News Archives 12/4/2003 to 7/7/2004

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

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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."


Actor JOHNNY DEPP In Talks To Play OZZY OSBOURNE (6/27/2004)

According to Sky News (, 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.


New Sabbath Keyboardist (6/21/2004)

According to Joe from, Adam Wakeman (son of Rick
Wakeman) will be playing keyboard at Ozzfest this Summer with Black

Ozzy Treated At Mental Hospital On Diary Tour (6/21/2004)

Veteran bassist Rudy Sarzo recently informed
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

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

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 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

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

"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) 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 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)


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:

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

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 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

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

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

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

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)

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Bill Ward Interview (4/26/2004)

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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 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
"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 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."

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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

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,

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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 "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 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 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
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

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 is Ozzfest Radio, powered by, "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:


Second Stage:




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:

SLIPKNOT (Headlining 2nd Stage)

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

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,
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

"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

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, 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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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:

"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

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

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 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

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

"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

"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 and for all the latest.

"Keep It Heavy!


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

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

"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 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

"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.


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

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

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.


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."


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

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."


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 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"

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 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 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.

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