met, from H Samuel.


The final item which was lost in the raid was a 10 carat diamond ring which
Ozzy bought for Sharon "because it was 10 and I was a perfect 10."

Detective Inspector Paul Miller of Thames Valley Police described the moment
when Ozzy tackled the burglar, although the former Black Sabbath singer
declined to do so himself, saying he was too upset.

He said: "Whilst selecting items of jewellery, the burglar was distracted
by Ozzy, who very courageously tackled this burglar and pursued him from
the house."

The officer said that security at the house has been reviewed and added
that he is "keeping an open mind" on the possibility that it was an inside job.

Ozzy did not comment at length about the incident, telling reporters: "I feel
worse today than I did yesterday."

But he said he acted "just purely on impulse" and realised, looking back,
that the situation could have been a lot worse.

He said: "I could have been like George Harrison. I could have been badly
injured or anything.

"It could have got really ugly. I just thank God that no one got injured."


Source: icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk


Wild Man Ozzy 'Had Burglar in Headlock' (11/22/2004)

Rock wild man Ozzy Osbourne struggled with one of the masked raiders who
stole around £2 million worth of jewellery from the star's mansion, it
emerged tonight.

Osbourne had one of the burglars in a headlock as he attempted to stop
items, including a wedding and engagement ring belonging to wife Sharon,
from being stolen.

He told The Sun newspaper: "He was a big, strong man - but at one point I
thought I could kill him to stop him hurting Sharon. But then I just let him
drop.

"It was terrifying, I was looking to see if he had a knife. I can't get his
staring eyes out of my mind."

Among the jewellery taken were two gold wedding rings and a 24-carat
sapphire, which was Sharon's 'survival' ring.

The burglary occurred after the couple had been celebrating the birthday of
Sir Elton John's boyfriend, David Furnish.

Osbourne needed the toilet in the early hours when he came upon the burglar.
He intends to beef up security but added the experience had left him angry
and feeling violated.

After the struggle, the raiders escaped by jumping 30ft from a first floor
window.

Police said "a large amount of jewellery" was taken from the couple's home
in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, at around 4am.

The couple are staying there while Sharon appears in ITV talent show The
X-Factor.

Jay Marose, the family's spokesman in the US, said he had spoken to Sharon
tonight and she was "sounding great".

"Ozzy and Sharon were in the house. They were woken up by the incident
eventually," he said.

"My understanding is that the intruder was discovered in the dressing room,
in Sharon's dressing room."

He added: "I'm sure everything will have financial and sentimental value,
just knowing them, but any details would have to come from the police."

The intruder had used a ladder to get into the first floor room, and police
believe he would have been injured by the jump.

In a statement, Thames Valley Police said: "The disturbance woke the
residents and a man grabbed one of the burglars.

"The offender eventually managed to struggle free and then jumped out of the
window and made off.

"Police believe the burglar who escaped would have been injured after
jumping from the window, a drop of 30ft."

The man who jumped from the window is described as being of large build, 5ft
10ins to 5ft 11ins and was wearing a ski mask, a light-coloured jacket and
trainers. There is no description of the second man.

Police believe the pair were driving a large vehicle, possibly a van, and
are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen one leaving Chalfont St Peter
at speed.

A press conference giving further details of the incident is expected to
take place tomorrow.

The break-in is the latest event in a turbulent recent history for the
Osbournes, who were thrust back into the media spotlight following the
success of their eponymous reality TV show.

Last December, Ozzy spent eight days in a coma after breaking his
collarbone, six ribs and a vertebra in a quadbike accident at the
Buckinghamshire estate.

Changes, his duet with daughter Kelly, topped the charts in the weeks
following the accident as Ozzy made his recovery.

Sharon has battled back from a cancer scare and saw her American talk show
axed earlier this year.

But she has bounced back as a judge on The X-Factor alongside Louis Walsh
and Simon Cowell.

The couple appeared together on the BBC's Children In Need on Friday night.


Source: The Sun


Osbournes Hit By Gem Raiders (11/22/2004)

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Burglars broke into the English country home of
rocker and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne Monday and stole a large amount of
jewelry, police said.

They used a ladder to climb through a first floor window at the Osbournes'
mansion at Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire, just north of London,
police said.

"The disturbance woke the residents and a man grabbed one of the burglars,"
a police spokeswoman said, without saying if the man in question was Ozzy.
"The offender eventually managed to struggle free and then jumped out of
the window and made off."

Ozzy and his wife Sharon, two of Britain's best loved reality TV stars,
are living at the mansion. Their children were not in the house at the time.


Source: CNN.com


Sabbath Vs. Nas? (11/21/2004)

Check out this cool "Mash Up" of the Nas song "Made you look" rapped over Black
Sabbath's "War Pigs":

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Source: Ozzyhead.com


OZZY'S TOP 10 IN ROLLING STONE (11/21/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne was among the panel of recording artists, producers, label executives,
critics and songwriters that selected the list of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs
of all time, to be published in a special edition of Rolling Stone magazine out on
Friday.

The lion's share of songs from the list hail from the 1960s, and only a handful were
released after 1990, including NIRVANA's 1991 hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at No. 9.
The most recent single to make the list was "Hey Ya!" (2003) from the hip-hop duo OUTKAST,
at No. 180. Rapper EMINEM's "Lose Yourself" (2002) ranked No. 166.

Ozzy's Top 10
1. A Day In The Life - The Beatles
2. Imagine - John Lennon
3. Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings
4. Money - Pink Floyd
5. Mississippi Queen - Mountain
6. Hey Jude - The Beatles
7. Yesterday - The Beatles
8. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
9. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
10. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

Top 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time, according to Rolling Stone
01. BOB DYLAN - "Like A Rolling Stone."
02. THE ROLLING STONES - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
03. JOHN LENNON - "Imagine"
04. MARVIN GAYE - "What's Going On"
05. ARETHA FRANKLIN - "Respect"
06. THE BEACH BOYS - "Good Vibrations"
07. CHUCK BERRY - "Johnny B. Goode"
08. THE BEATLES - "Hey Jude"
09. NIRVANA - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
10. RAY CHARLES - "What'd I Say"
11. THE WHO - "My Generation"
12. SAM COOKE - "A Change Is Gonna Come"
13. THE BEATLES - "Yesterday"
14. BOB DYLAN - "Blowin' in the Wind"
15. THE CLASH - "London Calling"
16. THE BEATLES - "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
17. JIMI HENDRIX - "Purple Haze"
18. CHUCK BERRY - "Maybellene"
19. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Hound Dog"
20. THE BEATLES - "Let It Be"
21. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - "Born To Run"
22. THE RONETTES - "Be My Baby"
23. THE BEATLES - "In My Life"
24. THE IMPRESSIONS - "People Get Ready"
25. THE BEACH BOYS - "God Only Knows"
26. THE BEATLES - "A Day in the Life"
27. DEREK & THE DOMINOS - "Layla"
28. OTIS REDDING - "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay"
29. THE BEATLES - "Help!"
30. JOHNNY CASh - "I Walk the Line"
31. LED ZEPPELIN - "Stairway To Heaven"
32. THE ROLLING STONES - "Sympathy For The Devil"
33. IKE & TINA TURNER - "River Deep, Mountain High"
34. RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
35. THE DOORS - "Light My Fire"
36. U2 - "One"
37. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS - "No Woman, No Cry"
38. THE ROLLING STONES - "Gimme Shelter"
39. BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS - "That'll Be the Day"
40. MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS - "Dancing In The Street"
41. THE BAND - "The Weight"
42. THE KINKS - "Waterloo Sunset"
43. LITTLE RICHARD - "Tutti Frutti"
44. RAY CHARLES - "Georgia On My Mind"
45. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Heartbreak Hotel"
46. David Bowie - "Heroes"
47. Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
48. JIMI HENDRIX - "All Along The Watchtower"
49. THE EAGLES - "Hotel California"
50. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES - "The Tracks Of My Tears"
51. GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE - "The Message"
52. PRINCE - "When Doves Cry"
53. SEX PISTOLS - "Anarchy In The U.K."
54. PERCY SLEDGE - "When A Man Loves A Woman"
55. THE KINGSMEN - "Louie Louie"
56. LITTLE RICHARD - "Long Tall Sally"
57. PROCOL HARUM - "Whiter Shade Of Pale"
58. MICHAEL JACKSON - "Billie Jean"
59. BOB DYLAN - "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
60. AL GREEN - "Let's Stay Together"
61. JERRY LEE LEWIS - "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On"
62. BO DIDDLEY - "Bo Diddley"
63. BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - "For What It's Worth"
64. THE BEATLES - "She Loves You"
65. CREAM - "Sunshine of Your Love"
66. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS - "Redemption Song"
67. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Jailhouse Rock"
68. BOB DYLAN - "Tangled Up In Blue"
69. ROY ORBISON - "Cryin'"
70. DIONNE WARWICK - "Walk On By"
71. THE BEACH BOYS - "California Girls"
72. JAMES BROWN - "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"
73. EDDIE COCHRAN - "Summertime Blues"
74. STEVIE WONDER - "Superstition"
75. LED ZEPPELIN - "Whole Lotta Love"
76. THE BEATLES - "Strawberry Fields Forever"
77. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Mystery Train"
78. JAMES BROWN - "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
79. THE BYRDS - "Mr. Tambourine Man"
80. MARVIN GAYE - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
81. FATS DOMINO - "Blueberry Hill"
82. THE KINKS - "You Really Got Me"
83. THE BEATLES - "Norwegian Wood"
84. THE POLICE - "Every Breath You Take"
85. PATSY CLINE - "Crazy"
86. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - "Thunder Road"
87. JOHNNY CASH - "Ring of Fire"
88. THE TEMPTATIONS - "My Girl"
89. THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS - "California Dreamin'"
90. THE FIVE SATINS - "In The Still Of The Nite"
91. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Suspicious Minds"
92. RAMONES - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
93. U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
94. LITTLE RICHARD - "Good Golly, Miss Molly"
95. CARL PERKINS - "Blue Suede Shoes"
96. JERRY LEE LEWIS - "Great Balls of Fire"
97. CHUCK BERRY - "Roll Over Beethoven"
98. AL GREEN - "Love and Happiness"
99. CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - "Fortunate Son"
100. THE ROLLING STONES - "You Can't Always Get What You Want"


Source: Ozzy.com


OZZY OSBOURNE: No More Reality TV (11/21/2004)

Even though Ozzy Osbourne became a household name by starring in one of MTV's most
popular reality TV shows to date, he has no intentions of doing another series of
"The Osbournes", according to Reuters.

"When you watch a 25-minute episode, I've been filming all day," Ozzy told reporters
at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome.

"At the end of it I didn't like having cameras around the house all the time."

His wife and co-star agreed.

"Now everybody's doing (reality shows)," Sharon Osbourne said. "He's done it,
he's been there, he's got to do something else."

When asked if they would have more children, Ozzy had a concise answer.

"Are you fucking mad?"



Source: Blabbermouth


OZZY OSBOURNE To Host MTV Australia's Video Music Awards (11/21/2004)

The Herald Sun is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne and manager wife Sharon will host MTV
Australia's Video Music Awards in Sydney next March.

"Getting to Australia from Pom-land is like a mission to the moon, but we're going
to have some fun, even if there are too many . . . awards shows today," Ozzy told
The Herald Sun.

Osbourne, singer with veteran British heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH, was introduced
to a new generation of music fans in 2001 when his family agreed to appear in the U.S.
MTV fly-on-the-wall documentary series "The Osbournes". But after three years "The
Osbournes" has ended.

"It gets pretty tiring when you have a crew filming absolutely everything between
7am and 2am," Ozzy said. "Now I can walk around the house picking up the dog poo
in peace."

But Sharon said: "Actually, I miss 'The Osbournes', because when we did the show
we were all together."



Source: Blabbermouth


OZZY And SHARON Interviewed At MTV Europe Music Awards: Video Available (11/21/2004)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were among the celebrities interviewed by Reuters on the
red carpet of the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome, Italy on Thursday night (Nov. 18).
Other celebrities interviewed include Usher, Sarah Michelle Gellar, DURAN DURAN,
BLACK EYED PEAS, Anastacia, Nelly, and Natasha Bedingfield. The show highlights
include host Xzibit, Eminem's performance, and Kylie Minogue presenting to Usher.
Watch the highlight clip here.


Source: Blabbermouth


Upcoming Covers CD To Feature Backing Vocals By 'The X Factor' Star (11/15/2004)

British singer Tabby Callaghan of the TV show "The X Factor" has laid down backing
vocals for the upcoming OZZY OSBOURNE covers CD, to be included in Ozzy's "Bible
of Ozz" box set, according to SundayMirror.co.uk. "The X Factor" is a popular TV
talent-search show which features Ozzy's wife Sharon as a judge/presenter.

Callaghan told SundayMirror.co.uk that he recorded his vocal parts at Abbey Road
studios in London — possibly the most famous recording studio in the world which
made its name with big orchestral recordings and of course, THE BEATLES.

The 52-song collection, due on February 8, "Bible of Ozz" chronicles Ozzy's career
via his biggest hits and most memorable collaborations, while including a
separate disc with 10 newly recorded versions of his favorite songs by other
artists. This means that Ozzy fans can hear the madman's very own renditions of
classics by the ROLLING STONES, MOUNTAIN, MOTT THE HOOPLE, KING CRIMSON, and others.

The "Bible of Ozz" box set will be packaged in a weathered, collectable gothic
book with new images of Ozzy taken by famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor
Wood. It will be come with a 60-page booklet that contains a complete career
overview and rare Ozzy photos.

The first two discs in the set will encompass re-mastered versions of Ozzy's
most popular solo smash hits. The third disc (which is entitled "Oddities and
Duets") is comprised of some of Ozzy's most unusual collaborations. And the
special fourth disc (called "Under Covers") is comprised of newly recorded
covers as only Ozzy can deliver.


Source: Blabbermouth


Tony Iommi - "No Plans For New Sabbath Album" (11/14/2004)

Tony Iommi recently did an interview with Classic Rock Revisited, the entire interview
can be found here.

Jeb: Now, I have to ask about Black Sabbath. Are there any plans on getting together
and recording?

Tony: There are no plans. We talk about it as we always do. I think everyone in Sabbath
is into making another album. We are certainly into doing another tour, for sure, if
we could. I would like to make another album but, as has been the case for a long time,
it is hard to get everyone together to do it. Ozzy has had a lot of commitments over
the past few years that have made it difficult.

Jeb: You are all rock stars but Ozzy has become a television icon.

Tony: Ozzy said he didn’t like that and that he wanted to get out of that.

Jeb: Isn’t that up to Sharon?

Tony: Exactly! Sharon has taken over now; she is on TV all the time.

Jeb: I talked with Bill Ward about a year ago and he told me that there is an album of
new Black Sabbath songs on tape at his house that just need mixed.

Tony: We’ve got quite a few tracks that we did. We had a writing period where we
wrote about seven tracks that are very good.


Source: www.classicrockrevisited.com


A New Look For Ozzyhead.com (11/12/2004)

It's been a long 2 years since the last major overhaul of this website.
Hope you all enjoy the new look. Some new features have been added, and
there are still a few more up my sleeve which I will be implementing
over the next few weeks. Enjoy!


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Ozzy Filming Video For "In My Life" (10/31/2004)

Ozzy has been busy filming the video for a cover version of The
Beatles classic "In My Life." In the promo he sits on a park bench
with his bulldog, which ends up weeing on a businessman’s shoes.

Ozzy says: “I love The Beatles and it’s one of the only songs that
hasn’t been done to death.


Source: thesun.co.uk


Osbournes Former Maid Charged With Stealing (10/31/2004)

OZZY Osbourne's former housekeeper has been charged with stealing
from his LA mansion.

His daughter Kelly's underwear and an £18,056 diamond ring
belonging to her sister Aimee are alleged to have been pinched
by Juana Zavala, 52.

Zavala's husband Jamie claims the rocker's wife Sharon assaulted
her over the alleged thefts.

But Sharon said: 'I'd never touch her in a million years. She's a
pervert. She sniffs knickers.'


Source: www.dailyrecord.co.uk


OZZY: I'll Break Cowell's Nose (10/24/2004)

OZZY and Sharon Osbourne have launched a fierce attack on her fellow
X Factor presenter Simon Cowell.

Sharon, who has accused Cowell of rigging the result of the hit ITV
talent show, said: "Ozzy warned me at the beginning 'You're not
going to win'.

"Even if I had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, I
still wouldn't f*****g win."

Furious Ozzy, 55, said: I'll break his f*****g nose.

"I want to know where Simon buys his boots, so I can fill them full
of s**t and throw them at him."

Former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy raged on: "I'll lend him my
quad bike - maybe that would help him improve his ratings."

He was referring to his accident on his Buckinghamshire estate
last year, which left him in a coma for eight days. Cowell suggested
it was a publicity stunt to boost sales of Ozzy's Christmas single,
but he later apologised.

The row has been simmering since Cowell branded the Osbournes'
daughter Kelly "ugly and talentless".

It boiled over after Sharon became convinced that she had been "stitched
up" by Cowell on the X Factor.

I chatted to Sharon and Ozzy hours before she flew to Britain for
tonight's first live show, when the nine finalists will face the
public vote.

Those who suspect this spat is merely a publicity stunt cooked up to
boost ratings for the show, which has a peak audience of eight million,
should think again.

At one point, Ozzy asked me to retract a comment he had made because
it was particularly close to the knuckle and he "doesn't want to
stoop to Cowell's level".

Sharon, 52, confided that, despite the on-screen bonhomie, she and
Cowell were nothing more than colleagues. "We don't have a
relationship," she sighed. "I hardly know him." The Mirror revealed
yesterday that the pair had not spoken for days following their row
over the show.

The bone of contention is the amount of air-time Cowell's older
team - ex-Happy Mondays singer Rowetta Satchell, "smiler" Steve
Brookstein and Verity Keays - have been granted.

Sharon complained: "He gets more time for his artists.

"We've seen his over and over again. It's not fair. I've lost lots of
sleep over this. I watch the show, and I think 'where are my kids?'
and it p****s me off."

Sharon, denying Cowell's accusation that she is over-competitive,
added: "B*****ks. It's Simon's f*****g show. He's never lost at
anything in his life and he's not going to lose at something he owns."

Sharon's final three are Roberta Howett, Tabby Callaghan and Cassie
Compton. She said: "I'm really happy with my contestants. They've got
a huge amount of individuality, they're great young kids. I love them."

In a dig at Cowell's, whose finalist Verity is often seen in tears,
she added: "There are no sob stories.

"Two of Simon's contestants have toured for the last 25 years, Steve's
a bloody fake - he's done the circuits over and over and so has Rowetta."

She had nothing but praise for her young singers: "Roberta is beautiful
but she doesn't use it. Cassie's got such a powerful voice and Tabby's
just great."

Asked if she was nervous about coming face-to-face with Cowell tonight,
Sharon admitted: "It's going to be bloody horrible."

She went on: "I thought all that s**t about Kelly had gone but...he's
slagging her off again and it breaks her heart. What is it that he won't
let go? It's like a f*****g infatuation." Ozzy accused Cowell of turning
Kelly into a nervous wreck, adding: "He's f****** bullying her."

I asked Sharon why she agreed to appear on Cowell's show if she hated
him. "Cos I wanted to f*****g whip his arse," she explained.

Sharon admitted she was nervous about the live aspect of the show, where
the worst act will be voted off each week.

"I'm s******g it," she said. "I'm really nervous because I'm so emotionally
attached to the kids."

Ozzy is worried that Sharon, who has successfully battled colon cancer,
will make herself ill again.

He added: "I have never seen the show - I know the outcome.

"I bet you £10,000 Simon Cowell is going to win. He owns the show.

"It's about Simon Cowell and his f*****g ego."


Source: CNN


OZZY OSBOURNE Among Presenters At RADIO MUSIC AWARDS (10/24/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly are among the scheduled presenters at
the Radio Music Awards, airing live on Monday (Oct. 25) on NBC from
the Aladdin in Las Vegas.

The awards are chosen by radio programmers across the country,
according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Carson Daly hosts the
show that includes performances from Chingy, GREEN DAY, Tim McGraw,
Usher and Big & Rich teaming with Gretchen Wilson.

Janet Jackson is set to receive the Radio Legend Award. Other
presenters or celebrities appearing include Paris Hilton, Jessica
Simpson, Clay Aiken, the BLACK-EYED PEAS, and Carmen Electra.


Source: Blabbermouth.net


Box Set Track Listing Revealed (10/21/2004)


The complete track listing has been revealed for the upcoming OZZY
OSBOURNE box set "Bible Of Ozz".

The 52-song set, due on February 8, chronicles Ozzy's career via
his biggest hits and most memorable collaborations, but the
clincher is that the fourth disc of the collection features 10
newly recorded versions of his favorite songs by other artists. This
means that Ozzy fans can here the madman's very own renditions of
classics by the ROLLING STONES, MOUNTAIN, MOTT THE HOOPLE, KING
CRIMSON, and others.

"The Bible Of Ozz" box set will be packaged in a weathered,
collectable gothic book with new images of Ozzy taken by famed
British photographer/artist Sam Taylor Wood. It will be packaged
with a 60-page booklet that contains a complete career overview and
rare Ozzy photos.

The first two discs in the set will encompass re-mastered versions
of Ozzy's most popular solo smash hits. The third disc (which is
entitled "Oddities and Duets") is comprised of some of Ozzy's most
unusual collaborations. And the special fourth disc (called "Under
Covers") is comprised of newly recorded covers as only Ozzy can deliver.

Track listing:

CD 1:

01. I Don't Know (live)
02. Mr. Crowley
03. Crazy Train
04. Goodbye To Romance (live)
05. Suicide Solution (live)
06. Over The Mountain
07. Flying High Again (live)
08. You Can't Kill Rock And Roll
09. Diary Of A Madman
10. Bark At The Moon (live b-side)
11. Spiders (b-side)
12. Rock And Roll Rebel
13. You're No Different
14. Dee

CD 2:

01. Ultimate Sin (live)
02. Never Know Why (live)
03. Thank God For The Bomb (live)
04. Crazy Babies
05. Breaking All The Rules
06. I Don't Want To Change The World (demo)
07. Mama, I'm Coming Home (demo)
08. Desire (demo)
09. No More Tears (single version)
10. Won't Be Coming Home (demo)
11. Perry Mason (live from Ozzfest live album)
12. See You On The Other Side (demo)
13. Walk On Water (demo)
14. Gets Me Through (live)
15. Bang Bang (original demo for "Facing Hell")
16. Dreamer

CD 3 - Oddities and Duets:

01. Iron Man (Ozzy With THERAPY?)
02. N.I.B. (Ozzy with PRIMUS)
03. Purple Haze (Ozzy with Zakk Wylde, Randy Castillo & Geezer Butler)
04. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Ozzy with TYPE O NEGATIVE)
05. Shake Your Head (Let's Go To Bed) (Ozzy with WAS NOT WAS)
06. Born To Be Wild (Ozzy with Miss Piggy)
07. Nowhere To Run (Ozzy w/CRYSTAL METHOD,DMX,'Ol Dirty Bastard & Fuzzbuble)
08. Led Clones (Ozzy with Gary Moore)
09. For Heavens Sake (Ozzy with Tony Iommi & WU-TANG CLAN)
10. I Ain't No Nice Guy (Ozzy With MOTÖRHEAD)
11. Therapy (Ozzy With INFECTIOUS GROOVES)
12. Stayin' Alive (Ozzy With Dweezil Zappa)

CD 4 - Under Covers:

01. Good Times (ERIC BURDON)
02. 21st Century Schizoid Man (KING CRIMSON)
03. In My Life (THE BEATLES)
04. Mississippi Queen (MOUNTAIN)
05. For What It's Worth (BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD)
06. Fire (ARTHUR BROWN)
07. Hi Ho Silver Lining (JEFF BECK GROUP)
08. All The Young Dudes (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
09. Sympathy For The Devil (ROLLING STONES)
10. Changes - Duet with Kelly Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH)


Source: Blabbermouth.net


Ozzy Clean For Six Months, Osbournes To Air In January (10/21/2004)

ABC ePrep is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has been clean of recreational
drugs and alcohol for six months, thanks to a 12-step program. He told
"Access Hollywood"'s Billy Bush that it's really made a difference for
his family, too. Ozzy explained, "I'm going to these meetings that they
have. I'm back on track and my kids are. Jack's on a program, and Kelly's
doing (well). You've come at a good time in the... life of the Osbournes,
everyone's clean."

Next week, MTV will bow the new reality show "Battle for Ozzfest", where
Ozzy and wife/manager Sharon will evaluate bands competing for a chance
to play on the 2005 tour. In January, the network will premiere the
fourth and final season of "The Osbournes".


Source: Blabbermouth.net


Battle For Ozzfest Premiere Party (10/21/2004)

A "Battle for Ozzfest" premiere party will be held at O'Farrell's
Restaurant & Bar, located at 413 Tenth Avenue at the corner of
33rd Street in New York City on Monday, October 25 at 10:30 pm. If
you live in NYC, head down to watch the show and win some prizes.
Visit http://www.ofarrells.com/ozzfest for more information.

The brainchild of Emmy award-winning producer Sharon Osbourne, "Battle
for Ozzfest" is a new, weekly, unscripted series, chronicling the
intense nationwide search for eight hard rock bands competing for
the chance to perform on stage on Ozzfest's worldwide 10th Anniversary
tour. In addition to the opportunity of a lifetime by sharing the
stage with Ozzy Osbourne himself as well as other rock superstars,
the winning band will receive touring money, brand new band gear and
a possible record deal. In the premiere episode, Sharon and Ozzy turn
the competition upside-down as there's one big twist that the bands don't
know about — and that's just a taste of things to come.


Source: Blabbermouth.net


Upcoming Ozzy TV Appearances (10/17/2004)

MTV TRL - 10/20

Regis and Kelly - 10/21


Source:


Ozzy Covers Beatles, Stones for New Boxed Set (10/16/2004)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ozzy Osbourne has returned to his satanic roots
by recording a version of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil"
for an upcoming covers CD.

The disc, one of four to be featured in a boxed set due next February,
also includes fresh takes on the Beatles' "In My Life," King Crimson's "
21st Century Schizoid Man" and Arthur Brown's "Fire," Osbourne told
Reuters in an interview at his Beverly Hills home on Thursday.

Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter shares vocals with Osbourne on the
glam band's signature song "All the Young Dudes." Leslie West reprises
his guitar work on power trio Mountain's "Mississippi Queen," and he
"still absolutely kicks ass," Osbourne said.

The three other discs will include demos, rarities and outtakes from
Osbourne's solo career, which began after he was kicked out of the
pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath in 1978.

"I've done a lot of choruses and verses on other people's stuff, and
I've actually sung with other people," Osbourne recalled. "I goofed
around with Dweezil Zappa one time" on a version of the Bee Gees'
"Stayin' Alive," which has been dusted off for the boxed set.

"For die-hard fans it's a real good overview of Ozzy's career," his
wife and manager Sharon said during the interview.

The Stones cover is appropriate fare for a man somewhat reluctantly
linked with devil imagery in the decades since he co-founded Black
Sabbath in 1968. Their 1970 song "N.I.B.," featuring the line "My
name is Lucifer, please take my hand," echoes the sentiment of
1968's "Sympathy for the Devil" with its chorus "Pleased to meet
you, hope you guess my name."

But Osbourne's first musical love is the Beatles. Books on the Fab
Four vie for shelf space with weighty tomes on World War II at the
house.

His version of "In My Life" will be released as a single in Europe
in November. Sharon Osbourne said she did not know if the track
would be sent to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration.

Fans who still have money left over also can buy the DVD of "We
Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll," the documentary shot by
Penelope Spheeris during the 1999 edition of the Osbournes' annual
Ozzfest road show. It will also come out in February.

Originally intended for theatrical release, but never bought by a
distributor, the film has rarely been seen in public. It features
interviews and performances by such acts as Black Sabbath, Rob
Zombie and Slipknot, scenes of religious protesters and topless
female fans, and a touching backstage portrait of Osbourne and
Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi warming up with an acoustic run-through
of "Paranoid."


Source: Reuters


Songs Revisit The Holy Land Of Ozz (10/16/2004)

Is nothing sacred? You won't find the Bible of Ozz in the Christian-rock
section of the record store. The gospel according to Ozzy Osbourne leans
more toward Ultimate Sin, Thank God for the Bomb and his demo for Facing
Hell.

Those songs and 49 others track the metal demigod's solo career on a
four-CD box set due Feb. 9. The first two discs contain remastered hits,
B-sides and rarities, including live tracks and demos of the contradictory
Mama, I'm Coming Home and Won't Be Coming Home.

The third Bible of Ozz CD has a variety of collaborations, from Iron Man
with Therapy and I Ain't No Nice Guy with Motorhead to Stayin' Alive
with Dweezil Zappa and Born to Be Wild with Miss Piggy. Among Osbourne's
newly recorded covers on the fourth CD are The Beatles' In My Life, Buffalo
Springfield's For What It's Worth, the Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the
Devil and King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man. He and daughter Kelly
close the collection with their duet of Black Sabbath tune Changes, which
recently reached No. 1 in the U.K.


Source: USA Today


Sharon Planning More Surgery (10/16/2004)

ContactMusic.com is reporting that Sharon Osbourne is going to treat
herself this Christmas to more cosmetic surgery.

The 52-year-old wife of Ozzy has admitted to having confidence-boosting
procedures performed in the past and jokes that after her upcoming
operation she will look like British glamour model Jordan.

The reality TV star says, "After Christmas I'm going to have some more
lipo' done and titties lifted again — cos I wanna look like Jordan."


Source: Blabbermouth.net


Unreleased Sabbath Song Sample Found! (10/12/2004)

"When I Came Down" - Unreleased Black Sabbath Song,
53 Second MP3 Sample: Listen to it here!

Here is the original report from Record Collector reported on 9/24/03:

In this month’s edition of record collector comes news of a newly
discovered Sabbath acetate 45rpm record. On the A side is a track
entitled "When I Come Down" and is believed to have been recorded
at studio’s in Birmingham between March and October 69. The song
is described as short but boasting strong vocals and harmonica
playing. It begins with a bluesy, pentatonic riff and although the
guitar gets rather lost in the mix, the overall feel approximates
to a slower take on Evil Woman, while much of the rhythm is like
NIB, set up in half time to the riff. The track was written by
locomotive keyboardist Norman Haines, although no keyboards
appear on the track. On the B-side is a rough demo of the wizard.
Where, when, or if this track will ever show up on any kind of
release will remain a mystery until further notice.



Source: Ozzyhead.com


Black Sabbath Debut Album Artwork Origin + Rare Song (10/12/2004)

I recieved the following picture from David Tangye (Ozzy's personal assistant
during the Sabbath days). He wrote the following:

The photo of the 'Mill' at Mapleduraham was taken last year, apparently they
have cleared all the old bramble bushes away, and the tree that was featured
in the original album photo shot has been felled. Mapledurham is an ancient
place that is actually mentioned in the Magna Carta, you can search for it
on the net, If you know anyone that wants to make a pilgrimage to this site
it is a Hotel/Guesthouse now.

Original Artwork


He also provided me with a link to check out a sample of a very rare song
from the Sabbath days. The following song, entitled "The Mill" was written,
recorded, and produced by Richard "Spock" Wall. Spock was Black Sabbath's
Road Manager/ Sound Engineer. He sings and plays all the instruments on the
track. Listen to it at this location: http://www.blacksabbath.co.uk/music.htm


Source: Ozzyhead.com


ABC News Accidentally Posts Sharon's Obituary Template (10/11/2004)

Sharon Osbourne XX of XX.

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himself, XXX today of XXX. She was XX.

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Sharon Osbourne, best known as the woman who saved Ozzy Osbourne from
himself, XXX today of XXX. She was XX.

Wife and business manager of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, a.k.a.
the Prince of Bleeping Darkness, Sharon lived in backstage obscurity
until her family's wildly popular MTV reality show, The Osbournes,
catapulted her to household-name status. Her XXX today of XXX was?.

Sharon, Ozzy and two of their three teenage children, Jack, 18 and
Kelly, 17, played out their chaotic yet happy daily lives for an
audience of millions - one episode pulled in 7.8 million viewers,
the most for any show in the history of the network. They also won
an Emmy award for Best Reality TV Show.

Off-screen, just weeks after negotiating an astronomical $20 million
dollar contract for a second season of The Osbournes, Sharon was
diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The show went on, though, filming
throughout her illness and treatment.

Though she struggled with addictions to food, drugs and alcohol,
Sharon was known for her business savvy and nerves of steel. Starting
in the late 1970s, she hauled Ozzy out of a debilitating drug addiction,
took over his career and helped him sell more than 70 million solo albums.
When Ozzy was rejected by Lollapalooza, she created the Ozzfest metal
tour, which turned out to be the largest grossing group concert in
history. Sharon also hatched the idea for The Osbournes and was the
family's fiercest contract negotiator throughout.

Rock n' Roll Roots

With a father who was a concert producer and band manager and a
mother who danced, Sharon grew up steeped in London's entertainment
industry. Sharon's father, the hard-bitten Don Arden, managed bands
such as Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath, Ozzy's original
heavy metal band. Sharon dropped out of school at 15 to work for her him.

Ozzy and Sharon's romance began in 1979, when Sharon went to collect
$500 that Ozzy owed her father. Having been kicked out of Black Sabbath
for excessive substance abuse, Sharon found Ozzy at a Beverly Hills hotel,
bottomed out from a six-month cocaine binge. "He was so vulnerable and
sweet and honest," she told People. "He was a bit of an oddball. But he
was really, really loving."

Furious with her for poaching a client - especially one who owed him
money - Sharon's father attempted to have her killed and they did not
speak for 20 years.

During those years, Sharon struggled with her weight and Ozzy's
addictions. At the lowest point in his struggle, Ozzy attacked Sharon
one night in a drug-induced haze and tried to strangle her. "Eminem
talks about killing his wife, but my husband actually tried it," Sharon
told British tabloids. The incident landed Ozzy in a six-month round of
rehab, though even today, he continues to drink and take prescription drugs.

In 1999, when 225 pounds had settled on Sharon's 5'2" frame, she
underwent a new surgical procedure to shrink her stomach. It helped her
drop 95 pounds, restricting her to small amounts of food at a time.
"In my life I've seen the way people react to fat people. Somebody once
said that it's more accepted to be a drug addict than it is to the fat,
and it's true," Sharon told Barbara Walters.

Doctors say this weight-loss procedure had nothing to do with her
subsequent cancer.

At the height of The Osbournes popularity, Sharon was included in
People's Most Beautiful People issue in 2002.

When she was diagnosed with cancer, her family was shattered. Filming
the show during this difficult time was more straining than they had
thought. "Ozzy's been hitting the bottle again and the cameras are
here all the time?" Sharon told Barbara Walters on 20/20. "So we have
no privacy? You know when you're sick and you want to be on your own?
And I can't throw up on my own and Ozzy can't get drunk on his own."

Osbournes No Osmonds

The family's on-screen, "ordinary" lives made the Addams Family seem
like the Osmonds ? they in fact parodied the wholesome duo for a
Pepsi Superbowl ad this year. Their regular-yet-shocking family antics
were punctuated by the constant bleep of the censor, with Sharon
remaining the sane and stable mom throughout. When the family pooch had
bowel problems, she called in the pet therapist; when things got ugly
with the elevator-music-loving neighbors, she made nice with police.

The show also affected the lives of their teenage children. Kelly,
17 has put out an album, Shut up; Jack, 18 appeared on an episode of
Dawson's Creek; and even the "missing" daughter, Aimee, who moved out
when MTV moved in ? has upped the ante on her modeling career. Sharon
too, was set to host her own afternoon talk show. Alternately proud
and bothered by her family's fame and lack of privacy, Sharon surprised
MTV executives by telling Barbara Walters the show would end after
the second season. She quickly recovered from the gaffe by publicly
announcing, "I love my MTV."

"You're not as normal as I think you are when I'm talking to you,"
Walters once told Sharon, aptly capturing the essence of her allure.
When Ozzy once bit off the head of a dove during a tense moment with
record company executives, Sharon defended him, "He was meant to take
it out of his pockets as a show of peace."

Sharon also occasionally surprised her foes with Tiffany boxes full of
feces. She also told People about her meeting with Queen Elizabeth: "She
was very warm and amazingly down-to-earth, and I just told her that she
had great t*%&, 'cause she does."

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Sharon and her dark prince renewed
their wedding vows in a New Year's Eve ceremony. The official day of
their anniversary is July 4th. Sharon once joked, "I wanted to pick
a day Ozzy would remember."

Osbourne is survived by her husband Ozzy and three children, Kelly,
Jack and Aimee.


Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=101124&page=1


Osbournes on Best Behavior for Charity Event (10/11/2004)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - There was no ham-tossing or
obscenity-spewing in the Osbournes' backyard in Beverly Hills on
Thursday night.

Instead, it was a little bit of glitz and a lot of music with some
fund-raising in between. Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne opened the doors
to the home made famous by the cameras of MTV to host "An Evening
at Home With the Osbournes," a charity dinner featuring Elton John
to benefit both the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Sharon Osbourne
Colon Cancer Foundation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

All the siblings showed up -- Jack, Kelly and Aimee -- and even got
in on the live auction action. Before the dinner, Kelly could be seen
carrying around a puppy, which was one of the first few items put
on the block by auctioneers Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally. The
bids went to $16,000, and the Osbourne family won out in adopting
the pet, adding it to their already strong stable of canines.

Taking home another top prize was Lance Bass, who wrote a check for
north of $200,000 for a brand new, not-available-yet-on-the-West
Coast Aston Martin.

Dogs and cars aside, the night belonged to two good causes and the
intimate concert by Sharon Osbourne's "dear friend" John.

"It's been a dream come true. It's been amazing. How could it
not -- look at the people who are here tonight," she gushed after
the last song of the evening and right before John sneaked up from
behind to give her a little pinch.

Showing their faces and dining on Asia de Cuba cuisine were
George Lucas, Robin Williams, Tori Spelling (with new husband,
Charlie Shanian), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Quincy Jones, John Stamos,
Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter



Update On The Ozzy Box Set (10/10/2004)

Ozzy's forthcoming box set will include a brand new cd of covers,
one of which will be of the The Beatles "In My Life".



BLACK SABBATH: OZZFEST 2001 Tour Rider Posted Online (10/10/2004)

The Smoking Gun, a web site that posts original documents on the
Internet, has obtained BLACK SABBATH's backstage rider for the
Ozzfest 2001 tour.

The contract rider includes specifications on stage design, sound
systems, lighting rigs, as well as an artist's wish list — from
ransportation and billing to dressing room accommodations and meals.

"For BLACK SABBATH's 2001 Ozzfest shows, Jack and Kelly Osbourne's
creamy butternut squash soup and strawberry Haagen-Dazs were kept a
room apart from dad's water biscuits, tea bags, and New York-style
bagels," reads a posting on the site.

BLACK SABBATH's complete Ozzfest 2001 tour rider, featuring details
of the group's insurance requirements, dressing room needs, security,
catering, and other minutiae, can be viewed at this location.

Source: Blabbermouth.net



RANDY RHOADS Limited-Edition Sculpture (10/10/2004)

Photos of the Randy Rhoads limited-edition resin sculpture have been
posted online at GuitarHero.net. The figure is sculpted and hand-painted
in exquisite detail, standing approximately 8.5 inches high. Limited to
3000 pieces, it retails for $99.

The Randy Rhoads figure is in the final stages of production for an
anticipated late November shipping date. Pre-orders are currently
being accepted.

Randy Rhoads is considered to be one of the most talented and
influential rock guitarists of all time. His work on the first
two platinum-selling OZZY OSBOURNE solo albums is legendary.
Rhoads' combination of metal chops and classical mastery earned
him a special place in rock history.

The Rhoads estate has licensed the rights to Randy's image and
likeness to KnuckleBonz, Inc., which permits the company to
create this hi-end, limited-edition resin sculpture. KnuckleBonz,
Inc. has also secured a licensing agreement with Fender Musical
Instruments Corporation, which permits the company to portray
Randy Rhoads with his signature white Jackson offset-V guitar.

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Battle For ozzfest Premieres Oct 25th On MTV (10/10/2004)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are launching a new MTV reality
series/contest in which a band will win a slot on the Ozzfest 2005 tour.

"Battle for Ozzfest," which premieres Oct. 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, will
feature eight bands competing for the Ozzfest prize in addition to touring
money, equipment and a possible record deal.

The Osbournes will serve as judges and decide which bands are eliminated
from the competition.

Ozzfest, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, grossed more
than $19 million from 24 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore.

View rejects here.

Source: Yahoo.com



SHARON To Executive-Produce New Cable TV Project (10/10/2004)

Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy
Osbourne, has posted the following message on her web site:

"Hello everyone!

"I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your
continued love and support over the past couple of years especially
with my most recent endeavor, 'The Sharon Osbourne Show'.

"I have now moved on to a new chapter in my life. I have two new
television projects. The first is entitled 'X-Factor' which is a
talent show much like the ('American' and 'Pop') 'Idol' shows, but
with a new twist. I'm one of three judges along with 'the notorious'
Simon Cowell and noted music manager, Louis Walsh. The show has just
debuted on ITV across the U.K. The other television project is for
U.S. cable and will debut sometime in 2005. I am the Executive
Producer and also appear in the program. Unfortunately I can't
reveal anything more at the moment.

"In addition, I am now stepping up my efforts to raise monies for
my colon cancer charity (The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program
at Cedars-Sinai).

"I hope you will all check back on October 1st for the re-launch
of www.sharonosbourne.com. Please check in with Mrs. O and Minnie
to see what we're up to."

Source: sharonosbourne.com



Unreleased QUIET RIOT Song With RANDY RHOADS Posted (10/10/2004)

QUIET RIOT vocalist Kevin DuBrow has launched his fully functional
web site at www.kevindubrow.com. To kick off the site, he has made
available for download a never-before released QUIET RIOT song
featuring guitarist Randy Rhoads, entitled "Come And Gone" (click on
"Randy Rhoads Years"). The song was recorded live in the studio in
1975 and features DuBrow, Rhoads and original QUIET RIOT bassist
Kelly Garni. The site also features rare photos, tour dates and a
"Message From Kevin" feature that will be updated regularly.

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Neuk Mansion To Be Home For Ozzy? (10/10/2004)

ROCK star-turned-reality TV cult figure, Ozzy Osbourne, is rumoured to have
shown an interest in an East Neuk mansionhouse, currently on the market at
over half a million pounds Innergellie House and its grounds, which include
a lodge and stable block, is advertised for sale by Cupar solicitors, Bennets,
at offers over £595,000.

Proceeds of the sale, along with the thousands of pounds worth of antiques
which the property contained, have been bequeathed to the charitable trust
in the name of their late owner, Lady Margery Skiffington, to help blind
people in east Fife.

Conservative estimates put the possible total raised by the contents at
between £100,000 and £200,000. The auction of the items was due to be held
at auctioneers' Lyon and Turnbull's Edinburgh rooms on Wednesday.

Lady Skiffington (93) was the second wife of Sir Donald MacLean Skiffington,
under whose direction the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth liners
were built at Clydebank.

Sir Donald died in Glasgow in 1963 and lady Skiffington, who collected
antique furniture, paintings and ceramics, died earlier this year.
Having experienced loss of sight, she bequeathed her estate to the
charitable trust which will benefit the blind in east Fife and maintain the
woodland on the estate.

Trevor Kyle, director of Lyon and Turnbull, said it was rare for such houses
and their contents to come on the market.

On Monday, Robin Bennett of Bennett's declined to give any details of anyone
who had contacted the firm over Innergellie House and would only confirm
there had been a lot of interest in the property "from all over the country
and abroad.''

It was expected that an October closing date would be put on the property,
he said. The Citizen contacted London-based Newman & Co, who act for Ozzy
Osbourne, but, at the time of going to press, no comment was forthcoming.

Source: http://www.fifenow.co.uk/



Ozzy's Sisters Audition For X Factor (10/10/2004)

Sharon Osbourne played a joke on Simon Cowell on a recent episode of The X
Factor, when she arranged for Ozzy Osbourne's sisters to audition on the
show.

Sharon asked sisters-in-law Gillian Hemming, 59, Iris James, 63, and Jean
Powell, 65, to audition for the talent contest - in order to see what
Simon's reaction to the trio would be.

The sisters can't dance, and all Iris does during the audition is point.

However, Sharon is in for a shock herself when Simon starts to praise the
singers.

Cowell tells the group that they could be famous if they were to get rid of
Iris.

"He was lovely," Gillian told The Mirror. "I thought he was going to be
really nasty to us - but he wasn't.

"When he found out we were Ozzy's sisters he said we should get ourselves a
manager."

Sharon explained, "It was really funny. We always get together and sing at
family parties and I thought it would be a great to get them on the show.

"They have wonderful voices."

Source: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk

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Osbourne Defies Wife Over Bikes (9/26/2004)

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne is defying wife Sharon's orders to get rid of
his quad bikes - following his near-fatal accident in December.

The former Black Sabbath frontman promised to give up his dangerous
hobby which resulted in him crashing on his English country
estate - smashing eight ribs and spending eight days in a coma last year.

Osbourne says: "I still have the bikes.

"Sharon thinks I'll never get on one again - but, um, I might
change my mind."

Source: Irish Examiner



Sharon Osbourne Commanding Large Fee On Talent Show (9/26/2004)

Sharon Osbourne is being paid a staggering $900,000 to appear
as a judge on British talent show The X Factor.

Osbourne pockets $63,000 for each episode, while fellow judge
Louis Walsh only receives half that amount.

Contestants who make it to the final will receive just $450.

And X Factor creator Simon Cowell was so keen for Osbourne to appear
on the show he decided to meet her demands without question.

A show insider says: "Sharon didn't make any major demands to be in
the show - other than her pay cheque. She gets around £35,000 per
episode as well as other perks including first class travel,
stylists and a bodyguard.

"Louis is getting half that but he isn't such a big name. Sharon
is a TV star in her own right thanks to The Osbournes. The finalists
receive around £250 per episode - but the minute they're kicked off
the show they don't get a penny."

Cowell is expected to earn $2.25m (€1.83m) from the show created by
his production company because he will also get a cut from any tours
or albums.

Source: Irish Examiner



OSBOURNE Pledges To Stop Swearing For Charity (9/26/2004)

World Entertainment News Network is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has poked
fun at his reputation as a foul-mouthed rocker by appearing gagged in an
advertisement for a British television charity event Children In Need.

The BLACK SABBATH singer is rendered silent by tape covering his mouth in
the sketch, while his wife Sharon promises viewers Osbourne will raise funds
by abstaining from swearing for 24 hours.

However, as soon as Sharon makes the pledge, Osbourne rips off the tape and
is partially censored as he screams, "No swear f**king words? You've got to
be f**king joking.

"I'm the Prince of Darkness - they expect me to f**king swear."

The BBC charity show - which calls on celebrities from all areas of
entertainment to help raise money for sick or impoverished kids - will air
live on television screens in November.

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Ozzy Is Not On Sara Hudson's New CD (9/26/2004)

Official word from Ozzy's camp: Ozzy does not appear on Sara
Hudson's cd (Naked Truth).



OZZY Selects AUDIO ONE For Recording Solutions (9/18/2004)

Audio One, Inc., the industry leader in advanced technology home and studio
design and installation, today (Sept. 14) announced the completion of two
key recording solutions for world-renowned rocker Ozzy Osbourne. The projects
involved installation of a full professional grade recording studio for the
Osbournes' Beverly Hills home and a state-of-the-art mobile recording Pro
Tools road rig for the Ozzfest tour.

"David Frangioni is f***ing great at making complex designs simple," said
Ozzy Osbourne. "Audio One has been fantastic in setting up my home studio.
I think that David might even be able to sort out my TV in the kitchen!"

Ozzy's studio and road designs were challenging and highly technical. With
multiple recording projects approaching, Ozzy needed two complete studio
systems; one for live and one for his newly repurposed guesthouse. Under
the guidance of David Frangioni, Audio One's expert technicians overcame
space constraints, television shooting schedules and approaching deadlines
to deliver the projects on time and on budget. Each Pro Tools system
contained a variety of HD Process cards, 192 interfaces and plug-ins by
Digidesign, Waves, McDSP, Serato, Sound Toys, Antares and more. The
state-of-the-art home studio is featured in MTV's "The Osbournes" Episode
303: "Rebel Without an Oz", where Ozzy is shown giving guests tours of the
studio installed by Audio One.

"Ozzy is in touch with technology but he goes by what he hears, and his
ears are amazing — he knows a great performance when he hears one," said
Audio One Founder and President David Frangioni. "He definitely likes
the sound of analog, but he's worked enough with Pro Tools digital to
know that he can make it sound as analog as he needs it to sound.

"Audio One values our relationship with Ozzy, Sharon and the entire
family — Ozzy is a world-class talent and deserves world-class service,"
continued Frangioni. "There's a growing demand from clients that require
high-end systems integrated seamlessly with their home, professional and
artistic needs. Audio One's focus is servicing those needs with turnkey
precision."

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Ozzy WILL NOT Appear On The Weakest Link (9/18/2004)

Ozzy will not appear on the quiz show "The Weakest Link" as previously
reported by TheSun.co.uk. According to Ozzy's camp "That is a false story."



Iommi Hopes To Begin Work On New SABBATH Album Next Year (9/13/2004)

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told GibsonCustom.com that the
possibility of a new SABBATH album has not been ruled out. Asked point
blank if there will be a new CD of original material from the heavy
metal pioneers, Iommi responded, "We would hope so. I'm hoping we will
do another one. One of the major problems, of course, is Ozzy's been
doing a lot of other stuff with his MTV stuff. Hopefully within the
next year we'll be able to do something. I'm wrapped up at the minute
doing my solo stuff and still writing, but I've got some stuff in hand
if we do do another SABBATH album."

Source: Blabbermouth.net



OZZY OSBOURNE Reaches Out To Hostage Horror Victims (9/13/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne has joined the list of celebrities who have sent out donations
for helping out the school children victimized in last week's school siege
in Beslan, Russia, Newkerala.com reports.

According to the Sun, Ozzy and his wife Sharon sent in their contribution
amounting 10,000 pounds (approximately $18,000) for the children.

"No words can describe what we have seen. Our thoughts are with all their
families and friends," the paper quoted Ozzy as saying.

The terror attacks in Russia, which have drawn worldwide condemnation, had
celebrities and people from all over the world chipping in with their
contribution.

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Some Chick Named FRANCES Caused OZZFEST To End Early (9/13/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of the final
Ozzfest 2004 show in West Palm Beach, FL due to Hurricane Frances hitting
the area the same weekend. "Some crazy chick named Frances forced us to end
Ozzfest a bit early" said Ozzy. "To the people of West Palm Beach and the
rest of the state of Florida, Sharon and I want you to know that our
thoughts are with all of you and hope everyone made it through the storm
okay. Rest assured that we'll be back in West Palm in 2005 for Ozzfest's
huge 10th anniversary tour (hopefully before hurricane season starts). Many
thanks to all of the bands on this year's tour, especially the great Rob
Halford and JUDAS PRIEST. Also a big thank you to Tony, Geezer and Bill
for another amazing tour together."

Source: Ozzy.com



SABBATH: 'The Complete Recording History' Book Due Next Year (9/13/2004)

Rockdetector.com executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young has been working on a
leviathan account of BLACK SABBATH's complete recording history, from the
earliest demos through to the "Reunion" album and, possibly, beyond. Already
having two highly praised SABBATH-related titles under his belt, "The Story
of the Ozzy Osbourne Band" and "Black Sabbath - Never Say Die", Garry has
spent the best part of a year researching this upcoming tome.

"For me, the fascination with the previous books was in getting all the
behind-the-scenes detail on how the bands functioned," Garry said in a press
release. "From the many letters from SABBATH fans I received, it just seemed
obvious to apply that detail to the songs themselves. With 'Complete
Recording History' I'm tackling each album song by song. Where the ideas
came from, how they were recorded, evolved and what impact they had."

Garry's previous works received unanimous glowing praise from the SABBATH
community. "Even Tony Iommi rang me to say he thought I'd done a good job!"
Sharpe-Young said. Exclusive interviews included more than 50 related
musicians including, among many others, Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, Ian
Gillan, Tony Martin, Glenn Hughes, Rob Halford, Geoff Nicholls, David
Donato, Eric Singer, Rudy Sarzo, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake, Carmine Appice,
Tommy Aldridge, Bobby Rondinelli, Dave Spitz, Bernie Torme, Brad Gillis,
Phil Soussan, Jo Burt, Terry Chimes and the late Cozy Powell, Randy Castillo
and Ray Gillen.

"Right now I'm looking for comments from other musicians on these classic
songs," Garry explained. "I'm asking well-known rockers about their favorite
SABBATH tracks, what they mean to them, how these songs impacted upon them
as musicians and their own musical analysis of the songs themselves. I think
its befitting that BLACK SABBATH's legacy should be honoured by those
prominent in the heavy metal community. After all, which metal guitarist has
not at some stage played a Tony Iommi riff? Even my 12-year-old son is
blasting out 'Symptom of the Universe'!"

"Black Sabbath - The Complete Recording History" is slated for a late 2005
publication. Any musicians wishing to contribute should contact Garry
through the Rockdetector.com web site: http://www.rockdetector.com.

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Ozzy honored At GQ Awards (9/13/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne was honored with the Editor's Special Award at the annual GQ
Men of the Year awards, held Tuesday (Sept. 7) at the Royal Opera House in
central London. Check out photos from Film Magic here and from Wire Image here.

Men of "distinction, character and achievement" from the world of sport,
industry, politics and show business have been recognized at the prestigious
event, now in its seventh year.

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Another Song To Keep Your Eyes Open For (9/7/2004)

I recently obtained this information from David Tangye (Ozzy's personal assistant
during the Sabbath years):

'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' was a song recorded in 1975 featuring Ozzy on
backing vocals. It was recorded on an independent label called 'Birmingham Free
Music'. It was arranged by a Singer/Songwriter named Chris Sedgwick.
He was a close friend of Ozzy's back in 1975 at the time of the recording.
There were a lot of local musicians involved in two tracks that were put down.
The 'B' side was called 'Have You Ever Been Loved'. There were only 100 copies
pressed, the majority of which were accidentally destroyed by a fire. Some of the 45's
were distributed to the local pubs in Birmingham, and were played in the jukeboxes.
Anyone who has a copy of this recording, is surely sitting on the ultimate rarity.

If anyone happens to find a copy of this song, I would be very interested in it.
Please contact me!



OSBOURNE Nominates BEATLES To Songwriters' Hall Of Fame (9/6/2004)

OZZY OSBOURNE is one of 20 leading musicians who have been invited
by the music magazine Q to nominate their heroes for the compilation
of a songwriters' Hall of Fame. Osboourne's picks, John Lennon and
Paul McCartney, were the "fucking catalyst for me to get into music,"
Ozzy said. He added: "To me, they're the Mozarts of our time. THE
BEATLES were the only band in rock 'n' roll history to go from a
fucking boy band to a psychedelic rock band."

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Sabbath Forced To Turn Down Volume (9/6/2004)

Jay Cridlin of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the Ozzfest
concert Thursday (Sept. 2) at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL was much
quieter than other recent concerts, according to officials at the
Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission.

The EPC received only two complaints about Ozzfest, compared to more than
50 after an Aug. 18 show by LINKIN PARK, KORN and SNOOP DOGG.

The difference? Before Thursday's show began, amphitheater officials
turned down the amplifiers of Ozzy Osbourne's band BLACK SABBATH by as
much as 30 decibels. They also installed a temporary noise barrier along
the venue's periphery on the state fairgrounds and tilted upper-level
speakers down toward the audience.

"BLACK SABBATH is not a quiet band, but the amphitheater did a very
good job dealing with the sound," said Sterlin Woodard, assistant
director of the EPC's air management division.

Ozzfest had a few sporadic spikes above the county's prescribed
decibel limit. EPC officials monitored noise levels in six nearby
neighborhoods. Crowd noise caused the EPC's readings to spike in
the Kings Forest Park subdivision, just southwest of the fairgrounds;
an intermittent bass line did the same in the Woodlawn subdivision,
near Sligh Avenue and U.S. 301.

Some residents said they were impressed with what turned out to be
an unexpectedly soft heavy metal concert.

"I was aware of it, but it wasn't bad at all," said John Bell, who
lives in south Temple Terrace. "Since the other occasion, it has
gotten a lot more reasonable."

Source: St. Petersburg Times



SHARON OSBOURNE Explains OZZY's Camden No-Show (9/6/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne has issued the following
statement regarding Ozzy's no-show at the Ozzfest stop in Camden, NJ.
on August 26:

To those who attended the Ozzfest show in Camden on August 26,

I would like to address the few complaints that have arisen from
BLACK SABBATH’s performance with Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] in Camden
last Thursday, August 26th. The situation quite clearly was that Ozzy
was suffering from bronchitis. He was hoping from the morning of the
show until the afternoon that he would have some sort of voice so that
he could perform that evening. Unfortunately by late afternoon he was
advised by doctors that that just wouldn’t be possible. So, our
options were:

1. Have BLACK SABBATH not to perform at all and inform the crowd at
4:00 p.m. in the afternoon, which might have lead to a riot.

or

2. Ask one of the legends of the genre, Rob Halford, if he would step
in for Ozzy that evening so that people wouldn’t leave feeling
disappointed not seeing BLACK SABBATH perform at all.

Of course Ozzy’s more disappointed than the fans and he feels
incredibly guilty that he let everyone down.

Sincerely,

Sharon Osbourne

P.S. Ozzy and I would like to personally thank Gil Edwards and
WYSP-FM for their enormous and continued support of Ozzfest and
hard rock music in Philadelphia."

Source: Ozzfest.com



Osbourne Forced To Sit Out SABBATH's Performance (9/6/2004)

Ozzy Osbourner was forced to sit out Black Sabbath's performance in Camden, NJ
due to an attack of bronchitis. He was replaced at the concert by none other
than JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Commented Rob at the show: "Yesterday
[Aug. 25] was my [53rd] birthday and I feel as if today is too! I'm getting
to sing for one of my favorite bands in the world."

Halford had previously joined SABBATH for two gigs to support Ozzy on his
last shows for the "No More Tours" tour in November 1992 in Costa Mesa, CA
after SABBATH's singer at the time, Ronnie James Dio, refused to take the
stage.

Source: Blabbermouth.net



Listen To Ozzy's New Theme Song (8/22/2004)

Check out Ozzy's new theme song for "Dog The Bounty Hunter", airing on
A&E, Tuesday, Aug. 31, with back-to-back half-hour episodes starting at
10 p.m.

Dog The Bounty Hunter Theme



The End Of The Osbournes (8/22/2004)

The fourth season of "The Osbournes", slated to start this Fall, will
be the show's last, according to MTV.com.

"The time was right to call it a day," Sharon Osbourne said in a statement.
"Now, without the camera crews, soundmen, directors and technicians roaming
the house all day, the dogs are all we have left. And, with our schedules
this summer, it's positively quiet. But we Osbournes always have something
up our sleeves."

Source: MTV.com



Jerry Cantrell, New Ozzy Album Update (8/22/2004)

I recieved word from those at Divine, that Jerry will not being playing
lead on all songs, as previously reported. No Further Info Available.

Source: Divine Recordings



Ozzy Records Theme Song For New A&E Show (8/16/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne has recorded a new, original theme song for the up and coming
show entitled "Dog the Bounty Hunter". "Dog..." will air on A&E on Tuesday,
Aug. 31, with back-to-back half-hour episodes starting at 10 p.m.

Source: NY Post



Jerry Cantrell Recording Classic Material For Ozzy Box Set (8/15/2004)

Jerry is currently in the studio working on the upcoming Ozzy Osbourne
record that will be released with the Ozzy boxset. It is an album of classic
tunes and Jerry is lead guitar on ALL SONGS. Also playing on the album is
Chris Wyse, bassist for the Cardboard Vampyres. No further information is
available.

Source: jerrycantrell.com



Ozzy's Cal Jam Cape Up For Auction (8/15/2004)

A yellow and purple satin stage cape worn by Ozzy Osbourne at the
California Jam Festival in 1974 is expected to fetch around 4,000
pounds (approximately $7,400) at a London auction next month,
according to Bloomberg. The Christie's International Sept. 29 sale
of pop memorabilia will include additional items relating to THE WHO,
THE BEATLES, and MADONNA.

An electric guitar played by Pete Townshend of THE WHO during the
rock group's 1973 U.K. Fallout Shelter Tour may fetch as much as
35,000 pounds ($63,796), Christie's International said.

The 1963 white Gibson SG Special is being offered by a private
collector who bought it in the 1970s from an acquaintance of Townshend,
Christie's said in a statement.



Bush/Hitler Image Removed From Ozzfest Video Montage (8/4/2004)

There's something a little different about Black Sabbath's performance at Ozzfest
nowadays, and if you blink you might miss it.

Two images of George W. Bush, shown during Sabbath's performance of the metal
classic "War Pigs," have been removed from the video montage that accompanies
the song, which usually kicks off the band's headlining set. One image that
juxtaposed Bush and Adolf Hitler was captioned "Same sh--, different a--hole,"
while the second superimposed a round, red clown nose on the president, along
with the words "White House Clown."

The edit comes days after Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who claimed he was
unaware of what was showing behind him, distanced himself from the images
and the sentiment they implied.

"It has been brought to my attention that the widescreen portrays President
George W. Bush with a clown nose appearing with past warmongers, including
Adolf Hitler," Ward wrote on his Web site. "I wish to say this video
structure does not represent my personal views towards President Bush.
This video was made without my prior knowledge or consent."

The Ozzfest camp said it did not create the inflammatory images, but only
compiled pre-existing footage to accompany the anti-war song.

"The Ozzfest 'War Pigs' clip is a video montage of conflicts and war.
protests from the last century to today with stock footage secured
from third parties," read a statement from festival organizers. "The
image of President Bush and Hitler is taken from a CNN news feature that
shows a protestor holding a sign with President Bush and Hitler. The video
is part of a musical performance and the images should not be taken out of
context."

An article in Wednesday's USA Today alleges that the Bush images were
removed due to complaints, though an Ozzfest spokesperson denied the
claim. Instead, the spokesperson said, the montage was edited because
too many media outlets were taking the footage out of context, and it
steered attention away from Black Sabbath's performance.

Two years ago, Bush met Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne at the White
House Correspondents Association dinner. Osbourne and his wife, Sharon,
attended as guests of FOX News host Greta Van Susteren.

Source: Yahoo News



Ozzy Passes $50 Million In Merchandise Sales (8/4/2004)

Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has passed the $50 million
mark in merchandise sales — a record for a heavy metal performer, according
to merchandising and licensing company Signatures Network.

Osbourne has reportedly amassed $35 million from selling merchandise at
concerts like his Ozzfest roadshow and $15 million at retail during the
past decade. Among the best-selling products are black Osbourne T-shirts,
slippers and action figures.

"I think the 'Ozzy for President' and the 'Passion of Ozzy' shirts we just
released will be some of the best-selling and most popular among his fans,"
his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, said. "Of course, I love Ozzy so much
I sleep with one of his shirts on every night."

Despite a downturn in summer concert ticket sales this year, Ozzfest
2004 — featuring the Osbourne-fronted BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER
and SLIPKNOT — remains healthy.

Signatures Network said new Osbourne merchandise is on the way, including
branded fashion jeans, jackets, boots and accessories as well an Osbourne
slot machine.

Osbourne and BLACK SABBATH vintage fashion apparel is now sold at Barney's,
Bloomingdale's, specialty stores including Hot Topic, Spencer Gifts and
Urban Outfitters as well as on www.Ozzy.com.

Source: Yahoo News



Ozzy Fans Give Blood For Tickets (8/4/2004)

John Welsh of The Press-Enterprise is reporting that pleasant and patient
headbangers donated blood in record numbers in hopes of scoring a coveted
ticket for Ozzfest, Saturday's all-day concert at the Hyundai Pavilion in
Devore, California.

"We've got to be nice — they're the ones with the needles," joked Sean
Flora, 18, of Riverside, snacking on Ritz Crackers 'n Cheez minutes after
providing a pint of plasma.

Flora was one of about 1,260 Inland people who donated Wednesday on Day 2
of the 23rd Annual KLOS 95.5 FM blood drive.

He scored a voucher for a $50 lawn seat and a pass to Ozzfest featuring
new acts such as SLIPKNOT and hard rock standbys JUDAS PRIEST and BLACK
SABBATH.

Some fans camped out as early as 2 a.m. Tuesday, said Jean Cannon, a
spokeswoman for the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Source: Ozzy.com



Ozzy & Sharon Visit Wounded Troops (8/4/2004)


Michael E. Dukes of the Army News Service is reporting that Ozzy and Sharon
Osbourne visited wounded Operation Iraqi Freedom service members at Walter
Reed Army Medical Center July 21 to tell them they are thankful for
their sacrifices and bravery.

The entertainers spent four hours in the hospital talking with and listening
to the war stories of about 30 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines.

Some explained how their recovery was going, while others told Ozzy how
they've loved his music for as long as they could remember. Nearly all
of them knew Sharon from the "The Osbournes" on MTV; those who did not
told her that their mothers were big fans of her "Sharon Osbourne Show".

When Marine Cpl. Kevin Rumley spoke with Ozzy, his first question was
about the singer's tattoos. "Which one’s did you do yourself?" he asked.
Ozzy quickly pointed to a few on his left forearm and hand. The Marine
showed his tattoos, and asked the rock star if he would autograph his arm.

"I'm gonna get it made into a tattoo," he said with grin. To which Ozzy
replied, "Really? That's cool man."

Another long-time fan, Spc. Kevin Pannell, said back in school he made
a drawing of Ozzy's large dragon tattoo. When he asked if he could see
it, Ozzy pulled his shirt up to his chin, exposing a blue dragon that
was looking over his shoulder.

Spc. Leopold Pedraza showed the Osbournes how his myoelectric prosthetic
arm worked, and how he could rotate the hand 360 degrees. Ozzy was
fascinated by the technology asking if the soldier was getting good
at using his "bionic" arm. Pedraza said he was making progress but he
was told it would be a little time before he could wield the prosthetic
with proficiency for normal daily tasks.

Along with the OIF patients, the Osbournes visited two teenage oncology
patients on the hospital's Pediatric Ward and an 18-year-old girl in the
intensive care unit who suffered from a congenital heart defect.

The Osbournes said they enjoyed their visit to Walter Reed and they
look forward to stopping by in the future if they are in the area.

The visit to Walter Reed was part of an USO program that has brought
nearly 100 celebrities to the hospital since over the last two years
to help cheer the spirits of recovering service members.

Source: Ozzy.com



Sharon: I Would Have Shot Ozzy (8/4/2004)

A tearful Sharon Osbourne said on Thursday that she would have shot her
husband, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, when he tried to strangle her in 1989 if
she had had a gun in their English home.

While interviewing female inmates who had killed abusive boyfriends
or husbands, Osbourne told guests on her U.S. daytime talk show that
she had been a victim of domestic violence.

"He (Ozzy) was drinking and he was taking drugs and it got to the
point where he got violent with me, and he nearly choked me to
death and I called the police on him," Osbourne said, on the verge
of tears.

"He's a gift from God but if I'd have had a gun I would have
used it," she said.

Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in 1989 at the couple's home in
Buckinghamshire, northwest of London, on charges of threatening
to kill his wife, and for a time he was barred from the family
home or from contacting Sharon, then 37.

The couple, married in 1982, and two of their three children
star in MTV's popular reality show "The Osbournes."

Sharon Osbourne said on Thursday that after his arrest, former
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy "turned his life around."

"Thank God I didn't have a gun, that's why I'm so against guns
or knives or anything like that, because I know if I'd have had
one I'd have probably tried to defend myself," she said.

Source: Yahoo News



Fourth Suspect Charged In Robbery To Get Money For OZZFEST Tickets (7/20/2004)

Jim Collar of The Oshkosh Northwestern is reporting that a teen who escaped
following last week’s armed robbery of an Omro, Wisconsin convenience store
has been charged for his suspected role in the crime.

Joseph J. Saverda, 18, was charged in Winnebago County Circuit Court while
he was still being sought on an arrest warrant.

According to the criminal complaint, Saverda and three others devised and
carried out their plan to rob the Omro Travel Center to get money for
Ozzy Osbourne concert tickets.

Officers caught the three suspects soon after the robbery, the complaint
states.

According to the criminal complaint, Saverda and 17-year-old Anthony
Lewis pointed a BB gun at the clerk and demanded money. They left the
store with about $300. Matthew Melhorn, 21, kept watch at the door, while
18-year-old Staci Beckerson was meant to serve as get-away driver.

Police arrived before they could make their get-away, the complaint states.

Saverda, Melhorn and Beckerson each face $100,000 in fines and 40 years
imprisonment.

Lewis faces additional charges of battery to an officer, resisting police
and criminal damage to property. He faces $130,000 in fines and 46 years
in prison.

No court dates were set for Saverda as of Friday. The remaining three
defendants will appear in court Tuesday.

Source: Blabbermouth



Ozzfest News Letter Sign-Up (7/7/2004)

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Ozzy & Sharon Planning Talk Show? (7/7/2004)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are in talks to team up as chat show hosts in the
U.K., according to the Irish Examiner.

OZZY OSBOURNE, plans to join his wife - whose talk show "The Sharon Osbourne
Show" was cancelled earlier this year - in a new venture with ITV.

According to insiders, the show would go out late at night and would feature
an "impressive" array of celebrity guests.



Actor JOHNNY DEPP In Talks To Play OZZY OSBOURNE (6/27/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne and family (Sharon, Kelly and Jack) attended the 6th
annual White Tie & Tiara Ball to benefit the Elton John Aids
Foundation on Thursday (June 24) at Sir Elton John's residence in
Windsor, United Kingdom.

Ozzy is one of the performers at a huge free concert in London held
Saturday (June 26) to mark the arrival of the Olympic flame in
Britain. The concert, which is being headlined by ROD STEWART, also
features performances by JAMES BROWN, Ozzy's daughter Kelly, JAMELIA,3
EMMA BUNTON, WILL YOUNG and MCFLY.

Check out pictures from Wire Image: Wire Image

(Source: Blabbermouth.net)


OZZFEST Band Search Metal Version Of American Idol? (6/27/2004)

The New York Post's Page Six reports: "Filming their home life isn't
enough for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. The godfather of metal is now
creating a new reality show based on 'American Idol', but for rock
bands. 'Ozzy wants to try out new bands for OzzFest,' says our source.
'The winner will get a slot on the tour next year." One basic rule
applies: All bands have to go through rigorous drug testing. 'Ozzy
and Sharon are very concerned about drug abuse, obviously,' the spy
added. A rep for the family declined comment."

(Source: Blabbermouth.net)


Actor JOHNNY DEPP In Talks To Play OZZY OSBOURNE (6/27/2004)

According to Sky News (www.sky.com/skynews/showbiz), Johnny Depp is
understood to be in talks to play OZZY OSBOURNE in a film about the
rocker's life.

In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, Ozzy's wife Sharon said
nothing was 100% certain.

But she said the former BLACK SABBATH frontman was talking to the
Pirates Of The Carribean star about the role.

Sharon also hinted that Ozzy, who was badly hurt in a quad bike
accident a few months ago, might retire in a couple of years.

Johnny Depp has recently returned to the big time with Chocolat
and Pirates Of The Caribbean.

But his acting career has focused on offbeat films like Edward
Scissorhands and Benny And Joon.

Depp is currently spending most of his time in France with model
partner Vanessa Paradis and their two children.

(Source: Bravewords.com)


New Sabbath Keyboardist (6/21/2004)

According to Joe from black-sabbath.com, Adam Wakeman (son of Rick
Wakeman) will be playing keyboard at Ozzfest this Summer with Black
Sabbath.


Ozzy Treated At Mental Hospital On Diary Tour (6/21/2004)

Veteran bassist Rudy Sarzo recently informed Electricbasement.com
readers of OZZY OSBOURNE's stay in a mental hospital during the Diary
Of A Madman tour, almost leaving the touring band without a frontman.

"Few people know this, but he was treated at St. John's (hospital)
outside London. He had a nervous breakdown. It was during our European
tour with Saxon. We were rehearsing - Tommy (Aldridge), Don Airey, Randy
(Rhoads) and myself. We were in England for the Diary Of A Madman tour,
and our singer was in a mental institution . We'd go visit him with
Sharon. She was a major instigator and would call us up: 'Come on, let's
visit Ozzy!'"

"We'd visit him, and this hospital was like something out of The Elephant
Man. There's Ozzy in one room with a iron headboard above his bed with
a little curtain for him to change and a piss bucket and pitcher of water.

"We'd walk in the room and he'd be so happy to see us. He'd cry and laugh,
cry and laugh ˆ back and forth. Total mood swings. Then he finally got
released. The doctor told Sharon there was nothing they could do for him."

But Sarzo explains that he had confidence something would work out, even
if the Ozzman was kept locked away for a bit, "We always knew Sharon
(Osbourne, manager) would pull something off even if she had to pull on
some costume and dress like Ozzy. The show must go on."

The entire interview can be found at
http://www.electricbasement.com/interviews.asp


New Randy Rhoads Figure (6/21/2004)

KnuckleBonz, Inc. Signs a Licensing Agreement to Create a Randy Rhoads
Figure for the Guitar Hero™ Limited Edition Sculpture Series

Park City, Utah - June 17, 2004 - KnuckleBonz, Inc. announced today their
plans to create the Randy Rhoads sculpture for the Guitar Hero limited
edition collectible figure series. The Rhoads estate has licensed the
rights to Randy’s image and likeness, which permits the company to create
this hi-end, limited edition resin sculpture. The figure is scheduled
for release in October of 2004, with pre-ordering available late this
summer.

Randy Rhoads is considered to be one of the most talented and influential
rock guitarists of all time. His work on the first two platinum selling
Ozzy Osbourne solo albums is legendary. Rhoads’ combination of metal
chops and classical mastery earned him a special place in rock history.

“We are honored to be working with the Rhoads family to create a unique
piece of artwork that will commemorate Randy’s incredible career as one
of rock’s finest and most talented guitarists,” says Tony Simerman,
President and Creative Director of KnuckleBonz, Inc. “I was lucky
enough to see Randy perform just before his passing. I started this
company because of my personal desire to collect hi-end, music-based
sculpture and have a passion to see that the Randy Rhoads figure is
something that will excite his thousands of fans the world over.”

The Randy Rhoads collectible will be created using a skilled team of
artists to sculpt a remarkable likeness of the guitarist, cast the
figure in a poly-resin material and then hand-paint each figure in
fine detail. All figures in the Guitar Hero series are limited editions
and the Randy Rhoads figure will be very exclusive with only 3000
pieces slated for final production.

KnuckleBonz, Inc. also recently announced its licensing agreement
with Fender® Musical Instruments Corporation, which permits the
company to portray Randy Rhoads with his signature white Jackson®
offset-V guitar.

“We are excited about the opportunity to display Randy’s image in
such an artistic manner,” states Ms. Delores Rhoads, mother of the
famous guitarist, Randy Rhoads. “We are only interested in projects
that will promote Randy’s legacy as a musician and artist. This
series will do just that. ”

Pricing and Availability:

The Randy Rhoads Guitar Hero limited edition sculpture will be
available in October 2004 for $99 and can be purchased via
www.guitarhero.net. Pre-orders will be accepted late summer 2004.
See the company’s website for further details on pre-ordering,
ordering and return policy information. Customers can subscribe
to be put on an email list to get more product information and
exact dates for pre-orders and product availability by
emailing info@guitarhero.net.


STEVEN TYLER & OZZY Guest On SARAH HUDSON's Debut CD (6/11/2004)

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne have reportedly
contributed vocals to the debut CD from Sarah Hudson, daughter of
longtime AEROSMITH collaborator Mark Hudson (who has also written
and produced material for Ozzy). The CD, titled "Naked Truth", is
scheduled for release on July 13 though S-Curve/EMI Records. The
first single, "Girl on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", features
Tyler on background vocals, as does another album cut, "I Know",
co-written by Sarah and her dad. Both tracks can be previewed in
streaming audio in the "Music & Video" section of Sarah's web site


OZZFEST 2004: Unsigned Band Search To Be Televised? (6/11/2004)

Sharon Osbourne has spoken to the TV show "Extra" about the recently
announced "twist" to the ninth annual Ozzfest tour — the Osbournes
will choose one unsigned band and take them on the road. Asked if
this this going to be the newest reality show, Sharon replied, "It
might be, it might not be. But it is going to be televised."

Following the cancellation of her talk show, Sharon plans to face off
with Simon Cowell in a new TV talent search show called "The X Factor".
Sharon says that both son Jack and daughter Kelly are back on track and
she and Ozzy are feeling better than ever. "How lucky am I to have such
a family? I am blessed," she told "Extra".


OZZY Concerned About Vocal Cords For OZZFEST (6/9/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne is reportedly worried that his voice wont be good and
lively enough for live performances on this summer's Ozzfest tour
after spending months in a neck brace following a quad bike accident
last December.

Ozzy is said to have been exercising regularly to get back in shape
for the concerts and is also singing along to his old live albums to
live up to the expectation of fans.

"I'm going to sing along to that and see if there's any difference. I
like to give myself a challenge, and my challenge for this year is to
get fit enough to do the Ozzfest tour," Rate The Music quoted Ozzy as
saying.

"I'm kind of frightened, because you never really know until you get
up there. I've got steel rods and all kinds of shit in my body now,"
he added.


OZZFEST 2004: Unsigned Band Competition (6/9/2004)

Ozzfest.com has revealed more details about Ozzfest's recently announced
search for unsigned bands to perform at this year's festival. As
previously reported, Auditions will be held coast-to-coast to find eight
unsigned, undiscovered bands to take part in a final competition yielding
one lucky winner. Not only will they share the same stage with rock
legends, but they'll also participate in a nationally televised performance
straight from Ozzfest 2004. In addition, the winning band will be awarded
a coveted slot on the second stage at Ozzfest 2005 as well as free music
equipment and cash prizes.

The Los Angeles auditions will be held at the Hollywood Palladium this
Friday, June 11 starting at 9:00 a.m. You can get the application from
Ozzfest.com. DO NOT bring band equipment to this audition.


It's Official: Original SABBATH Lineup To Play OZZFEST 2004 (6/9/2004)

After initially declining an offer to join BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy
Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for a reunion on Ozzfest 2004,
drummer Bill Ward has now reconsidered. The original lineup is now
complete for their much-anticipated headlining slot on the 9th annual
Ozzfest. Sharon Osbourne says: "You have the original BLACK SABBATH and
the original JUDAS PRIEST. What more could you want!"

Ozzfest 2004, also featuring SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, HATEBREED and Zakk Wylde's
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY (among many others), kicks off its 26-date trek on
July 10 in Hartford, CT.


Ozzy To Light Up Olympic Concert (6/9/2004)

LONDON (Reuters) - The arrival of the Olympic flame in Britain will be
marked by a huge free concert in London headlined by Rod Stewart and
backed by Ozzy Osbourne and James Brown, tourist body Visit London says.

Also in the line-up for the June 26 Olympic Torch Concert in front of
70,000 people will be Ozzy's daughter Kelly, Jamelia, Emma Bunton, Will
Young and McFly.

The show will take place from a stage to be built on The Mall, the wide,
ceremonial avenue which links Trafalgar Square with Buckingham Palace.

The Mall attracted tens of thousands in 2002 when Ozzy Osbourne and
other stars performed in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to mark
the Queen's 50 years on the throne.

Visit London said people wanting to attend the upcoming six-hour show
will have to apply for tickets which will be allocated by public ballot.

The Olympic flame, which last visited Britain in 1948 during the London
Olympics, started a six-week odyssey on Wednesday, taking in 33 cities
in 34 days which for the first time will include all five continents.

In Britain, Sir Roger Bannister, who in 1954 became the first man to
break the four minute mile, will start the relay through London.

During its trip through the capital, the torch will be carried by mix
of celebrities and ordinary people before it is handed to five-times
Olympic rowing champion, Sir Steve Redgrave, who will run the final
leg into the Mall.


Ozzy Wins "Legend" Award @ Japan MTV Awards (5/24/2004)

Ozzy picked up the Legend Award
at the Japan MTV Music Awards on
May 23, 2004.


Update: Ward Not Confirmed Yet For Ozzfest (5/23/2004)

From billward.com:

UPDATE: After having posted this statement from Bill, several sites
are reporting that Bill is back in Black Sabbath for Ozzfest 2004.
Please be aware that this has not happened yet. This statement just
means there are discussions, and while said discussions might lead
to Bill being on the Ozzfest tour, it has not happened yet. Any
further developments will be covered here.

In the wee hours of the morning, I received another statement from
Bill Ward regarding the Ozzfest 2004 situation. Without further
ado, here it is. If there are any further developments, they will
definitely be posted here.

Dear Sabbath People,

I have communicated to Sharon that I will accept the proposal of
5/11/04 regarding me playing Ozzfest, and today I received a very
positive response from her. At this time, I am taking this response
as a move forward. This announcement is for the benefit of all those
who these past few days have been so outspoken favouring and
supporting me as a member of Sabbath. I personally thank all of you.

To All Sabbath People On Earth - Rock & Shine.

-Bill Ward



BILL WARD Will Play @ Ozzfest w/Sabbath!!! (5/21/2004)

Drummer Bill Ward will be rejoining his BLACK SABBATH bandmates at
this year's Ozzfest after all. The following is Bill's official
statement on the matter, as posted on his official web site:

Dear SABBATH People,

I have communicated to Sharon [Osbourne] that I will accept the
proposal of 5/11/04 regarding me playing Ozzfest, and today I
received a very positive response from her. At this time, I am
taking this response as a move forward. This announcement is for
the benefit of all those who these past few days have been so
outspoken favouring and supporting me as a member of SABBATH. I
personally thank all of you. To All SABBATH People On Earth - Rock
& Shine.



Bill Ward speaks out on Ozzfest 2004 (5/19/2004)

This was posted on Joe Sieglers site: www.black-sabbath.com:

Normally, I don't send out issues of the newsletter with just a single
message, but when I got home this evening, I had a message on my answering
machine from Bill Ward's people. They had sent me a statement from Bill
Ward regarding the Ozzfest 2004 announcement from earlier in the day. I'm
bringing it to you here.

"Dear Sabbath People,
This morning I received the very sad news that Mike Bordin is to play drums
with Black Sabbath on Ozzfest '04.

Black Sabbath is, and always will be an important priority in my life. I
support Geezer's, Tony's and Ozzy's decisions to move ahead into Ozzfest '04
without me. I can appreciate they may not be overjoyed with the decision,
and I'd really like to be with them. Nothing would please me more than to
be a part of the show.

Last week I did receive a proposal which allowed no room for negotiation.
It was a cul-de-sac proposal in my opinion, where the only answer was yes or
no. I was asked to respond by Friday. May 14th. I wrote a brief letter of
decline on Thursday, May 13th. I answered directly at the proposal, and
left out any personal comments, other than I was sad to have to decline.
What I did not put in my response was this:
I'm willing to be flexible
I'm willing to compromise
I'm willing to negotiate
I'm willing to play.

I understand and believe in a united front when it comes to Sabbath. I can
appreciate the fallout from such a decision will upset some people, and I am
so sorry. I'm more than willing to support Ozzfest in any way I can.
I've walked down this street before when Sabbath did the first reunion
without me and had Mike Bordin play instead. I want you to know, I'm not
being the bad guy here. I'm not trying to hold anyone to ransom. And I'm
not trying to reverse my decision to decline in hope of a positive
managerial response to this letter.

I'm ready, willing and able to rock. There are some details on the proposal
that don't work for me. I guess it's a case of the importance of things on
both sides and I think that's all I can say for now."

Bill Ward
5/18/04



It's Official: BLACK SABBATH To Play This Year's OZZFEST (5/19/2004)

BLACK SABBATH will reunite for the first time since 2001 for Ozzfest 2004,
which begins July 10 in Hartford, Conn., a spokeswoman for the annual road
show told Reuters on Tuesday (May 18).

Ozzfest co-founder and headliner Ozzy Osbourne will be joined by guitarist
Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler. But original drummer Bill Ward
will be replaced by Mike Bordin, who backs Osbourne in his solo band.

Back in late March, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi told Launch Radio
Networks that a SABBATH reunion at this year's Ozzfest was not out of the
question. "I've heard that rumor as well, and there is negotiations at the
moment," Iommi said. "As yet, we've not reached a settlement, but there is
talk about it. I think it's great, and I would've liked to have done it
last year and the year before, you know, but we didn't."

BLACK SABBATH, with Ward on board, last played live during the 2001
version of Ozzfest.

In a recent issue of the U.K.'s Rhythm magazine, Bordin spoke about
filling in for his "hero" Bill Ward for a number of BLACK SABBATH dates
several years ago.

"I've been really, really into music since I was about eight years old,
but when I first heard a BLACK SABBATH record, that was it — there was
nothing else," Bordin said.

"The very next week, on April 6, 1974, I saw them on TV on the 'California
Jam'. It was the most compelling, the most exciting, the most physical
thing that I had ever seen — it was a revelation. I remember Bill as this
big, crazy, giant hairy dude with red tights and no shirt. By the middle
of the first song, you couldn't see him — it was just hair and flailing arms.

"When you look at Bill's style of playing, you have to look at it in the
context of the giants around him. Geezer, Tony and Ozzy are like forces
of nature, and to balance in between them and not be squished, you have to
be a giant as well.

"Bill's playing is phenomenally individual and completely unique — nobody
can play those songs like him. I was raised on BLACK SABBATH music and it
was hugely important to me even before I started playing drums.

"Bill Ward is a prince of a human being and I feel honored to have had a
chance to play in BLACK SABBATH with Ozzy, Tony and Geezer. It was my tribute
to the man that wasn't onstage, but should have been…"



Ice Cream Named for Osbournes (5/19/2004)

The co-owner of a Woodbridge, N.J., ice cream shop is serving up ice
cream flavors honoring rock and television stars Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.

Ed Dubroski Jr. — who owns the Country Cow Creamery along with his sister,
Jenn — sent an e-mail in January to the Osbournes offering to design an
ice cream flavor in Sharon Osbourne's honor.

The Osbournes took up the offer and asked for a flavor for Ozzy, too. The
result was Ozzy's Carnivorous Carrot Cake and Death By Sharon.

Ozzy's Carnivorous Carrot Cake is a cinnamon spice ice cream with carrot
cake soaked in hazelnut liqueur. Death By Sharon is a deep dark chocolate
ice cream with dark chocolate fudge and bits of chocolate brownie soaked
in Godiva liqueur.

Dubroski shipped 5 gallons of ice cream on dry ice to the Osbournes in
California two weeks ago at a cost of $200, along with a letter to Sharon
Osbourne that Dubroski says will be read on her talk show this Wednesday.



OSBOURNE Offers 'Unknown' Band Chance To Perform At OZZFEST (5/16/2004)

According to Ozzfest's official web site, Ozzy will be giving away
the "chance of a lifetime" to an unknown band to perform on the main
stage at Ozzfest 2004 before tens of thousands of people and to have
their performance filmed and shown before a worldwide audience.

More details will be released on May 20th 2004.



ZAKK's Original Demo Used To Land OZZY Gig Posted Online (5/16/2004)

Zakk Wylde fan site SDMFworldwide.com has uploaded the 1987 recording that
got Zakk the job playing for OZZY OSBOURNE. Here's the story of the demo
tape, by the man who recorded it, Jim Matlosz:

"Back in the summer of '87, I was hanging with Zakk and [his previous band]
ZYRIS. I used to work as Zakk's guitar tech at the time, my plan was to
trade the work for guitar lessons, problem was I didn't have the discipline
and again the money to buy a real guitar, still cant play to this day. Anyway,3
every Saturday night, we would go to Close Encounters where ZYRIS would
headline, Playing at times with EDGAR CAYCE (side band for PROPHET) along
with some other acts, I remember them playing with SKID ROW before Sebastian,
(I think it was Dave Feld who put SKID ROW and Sebastian together).

"Anyway, the story on the demo… Zakk calls me one night and says Ozzy is
looking for a guitar player and he needs to put together a demo. We borrowed
a 4-track cassette recorder from Zakk's friend Rich (can't remember his last
name) we got together on a rainy night (on the classical piece what sounds
like noise is actually rain on the outside basement metal door, which we
actually put a mic on to add to the mix) and went over to the basement where
ZYRIS rehearsed and recorded the demo.

"After Zakk got the Ozzy gig, Barb (his wife) told me he wanted me to be
his guitar tech. Many others would have jumped at the opportunity, but I
had to decline, I had one opportunity to go to college and fulfill my
dreams and I had to pursue it. Who knows where I would be now if I had
taken the opportunity, but I have no complaints. I would stay in touch
with Zakk and Barb, over the next 5 years or so, driving Barb to LaGuardia
airport to pick up Zakk at some crazy time of night when he would return
from England...meeting up with them whenever we had the time. After college
graduation, I packed up my bags and moved to California... Zakk and Barb
offered me a place to stay. When Zakk returned from tour, I went off and
got my own place, and began working as a cameraman in visual effects for
feature films. I worked some crazy hours and had no time to socialize, so
our lives drifted apart. I ran into Barb at a show Zakk was doing at The
Troubadour in LA a few years ago and that is the last I have seen or heard
from them. His life and career have been pretty easy to track, I've been
listening to the music he's been making over the years, and can't believe
how far he has come and changed.

"So 17 years go by, I had the master tape in a box the whole time with
about 100 other cassettes. A good friend of mine asked me one day what
a 4-track cassette recorder was worth on eBay, I said I don't know,
about 10 bucks, but can I borrow it before you sell it. So I dug up
the tape and asked a friend of mine who works as a recording engineer
for movie trailers, if he would mind digitizing the demo in Protools
and remixing it. He agreed and a few months later handed me the mixdown
on CD as well as the Protools stems. I saw the bootleg page on Zakk's
site, and figured the fans would be interested."

To download Zakk's original demo recording that landed him the gig with
OZZY OSBOURNE, visit SDMFworldwide.com.



OSBOURNE Family At Covenant House Gala Dinner (5/12/2004)

The Osbourne family (Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly) was on hand for Covenant
House California's Youth Dinner Gala honoring Charlize Theron, Sharon
Osbourne and the "Monster" team on Friday (May 7) at The Beverly Hills
Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Check out pictures here.



Bark At The Moon Action Figure Officially Unveiled (5/10/2004)


McFarlane Toys has officially unveiled the second Ozzy Osbourne
action figure, which is set to hit store shelves everywhere this fall.

This newest Ozzy action figure is based on his classic "Bark at the
Moon" album cover from 1983. Since the original artwork didn't show
the Ozzy/Wolfman's entire body, McFarlane Toys' sculptors went to work
re-creating the cover in 3D with a full figure.

The package includes the huge "forest"-style base to complete the
scenario. Look for this clamshell to be available in September.

Check out photos of the Ozzy Osbourne "Bark at the Moon" action
on my site in the news section.



MANSON, OSBOURNE To Star In Rock Zombie Movie (5/10/2004)

Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne are among the musicians being
considered for roles in a rock zombie movie, according to NME.coM.

The official web site for the film, titled "Diamond Dead", allows fans to
read the scripts from the films, and director Andrew Gaty has been running
his casting ideas past users of the site.

"We are finding out about David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne. We
also discussed Gwen Stefani for Aria. I am particularly interested to hear
your thoughts on Gwen."

"The script is out to Marilyn for the role of Jesus Christ. Any comments?"

"Diamond Dead" will be made by George A Romero ("Night of the Living Dead")
and "Rocky Horror Show" composer Richard Hartley. Ridley and Tony Scott's
Scott Free Productions will co-produce the project with Gaty.

The film features a singer who joins a rising band, only to accidentally
cause their deaths. After making a pact with the devil, the band returns
from the dead, and become highly successful.



OZZY Fan Bids $20K To Get On Episode Of 'Osbournes' (5/10/2004)

Laura Gwiazdon, a 25-year-old OZZY OSBOURNE fan from Grand Chute,
Wisconsin bid $20,100 in an eBay auction to get on an episode of "The
Osbournes", according to The Post-Crescent. She is being flown to Los
Angeles next week to film an episode of "The Osbournes" that will air
on MTV at a yet-to-be-determined date.

"I've been a fan since I was about 2 years old," Gwiazdon said of her
motivation for making the bid.

"I don't exactly have $20,000 laying around but I know I can manage it,"
Gwiazdon, who works for a local pizza shop, said. "I've been in credit-card
debt before and got out of it. I can pay my bills."

The money Gwiazdon bid will be going to the Uganda Children's Charity
Foundation, a nonprofit group that raises funds to help in the fight against
AIDS in Africa.

Gwiazdon, who has seen OZZY OSBOURNE in concert five times in the last seven
years and watches "The Sharon Osbourne Show" each morning, said she has no
one to answer to when it comes to her finances.

"It's my money, and I'll do what I want with it," she said.



Ozzy's Water Guns/Back Drop Up For Sale On EBAY (5/5/2004)

Here is your chance to own a piece of Ozz-History. Two of Ozzy's
water guns from the 1996 - 1997 tours, and a back drop of the Down to
Earth album have been put up for auction on Ebay to benefit the Sharon
Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation.

Gun 1

Gun 2

Back Drop



Sharon Categorically Denies Former OZZY Bassist's Threat Claim (5/5/2004)

Sharon Osbourne has categorically denied former Ozzy Osbourne bassist
Bob Daisley's charge that she threatened his life, according to Launch
Radio Networks.

Daisley said Sharon Osbourne "phoned me up and threatened my life!" when
he started questioning his royalty arrangement with his accountant, who
was also working for the Osbournes at the time. Daisley and drummer Lee
Kerslake have been suing the Osbournes for years over royalties and proper
credit on the albums. Their latest suit was dismissed in California in 2002,
and the dismissal was upheld by the U.S. Court Of Appeals last October.
The musicians had filed an appeal of the dismissal with the U.S. Supreme
Court, but the court declined to hear the motion.

Attorney Orin Snyder of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, who
represents the Osbournes, released this statement to Launch: "Bob Daisley
lost his case against the Osbournes. Mrs. Osbourne categorically denies
(Daisley's) accusations, which she believes are nothing more than the
rantings of a sore loser."



Daisley/Kerslake Lose Fight For Ozzy Royalties (5/5/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne has been recovering after a quad bike accident
The US Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal by two musicians who
claim they are owed royalties for their work with rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake have fought a
long-running battle with the Osbourne family.

They had already failed in a lawsuit that alleged they were entitled
to money and credit on the albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.

But a California judge dismissed their argument for an appeal on the
ruling.

The musicians' lawyer had argued that Mr Daisley and Mr Kerslake were
denied credit for writing songs which have been extensively used in TV
commercials and during National Football League games.

But Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager, had previously said that
the pair had "harassed" her family and had had their contributions
removed from the albums because of their "abusive and unjust behaviour".

The long-running legal saga began in 1997 when Mr Daisley, a former
Black Sabbath musician, began his legal fight for damages and royalty
payments.



Are The OSBOURNES Related To SHAKESPEARE? (5/5/2004)

Poppy Brady of the U.K.'s Evening Mail is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne
could be related to the famous playwright William Shakespeare.

The tomb of Ralph Arden, Shakespeare's great great great great great
grandfather lies inside the church of St Peter and Paul in Aston.

Research carried out by Aston councillor Tony Kennedy has revealed
that Ralph Arden was buried in Aston in 1360 just under 200 years
before William Shakespeare was born.

The bard's parents Mary Arden and John Shakespeare were first cousins.

"Having given the world Shakespeare, England's greatest ever cultural
figure, Aston has also provided its greatest living icon in Ozzy
Osbourne," said Tony.

"By a spooky coincidence Ozzy's wife Sharon is also an Arden and I do
believe there is a strong resemblance between Sharon's and Ralph's eyes.
Could they be related?

"I have done a great deal of research trying to trace Shakespeare's
roots and join up family trees. There is a lot of information on the
web but I would welcome any genealogists who can assist in the project.

"The Ardens were a considerable force in the south Staffordshire and
north Warwickshire area from Norman times."



Ozzy Interviews To Catch (4/28/2004)

Wednesday, April 28th, on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at 11:35pm on NBC.

Friday, May 7th, Ozzy and Sharon will be guests on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
show at 12:05am on ABC.



OZZY Sparks Police Investigation Into Hoaxer (4/28/2004)

World Entertainment News Network is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has sparked
a large-scale police investigation after he was conned into thinking he was
to receive a top Canadian honor.

Osbourne thought he had received an official letter from Canada's Prime
Minister, Paul Martin, and agreed to talk with the premier over the phone
about accepting the key to Montreal — even though he feared the whole
thing was a prank.

But when he started talking to the man he thought was Martin — as featured
in the new "Osbournes" TV season — Ozzy became convinced he was the
subject of a hoax.

Ozzy insisted his aides check out the call and letter, and after discovering
the whole thing was indeed a prank, Canadian and Los Angeles police were
alerted and are now trying to figure out who the hoaxer is.

A spokesman for Ozzy says, "That letter and email and phone call were a hoax.

"The police are going to be proceeding with trying to prosecute these
people because they've actually put the Prime Minister's signature on the
document, which is highly illegal, and he can be imprisoned for up to 15
years."

Ozzy says, "It could be an assassin or something."



Changes Remake Nominated For IVOR NOVELLO Award (4/28/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly's reworked version of the BLACK SABBATH
classic "Changes" is nominated in the best-selling U.K. single category
at the U.K.'s prestigious Ivor Novello awards, which honor the best
British songwriters and composers.

The song, the original version of which appeared on BLACK SABBATH's
1972 album, "Black Sabbath, Vol. 4", was included on the reissued
edition of Kelly Osbourne's 2002 debut, "Shut Up" (re-titled "Changes"),
which was made available through Sanctuary Records in September.

The Ivor Novello awards take their name from the Welsh actor, composer
and playwright who was one of Britain's biggest stage and screen stars
in the early part of the last century. The winners will be announced
May 27 at a ceremony in London.



Rolling Stone Interview w/Ozzy & Tony (4/26/2004)

Click Here



Bill Ward Interview (4/26/2004)

Click Here



How Black was Our Sabbath - My Book Review (4/9/2004)

Let me start off by saying what
an excellent, well put together
book this is. Not only is it a
great read, but the pictures alone
make it worth buying! It contains
never before seen pictures of
Earth and Black Sabbath!

This book was written by Dave
Tangye (road manager and personal
assistant to Ozzy Osbourne during
the Sabbath years) and Graham
Wright (drum tech for Bill Ward).

It starts off with the bands'
introduction in 1968 and takes you
on tour straight through 1979.

This is a book like no other!

It's a view from 2 people who got to witness all of the craziness,
all the practical jokes (mostly all at Bill Ward expense), all
the parties, the groupies, the drugs, the trials and hardships of
being on constant tour, and best of all... The madness of Ozzy
Osbourne in his hey day.

There is no better way to sum up this book then to say "GO BUY THIS BOOK
NOW!" It is a definite "MUST" for any true Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne fan.

Buy it now: Click Here



OZZY Complains To Medical Board About His Former Doctor (4/8/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne filed a complaint with the state medical board against
a Beverly Hills doctor who allegedly overprescribed addictive drugs
that led to the singer's disoriented behavior on the reality TV
series "The Osbournes", according to the Associated Press.

Authorities have asked Dr. David Kipper to turn over copies of
Osbourne's medical records and have scheduled a meeting with the
British singer and his wife, Sharon, the Los Angeles Times reported
Saturday (April 3).

Osbourne filed the complaint with the Medical Board of California
in early March, claiming Kipper had him take excessive quantities
of Dexedrine, Valium, Zyprexa and other powerful medications.

Kipper's attorney, John D. Harwell, said the doctor was "always
pleased to cooperate with the medical board." He declined to
comment further.

Osbourne hired Kipper in June 2002 to kick a prescription
drug habit. Kipper charged the Osbourne family $650,000 for
his services, records show. He was fired in September.



Interview With Kelly Garni (ex Quiet Riot) About Randy Rhoads (4/8/2004)

antiMUSIC reports: Kelly Garni was one of the founding members of Quiet
Riot, the band that Rhoads was in before joining the Blizzard of Ozz. Garni
recently spoke with The-Fuze.net about Rhoads and his final days and made
some pretty strong claims against the Osbourne's. He not only claims that
Sharon and Ozzy treated Rhoads badly up until his death but that Ozzy
punched him when he announced that he wanted to leave the band.

"Randy wasn't happy in the end. He wanted out," Garni told The-Fuze.net.
"There's a lot of friction between me and Ozzy because I speak my mind about
that. Him and Sharon paint this lovely picture - 'Randy could have left any
time he wanted. Whatever Randy wanted, we wanted. To see him happy - that
was the most important thing.' Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. They wouldn't
let him out of contract. They threatened him... Ozzy punched him when Randy
said he wanted to leave. Two weeks before Randy died, Ozzy punched him in
the face, over breakfast. They were adamant about not losing him. They
didn't care about his happiness. And who would want to let him go? The guy
was a great guitar player, a nice kid, very serious...so I can't blame him
for that, but the reality of it was when it came time for him to really try
to get out of that band they played hardball. It turned into a very unhappy
situation. Randy was the kind of guy who didn't like to hurt feelings and
didn't like confrontations. I think he just kind of resigned himself to,
'Well, I'm stuck here.' I've read some letters that he wrote, and he actually
wrote to [former QUIET RIOT singer] Kevin [Dubrow] about it more than anything.
He thought Kevin could advise him a little better. Kevin made me copies of
these letters. He was miserable in that band. He didn't even like anybody
else in the band. . . [Randy] and [former QUIET RIOT bassist] Rudy never
really were all that close. Rudy was at least a little bit of a connection
to where Randy came from, and Rudy's a very nice guy, but he's not really...
'Randy people,' I guess is the best way to say it. I don't think Randy felt
like he had a good close friend there, or an ally. Rudy has a tendency to
mind his own business. So Randy was stuck. It's weird that, to get out of
that band, he had to die. You could almost say that was the only way he was
ever going to get out of it. They weren't going to let him go."

Read More: http://www.the-fuze.com/kelly_garni.htm



Kelly Osbourne To Release DVD (4/8/2004)

A promotional video for Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly's reworked version
of the BLACK SABBATH classic "Changes" will be included on Kelly's upcoming
live DVD, "Live In London", due on April 26 through Sanctuary Visual
Entertainment.

Filmed at London's Electric Ballroom concert venue in North London's Camden
Town on June 25, 2003, "Live In London" contains 12 tunes, including
"supercharged" live renditions of Kelly's singles "Shut Up" and "Come
Dig Me Out", plus various standout songs from her album "Changes". Also
featured is Kelly's previously unreleased rendition of COREY HART's 1983
worldwide hit "Sunglasses At Night". Kelly closes the show with a "riveting"
rendition of MADONNA's "Papa Don't Preach".

Clocking in at approximately 90 minutes, the DVD boasts several special
bonus features, including the promotional video for "Changes", a 17-minute
interview with Kelly, an exclusive 16-minute behind-the-scenes soundcheck,
and a 32-second Easter Egg that includes fans talking about their admiration
for Kelly.



OZZY Complains To Medical Board About His Former Doctor (4/3/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne filed a complaint with the state medical board against
a Beverly Hills doctor who allegedly overprescribed addictive drugs
that led to the singer's disoriented behavior on the reality TV
series "The Osbournes", according to the Associated Press.

Authorities have asked Dr. David Kipper to turn over copies of
Osbourne's medical records and have scheduled a meeting with the
British singer and his wife, Sharon, the Los Angeles Times reported
Saturday (April 3).

Osbourne filed the complaint with the Medical Board of California
in early March, claiming Kipper had him take excessive quantities
of Dexedrine, Valium, Zyprexa and other powerful medications.

Kipper's attorney, John D. Harwell, said the doctor was "always
pleased to cooperate with the medical board." He declined to
comment further.

Osbourne hired Kipper in June 2002 to kick a prescription
drug habit. Kipper charged the Osbourne family $650,000 for
his services, records show. He was fired in September.



Kelly Osbourne Admitted Into Rehab (4/2/2004)


Ozzy & Sharon appeared on the Larry King Live show on Friday night.
They announced that a reporter from a tabloid magazine had
called their publicist earlier in the day to inform them that
they had obtained pictures of their daughter taking part in a
drug deal. The tabloid reporter faxed the picture over to the
osbournes publicist and upon seeing the picture, Ozzy &
Sharon confronted Kelly about it. Kelly denied it at first, but
finally broke down and admitted her addiction to pain pills.

Ozzy asked Kelly if she had any pills in the house. She said she
did not. The maid said she had found a huge bag under Kelly's bed
not to long ago at which point Kelly admitted that she did have
some. Ozzy said "it was a huge bag".

Kelly has been admitted to the Promises rehab center in Malibu,
California.



BLACK SABBATH May Play This Year's OZZFEST (3/31/2004)

Singer Rob Halford of the recently reunited JUDAS PRIEST, who are
co-headlining Ozzfest 2004, told Launch Radio Networks that the
idea of a BLACK SABBATH reunion at this year's traveling festival
makes sense to him. "It's brand new news to me, but I wouldn't be
the least bit surprised if it happened," he said in an interview
conducted Tuesday (March 30). "It just seems like, why wouldn't,
why shouldn't it happen? But then, my God, can you imagine JUDAS
PRIEST and BLACK SABBATH? It's just too mad to think about."

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed to Launch Monday
(March 29) that a SABBATH set at this year's Ozzfest was not out
of the question. "I've heard that rumor as well, and there are
negotiations at the moment," Iommi said. "As yet, we've not
reached a settlement, but there is talk about it."

Ozzy Osbourne is believed to have parted ways with bassist
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and has joined forces again with BLACK
SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler. The reported switch, which has
not been officially confirmed, adds even more fuel to the recent
rumors that BLACK SABBATH may appear on this summer's Ozzfest.

It's not clear whether SABBATH would actually replace Ozzy as
the headliner, or if the show would be split between an Ozzy
solo set and a SABBATH set.



BLASKO Out, BUTLER In? (3/31/2004)

OZZY OSBOURNE has parted ways with bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson
and has re-joined forces with his BLACK SABBATH bandmate Geezer
Butler, reliable sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET.

Butler's return to OSBOURNE's band has further opened the door
for a possible BLACK SABBATH reunion at this year's Ozzfest. OZZY
is currently scheduled to headline the annual festival, with JUDAS
PRIEST being billed as a co-headliner.

Speaking to Launch Radio Networks, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony
Iommi confirmed that a SABBATH set at this year's Ozzfest was not
out of the question. "I've heard that rumor as well, and there is
negotiations at the moment," Iommi said. "As yet, we've not
reached a settlement, but there is talk about it. I think it's
great, and I would've liked to have done it last year and the year
before, you know, but we didn't."

Nicholson joined OZZY OSBOURNE's band in December as a replacement
for Jason Newsted (VOIVOD, ex-METALLICA), who left the group after
less than year due to undisclosed reasons. At the time, Nicholson
told MTV.com about his new gig, "It's something I never would have
imagined. After playing with Rob Zombie, I was ready to go, 'OK,
this is as far as I'm taking this bass-playing thing. This is the
end of the road.' I was ready to kind of hang it up.

"But when this came around, it was very odd," he added. "I was
almost like, 'There is no possible way that this could happen.' "

"The first audition was a little intimidating, to say the least,"
Nicholson said. "Granted, I know Zakk and I've been on Ozzfest
before. The situation wasn't uncomfortable, it was just intimidating,
playing these songs that I had never played. But the second
audition, I was a lot more prepared.

" 'Into the Void' is my favorite BLACK SABBATH song and Ozzy
called it out," he continued. "At that moment, I realized,
even if I don't get the gig, the fact that I got to play
'Into the Void' with Ozzy was the coolest moment of my life!"



Ozzy Shells Out $100,000 For Car He Can't Drive (3/29/2004)

ROCKER Ozzy Osbourne has splashed out a fortune on a swish new car even
though he can't drive it.

The Prince of Darkness who almost died in a quad bike accident last year
was spotted being driven in the sporty Mercedes SLK in Beverly Hills
last week.

Ozzy, 55, paid $100,000 (£45,000) for the trendy 150mph motor. The former
Black Sabbath singer looked well on the road to recovery after the crash
on his Buckinghamshire estate last December.

Despite the fact that his accident has left him unfit to drive, he
looked to have put his brush with death behind him as he climbed into
the car on Sunset Boulevard.

His assistant then put the car's roof down so Ozzy could enjoy the
Hollywood sun, before driving him to Starbucks for coffee.

An onlooker said: 'Ozzy looked healthy and relaxed and was clearly
enjoying being chauffeured around in his new car. 'The great weather
gave him the perfect opportunity to put it to the test.'



Ozzy Osbourne Should Welcome Aliens (3/22/2004)

Rocklegend Ozzy Osbourne would be the ideal person to welcome extra
terrestrials on earth, according to a poll carried out by Yahoo! amongst
internet users. The poll was carried out because of signs of water
erosion were evident on rocks found on Mars.

The bat-eating forgetful singer beat, amongst others, Tony Blair,
George Bush and David & Victoria Beckham. The former Black Sabbath
singer got 26% percent of the votes.

Gareth Bellamy of Yahoo! stated: “While the whole world anxiously awaits
signs of extra-terrestrial life, we asked our users who would be the best
person for this role. Ozzy is an excellent choice, but I’m not quit sure
what they’d think of his particular language. If they wouldn’t understand
him, he might better try expressing himself through music”



OZZY Surprises Impersonator HORATIO SANZ (3/20/2004)

OZZY OSBOURNE surprised "Saturday Night Live" star and famed Ozzy
impersonator Horatio Sanz on the set of today's "The Sharon Osbourne
Show".

According to the New York Post, Sharon Osbourne asks Sanz what he'd
ask Ozzy if he ever met him, and Horatio replies that he'd ask Ozzy
what he'd be if he wasn't a rock star. "Hmm . . . I don't know what
he would be but hold on a minute," says Sharon — then summons Ozzy
from backstage, who tells a stunned Sanz that he wishes "SNL" did
more impersonations of him. "You don't do enough of me!" says Ozzy.
As for Sanz, he can only say, "You're awesome! Wow - this is awesome!"



Randy Rhoads Honored On Rockwalk (3/19/2004)


Sharon Osbourne kisses Delores Rhoads, mother
of late Ozzy Osbourne band guitarist Randy
Rhoads, as she and, from left, Ozzy Osbourne,
Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettancourt, Rudy Sarzo
and Rhoads' sister Kathy celebrate the
dedication of a bronze bust of him at a
ceremony at the RockWalk at the Guitar Center
in Los Angeles' Hollywood district Thursday,
March 18, 2004. Swedish rock star Yngwie
Malmsteen is at rear.


Sharing a moment with Delores Rhoads, center,
mother of late Ozzy Osbourne band guitarist
Randy Rhoads, are, from left, Zakk Wylde,
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and Rhoads'
sister Kathy.
Randy Rhoads, the guitarist behind
Ozzy Osbourne's most acclaimed
solo work, was posthumously honoured with a bronze bust on Hollywood's Rockwalk.

About 200 fans turned out to see
the ceremony Thursday and hear
from Osbourne himself, who
praised Rhoads' virtuoso brand
of heavy metal guitar playing.
"I will never forget Randy, he
was a small guy with giant talent,"
Osbourne said. "Not a day goes
by that my family doesn't think
about him. He will never die in
our hearts."

Added wife and manager Sharon
Osbourne: "This is a testament to
Randy after 22 years on how great
his talent is that we don't
forget him. We'll never forget him."

Rhoads' bust was set in a wall
next to another rock guitar
hero, Jimi Hendrix.

Barely into his 20s, Rhoads left
the hard rock band Quiet Riot
in 1979 and joined Osbourne, who
was forming a group after
leaving his former band, Black
Sabbath.

Rhoads' guitar prowess, particularly
his solos, was compared to a
fusion of classical, heavy metal
and blues. During his time as
Osbourne's guitarist, he recorded the
albums The Blizzard Of Ozz, and
Diary Of A Madman.

The dedication was timed to the 22nd anniversary of Rhoads'
last public performance. He died in a plane crash in 1982
at 25.

Unfortunatley, when the bronze bust was unveiled during
the ceremony, it was noticed that the guitarist's last name
had been misspelled (an error that has since apparently
been corrected).



Ozzy Has Ideas For Next Album (3/19/2004)

OZZY OSBOURNE has finished his musical on Rasputin and is
"now starting to come up with ideas" for his next album,
his wife Sharon told MTV.com. No further details are
available at this time.

In related news, Sharon has signed on to host an
as-yet-untitled live talk show for Channel 4 in England.
"I'm going over to do 13 weeks at the end of September,"
she told MTV.com.

The show will reportedly have similarities to her recently
cancelled "The Sharon Osbourne Show", but a few major
differences as well.

"It's for late night, and in Europe you can do anything
on TV. It's like cable TV here, you're not restricted at
all," she said.



OZZY And TONY To Guest On Rockline (3/19/2004)

BLACK SABBATH's Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi will be the
featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show
"Rockline" airing Wednesday, March 31. The live show begins
at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to
call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK
(7625). To find a station near you, check out
www.rocklineradio.com.

BLACK SABBATH's much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH
box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath
(1970-1978)", is scheduled for release on April 27. The
final box art can be viewed at this location.



OZZY Wants To Spend Final Days In England (3/19/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne has has told KFTY Santa Rosa that he eventually
wants to move his family back to Britain.

"Sharon and I have been debating about where we want to live
at the end of the day," he said. "When I've done all my bits
and pieces in America, I want to finish my days back in
England. I was born there and I don't want to die in another
country. Or if I do, I want to be buried in England."



Nicole Richie Accussed Of Harrasing Aimee Osbourne (3/19/2004)

World Entertainment News Network is reporting that Ozzy
Osbourne's eldest daughter Aimee has prompted Los Angeles
police to launch an investigation into "The Simple Life" star
Nicole Richie after claiming Richie is harassing her.

The reclusive Osbourne has told cops that Richie, the daughter
of soul star Lionel Richie, has been making harassing phone
calls to her.

West Hollywood Police Sergeant Neil Murchison confirmed to
World Entertainment News Network, "Aimee Osbourne came into
the station to file a police report against Nicole Richie.

"The report claims that Richie and a friend, Casey Johnson,
made numerous annoying phone calls to Aimee."

Murchison revealed that, as a result of the complaint, he is
now heading up an "active police investigation" into Osbourne's
allegations.

The two were once great friends but fell out when they both
fell for Cher's rocker son Elijah Blue Allman (of DEADSY fame).



OZZY Presents 'Young Achiever' Award (3/16/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne made his first public appearance
in England since last year's all-terrain vehicle
accident when he presented the "Prince's
Trust Young Achiever" award at the Pride Of
Britain Awards in London Monday night (March 15),
according to the Mirror.

The award was presented to 25-year-old Kevin Johnston,
whose £300-a-day drug addiction three years ago had
sent him to jail four times and made him an outcast from
his family.

In presenting the award, Ozzy, who also battled his own drug addiction,
said: "You and I have got such a lot in common. Tonight you are my hero."

He added: "And don't ride a quad bike!"



Ozzy Visits The USS Missouri Memorial (3/14/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon brought the their
MTV reality show, "The Osbournes", to the Navy
Tuesday (March 9), when they visited
and toured the USS Missouri (BB 63) Memorial
in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

"The concierge desk called this morning and asked
if we could give a special tour," said Same Lowe,
director of visitor operations at Missouri. "At
first, they couldn't tell us who or even if the
people were coming."

By noon, Lowe got word that the mystery guests were
the Osbourne couple who, along with a camera crew,
showed up at the memorial and began their tour. Lee
Collins, vice president for marketing and sales,
presented the couple with Battleship Missouri ball
caps as tokens to remember their visit.


Lowe led the Osbournes and the MTV camera crew across the main deck
of the battleship, explaining the armaments and history along the
way. Ozzy, who said he has a great interest in the World War II era,
listened as Lowe talked about the various events in the battleship's
lifetime. The tour wound through the ship's interior, with Ozzy and
Sharon asking Lowe questions along the way.

At the end, Lowe led the Osbournes and their crew into the captains
cabin. Ozzy expressed his appreciation for the tour and his
admiration for the sailors of yesterday and today.

"This has all been very educational," he said. "Being on the actual
spot where MacArthur actually signed the documents accepting Japan's
surrender was wonderful. This kind of thing you normally see only
on TV. Being here makes me appreciate even more the sacrifices the
sailors have made and are still making for all our freedoms."

Ozzy spoke passionately about the freedoms the United States offers
its people.

"I'm British, but the U.S. provides the greatest amount of freedoms,
personal freedoms," he said. "I've traveled so many places in my life,
and other countries don't have as many freedoms as the U.S."

Osbourne has enjoyed performing in United Service Organization (USO)
tours for troops deployed around the world in the past.

"I really like doing USO tours," he said. "Without those kids
protecting us, we wouldn't have all the liberties we do now."

Representatives said footage shot aboard Battleship Missouri may air
during the fourth season of "The Osbournes".



The Osbournes 2 1/2 DVD (3/7/2004)

A brand-new "The Obsournes" DVD, titled "The Osbournes 2 ½" will
be released on May 4 through Miramax Home Entertainment, according
to TVShowsOnDVD.com.

Following in the footsteps of the "The Osbournes: The 1st Season"
and "The Osbournes: The 2nd Season", "The Osbournes 2 ½" is a
2-disc box set that collects the second half of Season 2, plus
a never-before-seen episode.

"The Osbournes 2 ½" has bonus materials galore, including
uncensored and censored tracks, never-before-seen footage, The
"Lost Episode" that never aired on MTV, set-top games and more.
The DVD is expected to have a list price of $29.99.



OZZY Saves Village Shop (3/7/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne chipped in to save a small village shop near his
Buckinghamshire estate, according to the U.K. 's Mirror.

Ozzy gave his local store a hand-out to ensure it wouldn't
close after villagers wrote him a letter. Mirror was told: "Locals
were asked to either give money or time and he was happy to help,
but sadly he won't be serving behind the counter."



ALEX SKOLNICK Talks About Playing With OZZY (3/7/2004)

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has spoken out
about the experience of auditioning for — and ultimately landing
the guitarist gig in OZZY OSBOURNE's band, only to be told less
than a month later it had been given to someone else. Asked via
his message board what was it like playing with Ozzy and how long
he played with him, Alex said, "I flew out to London, auditioned,
Oz told me he liked me and let's work together some more. Next
thing I know, we had this unannounced show at Rock City in
Nottingham (where I had played a few years earlier with TESTAMENT).
The show [which took place in June 1995] seemed to go great (Ozzy
choked me at one point to get me to move around more...it worked!)
After the show, the crew thanked me and said they hadn't seen Ozzy
look so happy in a long time. Ozzy gave me a big hug and hired me
on the spot. I was on cloud nine. But what followed was a major
lesson in the music business: I go home and don't hear anything
for three weeks. Finally I called Sharon [Osbourne]'s assistant,
who was surprised that she hadn't called me yet and that I should
expect a call from Sharon. I sensed bad news. When Sharon called,
she told me they really liked my playing and appreciate the time I
put in but they've decided to hire someone else, Joe Holmes. With
all due respect to Holmes, to this day everyone I've spoken to has
no idea why they (or she) made this decision. I was told it might
have been because Holmes was a former student of Randy Rhoads.

"Anyway it worked out for the best, as the whole experienced
motivated me to get my jazz thing together and I wouldn't have
taken the path I did if I'd stayed with Ozzy. And I'm grateful
for the experience. How many guys get to say they were onstage
playing 'War Pigs' and 'Paranoid' with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer
Butler?"



Ozzy Chips In To Save Small Village Shop (2/22/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne chipped in to save a small village shop near his
Buckinghamshire estate, according to the U.K. 's Mirror.

Ozzy gave his local store a hand-out to ensure it wouldn't close after
villagers wrote him a letter. Mirror was told: "Locals were asked to either
give money or time and he was happy to help, but sadly he won't be serving
behind the counter."



Sharon Explains OZZFEST 2004's Lack Of Alternative Acts (2/20/2004)

"It's harder than hard, and my God, is it ugly," Sharon Osbourne said
of the testosterone-fueled lineup of Ozzfest 2004 during today's press
conference, according to Reuters.

Asked about the absence of more melodic, alternative rock acts, she
said, "We're not gay!"

As the laughter died down, Rob Halford, the openly homosexual frontman
for Ozzfest 2004 co-headliners JUDAS PRIEST piped up behind her, "I am."

"And proud," Sharon Osbourne said amid the renewed merriment.

The roster does include one female, Cristina Scabbia, the seductive
singer with Italian metal band LACUNA COIL.

"I will keep my femininity, but I will be happy to share the energy
and the passion," Scabbia said.



OZZY OSBOURNE: 'I'm Ready To Rock' (2/20/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne confirmed at the Ozzfest 2004 tour announcement today
that he will be performing at this year's festival. "Is there going
to be a team of paramedics waiting [on stage]?," Osbourne joked,
according to Billboard.com. "I'm not dead. I'm ready to rock, man."

Ozzy's manager/wife Sharon Osbourne said of the bill, "It's harder
than hard and my God, is it ugly. But we think it's what the fans
want," adding that lineup recommendations were solicited through
the Ozzfest web site.

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford explained why the band chose Ozzfest
for their reunion, saying, "It's a really special event. You run to
this if you have the opportunity. It's a wonderful way to bring us
back to the United States."

Ticket prices will range between $10-$65, "which is the same as the
last two years," according to Sharon. Since its inaugural run in 1996,
Ozzfest has grossed $146.5 million from 236 shows that have drawn 3.8
million headbangers, primarily to outdoor amphitheaters.



OZZFEST 2004: The Official Press Release (2/20/2004)

"The day OZZfest comes to town is the best day of summer for hardcore
fans of hard rock and metal music. They know they're getting value beyond
what they paid for." So says OZZfest founder Sharon Osbourne. "The music
starts at 9:30 a.m. and doesn't stop until Ozzy leaves the stage at
11:00 p.m. What they get is 20-plus bands, 13 and a half hours of
non-stop music on two stages, and enough rock insanity to last them
until the next year for about the same amount they'd pay to get into
(Six Flags) Magic Mountain. And seeing Ozzy onstage is a better ride
than any rollercoaster."

Indeed, it's the attention to its fans that makes OZZfest so popular
it was recently voted the "#2 Tour of 2003" by the readers of Rolling
Stone. In fact, fans helped choose the second-stage acts for OZZfest
2004, with more than 65,000 responding in the first weekend to a poll
at www.ozzfest.com. Ozzfest.com will be the site to purchase the best
Ozzfest tickets first. OZZfest is truly unique in that the fans speak,
and the festival listens.

Having come to define summer for many a metalhead, OZZfest is returning
for an incredible ninth consecutive year, with 26 dates beginning July
10 in Hartford, Conn. The earsplitting extravaganza has earned a hallowed
position in the busiest tour season with a relentless commitment to
its core fans and the consistency of quality they demand as their
birthright. Fanatical concertgoers revisit the scene each year as a new
crop of hard-rock hellions is cultivated. They know they'll see
established acts they've grown to worship and discover developing
artists they'll bow down to for many full moons yet to come.

As in previous incarnations, OZZfest 2004 will present two stages, with
The Iron Man Of Rock And Roll, Ozzy Osbourne, headlining the main stage.
This year's lineup also boasts the much-anticipated JUDAS PRIEST reunion,
featuring Rob Halford, metal titans SLAYER and SLIPKNOT, Norwegian
black-metal maniacs DIMMU BORGIR, and fan favorites SUPERJOINT RITUAL
(featuring Phil Anselmo of PANTERA) and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY (fronted by
OZZY guitarist Zakk Wylde).

Among the newer bands who scored well on the www.ozzfest.com poll and
earned a spot on the second stage were HATEBREED, LAMB OF GOD and LACUNA
COIL. This year's second-stage headliners, SLIPKNOT, will also be joined
by GOD FORBID, BLEEDING THROUGH, ATREYU, EVERY TIME I DIE and UNEARTH.
Further lineup inclusions — and plenty of 'em — will be announced shortly.

"We've been around for nearly a decade because we listen to the fans and
stay true to the genre," says Jane Holman, longtime producer of OZZfest
(she has been involved since 1997) and Vice President of Clear Channel
Entertainment. "We don't make the mistake of trying to be all things to
all people."

Longevity is measured in numbers as well as fan response to authenticity,
and when it comes to OZZfest, success has bred success. According to
Billboard: "Since its inaugural run in 1996, OZZfest has grossed a
staggering $146.5 million from 236 shows that have drawn 3.8 million
headbangers, primarily to outdoor amphitheaters" (Dec. 20, 2003).

To be sure, the annual blowout has traditionally showcased the most
acclaimed hard rock acts in the land while at the same time exposing
fans to up-and-coming talent. The second stage is well known for its
ability to break bands and catapult careers. SYSTEM OF A DOWN, INCUBUS,
SLIPKNOT, CHEVELLE and DISTURBED are just some of the artists who've
graduated from second-stage status to bona fide stardom. Others who
broke out big after their stint on OZZfest include GODSMACK, LIMP
BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK.

Of course, the impact of OZZfest extends beyond music. The traveling
show has spawned a community of likeminded souls and become a cultural
touchstone in the process. It takes a village to raise a headbanger,
and the festival's renowned Village Of The Damned - replete with tattoo
artists, piercing booths, state-of-the-art video games, all manner of
vendors and much more - will once again be in force.

It's not surprising that OZZfest is able to draw top-notch sponsors.
Miller is the official beer of OZZfest backstage — the company will
be hosting a tent backstage for artists and a select group of sweepstakes
winners. Jagermeister, also a player in 2004, has been very supportive
over the years. Hot Topic will host the second stage again and will be
the tour's official soft-lines retail partner. FYE, For Your
Entertainment, joins OZZfest for a 4th year as official music retailer
and will host the Artist Autograph Tent. Trojan Brand Condoms are another
key sponsor.

New this year on Ozzfest.com is Ozzfest Radio, powered by KNAC.com, "The
Loudest Dot Com On The Planet." Ozzfest Radio will feature round the clock
streaming of past and present Ozzfest performers.

This is truly a bonus for those unable to attend OZZfest 2004, but the
fact remains: You can't download the festival experience, and OZZfest
is screaming, sweat-streaming, air-punching proof positive of that.

Click here for tour dates.



OZZFEST 2004: Lineup Released Ahead Of Press Conference (2/18/2004)

Ozzfest's official web site has inadvertently released (page since removed)
what is believed to be the official lineup for this year's festival. It is
as follows:

Main Stage:

OZZY OSBOURNE
JUDAS PRIEST
SLAYER
DIMMU BORGIR
SUPERJOINT RITUAL
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

Second Stage:

SLIPKNOT
HATEBREED
LAMB OF GOD

Rotating:

ATREYU
BLEEDING THROUGH
LACUNA COIL
EVERY TIME I DIE
UNEARTH
GOD FORBID

The press conference to announce the exact lineup for this year's Ozzfest
will take place on Friday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. PST at Avalon
(1735 N. Vine Street) in Hollywood, California.



OZZY And His Team Of Doctors On OZZFEST Tour (2/18/2004)

Richard Johnson of The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: "Ozzfest is
going to be a little less raucous this year due to Ozzy Osbourne's recent
all-terrain-vehicle accident in England. 'His doctors have said he needs
ix to eight months of rehab, which will end exactly when Ozzfest begins,'
said our insider. 'His doctors did not want him to do the tour, but he
insisted, so he is planning on having a team of doctors travel with him.'
Onstage, Ozzy will have several well-placed chairs and poles to assist him
if he should need to sit or stand during performances. Meanwhile, Ozzy's
wife Sharon has enraged some Ozzfest bands by demanding they pay upwards
of $100,000 to perform in the traveling heavy metal show. It's prohibitive
for smaller bands,' said our source, who noted Sharon is focusing on trying
to get METALLICA, SLIPKNOT and JUDAS PRIEST to sign on to headline the tour.
A rep said: 'The Osbournes traditionally charge the lesser known bands for
a marketing fee, but the Osbournes pay the larger bands — and there will
not be a slew of doctors in the road.' "



OZZFEST Press Conference (2/13/2004)

The press conference to announce the exact lineup for this year's
Ozzfest will take place on Friday, February 20. The venue for the
press conference will be at Avalon, 1735 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.

The following bands are believed to be confirmed for the festival
right now:

OZZY OSBOURNE
JUDAS PRIEST
SLAYER
THE DARKNESS
DIMMU BORGIR
SUPERJOINT RITUAL
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
LAMB OF GOD
SLIPKNOT (Headlining 2nd Stage)
HATEBREED
EVERY TIME I DIE
ATREYU
BLEEDING THROUGH

More information will be made available soon.



DAVE GROHL Responds To ZAKK WYLDE's Threat (2/13/2004)

Former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl
has responded to Zakk Wylde's infamous 2001 quote in which the
OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist threatened to "kick [Grohl's] ass" because
he wrote this cheese-dick song for OZZ that Zakk had to play on
during the recording sessions for OSBOURNE's "Down To Earth" CD.

In the November 2001 issue of Guitar World, Wylde said, "If I
ever run into Dave Grohl, I'm gonna kick his fuckin' ass, because
I think he sucks, and he wrote this cheese-dick song for OZZY that
I have to fuckin' play on, and I'll never forgive him for that.
FOO FIGHTERS is a fuckin' candy-ass girl band, but you've got that
motherfucker submitting songs [to OZZY], too. I mean, none of these
guys could play a Randy Rhoads solo if they tried. Dave Grohl? Fuck
Dave Grohl! Let him get up there and play 'Mr. Crowley' — he can't
fuckin' do it! And it's like, you're getting this guy to write
songs for OZZY? Just because he played drums for fucking SHITVANA?"

Speaking to Sweden's premiere metal magazine Close-Up (web site) for
its February/March 2004 issue, Grohl stated, "It's funny, 'cause a
long time ago — this is maybe four years ago — I got a call from
someone who said, 'Would you like to write some songs for OZZY's
record?' I thought, 'Yeah, fuck that'd be amazing, great.' So I
wrote a couple of riffs, recorded them and did demos. I thought
it would be great if OZZY had a new record that was like old school.
A really raw recording, really raw riffs with melody, but just
fucking raw. So I wrote these two instrumentals and I sent them
to him, but I never heard anything from them ever again. I never
heard from the label, I never heard from Sharon and I never heard
from anybody. So I thought they didn't like them. The song that
KING DIAMOND sings [on the PROBOT album] and the song that Eric
Wagner from TROUBLE sings, those are the two songs that I wrote
for OZZY. They're not the exact same instrumental recordings, but
those are the same riffs. That's what I was gonna hand to him. I
was like, 'Here man, let's do this old-school shit,' but I never
heard from him. . . I didn't think they'd use them so I thought
'Oh, cool, I'll just put them on this PROBOT record.' But those
were the exactly same two songs and I thought they sounded kinda
cool. But I can understand. If I were Zakk Wylde… He's an amazing
guitar player, there's no question about it, the guy's an incredible
guitar player. If my singer wanted other people to write the songs,
I'd be fucking pissed too. I'd be really pissed off, I'd be like,
'Wait a second, I can write music. Why are you asking someone else?'
So I understand why he's pissed off. But it is those two songs and
I though those riffs were kinda cool. I think maybe they recorded
one, but never used it. But I don't know which one they recorded,
'cause I've never heard from anybody."



Magazine: OZZY To 'Bite The Dust' In Nine Years (2/13/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne will live another nine years before "biting the dust,"
according to a magazine report.

In the Blender magazine article "When Will Your Favorite Rock
Star Die?", out on newsstands next week, gerontologist Dr. David
Demko attempts to project the death dates of musicians, based on
their lifestyles.

Whitney Houston gains five for being married, but loses four for
being married to Bobby Brown. She's expected to die in 2022.

Clay Aiken is expected to live to be 82 because he lives so
squeaky-clean.

Courtney Love earns five years for having new breasts, which
increases her self-esteem, but loses eight for enjoying "the
occasional truckload of cigarettes." She's projected to live
to be 62.

Demko is determined ROLLING STONES guitarist Keith Richards
should have died in 1995.



Daisley, Kerslake, Airey Update (2/13/2004)

The new "supergroup" featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Bob
Daisley alongside members of URIAH HEEP and DEEP PURPLE, will
release their debut album under the name LIVING LOUD, according
to Undercover News.

The band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP,
OZZY OSBOURNE) on drums, Don Airey (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH,
RAINBOW) on keyboards, Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE) on guitar, and
Jimmy Barnes (COLD CHISEL) on vocals, will release their debut
album in February on Melbourne record producer Michael Gudinski's
Liberation label.

The CD, titled "Relentless", was recorded in Florida at Greg Rikes
studio with producer Darren Schneider, who has worked with DEEP
PURPLE, MATCHBOX 20 and CREED. The keyboards were subsequently
laid down and at AIR studios in London, where the entire affair
was mixed.

The album will include five new original songs written by Steve,
Jimmy, Lee and Bob, along with several cover versions of various
OZZY OSBOURNE classics. The first single will be "In The Name of
God", written by Barnes, Daisley, Kerslake and Morse.

"Relentless" track listing:

01. Last Chance
02. I Don't Know
03. Every Moment A Lifetime
04. Crazy Train
05. In The Name Of God
06. Fly High Again
07. Pushed Me Too Hard
08. Mr. Crowley
09. Tonight
10. Walk Away
11. Over The Mountain



SHARON Says Wants To Host TV Show With OZZY (2/13/2004)

Sharon Osbourne says she's disappointed her talk show was
canceled and would like to host another program with her
husband, Ozzy Osbourne, according to the Associated Press.

"I've had a complete blast doing it. I'm sorry that it had to
go this way," she said Thursday (Feb. 12) on CNN's "Larry King
Live".

"The Sharon Osbourne Show" was recently canceled because of low
ratings, she said. She will shoot the program until May.

"I love doing TV," she added. "And for me to say, 'No, I never
want to do it again,' I'd be a liar. Of course, I do. But I
would ... feel better doing it with my husband."

Osbourne said she was unsure about returning to the show after
her husband was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident in
England last year. But she was encouraged to come back, she said.

She added that her husband has little movement in his arm
following the accident but will recover.

Osbourne kept the cancellation in perspective.

"In the scheme of life, it's nothing," she said.



Ozzy & Bodyguard "Sam" on Sharon's Talk Postponed (2/13/2004)

This show has been postponed until further notice. My guess
is that the upcoming show on ABC next week (Primetime) wanted
to bill their show as "the first interview with Ozzy since his
accident".



Ozzy & Bodyguard "Sam" on Sharon's Talk SHow 2/11 (2/7/2004)

Ozzy and Sam the bodyguard are scheduled to be on Sharon's talk
show next Wednesday, Feb 11.



Ozzy & Sharon Primetime Interview 2/19 (2/7/2004)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne will discuss their latest crisis with
Sawyer on ABC's Primetime Thursday Feb. 19.



SHARON, OZZY To Co-Host Friday-Night TV Show? (2/7/2004)

Sharon Osbourne's talk show was not renewed for a second season,
but she's already in discussions with a network about a TV comeback,
according to People magazine. Osbourne is reportedly eyeing a Friday
late-night show she'd co-host with her husband, Ozzy Osbourne,
who's back at home following his accident in December. As for their
three kids, Sharon told People's Zorianna Kit that Jack is still
sober, Aimee has moved to Manhattan, and 19-year-old Kelly has sold
her house and will live in the family's Beverly Hills mansion.
"She's not ready to be on her own," said Sharon, who also revealed
that she is now completely cancer-free.



SABBATH Box Set To Surface In April (2/7/2004)

According to www.black-sabbath.com, the release date for the
much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The
Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", has been pushed back
to April 27.

Retailing for $99.98, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black
Sabbath (1970-1978)" will feature remastered versions of the band's
albums with Ozzy Osbourne behind the mike, as well as a live DVD
with previously unseen footage.

The original SABBATH lineup (along with executive producer Sharon
Osbourne) supervised the box set, which will feature the classic
albums "Black Sabbath", "Paranoid", "Master of Reality", "Vol. 4",
"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Sabotage", "Technical Ecstasy" and
"Never Say Die!"

The box will include the band's only non-LP studio recording, "Evil
Woman", from 1970.

The bonus DVD will feature classic performances of such SABBATH
songs as "Iron Man" and "Paranoid", a live cover of Carl
Perkins' "Blues Suede Shoes", and a rare promotional clip for
the song "Black Sabbath".

The eighty-page booklet also features a group timeline, photos,
reprints of all the album lyrics and two new historical essays by
writers Chris Welch ("1970-1972: Lords of This World") and Brian
Ives ("1973-1978: A Hard Road").



SHARON: Talk-Show Cancellation Was 'Blessing In Disguise' (2/7/2004)

Sharon Osbourne has told Star magazine that the cancellation of her
short-lived chat show was a "blessing in disguise."

"The Sharon Osbourne Show" debuted in September, but recently ended
production because of dwindling ratings.

"Sure, I was upset at first — no one wants to have their show
cancelled — but in some ways it's a blessing in disguise,"
Sharon said.

"I was beginning to think that with all the time the show was
taking up in my life, I never got to see my husband anymore, and
I never got to spent much time with my family."

Sharon, 51, admitted her feelings were "hurt," but she added, "I
would have liked to have said, 'I really don't want to do a second
season anyway,' but they didn't give me that chance. I'm a big
girl though.

"Now I can finally spend time taking care of Ozzy. He's doing
much, much better. Every day he heals more."

Once the show wraps in May, Sharon plans to take a long vacation
before hitting the road with her husband on his annual Ozzfest tour,
according to TeenHollywood.com.



Sharon: Ozzy Will Play at Ozzfest (2/7/2004)

Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne is proving once again she's a
very demanding manager - she's sending her ailing husband Ozzy
back out on tour.

The former Black Sabbath front man is still recovering from
injuries that left him fighting for his life at Christmas - after
he fell from his ATV in the grounds of his English estate.

However, his manager-wife is determined to get her man fit and
well so he can head out on this summer's lucrative Ozzfest tour.

A spokesman for Sharon says Ozzy will Definitely perform at
this year's Ozzfest.

If she gets her wish, her husband will join a bill that will also
feature Judas Priest and Slipknot.

Ozzy is still wearing a neck and shoulder brace after breaking
his collarbone and neck and fracturing eight ribs in the fall.



QUARTZ: Anthology Details Revealed (2/7/2004)

Sanctuary Records will release an anthology double-CD set from
Birmingham heavy metal band QUARTZ this spring.

Disc one comprises the entire 1977 Tony Iommi-produced "Quartz"
album, including tracks featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Iommi on lead
guitar and "Sugar Rain", where the SABBATH riffmeister donates
a flute solo. Added are eight bonus 7" single b-sides and unreleased
demo recordings from 1978. The track "Back In The Band" was only
included on the "Muthas Pride" EMI compilation album and was
written by guitarist Geoff Nicholls about Ozzy's return to SABBATH
for the "Never Say Die" album.

Disc two is the entire "Quartz Live - Count Dracula & Other Love
Stories" album. None of these anthology tracks have been included
on CD previously.

Considered one of the leading NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal)
bands, QUARTZ guitarist Mike Hopkins had previously played with John
Bonham's WAY OF LIFE while second guitarist Geoff Nicholls would join
BLACK SABBATH in 1979. Drummer Malcolm Cope was involved with
pre-production for BLACK SABBATH's "Born Again".

Over their career QUARTZ toured heavily - playing the Reading
Festival three times ('76, ''77 and '80) - and touring as support
to the likes of UFO, IRON MAIDEN, SAXON, GILLAN and RUSH. The band
released four albums.

Forthcoming QUARTZ anthology track listing:

Disc 1:

01. Mainline Riders
02. Sugar Rain (w/Ozzy)
03. Streetfighting Lady
04. Hustler
05. Devil's Brew
06. Smokie
07. Around And Around
08. Pleasure Seekers
09. Little Old Lady
10. Satan's Serenade
11. Can't Say No To You
12. Wild Fire
13. I Can't Let Go
14. The Dealer
15. Circles (w/Ozzy)
16. Nantucket Sleighride
17. Back In The Band

Disc 2 - Live Album:

01. Street Fighting Lady
02. Good Time Tonight
03. Mainline Rider
04. Birdman
05. Belinda
06. Around And Around
07. Roll Over Beethoven
08. Jailbait
09. Born To Rock The Nation
10. Count Dracula
11. Nantucket Sleighride
12. Hustler
13. Pleasure Seekers



BILL WARD: 'I Have 60 Cassettes Of New Songs (2/7/2004)

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward recently gave an interview to
the U.K.'s Rhythm magazine in which he discussed the group's
early years, his musical upbringing and SABBATH's current status.
Asked if there are any plans to make another BLACK SABBATH album,
Ward said, "That would be nice. I'd like to. We certainly have
enough material. At my house here, I have nearly 60 cassettes
of new SABBATH songs we've worked on. It's just stuff we churned
out. [Guitarist] Tony [Iommi] and [bassist] Geezer [Butler] have
the same amount of tapes. Tony comes up with these riffs, and
like we always did, I tried some melody ideas, took them back
to Tony, he would come back to me with ideas, same with Geezer.
We'd be sending things back and forth. We just share ideas and
that makes the songs work, like always. I just love it. I love
them all and working with them is so easy. You just have to listen
to Tony, see where he's going, and he inspires so much. So we'd
like to do another SABBATH album, but Ozzy's [been] on tour.
Geezer's in the U.K. Tony is working on projects. We just have
to just get together in the same room."

In the same issue of Rhythm magazine, current OZZY OSBOURNE
drummer Mike Bordin spoke about filling in for his "hero" Bill
Ward for a number of BLACK SABBATH dates several years ago.

"I've been really, really into music since I was about eight
years old, but when I first heard a BLACK SABBATH record, that
was it — there was nothing else," Bordin said.

"The very next week, on April 6, 1974, I saw them on TV on the
'California Jam'. It was the most compelling, the most exciting,
the most physical thing that I had ever seen — it was a revelation.
I remember Bill as this big, crazy, giant hairy dude with red
tights and no shirt. By the middle of the first song, you couldn't
see him — it was just hair and flailing arms.

"When you look at Bill's style of playing, you have to look at it
in the context of the giants around him. Geezer, Tony and Ozzy
are like forces of nature, and to balance in between them and not
be squished, you have to be a giant as well.

"Bill's playing is phenomenally individual and completely unique,
nobody can play those songs like him. I was raised on BLACK SABBATH
music and it was hugely important to me even before I started
playing drums.

"Bill Ward is a prince of a human being and I feel honored to have
had a chance to play in BLACK SABBATH with Ozzy, Tony and Geezer.
It was my tribute to the man that wasn't onstage, but should
have been…"




Sharon: I Asked To Be Released From Talk-Show Contract (2/2/2004)

A spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne has confirmed to Billboard.com
that "The Sharon Osbourne Show", the syndicated daytime talk show
hosted by the wife/manager of Ozzy Osbourne, has been cancelled
(as first reported here on Jan. 22). Time Warner's Telepictures,
the show's producers, denied that the talk show was officially
cancelled, although several sources involved with the show
confirmed to Billboard that it is ceasing production.

Sharon herself has yet to publicly comment on the cancellation.
However, in an interview with USA Today, Osbourne said she asked
to be released from her contract in December following husband
Ozzy's near-fatal ATV crash.

Meanwhile, a new season of "The Osbournes", MTV's reality show
based around the family life of Sharon and Ozzy, kicked off on
the music network Tuesday night (Jan. 27).

According to USA Today, Ozzy's accident will show up in episode
five, when the singer returns to the family's Buckinghamshire
estate in England. He and daughter Kelly were in the U.K. to
promote their duet "Changes", a track he originally recorded
with BLACK SABBATH.



OZZY Gets Sky-High Welcome In U.S. (2/2/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne had a sky-high welcome from wife Sharon to
welcome him back to America, according to the Irish Examiner.

Before Christmas the former BLACK SABBATH singer was involved
in a horrific quad-bike accident on his country estate in Britain.

After suffering a range of life-threatening injuries he spent
weeks in hospital and only returned to California last week.

He immediately made tracks to his favorite restaurant Lulu's
Alibi where he ate a roll stuffed with chips and covered with
HP sauce and malt vinegar — named the "Ozzy Sandwich" in his honor.

Owner Lulu said: "When he came in he looked amazingly well — he was
in great spirits and was hysterically funny."

While he was eating a plane flew over the restaurant trailing a
banner which read: "Welcome Home Ozzy!"

"It was paid for by his wife, and when he saw it, he was totally
excited."



Spokesperson: OZZY Will 'Definitely' Headline OZZFEST 2004 (1/26/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne will "definitely" perform at this year's Ozzfest, a
spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne Management has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET.

Osbourne will top a main-stage bill that will probably include veteran
British heavy metallers JUDAS PRIEST. Also expected to appear are
SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED, who will likely co-headline the festival's
second-stage. Other rumored contenders for the festival include
DAMAGEPLAN and VELVET REVOLVER.

Ozzy's ability to participate in the 2004 installment of the annual
travelling heavy metal festival was placed under a cloud of
uncertainty following his all-terrain vehicle accident in December.

Osbourne, 55, fractured his collarbone, eight ribs and a neck
vertebra when the 600-pound vehicle he was riding flipped and
landed on top of him at his estate in Buckinghamshire, southern
England. He spent a week on a ventilator.

Earlier this month, Ozzy cancelled a 20-date European tour,
citing his need to spend the next few months getting his life
back on track in the wake of the near-fatal accident.

Announcing the cancellation, Osbourne said: "I am deeply disappointed,
but it's out of my control.

"Right now I need to concentrate on my recovery and unfortunately
this is something I cannot rush.

"I have to take things one step at a time now. I look forward to
being back on stage as and when the doctors tell me I am fit and
ready."



Judas Priest & Slipnot Heavily Rumored For Ozzfest '04 (1/26/2004)

Source: JUDAS PRIEST '90 Percent A Go' For OZZFEST 2004, SLIPKNOT
To Headline Second Stage.

According to a reliable industry source, JUDAS PRIEST are "90% a go"
for this year's Ozzfest, which is tentatively expected to kick off
late June/early July. OZZY OSBOURNE, who is recovering from a nasty
all-terrain-vehicle crash, will reportedly try to headline the
festival once again, although any complications with his recovery
may indefinitely postpone his return to the live stage. SLIPKNOT
are believed to be in talks to co-headline the festival's second
stage with HATEBREED, while DAMAGEPLAN and VELVET REVOLVER are also
said to be strong possibilities. Says our source: "The thinking is
that not enough people have been coming early so [the festival
organizers] may lay off the newer acts and get more established
acts for the second stage."



Ozzy Thanks Doctor With £50,000 Check (1/24/2004)


GRATEFUL rocker Ozzy Osbourne hands a £50,000 “thank you” to
one of the doctors who saved his life.

The singer, 55, whipped out the cheque on a surprise trip to
the hospital where he spent two weeks after a quad-bike smash.

He shook hands with medical director Dr Dick Jack and told
him: “I’ve been to several hospitals in my life.

“But this is definitely the best — the service was second to
none.” The ex-Black Sabbath star suffered multiple injuries
in the accident at his Buckinghamshire estate in early December.

He was still in a neckbrace when he thanked doctors and nurses
at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berks.

OZZY’S wife Sharon has revealed he is desperate to be knighted
by the Queen.



Sharon Osbourne Show Faces the Ax (1/23/2004)

After less than a year on the air, "The Sharon Osbourne Show" has
been given the ol' heave-ho by the Tribune stations, its main
outlet, which is already looking for suitable replacements,
according to reports out of the current National Association
of Television Program Executives conference in Las Vegas.

The show never really caught on with viewers, with some TV critics
suggesting that it was Ozzy wife's in-your-face approach, which
doesn't play as well during the day as it initially did when
"The Osbournes" first made splash on MTV. (That nighttime show
also has drastically dipped in the ratings.)

For those who missed it, Sharon, 51, conducted her talk-show
interviews on top of a giant bed.

Yet as Osbourne and other lower-end talkfests, such as Ricki
Lake and Montel Williams, have been taking hits in the numbers,
such uplifting shows as Doctor Phil and Oprah soared by 17
percent or more.

The Tribune company has yet to announce formally that "The
Sharon Osbourne Show" is out on its ear, but the buzz at the
TV conference is reportedly revolving around what new show
will replace it.

Potential contenders include "The Jane Pauley Show," "Ambush
Makeover," "The Insider" (an "Entertainment Tonight" spinoff),
"The Tony Danza Show," "Home Delivery" -- or even the new talk
project featuring Jennifer Lopez's sister, New York-based TV
reporter Lynda Lopez, produced by J.Lo's company. Stay tuned.



Ozzy Wants Another Child (1/23/2004)

OZZY Osbourne’s wife Sharon has revealed the rocker longs for
another baby after cheating death in a quad bike accident.

Wildman Ozzy, 55, pleaded with her to start trying as soon as he
left hospital — even though he was in a neck brace and had eight
broken ribs.

Sharon, 51, who already has kids Aimee, Kelly and Jack, told eager
Ozzy he must wait.

She said: “Two nights ago he was on about having another baby. That’s
all Ozzy is talking about at the moment. He was saying, ‘Lets have
one more’.

“I’m not so sure. We’d end up being geriatric parents. I’d rather
have another dog. But we’ll see.”

She went on: “My husband is a bloody nutter. He wanted sex the
week he came out of hospital.

“I was like, ‘Are you f*****g nuts?’ I hurt just looking at you.

“Can you imagine humping someone with a great big metal neck brace
on and his arm in a sling?

“I was scared to even touch him. He had eight broken ribs, a broken
neck, he’s got a metal bar for a collarbone. He’s out of his mind.

“But now he has a softer brace to wear at night and he’s easier
to cuddle. We’ve got our sex life back.”

Ozzy was crushed by his quad bike when it landed on top of him
at his 320-acre Buckinghamshire estate on December 8.

He was in a coma for eight days and “died” twice in the operating
theatre.

But he horrified doctors when he discharged himself from
intensive care on Christmas Eve.

Sharon, who presents her own Sky One daytime chatshow, said: “He’s
still in pain but getting better every day. He’s out of the
hospital bed and in mine.

“Ozzy’s back in the old pit with his missus.”



Ozzy Returns To U.S. After Accident (1/17/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne is back on U.S. soil after injuring himself in an
all-terrain vehicle accident in England more than a month ago,
according to the Associated Press.

His wife, Sharon Osbourne, told her talk-show audience during
the episode she taped Thursday in Los Angeles that her husband
had returned to their house in Beverly Hills, Calif., the previous
night.

"I am so happy he's home I can't begin to tell you, but my poor
husband is in so much agony, still in so much pain, he couldn't
sleep all night and the one thing is ... he's got this metal
rod ... instead of a collarbone now," she said during "The Sharon
Osbourne Show" airing Jan. 22.

"I am just so happy that he's home 'cause all the time I ... felt
so lonely, like I've lost something," she added. "You know that
feeling when you know you've lost something and what is it? It's
like, 'Oh, it's my husband!'"

The 55-year-old metal star stopped breathing twice and was in a
coma for eight days after the Dec. 8 crash.

He fractured his collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra when
the 600-pound vehicle he was riding flipped and landed on top of
him at his estate in Buckinghamshire, southern England. He spent
a week on a ventilator.



Iommi Speaks About Future Sabbath Album (1/12/2004)

Yes, it's no secret the four of us have been together off & on
now for some time now, 7 years solid I do believe & yes we have
all recorded some really great material & we did have intentions
of discussing this frontier shortly, then the accident happened.
On that note we all are aside with our goodies & awaiting as to
what Ozzy will be like in the future. Perhaps 2005 will be the
year we launch something. I really don't know either. But if you
look at the big picture, none of us are putting any solo work out
anytime soon. Read into that the way you will.



The Sharon Osbourne Show To Feature Tribute To OZZY (1/11/2004)

Monday's (Jan. 12) episode of "The Sharon Osbourne Show" will
feature a tribute to Ozzy Osbourne that chronicles the singer's
life before and after the all-terrain vehicle accident that
nearly killed him last month, according to the Associated Press.

Osbourne, 55, fractured his collarbone, eight ribs and a neck
vertebra when the 600-pound vehicle he was riding flipped and
landed on top of him at his estate in Buckinghamshire, southern
England, on Dec. 8. He spent a week on a ventilator.

"We heard from Prince Charles and — never let anyone say he's
a bad guy 'cause he's all right by the Osbournes — he sent my
husband a bottle of scotch, which of course he's not going to
drink!" Osbourne tells the audience, according to excerpts
from the show released Friday.

In other news, MTV has confirmed that "The Osbournes" reality
series would return with five new episodes starting Tuesday,
Jan. 27 (10:30 p.m. EST).

"Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly are back on MTV with all new
adventures including Jack's 18th birthday, a trip to the
tattoo parlor for some family members, a whole slew of new
dogs and cats, massive new construction on the Beverly Hills
house, and much, much more," the cable channel said Friday.



OZZY, KELLY Receive Gold Single In The U.K. (1/11/2004)

Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly's recently released joint
single, "Changes", has been certified as gold in the U.K.

The song, the original version of which appeared on BLACK
SABBATH's 1972 album, "Black Sabbath, Vol. 4", is included
on the reissued edition of Kelly Osbourne's 2002 debut,
"Shut Up" (re-titled "Changes", which was made available
through Sanctuary Records in September.



European Tour Officially Cancelled (1/8/2004)

OZZY OSBOURNE has officially cancelled his European tour in the
wake of his quad bike crash.

The singer, who almost died following the accident last month
which left him with fractured ribs and vertebra, has vowed to
return to the stage as soon as he could following the smash in
the grounds of his Buckinghamshire, England mansion.

Announcing the cancellation of his 20-date tour, Osbourne said:
"I am deeply disappointed, but it's out of my control.

"Right now I need to concentrate on my recovery and unfortunately
this is something I cannot rush.

"I have to take things one step at a time now. I look forward to
being back on stage as and when the doctors tell me I am fit and
ready."

Osbourne also thanked fans and well-wishers who had sent messages
of support for his speedy recovery.



First Interview With Ozzy Since Accident With Pics! (1/5/2004)

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Osbournes Season 3 To Start Jan 27th (1/5/2004)

They said it might happen and they weren't lying. America's first
family of dysfunction is back for a third season of madness and
mayhem. Jump into the not-so-private lives of Ozzy, Sharon, Jack,
Kelly, Melinda and their sh*tload of pets. It's just like moving
into their spare bedroom...without the dog crap!

The new season of The Osbournes premieres on Tuesday,
January 27 @ 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.



Ozzy Says He 'Died' Twice After Bike Crash (1/4/2004)

Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne said on Sunday he "died" twice
after an accident on a quad bike that left him in a coma for
eight days. Osbourne's life was saved by bodyguard Sam Ruston
who went to his aid after the December 8 crash at the star's
country estate in Buckinghamshire, southern England.

"If it wasn't for Sam I probably wouldn't be here," Osbourne
told Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper.

"He had to bring me back to life twice."

The former frontman of heavy metal band Black Sabbath said he
had learned a lesson from his brush with death.

"I'll never go near one of those damn bikes again...I am lucky
to be here today and not paralyzed," he told the newspaper.

Osbourne fractured eight ribs and a vertebra in the accident.

"The doctors tell me every day it could have been a lot worse.
I could be dead."

Sharon told the newspaper she would have committed suicide had
her husband died.

"If Ozzy had gone, I would have gone with him." she said.



Long-Lost QUARTZ Album Featuring IOMMI, OZZY To Get Reissued (1/4/2004)

Sanctuary Records will re-issue the debut album from Birmingham heavy
metal band QUARTZ in early 2004. Originally issued on Jet Records in 1977,
the album was produced by BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and features
guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and QUEEN guitarist Brian May.

Considered one of the leading NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal)
bands, QUARTZ guitarist Mike Hopkins had previously played with John
Bonham's WAY OF LIFE while second guitarist Geoff Nicholls would join
BLACK SABBATH in 1979. Drummer Malcolm Cope was involved with pre-production
for BLACK SABBATH's "Born Again".

Over their career QUARTZ toured heavily — playing the Reading Festival
three times ('76, ''77 and '80) — and touring as support to the likes
of UFO, IRON MAIDEN, SAXON, GILLAN and RUSH. The band released four albums.

The following is an edited extract from Garry Sharpe-Young's acclaimed
BLACK SABBATH biography "Never Say Die":

QUARTZ was on the rise and having Tony Iommi acting as producer on
their album lent extra kudos. "Working with Tony as a producer on our
debut record was great, very different to some of the big name producers
we had used in the past," reckons Malcolm Cope. "Tony put guitar on two
tracks on the record and even played his flute on 'Sugar Rain'. He's a
great flute player. Not many people know that."

Contracts kept any notion of actual performance credits out of the
public arena as acknowledged by Geoff Nicholls. "Tony had produced
the record and he was obviously going to play on it too. It's just
that we couldn't say that at the time for legal reasons. He did quite
a bit on the record actually, a couple of solos. Ozzy sang on 'Sugar
Rain' too. Again, we weren't allowed to credit him."

It would not only be the SABBATH duo that featured on the record.
Tony's friend Brian May of QUEEN fame was invited down to the
recording studio. The man would get to add a splash of that famous
hand made guitar onto the track "Circles", once more featuring a
certain Mr. Ozzy Osbourne on backing vocals. "Ozzy tried to put
some harmonica on too," laughs Malcolm.

"Circles" inexplicably never made the album, only appearing as
the B side to the subsequent "Stoking The Fires Of Hell" single.

The Sanctuary re-release features many bonus tracks, including
"Circles", and liner notes from Garry Sharpe-Young. A detailed
QUARTZ biography and discography can be found at Rockdetector.

(Note From Mitch: I have the original single with "Circles" on it
and I don't hear any harmonica or Ozzy on this tune.)



OZZY Misses Son's Wedding (12/31/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne missed out today on the wedding of his eldest son, Louis,
in Ireland, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

Louis, 28, married Irish girl Louise Lennon, 30, with the reception
held in Kinnitty Castle in Birr, Co Offaly.

Around 160 guests attended the fairy-tale wedding, including Louis's
mother Thelma (Ozzy's first wife) and his sister Jessica.

Ozzy was unable to attend on account of a near-fatal quad-biking accident
a few weeks ago. His second wife, Sharon, was also unable to attend as
she is maintaining a vigil at Ozzy's bedside.

The happy couple were being married in St Flannan's Church, before
travelling by horse and cart to the breathtaking Kinnitty Castle.

The guests will party into the night, ringing in the New Year with a
poitín toast at midnight.

Louis replied that, "whether his father attended the wedding or not
paled into insignificance after the horrific injuries he sustained.

"All I want him to do is get better," he said.



OZZY OSBOURNE Voted Rock Star Of 2003 (12/31/2003)

Injured singer Ozzy Osbourne has been voted rock star of the year
in a poll of music fans, according to BBC News.

Osbourne, who is recovering from a quad bike crash and recently
secured his first U.K. No. 1 single, won the accolade from Virgin
Radio listeners.

Justin Hawkins, frontman with THE DARKNESS, came a close second
in the poll of 3,000 fans.

U2's singer Bono was voted into third place, ahead of Robbie
Williams and COLDPLAY's Chris Marti.

"Ozzy Osbourne is the kind of rock legend we would all secretly
love as a dad," said Ben Jones, the presenter of Virgin's "Most
Wanted" show.

"He's in a massive rock band and has lived the rock 'n' roll
lifestyle to the full — the kind of fatherly advice you get from
Ozzy Osbourne comes from experience.

"And Justin Hawkins from THE DARKNESS has spent the year jumping
around in a catsuit when he's not flying around in his space-ship -
it's definitely been his year."

Other rock stars to make it in to the top ten included two Sixties
legends — ROLLING STONES guitarist Keith Richards at No. 6 and
THE BEATLES' Sir Paul McCartney at No. 7.

WHITE STRIPES' singer Jack White and Pete Docherty of new British
band THE LIBERTINES also made it into the top ten.



Ozzy's Stageplay Set For Manhattan In 2005 (12/30/2003)

Ailing reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne is penning a rock opera
about Siberian mystic Rasputin.

The metal man, currently recovering from a quad bike accident
in England, says he relates to the eccentric monk, who influenced
the tragic Russian royals Czar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra.

Rasputin survived many assassination attempts by courtiers
concerned over his hold on the royal family, who went on to be
executed by a Bolshevik firing squad in 1918. Rasputin was
eventually killed when he was tied up and thrown into a river
in 1916.

Ozzy explains, "I want to stop touring so much and do a Broadway
musical on Rasputin. Someone I can identify with."

The Osbournes star has already written several songs for the show,
which he plans to bring to Manhattan's theater scene in 2005.



RHOADS To Be Inducted Into Hollywood's ROCKWALK OF FAME (12/28/2003)

Former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Randy Rhoads will be inducted into
Hollywood's RockWalk of Fame on Thursday, March 18, 2004. The
induction will be held in front of Guitar Center Hollywood on
Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California. The exact time will for
the induction will be announced at a later date.

Randy Rhoads died tragically in a plane crash on March 19, 1982,
one day after performing his final show with OZZY OSBOURNE at the
Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was 25 years old.

Although Randy only recorded two studio albums with Ozzy (1980's
"Blizzard of Ozz" and 1981's "iary of a Madman", the impact he
had on a generation of young guitar players worldwide was truly
remarkable. Ozzy Osbourne himself has been haunted by Rhoads'
memory. "He was a saint," said the singer who was responsible for
discovering him. "He was an angel, and too good for this world.
His death's always on my mind."



Ozzy Osbourne Out of Intensive Care (12/28/2003)

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has been moved out of intensive care as
he recovers from the crash of an all-terrain vehicle two weeks
ago, his family said Tuesday.

Osbourne, 55, fractured his collarbone, eight ribs and a neck
vertebra when the 600-pound ATV flipped and landed on top of him
at his estate in Buckinghamshire, southern England, on Dec. 8.
He spent a week on a ventilator.

In a written statement, the Osbourne family said Ozzy had been
moved from Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, west of London, to
a private clinic.

Osbourne's wife Sharon said last week it would probably take
six months for the former Black Sabbath frontman to recover fully.

"The Osbourne family are very happy that Ozzy has been allowed
out of the intensive care unit for Christmas and would like to
thank everyone for their kind support, well wishes and prayers,"
the statement said.

Osbourne's single "Changes," a duet with daughter Kelly, topped
the British charts last week.




OZZY OSBOURNE's Early Home Up For Sale (12/28/2003)

James Carteledge of ic Birmingham is reporting that a rural
retreat once owned by Ozzy Osbourne is up for a sale at £475,000
(approximately $840,000).

Ozzy lived at Bullrush Cottage in Ranton Green, near Stafford,
with his first wife Thelma Mayfair more than 20 years ago and now
current owners Phillipa and Roland Stigwood are looking to sell
the property.

The cottage stands in about an acre of land and boasts four
bedrooms and a separate annexe featuring extra lounge, dining
and bedroom space.

Potential buyers are told of the property's famous former owner
on estate agent Reeds Rains' web site (check out pictures of the
property here:
http://www.reedsrains.co.uk/search_v2/Details.asp?c=0001&r=2681021

"This home was once occupied by the famous Ozzy Osbourne, being a
great retreat for those wishing to get away from it all but yet
within close reach of all amenities," it says.

Phillipa said Osbourne, originally from Aston, was still popular
in the area after buying a sports field for children to use.

"Personally I'm not a fan but Ozzy is well thought of around here
because he bought a field for youngsters to play football on,"
she said.

"There is also a famous story about him shooting chickens in
the garden, apparently after he had a big row with Thelma.

"He seems to have become a bit of an institution and we have had
interest in the property but we don't want people coming round
just to sight-see."




Will Ozzy's crash be aired? (12/17/2003)

MTV execs are debating whether Ozzy Osbourne's recovery from his crash is
prime time material.

The rocker will be going through extensive rehabilitation following an
all-terrain vehicle accident, but producers of "The Osbournes" can't decide
how much of it to include in the hit reality series.

"We already went through Sharon Osbourne's recovery from cancer," laments an
insider. "We don't want [the show] to become 'General Hospital.'"
Also influencing the decision, says another source, are recent revelations
that Osbourne has been heavily medicated during much of the taping of the
series. "It sort of undermines the humor when you realize that all this
doddering and stammering isn't the after affects of drugs he took twenty
years ago," says the source, "but prescription drugs."

"I know there are cameras around, whether or not they are actually filming
is something that MTV would decide with the family," an MTV spokesman told
The Scoop. "Clearly we want Ozzy to get better. That comes first."




SHARON: OZZY Will Take Six Months To Recover (12/16/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne will take six months to recover from his quad bike
crash injuries, his wife Sharon said Tuesday (Dec. 16).

Ozzy is said to be breathing unaided and joking with nurses - even
asking two of them to marry him.

But in an interview with Lorraine Kelly on GMTV, Sharon said it
would be some time before Ozzy was back to his old self.

"Probably about six months," she said. "But he will be back, he's
not going anywhere. He'll be ordering everybody around, don't worry.

"He is doing so good. He's so much better. He's off the ventilator
and breathing on his own, he just has some assistance with some
oxygen but he's doing it all on his own.

"He's awake and he's causing havoc. He's busy telling jokes all
the time, he's already asked two nurses to marry him."

The former BLACK SABBATH frontman was placed on a ventilator and
underwent emergency surgery after breaking eight ribs and a
collarbone and cracking a vertebra in his neck when the 600lb
bike landed on top of him.

Sharon said: "It's just amazing what the body does within a period
of 24 hours. I saw him the night before and there was no movement,
nothing. I came in the next day and he was moving around, his eyes
were wandering.

"He can't talk properly but he's got a little raspy voice."

According to Sharon, Ozzy cried when he heard the news that his
single "Changes", a duet with daughter Kelly, was top of the
charts in the U.K.

"He has never had a number one and for me it just goes to show
how people love him," she said.

"It's a dream come true for him. The first thing I told him when
he came to was about his single. He couldn't speak but tears were
coming out."



Ozzy To Have Steel Plate Fitted To Back Of Neck (12/16/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE is to have a 7-inch steel plate fitted to the back
of his neck. Surgeons will perform the delicate operation as soon
as the former BLACK SABBATH frontman is strong enough.

It is understood they will insert the plate and take bone grafts
from the 55-year-old singer's pelvis to reinforce the area in a
three-hour operation. The plate will help stabilize the vertebrae
Ozzy cracked in a quad bike crash.

Doctors fear that without it Ozzy could suffer permanent damage
if he fell on his head or neck again. Spinal surgeon Alan Gardner
said the operation could be carried out only by "the country's top
100 surgeons".

Mr. Gardner, who works at Hartswood Hospital, Essex, added: "The
plate will be used to stabilize the area and bone grafts put in so
it will be like reinforcing rods in a concrete building, with bone
forming all around it.

"The plate will be secure for the rest of the patient's life."
It would prevent any pressure being put on the spinal cord.

Ozzy was breathing unaided after doctors at Wexham Park Hospital
in Slough, Berks, took him off a ventilator and he chatted to wife
Sharon for the first time.



Ozzy Taken Off Ventilator (12/15/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne began breathing unaided following his near-fatal
accident.

The former BLACK SABBATH singer has been able to chat to wife
Sharon this morning at the Berkshire hospital where he has been
recovering since crashing his quad bike last Monday.

A statement from Wexham Park Hospital in Slough said Osbourne,
whose "Changes" duet with daughter Kelly claimed the No. 1 spot
in the U.K. last night, is now breathing independently.

Osbourne, 55, was placed on a ventilator when he underwent
emergency surgery after breaking eight ribs and a collarbone
and cracking a vertebra in his neck when he fell off the bike
at his Buckinghamshire mansion.



OZZY and KELLY Make U.K. Number One (12/15/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly stormed into the U.K. singles
charts at No. 1 with their remake of the BLACK SABBATH classic
"Changes".

Despite Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne's success they are only fourth
favorite to hold on at the top for another week and bag the
coveted Christmas No. 1 slot.

THE DARKNESS and POP IDOLS are both expected to leap above
the Osbournes, with the IDOLS tipped to take the top slot.

"Changes" debuted at No. 1 less than a week after Ozzy was
seriously injured in a quad bike accident at his home in the U.K.



Ozzy Not Brumie Of The Year (12/15/2003)

Unfortunately, OZZY OSBOURNE was not voted 'Brummie of the Year'
for 2003, in a vote to honor a top celebrity from Birmingham,
England. Instead poet Benjamin Zephaniah won out.



Update On Ozzy's Health (12/13/2003)

This comes straight from Ozzy's camp:

Sharon, Aimee, Kelly and Jack want to thank everyone for the
outpouring of love and concern for Ozzy following his accident
on Monday at his home in Buckinghamshire, England in which he
broke eight ribs, his collarbone and a vertebra which requires
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.

Here’s an update on how Ozzy’s doing today:

According to,Dr. Dick Jack, the Medical Director at Wexham Park
Hospital in Slough, south England, "Mr Osbourne had a good,
comfortable night. He is progressing well, but slowly. With
each day he becomes less dependent on the ventilator. It is
still too early to take him off entirely."

Kelly briefly addressed the media at the hospital on Wednesday
to update the press on her dad’s condition. Kelly said, "he woke
up today, but he can’t speak because of the tube. He’s able
to mouth words and he told us he loved us. He’s been complaining
about the nurses, so we know he’s all right. He gave me the
thumbs up and stuck his tongue out at me."

Sharon spoke about Ozzy’s progress via a videotaped message that
aired on her daytime talk show in the U.S. Sharon remarked that
"Ozzy is doing really well. He's still in the ICU, but he's doing
really good - he's very stable."

Contrary to rumors that Ozzy’s doctors have said that he may not
be able to get back on stage for a year, please note that no such
statements have been made. Ozzy has had no vocal cord or windpipe
damage whatsoever.

Dr. Jack promises that he "will give a further update on
Mr. Osbourne’s condition on Monday morning."

Please check in at www.ozzy.com for updates on Ozzy’s condition.



Injured Ozzy 'Joking & Moaning' Says Kelly (12/9/2003)

Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne, recovering from
a quad bike crash, is conscious and joking
in his hospital bed, his daughter Kelly
has confirmed.

Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne, recovering from
a quad bike crash, is conscious and joking
in his hospital bed, his daughter Kelly
has confirmed.

The 55-year-old veteran rocker is still in
intensive care and cannot speak after
undergoing emergency surgery and being put
on a ventilator.

But it has not stopped the notorious Brummie
artist and star of MTV reality show The
Osbournes from playing up and moaning.

Speaking to reporters outside Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, where
her father is being treated for a fractured neck vertebra, eight
fractured ribs and a broken collarbone, Kelly said he was on the mend.

"I want to say that he's stable. He woke up today - he couldn't
talk because of the tube in his mouth, but he was able to mouth
words. He told us that he loved us."

Tearful Kelly managed a laugh
when she said: "He has been
complaining about the nurses,
so we know he's all right. He
gave me the 'thumbs-up' and
stuck his tongue out at me.
That was it really, he can't
really speak because of the
tube."

When asked how she was
feeling, Kelly looked
very emotional
and said: "Not good."

Scene of the accident on Ozzy's estate

Of Ozzy's wife Sharon, who flew in to visit him from Los Angeles
on Tuesday, she said: "As well as can be expected."

Asked what she she knew of the accident at Osbourne's £3 million
Berkshire country mansion near Chalfont St Giles Kelly said: "Only
that he was on a quad bike. He was in a field and there was grass
covering a hole and the bike went in the hole and fell on top of
him. But I don't know 100% if that's exactly what happened."

Dr Jack said: "He knows where he is, he’s comfortable and he’s
stable. But as I said yesterday, his progress will be slow and
we don’t expect any major changes until Friday."

"When he was admitted, he had a fractured left collarbone, he
had some damage to the blood vessel that is underneath it, he
had eight (not six as previously reported) fractured ribs on the
left side and, in addition to that, an entirely stable fracture
to one of the vertebrae in his neck," Jack said. "This is not
a major problem. He is not yet ready to come off the ventilator
and will stay on it for another 24 hours at least. He has made
contact with the medical and nursing staff. He is fully aware
of where he is and why he's here."

Tour manager Bill Greer said the family was very moved by the
number of cards, flowers and messages sent by well-wishers.

"It has touched their hearts that so many care about his condition,"
he added.

Ozzy's fame grew hugely after he became the subject of hit
reality-TV series "The Osbournes." The MTV show featuring the
rocker, wife Sharon and their children Kelly and Jack, started
production about a month ago on its third season, scheduled
to begin Jan. 13.

It was not immediately known how Monday's accident would affect
production or how or whether it might be included in the series,
an MTV spokeswoman said. The accident was caught on tape.



Jack To Address Ozzy's Situation During TV Guest-Host Stint (12/10/2003)

Michael Starr of the New York Post is reporting that Sharon Osbourne
will be absent from her talk show indefinitely while she keeps a vigil
by husband Ozzy Osbourne's bedside in a London hospital.

Guest hosts, including son Jack Osbourne, will fill in for Sharon
on "The Sharon Osbourne Show".

"We're going to have some guest hosts and we'll keep the show in
production," said a spokeswoman for Telepictures, which produces
"The Sharon Osbourne Show".

Sharon will be on today's show, which was taped before Ozzy's accident,
while Jack will sub for his mom tomorrow.

"Jack will address his dad's situation at the top of the show," said
the Telepictures spokeswoman.

Other guest hosts that have agreed to sub for Sharon include Lance
Bass (Friday) and Dan Cortese (Dec. 16). "We have offers out to
additional people," the spokeswoman said. Shooting on the third
season of "The Osbournes" began last month. An MTV spokesman said
cameras were not present when Ozzy crashed his ATV, and said it's
too early to tell how or if the crash might affect production on
the show.

"Right now, our thoughts and concerns are for Ozzy's quick and
full recovery," MTV said.



Jason Newsted Comments On Ozzy Departure (12/10/2003)

Former METALLICA/current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted has issued the
following statement regarding his recent departure from OZZY OSBOURNE's
band:

"I would like to thank the Osbournes for including VOIVOD in their tours
this year. I am honored to have had the privilege to share the stage with
Ozzy, [guitarist] Zakk [Wylde] and [drummer] Mike [Bordin] through a very
successful summer. It was a blast playing old BLACK SABBATH songs with this
band!

"My agreement with the Osbournes was to play bass for the gigs that Ozzy had
committed to through December 2003. I wish Ozzy the best as he continues to
fly the flag for metal!

"I am excited to be back making new music with VOIVOD. The Chophouse studio
is fired up and ready for the creation of the next album.

"In the meantime, keep yourself tuned in to Voivod.com and
ChophouseRecords.com for all the latest.

"Keep It Heavy!

"Jason"



Ozzy Osbourne Wants To Beat Up Kelly's Ex (12/10/2003)

Wildman rocker Ozzy Osbourne plans to knock some sense into daughter
Kelly Osbourne's former boyfriend Bert McCracken after he publicly
dumped her on Valentine's Day.

Ozzy, 55, is so upset at how The Used singer treated Kelly, that he's
threatened to hit him if he ever sees him again.

Kelly says, "My dad says if he ever sees Bert, he wants to beat him up."
"That's so weird, because he's such a non-vicious person, but he said
from day one, 'Kelly, this is a bad person, I don't like him, he's
going to hurt you.'"

"I just said, 'Look, I love him, I can't help it.' And then Dad saw
how he shattered my world, and to this day he still thinks Bert's the
biggest losser."



Ozzy Osbourne Seriously Injured In ATV Accident (12/10/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne was seriously injured Monday in an accident
on the grounds of his estate in England and underwent
emergency surgery, a spokeswoman said.

The 55-year-old rock star was riding a "quad bike," or all
terrain vehicle, on his Buckinghamshire property when the
accident occurred, according to publicist Cindy Guagenti.

His injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, she
said.

An examination showed Osbourne broke his collarbone, six ribs
and a vertebra in his neck, according to Guagenti. He was in
surgery Monday evening at an undisclosed English hospital.

The operation was intended to lift the collarbone, which was
believed to be resting on a major artery and interrupting blood
flow to his arm. Surgeons also were trying to stem "some
bleeding into his lungs," Guagenti said.

Osbourne was taking a day off from promoting the United Kingdom
release of "Changes," a duet with his daughter, Kelly, when the
accident occurred.

Guagenti's office said no further information was immediately
available.

"The Osbournes," the MTV reality show featuring the rocker, wife
Sharon and their children, started production about a month ago
on its third season, scheduled to begin Jan. 13.

It was not immediately known how the accident would affect
production or how or whether it might be included in the series,
an MTV spokeswoman said Monday.

Thanks mostly to Mark's Friggin.com for this recap.



Ozzy Fires Doctor, Accuses Him Of Overmedicating (12/7/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne says he was ‘Wiped out’ on drugs ordered by a
physician investigated for Over prescribing for others.

Week after week, viewers tuning in to the hit reality series "The
Osbourne’s" saw the star of the show in a perpetual stupor.

With cameras rolling, Ozzy Osbourne fell on his backside into the
surf off Malibu. He passed out during a party at the Beverly Hills
Hotel. He struggled to swat a fly in his dining room only to slap
himself in the face.

The sight of the aging rocker staggering around his Beverly Hills
mansion, glassy- eyed and mumbling, became a staple of the MTV
series last season.

The cause of Osbourne’s disorientation was never explained. It
turns out he was on Valium and Dexedrine, Mysoilne, Adder, all and
a host of other powerful medications. They were all prescribed by
a Beverly Hills physician who, unknown to Osbourne, was under
investigation for over prescribing drugs to other celebrity patients.

Prescription records show that Dr. David A. Kipper had Osbourne on
an array of potent drugs - opiates, tranquilizers, amphetamines,
antidepressants, even an anti- psychotic.

The singer said he swallowed as many as 42 pills a day.

"I was wiped out on pills," said Osbourne, who fired Kipper in
September, more than a year after becoming his patient. "I couldn’t
talk. I couldn’t walk. I could barely stand up. I was lumbering
about like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It got to the point where
I was scared to close my eyes at night - afraid I might not wake up."

The state medical board last week moved to revoke Kipper’s license,
accusing him of gross negligence in his treatment of other patients.

Osbourne, who has battled substance abuse for decades, sought
Kipper’s help last year in kicking a dependence on prescription
narcotics. Kippers ad ministered a 10-day detoxification treatment.
Osbourne was grateful. Then his wife, Sharon, was diagnosed with
cancer, arid the rocker’s relationship with Kipper took a new turn.

Kipper began writing prescriptions for a broad range of medications
he said would alleviate Osbourne’s anxiety and depression over his
wife’s illness. The number and potency of the drugs grew steadily,
records show. At one point, Osbourne was on 13 different medications.

Medical experts who reviewed Osbourne’s prescription records at The
Times’ request described the drug regimen as extreme.

Although they said they could not make definitive judgments without
examining Osbourne and knowing his medical history, the doctors
said the battery of medications prescribed by Kipper appeared
excessive for any patient.

"The amount and potency of drugs being prescribed to this patient
was outrageous," said Dr. Greg Thompson, an assocate professor of
clinical pharmacy at USC Medical School and director of the Drug
Information Center at County USC Medical Center.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, medical director of the chemical dependency program
at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, said the regimen was especially
risky for someone like Osbourne.

"This was an extreme amount of medication for a doctor to prescribe
to a patient with an addiction history," Pinsky said. "On my chemical
unit, patients like this are not allowed to be exposed to any of
these kinds of addictive drugs."

Kipper, 55, declined to be interviewed. In a statement, he said that
"ethical and medical privacy laws" barred him from discussing patient
care.

"I have only good wishes for Mr. Osbourne and for his family and for
their good health," the statement said.

The doctor’s attorney, John D. Harwell, declined to comment beyond
saying: "I can tell you that virtually every allegation you are
reporting is inaccurate, incomplete, or . . . false."

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne described their dealings with Kipper in a
series of interviews by phone and at their six-bed room, Spanish-style
mansion above Sunset Boulevard. They made available prescription
records and the doctor’s invoices, along with credit card receipts
and photocopied checks documenting their payments.

The Osbourne’s said Kipper had won their confidence and had become
a regular presence at their home. He accompanied Ozzy on tour and
appeared in several episodes of The Osbourne’s.

After Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, Kipper
prescribed anti-anxiety medications for her and installed a team
of nurses at the couple’s home to care for her.

"It’s like we let him just take over our lives," Sharon Osbourne said.
"We didn’t do anything without telling him."

Kipper charged the couple $650,000 for his services from June 2002
until they fired him three months ago, records show. The medications
he prescribed cost them an additional $58,000.

RAPID REHAB TREATMENT

Kipper, a UCLA-trained internist, is not certified as a specialist in
addiction medicine or psychiatry. He practices from an office on Lasky
Drive in Beverly Hills, next to the posh Peninsula Hotel, and owns
an estate above Beverly Glen.

He often socializes with his clients, who include entertainment executives,
actors, producers and musicians. Kipper carries a Screen Actors Guild
card and has had bit parts in several films, including "As Good As It Gets,"
"Jackass - the Movie" and "Shallow Hal."

In Hollywood circles, he is known for offering speedy and painless
addiction therapy in luxury hotel suites or in patients’ homes. Kipper
has used a combination of drugs to wean addicts off narcotics. Key to the
treatment is buprenorphine, a powerful synthetic opiate that spares
patients the agony of withdrawal.

Some celebrities have preferred Kipper’s method to conventional drug
rehab at licensed facilities, which can take months and requires years
of follow-up therapy.

But addiction experts say treatments such as Kipper’s offer only
temporary relief because they do not address the underlying causes
of addiction or pro vide the sustained psychological support needed
to overcome a drug habit.

State authorities began investigating Kipper in 1998 after The Times
reported that he was detoxifying celebrity addicts in luxury bungalows
at the Peninsula.

The medical board complaint issued last week accuses him of operating
an unlicensed detox program, improperly using buprenorphine for addiction
treatment, and over prescribing habit-forming drugs to eight patients
from 1999 to 2002.

Harweil, the doctor’s lawyer, said Kipper could not comment on the
complaint without violating patients’ privacy. Harwell said he hoped
to reach a settlement with the board that would allow Kipper to keep
his license.

Osbourne became Kipper’s patient in June 2002. The singer was overwhelmed
by the success of his new TV series and, by his own account, was "strung
out on narcos."

Osbourne, 55, rose to fame in the late 60's when he formed Black Sabbath,
a British rock quartet often cited as a pioneer in the heavy metal genre.
He launched a solo career in 1979 and went on to sell more than 40 million
albums.

Guided by wife Sharon, who is also his manager, he reinvented himself
during the ‘90s as an elder statesman of heavy metal. His annual "Ozzfest"
tours, featuring Osbourne alongside hot young bands, attract huge audiences.

In March 2002, MTV launched its unscripted series about Osbourne’s home
life, portraying him as the doting patriarch of a dysfunctional family.
"The Osbourne’s" was an immediate sensation, attracting record audiences
for a cable show and spawning books, DVDs, a clothing line, playing cards
and other merchandising spin-offs.

In May and June of that year, Osbourne signed a $10-Million renewal deal
with MTV. He met President Bush at a Washington dinner. He performed at
Buckingham Palace and shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II.

It was more than Osbourne could handle, and he suffered a relapse,
abusing prescription narcotics. He declined to say what narcotics he
was taking or how he obtained them. Sharon, who had heard about Kipper
from a friend, contacted him to arrange an intervention.

The doctor showed up at the Osbourne mansion with a team of nurses on
June 27, 2002, and began his detox program. The treatment took 10 days.
Kipper charged $30,500 - nearly triple the rate at traditional rehab
centers.

By early July, Osbourne was ready to start his next "Ozzfest" tour.
Then he learned that Sharon had cancer. He postponed the first two
concerts while she had surgery. By July 10th, Osbourne was on the road,
performing in Scranton, Pa. But his Emotional state was fragile.

Kipper accompanied him for the first week of the tour to monitor his
recovery. The doctor charged $32,200 for his services and those of
a nurse, records show. The Osbourne’s said they also paid for Kipper’s
air travel, meals and hotel accommodations.

Episodes of "The Osbourne’s" filmed around this time show the star
staring sadly out the window of his tour bus, crying on stage and
leaving distraught phone messages for his wife from hotel rooms
around the country.

"Ozzy couldn’t cope," Sharon said. "He was worried I might die. He
fell apart."

According to the Osbourne’s, Kipper said he could help.

MORE AND MORE DRUGS

The doctor diagnosed Osbourne as suffering from anxiety and
depression and began treating him for those conditions and for a
tremor that had become more pronounced during the family crisis.

In August 2002, Kipper put Osbourne on Ambien, a sedative often
used for insomnia, and Adderail, an amphetamine mixture. Kipper
also provided nurses to watch over Osbourne at home.

The drug regimen quickly expanded to include anti-anxiety pills,
antipsychotic tablets and antidepressants, as well as stimulants
and tranquilizers.

In September, Kipper added Mysoline, a barbiturate typically
used to prevent seizures. Its side effects include dizziness
and lack of muscle coordination.

Soon Osbourne was also swallowing Zyprexa, an anti psychotic drug
developed to control schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders.

By November 2002, the rock star was taking 13 different medications,
including Valium, an anti-anxiety drug whose side effects can include
clumsiness, grogginess and loss of balance.

Medical literature on Valium cautions that it is habit-forming and
can magnify the effects of sedatives, antidepressants, anti-seizure
medicines and other drugs.

In May 2003, Kipper added the amphetamine Dexedrine to Osbourne’s
roster of medications Osbourne said he did not question what Kipper
was doing because he liked and trusted him in all, Kipper prescribed
more than 13,000 doses of 32 different pharmaceuticals between
August 2002 and August 2003, records show.

‘The doctor was stimulating him with uppers at the same time he was
knocking him down with tranquilizers and barbiturates, said Thompson,
the USC drug expert.

"On top of that, he was giving him Zyprexa, a drug that should only be
prescribed to extremely psychotic people. These are very powerful
psychotherapeutic drugs that shouldn’t just be passed out by an
internist at this potency and frequency," Thompson said.

The experts consulted by The Times said it appeared that Kipper
prescribed some drugs to counteract side effects caused by other
medications Osbourne was taking at his direction.

For example, Zyprexa, the antipsychotic that Osbourne began taking
in October 2002, causes shaking and a ponderous, stiff gait in some
patients. In January, Kipper started the singer on carbidopalevodopa,
a drug used to relieve such symptoms.

Dr. Wayne Sandier, a Century City psychiatrist who reviewed Osbourne’s
prescription records for The Times, said it was safer to discontinue
a drug that was causing troublesome side effects than to prescribe
additional medications.

"You just end up chasing one symptom with another," he said. "It’s much
more aggressive than you need to be.... What you would normally do is
say, ‘Gee, you’re having side effects. Why don’t we back off on you
taking these medications?’

In addition to the oral medications, Kipper periodically gave Osbourne
shots of buprenorphine mixed with Valium.

Buprenorphine, a chemical cousin of morphine and heroin, is often used
to treat severe, chronic pain. Kipper administered the drug as part
of Osbourne’s detox treatment in June 2002. At that time, it was illegal
to use buprenorphine for that purpose in this country.

The Food and Drug Administration has since approved its use for
detoxification, under strict conditions. A physician must take a
state-approved class and obtain certification from the state medical
board. Kipper did not have the certification during the time he was
treating Osbourne.

Records indicate that the doctor gave Osbourne five buprenorphine-Valium
injections in July 2002, four the next month, six in September and six
in October. This year, Kipper gave him two injections in March, seven
in April and eight in May. Kipper charged about $500 each for the shots,
which he de scribed on invoices as "pain injections." Osbourne described
the injections as "cocktails" and said he looked forward to them.

"He brought it to the house. Sometimes I went to get it at his office over
there by the Peninsula, or up at his house on the bill," Osbourne said.
"I quite liked it."

CAPTURED ON MTV

Osbourne’s lumbering gait, lack of coordination and garbled speech became
a central theme of "The Osbourne’s" during the show’s second season,
which aired beginning in November 2002.

MTV crews followed Osbourne to Las Vegas for a performance at the Palms
Hotel. In Vegas: Osbourne seen mumbling incoherently to fans as he wanders
the marble halls of the Venetian hotel-casino.

Kipper, who accompanied Osbourne on a private jet, is seen hanging out with
the singer as he plays slot machines at the Venetian. The Osbourne’s paid
Kipper $15,000 for his services on the three-day trip, records show. The
couple says they also paid for his airfare, hotel room and meals.

In another episode of "The Osbourne’s," the star walks around in circles
in the middle of his kitchen in Beverly Hills, staring blankly into space.
In a dinner table scene, he smacks him self in the face while trying to
swat a fly.

On camera, everybody in the room laughs. Behind the scenes, friends and
family members were growing increasingly concerned.

"My pharmacist warned me that I was starting to look like death," Osbourne
said.

As her husband was stumbling through episodes of the MTV series, Sharon
was undergoing chemotherapy under the supervision of a cancer specialist.
Kipper, meanwhile, was caring for her at home. She said she had grown fond
of Kipper when he began treating her husband. "When I was going through
my chemotherapy and cancer treatment, he just kind of came and took over,"
she said. Kipper prescribed antianxiety drugs for her and provided
nurses to watch over her at Home. These were in addition to the nurses
Kipper had supplied to tend to Ozzy. Working 12-hour shifts, the pool
of nurses provided coverage seven days a week. They became part of the
backdrop of "The Osbourne’s." A review of state records shows that none
of the women were a licensed registered nurse or a licensed vocational
nurse. Yet Kipper charged the couple about $65 an hour for their
services - $25 above the going hourly rate for registered nurses in
Los Angeles.

Nursing services accounted to for more than $400,000 of the total fees
the Osbourne’s paid Kipper, records show.

Harwell, the doctor’s attorney, said Kipper could not comment on his
nurses’ credentials because "revealing such information would violate
patient confidences."

In December 2002, Kipper tried to interest the Osbourne’s in upgrading
their medical care. In a letter, he invited them to sign up for his new
"Personal Physician Program" featuring "round-the-clock availability,
cell-phone access, same-day appointments arid no waiting."

The cost: $35,000 a year for the Osbourne’s and their three children.

"I am offering this program to a limited number of my devoted patients,"
Kipper wrote. Those who preferred not to join, he explained, would in
the future be treated by one of his associates.

"I have enjoyed a valued friendship and I’m honored to be your doctor,"
the letter said. "I look forward to providing the kind of care you
deserve and need."

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

The Osbourne’s were too distracted to respond.

On Dec. 31, 2002, during taping of the season finale of "The Osbourne’s,"
Ozzy got drunk and passed out during a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel
although he was taking 10 different medications at the time, he can be
seen drinking wine, whiskey and beer.

Kipper attended the event. At one point, Osbourne hugs him on camera
and gives him a kiss on the cheek. His assistants say Osbourne was so
inebriated that he had to be carried to bed that night.

By summer, Osbourne said, he was swallowing 42 pills a day. Prescription
records provide a breakdown: Osbourne was taking eight doses of amphetamines
per day, nine doses of tranquilizers, 16 of two different barbiturates,
two anti-seizure tablets, two anticonvulsant pills, two painkillers
and three sleeping pills.

In August, Osbourne was invited to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
during the seventh- inning stretch at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He
surred his way through the song, mangling the familiar lyrics.

The scene was replayed repeatedly on national TV.

"Ozzy was overmedicated," Sharon Osbourne said. "He couldn’t speak. He
couldn’t walk. He was falling over. Ozzy would call Kipper and tell him
how bad he was feeling and Kipper would say: ‘Take five more of those
and 10 more of these. It was insane."

After the Wrigley Field fiasco, Sharon said, she had enough. She said
she called Kipper and told him to stay away from her husband.

Then, on the advice of a friend, she scheduled an appointment for Ozzy
with Dr. Allan H. Ropper, chief of neurology at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s
Medical Center in Boston.

Osbourne flew to Boston in September and met with Ropper.

"He was absolutely flabbergasted about the kinds and amounts of
medication that I was on," Ozzy said. "He asked me, ‘Where are you getting
all these pills from?’ Then he just threw everything in the trash."

Osbourne said the doctor weaned him off Kipper’s medications and wrote
him prescriptions for three drugs, primarily to treat what the singer
described as a hereditary tremor. Ropper declined to comment.

Interviewed at his mansion in October, Osbourne spoke and walked normally,
showing none of the hesitation and confusion he had displayed on
"The Osbourne’s."

"Looking back on it now, I see Dr. Kipper as sort of a friendly villain,"
Osbourne said. "He befriended me. I liked him. He comes off as a really
nice guy - that is, until you get the bill."



Sharon Osbourne Speaks About Randy on Stern 12/5 (12/6/2003)

Howard asked Sharon Osbourne about the claims she made about sleeping
with Randy Rhodes back before she and Ozzy were married. Howard said he
knows that the book company probably asked them to reveal some stuff
they never revealed before and this is what Sharon came up with. Howard
and Robin heard that Ozzy can't even talk about it since hearing about
this. Sharon kept saying that she and Ozzy weren't married at the time
so she wasn't cheating. Howard said that she was in a relationship with
Ozzy though and this shouldn't have come out. Howard went on to tell her
that she's so well taken care of being Ozzy's wife. He told her that
Ozzy has given her the best life.

Howard told Sharon that if his wife told him something like that, it
would be embarrassing to him. He said she should never have done that.
Sharon said she was not married and Ozzy was still married to his wife
Thelma at the time. Sharon said this was all back in 1980. Howard said
that Randy died in 1982 and asked her if she'd had sex with a corpse.
She didn't sound like she was in the mood to hear that though. Sharon
went on to tell Howard how she and Ozzy were together for about a month
and Ozzy's wife didn't know about it at the time. She had to leave his
house one night and she went off with Randy. They got drunk and had sex.
That was all that happened according to her. Sharon told Ozzy about the
incident the day after it happened,and Ozzy whacked her.

Howard said that Sharon was heavy back then so he was even more impressed
that she was able to get guys. He wondered what she's able to do to get
guys like that. He wondered if it's oral or anal or what... He said she
must have some vagina control or something. He said that Randy could have
had any woman he wanted back then and he picked her for some reason. She
said she is kind of sorry that she wrote this in her book and didn't want
to ever embarrass Ozzy by doing so. She told Robin that she adores Ozzy
and could never cheat on someone. She said she was only with him for one
month at the time so it wasn't like they were in a serious relationship
at the time. She told Howard he was making it sound like she'd slept with
the entire English Army. Howard said Ozzy could probably deal with that
better than her sleeping with his best friend.

Howard asked Sharon if all of her kids are actually Ozzy's. He and Artie
goofed on that for a minute and joked that she'd had Randy killed because
her oldest daughter was actually his. She said her oldest is 20 years old
and Randy died 23 years ago.

Sharon said she only slept with Randy one time. Howard said he remembers
a girl cheating on him with one of his best friends and nothing hurts like
that. Howard continued to ask Sharon if she performed oral on Randy. She
said that they just had regular sex. She also said she kept most of her
clothes on when that happened. She said Ozzy is the only one she's slept
with with all of her clothes off. She said Randy didn't use a rubber back
then because it was the '80's. Howard wanted to know where Randy's ''DNA''
ended up. She said she couldn't remember that far back. Howard asked if
he banged her from behind. She said her knickers were down to her ankles
and the rest of her clothes were on. Artie asked if he banged her over a
drunk Ozzy. Sharon didn't seem to think that was very funny at all. She
told Howard that she was jealous of Ozzy's wife back then and that's why
she slept with Randy. Howard said he thinks that's why Ozzy shakes these
days. It's all because she told him about sleeping with Randy. Howard also
asked her if she ever gave Tony Iommi oral. Sharon's reply was negative.

Howard also brought up how Jack is getting laid like crazy. He lost his
virginity at 14 and he doesn't even think sex is special anymore because
he can get laid so easy. Sharon eventually said that she should have kept
her mouth shut about that part of her life. Sharon said that she cares
what Howard thinks of her even though she doesn't care about what anyone
else thinks. Sharon said the book doesn't come out until January.

Sharon confirmed that Ozzy is in London right now with Kelly doing promo
for "Changes". Artie said, "Then tell Richie Sambora to roll over and say
Hi to everybody!"

Thanks mostly to Mark's Friggin.com for this recap.



Ozzy Up For 'Brummie Of The Year' Award (12/6/2003)

Neil Elkes of Evening Mail is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne is
among the celebrities competing for the "Brummie of the Year"
award.

Creator Jon Bounds said the award was created to honor Birmingham,
England-born and -bred icons who epitomize the down-to-earth
qualities of the city.

He said: "The one thing that the people of Birmingham prize above
all is lack of pretence and what better way to celebrate this than
an award for public figures who demonstrate that quality to the world."

Nine celebrities are nominated for the grand title of "Brummie of
the Year" to be announced at an award ceremony at the Bull's Head
pub on Price Street next Friday night.

Currently poet Benjamin Zephaniah leads the online poll for his
principled rejection of the OBE last week, closely followed by MP
Clare Short and radio favorite Les Ross.

Other nominees are Jasper Carrott, Julie Waters, Frank Skinner,
Cat Deeley and Mad Malik.



Newsted Leaves Ozzy, Replaced By ROB ZOMBIE Bassist (12/4/2003)

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has officially left OZZY
OSBOURNE and has been 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.

"It's still settling in," Nicholson told MTV.com about his new gig.
"It's something I never would have imagined. After playing with Rob
Zombie, I was ready to go, 'OK, this is as far as I'm taking this
bass-playing thing. This is the end of the road.' I was ready to
kind of hang it up.

"But when this came around, it was very odd," he added. "I was
almost like, 'There is no possible way that this could happen.' "

At least one other bassist, FEAR FACTORY's Christian Olde Wolbers
jammed with Ozzy, guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Mike Bordin in
recent weeks, but Nicholson was hired after successfully completing
two auditions.

"The first audition was a little intimidating, to say the least,"
Nicholson said. "Granted, I know Zakk and I've been on Ozzfest before.
The situation wasn't uncomfortable, it was just intimidating, playing
these songs that I had never played. But the second audition, I was
a lot more prepared.

"'Into the Void' is my favorite BLACK SABBATH song and Ozzy called
it out," he continued. "At that moment, I realized, even if I don't
get the gig, the fact that I got to play 'Into the Void' with Ozzy
was the coolest moment of my life!"



"Paranoid" CD Signed By Ozzy Up For Auction (12/4/2003)

Amnesty International, the world’s largest grassroots human
rights organization, has enlisted a stellar roster of musicians
from the world of popular music for an online charity auction.
The Amnesty International Music For Human Rights Skateboard Deck
and Holiday Auction, begins on Dec. 5th and will run for 7 days.
Please see http://www.amnestyusa.org/musicforhumanrights/ for
more info.



Tony Iommi Addresses The Future Of Sabbath (12/4/2003)

The Tony Iommi Message Board has been fielding questions for Tony
to answer over the past few weeks. Well, today (Dec. 4) was the day
that he finally appeared to answer many of the fans' questions! His
opening post summed up his state of mind at the moment quite succinctly:

"Well, I've been looking through your questions - there certainly are a
lot of them and I'm not sure that I can answer them all. A lot of you
are keen to hear future plans for myself and for SABBATH. I'd love to
tell you exactly what's going on in the next few months. But in truth
it's a really 'up in the air' sort of time. We've been looking into
countless ideas, from new albums to DVDs, and thinking of re-releasing
and remastering all sorts of pre-existing material. After 35 years we've
certainly amassed enough material, from live recordings to rehearsals
and outtakes, to release a new album every week! But nothing has
officially been decided, so at the moment there really is nothing
concrete that I can tell you about future solo or SABBATH albums. All
I can do is assure you that YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW when we have
definite plans for the future. And I thank every one of you for your
constant support and praise - it certainly makes me feel even more
proud of the music that I've been involved with playing and creating
over the years.

Click here to read the entire session.

Thanks: http://www.sabbathlive.com/



Sharon To Address Rumors Friday On Talk Show (12/4/2003)

Sharon Osbourne has spoken to TV's "Extra" about the reports
that she cheated on her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, with his guitarist
during the early '80s, Randy Rhoads.

On her show talk show, Osbourne said, "So it comes out now, and
it is all twisted and people are saying I cheated on my husband."

"Extra" went straight to Osbourne to let her set the record
straight. She says, "Yes, I do want to set it straight. Before
my husband and I actually were engaged, before we were married,
I had a great friendship, as did my husband, with Randy." However,
she says, "I definitely wasn't married to my husband at the time.
Randy died before my husband and I were married."

Osbourne addresses the rumors and shares the whole story on "The
Sharon Osbourne Show" Friday (Dec. 5), where she's joined by guests
Jessica Alba, Billy Bob Thornton, Jami Gertz, and Donna Summer.



The Osbourne Family Christmas Special (12/4/2003)

Hold onto your testicles and breast implants - this hour long special
is going to be on MTV on December 11 at 10:00 pm Eastern time.

Ozzy is reportedly going to be dueting on "Winter Wonderland" with
Jessica Simpson. Kelly is going to sing "Have Yourself a Merry
Little Christmas". Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Carmen Electra and
Dave Navarro and Britney Spears are supposed to be on as well. It
was filmed at Chez Osbourne sometime in the last couple of weeks.



Kelly Osbourne: My Sister Sickens Me (12/4/2003)

KELLY Osbourne is proudly showing off her latest tattoo. Done two
weeks ago to celebrate her brother's 18th birthday, it simply
reads 'Jack'.

It turns out that he, too, has had one done on his wrist that
says 'Kelly'.

Despite their constant warring and bickering on-screen in The
Osbournes, it's clear there is a strong bond between the pair.
Unfortunately, that doesn't extend to their older sister, Aimee.

She's the hidden member of the Osbourne clan who wanted nothing
to do with the MTV show that is now in its second series on Channel
4. Making her feelings plain, Aimee moved out of the family's
Beverly Hills home as the cameras moved in.

It has sparked a bitter rift between the three siblings - something
that has caused deep heartache to dad Ozzy and mum Sharon.

"She sits and acts like she is so much better than us," says Kelly,
19, speaking for the first time about her older sister.

"That's what really upsets me about her. Aimee will reap all the
benefit and yet won't do any of the work. She will take the money,
she will take the free clothes, she will take the free premiere
tickets, she will take everything that comes along with what we do.
But then she will sit there and slag me off, my brother off, my mum
and my dad off to all her friends for days.

"And it makes me sick. Because if you think that what we do is so
disgusting and you think that I'm so horrible and I'm so crap, then
don't take the benefits from it."

Kelly might appear in a TV show that has been a hit on both sides
of the Atlantic and have launched a successful pop career, but she
is just like any other confused teenager when it comes to her big
sister. She loves Aimee and is hurt that her attempts to put aside
their differences and become friends have been spurned.

Today, talking about her family woes Kelly looks tired and
despondent. It's partly jet-lag. She has just flown into Britain
to promote her latest single. It's a duet with dad Ozzy of the
Black Sabbath classic Changes.

She's holed up in the Osbournes' mansion in Buckinghamshire where
she grew up. With its oak panels and draughty leaded windows, it's
far cry from the glitz of their Beverly Hills home.

Snuggled up on a sofa in a cosy drawing room, Kelly tries to make
sense of her relationship with 20-year-old Aimee and what's gone
so wrong.

"I would give anything for her to treat me like a sister," she
says in despair. "She treats her friends better than she treats me.
But then she doesn't exactly treat her friends that good.

"All four of us get along so well, but we will have to make sure
that nobody says anything to hurt Aimee's feelings. Nobody wants
to hurt her feelings, but it seems like I can do no right.
Everything I say is stupid and everything I do is pitiful and will
never be good enough for her. And I will always be fat and always
be ugly to her.

"Never once in her life has she said, 'Oh you look nice, Kelly',
or, 'You sang that song really well'. Do you know what she gave me
for my birthday? Self-help books. Not only were they about how to
become a more secure person and how to live without depending on
others, but they were books for men. She didn't even take the
time to figure out whether they were for men or women.

"She left the books for me and didn't call me on my birthday. Then
she pretended she was upset because I was insulted that she gave
them to me.

"Don't bother getting me anything rather than get a present that
you know will hurt me. She just did it to be mean and spiteful.
And on my Christmas card last year she wrote, 'I hope you find the
strength to mature and grow up. Merry Christmas'.

"Ask Aimee to decorate your apartment and she would decorate it
like Martha Stewart. But ask her to fix something or call a plumber
and she just couldn't do it. She is incapable of certain things."

The problem, Kelly feels, stretches back to their childhood in
Buckinghamshire. For most of the time Ozzy was away touring and
when mum Sharon flew off to join him, she always took Aimee but
left Kelly and Jack behind.

"I found all these letters in an old box that I wrote to my mum,"
says Kelly. "They all said, 'Dear Mummy, please do not go to
America and see Daddy'. There was a whole box full of them for
every trip she made.

"I was terrified that she would leave us for so long that she
wouldn't come back like my dad. I was around seven years old
and it affected me. I started wetting the bed and it lasted until
I was 11.

"It was hard not having Dad around. I found it hard to understand
why he went away and I didn't know why he wasn't around like other
mummies and daddies.

THEY would always take my sister with them and leave me and Jack.
I could never understand why Aimee got to go and I didn't.

"It was always me and my brother when we were young. We were
always best friends and we did everything together. My sister
had this thing that she was more mature and wanted to be like
an adult while me and Jack were always the kids.

"I truly adore her. But I can't do anything any more. What can
I do if she doesn't like me? I can't make her like me. I don't
like her as a person, but I love her."

Sharon, however, remains optimistic that Kelly and Jack will
one day be reconciled with Aimee.

"They don't get on socially but they love each other and that's
important to me," says Sharon. "They love each other but they
don't like each other right now. But they will.

"They are very, very different people and their lives are
taking different courses right now. Jack and Kelly have decided
to take one route and Aimee has decided to take another. Aimee
is probably the one with the most talent who doesn't use it."

By her own admission, the past 12 months have been tough on Kelly.
First there was her mother's battle with cancer. Then her boyfriend
Bert McCracken, the 20-year-old lead singer with punk band The Used,
dumped her.

Although there have been highs, the success of her music career
and playing in front of hundreds of thousands of people as support
for Robbie Williams, the lows have far outweighed them. "It has
been a very, very hard year for all of us," she sighs. "All of us
dealt with mum's cancer in a different way. My dad started drinking
again. My brother kind of became the man of the house. The extra
responsibility pressured him a bit and he started drinking and
doing drugs.

"My sister became a headmistress, shouting and making rules. That
was her way of helping but the last thing my mum wanted was someone
screaming at her. I kind of sat with her all day and all I would do
is cry with her and make her food."

On Valentine's Day this year, Kelly was expecting at least a card
from her boyfriend Bert. But what she got was the boot. She was
shocked and hurt by his cruel dismissal of her.

After she had decided to swear off boys, into her life walked Rob
Aston, the heavily-tattooed and somewhat scary-looking singer with
The Transplants. He managed to put a smile back on Kelly's face and
helped support her through the trauma of her mother's cancer battle.

He is never far away from her side. At the moment Rob is in the
mansion's cosy farmhouse kitchen peeling potatoes for their lunch.

"It was a couple of days after Bert broke up with me," recalls Kelly.
"I was miserable and my friends dragged me to a bar. I had pyjamas
on, hadn't brushed my teeth or hair and had a dirty T-shirt on.

WE have some friends in common and we just started talking and
didn't stop. We became really good friends. We'd hang out every day,
all day. He was my best friend and he was my shoulder to cry on.

"I knew my feelings for him were more than friends and I asked him if
he liked me. He said yeah - and that was it. He doesn't lie to me
about any of the bad stuff that he's done in his past And he's so
moody - I love that.

"When people come up to me he questions everyone's motives. He's
very protective. And all he eats are toasted cheese sandwiches."
Strangely, given that she is married to the multi-tattooed rocker
Ozzy, Sharon wasn't too keen on Kelly going out with Rob.

"At first Mum said you're dating him for shock value because of all
the tattoos," grins Kelly. "You're really only dating him so you can
say you have a scary boyfriend.

"Now my mum takes his side in everything. Every time she has a
problem she'll call him and say, 'Rob, make Kelly do this'. He
takes her side on everything - it's very annoying.

"He's become part of the family and has the honour of being the
first person I have ever dated that my parents ever liked. Usually
they scream, 'Just take that stinky boy out of my house now'.

"This is the longest relationship I've ever had," she says, coyly.
"And, yeah, it is love. We do everything together. We haven't spent
a day apart in a really long time. But I'm not getting engaged yet.
I'm a selfish person when it comes to stuff like that and I'd be
terrible to live with."

And with that she skips off into the kitchen, rolls up her sleeves
and helps Rob peel the spuds.



Aimee Osbourne Speaks About Her Childhood/Parents (12/4/2003)

I THOUGHT it was a big mistake to make The Osbournes TV show and
told my mum: "They’re going to make so much fun of you guys."

Today I look at it knowing everything I feared has come true.

The first time I saw it and the way they edited it to make my dad
look like a clown, I wanted to cry.

They made him out to look totally incapable and I hated it.

My mum, of course, won the argument. She won, in that the show
became more successful than we all would have thought, but not
in the way my dad is laughed at every day.

Now he is a laughing stock and known as a stuttering alcoholic.
After all his years of hard work and touring, this is how he’s
being remembered and appreciated.

I thought by not appearing on the show I could avoid all the
warped, crazy fallout.

Up to now I’ve always refused interviews and somehow I’ve become
the mystery Osbourne.

I’ve always been anti-drugs. I don’t want to end up an addict.
I’ve lived with the fear I might have that so-called addict gene.

I imagine it’s like one sip or one snort and you trigger a
reaction that changes you for ever.

No thanks. With my family history, why risk it? It’s like playing
Russian roulette.

That’s why, when I was growing up, I probably never needed a
lecture. I knew about drugs and alcohol before I ever got the
talk from my mother.

Like her, I hate the taste of alcohol. I don’t have a tolerance
for it. I’ve never smoked a joint in my life.

Could that get me kicked out of the Osbournes? I don’t know.
It’s a thought.

Our home life was always coloured by the complicated relationship
between my father’s struggle with his addiction to alcohol and
drugs and my mother’s efforts to control him.

At times, I think of Kelly, Jack and myself as bystanders in a
hostage situation.

Once when I was about five and we were living temporarily in
the South of France for tax purposes, my father took us children
for a walk through Cannes.

We went straight to the jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels, which meant
one thing, something had happened between him and my mother and
he needed to apologise.

But within a few minutes of being in the store, my dad, drunk at
the time, stumbled and crashed into several display cases. He came
home with pearls and diamonds for my mother and a new watch for
himself.

The store got over it. I don’t know if we did. My dad carried
around private demons that made him an unpredictable powder keg
ready to explode. It tainted everything in our lives. None of us
knew what kind of mood he would wake up in, or if he even went
to bed at all.

He fought with my mother all the time, real screaming fits that
sometimes involved throwing pots, pans and vases. We walked on
eggshells, not understanding what set him off.

The best times were when we were first allowed on tour. I got
treated very well I was pretty much the princess. If we were
on the road, we had a regular dinner time.

We went to the sound check, ran around empty arenas, stood behind
the drums or at the side of the stage, watching Dad.

It was fun. It was like a childish game. No school, no rules and
no bedtime. And all us kids, the crew, the band, the travelling,
being with both our parents. And it was kind of bizarre for a
little child to be on a stage and have all these thousands of
people screaming, where we could see our dad at his best.

We cheered until we were hoarse. Late at night we’d crawl into
bed with our parents in the back of the bus and watch movies.
For the most part it was tame. My mother kept us away from the
drugs, the groupies and the craziness.

And if my father seemed bent on getting out of control, she
whisked us back home. Then one day I came across several photos
showing my dad doing coke with bandmates while they were on the
road.

I don’t know if it was seeing the white powder that everyone was
sitting around, or simply that Dad looked so different, so
blurry-eyed, crazy and unlike my dad, but I asked my mum what
he was doing in those pictures.

In her straightforward, honest manner, she said something like:
"Daddy does this and that. I don’t always approve and he isn’t
allowed to do it here."

I didn’t understand much of what was going on, but to my mother’s
credit she was always upfront. She provided the information we
needed to know and no more.

I knew something wasn’t right in the family. I knew my dad was
a substance abuser. And it began to really affect me.

I was very embarrassed because my dad to normal nine-to-five people
was a freak. I was ashamed, embarrassed and miserable.

Another of my most vivid memories was a nanny who said: "Aimee, your
dad keeps asking me for beer, what do I do?"

And I said: "Don’t give it to him."

I brought it in to him myself, and sat down next to him, by the fire.

He was wasted. I said: "Daddy, why are you doing this to us? Please
don’t do this."

He looked at me and said: "F*** you. I work hard, I get bread for
this family, I have the right to do whatever the f*** I like. Get away
from me."

I remember knowing that this was not how daddies are meant to speak
to their little girls. I just remember him being so hard, and I felt
it was my fault for some weird reason.

I also remember waking up and looking outside and seeing my dad in
his underwear being handcuffed.

It was very understandable how observant and smart I was at that age.
I knew why he was arrested (for trying to strangle his wife after a
five-day vodka binge). I knew everything that was going on.

The next day I went to school and my mum picked me up and he still
wasn’t home. He had gone into rehab.

When I was 13 we all moved back to LA from Britain.

From then on I was teased and gawked at, which made going to class
feel like torture. I was Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter. I heard, "Hey, can
your dad get me cocaine?"

School didn’t interest me. Nothing did.

It got to the point where at any given situation, I was about to
explode. My mother began sending me to therapists but none ever
seemed to ask the right questions.

It was always, "Why are you angry?" never "How do you feel?"

I love my mother but she is in so much denial to this day.

How she copes with it is by working, making money, going out there
until she gets what she wants and still keeps things going.

And my father hurt everyone so much and himself most of all. I saw
this talented, funny man wither away from someone who could hold a
conversation to where he can hardly hold it together. He’s done it
to himself.

My parents are both so eccentric and weird.

I’m a strange combination of both of them.

I have my dad’s emotional complexity and his quiet, observant side.
I also have my mum’s powerful mouth and some of her drive.

She’s got a drive to succeed like no one I have ever met. But I have
some of that too. I have a vision and want things done my way.

But I prefer calmness, which is in contrast to the world we were
raised in. I’m sure that had a profound effect on me.

I always knew I wasn’t the same as other kids. I was the emotional
sponge. Whereas my brother and sister were happy little kids, I
absorbed everything for everyone.

In a way I’ve grown up feeling like I was a parent to my own parents.



Ozzy - Winner For MLB's Most Bizarre Moment (12/4/2003)

Would-be crooners from Mike Ditka to Cyndi Lauper have been guest
conductors for the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field, trying
to carry on a tradition which began with Harry Caray's off-key
performances. But nobody couldn't carry a tune like Ozzy Osbourne.

Osbourne, a 54-year-old rock and roll musician better known for
biting the heads off bats, took a swing at baseball's "Take Me
Out to the Ballgame." It didn't work.

Because he was so out of sync -- and out of place -- Osbourne's
efforts won "Most Bizarre Moment" in the 2003 MLB.com This Year
in Baseball Awards, determined by fan on-line balloting. And any
of the fans who voted who heard him try to sing would agree the
sight of the long-haired rocker swaying in the press box booth
and bumbling the words was bizarre.

Ozzy's outrageous outing received 7,046 votes, or 17.9 percent,
to edge Baltimore's Jack Cust whose less than graceful run home
received 6,050 votes, or 15.4 percent. Cust fell twice trying to
score the tying run in the bottom of the 12th inning for the
Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 16 at Camden Yards. That was one day
before Ozzy's songfest. Coincidence? Maybe there was a full moon.

A total of 39,374 votes were cast in the "Bizarre Moment"
category on MLB.com.

Osbourne was at Wrigley Field for the Aug. 17 game between the
Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers with his wife, Sharon,
who was supposed to be the key guest, promoting her new television
show.

(Thanks to Joe Siegler of black-sabbath.com for this news article.)



Bulimia Agony Of Sharon Osbourne (12/4/2003)

SHARON Osbourne has had human excrement hand-delivered to her foes
and once trashed the office of a businessman who dared cross her.

Yet beneath that famously hard-boiled exterior, the boss of the
Osbourne clan has a deeply vulnerable side.

In a searingly frank interview with the Daily Mirror, Sharon speaks
for the first time about her bulimia, an eating disorder that has
plagued her since adolescence.

She also admits that it took a revolutionary stomach operation to
cure her problem - a procedure she undertook in secret and against
the wishes of her husband Ozzy.

"I used to binge-eat all the time, then lose it and then binge-eat
again. I was just a nutter," she laughs quietly, rolling her eyes.

"I would eat and eat and eat until I was sick. All through my life
until four years ago I would do it. I wish I could say it came from
this trauma or that trauma but I just don't know. I suppose it was
low self-esteem - I don't know.

"If I was happy I would eat and if I was sad I would eat - any
excuse. Everything in my life revolved around food.

"I booked into health farms and went on diets. I would lose weight
and control my eating for six or eight months. Then, boom!, the
floodgates would open and it would all come back. I didn't have
to put my fingers down my throat as I would keep eating and
eating until it threw itself up.

"People around me didn't know the whole story but they knew
I was bloody fat. I couldn't hide that."

Four years ago, without telling her husband, Sharon booked into
a hospital for a "gastric banding" operation.

"I didn't do what everyone advised me to do, go into therapy. I
just went, 'No, it's fine.' It was the English way of saying,
'I'm all right, there's nothing wrong.'

"My whole life had been like that until four years ago when I
had an operation to put a band on my stomach. It shrinks it so
you can only get so much food down at one time. Finally something
had controlled my eating.

"I still have the band. Often the kids and Ozzy are like, 'Take
it off, get it removed.' Especially when I was sick last year they
really wanted me to get it removed but I was too scared to."

The roots of Sharon's relentless drive and, in all likelihood, the
eating disorder can be traced back to her parents. Don Arden was
a former Black And White Minstrel turned music manager who looked
after everyone from Bill Haley and Gene Vincent to the Electric
Light Orchestra. There was little chance to be a child in his
household.

"My brother and I didn't mix with other kids. We didn't go to
school much and were always skiving off and going to the cinema
or on the nick around Woolworths. We weren't brought up with
children; we were brought up with adults. We weren't encouraged
to bring children home.

"There were never birthday parties or Christmas parties as our
social life all revolved around work. Everything was based around
my dad's business. It was a great way to be brought up," her voice
drops to a girlish whisper. "But it was strange."

At the age of 15 Sharon quit school to work with her father. By
18 she became pregnant and her parents, oblivious to her despair,
treated her with disdain. She ended up having an abortion - something
she regrets.

Yet despite her unorthodox upbringing, when Sharon first met Ozzy
in 1970 she found him intimidating. They got together as a couple
near the end of that decade.

"I was scared when I met him," she laughs. "I was used to all
these smooth American stars who were perfectly-groomed with their
mohair suits and cologne. Then in came these raggedy guys from
Birmingham with hair everywhere and I thought what the hell is this?

"I hadn't been married - I hadn't even had a steady bloke before Ozzy."

Their union caused a rift in the Arden family that would last for
20 years. Seeing his major earner being tempted away from him, albeit
by his own daughter, was too much for Don.

"My family cut me off dead because of money. People said, 'Oh, your
dad must have been worried when you married Ozzy.' But he didn't give
a shit. Ozzy was his cash cow. And dad knew I'd take him with me."

THE end came when Sharon retuned from the US to her father's home,
joyous with the news that she was pregnant with Ozzy's child. Stepping
through his door, she was savaged by Don's guard dogs. She lost the child.

Gazing down at the tiny dog that is sitting in her lap, her voice drops
to a whisper: "The dogs ripped me apart and I lost the baby.

"He didn't set them on me, to be truthful. Because I had been living in
America and not in England the dogs didn't know me. Three of them went
for me and just tore me apart.

"My mother found me and she wasn't sympathetic at all - her husband came
first in her life.

"I ran next door to my brother who called an ambulance and got me to
hospital. My parents, though, didn't give a shit."

Sharon didn't speak to her parents again for 20 years. Her mother died
four years ago without ever seeing her grandchildren. Sharon didn't
even attend the funeral.

Sharon's children had been told their grandparents were dead but four
years ago, Sharon's lie came crashing down.

"We were all out for Sunday lunch, driving down a street in Los Angeles
when I saw my father.

"I started screaming at him out of the window and then I turned the car
around and started screaming again. Then I slowed down and we were
just screaming at each other.

"And my kids thought he was Tony Curtis. And they said, 'Mummy, why is
Tony Curtis calling you a whore?' Then I realised it was just insane
and I had to tell my kids the truth."

Two years ago Sharon and Don were finally reconciled and he finally
became one of the Osbourne clan.

"Just because I'm a Nazi at work, I know it doesn't mean I have to
be like that at home."



Ordinary People: Our Story, By The Osbournes (12/1/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE is the rock wildman other rock wildmen look at in awe.

His excesses go way beyond sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll - trying to
kill his wife, for instance.

Amazingly the working-class Birmingham boy, who shot to fame with
heavy metal band Black Sabbath in 1970, has beaten drink and drugs
to become an icon.

His reality TV show The Osbournes, littered with four-letter outbursts,
is a global hit and he has even met the Queen and President Bush.

Now Ozzy, 55 on Wednesday, wife Sharon and children Kelly, Jack and
Aimee, have written a book about their family life, Ordinary People:
Our Story.

All five tell their stories in an eye-opening Sun series. We start
with Ozzy . . . trying to murder his missus.

In 1989, at the height of his drinking and drug-taking, Ozzy emerged
from a five-day vodka binge to tell Sharon: "We’ve decided we’re going
to kill you." He then tried to strangle her. Sharon hit a panic button,
calling police to their house, and Ozzy was arrested.

Here he tells what happened next . . .

I COULDN’T remember anything that had happened when I woke up in the
prison cell. All I knew was that I felt like crap and was not sure why
I was there.

Shaking and sick, I asked the guard if he knew the charges.

When I heard him say "attempted murder" of my wife, I couldn’t believe
a word. "Could you read that again?" I asked.

He turned to a page on a clipboard and read: "John Michael Osbourne, you
are hereby charged with attempted murder of your wife, Sharon Rachel
Osbourne.

I spent the weekend in that cell and I couldn’t have felt sicker. Without
anything to drink, smoke or swallow, I went through two days of painful
withdrawal that made every part of my body ache.

When I finally walked into court, I saw Sharon across the room. As soon
as our eyes met, I started to cry.

Though we couldn’t speak, I hoped she saw how sorry I was. I pleaded not
guilty by reason of temporary insanity, but I was saved when Sharon told
the judge she didn’t want to press charges.

At her suggestion, I was sentenced to three months of rehab at Huntercombe
Manor, a drug and alcohol treatment centre in Buckinghamshire. I wasn’t
allowed any contact with Sharon or the children, unless it was authorized
by the rehab’s doctors and agreed to by my wife.

People do all sorts of s**t when they drink. I used to be a wife beater.
I’m not proud of it but I will own up to the fact.

I think it’s wrong. I don’t know why she stayed.

I love Sharon more than life itself. And I love my children. I haven’t
always been the greatest guy. I used to do crazy things.

The way I felt when I hit Sharon is the same way I feel right now thinking
about it. I hate myself.

Sharon started coming to visit about a month into my stay. A few weeks
later she brought the kids, who broke my heart when they said: "Bye, Daddy.
Get better soon." As for treatment, I survived.

GROUPIES

I STILL remember our first American tour. It was October 1970. Black Sabbath’s
first album was out and the biggest thing a British band could do was tour
the States.

Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham was the first to congratulate me. He
said: "It is very cool." Then he added with a grin: "But before you go, make
sure your d*** is rested and you’ve got plenty of penicillin." One thing about
Sabbath - we were a great f***ing band. Another thing about Sabbath - we were
great at f***ing.

In England, you’d meet a girl, take her to a movie and buy her a drink. Three
weeks later you might get your hand on her left breast. It took time.

Not in America. The fun started as soon as we got off the plane.

I checked into the hotel about 9pm. By 9.15pm there was a knock at the door.
I figured it was one of the guys forgetting something, but it was a girl.
She had a great body - not that I noticed anything after I heard her say
she wanted to ball me.

"Ball me?" I said. "Do you mean you want to play ball?"

"No, let me show you what I mean," she said. And for the next few hours
she sucked my brains out.

Though we were still pre-Aids, there was still the clap. I remember going
to a doctor, slightly embarrassed and said I had a pain in my lower back.

The doctor asked if I happened to be with the other guys. Then he opened
the adjoining door and I saw the band with their pants down and a nurse
with a handful of syringes.

BOOZE AND DRUGS

EVERYONE has a button in them waiting to be pressed. Or at least in some
people it’s a button, in others it’s a stick of dynamite. I have both.

One was pressed by The Beatles and one was hit by drink and drugs.

John Bonham once took me to a restaurant and ordered 24 bottles of
champagne. That made even a heavy-duty alcoholic like me ask what was
going on.

Straight-faced he said: "We’re going to have a race. We’ll see who can
drink the most."

After years on the road I can tell you it ain’t that good or grand as
people think. Once you get over the initial thing of late nights, chicks
and parties, it wears thin. The schedule is always the same. I watched
too many highway signs pass by my bleary eyes.

Back then I had three and often more well-balanced meals a day, consisting
of grass, speed, vodka, Quaaludes (an anti-depressant) and acid. I tried
heroin twice, but got too violently ill to like it. Thank God for blessings
like that or I’d have died long ago.

The amount of alcohol could be staggering too. Some nights I downed three
or four bottles of vodka. None of it made me feel any good, but I
couldn’t stop myself.

THE ALAMO

NO ONE has to tell me to remember the Alamo. I showed up at the Texas
landmark wearing my wife’s dress and holding a bottle of cognac.

Despite the photographer’s reservations, I convinced him to go ahead
with the shoot. As he changed the film in his camera, I needed to take
a leak.

I relieved myself against an old wall, as I’m sure countless dedicated,
patriotic and drunken soldiers had done 100 years earlier when they were
shooting at attacking Mexican fighters.

But by February 1982 times had clearly changed. The policeman told me: "Son,
when you piss on the Alamo, you piss on the State of Texas."

After a night in jail I was banned from playing San Antonio ever again.
Though it was rescinded in 1992, no one could have imagined that in another
ten years I would be trading jokes with the President of the United States,
a former Texas governor.

But if you live long enough or through enough, you learn one thing is true -
all sins can be forgiven.

FAME

AT 53 I suddenly went from being Ozzy to OZZY. I met the Queen of England.
I met the President of the United States. And I’m still Ozzy, you know.
This year we had a huge party. My house was turned into this place that
I could hardly recognise.

A dance floor was put up. People were running all over with hors d’oeuvres.

Tony Bennett sang in the back yard. I turned around and there was Sylvester
Stallone and Elton John. My wife was hanging out with Elizabeth Taylor.

The scene hit me like a brick. I had a problem dealing with it. I made
Tony Bennett walk into a quiet room.

"Tony," I said, "I’m from a working class background. I woke up this morning
and I thought, ‘I have a house in Beverly Hills, a house in Malibu, I’ve
got three houses in London, plus a farm.

"I fly around in private jets. And now I have Sir Elton John and Dame
Elizabeth Taylor in my house. Pretty wild, eh?" Tony smiled. I said: "Well,
tell me this - how the f*** did this happen?"

"I don’t know, Ozzy."

I looked back for a moment and told him straight: "I don’t f***ing know either."

RAISING A FAMILY

I’M never going to say anything bad about my family, but here’s the main
thing about the Osbournes - they are all out of their effing minds.

My wife and kids are insane. I’m the one who actually thinks things through.

If there is one message I want to get across it is love your family, no
matter what.

I have strong opinions about drinking, drugs and sex.

They nearly f***ing killed me. I don’t know of a better example for my
kids than my f***ed-up past.

But then I think back to when I caught my father with a cigarette in his
mouth and he said: "Ozzy, if I ever catch you smoking, I’ll break your arm."
Of course, I spent the next 30 f***ing years smoking like a chimney.

Kids always do the opposite of whatever their parents tell them. That’s a
fact of f***ing life, man.

HEALTH

WHEN I was growing up in Birmingham, I had one shirt, one pair of pants,
one pair of socks, shoes and a jacket. I was always dirty and smelly. The
kids teased me unmercifully, which is why years down the road, I spent
the first bit of money I earned from music on drugs and strong f***ing cologne.

I think I’m a biological miracle. Obviously my time isn’t up yet.

Ordinary People: Our Story, by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne with Aimee, Kelly
and Jack. Published by Simon & Schuster on December 4.

Right now it looks as if this book is only available in the UK. You can
purchase it through the UK amazon website by clicking here.



Ozzy: I Was Sexually Abused As a Child (12/1/2003)

Around Ozzy Osbourne the chaos that is his everyday life continues
unabated. As MTV crews roam the house, the rest of his family is
good-naturedly preparing for a Thanksgiving feast the following day.

The laughter from upstairs at his Beverly Hills mansion, however,
is in sharp contrast to the mood in the lounge.

Leaning back on the opulent sofa, Ozzy's voice drops to almost a
whisper as he admits: "I was sexually abused when I was a kid."

His eyes, hidden behind mirrored shades, look upwards as he pauses
to remember.

"Two boys used to wait for me to come home after school. Then they
would f**k around with me. They didn't f**k me but they messed
around with me.

"They would force me to drop my pants and all that s**t. They felt
me and touched me and...it was terrible. The first time it happened
was in front of my sister and that affected me even more.

"It became a regular thing on the way home from school. It seemed
to go on forever."

Born into a poor working-class family in post-war Birmingham, sexual
abuse was not a subject that could be mentioned at home. Terrified
and full of shame, 11-year-old Ozzy bottled up his emotions.

It was only this year, as his wife Sharon battled cancer, that the
rocker finally began to come to terms with how the abuse has shaped
his life.

"Everything when you are a kid affects you in later life," he says,
before taking a large gulp of coffee from his huge mug. "If you build
a wall with rocky foundations you are going to have pretty unstable
wall when it's finished.

"My parents would fight a lot and money was scarce. There were eight
of us in a two-bedroom house. Then that happened and for the rest
of my childhood I was forever running with fear.

"I was afraid to tell my father or mother and it completely f****d me
up. Dirty little secrets fester and that is one of the first things
I said to my kids.

"When I was a kid, people did not talk about these things like they
do now. You didn't have chat shows talking about child molestation.
It used to be the Woodentops and Bill and Ben.

"I worked it out with a therapist. But if you have a traumatic
experience when you are young it does f**k you up. Sharon knows
all about it and it was only with her that I could finally relax
and be myself."

The traumatised teenager grew up to front one of the biggest bands
of all time - Black Sabbath.

But the singer admits that beneath the rock god exterior was still a
frightened little boy who had never dealt with the trauma of the abuse.

"Throughout my life I have always been dodgy with my nerves and I
always thought I was a nervous guy.

"I always get stage fright and people go 'you old f****r, you have
been doing it longer than Tutankhamun'. But I'm a nervous kind of guy."

Laughing at last, he adds: "Back in the Seventies I may have looked
confident but I was stoned most of the time."

By any standards in Ozzy's rollercoaster of a life, this has been a
tumultuous couple of years. He has seen his family become worldwide
icons after agreeing to have every their every moment filmed by MTV.
He has been hailed by President Bush and played for the Queen at her
jubilee celebrations. But then things began to fall badly apart as
Ozzy, who was once arrested and put into rehab for trying to strangle
his wife, began drinking heavily again after six "dry" years. At the
same time, his 17-year-old son Jack's alcoholism and drug addiction
brought him close to suicide.

Both father and son, ironically, began down the road of abuse when
Sharon was diagnosed with cancer of the colon.

"We were in England doing the jubilee thing and she was there to
present it for VH1. The ratings for the show were going through
the roof and we were at Buckingham Palace and this feeling came over me.

"I said 'This is too f***ing good...something bad is going to come
down'. Normally she would say 'Just enjoy it while you can'. But she
says 'You know what? I have been thinking exactly the same'."

A routine medical last summer revealed the cancer and the family
went into freefall.

"One of the advantages of being me is I could afford to take her
in to hospital there and then to have it removed. She was so
f***ing ill.

"I was touring and I would fly straight back to LA on a private
jet and the arguments I had with f***ing doctors and nurses were
incredible. She would be fine one minute and deathly the next.

"The chemotherapy she had ain't a bundle of fun. It's like having
a broken nose and someone every day punching your broken nose to
make it better.

I had to physically carry her to the hospital on more than six
occasions because she was so f****d up by the cancer and the
chemotherapy. I never really stopped drinking but I started
hitting it heavily again while she was fighting the cancer.

"I couldn't sleep with her because I was terribly frightened of
waking up next to a dead body. I just didn't want to wake up to
my wife dead.

"So I would drink myself into a stupor and fall asleep on the
couch. Sharon would be in bed when I would drink. I would just
find myself in a heap on the floor the next day."

Sharon, too weak from the chemotherapy, left him to it. But this
spring, with her cancer in remission she gave him an ultimatum
the drink or her. When he refused to quit boozing, she moved out.

"She left me for four days. The day after she left I got on a
plane to Boston and went into hospital to find out what the
problem was. I think I have had one glass of wine since and I
thought 'What are you doing'? I am not a George Best - thank God.

"But, believe me, I would love to get f****d up. We were watching
an old film in bed the other day and there was an old English pub
in it. I do miss them and I do miss the craic in the pubs."

The visit to the Boston hospital cleared up not only Ozzy's drinking
but also laid to rest his abiding fear that he was suffering from
the onset of Parkinson's disease. His shuffling walk and shaking
hands have turned him into a parody. Yet they betrayed something
more than a body that has been used and abused for most of its 54 years.

Neurologists had prescribed him with a staggering 30 different
pills a day to cure the problem. Combined with the drinking, his
condition worsened.

His hands as steady as a rock as he clutches his freshly refilled
coffee mug, he says: "Over the years this tremor has got steadily
worse. I have only just found out it is something I inherited from
my parents called a non-specific hereditary tremor.

"I rang my sister June afterwards and asked her if anyone in the
family had a tremor as I had just been diagnosed as having this
hereditary tremor and she goes 'Oh, not you as well'.

"I couldn't believe it and I'm thinking to myself when I was 21 it
would have been nice for my dad to have sat me down and said 'When
you get to 50 you may start shaking. Don't worry, we all do'.

"Now I am only taking two pills three times a day and I feel a hell
of a lot better for it. But the side-effect from one of the pills
is a dry mouth which is giving me real grief. It is affecting my
singing as my mouth just goes."

Sitting back in his Los Angeles mansion, with two tiny cameras on
the walls filming us constantly for the TV show, Ozzy appears to
have grown accustomed to having his every movement and utterance
taped and ready for playback.

Occasionally, a camera crew pop into the room from their temporary
studio in the garage.

But the fame does have its drawbacks - something the singer can
find humour in.

AS soon as you get success in this town you get sued. I am getting
sued every week - every f***ing week. Some guy last week now says
that he invented the Osbournes. I am supposed to have fathered
some kid in New York but even the authorities thought that was a
load of bull.

"Me with all my jewellery," he says, jangling his gold medallion
and rings, "would last about five seconds in the Bronx.

"I have got the point where I am too paranoid to go out. The one
thing they always put on the lawsuits is 'Ever since Ozzy Osbourne
looked at me with those satanic eyes I can't have sex'."

Laughing heartily, it is clear that Sharon and his family are the
most important things in his life.

Into the room bounds daughter Kelly, who is about to leave for
Britain to promote her new single - a duet with her dad of the
classic Sabbath song Changes.

He hugs her fiercely as the camera crew swoops in out of nowhere.

After the flurry of excitement, he sits back down on the sofa to
reflect on the strange position he finds himself.

"I honestly don't understand my life," he laughs in a rather
bashful manner. "I have had a f***ing incredible life and, believe
me, I haven't taken it for granted. I'm dyslexic and I suffer from
attention deficit disorder.

"I'm 55 on December 3. How I have survived is a miracle but sooner
or later something will go wrong.

"If it wasn't for my wife I wouldn't be this f***ing icon, I
wouldn't be a success, I would be long dead.

"She is the greatest thing, the greatest love of my life and there
is not a woman in the world who I would want to spend the rest of
my life with."

And with a smile, Ozzy walks, not shuffles, off back into the chaos
of his home - and the arms of his wife.



Ozzy & Kelly On Friday Night With Jonothan Ross (12/1/2003)

Ozzy and Kelly will be appearing on Friday Night with Jonothan Ross
this week on bbc1 in the UK.



Billboard Special (12/1/2003)

The Billboard Information Group salutes the pop culture impact of "The
Osbournes," the hit MTV series fronted by flamboyant rock veteran Ozzy
Osbourne, with the publication of a special report in the Dec. 20 issue of
Billboard. The issue is available on newsstands from Dec. 13 when the
content also will also be posted on www.billboard.com. Fans can also
purchase the Osbournes special issue online at www.orderbillboard.com.

"The Osbournes: America's First Family of Rock" is a report on the 35-year
career of Ozzy Osbourne, from the formation of Black Sabbath through his
achievements as a solo artist, to the launch on MTV of "The Osbournes,"
which begins a new season in early 2004.

The Billboard report is scheduled to feature:

* A comprehensive overview of Ozzy Osbourne's career with comments from
industry insiders and executives who have followed Ozzy on his rock'n'roll
path from heavy-metal madman to MTV's favorite dad.

* A Q&A interview with Ozzy on the development and success of "The
Osbournes."

* A profile of Sharon Osbourne: spouse, mom, manager, MTV co-star, and host
of "The Sharon Osbourne Show" which debuted in national syndication in
September.

* A report from the road on the enduring success of the Ozzfest hard rock
touring extravaganza.

* An exclusive Billboard chart analysis of the Ozzy Osbourne's top albums
both with Black Sabbath and as a solo artist.

"The show" says Ozzy, "is all about the way I really live. That's the way
my family and I are all the time. So I don't see the funny side of it, like
other people do. I don't get the joke."



Bill Ward Interview (12/1/2003)

Marshall Ward speaks with Bill Ward on the segment 'Artist-to-Artist'
on the radio program 'Adventures in Plasticland' with your host
Spaceman Stan on Saturday December 6th at 11:59pm (EST) on CKWR FM
98.5 Waterloo, Ontario CANADA or listen on the net at www.ckwr.com



Ozzy & Sharon Wax Figures Unveiled In New York (11/24/2003)


Wax replicas of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and wife/manager
Sharon were unveiled Thursday, November 20 at Madame Tussaud's wax
museum in New York City's Times Square.



Ozz & Kelly To Perform On German TV (11/24/2003)

Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne will perform "Changes" on December 6th on
the German TV show "Wetten dass..." hosted by Thomas Gottschalk.



Fear Factory Guitarist Jams With Ozzy (11/24/2003)

Christian Olde Wolbers posted the following message on the band's
(Fear Factory) offical website:

Friday 11/21
Today.. I had one of the most amazing experiences in my life, I must admit!...
I got the opportunity to jam with some of the most influential people in the
Metal business today..! I got to play "I don't wanna change the
world", "Crazy Train" and "Paranoid" with OZZY, ZAKK WYLDE AND MIKE
BORDIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was amazing!!!... Zakk, Mike and Ozzy are some
of the coolest, most down to earth people i ever met.. Not to mention,
some of the sickest shredders I will ever get to play a note with!!!!!
Zakk is a monster!!!! Man... what a sick player!!! I think I got a new
guitar hero!

I can't even explain to u what it feels like when you're jamming with Zakk
Wylde and he starts playing a lead in front of u!!!??? I felt like hot blood
was rushing thru my veins!!.. The same feeling I had when i played a song
with Slash last year.. The juices just start flowing.... These guys will give
u that feeling!

Mike Bordin was already one of my alltime favorite drummers next to
Raymond (FF) and Steward Copeland! So that was another dream fulfilled!
I played Zakk some of the new FF shit in the car and he was like "Fuck
yeah!!!!, ...Thas some fucking heavy shit, and after hearing
Cyberwaste, he was like "Dawwwm that must be some of the heaviest shit
I've heard from FF"! ...And then he asked me if I was doing any leads
at all? I told him I would never attempt such a foolish thing, not
after hearing Zakk Wylde and Dimebag Darrell tearing it up in the
metal world... It's pointless.... Why even try!!! Hahaha He was laughing!!!
When he drove off in his Monstertruck, he shouted... "BLACK LABEL SOCIETY,
FEAR FACTORY and DAMAGEPLAN.. Let's do a tour!! "And if u need a lead
over one of them Fear Factory songs give me a call!" ....I was
thinking, what a cool motherfucker!!

Well, I can mark this day down on my calender as being one of the greater
moments in life! ..I got to jam with Ozzy! ...!Not something u do everyday....



Sabbath Snubbed Again By The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (11/24/2003)

BLACK SABBATH have once again been snubbed by the voting members of the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Ozzy Osbourne-fronted band were a glaring omission from the list of
the 2004 Inductees in the "Performer" category, which were announced
earlier today (Nov. 20) by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
Executive Director Suzan Evans.

The Nineteenth Annual Induction Ceremony, which will be held Monday,
March 15 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, will feature inductions
from the following artists:

JACKSON BROWNE
THE DELLS
GEORGE HARRISON
PRINCE
BOB SEGER
TRAFFIC
ZZ TOP

In commenting on this year's inductees, Evans said, "These inductees
represent many influential genres of rock and roll, including pop,
funk, soul, boogie and psychedelia. We expect this year's show to be
unique and exciting with highly anticipated moments."

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of
their first record. Criteria considered includes the influence and
significance of the artist's contribution to the development and
perpetuation of rock and roll.

The Foundation's nominating committee, composed of rock and roll
historians, selects nominees each year in the "artist" category.
Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about
700 rock experts.

Four years ago, Ozzy Osbourne attempted to take BLACK SABBATH's name
off the Hall of Fame's 1999 nomination list, deeming the institution's
nod "meaningless."

In an October 1999 letter to the Hall of Fame, Osbourne said: "Just
take our name off the list. Save the ink. Forget about us. The nomination
is meaningless, because it's not voted on by the fans. It's voted on
by the supposed elite for the industry and the Media, who've never
bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is
irrelevant to me." He says, "Let's face it, BLACK SABBATH has never
been media darlings. We're a people's band and that suits us just fine."

BLACK SABBATH have been eligible for induction for the past seven years.



'Sharon Osbourne Show' Lays Off Employees (11/24/2003)

Despite solid ratings, "The Sharon Osborne Show" has just laid off 20
people, including music booker (and former "Rockline" producer/music
scribe) Katherine Turman, according to Hits Daily Double.

Although it's a hardly a runaway success, "The Sharon Osborne Show"
appears to be finding an audience with the young MTV viewers who were
big fans of "The Osbournes". Jim Paratore who produces the show at
Warner Bros. Domestic Television said the show has found a sweet spot
with women aged 18-34, a demographic segment that advertisers love
deeply.



Sharon Osbourne Named U.K.'s 'Most Amazing Woman' (11/24/2003)

Sharon Osbourne has been named the U.K.'s most amazing woman of 2003
in an online poll.

Osbourne, who is married to and manages Ozzy Osbourne, came out on
top against competition from women such as athlete Paula Radcliffe
and singer Dido.

The 50-year-old, known for her appearances in the reality television
show "The Osbournes", took almost a third of the votes for the web
site Handbag.com.

More than 7,000 votes were cast, firstly to win categories such as
entertainment, fashion, sport, business and comedy. Then each of the
winners battled it out for the title of the year's most amazing woman.

Osbourne was treated for cancer earlier this year but continued to
work on her TV series.

Last year's winner in voting on the women's web site was "Big Brother"
presenter Davina McCall.

Psychotherapist Christine Webber, who analyzed the results for Handbag,
said: "Thinking back a couple of decades to the go-getting, superficial,
designer-driven '80s, it would have been inconceivable that someone as
robustly individual as Sharon Osbourne could have emerged at the top of
an Amazing Woman poll.

"Sharon Osbourne and her well-documented difficult history seems to
say to the rest of us: 'If I can survive, and thrive, then so can you.'
She is an icon of our age and she makes us laugh too."



Sharon: "Cancer Was One Of The Best Things That Ever Happened To Me" (11/20/2003)

Sharon Osbourne has spoken to USA Today about being diagnosed with
colorectal cancer in July of last year.

"People don't want to discuss colon cancer," says Osbourne, who last
week was honored by the Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
for her work in raising awareness about the deadly disease. The Guild
supports Cedars-Sinai physicians, researchers and programs focusing
specifically on women's health. "There is no ribbon for it. When I was
better my kids were joking, 'Mum why did you have to get colon cancer?
Couldn't it have been something else? Why there? This is so typical
of you.'"

"Colon cancer is terribly silent and deadly," Osbourne adds. "You
don't realize that it's happening. I was tired and I just figured I
was working too much or I had too much stress. I had no idea there
was cancer inside my body."

"I didn't know anything about a colon before I was diagnosed. I had
no idea you could get cancer there. I was sort of in disbelief at first
really because I kept thinking it was only for men you know, that it
was prostate cancer. And I kept thinking there was a mistake."

"What really scared me was the chemotherapy," Osbourne admits. "I had
heard so much about how difficult it is and how it devastates your
body that it terrified me more than the cancer. But I found a way
through it because the people that I met on this journey through
cancer we so incredible. My cancer is probably one of the best things
that has ever happened to me because it changed my life for the better.

"This is about being informed," Osbourne urges. "There is nothing to
be embarrassed about and you have to go and be checked. You can save
your own life."



Changes Video To Premiere On MTV (11/20/2003)

A video for Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly's rendition of BLACK
SABBATH's "Changes" will begin airing on MTV on Monday, November 24.

The song, the original version of which appeared on BLACK SABBATH's
1972 album, "Black Sabbath, Vol. 4", is included on the reissued
edition of Kelly Osbourne's 2002 debut, "Shut Up" (re-titled
"Changes"), which was made available through Sanctuary Records
in September.

You can also watch the new video for "Changes" at kellyosbourne.com.



Ozzy To Perform With Kelly Today On Sharon (11/14/2003)

Tune into the Sharon Osbourne Show on Friday to see Ozzy and Kelly
perform "Changes".



Ozzy Special On The Biography Channel (11/14/2003)

The Biography Channel will be running an Ozzy Osbourne special
premiering on Sunday 23rd November at 8pm and will be part of
the "monster of rock" stunt which will include the likes of
Meatloaf, Jimi Hendrix, Bon Jovi and others.

Check out www.thebiographychannel.co.uk for more info.



Update On Sabbath "Black Box" (11/14/2003)

With BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978),
Black Sabbath fans are getting no less than the complete,
unadulterated catalog of the groundbreaking rock band's original
lineup-Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry "Geezer" Butler, and
Bill Ward.

BLACK BOX features the band's collected studio works from
1970-1978: Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master Of Reality, Vol. 4,
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy, and Never
Say Die! Furthermore, the non-LP studio track "Evil Woman,"
originally released as a single in 1970 prior to the band's
album debut, is also included. Available at all regular retail
outlets and at www.rhino.com, BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL
BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978) carries a suggested retail price of
$99.98 and is in stores March 2, 2004 on Warner Bros./Rhino.

Assembled under the supervision of the band members themselves
and executive producer Sharon Osbourne, these remastered
recordings are the definitive editions. But if the lovingly
repackaged original artwork and stunning sonics weren't
enough-BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978)
will include an exclusive bonus DVD of vintage Sabbath live
performances ("Iron Man," "Paranoid," and "Blue Suede Shoes")
and a rare promotional clip for "Black Sabbath." The collection
also includes an 80-page book filled with an array of vintage
photos, a timeline of the group's history, a complete reprint of
all album lyrics, detailed essays from writers Chris Welch
(1970-1972: Lords Of This World) and Brian Ives (1973-1978:
A Hard Road), and testimonials from such stars as Rob Zombie,
James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Zakk Wylde, to name but a few.

First formed in Birmingham, England, in the late 1960s, Black
Sabbath's doom-laden sound pioneered a new kind of heavy rock
music, a sound that would later influence hundreds of other
bands. Many consider Black Sabbath to be the godfathers of
heavy metal, but Sabbath were capable of surprising their
fans with songs that showed other facets of their skills
besides darkness and monstrous decibels. Thirty years after
their initial impact, guitarists are still stunned by Tony
Iommi's jaw-dropping riffs, Geezer Butler's swooping bass
lines, and Bill Ward's thunderous drums. And, of course,
in Ozzy Osbourne the band had one of the most magnetic and
unpredictable front men ever in rock, with a maniacal voice
like few others before or since. Together, they were the
original and still definitive lineup of Black Sabbath.

BLACK BOX is their legacy. It's all here. This is truly
heavier-than-thou stuff-bring a forklift with you, just in case.



Sharon Osbourne: Wave Of Talk TV Future? (11/14/2003)

Pat Nason of United Press International reports that "The Sharon
Osbourne Show", one of the more successful new entries in the
field of syndicated TV talk shows, may be helping to push the
genre away from the sensationalism typified by Jerry Springer,
toward a more family friendly tone.

Sharon Osbourne began her life of celebrity in the MTV reality
based comedy, "The Osbournes", as the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
She caught on with viewers, women in particular, and became so
popular that the new daytime talk show was designed specifically
for her.

And she will be the first to tell you that if it were not for
"The Osbournes", no one would have thought of her for a TV talk
show with her name on it.

"No way," she said in an interview with United Press International,
"let's face it."

The way things are turning out, though, Osbourne is connecting
with viewers every bit as much as producers hoped she would when
they sold rights to the syndicated show earlier this year. Early
ratings for the show were solid but not spectacular, but Jim Paratore
who produces the show at Warner Bros. Domestic Television said "The
Sharon Osbourne Show" has found a sweet spot with women aged 18-34,
a demographic segment that advertisers love deeply.

"When we sold 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' the goal was to attract a
younger audience with an advertiser friendly show, that was good
for the overall image of the stations and would still attract the
younger audience," he said. "It looks like we've found it."



Bill Ward To Issue Limited Edition CD-Single (11/14/2003)

Bill Ward, drummer and founding member of BLACK SABBATH, has announced
that 1,000 limited-edition CD-singles of "Straws", the song he wrote
and recorded to express his concerns regarding the war with Iraq and
the escalation of terrorism, will be available exclusively on his web
site, www.billward.com, beginning on Veterans' Day, November 11, 2003.

Each "Straws" CD-single (download MP3 here) is numbered and autographed
by Ward, and all proceeds will be donated to the charity of each
purchaser's choice from the following five organizations: the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Fund, the Alice Faith Mittelman Foundation, the
Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, the National Veterans Foundation,
and the Inner City Music Program (Bands Not Gangs) Los Angeles.

A total of 2,200 copies of the limited-edition "Straws" CD-singles
were produced in all, with Ward servicing 1,200 copies to governmental
heads of state throughout the world, humanitarian organizations, peace
support groups, media outlets and fellow musicians. Among those who
have received the special package are President George W. Bush, British
Prime Minister Tony Blair, and members of the United States Congress.



Lawsuit Rumors Dismissed (11/10/2003)

A spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne Management has dismissed
widespread reports of yet another OZZY OSBOURNE lawsuit
currently being fought.

In a recent interview, Ozzy talked about the lawsuit-happy
climate in the U.S., saying "We have a lawsuit going at the
moment, we did a live recording of a show, and someone in
the audience is suing me for using their voices on my record.
Someone has to do something about these frivolous civil
actions it's a waste of time and a waste of money."

When contacted by BLABBERMOUTH.NET for a comment on the
supposed lawsuit, the spokesperson stated flatly, "There
is no other lawsuit. This was a joke."



Osbourne To Play First-Ever Concert In Croatia (11/1/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE will play his first-ever ever concert in Croatia
on February 9, 2004. The show, which will take place at Dom
Sportova in Zagreb, was confirmed earlier this week by the
local promoter, and is part of Ozzy's huge European tour that
has already been cancelled twice this year due to Osbourne's
health problems. Support acts for the concert have yet to be
announced.



Ozzy Wants Johnny Depp To Play Him In Movie (11/1/2003)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne recently filmed a "he said, she said"
segment for "Extra TV". Asked who should play him in the movie
version of his life, Ozzy said, "I like the idea of Johnny Depp.
He's one of the few American actors who can pull off the English
accent."



Yet Another Lawsuit Announced (11/1/2003)

Ozzy announced yet another lawsuit currently being fought.

"We have a lawsuit going at the moment, we did a live recording of
a show, and someone in the audience is suing me for
using thier voices on my record."

"Someone has to do something about these frivolous civil actions,
it's a waste of time and a waste of money."



Watch These! (10/30/2003)

This Friday, October 31, there will be a VH1 special on at
11:00pm titled "The Fabulous Life of The Osbournes."

Sunday, November 2, there will be a special on E!
called "It's Good to be Sharon Osbourne" at 10:00pm.



Former Sabbath Manager's Seedy Sex Secret (10/30/2003)

Guy Newey of Britain's Evening Mail reports former BLACK SABBATH
manager Jim Simpson has a secret sideline running a seedy sex
business from his Birmingham home.

An Evening Mail probe has revealed that Simpson is touting erotic
videos and allows punters to film their sexual fantasies at his
Edgbaston abode.

Simpson, 65, is the man behind the city's prestigious HMV
International Jazz Festival, which attracts stars and jazz
fans from around the world.

What is less well known is his other interest running a web site
which invites amateur and professional photographers to contact
a model called Charley, who is featured in a number of erotic
poses.

When Evening Mail confronted Simpson, the former manager of
Ozzy Osbourne's BLACK SABBATH and head of renowned jazz label
Big Bear Records said: "In retrospect I wish I had never been
involved and I behaved with bad judgement and lack of forethought.

"I did not make any money from it this is not a business to me."



Ozzy & Kelly To Release Christmas Single (10/30/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne and his daughter Kelly are making a joint bid for
the Christmas Number One, according to the BBC.

The pair are to release a duet, "Changes", on December 8 hoping
to cash in on the seasonal market.

The original version of "Changes" appeared on "Black Sabbath
Vol. 4", released in 1972, but the words have been rewritten
to reflect the relationship between a father and daughter as
they grow older.

The new version of the song is included on the reissued edition
of Kelly Osbourne's 2002 debut, "Shut Up", which was made available
through Sanctuary Records late last month.

A video for the track was recently shot at a Los Angeles studio.



Ozzy To Appear On Sharon's Talk Show (10/26/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE will make no less than two appearances on his
wife's talk show, "The Sharon Osbourne Show", next week.
According to the show's official web site, Ozzy will be
Sharon's special guest on Tuesday (October 28) as she talks
to him via polycam. The former BLACK SABBATH frontman will
also join his wife for Sharon's special Halloween show on
Friday (October 31).



Daisley Reacts To Ozzy Court Ruling (10/26/2003)

Former OZZY OSBOURNE bandmembers Bob Daisley (bass) and Lee
Kerslake (drums) have vowed to continue their 20-year battle
regarding royalties and proper credits on the early OZZY albums
"Blizzard Of Ozz" (1980) and "Diary Of A Madman" (1981), despite
a court ruling earlier this week that upheld the dismissal of
their lawsuit against Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.

The lawsuit, filed against the Osbournes in 1998, 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 musicians, who were let go in 1981.

According to Daisley, however, not all hope is lost. "It's
early days regarding this bogus ruling but it's STILL not
over yet," he said in an online posting. "We will be seeking
further legal advice from our tenacious lawyers."

In a 2002 interview with Launch, Daisley explained how things
got to this point. "Lee Kerslake and myself were fired after
recording the 'Diary Of A Madman' album. During 1980 and the
beginning of 1981, contracts were drawn up and went backwards
and forwards from our lawyers to their lawyers. We were told
to keep working, that it would be eventually all sorted out.
The contracts were actually physical, but not actually signed.
And then when we got fired, we brought up the situation of
royalties, and they just said, 'Oh, well. End of story, you're
out of the band. Off you go.'

The Osbournes removed the playing of Daisley and Kerslake
from the 2002 reissues of "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A
Madman", replacing the original recordings with tracks from
Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin, Ozzy's bassist and drummer
at the time.

Since their initial release 23 years ago, "Blizzard Of Ozz"
and "Diary Of A Madman" have sold over 10 million copies
worldwide.



Zakk Is Not Leaving Ozzy (10/26/2003)

A spokesperson from the ZAKK WYLDE camp says that the guitarists
rumored parting with OZZY OSBOURNE is "total bullshit".

Original rumor:

Word has leaked that Ozzy Osbourne's long-time guitarist Zakk
Wylde may be on his way out the door very soon. Supposedly, the
band is actually in rehearsals with Buckethead (Guns N' Roses)
and keeping him on stand-by. It's no secret that Zakk is a very
heavy drinker and it seems that the Osbourne camp might be ready
to do an intervention on the axeman. Sharon and Ozzy have had to
anti-up large bar tabs at five star hotels from the bearded
maniac and his biker buddies. Jason Newsted, who is the 'new'
guy and known for being a sober and cool headed veteran, has even
butted heads with Wylde. Apparently it's become routine that
Zakk is usually drunk beyond repair by lunchtime daily. The buzz
is that if Zakk doesn't clean up his act, he's gone.



Osbournes Win Appeal In Lawsuit Brought by Former Bandmembers (10/24/2003)

A Federal Appeals Court has unanimously upheld the dismissal of the
lawsuit brought by former OZZY OSBOURNE 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. Since their initial release twenty-three years ago,
these two classic Ozzy records have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Ozzy Osbourne stated: "The truth always prevails."

Orin Snyder, the attorney for Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, stated: "This
decision is a complete vindication of Ozzy and Sharon and confirms
what we have been saying all long that this worthless lawsuit was a
waste of the courts' precious time."



Sharon's Breast Molds Up For Auction (10/24/2003)

The Associated Press reports that Sharon Osbourne is putting a
little bit of herself into the fight against breast cancer.

Hand-painted molds of Osbourne's breasts were being auctioned
online to benefit the Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation,
or B4BC, a nonprofit group co-founded by professional
snowboarder Tina Basich.

The molds were displayed during Tuesday's (October 21) taping
of the syndicated talk show "The Sharon Osbourne Show" and
caught guest Anthony Anderson's eye.

"I gotta have those at home," said Anderson, star of the WB
sitcom "All About the Andersons". "I want to make the first
opening bid at $5,000. ... So match that! Somebody match that!"

Osbourne, the wife of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne,
was treated for colon cancer, which is now in remission. The
show with Basich and Anderson airs Thursday (October 23).



New Tour Dates Announced (10/24/2003)

More dates have been announced for OZZY OSBOURNE's rescheduled
European tour, which is now slated to kick off in January.

Dates confirmed so far are as follows:

1/15/2004 Arena Oberhausen, Germany
1/17/2004 Ahoy Rotterdam, Netherlands
1/20/2004 Valbyhallen Copenhagen, Denmark
1/22/2004 Skandinavium Gothenberg, Sweden
1/24/2004 Spektrum Oslo, Norway
1/26/2004 Globen Stockholm, Sweden
1/28/2004 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland
1/31/2004 Messehalle Leipzig
2/2/2004 Arena Treptow Berlin, Germany
2/15/2004 Olympiahalle Münich, Germany
2/17/2004 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Germany

More shows will be announced soon.

No support bands have yet been announced for the trek, which has
been postponed twice due to Ozzy's health problems. Finnish
goth-metallers H.I.M., who were set to occupy the middle slot
on the original tour, will not be supporting OSBOURNE on the
rescheduled trek.



Rescheduled European Tour To Kick Off In January (10/22/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE's rescheduled European tour, which has been
postponed twice, will now take place in January/February.
So far, only one date has been leaked: January 28 at the
Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M., who were set to occupy the
middle slot on the tour, will not be supporting OSBOURNE
on the rescheduled trek. Instead, the band will embark on
their own headlining run of dates, the exact details for
which will be announced soon.

As reported last week, Osbourne canceled his planned
European tour because new medication he is on causes him
to have dry mouth and he therefore cannot sing.



OSBOURNE 'Unlikely' To Play Newcastle, England (10/22/2003)

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne is unlikely to
play Newcastle, England next year, Telewest Arena bosses
warned Tuesday (October 21).

It had been hoped he would perform at the venue in the
spring after canceling his European tour last week to
receive treatment for a nervous tremor.

He was originally booked to play the Arena this Sunday but
now the venue is offering all ticket holders full refunds,
according to The Evening Chronicle.

Tickets are being refunded at points of purchase. For
credit card and Internet tickets bought via Ticketmaster
at the Arena box office, tickets should be returned to
Ticketmaster UK Ltd, Fifth Floor, City Cube, 20 Lever
Street, Manchester, M1 1EN. The credit cards will be
refunded, along with the booking fee.



OSBOURNE To Appear On 'The Weakest Link'? (10/22/2003)

Sky News reports that Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that
he wished he had accepted the chance to appear on "The
Weakest Link".

Anne Robinson took the show to the States and did a run
over there.

Ozzy said: "I did get an offer but I could not decide
if she would just make a fool of me.

"But all in all I think I am quite good at those sort
of shows, so now we're talking about me doing the U.K.
version."



Ozzy Regains Control Of His Health (10/19/2003)

Rocker recently discovered that several family members, including
his mother, have also suffered from tremors.

For years, both onstage and on "The Osbournes," we've witnessed
legendary metal singer Ozzy Osbourne shake, stammer, stutter and
shuffle around with a walk that grew increasingly hunched over
and motor functions that only seemed to be getting worse.

Speculation ran rampant. Were these maladies related to years of
drug abuse dating back to the Black Sabbath days? Parkinson's
Disease? Muscular Dystrophy?

The answer is, in fact, none of the above. Thanks to a Boston
neurological specialist, Ozzy now knows the cause of the "shakes"
that have plagued him for decades and with the help of a new
medication, he's already looking, sounding and walking better
than he has in years.

"It turns out that it's a hereditary thing that I have from my
mother's side of the family," a very animated Ozzy explained
Thursday, relaxing in a plush chair in the den of his now-famous
home. "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
this tremor.

"And [now]," he said smiling, holding up his now mostly non-shaking
hands for emphasis, "I haven't got the tremor."

An unfortunate side-effect of the new medication is what Ozzy
called "a terrible dry mouth," a temporary condition that caused
him to further postpone an already delayed European tour. He said
he hates disappointing his fans and mentioned that it's been two
years since he's visited his native England, but that ultimately
this is all good news, not bad.

"I'm being selfish here," he said matter-of-factly. "I can't tell
you how wonderful I feel. Not wonderful in the respect of [being]
'stoned.' I'm not stoned. [But] with [just] a pill, it was like
somebody turned the bad switch off. I feel good again."

It turns out that several of the women in Ozzy's family, including
his mother, also suffered from the tremor, but that the Osbourne
clan was simply too old-fashioned and dignified to ever mention it.

"I phoned my sister up and I said, 'I've got this hereditary
tremor,' and she goes, 'Not you as well?' And I go, 'What do you
mean? Don't you think it would have been a good thing when I was
around 15 to say, 'See Auntie Edna? She's got the tremor!' Nobody
ever told me anything!"

Ozzy said he first noticed the tremor in his early 20s and that
he's always stammered a bit when he gets excited. But lately, it
had worsened and none of the medication doctors had prescribed
for him had made any difference.

"I felt like a rattle at the end of the day because there were so
many pills in me," he said. "I would go to doctors around [Los
Angeles] and they would go, 'Try this.' And I would go, 'I'll tell
you what: This is what I'm taking now. I'll do a swap. You take
one of my bottles and I'll take one of yours.' Because the box
was getting bigger and I wasn't getting any better."

More and more, he started to feel like a prisoner in his own body.
"You try and mask it. You try and walk around hoping people won't
see your hands shaking," he said.

The shuffling walk America became accustomed to through "The
Osbournes," for example, was simply something he had developed
to alleviate the constant pain.

"Why do people limp when they've got an injured foot?" he asked.
"Because it hurts and you limp because you want to put more weight
on your undamaged foot. But if you have that all your life, you
learn to maneuver. It doesn't mean to say you're crazy or that
you're a cripple."

He hadn't realized how bad things had gotten until late one evening
as he and Sharon watched a pre-taped interview he had done on "The
Tonight Show With Jay Leno." "I wasn't aware that it was so obvious
that I had a tremor," Ozzy exclaimed. "I said to Sharon, 'I ain't
going to do any more TV because I look like a f---ing lunatic!"

Ozzy began to think that perhaps he did have Parkinson's Disease,
so he and Sharon sought out Dr. Allan H. Ropper, who had treated
famous Parkinson's sufferer Michael J. Fox. Ozzy's visit to Boston,
coupled with the announcement of the tour's postponement, increased
press and public speculation about his health.

"I swear on my wife and my children's lives that I do not have
Parkinson's [and] I am not covering anything up," Ozzy stressed,
clearly annoyed with the idea that anyone would try and spoil his
good news by saying he's worse off than he actually is.

"It's just a thing that's been with me throughout my life. And as
I've gotten older, it's degenerated. There is treatment for it,"
he added. "This [doctor] is my guardian angel. When this guy put
this medication in my vein, it was like someone had turned this
machine off in me. It was like instant, man!"

Sharon, who's been busy taping her new talk show, immediately
noticed the change in Ozzy when he returned home on Tuesday. Since
then the re-energized Osbourne has continued co-writing a musical
based on the life of Rasputin in his newly built home studio.

He's also promising that the new medication will ensure that his
personal demons stay in check. No more falling off the wagon for
the Ozzman, he said.

"I've done a fair amount of self-abuse and self-medication for
years, but I've got no choice anymore," he said. "If I drink
alcohol or do any recreational drugs like smoke pot it will affect
the medication I'm taking for this tremor and it'll probably make
it worse.

"But [now], I'm fine," he said happily. "I'm [taking] one pill a
day, an hour and a half before I go to sleep at night."



OZZY And KELLY Film Video For 'Changes' (10/17/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly recently shot a video for
their rendition of BLACK SABBATH's "Changes" at a Los Angeles
studio.

The song, the original version of which appeared on BLACK
SABBATH's 1972 album, "Black Sabbath, Vol. 4", is included
on the reissued edition of Kelly Osbourne's 2002 debut,
"Shut Up", which was made available through Sanctuary
Records late last month.

Kelly split from Epic Records shortly after the release
of "Shut Up", which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's
Heatseekers chart and had sold 155,000 copies in the U.S.,
according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since being reissued by
Sanctuary two weeks ago, the album, now re-titled "Changes",
has sold 1,077 copies.

Click here and here for pics!



OZZY, KELLY Have Yet To Tape Duet For SHARON (10/16/2003)

Despite published reports to the contrary including a posting
on the web site of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY (led by OZZY guitarist
Zakk Wylde) Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly have yet to tape
their rendition of BLACK SABBATH's "Changes" for an upcoming
episode of "The Sharon Osbourne Show". "It has been talked
about, and maybe at some point [October 7] was mentioned as
a tentative date, but it has not yet happened and is not yet
on the schedule for taping," a spokesperson for Sharon
Osbourne Management told BLABBERMOUTH.NET.



Indiana Show Not Happening (10/16/2003)

Despite the fact that Ticketmaster is currently listing a
December 8th OZZY OSBOURNE show at Murat Theatre in Indianapolis,
Indiana, a spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne Management has
informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that "there are no more [OZZY] U.S.
shows [planned] this year."



Ozzy Postpones European Tour (Again) (10/15/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE has been forced to postpone a six-week string of
European tour dates set to begin next week due to side effects
of medication he was taking to control a tremor, MTV.com reports.

Osbourne's personal physician, Dr. Allan H. Ropper, chief of
neurology at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, had been
treating the singer for the condition in Boston and advised
him to postpone the dates.

"Ozzy Osbourne does not have Parkinson's Disease," Dr. Ropper
said in a statement. "However, he does have a tremor which is
coming under control with medication. Unfortunately, one of
the side effects of the medication is dry mouth, which greatly
impairs the voice. This problem usually subsides after three
to four weeks, but the downside is that this will definitely
affect Mr. Osbourne's ability to sing at this time."

The 21-show European tour was to begin October 22 in Dublin,
Ireland, and run through December 5 in Munich, Germany.
The dates, rescheduled after a previous cancellation, are
expected to be made up early next year.

In a statement released Tuesday (October 14), the singer
said his worsening tremor was "practically destroying my
life along with my self-esteem." He also expressed gratitude
to his doctor and said he was glad to be home with his
family, recovering.

"I feel like I keep letting you all down, which breaks my
heart," his statement continued, "but you have my word that
I will be over in the new year to complete my European tour."



Ozzy Pulls Out Of Fundraising Event (10/15/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE bailed out of his planned collaboration with
Julien Macdonald at London's Royal Albert Hall for Fashion
Rocks for The Prince's Trust, citing other commitments in
America. However, the former BLACK SABBATH singer made nice
by donating $50,000 (£30,000) to the fund, which has helped
nearly half-a-million young people since it was set up by
the Prince of Wales in 1976.

A Prince's Trust insider told Mirror.co.uk, "We couldn't
believe it when we opened the envelope. As well as writing
a 50,000-dollar cheque, he'd also sent a lovely, heartfelt letter.

"He was full of apologies and offered to help in any way
he can in the future. We're absolutely flabbergasted, it's so generous."

Fashion Rocks for The Prince's Trust, which is described
as one of the most exciting and revolutionary fundraising
events ever, is set to be held on Wednesday, October 15.



Ozzy, Zakk & Kelly Taping "Changes" For Sharon (10/13/2003)

ZAKK WYLDE's management has confirmed that the guitarist will be taping
an episode of the Sharon Osbourne Show with OZZY OSBOURNE and KELLY
OSBOURNE performing the BLACK SABBATH classic 'Changes'. The taping
will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, October 7th). The track is pulled from
Kelly Osbourne's recently issued album of the same name. Out through
Sanctuary, Changes is the retitled reissue of her Sony debut album,
Shut Up.



Jack Black Wants To Play Ozzy (10/12/2003)

JACK BLACK Says He's The Best Person To Play OZZY OSBOURNE In
Upcoming Biopic.

Michael Starr of the New York Post reports that Jack Black is
angling to star in the big-screen Ozzy Osbourne biopic and he's
not shy about wanting the job. "He's been a huge influence on
me," Black tells Ozzy's wife, Sharon, on today's "Sharon Osbourne
Show".

"[Ozzy] was a hero of mine as a kid and I have to say, I've
been tracking the Ozzy film. . . ." Black then tells Sharon
that it would be a "bad call" to cast Colin Farrell in the
role. "If anyone's Ozzy, I'm Ozzy," he says.



Book About Don Arden In Stores Now (10/12/2003)

Dubbed the "Godfather Of Rock" and the "Al Capone of Pop" by the world's
press, Don Arden was the most legendary - and infamous - music manager
showbusiness had ever seen. His fascinating life story will be revealed in a
soon-to-be-published autobiography. Uncensored. Uncompromising. Unique. Just
like his managerial style, Don's story will be hard-hitting and pull no
punches in crushing accusations, jealousies and lies. At long last, the
world will discover the truth behind the many incredible, unbelievable and
shocking rumours that have surrounded his career. Discover what drove Don
Arden to be the most powerful, influential and renowned manager in the music
business - and why he became so feared and infamous. No one else has ever
dared spill the beans before. This is the definitive inside job on the
ultimate music manager. "Mr. Big" by Don Arden (with Mick Wall) will be
published by Robson Books on 29 September 2003.

As far as I can tell, this has only been released in the UK. Please visit
www.Donarden.com for more information.



Ozzy Suffers Heart Attack? (10/5/2003)

Taken from the Daily Star (UK tabloid paper):

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne was involved in yet another real life
drama after suffering a suspected heart attack. The former
Black Sabbath frontman was seen being smuggled out of the
Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after being earlier
rushed to the emergency department.

The 54 year old reality TV star underwent routine tests
before being allowed to return home after two hours.
The heavy metal wildman has fought drink and drug problems
for years and this is only the latest health scare to hit
the Brummie-born singers family. Ozzy's wife Sharon is
battling colon cancer and son Jack went into drug rehab
in April. A family spokesman later said Ozzy was "fine".

(My initial reaction to this was that this most likely has to
do with his recent foot surgery, but ya' never know!)



Kelly Osbourne To Perform On Sharon! (10/5/2003)

This Thursday, in celebration of Sharon Osbournes birthday, Kelly
and Elton John will both be on the show to perform. Maybe Ozzy
will come out to do "Changes"??? One never knows! Tune in!



Ozzy To Play Charity Show (10/5/2003)

Major international artists Beyonce Knowles, Ozzy Osbourne,
Sharlene Spiteri, Sheryl Crow and Kelis have announced they'll
join Bryan Ferry, Robbie Williams and Joaquin Cortez
performing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall on October
15th for Fashion Rocks for The Prince's Trust.

Supermodel, actress and singer Milla Jovovich will also be
performing and there will be a live satellite performance
by David Bowie.

Sold out weeks ago, Fashion Rocks is one of the most exciting
and revolutionary fundraising events ever. Presented by the
glamorous pairing of Elizabeth Hurley and Denis Leary, this
prestigious event will see the world's top fashion houses
joining forces with the world's leading artists in the
ultimate fusion of catwalk and concert.

Sir Tom Shebbeare, Chief Executive of The Prince's Trust,
says "Fashion Rocks is a hugely exciting fundraising event
for The Prince's Trust. Music and fashion is a powerful
combination and the fantastic support we have received from
long-standing Trust supporters like Nicholas Coleridge,
Managing Director of Conde Nast, and icons from the world
of showbusiness will help us to give even more young people
a second chance in life."

The Prince's Trust is the UK's leading charity for young
people, helping individuals overcome barriers to get their
lives working.

The world's top fashion models will showcase the collections
of 17 international designers on a specially designed
catwalk. Each show will be accompanied by live music from
a different major rock act or singer.

The set design will feature an under-lit circular catwalk
and the largest video projection screen ever used. The event
will also be broadcast in primetime on Channel 4 and by more
than 70 international stations.



Kelly's Latest Release In Stores Now! (10/1/2003)

"Changes" Kelly's latest release has just hit
stores! "Changes" features four, count'em, four
live tracks from her debut album, "Shut Up".

The title track is a special duet with her father,
Ozzy Osbourne. 'Changes' was originally recorded
in 1972 by Black Sabbath. Kelly and Ozzy rewrote
the song together and it's only available on this CD.

You can listen to it here.

For more information on the re-release of Kelly's album visit:
http://www.electricartists.com/kelly/assets.html



Coming Soon On The Sharon Talk Show (10/1/2003)

Ozzy and Kelly will be on the Sharon Osbourne talk show to sing
thier new single "Changes" soon.



Sabbath Box Delayed Until 2004 (10/1/2003)

The much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black
Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", has had
its release date pushed back to early 2004, according to a
Rhino Records spokesperson. No reason was given for the delay,
but an official press release on the matter is expected by the
end of the week.



Call it "Diary of Another Madman" (10/1/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne, who titled his second solo album Diary of a Madman, is
writing a Broadway musical based on the nutty Russian monk Rasputin.
The Prince of Darkness already has material written for the project and
plans to record it at a studio he is building in the famed Osbournes house,
he said last week).

Ozzy, who recently parted with his longtime label, also said that
when he releases the songs, or any recordings for that matter, he'll
distribute them independently.

"We don't like record labels," the singer's wife and manager, Sharon, said,
sticking her tongue out to make the sound of flatulence. "[Poop] on record
labels."

"Especially Epic," added daughter Kelly, who was also dropped from Epic.
"Easy," warned son Jack, who reminded them that he still works for the
label's A&R department.

A spokesperson for the Osbournes said additional details on the Rasputin
musical are forthcoming. Ozzy will next be heard dueting with Kelly on a
cover of the Black Sabbath song "Changes," due on the September 30
re-release of her debut. "It was really fun," Kelly said.



Ozzy Guitarist Crafts Own Heavy Metal Niche (10/1/2003)

Zakk Wylde tasted instant success when he became Ozzy Osbourne's guitar
player at age 20, but now he's steadily coming out of his mentor's
shadow to ride the resurgence of heavy metal as a band leader.

His group, Black Label Society, has been building a dedicated
following around the United States, releasing four studio albums
of aggressive guitars and raw vocals.

The band's first DVD, "Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned," a performance
filmed in Detroit last year, reached No. 3 on Billboard magazine's
music video chart in late August, behind Led Zeppelin and the Eagles.

"With Black Label I get to wear more hats," Wylde said in a recent
phone interview. "I'm more involved with the production, lyrics,
melody and merchandise."

The guitarist, born Jeffery Philip Wielandt, draws his inspiration
from classic rockers like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the Allman
Brothers Band.

"Basically you take all the bands I love and throw them in a blender
with some violence and some alcohol and you come up with Black Label
Society," he said.

Wylde is delighted that heavy metal is making a come back, getting
more play on radio and cable television.

"What's old is always new again," he said. "Look at Judas Priest
getting back together, I'll definitely be buying tickets for that."

But he acknowledged that older fans, while still attending shows,
often don't buy their old favorites' new records.

"When you get older a lot of people just drop out of the music
thing altogether," Wylde said. "Most times, when you're buying
records you're in school. The only things I had to worry about
back in the day was when the next Black Sabbath record was
going to come out, when they were going to tour and if my
girlfriend broke up with me."

Wylde, 36, has no plans to drop out of music himself. He will
replace bassist Robert Trujillo, now in Metallica, with Mike
Inez, who also played for Osbourne and Alice in Chains.

"I'm going to Europe with Ozzy, then we'll do some shows in
America, and after that I'll fire up the Black Label again
sometime around March next year," Wylde said.



Ozzy Deemed Not Worthy In Bid For Hometown Honor (10/1/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne will not be getting the Freedom of Birmingham, it
was revealed today, according to icBirmingham.co.uk.

The campaign to give the former BLACK SABBATH singer the U.K.
city's greatest honor has been effectively torpedoed by Liberal
Democrat councillors who warned they would vote against any
attempt to nominate him.

"Frankly I don't think he has done anything positive for
Birmingham," explained party leader Coun John Hemming.

"Do we really want the city to share a reputation for biting
the heads off bats?"

The claims of the Aston-born Osbourne have been touted by Labour
Councillor Tony Kennedy who believes the way he overcame drug
problems would be an inspiration for many Brummies.

But Coun Hemming said: "Frankly, the idea of Osborne as a
role model is laughable. I can't see many parents wanting
their children to grow up like him. If we want to give the
honor to musicians, UB40 would be a far better bet. They
have a business based in Birmingham and do a lot of charity work."

The Freedom of the City honor was first given to Joseph
Chamberlain in 1888.

The last time awards were made was in 1996. Recipients were
former CBSO conductor Sir Simon Rattle and round-the-world
yachtswoman Lisa Clayton.



Unreleased 1969 Black Sabbath Song Discovered (9/24/2003)

In this month’s edition of record collector comes news of a newly
discovered Sabbath acetate 45rpm record. On the A side is a track
entitled "When I Come Down" and is believed to have been recorded
at studio’s in Birmingham between March and October 69. The song
is described as short but boasting strong vocals and harmonica
playing. It begins with a bluesy, pentatonic riff and although the
guitar gets rather lost in the mix, the overall feel approximates
to a slower take on Evil Woman, while much of the rhythm is like
NIB, set up in half time to the riff. The track was written by
locomotive keyboardist Norman Haines, although no keyboards
appear on the track. On the B-side is a rough demo of the wizard.
Where, when, or if this track will ever show up on any kind of
release will remain a mystery until further notice.



Zakk Wylde TV Appearance (9/21/2003)

ZAKK WYLDE is set to appear on The Jimmy Kimmel Live show
Friday, September 26th. Jimmy will discuss the guitarist’s
career and new projects, while Zakk is slated to perform
with the Jimmy Kimmel Band. The show airs weeknights at
midnight on ABC.



Sharon Hot in Syndicated Bows (9/21/2003)

Sharon Osbourne, the feisty mum on MTV's "The Osbournes" and
wife to rocker Ozzy, seems to have made a successful transition
to broadcast syndication.

Her new daytime talk vehicle, "The Sharon Osbourne Show," debuted
Monday with a 1.8 rating/5 share in the top 55 "metered" markets
up a significant 29% in ratings and up 25% in share from its
stations' year-ago time-period average.



Jack Osbourne To Appear In Movie (9/21/2003)

Jack just finished filming a part for a Mary Kate & Ashley
movie due out next Summer. He will play the part of Justin,
the manager of Kate and Ashley's band.



Black Sabbath Box Set (9/21/2003)

Taken from Joe Siegler at www.black-sabbath.com:

Yesterday I was sent a press release regarding the 9 Disc Black
Sabbath set. We now have some more solid information about
the set. It's name is "Black Box", the only "extra" song on the
discs is Evil Woman, and aw hell. Just read the press release.
As of yet, there is no cover art available. As for the contents
of the 9th disc (the DVD), check out the press release, the
contents are listed there). I can say this, these are culled
from the same remastering sessions that produced last year's
Symptom of the Universe 2 CD set. The sound fidelity on them
was absolutely spectacular, and kicked the 1996 Castle Remasters
in the head. I expect the same kind of audio experience from these.

This release date is for the US/Canada only. My contact at Rhino
has confirmed that it will not be released outside of US/Canada.

NONE MORE HEAVY

RHINO COLLECTS ALL EIGHT STUDIO ALBUMS FROM THE ORIGINAL BLACK
SABBATH PLUS A BONUS DVD IN THE AWE-INSPIRING BLACK BOX, DUE NOVEMBER 4

With BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978), Black
Sabbath fans are getting no less than the complete, unadulterated
catalog of the ground-breaking rock band’s original line-up
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry "Geezer" Butler, and Bill Ward.

BLACK BOX features the collected studio works from 1970-1978: Black
Sabbath, Paranoid, Master Of Reality, Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,
Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy, and Never Say Die! Furthermore, the
band’s lone non-LP studio track, "Evil Woman," is also included.
Available at all regular retail outlets and at www.rhino.com,
BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978) carries
a suggested retail price of $99.98 and is in stores November 4 on
Warner Bros./Rhino.

Assembled under the supervision of the band members themselves and
executive producer Sharon Osbourne, these remastered recordings
are the definitive editions. But if the lovingly packaged original
artwork and stunning sonics weren’t enough BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE
ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978) will include an exclusive bonus
DVD of vintage Sabbath live performances (Iron Man, Paranoid, and
Blue Suede Shoes) and a rare promotional clip for Black Sabbath.
The collection also includes an 80-page book filled with an array
of exciting photos, a timeline of the group’s history, a complete
reprint of all album lyrics, detailed essays from writers Chris
Welch (1970-1972: Lords Of This World) and Brian Ives (1973-1978:
A Hard Road), and testimonials from such stars as Rob Zombie,
James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Zakk Wylde, to name but a few.

First formed in Birmingham, England in the late 1960s, Black
Sabbath’s doom-laden sound pioneered a new kind of heavy rock
music, a sound that would later influence hundreds of other
bands. Many consider Black Sabbath to be the godfathers of
heavy metal, but Sabbath were capable of surprising their fans
with songs that showed other facets of their skills besides
darkness and monstrous decibels. Thirty years after their
initial impact, guitarists are still stunned by Tony Iommi’s
jaw-dropping riffs, Geezer Butler’s fantastical lyrics and
swooping bass-lines, and Bill Ward’s thunderous drums. And,
of course, in Ozzy Osbourne the band had one of the most
magnetic and unpredictable front men ever in rock, with a
maniacal voice like few others before or since. Together,
they were the original and still definitive lineup of Black
Sabbath.

BLACK BOX is their legacy. It’s all here. This is truly
heavier-than-thou stuff bring a forklift with you, just in case.



Rehab Pressures Forced Ozzy Marriage Split (9/11/2003)

Sharon Osbourne said she briefly left her husband Ozzy around the
time their teenage son, Jack, entered rehab this spring.

She revealed while the family waited for a bed to become available
for Jack at a treatment centre, her rock star husband continued
abusing alcohol and prescription drugs himself.

"I just said, 'You just have to stop,' and he didn't. And I said, 'Well
then, I'm going.' And I packed my bags, and I left," Sharon told Barbara
Walters in an interview for the ABC television channel's 20/20 programme.
The separation lasted just a few days, she said. "The minute I left, the
next morning, he gave up drinking. But I needed to make sure that he was on
a roll. That he really meant it.

The 50-year-old added. "And, after four days, I came back to see him. And he
was trying so hard. So hard. Still is clean and sober."
Jack, who spent two months in rehab for alcohol and drug abuse, acknowledged
that he tried to commit suicide because he was so depressed about his
mother's colon cancer, which is now in remission.

"I attempted to overdose," said the 17-year-old, who gained fame with the
rest of his family on the MTV series The Osbournes. "Take a whole bunch of
pills and drink some absinthe."

The interview is scheduled to be screened in the United States on Friday
night. Sharon Osbourne's syndicated daytime talk show debuts on Monday.



Kelly Signs With Sanctuary Records (9/11/2003)

Kelly Osbourne has signed a multi-album recording contract with
Sanctuary Records Group, according to Billboard.com. The
singer's 2002 debut, "Shut Up", will be re-released on September
30 under the name "Changes", featuring a duet with her father,
Ozzy, on the title track. The re-packaged album will also contain
four bonus live cuts.

"Changes" is a reworking of the BLACK SABBATH song of the same
name, which appeared on the group's 1972 album, "Black Sabbath,
Vol. 4". "Changes" will be released as single, and will contain
new lyrics written by Ozzy and Kelly, according to Sanctuary.

Kelly split from Sony shortly after the release of "Shut Up",
which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has
sold 155,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Earlier this year, manager/family matriarch Sharon said Ozzy was
in talks to leave Epic as well. A representative for the Osbournes
had no comment on Ozzy's label status.



New Sabbath Book Looks Promising (9/11/2003)

How Black Was Our Sabbath: A View from the Crew

Written by Graham Wright & Dave Tangye. Dave Tangye contacted me
about a year ago. He shared some very funny stories with me
about his touring with Sabbath. I personally can't wait to read
this book. You can see pictures of Dave with Sabbath in my
"Fans With Ozzy" section on my site. Here's the Synopsis
from Amazon.com:

An outrageous, insiders' account of life on the road with Black
Sabbath. Black Sabbath are the ultimate heavy rock band. They have
sold millions of albums worldwide, with ardent fans across the
globe. Dave Tangye and Graham Wright were in the crew during the
seventies, the band's heyday, and have the stories to prove it.
For the first time they cover in detail the early days of the group,
from a certain gig in the Scottish borders, where they were almost
beaten up by the local farmers, to Ozzy's encounter with a
transvestite in Hamburg. As the Sabs rose to fame and notoriety,
touring Europe, Australia and America, delighting fans and
disgusting law-abiding members of the public, incidents of bad
behaviour stack up alarmingly. Many focus on Ozzy Osbourne, from
his obsession with guns and shooting things, which led to his country
house being christened Atrocity Cottage, to his amazing capacity for
alcohol. Full of new information, HOW BLACK WAS OUR SABBATH is a real
Spinal Tap story, a warm, funny, poignant tribute to four mates
from Birmingham who became the biggest heavy rock band in the world.

As it looks as of right now it will only be released in the UK.

You can pre-order it by click here.

For more info, visit Daves website: http://www.blacksabbath.co.uk



The Sharon Osbourne Show (9/11/2003)

Don't Miss it! Premiers Monday, September 15, 1:00 p.m. on the WB
network. (Ch 11 in NY)



Ozzy Monster Truck Affords Loud Lesson In Road Rage (9/7/2003)


It has devil's horns on the roof, tires that are nearly 6 feet
tall, Ozzy Osbourne's autograph on the body and enough horsepower
to fill a Texas barn.

But the Ozz Monster truck was missing something kind of important
on a rainy Monday morning.

Windshield wipers.

That was bad news for the obstacles in my way as monster truck
racer Brian Harwood let me take a Labor Day spin in his incredible
vehicle before the gates of the Allentown Fair opened.

Harwood, 37, grew up in Indiana and has spent his life around
automobiles.

The driver with the easygoing personality (''I get paid to
play'') uses his truck's 66-by-43-inch tires to stomp sedans,
bury buses and mash motor homes.

Finally, an answer for the drivers who reveal their IQ by
extending a certain finger.

Harwood uses vans as makeshift ramps that send the Ozzy truck
soaring heavenward. (When was the last time Ozzy and heaven
were mentioned in the same sentence?) He knows he hit a good
one when he can count one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two,
one-thousand-three, one-thousand-four before landing.

The truck is not only fit for the guy Jack met at the top of
the beanstalk, it's fit for heavy metal's Prince of Darkness.

The truck owned by Paul Shafer of Indiana became the official
monster truck of Ozzy Osbourne's OzzFest tour.

The sometimes incoherent singer of ''Crazy Train'' signed the
truck when Harwood met him in Indianapolis last year.

It was time for my lesson in road rage to begin.

We cleared the fairgrounds track. Then Harwood used a towel
to clear the windshield. Suddenly looking out the window and
noticing how high up we were, I almost preferred it when we
couldn't see.

The truck with menacing teeth painted on the front has three
gears, but Harwood wisely kept it in first for me.

He gave me earplugs that resembled mini-marshmallows and
started the truck, which produced a roar so loud that it made
an Ozzy concert seem like a recital by James Taylor.

And we were off.

Even doing my best imitation of a little old lady driving on
Interstate 78 for the first time, I felt an amazing surge
from the 1,100-horsepower motor as I piloted the Ozz Monster
down the track.

Sharon!

At first, in true Ozzy fashion, I was ready to bite the head
off a cam to get the vehicle to stop.

But I felt more comfortable about halfway across the track,
and even flashed the horn sign to the roadies as we passed.

Soon, Harwood would be popping wheelies, using cars as
stepladders and doing doughnuts across the track. The crowd
would go wild one more time over the Monster Mash.

He lives on the edge, and often steps over it, but so do I.

I revved up my sedan and dared drivers to cross my path.



Ozzy Reschedules Dates (8/27/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to postpone his upcoming UK tour
dates because he'll be having an operation on his foot at the time.

The Double O's rescheduled dates are as follows:

October
22 Dublin, The Point
24 Glasgow, SECC
26 Newcastle, Arena
29 London, Wembley Arena
31 Birmingham, NEC

November
01 Birmingham, NEC



Black Sabbath 9 Disc Set Coming This Fall (8/27/2003)

The long rumoured 9 Disc Black Sabbath box set looks like it's being
released this fall. After speaking with one of my contacts
yesterday, he informed me that a box set containing new remasters
of the Ozzy era Black Sabbath albums (Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master
of Reality, Volume 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical
Ecstasy, & Never Say Die) are to be released on October 28th.
There will be a 9th disc - a DVD to go along with it.

Now, when I asked about content on the discs (meaning extras and
the like), he did not know. Although my gut feeling is that he
did know, and didn't want to say. That seems more likely when I
say that I've been told that the cover art and the DVD content has
not been finalized. With a tentative date of Oct 28th looming,
the fact that the package has not fully been decided upon tells
me that the date of Oct 28th will probably be missed. But we shall
see. I did ask about the track "Blow on a Jug"''s appearance on
Sabotage. We both agree that it's not likely it will be on this
set, because of the fact that it didn't appear on the original
Warner Brothers versions of the album, and that's the source for
these remasters (it's the same remastering work that was done for
last year's "Symptom of the Universe" 2 CD set. The 1996 Castle
Remaster does have Blow on a Jug, but since it's remaster source
is the same, it could explain why BOAJ is not on the Warner
original. My contact did state that he doesn't' know for sure,
but it doesn't seem likely, given the master source. He also
wasn't sure about the inclusion of both Wicked World & Evil
Woman on the first album, but given the inclusion of Evil Woman
on the Symptom set last year, I think it probably will be there.
Also, he tells me the tentative name of the set is "Black Box".

This news comes straight from Joe Seigler @ black-sabbath.com



Ozzy's School Of Hard Rocks (8/27/2003)

The Ozzy Osbourne Academy of Performing Arts could soon help
youngsters forge a showbiz career if community leaders in
Aston have their way.

The Wild Man of Rock, who was born in Lodge Road, Aston, and
attended Birchfield Road School, is being invited to be patron
of the new facility to encourage youngsters in music, drama,
dance and media.

"He's a really good choice because he's from an underprivileged
background yet he over-came his problems to be a success," said
Doreen Bailey, chairman of South Aston Community Association
which is spearheading the project.

"Some people have said he's not a good role model but he
encourages those from deprived areas to know that anything
is possible."

During the summer the association has been running a performing
arts project which they would like to see developed into an
academy based at their HQ in Aston's Upper Sutton Street.

"If Ozzy agrees we'll call it the Ozzy Osbourne Aston Academy
of Performing Arts," Doreen said. "The project is helping young
people from all over Birmingham."

Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the School of Speech and Drama,
Birmingham Conservatoire and South Birmingham College have
contributed to teaching.



Ozzy Misses 8/19 NJ Ozzfest Gig (8/20/2003)

It was announced on a local radio station that Ozzy missed his
8/19 gig at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ due to pneumonia.



Ozzy Sings At Cubs Game (8/21/2003)


Somewhere, Harry Caray was looking for an extra long, extra
tall, extra cold beverage this week, because on Sunday, a
man sang what music experts have identified as a rendition
of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" that made Caray sound like
Frank Sinatra.

That man was Ozzy Osbourne. And on Sunday, August 17th, the
Cubs handed him the opportunity to sing Harry's favorite
song during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field. Only
over the next minute did we all discover this was like
handing Evel Knievel the keys to your Bentley.

Call Ozzy Osbourne, center, Mr. Cub from now on.

The song that followed was so unrecognizable that the Chicago
Tribune actually felt obliged to print a transcript of it the
next day, just so witnesses could verify they'd heard what
they heard. Here goes:

"One. Two. Three. "Let's go out to the ballgame. Let's go out to the bluhhhhhn.
"Take me a ee-yan eeya (humming) the field.
"I don't care if I ahh-uhn ack.
"Da da da da duh da da da eam. Duh ee, da da da da dahhh.
"For a fee, two, three strikes you're out at the old ballgame.
Yeahhhhhh."

Now was that magic, or what?



Bill Wards Hoping For New Sabbath Album (8/10/2003)

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward recently spoke to Get Ready To Rock! about
the group's current status and his long-delayed third solo album, "Beyond
Aston".

"After the last [BLACK SABBATH] tour everything fell apart again," Bill said
of the band's current situation. "The original idea I thought we were going
to do was write a new album and we had many, many cassettes of songs and
rehearsals we were working on. It's all away safe right now. Things just
seemed to fall apart. Originally I was going to take a month off, then play
some more with Tony [Iommi, SABBATH's guitarist] in the U.K., riffs and
things like that. But it just petered out and just after that time period
'The Osbournes' came out in America and of course it was massive. So I guess
that's where things are now. I still don't know whether SABBATH will tour or
do an album again. Which is a shame as there was some really good stuff that
was being compiled. Who knows, things can turn round!

When asked what the secret of SABBATH's success was, Ward replied, "We did a
three-year apprenticeship where we found it hard to play, no one wanted us
in England, so we spent a long time in Europe. Before SABBATH we'd been in
bands for a long time, since fifteen years old in Tony's case and mine.
SABBATH played from their heart and I think that strikes a chord in people.
If you've got a sincere band that can go a long way. Our band is real, it's
like really real. We're not clever enough to be contrived or be show people,
professional musicians. It's the naivety and rawness, there's no us and them
when we play. BLACK SABBATH was very accessible to everyone who came and saw
the band. I hope that came across."

With regards to his current activities, Bill said, "[I've] been trying to
finish this bloody album we're working on, 'Beyond Aston', and I keep
changing it, you know, I can't seem to be happy with it. Everything is at
mix level, up to 20-21 songs and was hoping to do a 14-15 song CD. I seem to
be completely buried in this album. We released the single, 'Straws', last
year and we sent it to people all over the world, including the British
Prime Minister, who actually sent us a nice letter back because he received
a copy of it as well. If we can get this album completed we hope to go on
tour in the U.S. in September or October."



Turmoil On Set Of Sharon's New Talk Show (8/10/2003)

"Turmoil" has hit the production of Sharon Osbourne's new talk show, and
the star may be staging a sick-out to protest the direction in which the
producers appear to be taking it, FoxNews.com's Roger Friedman suggested
today (Tuesday). According to Friedman, Osbourne failed to show up for
taping of a practice run on Monday, canceled tapings for today, Wednesday,
and Thursday, and informed producers that she would not tape any additional
shows until Friday. Friedman had previously reported that former Jenny
Jones Show producers are being assigned to Osbourne's show and said today
that three more were imported from Chicago over the weekend, even as other
producers already in place had been forced to leave. Commented Friedman:
"I wonder if MTV is allowed to film the backstage drama at the talk show?
That will make an excellent new season of The Osbournes, don't you think?"



Down To Earth Goes Platinum (8/10/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE's Down To Earth album has been certified platinum by the
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales exceeding 1
million copies.



Ozzy Osbourne's Tour Manager Found Dead (8/4/2003)

OzzFest was in mourning on Thursday (July 24) in suburban Detroit as
word spread through the tour about the death of Ozzy Osbourne's longtime
tour manager. Bobby Thomson, 50, who had worked for Osbourne since 1983,
died in his sleep on Thursday night (July 23) at the Townshend Hotel in
Birmingham, Michigan, after an 18-month battle with throat cancer.
Thomson, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and a resident of Los Angeles,
was discovered in his hotel room on Thursday morning.

In a statement Thursday, Osbourne said, "We are devastated by the loss
of our dear friend Bobby. He has been a part of our family for 23 years
and loved very much. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Our sincerest
sympathies go out to the Thomson family."

Backstage at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township,
Michigan, tour personnel cried freely and embraced each other. Osbourne
went on with his performance, though he periodically interrupted his
pre-show workout routine to hug other OzzFest staffers.

About 20 minutes into the show Osbourne informed the crowd of Thomson's
death and observed a moment of silence, during which his band members
prayed silently. A photo of Thomson was displayed on the video screens
at the rear and sides of the stage, and Osbourne dedicated his performance
of "Goodbye To Romance" to Thomson--lightening the mood by mooning the
audience during the song. He also dedicated an encore performance of
"Mama I'm Coming Home" to Thomson.

Thompson is survived by his wife, Terri, and two sons, Kevin, 19, and
Jacob, 10. Funeral plans have not yet been announced.



Morale Down On Sharon Osbourne Talk Show (8/4/2003)

Morale on the set of rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne's upcoming talk
show is dangerously low because pre-production has been beset by a
wealth of problems. The Sharon Osbourne Show is set to debut on
September 15, but celebrity guests have proved difficult to book and
two producers are so stressed they ended up leaving the studio in an
ambulance, according to the New York Post's Pagesix website. A studio
source reveals, "We're six weeks from debuting and we really don't
have a formula that works. Sharon is lovely. She's smart. Everybody
loves Sharon and no one wants to do a show that will embarrass her.
But the executives have changed their minds 10,000 times and it's like
we're starting from scratch." Some staff have been working on the show
for two months, but stress has proved so great two producers were
admitted to hospital - one suffering a seizure and the other an asthma
attack. The source adds, "The whole staff feels beaten down and
exhausted. Everybody wants to leave. There's a sense of mutiny." Jim
Paratore, president of Telepictures Productions, said on Monday, "This
show won't be like any other show on TV. The Sharon Osbourne Show will
combine celebrity segments a la Live With Regis And Kelly, human
interest stories a la Oprah, plus musical guests and pre-taped
mini-reality segments. It's really three shows in one, and that's
why it's been such a difficult start-up. It's always been a very
ambitious show. It takes a while to get everybody on the same page."
So far the only celebrities lined-up by bookers are David Spade and
Bow Wow, and Paratore admits, "Morale is mixed. The people doing good
are feeling good, the people who are not, are not."



Ozzy Saves Dog From Coyote (7/17/2003)

One of Sharon Osbourne's dogs was eaten by a coyote and husband
Ozzy Osbourne managed to save another dog from a similar fate.

Sharon Osbourne said her Chihuahua, Lulu, was killed when coyotes
hopped a fence at their house in Beverly Hills, Calif., Us Weekly
reported. She said they tried to get rid of the coyotes by
throwing a barbecued chicken laced with poison over the fence,
but the neighbors removed it.

The coyotes attacked another dog, Pipi the Pomeranian, the one
who was, ahem, dognapped last year.

Sharon said Ozzy heard the screams and fought to get Pipi out of
the coyote's mouth. Pipi had successful surgery, and now the
Osbournes bring the dogs inside at night.



Osbournes Season 2 (Part 1) Coming On DVD (7/17/2003)

To be released on September 30, 2003.

DVD Features:

All 10 episodes with uncensored and censored soundtracks.

30 minutes of unaired footage.

Episode commentary with Sharon and Kelly.

Ozzy translator for each episode.

"What the $%#@ did he say?" trivia game.

Trivia game: train to become a member of the Osbourne
household by playing along with each episode.

Dookie's Revenge: set-top game.



Osbournes Season 2 (Part 1) Coming On DVD (7/17/2003)

Live in L.A.? Get free tix to Sharon's new talk show here:

http://sharonosbourne.warnerbros.com/tickets/index.html



Current Ozzfest Setlist (7/17/2003)

War Pigs
Mr. Crowley
Believer
Flying High Again
I don't know
Goodbye to Romance

Black Sabbath medley:
[Iron Man]
[Sweet Leaf]
[Children of the Grave]

Suicide Solution
Zakk solo
No More Tears
I Don't Want to Change the World
Road to Nowhere
Crazy Train

Encore:
Mama I'm Coming Home
N.I.B
Paranoid



New Book Describes 60's Birmingham Scene (7/13/2003)

There's a new book out entitled "Brum Rocked On!" by Laurie Hornsby, edited
by Mike Lavendar. This book goes into great detail about the whole
1960's Birmingham rock scene that Ozzy and Black Sabbath emerged from.
For more details, check out www.brumrock.co.uk



Sharon Osbourne to Host Daytime TV Talk Show (7/13/2003)

Sharon Osbourne, the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, who became
a celebrity in her own right from their famously foulmouthed
MTV reality show, is bringing her rough-around-the-edges act
to daytime television.

The spiky-haired Osbourne, photographed wearing pearls and a
pink sweater on the cover of the August edition of the
wholesome Ladies Home Journal magazine, will launch an
hourlong talk show, named "Sharon," in September on the WB
network.

The 50-year-old mother of three is realistic about finding
a niche on daytime TV.

"I could never be as good as Oprah (Winfrey). ... I won't be
recommending books. That's not my thing. My experience is
life," Osbourne said in an interview with Reuters.

For Osbourne, life is full of drama.

Her son, Jack, was in a substance abuse treatment center this
spring and her daughter Kelly recently tasted the high of
recording her first album, only to be dumped soon after by
her label. Osbourne herself is in remission from colon cancer.

Osbourne's fame started with the TV show that featured her
at home with a slew of incontinent pets, her equally
foulmouthed husband and a lot of "bleeps" on the soundtrack.
It has just been renewed for a third season.

The British-born Osbourne hopes people will connect with her
working-class sensibility, which she attributes to having
left school at 15 to start working two jobs. She plans to
interview people who "really interest" her.

"There is a woman I read about the other day that got arrested,
she was breast-feeding her baby while driving her car," Osbourne
said. "There is a woman I'm going to be interviewing who was put
in jail for playing music too loud in her home."

She may use her children as reporters to cover such events as
the Teen Choice Awards for her show, which will be shot on a
set made to look like her home. There will be a "Sharon-cam"
hooked up to her house so she can talk to Ozzy when he is not
touring.

She will also be turning to every good talk show's fodder.
"I love celebrities," she said.



Osbourne To Talk Kid's Careers On TV Special (7/13/2003)

Having a famous parent can be a double-edged sword for a young
performer, especially in the world of rock and roll. On Sunday
(July 27), the Bravo network will look at the lives of some
young artists and talk candidly with their famous parents on
the two-hour special, Singing In The Shadows: Children Of
Rock Royalty.

The show will feature Ozzy Osbourne and his son Louis Osbourne,
Sally Taylor, the daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon; Phil
Collins' son, Simon Collins; David Crosby's son, James Raymond; Phil
Everly's son, Jason; Aretha Franklin's son, Teddy Richards; Arlo
Guthrie's children, Sara Lee and Abe Guthrie; A.J. Croce the son of
the late Jim Croce; and Julian Lennon, the late John Lennon's
eldest son.

Music stars interviewed on the program discuss several issues,
including how their own fame can help their children get record
deals, the often-unrealistic expectations placed on those kids,
how labels look to take advantage of the famous-name connection,
and public skepticism toward a son or daughter's own talent.



Aimee Osbourne Acting Debut (7/13/2003)

AIMEE Osbourne, best known as the Osbourne kid who refused to
appear on MTV's "The Osbournes," will finally make her acting
debut.

She'll appear in MTV's adaptation of "Wuthering Heights,"
airing in September.

"I don't have huge intentions to be some big actress,"
Osbourne, 19, told reporters. "I was casually asked. It was
a great experience and I'm glad I did it."

Osbourne, who studied acting in London, will play
Raquelle - the best friend of Isabelle (played by ex-"Roswell"
star Katherine Heigl) - in a musical version of "Wuthering
Heights," airing Sept. 4.

So why hasn't Aimee appeared with sister Kelly, brother Jack
and parents Ozzy and Sharon on "The Osbournes," which has
become the top-rated show in MTV history?

"I wasn't 100 percent comfortable with it," she says. "I was
17, I wasn't very confident, I was shy, it was just a huge
risk for me to take as well as my family.

"That to me was really intimidating and scary."



Ozzy Diagnosed With Severe Laryngitis (7/10/2003)

After struggling through the last 1/2 hour of his two hour
performance in San Francisco, Ozzy Osbourne was examined
by his personal physician and was diagnosed with having
severe laryngitis. Ozzy's doctor has ordered him to rest
his vocal cords for the next few days. This forced Ozzy
to sit out of his headlining performance at Ozzfest
Marysville, CA . However, the show went ahead as planned
with Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed and Chevelle performing
on the main stage. Ozzy's doctor feels positive that his
condition will improve with a few days rest, and Ozzy is
looking forward to re-joining Ozzfest at its next stop in
Seattle, WA on Saturday, July 12.



Osbournes Sign Contract With MTV For Third Season (7/9/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne supports anti-marijuana laws? Yeah, right. And he
and his family want MTV to keep camping out in their living room.

Well, uh...

It's strange, but true on both counts: The supposedly
camera-chastened Osbournes are on board for another season of
The Osbournes; the once-hard-living Ozzy is denouncing drugs--all
of 'em.

First about The Osbournes:

MTV announced Tuesday it has locked in the first family of the
F-bomb for 20 more episodes, scheduled to begin airing early next
year.

"If you thought we wouldn't resign the Osbournes...you're crazy,"
MTV president Van Toffler said in a statement.

If you did doubt the surreality show's continued existence, it's
also possible you were just listening to Sharon Osbourne.

Last November, Ozzy's wily wife and manager complained to Barbara
Walters that MTV's cameras had become too much. "I can't throw up
on my own," said the then-chemo-weakened Sharon, "and Ozzy can't
get drunk on his own."

The family would finish out the second season, "but after that's,
it's over," Sharon Osbourne said.

Of course, even before the Walters interview aired, Sharon
Osbourne phoned Toffler to reassure him that "you can't believe
everything I say."

Which brings us to Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Ozzy's missus, now in remission from colon cancer
and prepping her own syndicated afternoon talk show, said "there's
been a hollow empty feeling in [her] heart since the MTV crew left
the Osbourne residence."

She was joking.

But she wasn't joking about her motive for sealing the deal she
said she wouldn't make.

"How lucky am I to have MTV with us for another year filming home
movies of my family...and pay us for it?" Sharon Osbourne asked,
in a statement.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The clan's last contract
was reported to be worth between $5 million and $20 million.

In likely shelling out more big bucks for dad Ozzy, mom Sharon,
teens Jack, Kelly and Robert Marcato, the family friend turned
permanent resident, MTV conceded the show's ratings aren't what
they used to be.

The Osbournes' first season, running from March-May 2002, was
a "media feeding frenzy," as the network put it. The wholly
ordinary antics of Ozzy's 90210-based brood (See Ozzy pick up
dog poop! Hear Kelly and Jack argue!) averaged about 8 million
viewers--a monster number for a cable show.

Since then, the show has "settled," per MTV, into more mortal
ratings--about 6.6 million at the start of the second season
in November, down to about 3 million for the second half of
the second season (sometimes I.D.'d as the third season) this
summer.

Still, even with dwindling returns, The Osbournes currently
ranks as MTV's second-highest rated show, behind The Real
World: Paris.

No word yet on what storylines will be featured in the all-new
episodes. For now, MTV says only that its cameras will again
have 24-hour access to the outspoken bunch.

Of course, 24 hours a day isn't always enough with the Osbournes.
While Sharon's cancer battle was played out for the cameras, the
second season's other big story--Jack's rehab stay--wasn't.

The 17-year-old club kid checked into a clinic in April after
shooting had ended for the season.

While reports said Jack Osbourne was wilting under the
spotlight, the media-savvy teen is showing no signs of becoming
media shy.

He discusses his drug troubles, including his addiction to the
prescription painkiller OxyContin, in an MTV News interview,
scheduled to air Tuesday night.

During that special, dad Ozzy renounces just about every substance
harder than decaf.

"I used to think they should legalize pot, but you know what? They
should ban the lot," the 55-year-old headbanger tells MTV News.
"One thing leads to another. Coffee leads to Red Bull, Red Bull
leads to crank."

The elder Osbourne, who reveals he will need medication the rest
of his life due to "neurological damage" caused by his own partying,
says he was shocked by how fast his son went from smoking marijuana
to "doing hillbilly heroin," a nickname for OxyContin.



Ozzy Writing Musical About Rasputin (7/7/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne working on musical about Rasputin while AC/DC
frontman hopes to stage the story of Helen of Troy.

Two rock veterans are leaving heavy metal behind and
crossing over into the world of stage musicians. Ozzy
Osbourne and AC/DC's Brian Johnson are working on musicals
based on the lives of Rasputin and Helen of Troy respectively.

First up is the Prince of Darkness. The MTV star is writing
a show about Rasputin, the monk said to have had a mystical
hold over the house of Tsar Nicholas II, the last imperial
ruler of Russia.

The news was broken by Sharon Osbourne speaking on T4 last
week. She revealed that Ozzy already had a clutch of songs
written for the show.

"I'm currently writing a musical about the life and times
of Rasputin, the mad monk, and they're allowing it on Broadway,"
he claimed. He did not say when the show would appear. In fact,
his Grand Prix appearance was cut short when he was asked if he
had brought the family dogs to the race track. Ozzy
happily replied: "No, they're all at home shitting!"

Meanwhile, AC/DC's Johnson is said to be working on a musical
about Helen of Troy. Described as "the face that launched a
thousand ships", she was legendarily responsible for the
ten-year siege of Troy, a story currently being turned into
a big-budget film starring Brad Pitt. Johnson's version
hasn't got that far yet. NME has learned that Johnson has
been attempting to get backing for the work for some time.



Ozzy Re-Records Classic With Daughter Kelly (7/6/2003)

Ozzy recently answered questions concerning the possibility of
"The Prince of Darkness" touring with "The Princess of
Darkness," Kelly Osbourne. "The only thing left is 'The
Osbournes on Ice,' " Ozzy Osbourne joked about the possibility
of touring with his daughter Kelly.

Recently, the father/daughter duo re-recorded the classic
Black Sabbath tune "Changes" as a duet for his next album.
Many Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne fans have already
displayed their displeasure with the duet, calling it a
"sad day for Ozzy fans," but Ozzy remains a father first
and foremost.

"I don't think her music and my music are anything like each
other, but if anyone throws one f---ing thing at my daughter,
I'm on that stage with a baseball bat."



Jack Speaks About Rehab (7/6/2003)

In his first interview since emerging from a California rehab
facility, Jack Osbourne revealed details of his addiction to
the controversial painkiller OxyContin, and declared, "I don't
want my life to be controlled by a drug."

Speaking exclusively with MTV News' Gideon Yago, Osbourne
said, "I took myself out of the picture for a second and I
looked around at every single person in the room, at who they
were, how old they were and what they had going on in their
lives. A lot of them were near 30, unemployed, living off
their parents. There were heroin addicts, there were the
world's biggest couch potatoes. And it was like, 'I don't
want to be like that. I don't want my life to be controlled
by a drug.'

"I want to be in control of my life," he continued. "I was
really loaded and I just sat on my mom's bed and I just said,
'I am going to go pack my bags, I'm, I'm ready to go. I want
to go, I need to go.' "

Osbourne checked himself into Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena,
California, in April for what was then called "an undisclosed
addiction". Jack has since divulged that he had become hooked
on the dangerous painkiller OxyContin. Oxy, as it's sometimes
called, is often prescribed by doctors to relieve pain. The
Food and Drug Administration warns that Oxy can be as addictive
as morphine, a quality that has no doubt helped it rise as a
popular party drug in recent years. The pills can cause
respiratory problems, and can be fatal when crushed and snorted
or chewed, according to the FDA.

MTV News will explore Jack's road to rehab and his journey
back to health in an "MTV News Now" special report, premiering
Tuesday, July 8 at 11 p.m. ET. Here Jack explains how his
addiction developed, what drove him to rehab and the difficult
struggle to get clean. His family will also talk about the
warning signs of addiction and coping with the news.



Ozzy Osbourne Accused Of Fathering Child (6/29/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne may forget how to
operate the remote control, but
he knows how many children he
has. The singer and leader of
the Osbournes clan has been
accused of fathering a child
out of wedlock, but says he
has medical proof that the
child couldn't possibly be
his.

In a statement released by
Osbourne's reps, the singer
says he's being targeted by
Sheron Lutz, a woman who claims
he's the father of her
six-year old child--something
Ozzy says is medically
impossible, because he had
a vasectomy 17 years ago.


Ozzy also says that he'd never risk the stability and happiness
of his family by cheating on his wife, Sharon Osbourne. Says the
Ozzman, "The most precious thing I have in my life is my marriage
and my children and now someone is trying to destroy the harmony
in my family. This is not going to happen."

Osbourne has three children with Sharon--Aimee, Kelly and Jack
Osbourne-- as well as two children from a previous marriage. In
addition, according to IMDB.com, he also adopted his first wife's
son, Elliot Kingsley (born 1966), which means he has a total of
six children.

The woman referred to in Ozzy's statement reportedly wants an
undisclosed monetary settlement to satisfy her claim out of court.
MTV airs a new episode of the Osbournes every Tuesday night with
repeats at various times during the week.



Osbournes Top Forbes List (6/29/2003)

The Osbournes have landed at #12 on this years Forbes list of the
most powerful celebrities.



Ozzy Wishes Prince William Happy Birthday (6/29/2003)

Prince William, who turns 21 today, got birthday greetings from
rocker Ozzy Osbourne.

Osbourne, whose chaotic family life is the subject of an MTV
reality series, invited the prince to come stay at his Beverly
Hills mansion.

"I've been told that you want to come and live in America.
You're more than welcome to come and live in my house," Osbourne
said in a TV special celebrating William's birthday.

"My daughter would be thrilled. My wife would. I would. And the
dogs would!" the 54-year-old rocker said.

A British newspaper reported last month that William was
considering moving to New York when he completes his university
studies in 2005.

British-born Osbourne, the former lead singer of Black Sabbath,
performed for the royal family as part of a Buckingham Palace
concert marking Queen Elizabeth II's golden jubilee last June.

His birthday advice to William: "Have as much fun as you can,
play Black Sabbath on a record and have a blast."



Ozzfest Kicks Off In Texas (6/29/2003)

OzzFest 2003 kicked off Saturday (June 28) in Selma, Texas, outside
San Antonio. This year's festival features mainstage bands the
Datsuns, Chevelle, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Korn, and headliner
Ozzy Osbourne. Second stage bands include Cradle Of Filth, Voivod,
Depswa, Motograter, and Chimaira among others.

OzzFest started out as a single show in 1996, and has grown to what
has become one of the most successful touring festivals in the
United States.

Marilyn Manson talked about the prospect of putting on his show in
the daytime this year. "It just turns things into something new. People
expect such gloominess and gothic, dark pre-conceptions of what we are,
but no one person can limit or describe what I do in any way. That's
for the world to enjoy and interpret all on their own levels.
And OzzFest, I'm going to make the whole thing my stage."

Marilyn Manson has been banned from Darien Lake, New York's OzzFest
this year.

The 31-date tour ends August 28 at West Palm Beach, Florida's Coral
Sky Amphitheater.



Ozzy Plays Toronto Despite SARS (6/29/2003)

Hard rocker and TV star Ozzy Osbourne demonstrated solidarity with
SARS-plagued Toronto by playing a show there on Wednesday (June 11).
But he also hedged his bets by staying up the road in the Canadian
capitol of Ottawa.

Osbourne told the Toronto Sun, "I'd be a liar if I said I'm not
afraid of SARS, but what I'm not afraid of is playing to an audience.
The show must go on, you know? My feelings are, I could walk out of
this f--king hotel room now and get run over by a truck, or get a
heart attack." Osbourne added, "I'm not doing this show in a
f--king hospital emergency room."

Osbourne also snipped at rock acts that have canceled appearances
in Toronto due to the SARS outbreak by promising, "We're going to
show all these f--king p---ies what a rock-and-roll band is all about."

Osbourne said he gave members of his road crew the opportunity to
not work the Toronto show, but no one opted out. "They just went,
'What are you talking about? We're your people, we're in.'"

Despite his bravado, Osbourne chose to stay at a hotel in Ottawa,
where he's performing Thursday (June 12) at the Corel Centre. He
thrilled fans there on Tuesday (June 10) with an afternoon stroll
through the city's Market district, stopping for lunch and coffee,
signing a few autographs, and chatting with people on the street.



Sharon Osbourne Discusses Son's Addiction (6/29/2003)

Sharon Osbourne said she blamed herself for her son's alcohol and
marijuana abuse.

Jack Osbourne, the 17-year-old son of Sharon and heavy metal rocker
Ozzy Osbourne, returned home after two months in rehab on June 18.
He entered a Pasadena, Calif., hospital on April 23, saying he
"got carried away with drugs and alcohol."

"The first thing I did was put blame on myself and in a way I always
will," Sharon Osbourne, 50, told Us Weekly magazine for its July 14
issue. "It's a natural reaction of a mother to think, 'What could I
have done differently? What could I have done wrong?' I thought I
was a cutting-edge mom, and I didn't even know what was happening."

She also told the magazine that her colon cancer, diagnosed last
July, is in remission.

"Oh, I'm fine. I'm an old battle-ax," she said. "I still have to go
to checkups, but I am fine."



Osbournes Third Season Ratings Down (6/29/2003)

The third-season premiere of MTV's The Osbournes was expletive-deleted
up, with viewership down nearly 50 percent from last fall. Just 3.4
million people joined Ozzy's bleepin' clan for their all-new adventures,
which began last Tuesday. In November 2002, the show's second-season
opener was sampled by 6.6 million.



Kelly Cuts Set Short (6/29/2003)

Kelly Osbourne received an unexpected, and unwanted welcome at the
Dome in London last weekend, according to TheWharf.

Furious Kelly stormed off stage before the end of her set after the
crowd threw plastic bottles and other missiles at her at the Snickers
Game On party on Sunday, June 22.

A new-look Kelly, with bleached blonde spiky hair, sang the title
track to her debut album, "Shut Up". The hostile crowd responded
by shouting "Fuck Off" back at her.

Kelly, the penultimate act, told the crowd: "Okay you might fucking
well hate me, but I'm here for another half-an-hour."

But she only managed another 10 minutes on stage before cutting
short her gig by 20 minutes.

One gig-goer told The Wharf: "I felt sorry for her to be honest.

"She's only young. But to be fair she gave as good as she got, she
even threw a drumstick into the crowd."

A spokesperson for the event told The Wharf: "She did seem to have
a really tough time of it out there, although I've no idea why."



Osbourne's to appear in London’s Madame Tussaud's Museum (6/29/2003)

The Osbourne family "Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly" are to appear
in London's Madame Tussaud's Museum, according to the Irish Examiner.
But like everything else with that unusual family, there is a twist.

The Osbourne wax dummies will speak, exactly like their real life
counterparts, so expect a lot of bleeped out words.

In other news, Aimee Osbourne, who chose not to be a part of the
MTV reality show that made the rest of her family famous, will make
her MTV debut not on "The Osbournes", but in the cable network's
adaptation of "Wuthering Heights". The movie, which also features
Erika Christensen, Katherine Heigl and Christopher Masterson, is
scheduled for later this year.



Ozzy Performs Extended Show In Canada (6/16/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne fans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada got their
money’s worth during the metal icon’s June 8th show. The
madman of metal played a 160-minute set, including encores,
where he played two Black Sabbath medleys, plus Miracle Man,
which he has not performed since 1989, and Fire In the Sky.
One of the Sabbath medleys included the songs The Wizard, After
Forever, and Into the Void, which were never a part of his
solo sets.

That evening Ozzy announced that the Winnipeg Arena show was
also being recorded for an upcoming live album. No more
details are available at this time.

The set list for the evening was:

War Pigs
Mr. Crowley
Believer
Flying High Again
I Don't Know
Gets Me Through
Goodbye To Romance
Bark At the Moon
The Wizard (Ozzy on harmonica)
After Forever
Into the Void
Fairies Wear Boots
Iron Man
Sweet Leaf
Children of the Grave
Fire In the Sky
Miracle Man
Suicide Solution (with Zakk Wylde solo)
No More Tears
I Don't Want To Change the World
Road To Nowhere
Crazy Train

ENCORES
Mama, I'm Coming Home
N.I.B.
Paranoid

Ozzy’s Canadian tour continues until June 16th, where he will
then take a brief break to rest up for Ozzfest starting on
June 28th in San Antonio, TX and will then later head off to
Europe for a string of dates beginning September 5th in London,
England.

In other Ozzy related news, the season three of ‘The Osbournes’
began last night on MTV - the show airs on Tuesdays at 10:30pm
EST/PST. Ozzy and guitarist Zakk Wylde have also been reported
to have spent some time in the studio working on a new project
for Ozzy’s little girl, Kelly Osbourne. No other information
has been made available.

In other Zakk Wylde related tidbits, the Ozzy guitarist/Black
Label Society frontman is reportedly going to play guitar on
Rob Zombie’s next album, which is tentatively due for release
through Geffen Records in 2004. Wylde will also write and
record material over the next several months for Ozzy’s next
studio release. Ozzy is still without a label since splitting
with Sony Records earlier this year.



Jack Out Of Rehab? (5/28/2003)

Jack Osbourne could be out of rehab already. Us Weekly reports
that Jack was spotted last week with parents Sharon and Ozzy
Osbourne at Ralph's supermarket in Malibu - a scant month
after he checked in to the Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena,
Calif. and then Visions in Malibu for a drugs-and-drinking
problem. Us describes Jack as "subdued-looking" as he helped
Ozzy load groceries into the car and reports he later went
out for coffee with a friend.



Ozzy Ready To Hit Canada (5/28/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne is getting ready to tour Canada starting Sunday
(June 1), despite the fear of SARS (news - web sites) keeping
other pop stars away. It helps that the tour starts in the west
coast city of Vancouver, and it doesn't reach Toronto, the
major source of SARS concern, until June 11.

The tour will be Ozzy's first with new bass player Jason
Newsted, who will pull double duty with his "other" band,
Canada's Voivod. Newsted said that Voivod is really supportive
of him playing with Osbourne. "You know, I'm living this dream
being able to be a part of this thing and all that," Newsted.
"So those guys are totally supportive of that too. And Ozzy has
been cool enough, and he's asked us, Voivod, to go out through
Canada with him--besides OzzFest and all that thing. So it's
a huge blessing. This opportunity just came...whew."

The tour ends June 16 in Quebec City. After that, Osbourne will
take a few weeks off before OzzFest kicks off in San Antonio,
Texas on June 28. Other bands set to appear on the metal fest
include Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, and Korn, among others.



Osbournes Parting Ways with Sony Music (5/12/2003)

Heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne is leaving his Sony Music label
after 23 years, and daughter Kelly, who issued her debut album
on Sony last year, is going with him, family matriarch and
manager Sharon Osbourne said on Friday.

Sharon Osbourne, who is negotiating her family's exit from Sony,
said in a statement that her husband and daughter were looking
for "fresh ideas," but she offered no specific explanation for
their move.

The Osbournes' publicist, Lisa Vega, called the departures,
"an amicable split." She denied a report in US Weekly magazine
that Sony had dumped Kelly from its roster as she was finishing
up work on a second album.

"She was not recording a second album," Vega said.

Osbourne said she and Sony had mutually agreed that her
18-year-old daughter would leave the label after former CEO
Tommy Mottola, who signed Kelly last year, left the music
company in January.

"Sony has been a part of the family for years ... and Tommy
Mottola was the person they had dealt with all those years,
and when he left, they decided it was time for a change as
well," Vega said.

No comment was immediately available from Sony Music, a division
of Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp.

A source close to the label dismissed the notion that Sony was
unhappy with Kelly's debut album, "Shut Up," which, according
to Nielsen SoundScan, sold nearly 150,000 copies in the United
States, a respectable tally for a new artist.

Kelly joined Sony as she was basking in the success of her
family's MTV reality show, which turned the Osbournes into
instant pop culture stars.

Ozzy Osbourne, the British-born former frontman for the heavy
metal band Black Sabbath has released about a dozen albums
through Sony's Epic Records since the early 1980s, most
recently this year's "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne" collection.

Kelly Osbourne plans to embark on a European tour this summer
with British pop star Robbie Williams, while her father is
gearing up for a Canadian tour in early June and will headline
the annual Ozzfest rock spectacle again this summer.



Kelly Dropped By Sony (5/12/2003)

Outspoken singer Kelly Osbourne has been silenced by her
bosses - she's been dropped by her record company Epic. The
18-year-old daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, has reportedly
been released from her contract after her debut album Shut Up
sold fewer than 150,000 copies. A source tells American magazine
Us Weekly, "Sharon is p***ed," explaining that Kelly's rocker dad
Ozzy has been with Epic for more than 20 years. The timing was
also a shock, adds the source, who explains, "Kelly was nearly
done recording her second album when they pulled the plug."



The Ozzman Goeth... (5/12/2003)

....and he's taking his daughter with him.

Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne are saying sayonara to his longtime label,
Sony Music's Epic Records.

The split, announced Friday by Sharon Osbourne (who, natch, is
orchestrating the departure) and described by the family rep as
"amicable," means the Prince of F---ing Darkness will be leaving
the label that's been cranking out his records since Reagan was
in the White House.

"We've had 23 great years together," Sharon Osbourne said in a
statement. "We've shared many great successes, but sometimes you
have to search out fresh blood to get fresh ideas, which is a
philosophy that every record company, especially Sony, understands."

While the Osbournes aren't officially gone yet, a deal appears
imminent. According to the family, Sharon and Sony mutually agreed
that Kelly would jump ship after Tommy Mottola stepped down as Sony
boss in January. It was Mottola who signed Kelly in 2002.

No immediate comment from Sony on the defection. There's also no
word on what fresh blood, er, labels the Osbournes are eyeing.

Since 1980, Ozzy has released 15 solo albums on Epic, from Blizzard
of Ozz up to the 2003 compilation album The Essential Ozzy Osbourne.
There are also various Ozzfest life discs, Black Sabbath's 1998
Reunion album and the TV show companion CD The Osbournes Family
Album. Kelly's moderately successful solo debut, Shut Up, featuring
her cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," was issued by Epic last
year.

It's not a clean break for the clan, though. Son Jack, currently in
rehab battling a drug and booze habit, will remain at Epic as a
talent scout, according to Osbourne publicist Lisa Vega.

While the wife works out the exit clauses, Ozzy is prepping his
road show. He and his band (now featuring ex-Metallica bassist
Jason Newsted) will be heading north for an eight-city Canadian
tour next month as a tuneup for their headlining gig on this
summer's edition of Ozzfest. Ozzy, who'll be joined by Korn,
Marilyn Manson and Disturbed on the mainstage, commences this
year's 23-date outing June 28 in his old pissing grounds of San
Antonio.

Kelly Osbourne, meanwhile, will be keeping decidedly tamer
company: She takes off on a Euro tour this summer opening for
British popster Robbie Williams.



Ozzy Osbourne's Son Jack Checks Into Rehab (4/30/2003)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne's
17-year-old son, Jack, has checked into a Los Angeles-area
rehabilitation center for treatment of drug and alcohol abuse,
the family's spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

It was not disclosed exactly how the teenage co-star of MTV's
reality hit "The Osbournes" landed in rehab, but Ozzy Osbourne
has confronted his son about his drinking and drug use on the
show and has acknowledged catching Jack with marijuana on
several occasions.

According to family publicist Lisa Vega, Jack entered the
residential detox and rehab facility last week after confiding
in his parents that he needed help.

"Not very many 17-year-olds have the wherewithal to realize
that they have a problem, nor do they have the relationship
with their parents that they can go... and say they have a
problem, and that is what occurred here," Vega told Reuters.

In an interview with the syndicated TV show "Extra," both
parents revealed they had to wait a week to get their son a
bed in the facility, and they expressed pride in him for
taking the initiative in his own recovery.

"He had the gumption and guts to confess and to just say,
help," Ozzy Osbourne said, according to excerpts from the
interview, slated to air on Wednesday. Added wife Sharon,
the family matriarch and manager: "I love him more than I
did yesterday for doing what he's done. He wasn't forced into
this situation. It was his decision, so I admire him so much
more. All we can do is be here for him."

The family went public after the TV show "Entertainment Tonight"
broke the story Monday night, reporting that the teen MTV star,
clad in a white patient smock, had been seen at the rehab center
with his parents in what an eyewitness called "a very emotional
moment" for the family.

Vega appealed to the media to maintain some modicum of respect
for the very public family's privacy. "He (Jack) is trying to
get his life together ... and he's not being given a chance to
do that in private."

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are themselves no strangers to substance
abuse, having both acknowledged excessive alcohol consumption in
the past. Ozzy also has admitted to a previous cocaine addiction
as well as to dabbling in heroin and other drugs over the years.

Ozzy swore off drugs and booze in the early 1990s, though he
admitted falling off the wagon last year when Sharon was
diagnosed with colon cancer. Her illness is now in remission.

"The Osbournes" is slated to return for a third season in June
with 10 new episodes produced earlier this year. Soon after its
debut in the spring of 2002, the fly-on-the-wall show became
MTV's biggest hit, earned an Emmy Award and turned the raucous,
foul-mouthed family into overnight pop culture stars.

Jack's 18-year-old sister, Kelly, has sought to parlay her
newfound fame into a recording career, while her brother has
worked as a talent scout for Epic Records. He also had become
a frequent denizen of the Los Angeles party and nightclub scene.

MTV has not revealed plans for the show beyond its upcoming
third season, but a syndicated talk show hosted by Sharon
Osbourne is slated to premiere in September.



Icm Agent Fears For Life Following Osbourne Assault (4/20/2003)

Talent agent Renee Tab, who was involved in a physical
altercation with Sharon Osbourne in early April, has fired
back with new details about the incident at the Koi restaurant
in Los Angeles that has resulted in each woman alleging to
police that the other assaulted her.

Tab's lawyer, Najila Brent, has told New York Daily News
that, on the night in question, Sharon confronted Tab about
the $15,000 necklace that Osbourne has claimed Tab absconded
with after crashing her New Year's Eve party.

Tab has maintained she won the raffle prize fair and square.
According to Brent, Tab said, "Are you here to apologize to me?"
Brent said that Osbourne "started screaming racial slurs - 'You
Persian carpet cleaner! You Iranian [bleep]!'"

The lawyer, who says she will be adding civil-rights charges
to the suit Tab plans to file, claims Osbourne kicked Tab and
her sister, Candace, and "spat three or four times on Renee."
Brent also contended that Sharon told Tab, "I'm going to send
someone to slash your face and break your leg."

"Renee is afraid for her life right now," said Brent, who is
seeking a restraining order against Osbourne. She added that
doctors have told Tab she suffered a concussion in the melee.
Osbourne rep Lisa Vega responded that Tab and her lawyer "live
in a fantasy world. Sharon is the one with the injuries. She's
going to file her own charges."



"No Rehab For Me" (4/20/2003)

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne isn't going into a 12-step program -- he's
stepping onto a running track to stay sober!

The MTV megastar admitted he had too much to drink on
April 5 -- and told wife Sharon he wanted to go back into
rehab. But once Ozzy sobered up, he changed his mind!

"I'm not going into rehab right now," Ozzy told The
ENQUIRER. "I'm fine.

"What happened is that on Saturday I simply had one too
many beers. It wasn't like I'd f---ing polished off a bottle
of Jack Daniel's or something -- I went out and got a 12-pack
of Corona beer and simply had one too many.

"I got pretty loaded and I said to Sharon, 'Look, I want to
go into rehab.' But, then again, every day I say that I want
to go into rehab."

In fact, Ozzy says he's become a fitness freak.

"I've just finished running five miles around the UCLA
track!" the wizard of Oz bragged. "I'm working out five
days a week with a personal trainer.

"I'm in the best shape I've been in some time. I'm on the
wagon now, officially. I feel great!"

In fact, he's so high on exercise, he challenged an ENQUIRER
reporter to join him on the UCLA track.

"Bring a photographer with you," he said. "Then, you can
see what kind of shape I'm in."

The ENQUIRER accepted Ozzy's offer and we'll run photos
from the workout in an upcoming issue.

But as for rehab, Ozzy laughed: "I'm not going into
out-patient, I'm not going into in-patient. I've got no
patience for this bulls--t."



Ozzy: The Movie (Update) (4/20/2003)

Irish bad boy Colin Farrell has become the front-runner
to portray Ozzy Osbourne in a film about the rocker's life.
When reports first surfaced about the Ozzy film last year,
Sharon Osbourne had named Johnny Depp as her pick for her
husband's role. However, Farrell has been identified as
the choice of execs at Paramount and MTV Films. The match
seems a natural one. As one Hollywood insider was quoted,
"Colin drinks, he smokes, he womanizes. He's just a sleeve
tattoo away from being a real rock star."



Sharon Osbourne Assaulted (4/14/2003)

Sharon Osbourne was "viciously
assaulted" Thursday night at a
Los Angeles restaurant where
she was having dinner with her
family, a spokesperson for the
Osbournes has confirmed.

Osbourne was allegedly attacked by Renée Tab, a junior agent at
ICM, who was previously accused by Sharon and Ozzy of crashing their
New Year's Eve anniversary party and stealing a pricey door prize.

The incident occurred Thursday evening at Koi Japanese restaurant
on La Cienega Boulevard, where Osbourne, husband Ozzy and their
son, Jack, were dining, Sgt. John Pasquariello said.

Tab has since filed a police report of her own, claiming that Sharon
started with spitting on her and calling her names," said Tab's
attorney, Nejila K. Brent.

Tab said Osbourne was waiting for her to leave and then spit on
her, while Osbourne claims she was physically struck by Tab,
according to police.

"What we just did was take two reports listing each other as
suspects and victims on each one," Pasquariello said. "The city
attorney will determine at some point whether there's any criminal
involvement."

If charges are filed, he added, they would be "on the low end of
the misdemeanor scale."

In early January, the family publicly accused Tab of walking off
with a $15,000 Asprey diamond necklace obtained with an illegitimate
raffle ticket, identifying her only as an employee of talent agency
ICM.

A short time later, ICM issued a statement denying the allegations
made against its employee, who had by then been identified as Tab.
An ICM spokesperson said the company had investigated the matter
and determined "a) Renée was invited to the Osbourne party b) she
won the raffle in a legitimate matter c) there is no basis for
the claims being made by the Osbournes. Accordingly, ICM believes
the Osbournes owe both Ms. Tab and ICM an apology."

Mrs. Osbourne was taken to the hospital and treated for her
injuries. She is at home resting and recuperating with her family,
according to her spokesperson.



Osbournes Third Season Update (4/14/2003)

The third - and likely final - season of "The Osbournes" will
premiere June 10, MTV says.

Among the developments in the new season will be Sharon Osbourne's
successful treatment for colon cancer and a bizarre incident when
Ozzy Osbourne, trailed by his reality-TV camera crew, bumps into
comedian Roseanne, also being trailed by a camera crew preparing
a reality show for ABC, at the Barneys in Beverly Hills.



Louis Osbourne To Wed (4/2/2003)

The Osbournes are bound for Ireland in December when the eldest
son of veteran rocker Ozzy gets married.

Louis, the product of Ozzy's first marriage, is tying the knot
in Ireland on New Year's Eve.

The 27-year-old met fiancee Louise Lennon a year ago.

"We decided to move over to Ireland because Dublin is her home
town," he told the Daily Star.

"We're planning our wedding at an Irish castle, but I'm not
telling you where."

Louis, who is currently launching a new Midlands radio station,
Jump FM, says he has little time for the showbiz life.

But, he lives in a flat at the Osbournes' Los Angeles mansion
and is often seen in the background in the hugely popular MTV
hit The Osbournes.



Kelly Leaving Osbourne Home (4/2/2003)

There's going to be one less person running around the Osbourne
home. The New York Post reports Kelly Osbourne, the teen and
daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, is moving out of the house
and is eyeing a home just five blocks down the street. The
19-year-old has reportedly bought a multi-million dollar home
in her parent's neighbourhood and plans to move in next month,
although the deal to purchase the house has yet to be finalized.

Kelly told U.K.'s Heat magazine that her mom is very upset with
the move.

"She's been a blithering idiot ever since I got the new place,"
Kelly said.

The third and final season of "The Osbournes" is slated for June.



Ozzy's Wife Sharon Osbourne Appears Cancer-Free (4/2/2003)

Sharon Osbourne, the manager wife of rock wild man Ozzy Osbourne,
appears to be free of the cancer she discovered last year.

"Ozzy says Sharon has completed her treatment and has no signs of
cancer," a spokesman for the rocker told Reuters on Wednesday.

Sharon Osbourne has undergone a series of intense treatments since
being diagnosed with colon cancer.

It was primarily through her efforts that the everyday antics of
the Osbourne clan became the subject of a hit reality TV show.

The family matriarch subsequently said she regretted letting cameras
into their glitzy Beverly Hills home.

The mad-cap behavior of Ozzy, Sharon and teenagers Kelly and Jack
won the family the tag "the first family of dysfunction" and their
expletive-filled conversations became cult viewing for many.

Sharon Osbourne said the strain of living in a fish bowl had become
hard as the family struggled to cope with her battle against the
cancer, a crisis which she said drove Ozzy to drink.



Previously Unreleased 1969 Sabbath Tracks? (3/30/2003)

The first recordings made by Black Sabbath, cut in 1969, when the band was
still known as Earth, have been uncovered in a sound archive, RC can
exclusively reveal. The multi-track tapes comprise both the eponymous debut
album and its follow up, Paranoid, in both mixed and raw form. The tapes
also include several previously-unreleased tracks, which should be featured
in a future archive-based release. In addition, songs that surfaced on
Sabbath's third album, Master Of Reality, were apparently laid down at the
same time as well, mostly on multi-track stereo tapes."

- Record Collector Magazine, March Issue



Piazza Is Wylde's New Child's Godfather (3/30/2003)

Last July 8, Zakk Wylde's wife, Barbara Ann, gave birth to their third son,
and the couple asked Mike Piazza, one of the world's highest-profile
bachelors, to be the baby's godfather. In January, at Our Lady of Angels
Cathedral in Los Angeles, Piazza presided over the baptism of Hendrix
Halen Michael Rhodes Wylde, named after Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen,
Piazza and Randy Rhodes.

"He called me up after a night of partying and said, 'Dude, are you up for
the job?'" Piazza said. "I was so honored and humbled. I love it when
people ask if you're 'up for the job.' And I am."

"I'm the only name in there who isn't a virtuoso guitarist," Piazza said.
"Those are some of the most meaningful names in rock music. For me to be
included is pretty cool."



Gathering At The Osbournes For Charity (3/26/2003)

Elizabeth Taylor and Justin Timberlake were the guests of honor
at a benefit Elton John gave with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Wednesday night in L.A. But the names of two other well-known
people were on everybody's lips: Bush and Saddam.

"We all discussed whether to move forward with this event
tonight," Sharon told the crowd, which had gathered in the
garden of her Beverly Hills home to support Elton's AIDS
foundation and her own colon-cancer charity.

"We decided to continue because, war or no war, we are all
fighting the war against AIDS and cancer," she went on. "At
the same time, we should all say a big prayer for the American
and British men and women who are risking their lives."

Taylor, who got a twinkly pinky ring from Elton, had to leave
early because of a stomach virus - but not before saying
exactly what she thought of the war.

"The thought sickens me beyond belief," she told us. "I was
a refugee when I came to this country because of World War II.
I listened to the radio all the time and thought, 'Why don't
the Americans do something?' Now I think, 'What the [bleep]
are the Americans doing by saying [to Saddam], 'Pack up your
bags, mount a camel and get out of town!' What if someone said
that to Bush?

"You don't think [terrorists] are going to retaliate? You
don't think they're going to bomb the s--- out of us? It's
going to be terrifying."

Tony Bennett, who performed, also recalled "the horror" he
saw as an infantryman in WWII.

"That was a good war - it had to be done," he told us. "This
isn't a good war. If the whole army isn't together, we're not
going to win. I'm hurt by what's happening in this country."

Sly Stallone, there with wife Jennifer Flavin, showed none
of Rambo's enthusiasm for battle.

"I've been on the fence about it," he said. "It's the first
time America has gone after someone as a protective move. But
I believe we have righteousness on our side."

Elton, who sported a diamond peace symbol on his lapel, said,
"I'm not for the war. I love America. [But] you can't say
you're against the war without being called a traitor. Now
that the decision has been made, we have to hope that it
will be quick."

Sharon Osbourne, feeling weak from a chemotherapy treatment,
almost didn't make it down from her bedroom to mingle with
the guests.

"I told her if she comes down those stairs, I'm going to
chase her back up," Elton said.

She defied him, looking fantastic in a low-cut black gown.

"Sharon, I [bleeping] adore you," said Elton, forgiving her.
He even confided that "My drag name is Sharon. So you get
two Sharons for the price of one."



Ozzy Compares Newsted To Geezer, Wants To Record LP (3/20/2003)

"I'm the happiest man in the world today.
I'm a strong believer that it was destiny
that I end up playing with Jason" - says Ozzy.

Anyone who was feeling sorry for Jason
Newsted after his split with Metallica
can stop now.

Not only is he a full-time member of seminal thrash outfit Voivod,
but he's also the new bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, replacing Robert
Trujillo, who split to join Metallica. And on Monday Newsted
received perhaps the greatest compliment possible from the
Ozzman himself.

"Jason reminds me of a young Geezer Butler," Ozzy said shortly
after playing a four-song rehearsal, his second with Newsted, for
a select group of press.

Still sweaty from banging through "Believer," "No More Tears,"
"Crazy Train" and the seminal (and once again timely) Black Sabbath
tune "War Pigs," Newsted was visibly beaming as Ozzy compared him
to Sabbath's legendary bassist.

"There could not be a bigger compliment. [If someone said],
'Here's a million dollars' [or] 'Here's this compliment,' I'll
take this! That's it. [Butler] is my #1 teacher in life. And only
he," Newsted said, a wide smile stretching across his face as he
pointed to his new frontman, "gets the right to say that. He's the
only one!"

Newsted left Metallica roughly two years ago, resurfacing in
Echobrain before joining up with Voivod for their latest album.

Metallica recently announced the addition of ex-Suicidal Tendencies
bassist Trujillo to their lineup, and it wasn't long before Newsted
was invited to start jamming with Ozzy's band. Jack Osbourne
recommended Voivod for the second stage at Ozzfest, Ozzy explained,
and a light bulb went off in Sharon Osbourne's head.

Together with ex-Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin, who's been with
Ozzy for eight years, and guitarist Zakk Wylde, Newsted said he
honed his back catalog arsenal before Ozzy ever stepped in front
of the mic. "I really wanted to be prepared for Oz, so when he walked
in the room he could call out whatever song and I would be able to
hit it."

What he didn’t realize was that on his first day with Ozzy he'd be
under the watchful eye of his predecessor, who was on hand to
rehearse for his final gig with the band. Before the day was over,
Newsted found himself giving Trujillo tips on Metallica songs like
"Battery" and "Damage, Inc."

Newsted whose relationship with Trujillo stretches back a decade to
when Suicidal Tendencies were friends and touring partners with
Metallica called Ozzy's outgoing bassist warmhearted and strong.

"I'm not sure that anybody else could have worked for Metallica,"
he said, "because he has the girth, as it were that strength,
mentally and physically, to deal with what has to be dealt with
in that band. He's familiar with this caliber of an operation. I
think it worked out the best for everybody involved."

"I'm the happiest man in the world today," Ozzy proclaimed. "I'm
a strong believer that it was destiny that I end up playing with
Jason. I don't believe in tarot cards or crystal balls, but I
believe that somebody, before you're born, maps out your life. And
it was destiny that Metallica end up playing with Robert Trujillo.
I'm not pissed off with anybody. ... It's so nice to end a
relationship nicely for a change."

When Ozzy mentioned that he couldn't wait to make an album with
Newsted, the bassist's eyes widened and he grabbed the metal
legend by both shoulders.

"Dude, if he's telling me the truth right now, if he really wants
to write ... songs, it's going to be f---ing crazy! I'm telling you
right now, it's gonna be out of this world. If I get an opportunity
to write bass behind his vocals? Working with Zakk? It's just going
to be sick, man, that's all I can say."

For now, Newsted will join Ozzy on this summer's Ozzfest outing as
well as several Canadian dates. He'll also perform with Voivod,
who will play "something from each album," according to Newsted,
while supporting Ozzy in Canada and co-headlining the Ozzfest's
second stage.

"This is a huge opportunity for both [Metallica and Ozzy] to prove
themselves again," Newsted said. "It can be a cool thing for the
next era of both of the biggest metal bands America has seen.
It's going to be an incredible summer."



Heat Fells Sharon Osbourne @ 3/14/03 Show (3/19/2003)

SHARON Osbourne was rushed by ambulance to a Las Vegas hospital
Friday night after she fell ill backstage at an Ozzy Osbourne
concert. Sharon, who has undergone chemotherapy treatments after
being diagnosed with colon cancer last June, was watching Ozzy
perform at the Hard Rock Hotel when she was overcome by heat
exhaustion, confirmed her spokeswoman, Lisa Vega. "While she
was watching Ozzy's show, it got very hot in the club," Vega said.
"She did not collapse. She felt faint. Out of concern for Sharon,
an ambulance was called. She was taken to the hospital, but it was
nothing serious. We were there for about 20 minutes." After she
was released, Sharon and Ozzy had dinner in their hotel suite.
But Jack Osbourne and sister Aimee - who's not on the family's
hit reality show - partied until dawn at the Real World suite at
the Palms hotel at the farewell bash for Ozzy's longtime bass
player, Robert Trujillo, who's leaving to join Metallica.

Ozzy's setlist was:

Paranoid
War Pigs
I Don't Know
Believer
Gets Me Through
Mr. Crowley
Suicide Solution
Zakk Solo (w/Star Spangled Banner)
Flyin' High Again
Goodbye To Romance
No More Tears
I Don't Want To Change The World
Road To Nowhere
Bark At The Moon
Crazy Train



The Osbournes Third Season (3/9/2003)

MTV reports the third (and possibly final) season of The Osbournes will
debut on June 10, at 10:30 p.m.



Ozzy's New Bassist (3/9/2003)

It's official - Jason Newsted will play bass for Ozzy on his up & coming
tours. The March 14th concert at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas will
be Rob Trujillo's last show with Ozzy. Jason will kick off with Ozzy for
the first time on June 1st in Vancouver, Canada.



Ozzfest Update (3/9/2003)

Yes, there has been some activity lately at Ozzfest HQ. First, Voivod,
the legendary proto-thrash band from Montreal, has been added to the
Second Stage bill, playing every show before headliner Cradle of Filth.
Second, TRUSTcompany will now open the Main Stage. The bill is now:
Ozzy, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Chevelle, and TRUSTcompany on
the Main Stage, and Cradle of Filth (headliner), Voivod, Memento, Hotwire,
Shadow's Fall, Grade 8, Twisted Method, Nothingface, Killswitch Engage,
Unloco, Depswa, Motograter, and Sworn Enemy. Last, some shows' on-sale
dates have changed; please check out ozzfest.com for the latest info.



Ozzy & Sharon on Larry King (3/1/2003)

What's ahead for the Osbourne family? Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne
join Larry live for the hour to discuss Sharon's battle with
cancer, parenthood and living life on TV. Tune in March 3rd at
9:00pm.



Ozzy's New Bassist Rumor (2/28/2003)

This is a big rumor... I checked in at Ozzy headquarters...
they didn't say yes and they didn't say no....

Jason Newsted (formally of Metallica) will be filling Rob
Trujillo's shoes.



Ozzy Meets Roseanne (2/28/2003)

A camera crew following Roseanne as she shopped at the Barney's
New York store in Beverly Hills this week ran into another
camera crew shooting Ozzy Osbourne as he -- you guessed it --
also shopped.

Of course, Ozzy's cameras caught the spectacle, as did Roseanne's,
so expect to see two different takes of the random meeting on
MTV's "The Osbournes" and Roseanne's upcoming ABC reality series.

In this reality-soaked TV era, the encounter was probably
inevitable. While film shoots are easy to find while driving
around the streets of Los Angeles, it's also become common to
spot people going about their business as cameras tag along
behind them.

"It was the ultimate reality moment," said ABC alternative
series and specials executive Andrea Wong. "The only thing that
would have made it better is if Anna Nicole Smith had shown up."



Metallica Steals Rob Trujillo (2/26/2003)

Metallica has officially stolen Ozzy's bassist, Rob Trujillo.
No word yet on who his replacement will be.



Ozzy In Collaboration With Iommi (2/26/2003)

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he and Black Sabbath bandmate
Tony Iommi have been collaborating long-distance on songwriting.
Ozzy made the announcement during a press conference on February
18th to announce the lineup for the 8th Annual outing of Ozzfest.
It wasn¹t clear if the material is for a new Sabbath studio album,
or for a solo project by either party. In related news, Ozzy hopes
to take Ozzfest to Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and the
Netherlands in September, assuming a possible war with Iraq will
not frighten groups from flying to Europe.



Never Say Die Coming On DVD (2/26/2003)

Black Sabbath's Never Say Die DVD will be available in the US for
the first time on March 4th. The set was recorded live in 1978.
Tracks include: "Symptom Of The Universe", "War Pigs", "Snow Blind",
"Never Say Die", "Black Sabbath", "Dirty Women", "Rock And Roll
Doctor", "Electric Funeral", "Children Of The Grave" and "Paranoid".

Click here to buy it!


Ozzfest 2003 Details (2/18/2003)

No pretenders, no imitators, no bullsh*t- the inimitable Ozzfest
continues to fly the flag for real Rock and Metal music. For
eight years running, Ozzfest has championed the hard rock scene
by providing a constant source of new music to hungry fans
around the world. Ozzfest 2003 feeds the masses with 14 hours
of non-stop rock with its most ferocious line-up to date. And,
to prove that it's all about the fans, Ozzfest 2003 is offering
a limited number of lawn seats for $10 - making Ozzfest the best
value for your concert dollars this summer. The special priced
ten dollar tickets are available only at venue box offices or
other designated locations while they last. Check your local
listings and venue websites for purchase information.

Ozzy Osbourne returns to headline Ozzfest 2003 to do what he
loves best play rock n’roll. The Prince of Darkness will hit
the stage with band mates Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, and
Michael Bordin with a hard-hitting set of songs culled from
his 33-year career as rock’s purveyor of heavy metal.

Korn, have signed on for their first Ozzfest, bringing their
rich sonic assault to the masses; Marilyn Manson returns with
his unforgettable stage show; Ozzfest favorites Disturbed are
back with more of their anthemic metal; and Ozzfest 2002 Second
Stagers Chevelle have graduated and will usher in the Main
Stage entertainment beginning at 5pm.

Ozzfest’s reputation as the premiere rock n’roll festival
is cemented each year as new bands continue to break out
and become multi-platinum acts. Bands such as Limp Bizkit,
Incubus, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Slipknot, Godsmack,
POD and Disturbed are just a few of the many bands that have
benefited by a summer on the Ozzfest stage.

This year the tradition continues with a second stage bill
that includes the best young acts in the constantly changing
hard rock scene. Presiding over the Second Stage are English
goth-metal phenoms Cradle of Filth who will make their first
U.S. rock festival appearance on Ozzfest 2003 and Trust
Company. Underground favorites Shadow’s Fall, Killswitch
Engage, and Nothingface bring a heavier edge to the second
stage, joining upstarts Hotwire, Grade 8, Twisted Method,
Unloco, and Memento are just a few of the 14 bands that
will round out the second stage line-up. (More bands TBA.)

The Village of The Damned concourse has been re-vamped to
offer Ozzfest-goers the best in entertainment with all
state-of-the-art video games and some new surprises in
addition to everyone’s favorites such as piercing booths
and world-class tattoo artists.

Over 4 million fans have attended Ozzfest over the last
seven years and no other touring festival comes close
to matching this impressive benchmark. Don’t miss the
chance to discover what legions of hardcore rock fans
have known for years.

Tickets go on sale in March with limited specially
priced $10 tickets available at venue box offices.
Regularly priced tickets are available at all
Ticketmaster outlets.

Click here for current tour dates.


Osbournes Open House For OzzFest Announcement (2/17/2003)

Sharon, Ozzy, and Jack Osbourne are set to open their house
in Los Angeles to journalists for the announcement of OzzFest
2003 on Tuesday (February 18).

Media will check in at a Los Angeles-area hotel and be bussed
to the house. At 12:30 p.m. there will be lunch followed by a
1:15 press conference. Members of confirmed bands from the
tour will also be on hand.

Unconfirmed reports have Korn, Disturbed, Chevelle, and
Stereomud on the bill.


Re-release Of Osbourne Figure (2/17/2003)


Coinciding with the upcoming ToyFest celebration, www.spawn.com,
McFarlane Toys is offering its Ozzy Osbourne action figure
again in new packaging with updated inserts and graphics. It
was initially released in 1999.


Zakk's Blessed Hellride (2/17/2003)

Zakk Wylde and his band, Black Label Society, release their
new album, The Blessed Hellride, on April 22nd via Spitfire. The
Japanese edition includes a bonus track - "F.U.N". The albums
first single "Stillborn", features Ozzy Osbourne. The video for
the track was directed by ROB ZOMBIE and will debut in March.


Shooting Begins On Osbournes Finale (2/12/2003)

Sharon Osbourne's talk show won't be part of season three. DON'T tell
anyone, but "The Osbournes" ended its second season last night.

Surprisingly, "The Osbournes" went out quietly - without much of the
frenzy and media madness that accompanied last season's finale.

MTV officials won't say what's in store for the third - and reportedly
final - season. The first of its ten episodes began shooting in L.A.
last month.

"I think the core of the show will stay the same," says "Osbournes"
executive producer Greg Johnston. "I don't think we'll change what we've
been doing.

"We were really happy with these last 10 [episodes] and [Tuesday night's
episode] was a great way to end the season, with Sharon and Ozzy
renewing their [wedding] vows," he said.

"We won't try to change anything for the upcoming season."

MTV has not yet set a date when the final season will begin.
"There's no time frame," he said. "I don't think there's been any kind
of decision made on that yet."

Johnston said, however, that the next batch of episodes will, once
again, focus on "the core people": Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, Jack and
"adopted son" Robert Mercato.

Johnston said that, for example, it's unlikely we'll see anything
connected with Sharon Osbourne's upcoming talk show, slated to debut in
the fall.

"It was never part of our show to include stuff that goes on outside of
the family, whether that be press attention or anything else," Johnston
said. "We're trying to focus on what happens in their lives and their
relationships in the house.

"Those things don't interest us that much," he said of Sharon's talk
show. "Unless it's something that pertains to the entire family, that's
the only way we would include it in the show."

"The Osbournes," which spawned E!'s "The Anna Nicole Show" and other
reality-show knockoffs, experienced a ratings comedown from last season,
when it averaged 5.3 million viewers.

That number fell to about 4.5 million viewers this season (not including
last night's season finale) - not unexpected, considering the glut of
"Osbournes" merchandise and a media overload courtesy of Ozzy, Sharon,
Jack and Kelly.


Ozzy Will Perform At Hard Rock Hotel In Vegas (2/7/2003)

OZZY OSBOURNE will perform a one-off show at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel's live concert
venue, in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, March 14. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Feb. 8
at 1:00 p.m. General admission, standing-room-only tickets are said to be priced at $153,
and VIP Balcony seats are priced at $303.


Hip Hop Boycott Pepsi Over Osbourne Commercial (2/5/2003)

One of the biggest soda makers in the nation has gone wack
with the hip-hop generation.

Angered at Pepsi for placing foul-mouthed Ozzy Osbourne in
a Superbowl commercial only months after yanking rapper
Ludacris for his vulgar language, hip hop icon Russell Simmons
said Tuesday he will announce this weekend plans for a boycott
against the soft drinks giant, accusing Pepsi of applying a
double standard in a wack (hip-hop slang for displeasing) manner.

"The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) plans to announce and
detail a proposed boycott of Pepsi during the NBA All-Star
Weekend in Atlanta," a spokeswoman for Simmons and the non-profit
hip-hop group he helped found, said.

"The boycott is being called in response to Pepsi dropping
Ludacris as spokesman and subsequently picking up the Osbournes,
who are no less vulgar," she added.

Simmons is credited with bringing black, hip-hop culture into
the American mainstream over the past 20 years, He is also the
founder of Def Jam Records, a unit of Vivendi Universal .

A spokesman for PepsiCo Inc said the Ludacris controversy was
an unfortunate experience.

PEPSI'S MISTAKE

"It was our mistake, we learned a lot from it and we've moved
on," the spokesman said.

"We respect Russell's interest in bringing hip-hop talent to a
larger audience and we have worked together to do just that," he
added.

The controversy regarding the Ludacris spot dates back to a few
months ago when conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly pointed
out that the rapper was foul-mouthed, accused Pepsi of being
"immoral" and urged a boycott.

Pepsi caved in to the pressure, yanking its 30-second television
spot, stating it had received several consumer complaints about
Ludacris' sexually explicit, profanity-laden song lyrics.

The spot itself, called "Party," was created and produced by
UniWorld, and featured a party in full swing in a barn, with
Ludacris onstage, rapping. Observers have said that no obscene
lyrics during the commercial.

O'Reilly, however, reportedly got a hold of Ludacris' lyrics from
his song catalog, which were laced with vulgarities.

Pepsi has a history of yanking controversial spots, such as one in
1989 with Madonna (news - web sites) featuring her "Like a Prayer,"
song which debuted at the same time as her video, featuring burning
crosses that sparked consumer protests.

Simmons' move is strategically timed, announcing the boycott of
Pepsi in rival Coca Cola Co's home town of Atlanta during a
star-studded and high-profile weekend featuring professional
basketball's All-Star game when fashion, parties and entertainment
will get almost as much attention as the players themselves.


Ozzy & Nascar? (2/5/2003)

If the deal goes through, they will not only make an Ozzy car
but it will race in a live NASCAR Winston Cup event. Details
to follow!


New "Mama I'm Coming Home" Single (2/5/2003)

A remastered version of Ozzy's "Mama, I¹m Coming Home" is out on a CD
single now in Europe via Epic. The single includes "Mama, I¹m
Coming Home" (remastered version), "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (live
version), and "Crazy Train" (live version)...



Osbournes Pepsi Commercial (1/26/2003)

If you missed it during the superbowl, check out Pepsitwist.com.
They also have behind the scenes footage of the filming.

(Thanks Almir!)


First Season Of The Osbournes Coming On DVD (1/16/2003)


The Osbournes - The First Season (Uncensored) will be released on March 4, 2003
on DVD. It will include the following:

All 10 episodes of the first season with commentary.

Never before seen, un-aired footage from six episodes.

Four Never-Before-Seen episodes.

Commentary track.

"Too Oz for TV" - Blooper Reel.

Ozzy's Ten Commandments.

Diary of an Osbourne--Random Acts of Ozzy.

Never-Before-Seen interviews with cast.

Ozzy translator - decode the Prince of Darkness.

Conversations with the Osbournes: Life On The Road, Family Values, First -

Season Stories, The Untold Story of Michael the Security Guard

Set Top Materials: Name that dookie, Edit a scene, Osbournes Bingo Game - use
supplied cards or download new cards off the internet to play bingo

DVD-ROM: Food Nuisance, Guide to "The Osbournes," Website links

Click here to pre-order it!



New Best of Ozzy Album To Be Released In February (1/14/2003)


OZZY OSBOURNE will be releasing a best of double cd set
on February 11th. The complete track listing
for "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne" is as follows:

CD1
01. Crazy Train
02. Mr. Crowley
03. I Don't Know (Live)
04. Suicide Solution
05. Goodbye To Romance
06. Over The Mountain
07. Flying High Again
08. Diary Of A Madman
09. Paranoid (Live)
10. Bark At The Moon
11. You're No Different
12. Rock 'n' Roll Rebel
13. Crazy Babies
14. Miracle Man
15. Fire In The Sky
16. Breakin' All The Rules

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01. Mama, I'm Coming Home
02. Desire
03. No More Tears
04. Time After Time
05. Road To Nowhere
06. I Don't Want To Change The World (Live)
07. Perry Mason
08. I Just Want You
09. Thunder Underground
10. See You On The Other Side
11. Gets Me Through
12. Dreamer
13. No Easy Way Out

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Osbournes At The VMA's, Boone/Ozzy Duet? (1/14/2003)

MTV's outrageous Osbournes singled out ex-sweethearts Britney
Spears and Justin Timberlake for some laughs during the
opening moments of the show.

"I'm going to have to take him, Britney. He's all mine," Sharon
Osbourne said as her son Jack walked into the audience to plop
on Spears' lap while her daughter Kelly sat on Timberlake's lap.

Spears and Timberlake, who were sitting apart, played along
and laughed. The pair ended their high-profile romance last year.

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family, stars of the MTV reality
series "The Osbournes," were hosts of the awards show, broadcast
on ABC from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. They kept network
censors busy with their plentiful use of four-letter words.

Later in the show, Timberlake presented an award with Sharon
Osbourne and her dog, and at Osbourne's encouragement,
Timberlake bent down and kissed the pooch.

The awards show reunited singer Pat Boone with his former
Beverly Hills neighbors, the Osbournes.

"I think the Osbournes have said I'm the best neighbor they
ever had, maybe because I'm the only one that never called
the police," said Boone, a presenter. "We're friends and we
get along great."

Boone said he approached Ozzy Osbourne at the show and asked
if they could duet on one of Osbourne's songs that Boone says
is his favorite.

"He and Sharon both enthusiastically said yes, so there may
be an Osbourne-Boone duet in the offing, I hope," Boone said.
"I can't tell you what song because I'm afraid somebody will
beat me to it."



Ozzy Guest's On Zakks New Album (1/13/2003)

The first single from The Blessed Hellride (which hits the
shelves in April), is entitled "Stillborn," and features
Ozzy Osbourne on guest vocals. The song is extremely radio
friendly, much more than anything that BLS has done in the
past. Ozzy actually said "if this is not a hit record, you
should just pack up and quit!". Ozzy also listened to the
entire album and told Zakk "you are going to rule the world!"
Rob Zombie is expected to direct the video for the song.
(Source: www.zakkwylde.com)



Ozzy and Sharon Contact Police Over Party Thief (1/8/2003)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne claim an uninvited guest illegally
took a diamond necklace from their New Year's Eve party.

They say the woman gatecrashed the casino-themed event at
the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she won the necklace in a
raffle.

The couple have contacted police in Los Angeles over the
incident, which they say has "left a very bad taste in
their mouths."

According to MTV.com, the ICM talent agency employee is
alleged to have won a raffle that she should not have been
eligible to enter.

The Osbournes say they asked her to return the Asprey
designed diamond necklace, which is valued at $42,000 in
the police report, the following day but she refused.

A statement by ICM says it "categorically denies the false
and reckless charges made by Sharon Osbourne", adding the
agent in question was "a close friend" of the family.

ICM claims she won the raffle for the necklace in a fair
manner, "without any inappropriate conduct".



Osbournes Renew Vows On New Year's Eve (1/2/2003)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne renewed their wedding vows during
a New Year's Eve party at the Beverly Hills Hotel that
included hundreds of guests.

The couple got married on July 4, 1982, but delayed their
20th anniversary celebration because of Sharon's battle
with colon cancer. They announced their plans in November.

Sharon wore a cream-colored wedding gown and diamond tiara
as she was escorted down the aisle by her father, Entertainment
Tonight said. The couple's youngest daughter Kelly served
as flower girl.

Music was provided by the 1970s group "Village People."

Guests included singer Justin Timberlake (news) and Chris
Rock (news), Entertainment Tonight reported.



Sharon Addresses Great Britain (12/26/2002)

Sharon Osbourne, like that other matriarch, Queen Elizabeth,
addressed Great Britain on Christmas Day. Osbourne's words
are being called a hit, reports the BBC. The queen seems to
have done all right, too.

Queen Elizabeth, 76, as might have been expected, held to
tradition and talked up what happened this year, including
the high points (her Golden Jubilee) and the low (the deaths
of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret). She thanked her
loyal public for supporting her through the difficult times.

Osbourne was, uh, less traditional.

Speaking of her family, Osbourne, 50, said it had been a
"rollercoaster year" since their MTV show, "The Osbournes,"
made them all a household name.

She also spoke about being diagnosed with cancer and how it
had been a "bittersweet" year for her family, though the ordeal
did provide her with the meat of her Christmas message.

"It's the one time that is so important that family are
together and just give each other a big kiss," she said.

Still, being an Osbourne, Sharon got in a zinger aimed at
Queen Elizabeth, notes the BBC.

Speaking of the monarch, Sharon observed: "She was very warm
and amazingly down-to-earth, and I just told her that she had
great tits, 'cause she does."



Ozzy Working On New Album? (12/26/2002)

from theprp.com:

Ozzy Osbourne is planning to work on a new solo album next
year, a release through Epic in late 2003 is likely. Band
guitarist Zakk Wylde recently laid down material set for
inclusion on the effort.



Ozzy To Record Duet With Kylie Minogue (12/20/2002)

Aussie songbird Kylie Minogue is to team up with an unlikely partner for
a new duet. The former Neighbours actress is to sing Especially For You
with maverick rocker Ozzy Osbourne after having agreed to appear on the
family's reality show The Osbournes early next year.

The fresh-faced pop star originally recorded the song with her
Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan back in 1989. Its new outing came
as a result of a suggestion from Ozzy's daughter, Kelly, who became
friendly with Kylie when they toured America last month.

MTV's fly-on-the-wall look at the family's shenanigans has proved an
enormous hit in the US, where even President Bush has admitted to
being a fan. Almost eight million of his fellow Americans tune in
every week to catch a glimpse of the veteran musician's home life.



Ozzy To Shoot Pepsi Commercial (12/17/2002)

OZZY OSBOURNE is expected to follow in BRITNEY SPEARS’ footsteps
and star in a multi-million dollar ad for cola makers PEPSI, to
be aired during this season’s SUPERBOWL.

The veteran rocker and his dysfunctional family will film the ad
for the soft drink company’s new lemon-flavoured drink Pepsi Twist
at their Beverly Hills mansion in Los Angeles later this week,
according to reports in the US.

The timing of the filming has led ad industry insiders to predict
the ad or ads will be shown during the Superbowl broadcast in
February.

For American advertisers, the Superbowl is the most important
even of the year. It is the most watched TV show in the US and
TV companies charge advertisers around $2 million for a 30-second
spot.

Ad makers pull out all the stops for their Superbowl commercials,
as the ads during breaks in play regularly attract more viewers
than the game itself. Pepsi is among the biggest spenders on
Superbowl ads, and for the past two years has poured at least
$10 million into a series of commercials featuring Spears in a
variety of revealing costumes.

The Osbournes’ choice as this year’s Pepsi stars is seen as a
seal of their place in Hollywood’s pantheon of A-list stars.
The second series of their fly-on-the-wall show, which began
in the US three weeks ago, has been watched by more than six
million viewers each week, shattering MTV rating records set
by the first series.



Kelly Stokes Osbourne Vs. Corgan Feud (12/17/2002)

Kelly Osbourne stoked hostilities between the Osbourne family
and former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan at the New
York City area radio show, Claus Fest, in Uniondale, New York
on Thursday night (December 12).

Corgan and Sharon Osbourne had a tiff several years ago, after
she quit as the Pumpkins manager. The feud came alive again at
the Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles on December 7. At
that show, Kelly's boyfriend, Bert McCracken of the Used,
allegedly tried to trip Corgan, who performed with his new
band Zwan. Corgan allegedly struck back by kicking McCracken
in the stomach, according to sources at the Los Angeles radio
station.

Osbourne took verbal revenge in New York, telling the crowd
from the stage that Corgan performed oral favors on the program
director of the New York radio station to secure a spot on the
bill.

Sharon Osbourne's relationship with Corgan went sour when she
dropped the Pumpkins as a client. The band filed suit against
her in early 2000. At the time of the split, Sharon said in a
statement: "It was with great pride and enthusiasm that I took
on management of the Pumpkins back in October [1999], but
unfortunately I must resign due to medical reasons...Billy
Corgan was making me sick!!!"

As far as the music at the 'Claus Fest, Audioslave made its
triumphant return to New York after its recent live set for
The Late Show With David Letterman (news - Y! TV). The
festival also featured the New York debut of Corgan's Zwan,
Queens Of The Stone Age, Boxcar Racer, Coldplay, Stone Sour,
Kelly Osbourne, the Vines, and others.

Audioslave, fronted by Chris Cornell (news) sporting blue
jeans and a black wifebeater-style shirt, ripped out six
songs: "Light My Way," "Set It Off," "Gasoline," "Stone,"
"Cochise," and "Shadow Of The Sun."

Some in the crowd were disappointed with the radio-station
sponsored show due to the fact that Ozzy Osbourne was on the
show's bill, but only came out to introduce daughter Kelly,
saying they were led to believe Ozzy was performing. There
were a noticeable round of boos that greeted Ozzy's daughter,
who left after three songs.



Osbournes To Renew Vows (12/4/2002)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne plan to make New Year's
Eve a quiet night with about 600 of their closest friends.

The couple is renewing their wedding vows in Beverly Hills, Calif.,
in honor of their 20th anniversary. They got married July 4, 1982,
but delayed the celebration because of Sharon's battle with colon
cancer.

"We'll write our own vows and have our marriage blessed again,"
the 50-year-old Osbourne family matriarch says in the Dec. 9 issue
of People magazine. "It will be one New Year's we'll never forget."

Sharon has brought MTV's cameras along for chemotherapy sessions
during the second season of "The Osbournes," which began this week.
Her cancer is no longer detectable in blood tests, and the
chemotherapy, which had been scheduled until April, will end in
February.

"It's getting easier not to allow dark thoughts to enter my mind,"
heavy-metal-singer Ozzy tells the magazine.



Sharon To Go Head To Head With Queen Of England (12/4/2002)

Sharon Osbourne usually has the field wide open when it comes to
getting an audience, but this year at Christmas she faces some
stiff competition. Make that rigid competition: The Queen of
England.

The MTV matriarch plans to go head-to-head with the monarch
matriarch by delivering the alternative Christmas message to
Britons on the telly, England's Channel 4 announced Wednesday.

Channel 4 said Osbourne's message -- which, like the Queen's
will be broadcast at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day -- will be targeted
to viewers "who crave more challenging TV fare with their festive
pud." ("Pud" is short for "pudding," which is what the English
call dessert. They call elevators "lifts" and have a strange way
of pronouncing aluminum.)

Osbourne, 50, follows in the footsteps of such cult figures as
the late Quentin Crisp, Doreen and Neville Lawrence and Ali G.

Channel 4 provided no preview as to the theme of Sharon's message,
which will be recorded later this month, but the station did say
that Osbourne, 50, and the Queen, 76, both share a love of dogs
and a reputation for hard work.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman added: "Sharon Osbourne connects with
our viewers in a way that the Queen can't. She is a real person
who leads an extraordinary life."



He's Grandfather Ozzy Now (12/4/2002)

Here's one Osbourne family member you won't be seeing on MTV
anytime soon: Ozzy's new granddaughter.

The heavy-metal patriarch became a grandpappy earlier this year,
when his adult daughter from his first marriage gave birth to a
baby girl, his publicist, Lisa Vega, confirmed Tuesday.

Isabelle Hobbs was born three months ago to Jessica Starshine,
the 29-year-old daughter of Ozzy and first wife Thelma.

According to London's Sunday Mirror newspaper, Jessica lives
with her husband, Ben, in London. Unlike her fuchsia-haired,
pop-singing half-sister Kelly, Jessica has a much more sedate
day job--as a surveyor.

Jessica tells the Mirror that apart from infrequent Thanksgiving
trips to the States, she hardly sees her dad and his other
camera-happy family.

"He's quite good at getting as much publicity for himself as he
can, he doesn't need me to help him," Jessica tells the paper.

She is one of two children Ozzy had with his first missus. His
27-year-old son, Louis, is a house/techno deejay based in London.
Before their split, Ozzy also became the guardian of Thelma's son
from her first marriage.

Ozzy and Thelma ended their decade-long union in 1981, when he
was heavily into drugs and booze (his addictions got him tossed
out of Black Sabbath three years earlier). As recounted in the
Mirror, Ozzy was so out of control during their marriage that he
grabbed a shotgun and offed Thelma's 17 cats because they wouldn't
let him sleep.

A year after the divorce, Ozzy married Sharon, who got him cleaned
up and resurrected his career, masterminding Ozzfest and the
family's lucrative deal with MTV and assorted merchandisers.
Together, they have three children--Aimee (who has chosen to
remain MIA from The Osbournes), Kelly and Jack. They've also
"adopted" family friend Robert Marcato, whose mother recently
died of colon cancer, the same disease Sharon is battling.

As for The Osbournes, the Emmy-winning reality sitcom's second
season premiere drew 6.64 million viewers on November 26, making
it the most-watched show on cable for the night. The totals were
less than the 7.25 million who watched the first season finale
back in May and the show's best night (7.77 million for the April
23 episode), but they're up a whopping 84 percent from the first
season premiere episode in March.

Aside from his granddaughter, Ozzy has another reason to
celebrate: He marked his 54th birthday Tuesday.



People Magazine (12/4/2002)

Osbournes are on the cover again! As the heavy-metal family
returns for another season on MTV, PEOPLE goes behind the scenes
to see what's changed in their lives (everything) since becoming
huge stars. On newstands now!



"Scenes Were Faked" say Jack & Kelly (11/30/2002)

Osbourne kids say scenes were faked. Jack and Kelly tell Good
Morning America that two ''Osbournes'' sequences were staged
last year.

The first "reality sitcom" may not have always been real.
The Osbournes first season included sequences staged by MTV,
Jack and Kelly Osbourne claimed Tuesday on Good Morning America.
They cited two specific moments that they said MTV had orchestrated
the appearance of a dog therapist, and a dramatic family meeting
that ended with Jack storming out. "The most fake thing about that
show was the family meeting, because that was an MTV idea," Kelly
said, according to the New York Post. "I put that in my contract
[for the new season] - I would not do anything like that f---ing
dog therapist."

But both MTV and a spokesperson for Ozzy and Sharon denied that
scenes had been staged. "Nothing is ever scripted or planned on
the Osbournes," an MTV spokesperson told ABC. And an Osbourne
family spokesperson told the Post: "Ozzy and Sharon would not
have done it unless it were all real." Sounds like it's time for
another family meeting.



Ozzy & Sharon To Renew Marriage Vows (11/30/2002)

Ozzy and Sharon will renew their marriage vows on New Years Eve.



Ozzy To Record Cover Album? (11/30/2002)

From http://melodicrock.com/: there are plans for Ozzy Osbourne
to record an album of cover versions. No word on what the songs
covered will be, but recording could start as early as next month!



Osbournes Return For Second Season (11/27/2002)

"The Osbournes" becomes a reality show in the bleakest sense
this season, as Ozzy and the kids cope with matriarch Sharon
Osbourne's colon cancer.

Yet as the second batch of episodes begins Tuesday in the
United States, MTV also is trying to maintain the wackiness
that made the series the network's biggest hit.

The heavy-metal rocker, his wife and two of their three
children are very different people than they were when they
opened their home to us a year ago and opened the floodgates
to a slew of copycats.

They still spew plenty of profanities for the censors to bleep
out. And Ozzy still shuffles around the house rambling
incoherently about that tricky remote control.

But the Osbournes are no longer just a cuddly dysfunctional
family: They're a multimedia empire, with everything from books
to bobblehead dolls.

The change is obvious in the first episode.

Ozzy and Sharon fly to Washington for the annual White House
Correspondents' dinner, where they're the guests of Fox News
Channel's Greta van Susteren. (Ozzy even gets a shout-out from
President George W. Bush.)

Back home, 17-year-old son Jack turns the hose on fans who
lurk on the Osbournes' front lawn, longing for a peek at the
now-famous family and their ever-growing menagerie of dogs
and cats.

And daughter Kelly, 18, rehearses for the MTV Movie Awards,
where she'll perform her cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't
Preach," the first single off her new album, which also comes
out Tuesday. "Things are kind of like so good right now," Sharon says as
the episode ends, adding prophetically: "Everything is really
great for us, that I think something's going to come and like,
you know, knock us on the chin."

That something comes at the start of episode two: Sharon's
diagnosis of colon cancer.

The 50-year-old is characteristically practical in discussing
the disease, and even invites MTV's cameras along for her first
chemotherapy treatment. But the show's tone and the rest of
the family change irrevocably.

Ozzy alternates between boozing heavily and practicing yoga
backstage during the Ozzfest tour, which Sharon invented. After
a series of phone calls, he eventually collapses emotionally.

"I'm worried about him," Sharon says. "I don't know how he's
going to last."

Ozzy admits, "My heart was breaking every night on stage."

But then the action goes back to Jack, surfing in Malibu with
guys from the rock band Incubus and fracturing his elbow when
he tries to show off by leaping from a pier.

The juxtaposition may seem awkward, but the show's producers
have little choice but to document everything that happens in
these people's lives if they're going to create authentic
reality television.

"The heart and soul will continue to be this extraordinary
family set in ordinary situations," said Lois Curren, MTV
executive vice president of series and movie development,
who helped plan "The Osbournes" from the beginning.

"It's all about their incredible love and respect for each
other and protection for each other, and also the fact that
they deal with situations so bravely and yet so magnificently
absurdly," Curren said. "It's still a comedy."

Twenty episodes are planned for the second season, which is
still being shot. Ten will air now, with the other 10 scheduled
for 2003.

Despite the Osbournes' ubiquity, the world won't grow tired
of them, says University of Florida professor James B. Twitchell,
whose books on modern pop phenomena include "Carnival Culture."
He admits he's as "addicted as anyone."

"This is not normal shame TV," he said. "Most of the modern
reality TV is watching people do things that are shameful. This
isn't. This is not a dysfunctional family. ... This is a family
that has had to make its own way."

Twitchell compared "The Osbournes" to "An American Family," the
1973 PBS series that chronicled the daily activities of the Loud
family.

"People kept saying, 'Well, we're going to get enough of this.'
Some people like myself never got enough.

"There's a lot more to go because there's a lot more in this
family," he said of the Osbournes. "We're getting an incredible
dose of them but they're as interesting in the 15th episode as
they are in the first."



Upcoming TV Appearances (11/23/2002)

Saturday 11/23 - Mad TV (Kelly - maybe Ozzy?) 11:00 PM Fox
Monday 11/25 - Good Morning America (7:00-9:00 AM) ABC
Monday 11/25 - TRL (Kelly - maybe Ozzy?) (3:30-4:30) MTV
Monday 11/25 - Intimate Portrait (7:00-8:00 PM) Lifetime
Tuesday 11/26 - The Osbournes, Season 2, Episode 1 (10:30-11:00 PM) MTV
Thursday 11/28 - Jay Leno Repeat (Wednesday Night! 2:00-3:00 AM) NBC
Saturday 11/30 - People In The News (11:00 AM) CNN



Ozzy To Appear At K-Rock "Clause-Fest" (11/14/2002)

K-Rock's Claus-Fest 2002
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Thursday, December 12

Starring: OZZY & KELLY OSBOURNE, Audioslave, Coldplay, The Vines,
Queens of the Stone Age, Zwan with Billy Corgan, Box Car Racer,
Jimmy Fallon and band, Stone Sour, New Found Glory, and Taproot.



Sharon Osbourne Gets Talk Show Deal (11/9/2002)

They can call it "Shaaaaarrron!" Sharon Osbourne, whose name
her husband rocker Ozzy Osbourne loves to shout on their hit
MTV reality series "The Osbournes," has made a deal to host
a talk show.

Osbourne and Telepictures Prods. -- which also is developing
a talker with Ellen DeGeneres (news) for next year -- have
pacted to mount a single-issue show with an eye toward a
debut in syndication during the fall of 2003.

While Osbourne's popularity has soared since the MTV series
debuted in March, the move is somewhat surprising, considering
the fact that she told Barbara Walters this week that if the
family were to do it over again, they "wouldn't have done
the (MTV) show."

Osbourne is battling colon cancer and expects to be in
chemotherapy through March. It's a treatment she last month
told Daily Variety makes her "tired" and is "draining."

While the rigors of a daily talk show are demanding, they
don't necessarily require cameras in the home, in the way the
reality series does. Osbourne told Walters that shooting the
MTV series has meant her privacy becoming compromised as she
dealt with the effects of chemo, which include nausea and
vomiting.

Syndicators are generally always on the hunt for potential
talk hosts who relate to the increasingly difficult-to-capture
daytime audience. With the success of "Dr. Phil" this season,
the syndication business has become particularly enthusiastic
about the potential of talk in daytime.



Sharon Osbourne to Call It Quits? (11/9/2002)

If she had to do it over again, Sharon Osbourne says she
wouldn't have invited MTV's cameras into her home.

The cancer-stricken matriarch of television's favorite
dysfunctional family told ABC's Barbara Walters that
she's calling it quits after an upcoming, 10-episode season
is through.

"This is definitely the last year," Osbourne said in an
interview that will be broadcast on "20/20" Wednesday.
"We can't do it anymore."

MTV's second season of "The Osbournes" begins Nov. 26. The
first set of episodes drew record ratings for the network
this spring and made aging heavy-metal star Ozzy Osbourne
and his family household names.

Sharon Osbourne, who is fighting colon cancer, said the
show has "changed us all so much." Her teenage children now
have lawyers and business managers, she said.

"Because it's a moment in time, when we were innocent to
it all, we went in feet first and you can't recreate
that," she said. "Yes, now, this series, people will see
what the first series has done to our lives and it will
take people to the next stage. But after that, it's over."

There was no immediate comment from MTV, which was airing
a special, "Catching Up with the Osbournes," on Monday.

The family hasn't exactly shunned the spotlight. ABC said
Monday that Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne will be
hosts of the American Music Awards on Jan. 13. Daughter
Kelly has recorded her own CD that's due out soon.

Sharon said Ozzy has begun drinking again in response to
her cancer.

"We agreed to do the show and so the cameras are here all
the time," she said. "So it's a little bit invasive right
now and we have no privacy. You know when you're sick, you
want to be on your own? I can't throw up on my own and
Ozzy can't get drunk on his own."

Two of the Osbourne children, Kelly and Jack, participate
in the series. An older daughter, Aimee, did not. She told
Walters that she worries about what will happen to her
father if anything should happen to Sharon.

"I don't think he even wants to know what life will be
like without her," Aimee Osbourne said. "And I don't
think he would last more than a year without her."

At the conclusion of the show, Sharon took back her words
about "calling it quits" and said that there will be 2 more
seasons of "The Osbournes".


Star-Studded Hearing Conservation Film Completed (11/9/2002)

"Listen Smart" Set For School Distribution - The Hearing Aid
Music Foundation has announced the completion of a 15-minute
educational film entitled "Listen Smart - Safely Handling The
Power of Sound". The film was designed to create awareness
about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and to encourage safer
practices in consuming high decibel sound. The film, along with
a teacher's aid booklet, is being distributed by Human Relations
Media, to school districts throughout the U.S. and Canada, and
other English-speaking countries around the world. The film
features numerous recording artists, music and sound professionals,
as well as prominent audiologists and medical experts in
hearing loss.

Artists involved in conveying their experience and advice on
hearing conservation include Moby, Ozzy Osbourne, Brad Delson
from Linkin Park, Wyclef Jean, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Cyndi
Lauper, Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard and HBO's "Oz," Darren Hayes
from Savage Garden, Deborah Harry of Blondie, producer Matthew
Wilder, Tracy Bonham and entertainment impresario Russell Simmons.

The film offers an introduction to information about hearing and
the increased trend in noise-induced hearing loss. It provides
advice on hearing protection and methods of safely consuming music.
The diverse group of recording artists provides their own experience,
advice, and views on the power of sound in their professional lives.

For further information, please contact:

Dan Beck
President and Cofounder
Hearing Aid Music Foundation
265 Morris Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

516-764-0724
516-764-0778 fax
hearingmusic@aol.com
www.hearingaidmusic.com
For the official release, check out:
http://www.takeoutmarketing.com/pr/hearing_aid.htm


The Osbournes, Season 1, Coming On DVD (11/9/2002)

A box set of The Osbournes, season 1 originally planned for
a holiday release, will finally hit stores on March 4th, 2003.
It will be distributed byBuena Vista Home Entertainment. Expect
four bonus episodes and a drinking game!


Ozzy Osbourne Breaks Down Over Sharon's Cancer (11/9/2002)

Ozzy Osbourne has broken down in tears during an interview on
US TV after being questioned about wife Sharon's colon cancer.

The rock star became tearful when chat show host Barbara Walters
asked what Sharon meant to him.

Viewers will see her fight against cancer as part of the new
series of The Osbournes.

"She's the greatest love I've ever had in my life. She's my pillar
of strength and hope," Ozzy said.

He added: "I'm absolutely horrified. It's the worst thing that
could ever happen."

Daughter Kelly added that she feared for the family if her
mother died.

She said: "It would fall apart. We couldn't go on without her.
Out of everyone in my whole life, if I ever lost my mother, I
think I'd kill myself. I couldn't live without her."


Sharon Osbourne: 'I Love My MTV' (11/9/2002)

Sharon Osbourne, mother of the famous Osbourne family, has denied
reports they are to quit their MTV reality show, 'The Osbournes'.

During an interview on US show '20/20', Sharon admitted that she
had found the MTV cameras intrusive as she battled with colon
cancer. She said: "We agreed to do the show and so the cameras
are here all the time. So it's a little bit invasive right now,
and we have no privacy. You know when you're sick, you want to be
on your own? I can't throw up on my own, and Ozzy can't get drunk
on his own."

But Sharon has since spoken out to reassure fans that 'The
Osbournes' will be around for a long time to come. "I have
every intention of fulfilling our commitment to MTV for a
full 20 episodes. I love my MTV."

The show's second season premieres on MTV USA on November 26.
It will hit UK screens in January 2003.


The Osbournes - Season 2 Premier (10/30/2002)

The Osbournes - Season 2 is set to premier November 26th on MTV.


Ozzy Osbourne Feature Film in the Works? (10/30/2002)

The Hollywood Reporter says Ozzy Osbourne is close to signing
a deal with a major studio for a biopic about his wild life
and times, according to his wife, Sharon Osbourne.

Asked whether she could see her successful MTV series "The
Osbournes" make the leap to the big screen, Ms. Osbourne said,
"I wouldn't want to do a comedy film because we're working on
Ozzy's life-story film right now," she said. "We haven't signed
the deal, but we're really close to closing the deal."

Osbourne would not reveal which studio she is negotiating with,
but did disclose one of the film's scriptwriters is herself.
"I'm doing a lot of it," she said.

"Osbournes" fans hoping the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness
will star as himself will be disappointed. "He wouldn't be in
it himself," she said, but named the person atop her wish list
of thespians who might portray her husband: Johnny Depp.

The new 10-episode season of the MTV series has been scheduled
to premiere on November 26. In advance of the season premiere,
MTV will air a 30-minute special on Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. that
will allow viewers to catch up with the Osbourne family. Among
the highlights will be footage of Ozzy's encounter with Queen
Elizabeth of England and clips of daughter Kelly's burgeoning
music career.


Las Vegas Show Review 10/25/02 (10/28/2002)

Line up:
Ozzy, Zakk, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin, John Sinclair

Set list:

I Don't Know
Mr. Crowely
War Pigs
Gets Me Through
No More Tears
Crazy Train
Iron Man
I Dont Want To Change the World
Flying High Again
Goodbye To Romance
Suicide Solution (solo)
Bark at the Moon
Mama I'm Coming Home
Paranoid

Some highlights:

1. Sharon and the kids were at the show. Ozzy said it was Sharons
first show since the surgery.

2. Ozzy pulled slots for about 15 minutes while they filmed him.

3. Ozzy almost broke out in tears while singing Goodbye To Romance.

4. Ozzy did alot of joking and clowning around with the crowd

5. Ozzy signed a guys program during one of Zaks solo's.

6. Ozzy's voice was drowned out by Zakks loud guitar.

Thank you Scott Taylor!



Iommi Holding Out Hope For New Sabbath Album (10/28/2002)

Although Rhino is nearing the release of the first instalment in a
multi-year Black Sabbath reissue program, the band's next studio album-
the first to feature its classic line-up of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony
Iommi (guitar), Bill Ward (drums), and Geezer Butler (bass) since 1978's
"Never Say Die!"-looks certain to remain on the back burner for quite a
while.

Iommi tells Billboard.com the band has come up with about six songs, none
of which have been formally recorded. "The tracks were good; actually, I
thought, very good," he said. "But we didn't get as far as actually
recording them; we demoed them." None of the songs have formal titles yet.

The project, which was to (and may still) be helmed by Rick Rubin, was
delayed so that Osbourne could finish and tour in support of his most
recent Epic solo effort, last year's "Down to Earth." Then came the launch
and ensuing massive popularity of "The Osbournes," followed by this past
summer's Ozzfest, headlined by Osbourne. "Things just get pushed back,"
says Iommi.

On the future of the project, the guitarist says with a laugh, "You never
know with this band. You can never say 'yes' or 'no.' It could turn up in
another 20 years somewhere [laughs]. We're just sort of gonna see what
happens. But we have got some really good tracks there. Rick liked them."

Early last year, prior to the premiere of "The Osbournes," Osbourne told
Billboard that he's very much interested in following through on what he
and his bandmates started. "It's worth a shot," he said. Regardless, he
beamed, "I'm really happy that I'm on friendly terms with Tony."

On Oct. 22, Rhino issues the two-disc "Symptom of the Universe: The
Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)," a long-overdue survey of Sabbath's
best material. The set is the first deluxe Sabbath best-of to be released
in the U.S., and features remastered versions of such influential metal
anthems as "War Pigs" and "Paranoid."

Over the next two years, the revered catalogue label will issue a Sabbath
boxed set, followed by "upgrades" of each classic album, according to VP of
A&R David McLees. The recent "Past Lives" concert collection was issued by
Sanctuary and is not affiliated with the Rhino releases.

In the meantime, Iommi is working on ideas for his next solo album, on
which Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo will contribute lead vocals. Anselmo
and Iommi are to formally begin work on the project in January in England.
Iommi says he and Anselmo plan to tour to support the set.


Ozzy Song In Soon To Be Released Video Game (10/10/2002)

"Grand Theft Auto - Vice City" for Playstation 2 will have over 9 hours
of licensed music on 7 different types of radio stations. Ozzy has been
confirmed to have 1 song on the rock station. The song will be Bark At The
Moon. More info on gtavice.com, vicecityradio.com, and rockstargames.com.


Special Ozzy Concert (10/10/2002)

Ozzy will be doing a special concert on 10/25/2002 for 1600 people at
Rain In The Desert @ The Palms Casino, Las Vegas, NV


Casino chips will be issued to honor the legendary Rock Icon. $5, $25, and
$100 chips will be released to the gaming tables and from the casino cage on
Oct 25 at 10:00AM.

For further information on the chips contact Gene Trimble at gene.trimble@palms.com


Ozzy On Peoples "Most Powerful" List (10/10/2002)

NEW YORK (AP) - Relax, moguls. Ozzy Osbourne is not about to
take over your jobs.

Osbourne, dapper in a pinstriped suit, stares from the cover
of Entertainment Weekly's annual list of the 100 most powerful
people in entertainment, which he and his wife, Sharon, made
for the first time. But others wield more clout. For the first
time in 13 years, the magazine split its annual list in two,
with separate lists for stars and power brokers. Actor Tom Hanks
topped one; the HBO executive team of Jeff Bewkes and Chris
Albrecht led the other. Of Hanks, the magazine said, "you trust
this man completely." The two-time Oscar winner's dark role in
"Road to Perdition" won critical kudos and was his seventh
straight movie to gross more than $100 million.

Hanks also took the advice of his wife, actress Rita Wilson, and
produced "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the year's surprise movie
hit. Bewkes, who was recently promoted to a bigger job at HBO
parent AOL Time Warner, and Albrecht were credited for
establishing critical and popular successes like "The Sopranos"
and "Sex and the City".

"Bewkes and Albrecht have transformed a network of programming
into a nexus of generation-defining pop culture, and their rivals
are paying a lot more than $11.95 a month for it," the magazine
said.

Rounding out the moguls' top five are John Calley & Amy Pascal,
heads of the allied Sony and Columbia film studios; CBS president
Leslie Moonves; Kaz Hirai, head of Sony's U.S. video game unit;
and Barry Meyer & Alan Horn, heads of the Warner Brothers film
studio.

Following Hanks on the star list are filmmaker Steven Spielberg
and actors Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts.

Reality TV's Osbournes were ranked No. 37.


Lost Song With Ozzy On Harmonica (10/10/2002)

Just got my copy of "Ozzy Osbourne - Rock Detector" written by
Garry Sharpe-Young. (www.rockdetector.com) Very cool book written
about all of the musicians who ever worked with Ozzy. Some really
cool shit in here that I've never even heard of. It's nothing like
your normal Ozzy book with drunken rages, overdosing, crapping on
elevators, etc... this book gets down to the true nitty gritty
about the music and the people that made it. Anyway, in the back
of the book they have this huge discography...and when I say huge,
I mean huge. This sucker starts on page 199 and ends on 352. Not
only do they list every single "single" that was ever released
with the correct label numbers, they list every friggin album and
compilation work done by every artist who ever worked with Ozzy.
It's insane. So, long stort short, check this out... listed under
Ozzy:

Quartz - "Stoking The Fires of Hell" / "Circles", MCA 642 (1980)

Recorded in 1977 when Tony Iommi was producing the debut album for
Birmingham Heavy Metal Band Quartz. Not only did Iommi produce the
track "Circles" but Queen guitarist Brian May contributed guitar
parts and Ozzy played harmonica. Inexplicably the song was left
off of the album, possibly for contractual reasons, only surfacing
as the B-side to the 1980 single "Stoking The Fires of Hell".
Quartz guitarist Geoff Nichols would later join Black Sabbath as
a bassist then as long term keyboard player.

Ok... so here's my question... who's got a copy of this???????

Has anyone ever heard of this?


Daisley/Kerslake File Appeal (9/20/2002)

Lawyers for former Ozzy Osbourne band members Bob Daisley and
Lee Kerslake have filed 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.


Osbourne Family To Appear On Emmy's (9/20/2002)

Don't miss this Sunday's NBC broadcast of the Emmy Awards at
8pm EDT/PDT. The Osbournes will be making a special
appearance on the program (hint: don't miss the opening) as
well as presenting an award. Last Saturday Sharon and Kelly
were on hand for the Creative Arts Emmys, the non-broadcast
portion of the awards given out for technical achievements and
the like, to accept the award for Best Reality Series.


The Osbournes' Win Emmy for Best Reality Show (9/15/2002)


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Osbournes," the hit expletive
filled MTV show about rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family,
won an Emmy on Saturday night for best "reality series."

The series was 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.

Osbourne's wife 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."

Sharon Osbourne, who is recovering from colon cancer, was
accompanied to the show by her teen-age daughter Kelly. Ozzy
Osbourne was not in attendance.

NBC's presentation of the opening ceremonies for the Winter
Olympics in Salt Lake City won six awards for technical work,
the most of any program during the evening. It was followed
by HBO's "Six Feet Under," which took five awards.

Although the main acting awards are not given out until
Sept. 22, a handful of minor awards were presented at the
Creative Arts Emmys, which is sponsored by the Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences.


Sabbath Back On Rock Hall Ballot (9/11/2002)

The Clash, the Police, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Chic, ABBA, and
Elvis Costello & the Attractions are among the 15 artists that
appear on the ballot for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall
Of Fame in 2003.

Other acts on the ballot are southern rock legends Lynyrd
Skynyrd, the MC5, electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, and punk
instigators the Sex Pistols; as well as the Patti Smith Group,
the Righteous Brothers, Steve Winwood, and the Dells.

Skynyrd, AC/DC, the Dells, and the Sex Pistols have appeared on
ballots one or more times before. In order to qualify, an act
must have made its recording debut at least 25 years before the
2003 induction year, meaning 1978 or earlier. Next year will mark
the 18th annual Rock Hall Of Fame Induction.

One disgruntled nominee may be Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne. The metal
band appears on the ballot for a sixth time, despite a letter
from Osbourne two years ago requesting the band not be included.

The 2003 class is expected to be named in December, followed by a
spring ceremony with the usual guest-star filled performances next
year in New York City.


Sharon Rushed To Hospital (9/2/2002)

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon was rushed to
hospital on Friday after suffering from the side effects of
chemotherapy. Osbourne, who is now a star in her own right
after the success of reality TV series The Osbournes, which
follows the exploits of her wacky family, has been fighting
colon cancer since July. And when the former Black Sabbath
frontman came home from his Ozzfest tour and saw how thin
his wife was, he called an ambulance. A spokesperson for the
family confirms that Sharon was treated for dehydration, a
common side effect associated with the draining treatment.
The rep added Sharon was progressing well and her condition
was not serious. However, the episode will have rocked Ozzy,
who has admitted he is finding it difficult to cope with his
wife's condition.


Sharon Rushed To Hospital For Severe Dehydration (9/2/2002)

The fight against cancer may not be going so well for Sharon
Osbourne. Ozzy's wife/manager was rushed to Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center in Los Angeles Aug. 23. A source told US
weekly that Sharon, 49, who has been undergoing chemotherapy
for colon cancer, "lost about 20 pounds in two weeks and is
white as a sheet." When Ozzy saw Sharon that day, he called
an ambulance. At the hospital, Sharon was given an intravenous
drip because she was suffering from "severe dehydration.
Unfortunately, they've had to do this more than once," says
the source. Sharon returned to the hospital Monday.


Osbourne Lawsuit Dismissed, But Not Over Yet (8/28/2002)

A lawsuit against Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne may have
been dismissed, but the former bandmembers who filed the
case say it will go on.

Bob Daisley, bassist and songwriter on the first two Osbourne
solo albums (1980's Blizzard Of Ozz and 1981's Diary Of A
Madman), released this statement concerning the court's
decision: "Obviously, this is a disappointing ruling, but it's
not over yet. This case has merit--Lee and I have been
struggling for two decades just to receive the correct
royalties and credit that's due us--and we are confident that
we will prevail in the end."

For some 20 years Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake have been
involved in litigation with the Osbournes regarding royalties
and proper credits on the albums. The court recently dismissed
a suit first filed in 1998 after earlier this year setting a
trial date for February 2003.

Regarding the upcoming trial and what will happen now, Daisley
told Australia's Undercover website (undercover.com.au), "I
don't know what's going to happen now. I guess we'll have to
wait and see what is going to happen over the next six months
with our comeback on this situation."


Ozzy Issues Legal Threat; Demands FOX News Pull
Interview Set To Air (8/22/2002)

MTV starrocker John Michael Osbourne [p/k/a Ozzy Osbourne]
has issued a dramatic legal threat trying to block an interview
set for air on FOX NEWS tonight and tomorrow, the DRUDGE REPORT
has learned, claiming the network conducted the interview with
Osbourne under "false" pretenses!

Osbourne's Fifth Avenue lawyers have fired off a legal warning
to FOX -- claiming the network will be held to "substantial
liability and damages" if the interview airs.

Osbourne claims he agreed to sit with FOX host Greta Van
Susteren based on the "representation that the interview was to
be used, together with interviews by FOX of other public figures,
solely in connection with a television show commemorating the 25th
anniversary of Elvis Presley's death."

Osbourne says he "never granted FOX permission to use the
interview in any other manner and certainly did not authorize
FOX to use it in segments or shows profiling him or his family,
as an 'Exclusive.'"

The rocker's lawyers warned: "This interview was conducted under
false pretenses, in violation of our clients' legal rights and
contrary to established journalistic standards, and is being
falsely advertised."

A network source told DRUDGE late Thursday: "This claim is
without merit. We plan on running the interview in its entirety
tomorrow night on FOX NEWS CHANNEL's On The Record with Greta
Van Susteren."

In the interview Ozzy Osbourne talks little of Elvis, network
sources say, rather he tells Greta how he's cried, prayed and
feared for the future since his wife, Sharon, was diagnosed with
colon cancer.

"I'm falling apart more than she is, and people say to me, 'Ozzy,
you've got to be strong for Sharon.' And I'm not Superman, you know,"
Ozzy tells GRETA.

Industry sources suggest Ozzy took the dramatic legal move to
block the interview after realizing the Osbournes are committed to
an upcoming exclusive promised to ABC's Barbara Walters.

Ozzy is now asking for "injunctive relief" against FOX -- or warns
he will demand "compensatory and punitive damages."


Ozzy Weeps (8/22/2002)

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne tells Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren
that he has been crying constantly since he found out about wife
Sharon's colon cancer. In his first interview since the announcement
of her illness, he says that he feared something bad would happen
to offset the raging success of their MTV reality show The Osbournes.

Ozzy who abandoned his headliner position on Ozzfest for several
dates, to be by Sharon's side, talks about how he was so worried
about Sharon and crying continuously that he drove her crazy and
she finally told him to go back out on tour. The Black Sabbath
frontman says his heart isn't in his performances though, stating
that his "spirit's dead.'' Sharon Osbourne is underwent her third
chemotherapy treatment last week.


Osbourne Lawsuit Dismissed (8/22/2002)

The lawsuit against Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne brought by Bob
Daisley and Lee Kerslake has been dismissed by the federal court
in Los Angeles. In a ruling issued on August 16, 2002, 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.

Ozzy and Sharon stated: "This decision recognizes what we have been
saying all along: Bob and Lee's lawsuit was vicious and frivolous.
It is truly sad that they felt the need to try to strip Ozzy of his
credibility as a songwriter and performer. We pity them because the
only real success they ever had was when they were session players
for Ozzy 22 years ago. Our family feels vindicated that this
nightmare has finally come to an end. We are thankful to our legal
team and the United States Justice system for ruling fairly on this
case."

The Osbourne's lawyer, Orin Snyder of the firm Parcher Hayes &
Snyder, stated: "The court's ruling vindicates Ozzy and Sharon 100
percent. It confirms that this 4-year-old case is completely
worthless."


Don Arden Shopping Tell-All Book (8/21/2002)

Don Arden, the music mogul father of Sharon Osbourne, is hoping
to cash in on the success of the Osbournes' MTV show, reports
the San Francisco Chronicle.

While his daughter wages a fight against colon cancer, he's
shopping a tell-all book about her and himself. Us weekly
says that Arden's memoir, Mr. Big, describes him giving his
daughter management of Ozzy Osbourne as a wedding present.

When he and Sharon fought -- over money, of course -- he says
she tried to run him over in her car.

``Estranged for 20 years, they patched things up after
September 11,'' the magazine reports.


Ozzy TV Interview (8/21/2002)

Ozzy will be doing his first interview since Sharon's illness
this Thursday at 9:00pm on "The Pulse," which airs on FOX.
The interview will conclude on Friday at 10:00pm on FOX
News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."


Daisley/Kerslake Case Thrown Out Of Court (8/19/2002)

I spoke with Ozzy's camp today. I was informed that the
Daisley/Kerslake Case was thrown out of court today.

Bassist Daisley and drummer Kerslake, who recorded 1980's
Blizzard Of Ozz and 1981's Diary Of A Madman, were suing
the Osbournes for 20 years regarding royalties and proper
credits on the two albums.


Update On Ultimate Sin, Other Re-issues (8/19/2002)

Also found this out while speaking with Ozzy's camp today...
there will be no other albums re-issued. The Ulitmate Sin,
Speak of the Devil, Just Say Ozzy and Live & Loud have been
deleted from Ozzy's catalogue.


Tommy Lee Added To Ozzfest Bill (8/19/2002)

Beginning in Denver Tommy Lee joins Ozzfest for the remainder
of the tour.


'The Osbournes' to Take in Boy Whose Mother Died (8/14/2002)

A new addition to British rocker Ozzy Osbourne's family may
give America even more to love about "The Osbournes," the
hit reality TV show detailing the chaotic lives of Ozzy, his
wife and two teen-age children.

Sharon Osbourne, the heavy metal rocker's wife, plans to take
in a boy who recently lost his mother to colon cancer, her
publicist confirmed on Wednesday.

Sharon, 49, herself underwent surgery for colon cancer last
month and recently began chemotherapy treatment.

The New York Post reported earlier that the Osbournes would
take Robert Marcato, a close friend of the couple's daughters,
under their wing and into their show after his mother died
last week. Once Marcato settles into the family, he will
become part of the show as "Baby Osbourne" even though he is
18, the newspaper reported.


Drowning Pool Frontman Found Dead (8/14/2002)

Manassas, Virginia --- Drowning Pool singer Dave Williams was
found dead on the band's tour bus August 14th, 2002. The quartet
from Dallas, Texas has been performing as one of the main stage
attractions on Ozzfest. The cause of death has yet to be
determined. Williams was thirty years-old.


Sharon Moves To Malibu (8/14/2002)

London's Sun newspaper reports that Sharon, 50, has moved
into a pricey Malibu beach house to recuperate from her
treatment, because she was worried that fans flocking to
their Beverly Hills mansion might pose a nuisance.


Jack Osbourne on 'Dawson's Creek' (8/14/2002)

Jack Osbourne, the son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and one of
the stars of MTV's hit "The Osbournes," will film a cameo
Friday for the more clean cut "Dawson's Creek."

The 16-year-old will be at Duke University to film the
spot. Duke is the site of the fictional Worthington
College, where actress Katie Holmes' character,
Joey, attends school.

The show is based in Wilmington, but this will be the
second year that it will film four or five times at Duke.

MTV and the entertainment news show "Access Hollywood"
plan to send crews to cover Osbourne's cameo. He'll appear
in the two-hour Oct. 2 premiere of the WB series' sixth
season.


Osbournes Facing Second Suit (8/7/2002)

The upcoming second season of MTV's hit reality series "The
Osbournes" might well be set in the courtroom.

A second lawsuit in as many weeks has been filed against America's
newest favorite dysfunctional TV family in regards to their hit
show. MTV and the cable network's owner, Viacom, also are named
in the breach-of-contract suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior
Court by entertainment network Threshold.tv (formerly Threshold.com).

The complaint claims that the Osbournes' deal with MTV violates an
intellectual property rights agreement between Threshold and Sharon
and Ozzy Osbourne's company Monowise in December 2000. It asks that
Threshold, headed by Larry Kasanoff, be declared the owner of MTV's
series "and all derivatives therefrom" and asks for unspecified
damages.

Los Angeles-based producer Gary Binkow filed a lawsuit against the
Osbournes late last month, claiming that they stole his idea for
their MTV series.

According to the new suit, the 2000 agreement between Threshold and
the Osbournes, signed for a term of three years and 90 days, gives
Threshold, among other things, exclusive rights to Ozzy Osbourne's
"name, likeness, image, identity, persona, trademarks and right of
publicity" for "live-action and animated programs ... or other
offline works, as well as the right to make sequels, remakes,
spinoffs and derivative works of any such works."

The complaint also quotes parts of the agreement stating that "all
creative and business decisions for such projects shall be subject
to the mutual agreement" of both sides with the revenue from them
being "equally divided" between them.

Threshold claims that the idea for a show "focusing on the
attractive aspects of Osbourne family life and placing cameras in
the Osbourne house" was pitched to the Osbournes as early as
January 2000. Threshold alleges that after signing the December
2000 deal, "Threshold described to Monowise and Sharon Osbourne
the live-action family-based TV show that later became the MTV hit."

The lawsuit claims that MTV and parent Viacom were aware of the
Osbournes' agreement with Threshold but signed the deal with the
rocker and his wife anyway.

MTV declined comment on the suit late Tuesday.


Kelly Osbourne Says Album Will Be 'Punky' (8/7/2002)

Kelly Osbourne is completing work on her first album with producer
Ric Wake.

"I don't really know because I don't like talking about myself,
[but] I know that's amazing and I sound wonderful," she said. "It's
just me, myself and Ric Wake writing everything. It's very punky."

Osbourne explained that the album, due this fall, will feature all
original material except for her cover of Madonna's 1986 hit "Papa
Don't Preach."

The fledgling teen actress and singer also said that her mother
Sharon Osbourne is doing well following her first chemotherapy
treatments for cancer. "She's done a complete 360," she said.
"She's almost perfect."

Osbourne also added that father Ozzy Osbourne's return to OzzFest
is the right thing for him to do. "He just figured he'd be better
off going out and working than staying home and worrying about
her," she said.


Osbourne's Receive Teen Choice Award (8/7/2002)

MTV's documentary series about rocker Ozzy Osbourne's family
received a Teen Choice Award for best TV reality show.


Miner Credits Ozzy for Saving Him (8/7/2002)

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A miner from Somerset County, Pa., is crediting
Ozzy Osbourne with saving him from harm.

Roger Shaffer was supposed to be with the nine miners who hit an
abandoned mine shaft and spent more than three days in a flooded
coal mine 240 feet underground. Instead, Shaffer took the day off
to go to Ozzfest in Pittsburgh.

Ozzfest wasn't even supposed to stop in Pittsburgh that day, but
it had been rescheduled because of Sharon Osbourne's cancer
surgery.

Shaffer says he didn't find out what happened to his crew mates
until after the show. He went to the site of the accident but
couldn't get in, so he sat glued to his TV until they were brought
out safely.

Shaffer says he has to thank Ozzy and his family because "if the
events if their life weren't going on, my events would have been
a lot different."


Former Ozzy Bassist Discusses His Lawsuit (8/7/2002)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are scheduled to go to trial early next
year in their long-running dispute with former bandmembers Bob
Daisley and Lee Kerslake. Bassist Daisley and drummer Kerslake,
who recorded 1980's Blizzard Of Ozz and 1981's Diary Of A Madman,
have been suing the Osbournes for 20 years regarding royalties
and proper credits on the two albums, and the case has been
ordered to trial in Los Angeles on February 18, 2003.

The trial will only deal with the issue of performance royalties
the dispute over publishing royalties has been sent to arbitration,
while the claims of being improperly credited on the albums have
been dismissed, although that decision is up for review.

Daisley explained to LAUNCH how things got to this point. "Lee
Kerslake and myself were fired after recording the Diary Of A
Madman album. During 1980 and the beginning of 1981, contracts
were drawn up and went backwards and forwards from our lawyers to
their lawyers. We were told to keep working, that it would be
eventually all sorted out. The contracts were actually physical,
but not actually signed. And then when we got fired, we brought
up the situation of royalties, and they just said, 'Oh, well.
End of story--you're out of the band. Off you go.'"

The Osbournes removed the playing of Daisley and Kerslake from
the recent reissues of Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman,
replacing the original recordings with tracks from Ozzy's current
bassist and drummer.


New Album - Ozzfest Live Details (8/7/2002)

Ozzy Osbsourne, System of a Down and Rob Zombie are among the
Ozzfest acts who will appear on Ozzfest Live 2002, due
September 3rd. Main-stagers and second-stagers alike join
forces on the album, which features Osbourne's take on his
former band Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," as well as System's
"Needles" and Zombie's "More Human Than Human." Other artists
include P.O.D. ("Outkast"), Adema ("Freaking Out") and Andrew
W.K. singing along with none other than Kelly Osbourne on
"She Is Beautiful."

The fifth installment of the Ozzfest series, the enhanced disc
will feature exclusive backstage footage, live performances
and interviews.

Ozzfest 2002 track listing:

"War Pigs," Ozzy Osbourne
"Needles," System of a Down
"More Human Than Human," Rob Zombie
"Outkast," P.O.D.
"Creeping Death," Drowning Pool
"Freaking Out," Adema
"Berzerkers," Black Label Society
"Ghosts Along the Mississippi," Down
"A Call for Blood," Hatebreed
"New Millenium Cyanide Christ," Meshuggah
"Halo," Soil (with Zakk Wylde)
"Payback," Flaw
"All Lies," 3rd Strike
"Glass Door Pulse," Ultra
"Liar," Ill Nino
"She Is Beautiful," Andrew W.K. with Kelly Osbourne


Kelly Osbourne Gets 'Freaky' (8/1/2002)

If you can't get enough of The Osbournes, you're in luck:
Kelly Osbourne, the foul-mouthed, pink-haired, cherubic daughter of Ozzy
Osbourne has landed a movie gig. Kelly Osbourne--who can be seen in
theaters now in a cameo in Austin Powers In Goldmember--will play the best
friend of the main character in the new Disney movie Freaky Friday, reports
Variety.

The film is a remake of the 1976 movie, in which a 14-year-old Jodie Foster
played a girl who finds that she and her mother have swapped bodies.
Osbourne will also contribute a song to the soundtrack, the trade reports.

Freaky Friday was remade once before as a 1995 made-for-TV film starring
Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman.


Ozzy Returning To Ozzfest Sooner Than Expected (8/1/2002)

He resumes headlining slot August 7 in Clarkston, Michigan.

The Prince of Darkness will retake his rightful place on the Ozzfest throne
sooner than expected.

Last week when Ozzy Osbourne first announced his departure from the trek
to be with wife/manager Sharon during her first chemotherapy session
in her battle with cancer, he said he planned to rejoin the tour August 22
in Denver. He will now return and resume his headlining slot August 7 in
Clarkston, Michigan, according to an Osbournes spokesperson.

The new restart date means Osbourne will only miss two dates of the
tour: August 3 in Columbus, Ohio, and August 4 in Cleveland.

Sharon went public with her cancer diagnosis early last month.

Ozzy's sea legs apparently aren't as stable as they used to be. Although
he once snorted a line of ants and bit the heads off doves and a bat,
watching his wife undergo the often grueling treatment was so
overwhelming that he almost passed out and had to be taken to a
recovery room, the family's spokesperson said. It was after that incident
Sharon thought it best that he return to the road.


Sabbath, Zeppelin Top Greatest Metal Albums List (7/31/2002)

This is one "greatest albums" list The Beatles did not make.
In the world of heavy metal, the genre that allows fans to
blow off steam to deafening, bone-crunching music, honors for
the greatest album of all time have gone to Guns N' Roses.

The short-lived U.S. rock band's 1987 debut release, "Appetite
For Destruction," took pole position in Spin magazine's top 40
list, ahead of works by pioneering bands such as Led Zeppelin
and Black Sabbath.

Led Zeppelin's untitled 1971 release, commonly known as "Led
Zeppelin IV" or "Zoso" was second, followed by Black Sabbath's
"Paranoid" (1971), Metallica's "Master of Puppets" (1986) and
AC/DC's "Back in Black" (1980), Spin's editors decreed in the
magazine's upcoming September issue.

"Appetite for Destruction," which includes such hits as "Welcome
to the Jungle" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," has sold more than 15
million copies in the United States. Spin said it "sounds like
Hollywood at 2 a.m., only genuine and dangerous and absolutely
necessary."

The Led Zeppelin album was "the defining endeavor for the band
and the genre it accidentally created," Spin said. The U.K.
quartet's "Led Zeppelin II" (1969) took the No. 7 spot.

Fellow Brits Black Sabbath also appeared twice, with 1972's
"Vol. 4" at No. 14. Additionally, frontman Ozzy Osbourne's
1980 solo album "Blizzard Of Ozz," recorded after he was fired
from the band, came in at No. 26.


Sharon's PET Scan (7/31/2002)

Ozzy announced at his Sunday night's show in Atlanta that
Sharon's PET scan that was done on Friday had come back
negative and showed no more tumours.


Sharon In Good Spirits (7/31/2002)

Sharon Osbourne seems to be doing well following her first
session of chemotherapy Monday, with husband Ozzy by her side.

She's in "very good spirits, she's very upbeat," the Osbournes'
spokesperson told USA Today.

Sharon's three-month chemo prescription is treating the cancer
that was initially thought to be confined to her colon, but
following an operation, was found to have spread. She was first
diagnosed with the disease earlier this month.

After postponing the first two dates of Ozzfest when the
diagnosis became public, Ozzy persevered on the annual trek
without his wife and manager, who masterminds the annual hard
rock tour. He withdrew from the trek two-and-a-half weeks later,
after Sunday's show in Atlanta to accompany his wife during what
can sometimes be a taxing treatment. He's expected to return to
the road August 22 in Denver. Main-stage act System of a Down
have assumed Ozzy's headlining set time in his absence.

In other Osbourne family news, the first season of "The Osbournes"
is being released on DVD this fall, according to a Buena Vista
Home Video spokesperson. For those interested in hearing the
foul-mouthed family speak in vocabulary too vulgar for TV,
censored and uncensored versions will be available. The DVD's
release will coincide with the second season of the reality series,
which is expected to document Sharon's cancer ordeal. Buena Vista
Home Video is also contracted to issue the second season on DVD.

"The Osbournes" DVD won't be the only way fans can take the
charming clan home. Next month store shelves will be stocked
with Osbourne family tchotchkes (see "Soon You Can Throw Darts
At The Osbournes, Make Them Quack"), including key chains,
bendables, snowglobes and "The Osbournes Phone Pal," a telephone
peripheral that commands, "Pick up the phone!" with each ring.

Musically, if Ozzy's latest release, Live at Budokan, is a little
too recent for some old-school Oz-heads, Ozzy, when more than a
quarter-century younger, can be heard backed by Black Sabbath on
Past Lives, the band's first live album released domestically
with the original lineup, which also includes bassist Geezer Butler,
guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward. (Sabbath's Stateside
live debut came courtesy of 1982's Live Evil, on which the band
was fronted by Ozzy's replacement Ronnie James Dio.)

The first of two discs comprising Past Lives was initially issued
in the U.K. as Live at Last in 1980, but the sound quality not to
mention uninspired artwork and liner notes that misspelled
Osbourne's first name as "Ossie" was rejected by the band and,
subsequently, many of its fans.

Remastered and with new cover art and liner notes, Past Lives, set
for release August 20, features such Sabbath favorites as "Sweet
Leaf," "War Pigs" and "Paranoid," along with gems like a 19-minute,
improvised version of "Wicked World."


'Osbournes' Getting DVD Treatment (7/31/2002)

You won't have to wait long for The Osbournes to come to DVD.
Unlike other producers of other shows, which take years to
release series DVDs, MTV is striking while the iron is hot
and planning a late-fall release for seasons one and two of
The Osbournes. Miramax will release the discs, which promise
to be packed with never-before-seen footage of Ozzy Osbourne
and his kooky clan.

"As soon as I discussed this project with Harvey," said family
matriarch Sharon Osbourne of Miramax co-chair Harvey Weinstein,
"I knew that Miramax was the right home for The Osbournes. With
the marketing plans for the DVD and video, it just had to be
bleeping Miramax."


Ozzy To Take 3 Week Break From Ozzfest (7/26/2002)

Ozzfest To Continue With System of a Down as Main Stage
Headliners.

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Ozzy Osbourne will take a three week break
from his headlining duties on Ozzfest 2002 to be by his wife's
side while she undergoes her first course of chemotherapy
treatments. System Of A Down will move into the headlining slot
on the main stage as Ozzfest continues to tear its way across
America this summer. Ozzy will jump off the tour following the
July 28th date in Atlanta and will resume performing in Denver
on August 22nd.

"This has been one of the hardest decisions I've had to make
and I'm hoping that my fans will understand," Ozzy said yesterday.
"Ozzfest must continue with or without me since it's Sharon's baby.
I want to thank all the bands on Ozzfest and my crew for all their
love and support, especially System Of A Down."

"I'm putting on a brave face here, guys, but I'm burning up
inside. I have to go home," he added.

"The Ozzfest is my baby, and no one is going to take my baby away
from me," Ozzy said. "Keep Ozzfest going. We're going to get over
this hurdle.

We've gotten over worse before. Stick it out with me. I need you
now more than ever."

Ozzy thanked the bands and crew that will carry on without him
during his leave of absence, and thanked fans for understanding
his decision. "I'm sure my fans will understand. Anyone in this
position would do the same thing," he said. "I relish seeing you
people. You're my life, you're my air, you're my breath, you're
everything to me."

On the dates that Ozzy is not performing, Sharon has arranged for
all fans attending Ozzfest 2002 to receive a free special treat
from the food concessions at each show.

System of a Down will headline the following Ozzfest 2002 dates:

8/3 Columbus, OH Polaris Amph.
8/4 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
8/7 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center
8/8 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center
8/10 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
8/11 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley
8/13 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Amph.
8/15 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
8/17 Somerset, WI Float-Rite Park
8/19 St. Louis, MO Riverport Amph.
8/20 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amph.


Ozzy Hit with Two Lawsuits (7/26/2002)

Ozzy Osbourne's legal fees are mounting up.

The "Prince of F---ing Darkness" and his wife, Sharon, are being
sued by a Hollywood producer who claims the heavy-metal family
stole his idea for their hit MTV series, The Osbournes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gary Binkow is accusing Ozzy
and Sharon of fraud and breach of contract, after he purportedly
met several times with the couple and with execs from Miramax
Television in 1999 and 2000 in the hopes of creating "a real-life
docu-sitcom" based on the family.

Binkow says he even registered a treatment for the proposed series
with the Writers Guild of America in January 2000. His proposal
says the series would "showcase the trials and tribulations of
real-life rock star Ozzy Osbourne" and added that "the audience
shouldn't really know if the show is scripted or not."

"In developing the show, [the Osbournes] misappropriated [Binkow's]
idea and concept without his knowledge and consent and without
compensating" him, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in
Los Angeles Superior Court.

Binkow is executive producer for Neverland, a film starring Johnny
Depp and Kate Winslet currently shooting in London. His lawsuit
seeks unspecified damages.

A spokeswoman for the Osbournes dismissed Binkow's claims, but had
no further comment.

Their legal troubles, however, don't stop there. Ozzy also is being
sued by two musicians after Osbourne removed their work from his
first two solo albums in order to avoid paying them royalties.

Bass player Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake, who performed on
Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman in the early '80s, say Ozzy
has rereleased the albums--with their original parts replaced by
newly recorded bass and drum tracks.

"They sound awful," Daisley told London's Daily Express. "They are
nothing like the originals. It is an insult to us but more
importantly to the fans."

The whole legal battle goes back to 1998, when Daisley and Kerslake
filed lawsuits claiming Osbourne, his wife and manager Sharon and
Sony Music and Epic Records cheated them out of royalties for their
work on the albums. In a statement, Sharon Osbourne made it clear
why Ozzy decided to rerecord the tracks.

"Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake have harassed Ozzy and our family for
several years," she said. "Because of their abusive and unjust
behavior, Ozzy wanted to remove them from these recordings. We
turned a negative into a positive by adding a fresh sound to the
original albums."

Daisley and Kerslake's case has been set for trial early next year.


My Ozzfest Review - PNC Arts Center, NJ 7/20/02 (7/26/2002)

Click here to read it!


Ozzy Will Shave Head For Sharon (7/26/2002)

OZZY OSBOURNE has come up with the perfect gesture to support
his wife Sharon's battle with cancer - he's vowed to shave
off his hair for charity. The former BLACK SABBATH frontman
was devastated this month to discover Sharon has been diagnosed
with cancer of the colon - and that the chemotherapy she now
faces is likely to result in her losing her hair. But Ozzy is
determined that Sharon will not face the prospect of hair loss
alone - he has promised to lose his trademark long locks as
well, to raise money for cancer research. According to
British tabloid the Daily Star, the MTV star told his wife,
"We're in this together. If you go bald, I'll go bald - I'll
be by your side every step of the way."


Osbourne Interview on Fox News (7/26/2002)

Sunday night, July 28th, 11:00 pm Fox News - Fox Magazine

They are one of the most talked about families in America. The
Osbourne family gives new meaning to the term "family values."
Their reality show quickly became one of the MTV biggest hits!

Fox's Greta Van Susteren sat down with Sharon and Ozzy not too
long ago. Fox Magazine is going to play it for you... it's an
interview you don't want to miss.


Update on "Past Lives" (7/26/2002)

BLACK SABBATH 'PAST LIVES' will be available in 2 formats for
a limited time:

1. LIMITED EDITION DIGIPAK (only 5000 units in Canada!)
- Tony Iommi guitar pick!
- Fold-out poster!
- Never before seen photos!
- Bonus liner notes!

2. Regular 2 CD jewelcase
- Cheaper, but with none of the extras!

Tracks 1-9 are the already released Live at Last album
(but cleaned up). Tracks 10-18 are taken from various Sabbath
tours from 1970 through 1978.

Track Listing

Disc1:
1. Tomorrow's Dream
2. Sweet Leaf
3. Killing Yourself
4. Cornucopia
5. Snowblind
6. Children of the Grave
7. War Pigs
8. Wicked World
9. Paranoid

Disc 2:
10. Hand of Doom
11. Hole in the Sky
12. Symptom of the Universe
13. Megalomania
14. Iron Man
15. Black Sabbath
16. NIB
17. Behind the Wall
18. Fairies Wear Boots

(Courtesy of Joe Seiglers black-sabbath.com)


Trump Condo Slams Door On Osbournes (7/21/2002)

The Prince of Darkness and his kooky kin have been thwarted
in their efforts to buy a $7 million, 48th-floor spread with
360- degree views in the Trump Palace condominium at 200 E. 69th
St., owned by Donald Trump. "Their application listed three dogs,"
said a Trump Palace insider. "The building no longer allows new
dogs on the premises.


Kelly Sings With Andrew W.K. (7/21/2002)

The sweaty, soiled singer and the Princess of Darkness, who
admittedly just happens to like "smelly guys" (so she says),
joined together on stage today in Holmdel, N.J. to sing a
rendition of "She Is Beautiful" for the forthcoming Ozzfest
2002 live album. Two days of mobile recording at the Mansfield,
Mass. shows were successfully completed earlier in the week by
engineer Thom Panunzio and the Record Plant Mobile Team. The
album is due next month on Columbia Records. We hear Drowning Pool
covered "Creeping friggin' Death" by Metallica and that DOWN had
a stage monitor catch fire during their recording.


Jack Osbourne Injures His Arm (7/21/2002)

Jack Osbourne, the son of heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and a
star of MTV's hit reality show "The Osbournes," jumped off the
Malibu Pier with several friends and suffered an arm injury,
authorities said.

The 16-year-old, who's a talent scout for a recording company,
was on the pier with a film crew Wednesday afternoon when several
teenagers jumped off, said Norton Wisdom, a Los Angeles County
lifeguard.

"I looked up and there were a bunch of kids doing cannonballs off
the Malibu Pier, which is illegal," said Wisdom, who patrols
Surfrider Beach.

Lifeguards stabilized Osbourne's arm, took his blood pressure and
treated him for mild shock, Wisdom said. A film crew on the pier
was operating without a permit and left the area, he said.

Osbourne was taken to Malibu St. John's Urgent Care center for
treatment, Wisdom said.


Black Sabbath Story Vol 1 & 2 DVD (7/21/2002)

Sanctuary are reissuing the BLACK SABBATH DVDs, The Black Sabbath
Story Vol 1 and Vol 2. Both DVDs feature 16:9 letterbox (reformatted
for DVD), Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, animated menus, album gallery,
bonus band history. They are due out in late August/early September.


Ozzy's Current Setlist (7/21/2002)

You've all been asking for it... here it is!

I Don't Know
Warpigs
Believer
That I Never had
Mr. Crowley
Gets Me Through
Suicide Solution
Zakk Wylde guitar solo
No More Tears
Iron Man
I Don't Want To Change The World
Road to Nowhere
Crazy Train

Encore:
Mama, I'm coming home
Bark at the moon.
Paranoid


Live In 75 - New Title, Due Out In August (7/21/2002)

The "Live in 75" double
live Black Sabbath album
has a new name. It will
be officially titled
"PAST LIVES".

It will have some pics you've never seen before, some from 1969,
some from later, will include a Black Sabbath guitar pick, and some
other goodies. It's got cool digipak packaging, as well as a second
type of packaging (similar to what they did with Reunion, where
there were two different types of packages you could get).

Cdnow.com and Amazon.com both show release dates of August 20th.

(Thanks Joe!)


Sharon Osbourne Jokes About Her Cancer Surgery (7/21/2002)

In her first interview since being diagnosed with colon cancer,
Sharon Osbourne deals with her illness with typical raunchy humor
and an upbeat attitude.

''Why'd they have to find it in my bum of all places?'' the star
of MTV's The Osbournes jokes in the new issue of People.

But her illness may be more serious than initial reports indicated.
On July 3, surgeons removed a foot of her colon. On July 8 she was
told that two nearby lymph nodes removed during surgery tested
positive for cancerous cells, indicating the cancer has spread
beyond her colon, People reports.

Osbourne says her prognosis is ''very, very good.'' She will start
a three-month course of chemotherapy July 29 and will allow MTV to
film it for the next season of The Osbournes.

Sharon, 49, says her diagnosis has been particularly hard on her
three children and husband, heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne.

''I've done a lot of praying, believe it or not,'' says the
singer. ''She's my whole world -- she's the best lover I've ever
had, the best friend I've ever had. She has been my pillar of
strength for many years.''

It was Ozzy, an admitted hypochondriac, who in June persuaded his
wife to get her first checkup in three years, People says. During
the exam, blood tests showed she was anemic. Suspecting internal
bleeding, the doctor ordered a colonoscopy, during which two polyps
were removed for biopsy. They were found to be cancerous.

When Ozzy learned the news, ''he was hysterical, just terrified,''
Sharon says. ''The doctor had to come over and sedate him.'' She
has since persuaded her reluctant husband to proceed with Ozzfest.


Sharon Osbourne Says Cancer Has Spread (7/21/2002)

Sharon Osbourne's cancer has spread beyond her colon and the
wife of the anarchic British rock star Ozzy Osbourne will start a
three-month course of chemotherapy at the end of July, she told
People magazine in an interview released on Thursday.

Osbourne, 49, who has become a TV star with most of the rest of
the family thanks to the hit MTV reality series "The Osbournes,"
said her prognosis was "very, very good" but that Ozzy Osbourne
was "hysterical" when first told the news.

Sharon Osbourne, credited with reviving her husband's career
after he was fired from heavy metal band Black Sabbath in 1979,
underwent colon cancer surgery on July 3 and her publicist said
at the time she was expected to make a full recovery.

But Osbourne told People that one of two nearby lymph nodes removed
during the procedure had since tested positive for cancerous cells,
indicating the cancer had spread beyond her colon.

"It was not the best news," she told People. "You think nothing
will ever happen to you. You're invincible. Then after you get
over the shock and panic you realize how lucky you are to be alive.

"That's where I am right now. I simply have to take care of this
thing," she said.

Osbourne said she would start three months of chemotherapy on July
29, and that she planned to allow MTV to film the treatment when
shooting resumes for the second season of "The Osbournes" -- the
show that follows the chaotic daily exploits of the foul-mouthed
family.

"People will see me having chemo. It'll be interesting," she
said. "We need to get a different vibe going. I think I'll bring
some music, introduce myself, maybe we can sing some songs and
cheer the place up."

Osbourne said Ozzy, her husband of 20 years, "was hysterical,
just terrified," when she told him the news, adding, "The doctor
had to come over and sedate him."

Ozzy told People the couple planned to renew their marriage vows
on Sharon's 50th birthday on October 9. "I've always had a plan
that I'd get sick before she did, that I'd die before she did.
But my plan didn't work out....Life has a way of kicking you in
the nuts," he said.

Their 16-year-old son Jack was also in the news on Thursday. He
hurt his arm after a fall while climbing an empty building on
Malibu's derelict pier to prepare to dive into the ocean. A
lifeguard who treated him at the scene said Jack suffered only
minor injuries.


Osbournes Up For Emmy (7/21/2002)

Make some room on the mantel...."The Osbournes" has received
an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program
(Reality) by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Also
up for best reality show are PBS' "American High," TLC's
"Trauma: Life in the ER" and HBO's "Project Greenlight" and
"Taxicab Confessions." The fifty-fourth annual Emmy Awards will
be held on September 22nd, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los
Angeles, CA.


Ozzyhead.com Mentioned In New Book (7/17/2002)

Ozzy Knows Best,
An Unauthorized Biography
by Chris Nickson.

Buy

Page 245:
Great Ozzy fan sites are few and far between. The best by far is
Ozzyhead (www.ozzyhead.com), which is as up-to-date and thorough
as anyone could want. Past that you get into the not-so-current
and the brief. So stick with the good stuff.


Ozzy On MTV (7/17/2002)

Catch OZZY OSBOURNE Live at Budakon on MTV's All Access Week

MTV:
7/20 3:00 PM

MTV2:
7/18 12:30 PM
7/20 4:30 PM
7/21 7:00 PM

MTV2 Rock Show - Ozzfest Edition Hosted by JACK OSBOURNE
7/15-7/19 6:00 PM
7/20 3:30 PM
7/21 6:00 PM


'Mrs. Ozzy' recovering (7/17/2002)

Sharon Osbourne is out of the hospital after undergoing surgery
for colon cancer.

The wife of heavy-metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and co-star of the
MTV hit show The Osbournes is ''in good spirits and doing well,''
family spokeswoman Lisa Vega said Tuesday in a statement.

The surgery took place last week at an undisclosed Los Angeles
area hospital. The disease was in its early stages, Vega said,
and doctors expect a full recovery.

Colon cancer often develops over a long period of time,
according to health experts, starting out as a seemingly harmless
polyp or warty growth in the colon or rectum. Those polyps can
turn into an aggressive cancer, one that can spread to other
parts of the body.

The key is early detection. The American Cancer Society
recommends that men and women 50 and older get regular screening
tests for this disease, including a rectal exam and a colonoscopy.

The very earliest form of colon cancer, a polyp that has turned
cancerous but hasn't spread yet, can be removed either during a
colonoscopy or in a surgical operation. Colon cancer removed at
the earliest stage offers a cure rate of about 90%.

Sharon Osbourne, 49, got this disease at a relatively young age.
Most cases of colon cancer strike after age 50.

To prevent getting colon cancer, the American Cancer Society
recommends that women exercise, lose excess body weight and eat
at least five fruits and vegetables per day.

Sharon Osbourne has battled drug and alcohol abuse, but she has
been sober for years. In earlier days she was considerably
overweight, but had adjustable lap-bandweight-loss surgery, which
helped her lose 90 pounds.

Considered the mastermind of the family, she is credited with
revitalizing Ozzy's career, as well as negotiating the MTV deal,
along with a two-book deal, a soundtrack album and other related
merchandise.

A second season of The Osbournes is slated to begin airing in the
fall. The highest-rated program in MTV's history chronicles the
unorthodox home life of Ozzy, Sharon and two of their three
children -- 17-year-old daughter Kelly and 16-year-old son Jack.
MTV will not comment on how Sharon's surgery will affect shooting
of the new season.


Ozzy Up For Teen Choice Award (7/14/2002)

Ozzy has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award for best
personality.


Ozzfest '02 Live Album (7/14/2002)

"Ozzfest 2002: The Live Album" will be released on August 27
and feature live performances by acts performing on the current
tour.



MTV Ozzfest Uncensored Special (7/14/2002)

Showtimes are:

Mon 07/15 12:30 PM
Tue 07/16 6:30 PM
Wed 07/17 9:30 PM
Sat 07/20 2:30 PM
Sat 07/20 10:00 PM
Sun 07/21 6:30 PM



Ozzfest Dates Cancelled, New Dates For PA and VA (7/12/2002)

The July 24 Raleigh, NC date has been cancelled. The
previously postponed Post-Gazette Pavilion Pittsburgh, Pa show will
take place on this date.

The August 15 Cincinnati, OH date has been cancelled.
The previously postponed Nissan Pavilion Bristow, Va show
will take place on this date.




New Family Member On "The Osbournes" Season 2 (7/12/2002)


According to "Extra", season 2 of "The Osbournes" will have a
new family member on the show. Don Arden, (Sharon Osbournes
father) will be moving in.

This blew my mind when I saw it broadcast... I was under
the impression that Sharon and Ozzy still hated this mans
guts! According to the "Extra" clip, Don and Sharon are on
speaking terms.


Uncut 'Osbournes' headed to Canada (7/12/2002)

The air is about to turn blue in the rec rooms of
Canadian TV viewers as English-language broadcaster CTV
brings "The Osbournes" -- uncut -- onto the conventional
TV schedule, Variety reports.

Unlike MTV in the United States and MTV Canada, CTV
programmers have decided not to censor the colorful turns
of phrase favored by legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his
family in the wildly successful reality-TV series.

"Some viewers will be surprised by how the Osbournes talk to
each other," said Susanne Boyce, president of programming,
"but coarse language is part of their world. It's used as
they really use it. The heart of 'The Osbournes' is that
they're not plastic. Their fights, their love for each other
and their language is real."

"The Osbournes" will air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays starting in
September, an hour beyond the "watershed hour," to shield
younger ears. CTV will also air "strongly worded advisories"
throughout each episode and in all of its advertising, just
as it has done with "The Sopranos."

CTV, a unit of Bell Globemedia, announced in June that it
had sublicensed seasons one and two of "The Osbournes" from
MTV Canada.


My Site Mentioned In Entertainment Weekly Magazine (7/10/2002)

Entertainment Weekly, Issue #662, 7/12/02, page 86

Most Authentic Ozzy Site

Forget the MTV-sanitized father-in-recovery that Ozzy has
become, and reunite with that going-off-the-rails madman who
thrashed alongside Randy Rhoads and Zakk Wylde, and cowrote
songs with Motorhead's Lemmy. The place to do it: Ozzyhead.com,
a tribute site dutifully run by '69 Camaro driver Mitch
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a full page of Ozzy tattoo photosm and clips of Ozzy singing
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Check out EW.com for the full story: click here


Osbourne In 'Good Spirits' After Surgery (7/10/2002)

Sharon Osbourne, who stars with her family in the MTV reality
series "The Osbournes," was in "good spirits and doing well"
after undergoing surgery for colon cancer last week, her
publicist said Tuesday.

"Sharon Osbourne wishes to thank everyone for their support
and kind thoughts over the past week," family spokeswoman
Lisa Vega said in a statement. "Doctors expect Sharon to make
a full recovery."

Osbourne underwent surgery last Wednesday for what Vega
described as "the very early stages" of colon cancer. At the
time of the operation, Vega would not identify the form of
cancer Osbourne had, other than to describe it as treatable.


Rolling Stone (7/8/2002)

Ozzy's got the cover of
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Has "The Osbournes" Overstayed It's Welcome? (7/8/2002)

Taken from Entertainment Weekly, Issue #662:

Has ''The Osbournes'' overstayed its welcome? They're everywhere,
from Buckingham Palace to toy stores, but is MTV's first family in
a 'Bourne identity crisis?


Can you remember, way back to six months ago, when you didn't know
anything about Ozzy Osbourne except something about bats and a band
called Black Sabbath? Now, thanks to MTV's all-time highest-rated
show, Ozzy and wife Sharon are buddies with George W., have been
described as ''loving'' by former veep Dan Quayle, and even
appeared before Queen Elizabeth for her Golden Jubilee.

That's not even the half of it. Between talk-show visits, magazine
stories (in fact, see a review of Osbourne websites on page 86),
and the seventh Ozzfest kicking off July 6, the foul-mouthed family
has officially invaded America. And did we mention the woofer
shaking onslaught of more than 100 items of Osbourne kitsch, with
the clan set to rake in $10-15 million on current merchandising deals?

But buyers beware: The Osbourne backlash has begun. Bill Cosby and
David Bowie both dissed the show in June, Cosby referring to the
family as ''a sad case'' and Bowie sniffing that Ozzy has ''become
this junk culture thing.'' And in an admittedly unscientific poll
of 100 random people in New York City, just over half said the
Osbournes are overexposed, with Kelly cited as the biggest offender
most likely due to her ubiquitous cover of Madonna's ''Papa Don't
Preach'' from ''The Osbourne Family Album'' (which debuted at No.
13 on the Billboard charts).

Ever the savvy businesswoman, Sharon declines to comment on her
strategy. But to execs at MTV, ''The Osbournes'' is the latest
example of a fickle MO perfected by such short-lived sensations as
''Beavis and Butt-head,'' ''Singled Out,'' and ''Jackass.''
''I've just come to accept that as a part of the dynamic of MTV,''
says entertainment prez Brian Graden, who greenlighted ''The
Osbournes'' last year and reran the show up to five times per week.
''It's going to burn as fast as it's going to burn. Will we ever
see first-season numbers again? I don't know. We can't stretch it
forever.''

These days, the shelf life of any pop-culture phenom appears to
be shorter than Ozzy's attention span. Consider the life cycle of
insta-hit ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,'' once thought to be
the final answer to ABC's ratings woes. The Regis Philbin-hosted
game show's popularity peaked fast, with episodes running up to
four times a week. But ratings plummeted just as quickly, until
ABC pulled the plug on the series in May. ''Millionaire'' exec
producer Michael Davies says networks are smart to cash in right
away: ''Many people have said ABC ruined ['Millionaire' by]
overexposing it. But would the show really have lasted 17 years
on the network doing those kinds of numbers? Reality shows have
replaced the specials business. You can watch it in huge numbers
and talk about it with friends and then not see it again for a
while.''

Does it pay for Ozzy and Co. to pace themselves until the
now-in-production second season airs this fall? Probably not,
because reality copycats are already rearing their heads: R&B
singer Brandy Norwood recounts her recent pregnancy on MTV,
while Anna Nicole Smith's show debuts in August on E! ''If you
don't get your programs in while you're hot, the inevitability
is you will be copied so much, so quickly, that your programs
will lose value anyway,'' says Davies. ''We were definitely
hurt by the fact that everybody tried to make a game show
derivative of ['Millionaire'].''

Competition isn't the only risk. The clan's initial charm
could be drained by massive exposure, not to mention such
curious spin-offs as Osbourne beer mugs (isn't Ozzy a recovering
alcoholic?), backpacks (though offspring Jack, 16, and Kelly, 17,
don't even go to school), and ''I'm the f---ing Prince of
Darkness'' cane-shaped talking pooper-scoopers (where to begin?).
''One of the things the audience responded to was how normal the
domestic situation was despite the extraordinary life they lead,''
says Graden. ''The question is: What normalcy has been infringed
upon by the show?''

Speaking of normalcy, what's the cost of sudden celebrity to the
family, particularly the two teens? ''The Osbourne children are
at serious risk and [the show] borders on abuse,'' warns Paul
Petersen, former star of ''The Donna Reed Show'' and founder of
A Minor Consideration, a nonprofit group for roughly 600 former
child actors that includes Melissa Gilbert and Mackenzie Phillips.
''Look two years ahead. If they're tossed on life's scrap heap
before the age of 20, what do you think comes next? They've got
another 70 years of living to do.''

But another veteran of MTV's flash flood of celebrity is less
worried. Jack and Kelly ''are used to this,'' says Tom Green,
noting that the children of a rock star face less adjustment to
fame than others. Still, Green does have some typically deadpan
advice: ''I was going to say, 'Tell Jack not to marry a movie
star.' But that would be cynical now, wouldn't it?''


Ozzy Osbourne's Wife Undergoes Cancer Treatment (7/2/2002)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sharon Osbourne, the wife and manager of rock
star-turned-reality TV hero Ozzy Osbourne, has been diagnosed with a
treatable form of cancer and will undergo surgery on Wednesday, the couple's
publicist said.

A statement issued on Tuesday said she was expected to make a full recovery.
The type of cancer was not specified, and a spokeswoman was not immediately
available.

"She has the loving support of her husband and three children who are by her
side at this time," the statement said.

Along with her family, the matronly Osbourne has become a pop culture
sensation in recent months thanks to the smash MTV reality series "The
Osbournes," massive media coverage, and an avalanche of merchandising deals.

The show follows the daily exploits of the foul-mouthed but loving clan:
befuddled Ozzy, plain-spoken Sharon, and two of their children, rambunctious
teenagers Jack and Kelly. Eldest child Aimee did not participate in the
show's first season.

Sharon Osbourne, the estranged daughter of veteran English showbiz promoter
Don Arden, is credited with reviving her husband's career after he was fired
from heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath in 1979. They were married in Maui
in 1982. The union has been a seemingly happy one apart from a 1989 brawl
where a drunken Ozzy tried to strangle Sharon and subsequently spent three
months in rehab.

In addition to managing her husband, the so-called "Prince of Darkness,"
Sharon Osbourne oversees the hugely successful annual Ozzfest rock festival.
The first two stops of this year's incarnation, July 6th in Bristow, VA. and
July 7th in Pittsburgh, PA. have been postponed.

Osbourne, who once matched her husband's drink-and-drugs excess, underwent a
gastric bypass operation and lost 90 pounds. She reportedly had weighed as
much as 224 pounds.



Osbourne Can Thank 'Papa' For Fall Album (6/29/2002)

Kelly Osbourne has made up her mind: She's keeping
her recording career.

The 17-year-old daughter of hard-rock heavyweight Ozzy Osbourne,
and his co-star in the smash MTV series The Osbournes,
can now add a hit single to her resume. Kelly's revved-up rendition
of the 1986 Madonna classic Papa Don't Preach is currently
at No. 28 in national top 40 radio airplay, and climbing.

According to Michael Steele, music director at KIIS-FM in Los
Angeles, Osbourne's Papa - the leadoff single for The Osbourne
Family Album, which entered Billboard at No. 13 this week -
"couldn't be any bigger. It's been the No. 1 or No. 2 most requested
song on the station for a month solid."

Now comes word that the second-generation rocker plans to begin
recording her own album in July. Epic Records hopes to release
the CD this fall, in time for The Osbournes' second season.

Osbourne is co-writing material with a team of tunesmiths led
by Epic executive and Papa producer Ric Wake, who has
previously worked with such successful songbirds as Celine Dion,
Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.

Predictably, Osbourne promises her oeuvre will be "nothing like"
the output of those divas. Before her single was released, the
flame-haired teen had told MTV News, with typical Osbourne candor,
"I'm kind of crapping myself because I don't think I'm a very good
singer." Even now, she concedes, "I consider myself lucky, because I
know there are people who can do it better than I can. I never wrote
a song in my life until a couple of weeks ago."

But Wake expects that Osbourne's punk-influenced perspective will
provide a welcome contrast "to all that pop stuff going on right
now. I think it's going to be real edgy, with a lot of attitude.
Kelly hasn't had much experience, but she knows what she's doing.
She's a chip off the old block."

Adds Steele, "Kelly's the kind of girl who could be your best
friend in high school. I don't think a lot of people have friends
like Britney Spears. That's why girls are gravitating toward Kelly.
They relate to her."

Of course, Osbourne's timing and pedigree give her an edge over
other girls next door. Melinda Newsome, assistant program director
of WIOQ-FM in Philadelphia, has doubts about the young star's
long-term prospects. "I personally love her hit, but it's a novelty
record. Its popularity has a lot to do with the (show's) hype."

Airplay Monitor editor Sean Ross agrees that the single "got a ton
of out-of-the-box airplay because of who and what it is."

Osbourne, in keeping with the family values she helps promote on
MTV, does not play down her connections.

"Of course my father gives me advice," she says sweetly. "I wouldn't
be doing this if it wasn't for him."


"Live At The Budokan" In Stores Now! (6/29/2002)

Ozzy's latest live release, "Live At Budokan", is in stores now,
on CD, DVD and VHS! Featuring live versions of new favorites
like "Gets Me Through" and "Junkie" as well as classic
takes on "Mr. Crowley", "Believer", and "Crazy Train" the album
is a showcase for the invigorating live experience that is an
Ozzy Osbourne concert. In addition to the 66 minutes of Ozzy
rockin' the land of the rising sun the CD Extra features bonus video
footage of the Osbourne family touring the sites of Japan. As
you may expect, this is not your ordinary walk through the lotus
garden!


Get The Osbournes Mugs On Yer Mugs (6/29/2002)

Soon you'll be able to pack your lunch in your Osbournes lunchbox,
drink from your Ozzy coffee mug and sleep under your Osbournes
blankets. The Osbournes are about to be merchandised.

American's favourite television family since The Addams Family
has signed a merchandising deal with Signatures Networks to get
their mugs on your mugs (and for that matter, anywhere else).

Signatures Networks say they already have 50 licensees on board.
Ozzy is about to be everywhere. There will be Osbourne family
pencils, notebooks, lunchboxes, and sporting the latest in
Osbourne family t-shirts, sneakers and hats. And when it’s
bedtime, we’ll put away our bobble-head Osbourne family dolls
and fall asleep on Osbourne family sheet sets.

The individual members of the family have signed the agreement
but don't expect anything "cute". Sharon Osbourne warns "We are
not the f*cking Partridge Family, we’re not the f*cking Bradys,
we’re the Osbournes and we’re gonna do some crazy sh*t".


Book Claims Ozzy Was a Wild Child (6/20/2002)

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne, whose reality show The Osbournes
recently became the biggest hit series in MTV's 21-year
history, had a pretty wild childhood, according to excerpts
released Monday from the new book Ozzy Unauthorized.

Author Sue Crawford reveals in her book that a young Ozzy
tried to commit suicide, joined in gang fights and drank hard.

"The 14-year-old made a noose out of his mother's clothesline,
put it over his head, fixed the other end securely to a high
gate and jumped from a chair," said an excerpt published in
the UK newspaper The Sun.

"My mother was an amateur singer, my father was an amateur
drunk," Osbourne was quoted as saying. He also witnessed his
father beating his mother and became violent himself.

"In breaks at the age of only 7, he would organize 'hanging
squads' where he and his mates would find rope, grab an
unsuspecting victim, then 'hang' them in the toilets
before letting them go, frightened but unharmed, " Crawford
goes on to say.

Osbourne was also a hard drinker who, by the age of 17,
spent six weeks in jail for breaking into a shop. During
his prison stint, he reportedly smashed another inmate over
the head with a metal chamber pot to deflect unwanted advances.

The book also reveals that Osbourne left school at an early
age to work several jobs, one as a slaughterman, killing
250 cattle a day and gutting sheep. "It fostered his weird
reputation for a fascination with animals and death," it said.

Osbourne, now 53, recently sang at Queen Elizabeth's Golden
Jubilee concert, also known as the Party in the Palace, which
attracted well over a million people to Buckingham Palace on June 3.

Ozzy Unauthorized will be published in July 2002 by Michael
O'Mara Books.


Ozzy's Family The Princess Of Marketing (6/11/2002)

NEW YORK -- Ozzy Osbourne was MTV's biggest hit