Coming Soon On The Sharon Talk Show (10/1/2003)
Ozzy and Kelly will be on the Sharon Osbourne talk show to sing
thier new single "Changes" soon.
Sabbath Box Delayed Until 2004 (10/1/2003)
The much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black
Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", has had
its release date pushed back to early 2004, according to a
Rhino Records spokesperson. No reason was given for the delay,
but an official press release on the matter is expected by the
end of the week.
Call it "Diary of Another Madman" (10/1/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne, who titled his second solo album Diary of a Madman, is
writing a Broadway musical based on the nutty Russian monk Rasputin.
The Prince of Darkness already has material written for the project and
plans to record it at a studio he is building in the famed Osbournes house,
he said last week).
Ozzy, who recently parted with his longtime label, also said that
when he releases the songs, or any recordings for that matter, he'll
distribute them independently.
"We don't like record labels," the singer's wife and manager, Sharon, said,
sticking her tongue out to make the sound of flatulence. "[Poop] on record
"Especially Epic," added daughter Kelly, who was also dropped from Epic.
"Easy," warned son Jack, who reminded them that he still works for the
label's A&R department.
A spokesperson for the Osbournes said additional details on the Rasputin
musical are forthcoming. Ozzy will next be heard dueting with Kelly on a
cover of the Black Sabbath song "Changes," due on the September 30
re-release of her debut. "It was really fun," Kelly said.
Ozzy Guitarist Crafts Own Heavy Metal Niche (10/1/2003)
Zakk Wylde tasted instant success when he became Ozzy Osbourne's guitar
player at age 20, but now he's steadily coming out of his mentor's
shadow to ride the resurgence of heavy metal as a band leader.
His group, Black Label Society, has been building a dedicated
following around the United States, releasing four studio albums
of aggressive guitars and raw vocals.
The band's first DVD, "Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned," a performance
filmed in Detroit last year, reached No. 3 on Billboard magazine's
music video chart in late August, behind Led Zeppelin and the Eagles.
"With Black Label I get to wear more hats," Wylde said in a recent
phone interview. "I'm more involved with the production, lyrics,
melody and merchandise."
The guitarist, born Jeffery Philip Wielandt, draws his inspiration
from classic rockers like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the Allman
"Basically you take all the bands I love and throw them in a blender
with some violence and some alcohol and you come up with Black Label
Society," he said.
Wylde is delighted that heavy metal is making a come back, getting
more play on radio and cable television.
"What's old is always new again," he said. "Look at Judas Priest
getting back together, I'll definitely be buying tickets for that."
But he acknowledged that older fans, while still attending shows,
often don't buy their old favorites' new records.
"When you get older a lot of people just drop out of the music
thing altogether," Wylde said. "Most times, when you're buying
records you're in school. The only things I had to worry about
back in the day was when the next Black Sabbath record was
going to come out, when they were going to tour and if my
girlfriend broke up with me."
Wylde, 36, has no plans to drop out of music himself. He will
replace bassist Robert Trujillo, now in Metallica, with Mike
Inez, who also played for Osbourne and Alice in Chains.
"I'm going to Europe with Ozzy, then we'll do some shows in
America, and after that I'll fire up the Black Label again
sometime around March next year," Wylde said.
Ozzy Deemed Not Worthy In Bid For Hometown Honor (10/1/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne will not be getting the Freedom of Birmingham, it
was revealed today, according to icBirmingham.co.uk.
The campaign to give the former BLACK SABBATH singer the U.K.
city's greatest honor has been effectively torpedoed by Liberal
Democrat councillors who warned they would vote against any
attempt to nominate him.
"Frankly I don't think he has done anything positive for
Birmingham," explained party leader Coun John Hemming.
"Do we really want the city to share a reputation for biting
the heads off bats?"
The claims of the Aston-born Osbourne have been touted by Labour
Councillor Tony Kennedy who believes the way he overcame drug
problems would be an inspiration for many Brummies.
But Coun Hemming said: "Frankly, the idea of Osborne as a
role model is laughable. I can't see many parents wanting
their children to grow up like him. If we want to give the
honor to musicians, UB40 would be a far better bet. They
have a business based in Birmingham and do a lot of charity work."
The Freedom of the City honor was first given to Joseph
Chamberlain in 1888.
The last time awards were made was in 1996. Recipients were
former CBSO conductor Sir Simon Rattle and round-the-world
yachtswoman Lisa Clayton.
Unreleased 1969 Black Sabbath Song Discovered (9/24/2003)
In this month's edition of record collector comes news of a newly
discovered Sabbath acetate 45rpm record. On the A side is a track
entitled "When I Come Down" and is believed to have been recorded
at studio's in Birmingham between March and October 69. The song
is described as short but boasting strong vocals and harmonica
playing. It begins with a bluesy, pentatonic riff and although the
guitar gets rather lost in the mix, the overall feel approximates
to a slower take on Evil Woman, while much of the rhythm is like
NIB, set up in half time to the riff. The track was written by
locomotive keyboardist Norman Haines, although no keyboards
appear on the track. On the B-side is a rough demo of the wizard.
Where, when, or if this track will ever show up on any kind of
release will remain a mystery until further notice.
Zakk Wylde TV Appearance (9/21/2003)
ZAKK WYLDE is set to appear on The Jimmy Kimmel Live show
Friday, September 26th. Jimmy will discuss the guitarist's
career and new projects, while Zakk is slated to perform
with the Jimmy Kimmel Band. The show airs weeknights at
midnight on ABC.
Sharon Hot in Syndicated Bows (9/21/2003)
Sharon Osbourne, the feisty mum on MTV's "The Osbournes" and
wife to rocker Ozzy, seems to have made a successful transition
to broadcast syndication.
Her new daytime talk vehicle, "The Sharon Osbourne Show," debuted
Monday with a 1.8 rating/5 share in the top 55 "metered" markets
up a significant 29% in ratings and up 25% in share from its
stations' year-ago time-period average.
Jack Osbourne To Appear In Movie (9/21/2003)
Jack just finished filming a part for a Mary Kate & Ashley
movie due out next Summer. He will play the part of Justin,
the manager of Kate and Ashley's band.
Black Sabbath Box Set (9/21/2003)
Taken from Joe Siegler at www.black-sabbath.com:
Yesterday I was sent a press release regarding the 9 Disc Black
Sabbath set. We now have some more solid information about
the set. It's name is "Black Box", the only "extra" song on the
discs is Evil Woman, and aw hell. Just read the press release.
As of yet, there is no cover art available. As for the contents
of the 9th disc (the DVD), check out the press release, the
contents are listed there). I can say this, these are culled
from the same remastering sessions that produced last year's
Symptom of the Universe 2 CD set. The sound fidelity on them
was absolutely spectacular, and kicked the 1996 Castle Remasters
in the head. I expect the same kind of audio experience from these.
This release date is for the US/Canada only. My contact at Rhino
has confirmed that it will not be released outside of US/Canada.
NONE MORE HEAVY
RHINO COLLECTS ALL EIGHT STUDIO ALBUMS FROM THE ORIGINAL BLACK
SABBATH PLUS A BONUS DVD IN THE AWE-INSPIRING BLACK BOX, DUE NOVEMBER 4
With BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978), Black
Sabbath fans are getting no less than the complete, unadulterated
catalog of the ground-breaking rock band's original line-up
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry "Geezer" Butler, and Bill Ward.
BLACK BOX features the collected studio works from 1970-1978: Black
Sabbath, Paranoid, Master Of Reality, Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,
Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy, and Never Say Die! Furthermore, the
band's lone non-LP studio track, "Evil Woman," is also included.
Available at all regular retail outlets and at www.rhino.com,
BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978) carries
a suggested retail price of $99.98 and is in stores November 4 on
Assembled under the supervision of the band members themselves and
executive producer Sharon Osbourne, these remastered recordings
are the definitive editions. But if the lovingly packaged original
artwork and stunning sonics weren't enough BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE
ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978) will include an exclusive bonus
DVD of vintage Sabbath live performances (Iron Man, Paranoid, and
Blue Suede Shoes) and a rare promotional clip for Black Sabbath.
The collection also includes an 80-page book filled with an array
of exciting photos, a timeline of the group's history, a complete
reprint of all album lyrics, detailed essays from writers Chris
Welch (1970-1972: Lords Of This World) and Brian Ives (1973-1978:
A Hard Road), and testimonials from such stars as Rob Zombie,
James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Zakk Wylde, to name but a few.
First formed in Birmingham, England in the late 1960s, Black
Sabbath's doom-laden sound pioneered a new kind of heavy rock
music, a sound that would later influence hundreds of other
bands. Many consider Black Sabbath to be the godfathers of
heavy metal, but Sabbath were capable of surprising their fans
with songs that showed other facets of their skills besides
darkness and monstrous decibels. Thirty years after their
initial impact, guitarists are still stunned by Tony Iommi's
jaw-dropping riffs, Geezer Butler's fantastical lyrics and
swooping bass-lines, and Bill Ward's thunderous drums. And,
of course, in Ozzy Osbourne the band had one of the most
magnetic and unpredictable front men ever in rock, with a
maniacal voice like few others before or since. Together,
they were the original and still definitive lineup of Black
BLACK BOX is their legacy. It's all here. This is truly
heavier-than-thou stuff bring a forklift with you, just in case.
Rehab Pressures Forced Ozzy Marriage Split (9/11/2003)
Sharon Osbourne said she briefly left her husband Ozzy around the
time their teenage son, Jack, entered rehab this spring.
She revealed while the family waited for a bed to become available
for Jack at a treatment centre, her rock star husband continued
abusing alcohol and prescription drugs himself.
"I just said, 'You just have to stop,' and he didn't. And I said, 'Well
then, I'm going.' And I packed my bags, and I left," Sharon told Barbara
Walters in an interview for the ABC television channel's 20/20 programme.
The separation lasted just a few days, she said. "The minute I left, the
next morning, he gave up drinking. But I needed to make sure that he was on
a roll. That he really meant it.
The 50-year-old added. "And, after four days, I came back to see him. And he
was trying so hard. So hard. Still is clean and sober."
Jack, who spent two months in rehab for alcohol and drug abuse, acknowledged
that he tried to commit suicide because he was so depressed about his
mother's colon cancer, which is now in remission.
"I attempted to overdose," said the 17-year-old, who gained fame with the
rest of his family on the MTV series The Osbournes. "Take a whole bunch of
pills and drink some absinthe."
The interview is scheduled to be screened in the United States on Friday
night. Sharon Osbourne's syndicated daytime talk show debuts on Monday.
Kelly Signs With Sanctuary Records (9/11/2003)
Kelly Osbourne has signed a multi-album recording contract with
Sanctuary Records Group, according to Billboard.com. The
singer's 2002 debut, "Shut Up", will be re-released on September
30 under the name "Changes", featuring a duet with her father,
Ozzy, on the title track. The re-packaged album will also contain
four bonus live cuts.
"Changes" is a reworking of the BLACK SABBATH song of the same
name, which appeared on the group's 1972 album, "Black Sabbath,
Vol. 4". "Changes" will be released as single, and will contain
new lyrics written by Ozzy and Kelly, according to Sanctuary.
Kelly split from Sony shortly after the release of "Shut Up",
which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has
sold 155,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Earlier this year, manager/family matriarch Sharon said Ozzy was
in talks to leave Epic as well. A representative for the Osbournes
had no comment on Ozzy's label status.
New Sabbath Book Looks Promising (9/11/2003)
How Black Was Our Sabbath: A View from the Crew
Written by Graham Wright & Dave Tangye. Dave Tangye contacted me
about a year ago. He shared some very funny stories with me
about his touring with Sabbath. I personally can't wait to read
this book. You can see pictures of Dave with Sabbath in my
"Fans With Ozzy" section on my site. Here's the Synopsis
An outrageous, insiders' account of life on the road with Black
Sabbath. Black Sabbath are the ultimate heavy rock band. They have
sold millions of albums worldwide, with ardent fans across the
globe. Dave Tangye and Graham Wright were in the crew during the
seventies, the band's heyday, and have the stories to prove it.
For the first time they cover in detail the early days of the group,
from a certain gig in the Scottish borders, where they were almost
beaten up by the local farmers, to Ozzy's encounter with a
transvestite in Hamburg. As the Sabs rose to fame and notoriety,
touring Europe, Australia and America, delighting fans and
disgusting law-abiding members of the public, incidents of bad
behaviour stack up alarmingly. Many focus on Ozzy Osbourne, from
his obsession with guns and shooting things, which led to his country
house being christened Atrocity Cottage, to his amazing capacity for
alcohol. Full of new information, HOW BLACK WAS OUR SABBATH is a real
Spinal Tap story, a warm, funny, poignant tribute to four mates
from Birmingham who became the biggest heavy rock band in the world.
As it looks as of right now it will only be released in the UK.
You can pre-order it by click here.
For more info, visit Daves website: http://www.blacksabbath.co.uk
The Sharon Osbourne Show (9/11/2003)
Don't Miss it! Premiers Monday, September 15, 1:00 p.m. on the WB
network. (Ch 11 in NY)
Ozzy Monster Truck Affords Loud Lesson In Road Rage (9/7/2003)
It has devil's horns on the roof, tires that are nearly 6 feet
tall, Ozzy Osbourne's autograph on the body and enough horsepower
to fill a Texas barn.
But the Ozz Monster truck was missing something kind of important
on a rainy Monday morning.
That was bad news for the obstacles in my way as monster truck
racer Brian Harwood let me take a Labor Day spin in his incredible
vehicle before the gates of the Allentown Fair opened.
Harwood, 37, grew up in Indiana and has spent his life around
The driver with the easygoing personality (''I get paid to
play'') uses his truck's 66-by-43-inch tires to stomp sedans,
bury buses and mash motor homes.
Finally, an answer for the drivers who reveal their IQ by
extending a certain finger.
Harwood uses vans as makeshift ramps that send the Ozzy truck
soaring heavenward. (When was the last time Ozzy and heaven
were mentioned in the same sentence?) He knows he hit a good
one when he can count one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two,
one-thousand-three, one-thousand-four before landing.
The truck is not only fit for the guy Jack met at the top of
the beanstalk, it's fit for heavy metal's Prince of Darkness.
The truck owned by Paul Shafer of Indiana became the official
monster truck of Ozzy Osbourne's OzzFest tour.
The sometimes incoherent singer of ''Crazy Train'' signed the
truck when Harwood met him in Indianapolis last year.
It was time for my lesson in road rage to begin.
We cleared the fairgrounds track. Then Harwood used a towel
to clear the windshield. Suddenly looking out the window and
noticing how high up we were, I almost preferred it when we
The truck with menacing teeth painted on the front has three
gears, but Harwood wisely kept it in first for me.
He gave me earplugs that resembled mini-marshmallows and
started the truck, which produced a roar so loud that it made
an Ozzy concert seem like a recital by James Taylor.
And we were off.
Even doing my best imitation of a little old lady driving on
Interstate 78 for the first time, I felt an amazing surge
from the 1,100-horsepower motor as I piloted the Ozz Monster
down the track.
At first, in true Ozzy fashion, I was ready to bite the head
off a cam to get the vehicle to stop.
But I felt more comfortable about halfway across the track,
and even flashed the horn sign to the roadies as we passed.
Soon, Harwood would be popping wheelies, using cars as
stepladders and doing doughnuts across the track. The crowd
would go wild one more time over the Monster Mash.
He lives on the edge, and often steps over it, but so do I.
I revved up my sedan and dared drivers to cross my path.
Ozzy Reschedules Dates (8/27/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to postpone his upcoming UK tour
dates because he'll be having an operation on his foot at the time.
The Double O's rescheduled dates are as follows:
22 Dublin, The Point
24 Glasgow, SECC
26 Newcastle, Arena
29 London, Wembley Arena
31 Birmingham, NEC
01 Birmingham, NEC
Black Sabbath 9 Disc Set Coming This Fall (8/27/2003)
The long rumoured 9 Disc Black Sabbath box set looks like it's being
released this fall. After speaking with one of my contacts
yesterday, he informed me that a box set containing new remasters
of the Ozzy era Black Sabbath albums (Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master
of Reality, Volume 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical
Ecstasy, & Never Say Die) are to be released on October 28th.
There will be a 9th disc - a DVD to go along with it.
Now, when I asked about content on the discs (meaning extras and
the like), he did not know. Although my gut feeling is that he
did know, and didn't want to say. That seems more likely when I
say that I've been told that the cover art and the DVD content has
not been finalized. With a tentative date of Oct 28th looming,
the fact that the package has not fully been decided upon tells
me that the date of Oct 28th will probably be missed. But we shall
see. I did ask about the track "Blow on a Jug"''s appearance on
Sabotage. We both agree that it's not likely it will be on this
set, because of the fact that it didn't appear on the original
Warner Brothers versions of the album, and that's the source for
these remasters (it's the same remastering work that was done for
last year's "Symptom of the Universe" 2 CD set. The 1996 Castle
Remaster does have Blow on a Jug, but since it's remaster source
is the same, it could explain why BOAJ is not on the Warner
original. My contact did state that he doesn't' know for sure,
but it doesn't seem likely, given the master source. He also
wasn't sure about the inclusion of both Wicked World & Evil
Woman on the first album, but given the inclusion of Evil Woman
on the Symptom set last year, I think it probably will be there.
Also, he tells me the tentative name of the set is "Black Box".
This news comes straight from Joe Seigler @ black-sabbath.com
Ozzy's School Of Hard Rocks (8/27/2003)
The Ozzy Osbourne Academy of Performing Arts could soon help
youngsters forge a showbiz career if community leaders in
Aston have their way.
The Wild Man of Rock, who was born in Lodge Road, Aston, and
attended Birchfield Road School, is being invited to be patron
of the new facility to encourage youngsters in music, drama,
dance and media.
"He's a really good choice because he's from an underprivileged
background yet he over-came his problems to be a success," said
Doreen Bailey, chairman of South Aston Community Association
which is spearheading the project.
"Some people have said he's not a good role model but he
encourages those from deprived areas to know that anything
During the summer the association has been running a performing
arts project which they would like to see developed into an
academy based at their HQ in Aston's Upper Sutton Street.
"If Ozzy agrees we'll call it the Ozzy Osbourne Aston Academy
of Performing Arts," Doreen said. "The project is helping young
people from all over Birmingham."
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the School of Speech and Drama,
Birmingham Conservatoire and South Birmingham College have
contributed to teaching.
Ozzy Misses 8/19 NJ Ozzfest Gig (8/20/2003)
It was announced on a local radio station that Ozzy missed his
8/19 gig at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ due to pneumonia.
Ozzy Sings At Cubs Game (8/21/2003)
Somewhere, Harry Caray was looking for an extra long, extra
tall, extra cold beverage this week, because on Sunday, a
man sang what music experts have identified as a rendition
of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" that made Caray sound like
That man was Ozzy Osbourne. And on Sunday, August 17th, the
Cubs handed him the opportunity to sing Harry's favorite
song during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field. Only
over the next minute did we all discover this was like
handing Evel Knievel the keys to your Bentley.
Call Ozzy Osbourne, center, Mr. Cub from now on.
The song that followed was so unrecognizable that the Chicago
Tribune actually felt obliged to print a transcript of it the
next day, just so witnesses could verify they'd heard what
they heard. Here goes:
"One. Two. Three.
"Let's go out to the ballgame. Let's go out to the bluhhhhhn.
"Take me a ee-yan eeya (humming) the field.
"I don't care if I ahh-uhn ack.
"Da da da da duh da da da eam. Duh ee, da da da da dahhh.
"For a fee, two, three strikes you're out at the old ballgame.
Now was that magic, or what?
Bill Wards Hoping For New Sabbath Album (8/10/2003)
BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward recently spoke to Get Ready To Rock! about
the group's current status and his long-delayed third solo album, "Beyond
"After the last [BLACK SABBATH] tour everything fell apart again," Bill said
of the band's current situation. "The original idea I thought we were going
to do was write a new album and we had many, many cassettes of songs and
rehearsals we were working on. It's all away safe right now. Things just
seemed to fall apart. Originally I was going to take a month off, then play
some more with Tony [Iommi, SABBATH's guitarist] in the U.K., riffs and
things like that. But it just petered out and just after that time period
'The Osbournes' came out in America and of course it was massive. So I guess
that's where things are now. I still don't know whether SABBATH will tour or
do an album again. Which is a shame as there was some really good stuff that
was being compiled. Who knows, things can turn round!
When asked what the secret of SABBATH's success was, Ward replied, "We did a
three-year apprenticeship where we found it hard to play, no one wanted us
in England, so we spent a long time in Europe. Before SABBATH we'd been in
bands for a long time, since fifteen years old in Tony's case and mine.
SABBATH played from their heart and I think that strikes a chord in people.
If you've got a sincere band that can go a long way. Our band is real, it's
like really real. We're not clever enough to be contrived or be show people,
professional musicians. It's the naivety and rawness, there's no us and them
when we play. BLACK SABBATH was very accessible to everyone who came and saw
the band. I hope that came across."
With regards to his current activities, Bill said, "[I've] been trying to
finish this bloody album we're working on, 'Beyond Aston', and I keep
changing it, you know, I can't seem to be happy with it. Everything is at
mix level, up to 20-21 songs and was hoping to do a 14-15 song CD. I seem to
be completely buried in this album. We released the single, 'Straws', last
year and we sent it to people all over the world, including the British
Prime Minister, who actually sent us a nice letter back because he received
a copy of it as well. If we can get this album completed we hope to go on
tour in the U.S. in September or October."
Turmoil On Set Of Sharon's New Talk Show (8/10/2003)
"Turmoil" has hit the production of Sharon Osbourne's new talk show, and
the star may be staging a sick-out to protest the direction in which the
producers appear to be taking it, FoxNews.com's Roger Friedman suggested
today (Tuesday). According to Friedman, Osbourne failed to show up for
taping of a practice run on Monday, canceled tapings for today, Wednesday,
and Thursday, and informed producers that she would not tape any additional
shows until Friday. Friedman had previously reported that former Jenny
Jones Show producers are being assigned to Osbourne's show and said today
that three more were imported from Chicago over the weekend, even as other
producers already in place had been forced to leave. Commented Friedman:
"I wonder if MTV is allowed to film the backstage drama at the talk show?
That will make an excellent new season of The Osbournes, don't you think?"
Down To Earth Goes Platinum (8/10/2003)
OZZY OSBOURNE's Down To Earth album has been certified platinum by the
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales exceeding 1
Ozzy Osbourne's Tour Manager Found Dead (8/4/2003)
OzzFest was in mourning on Thursday (July 24) in suburban Detroit as
word spread through the tour about the death of Ozzy Osbourne's longtime
tour manager. Bobby Thomson, 50, who had worked for Osbourne since 1983,
died in his sleep on Thursday night (July 23) at the Townshend Hotel in
Birmingham, Michigan, after an 18-month battle with throat cancer.
Thomson, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and a resident of Los Angeles,
was discovered in his hotel room on Thursday morning.
In a statement Thursday, Osbourne said, "We are devastated by the loss
of our dear friend Bobby. He has been a part of our family for 23 years
and loved very much. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Our sincerest
sympathies go out to the Thomson family."
Backstage at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township,
Michigan, tour personnel cried freely and embraced each other. Osbourne
went on with his performance, though he periodically interrupted his
pre-show workout routine to hug other OzzFest staffers.
About 20 minutes into the show Osbourne informed the crowd of Thomson's
death and observed a moment of silence, during which his band members
prayed silently. A photo of Thomson was displayed on the video screens
at the rear and sides of the stage, and Osbourne dedicated his performance
of "Goodbye To Romance" to Thomson--lightening the mood by mooning the
audience during the song. He also dedicated an encore performance of
"Mama I'm Coming Home" to Thomson.
Thompson is survived by his wife, Terri, and two sons, Kevin, 19, and
Jacob, 10. Funeral plans have not yet been announced.
Morale Down On Sharon Osbourne Talk Show (8/4/2003)
Morale on the set of rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne's upcoming talk
show is dangerously low because pre-production has been beset by a
wealth of problems. The Sharon Osbourne Show is set to debut on
September 15, but celebrity guests have proved difficult to book and
two producers are so stressed they ended up leaving the studio in an
ambulance, according to the New York Post's Pagesix website. A studio
source reveals, "We're six weeks from debuting and we really don't
have a formula that works. Sharon is lovely. She's smart. Everybody
loves Sharon and no one wants to do a show that will embarrass her.
But the executives have changed their minds 10,000 times and it's like
we're starting from scratch." Some staff have been working on the show
for two months, but stress has proved so great two producers were
admitted to hospital - one suffering a seizure and the other an asthma
attack. The source adds, "The whole staff feels beaten down and
exhausted. Everybody wants to leave. There's a sense of mutiny." Jim
Paratore, president of Telepictures Productions, said on Monday, "This
show won't be like any other show on TV. The Sharon Osbourne Show will
combine celebrity segments a la Live With Regis And Kelly, human
interest stories a la Oprah, plus musical guests and pre-taped
mini-reality segments. It's really three shows in one, and that's
why it's been such a difficult start-up. It's always been a very
ambitious show. It takes a while to get everybody on the same page."
So far the only celebrities lined-up by bookers are David Spade and
Bow Wow, and Paratore admits, "Morale is mixed. The people doing good
are feeling good, the people who are not, are not."
Ozzy Saves Dog From Coyote (7/17/2003)
One of Sharon Osbourne's dogs was eaten by a coyote and husband
Ozzy Osbourne managed to save another dog from a similar fate.
Sharon Osbourne said her Chihuahua, Lulu, was killed when coyotes
hopped a fence at their house in Beverly Hills, Calif., Us Weekly
reported. She said they tried to get rid of the coyotes by
throwing a barbecued chicken laced with poison over the fence,
but the neighbors removed it.
The coyotes attacked another dog, Pipi the Pomeranian, the one
who was, ahem, dognapped last year.
Sharon said Ozzy heard the screams and fought to get Pipi out of
the coyote's mouth. Pipi had successful surgery, and now the
Osbournes bring the dogs inside at night.
Osbournes Season 2 (Part 1) Coming On DVD (7/17/2003)
To be released on September 30, 2003.
All 10 episodes with uncensored and censored soundtracks.
30 minutes of unaired footage.
Episode commentary with Sharon and Kelly.
Ozzy translator for each episode.
"What the $%#@ did he say?" trivia game.
Trivia game: train to become a member of the Osbourne
household by playing along with each episode.
Dookie's Revenge: set-top game.
Current Ozzfest Setlist (7/17/2003)
Flying High Again
I don't know
Goodbye to Romance
Black Sabbath medley:
[Children of the Grave]
No More Tears
I Don't Want to Change the World
Road to Nowhere
Mama I'm Coming Home
New Book Describes 60's Birmingham Scene (7/13/2003)
There's a new book out entitled "Brum Rocked On!" by Laurie Hornsby, edited
by Mike Lavendar. This book goes into great detail about the whole
1960's Birmingham rock scene that Ozzy and Black Sabbath emerged from.
For more details, check out www.brumrock.co.uk
Sharon Osbourne to Host Daytime TV Talk Show (7/13/2003)
Sharon Osbourne, the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, who became
a celebrity in her own right from their famously foulmouthed
MTV reality show, is bringing her rough-around-the-edges act
to daytime television.
The spiky-haired Osbourne, photographed wearing pearls and a
pink sweater on the cover of the August edition of the
wholesome Ladies Home Journal magazine, will launch an
hourlong talk show, named "Sharon," in September on the WB
The 50-year-old mother of three is realistic about finding
a niche on daytime TV.
"I could never be as good as Oprah (Winfrey). ... I won't be
recommending books. That's not my thing. My experience is
life," Osbourne said in an interview with Reuters.
For Osbourne, life is full of drama.
Her son, Jack, was in a substance abuse treatment center this
spring and her daughter Kelly recently tasted the high of
recording her first album, only to be dumped soon after by
her label. Osbourne herself is in remission from colon cancer.
Osbourne's fame started with the TV show that featured her
at home with a slew of incontinent pets, her equally
foulmouthed husband and a lot of "bleeps" on the soundtrack.
It has just been renewed for a third season.
The British-born Osbourne hopes people will connect with her
working-class sensibility, which she attributes to having
left school at 15 to start working two jobs. She plans to
interview people who "really interest" her.
"There is a woman I read about the other day that got arrested,
she was breast-feeding her baby while driving her car," Osbourne
said. "There is a woman I'm going to be interviewing who was put
in jail for playing music too loud in her home."
She may use her children as reporters to cover such events as
the Teen Choice Awards for her show, which will be shot on a
set made to look like her home. There will be a "Sharon-cam"
hooked up to her house so she can talk to Ozzy when he is not
She will also be turning to every good talk show's fodder.
"I love celebrities," she said.
Osbourne To Talk Kid's Careers On TV Special (7/13/2003)
Having a famous parent can be a double-edged sword for a young
performer, especially in the world of rock and roll. On Sunday
(July 27), the Bravo network will look at the lives of some
young artists and talk candidly with their famous parents on
the two-hour special, Singing In The Shadows: Children Of
The show will feature Ozzy Osbourne and his son Louis Osbourne,
Sally Taylor, the daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon; Phil
Collins' son, Simon Collins; David Crosby's son, James Raymond; Phil
Everly's son, Jason; Aretha Franklin's son, Teddy Richards; Arlo
Guthrie's children, Sara Lee and Abe Guthrie; A.J. Croce the son of
the late Jim Croce; and Julian Lennon, the late John Lennon's
Music stars interviewed on the program discuss several issues,
including how their own fame can help their children get record
deals, the often-unrealistic expectations placed on those kids,
how labels look to take advantage of the famous-name connection,
and public skepticism toward a son or daughter's own talent.
Aimee Osbourne Acting Debut (7/13/2003)
AIMEE Osbourne, best known as the Osbourne kid who refused to
appear on MTV's "The Osbournes," will finally make her acting
She'll appear in MTV's adaptation of "Wuthering Heights,"
airing in September.
"I don't have huge intentions to be some big actress,"
Osbourne, 19, told reporters. "I was casually asked. It was
a great experience and I'm glad I did it."
Osbourne, who studied acting in London, will play
Raquelle - the best friend of Isabelle (played by ex-"Roswell"
star Katherine Heigl) - in a musical version of "Wuthering
Heights," airing Sept. 4.
So why hasn't Aimee appeared with sister Kelly, brother Jack
and parents Ozzy and Sharon on "The Osbournes," which has
become the top-rated show in MTV history?
"I wasn't 100 percent comfortable with it," she says. "I was
17, I wasn't very confident, I was shy, it was just a huge
risk for me to take as well as my family.
"That to me was really intimidating and scary."
Ozzy Diagnosed With Severe Laryngitis (7/10/2003)
After struggling through the last 1/2 hour of his two hour
performance in San Francisco, Ozzy Osbourne was examined
by his personal physician and was diagnosed with having
severe laryngitis. Ozzy's doctor has ordered him to rest
his vocal cords for the next few days. This forced Ozzy
to sit out of his headlining performance at Ozzfest
Marysville, CA . However, the show went ahead as planned
with Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed and Chevelle performing
on the main stage. Ozzy's doctor feels positive that his
condition will improve with a few days rest, and Ozzy is
looking forward to re-joining Ozzfest at its next stop in
Seattle, WA on Saturday, July 12.
Osbournes Sign Contract With MTV For Third Season (7/9/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne supports anti-marijuana laws? Yeah, right. And he
and his family want MTV to keep camping out in their living room.
It's strange, but true on both counts: The supposedly
camera-chastened Osbournes are on board for another season of
The Osbournes; the once-hard-living Ozzy is denouncing drugs--all
First about The Osbournes:
MTV announced Tuesday it has locked in the first family of the
F-bomb for 20 more episodes, scheduled to begin airing early next
"If you thought we wouldn't resign the Osbournes...you're crazy,"
MTV president Van Toffler said in a statement.
If you did doubt the surreality show's continued existence, it's
also possible you were just listening to Sharon Osbourne.
Last November, Ozzy's wily wife and manager complained to Barbara
Walters that MTV's cameras had become too much. "I can't throw up
on my own," said the then-chemo-weakened Sharon, "and Ozzy can't
get drunk on his own."
The family would finish out the second season, "but after that's,
it's over," Sharon Osbourne said.
Of course, even before the Walters interview aired, Sharon
Osbourne phoned Toffler to reassure him that "you can't believe
everything I say."
Which brings us to Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Ozzy's missus, now in remission from colon cancer
and prepping her own syndicated afternoon talk show, said "there's
been a hollow empty feeling in [her] heart since the MTV crew left
the Osbourne residence."
She was joking.
But she wasn't joking about her motive for sealing the deal she
said she wouldn't make.
"How lucky am I to have MTV with us for another year filming home
movies of my family...and pay us for it?" Sharon Osbourne asked,
in a statement.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The clan's last contract
was reported to be worth between $5 million and $20 million.
In likely shelling out more big bucks for dad Ozzy, mom Sharon,
teens Jack, Kelly and Robert Marcato, the family friend turned
permanent resident, MTV conceded the show's ratings aren't what
they used to be.
The Osbournes' first season, running from March-May 2002, was
a "media feeding frenzy," as the network put it. The wholly
ordinary antics of Ozzy's 90210-based brood (See Ozzy pick up
dog poop! Hear Kelly and Jack argue!) averaged about 8 million
viewers--a monster number for a cable show.
Since then, the show has "settled," per MTV, into more mortal
ratings--about 6.6 million at the start of the second season
in November, down to about 3 million for the second half of
the second season (sometimes I.D.'d as the third season) this
Still, even with dwindling returns, The Osbournes currently
ranks as MTV's second-highest rated show, behind The Real
No word yet on what storylines will be featured in the all-new
episodes. For now, MTV says only that its cameras will again
have 24-hour access to the outspoken bunch.
Of course, 24 hours a day isn't always enough with the Osbournes.
While Sharon's cancer battle was played out for the cameras, the
second season's other big story--Jack's rehab stay--wasn't.
The 17-year-old club kid checked into a clinic in April after
shooting had ended for the season.
While reports said Jack Osbourne was wilting under the
spotlight, the media-savvy teen is showing no signs of becoming
He discusses his drug troubles, including his addiction to the
prescription painkiller OxyContin, in an MTV News interview,
scheduled to air Tuesday night.
During that special, dad Ozzy renounces just about every substance
harder than decaf.
"I used to think they should legalize pot, but you know what? They
should ban the lot," the 55-year-old headbanger tells MTV News.
"One thing leads to another. Coffee leads to Red Bull, Red Bull
leads to crank."
The elder Osbourne, who reveals he will need medication the rest
of his life due to "neurological damage" caused by his own partying,
says he was shocked by how fast his son went from smoking marijuana
to "doing hillbilly heroin," a nickname for OxyContin.
Ozzy Writing Musical About Rasputin (7/7/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne working on musical about Rasputin while AC/DC
frontman hopes to stage the story of Helen of Troy.
Two rock veterans are leaving heavy metal behind and
crossing over into the world of stage musicians. Ozzy
Osbourne and AC/DC's Brian Johnson are working on musicals
based on the lives of Rasputin and Helen of Troy respectively.
First up is the Prince of Darkness. The MTV star is writing
a show about Rasputin, the monk said to have had a mystical
hold over the house of Tsar Nicholas II, the last imperial
ruler of Russia.
The news was broken by Sharon Osbourne speaking on T4 last
week. She revealed that Ozzy already had a clutch of songs
written for the show.
"I'm currently writing a musical about the life and times
of Rasputin, the mad monk, and they're allowing it on Broadway,"
he claimed. He did not say when the show would appear. In fact,
his Grand Prix appearance was cut short when he was asked if he
had brought the family dogs to the race track. Ozzy
happily replied: "No, they're all at home shitting!"
Meanwhile, AC/DC's Johnson is said to be working on a musical
about Helen of Troy. Described as "the face that launched a
thousand ships", she was legendarily responsible for the
ten-year siege of Troy, a story currently being turned into
a big-budget film starring Brad Pitt. Johnson's version
hasn't got that far yet. NME has learned that Johnson has
been attempting to get backing for the work for some time.
Ozzy Re-Records Classic With Daughter Kelly (7/6/2003)
Ozzy recently answered questions concerning the possibility of
"The Prince of Darkness" touring with "The Princess of
Darkness," Kelly Osbourne. "The only thing left is 'The
Osbournes on Ice,' " Ozzy Osbourne joked about the possibility
of touring with his daughter Kelly.
Recently, the father/daughter duo re-recorded the classic
Black Sabbath tune "Changes" as a duet for his next album.
Many Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne fans have already
displayed their displeasure with the duet, calling it a
"sad day for Ozzy fans," but Ozzy remains a father first
"I don't think her music and my music are anything like each
other, but if anyone throws one f---ing thing at my daughter,
I'm on that stage with a baseball bat."
Jack Speaks About Rehab (7/6/2003)
In his first interview since emerging from a California rehab
facility, Jack Osbourne revealed details of his addiction to
the controversial painkiller OxyContin, and declared, "I don't
want my life to be controlled by a drug."
Speaking exclusively with MTV News' Gideon Yago, Osbourne
said, "I took myself out of the picture for a second and I
looked around at every single person in the room, at who they
were, how old they were and what they had going on in their
lives. A lot of them were near 30, unemployed, living off
their parents. There were heroin addicts, there were the
world's biggest couch potatoes. And it was like, 'I don't
want to be like that. I don't want my life to be controlled
by a drug.'
"I want to be in control of my life," he continued. "I was
really loaded and I just sat on my mom's bed and I just said,
'I am going to go pack my bags, I'm, I'm ready to go. I want
to go, I need to go.' "
Osbourne checked himself into Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena,
California, in April for what was then called "an undisclosed
addiction". Jack has since divulged that he had become hooked
on the dangerous painkiller OxyContin. Oxy, as it's sometimes
called, is often prescribed by doctors to relieve pain. The
Food and Drug Administration warns that Oxy can be as addictive
as morphine, a quality that has no doubt helped it rise as a
popular party drug in recent years. The pills can cause
respiratory problems, and can be fatal when crushed and snorted
or chewed, according to the FDA.
MTV News will explore Jack's road to rehab and his journey
back to health in an "MTV News Now" special report, premiering
Tuesday, July 8 at 11 p.m. ET. Here Jack explains how his
addiction developed, what drove him to rehab and the difficult
struggle to get clean. His family will also talk about the
warning signs of addiction and coping with the news.
Ozzy Osbourne Accused Of Fathering Child (6/29/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne may forget how to
operate the remote control, but
he knows how many children he
has. The singer and leader of
the Osbournes clan has been
accused of fathering a child
out of wedlock, but says he
has medical proof that the
child couldn't possibly be
In a statement released by
Osbourne's reps, the singer
says he's being targeted by
Sheron Lutz, a woman who claims
he's the father of her
six-year old child--something
Ozzy says is medically
impossible, because he had
a vasectomy 17 years ago.
Ozzy also says that he'd never risk the stability and happiness
of his family by cheating on his wife, Sharon Osbourne. Says the
Ozzman, "The most precious thing I have in my life is my marriage
and my children and now someone is trying to destroy the harmony
in my family. This is not going to happen."
Osbourne has three children with Sharon--Aimee, Kelly and Jack
Osbourne-- as well as two children from a previous marriage. In
addition, according to IMDB.com, he also adopted his first wife's
son, Elliot Kingsley (born 1966), which means he has a total of
The woman referred to in Ozzy's statement reportedly wants an
undisclosed monetary settlement to satisfy her claim out of court.
MTV airs a new episode of the Osbournes every Tuesday night with
repeats at various times during the week.
Osbournes Top Forbes List (6/29/2003)
The Osbournes have landed at #12 on this years Forbes list of the
most powerful celebrities.
Ozzy Wishes Prince William Happy Birthday (6/29/2003)
Prince William, who turns 21 today, got birthday greetings from
rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
Osbourne, whose chaotic family life is the subject of an MTV
reality series, invited the prince to come stay at his Beverly
"I've been told that you want to come and live in America.
You're more than welcome to come and live in my house," Osbourne
said in a TV special celebrating William's birthday.
"My daughter would be thrilled. My wife would. I would. And the
dogs would!" the 54-year-old rocker said.
A British newspaper reported last month that William was
considering moving to New York when he completes his university
studies in 2005.
British-born Osbourne, the former lead singer of Black Sabbath,
performed for the royal family as part of a Buckingham Palace
concert marking Queen Elizabeth II's golden jubilee last June.
His birthday advice to William: "Have as much fun as you can,
play Black Sabbath on a record and have a blast."
Ozzfest Kicks Off In Texas (6/29/2003)
OzzFest 2003 kicked off Saturday (June 28) in Selma, Texas, outside
San Antonio. This year's festival features mainstage bands the
Datsuns, Chevelle, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Korn, and headliner
Ozzy Osbourne. Second stage bands include Cradle Of Filth, Voivod,
Depswa, Motograter, and Chimaira among others.
OzzFest started out as a single show in 1996, and has grown to what
has become one of the most successful touring festivals in the
Marilyn Manson talked about the prospect of putting on his show in
the daytime this year. "It just turns things into something new. People
expect such gloominess and gothic, dark pre-conceptions of what we are,
but no one person can limit or describe what I do in any way. That's
for the world to enjoy and interpret all on their own levels.
And OzzFest, I'm going to make the whole thing my stage."
Marilyn Manson has been banned from Darien Lake, New York's OzzFest
The 31-date tour ends August 28 at West Palm Beach, Florida's Coral
Ozzy Plays Toronto Despite SARS (6/29/2003)
Hard rocker and TV star Ozzy Osbourne demonstrated solidarity with
SARS-plagued Toronto by playing a show there on Wednesday (June 11).
But he also hedged his bets by staying up the road in the Canadian
capitol of Ottawa.
Osbourne told the Toronto Sun, "I'd be a liar if I said I'm not
afraid of SARS, but what I'm not afraid of is playing to an audience.
The show must go on, you know? My feelings are, I could walk out of
this f--king hotel room now and get run over by a truck, or get a
heart attack." Osbourne added, "I'm not doing this show in a
f--king hospital emergency room."
Osbourne also snipped at rock acts that have canceled appearances
in Toronto due to the SARS outbreak by promising, "We're going to
show all these f--king p---ies what a rock-and-roll band is all about."
Osbourne said he gave members of his road crew the opportunity to
not work the Toronto show, but no one opted out. "They just went,
'What are you talking about? We're your people, we're in.'"
Despite his bravado, Osbourne chose to stay at a hotel in Ottawa,
where he's performing Thursday (June 12) at the Corel Centre. He
thrilled fans there on Tuesday (June 10) with an afternoon stroll
through the city's Market district, stopping for lunch and coffee,
signing a few autographs, and chatting with people on the street.
Sharon Osbourne Discusses Son's Addiction (6/29/2003)
Sharon Osbourne said she blamed herself for her son's alcohol and
Jack Osbourne, the 17-year-old son of Sharon and heavy metal rocker
Ozzy Osbourne, returned home after two months in rehab on June 18.
He entered a Pasadena, Calif., hospital on April 23, saying he
"got carried away with drugs and alcohol."
"The first thing I did was put blame on myself and in a way I always
will," Sharon Osbourne, 50, told Us Weekly magazine for its July 14
issue. "It's a natural reaction of a mother to think, 'What could I
have done differently? What could I have done wrong?' I thought I
was a cutting-edge mom, and I didn't even know what was happening."
She also told the magazine that her colon cancer, diagnosed last
July, is in remission.
"Oh, I'm fine. I'm an old battle-ax," she said. "I still have to go
to checkups, but I am fine."
Osbournes Third Season Ratings Down (6/29/2003)
The third-season premiere of MTV's The Osbournes was expletive-deleted
up, with viewership down nearly 50 percent from last fall. Just 3.4
million people joined Ozzy's bleepin' clan for their all-new adventures,
which began last Tuesday. In November 2002, the show's second-season
opener was sampled by 6.6 million.
Kelly Cuts Set Short (6/29/2003)
Kelly Osbourne received an unexpected, and unwanted welcome at the
Dome in London last weekend, according to TheWharf.
Furious Kelly stormed off stage before the end of her set after the
crowd threw plastic bottles and other missiles at her at the Snickers
Game On party on Sunday, June 22.
A new-look Kelly, with bleached blonde spiky hair, sang the title
track to her debut album, "Shut Up". The hostile crowd responded
by shouting "Fuck Off" back at her.
Kelly, the penultimate act, told the crowd: "Okay you might fucking
well hate me, but I'm here for another half-an-hour."
But she only managed another 10 minutes on stage before cutting
short her gig by 20 minutes.
One gig-goer told The Wharf: "I felt sorry for her to be honest.
"She's only young. But to be fair she gave as good as she got, she
even threw a drumstick into the crowd."
A spokesperson for the event told The Wharf: "She did seem to have
a really tough time of it out there, although I've no idea why."
Osbourne's to appear in London's Madame Tussaud's Museum (6/29/2003)
The Osbourne family "Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly" are to appear
in London's Madame Tussaud's Museum, according to the Irish Examiner.
But like everything else with that unusual family, there is a twist.
The Osbourne wax dummies will speak, exactly like their real life
counterparts, so expect a lot of bleeped out words.
In other news, Aimee Osbourne, who chose not to be a part of the
MTV reality show that made the rest of her family famous, will make
her MTV debut not on "The Osbournes", but in the cable network's
adaptation of "Wuthering Heights". The movie, which also features
Erika Christensen, Katherine Heigl and Christopher Masterson, is
scheduled for later this year.
Ozzy Performs Extended Show In Canada (6/16/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne fans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada got their
money's worth during the metal icon's June 8th show. The
madman of metal played a 160-minute set, including encores,
where he played two Black Sabbath medleys, plus Miracle Man,
which he has not performed since 1989, and Fire In the Sky.
One of the Sabbath medleys included the songs The Wizard, After
Forever, and Into the Void, which were never a part of his
That evening Ozzy announced that the Winnipeg Arena show was
also being recorded for an upcoming live album. No more
details are available at this time.
The set list for the evening was:
Flying High Again
I Don't Know
Gets Me Through
Goodbye To Romance
Bark At the Moon
The Wizard (Ozzy on harmonica)
Into the Void
Fairies Wear Boots
Children of the Grave
Fire In the Sky
Suicide Solution (with Zakk Wylde solo)
No More Tears
I Don't Want To Change the World
Road To Nowhere
Mama, I'm Coming Home
Ozzy's Canadian tour continues until June 16th, where he will
then take a brief break to rest up for Ozzfest starting on
June 28th in San Antonio, TX and will then later head off to
Europe for a string of dates beginning September 5th in London,
In other Ozzy related news, the season three of 'The Osbournes'
began last night on MTV - the show airs on Tuesdays at 10:30pm
EST/PST. Ozzy and guitarist Zakk Wylde have also been reported
to have spent some time in the studio working on a new project
for Ozzy's little girl, Kelly Osbourne. No other information
has been made available.
In other Zakk Wylde related tidbits, the Ozzy guitarist/Black
Label Society frontman is reportedly going to play guitar on
Rob Zombie's next album, which is tentatively due for release
through Geffen Records in 2004. Wylde will also write and
record material over the next several months for Ozzy's next
studio release. Ozzy is still without a label since splitting
with Sony Records earlier this year.
Jack Out Of Rehab? (5/28/2003)
Jack Osbourne could be out of rehab already. Us Weekly reports
that Jack was spotted last week with parents Sharon and Ozzy
Osbourne at Ralph's supermarket in Malibu - a scant month
after he checked in to the Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena,
Calif. and then Visions in Malibu for a drugs-and-drinking
problem. Us describes Jack as "subdued-looking" as he helped
Ozzy load groceries into the car and reports he later went
out for coffee with a friend.
Ozzy Ready To Hit Canada (5/28/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne is getting ready to tour Canada starting Sunday
(June 1), despite the fear of SARS (news - web sites) keeping
other pop stars away. It helps that the tour starts in the west
coast city of Vancouver, and it doesn't reach Toronto, the
major source of SARS concern, until June 11.
The tour will be Ozzy's first with new bass player Jason
Newsted, who will pull double duty with his "other" band,
Canada's Voivod. Newsted said that Voivod is really supportive
of him playing with Osbourne. "You know, I'm living this dream
being able to be a part of this thing and all that," Newsted.
"So those guys are totally supportive of that too. And Ozzy has
been cool enough, and he's asked us, Voivod, to go out through
Canada with him--besides OzzFest and all that thing. So it's
a huge blessing. This opportunity just came...whew."
The tour ends June 16 in Quebec City. After that, Osbourne will
take a few weeks off before OzzFest kicks off in San Antonio,
Texas on June 28. Other bands set to appear on the metal fest
include Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, and Korn, among others.
Osbournes Parting Ways with Sony Music (5/12/2003)
Heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne is leaving his Sony Music label
after 23 years, and daughter Kelly, who issued her debut album
on Sony last year, is going with him, family matriarch and
manager Sharon Osbourne said on Friday.
Sharon Osbourne, who is negotiating her family's exit from Sony,
said in a statement that her husband and daughter were looking
for "fresh ideas," but she offered no specific explanation for
The Osbournes' publicist, Lisa Vega, called the departures,
"an amicable split." She denied a report in US Weekly magazine
that Sony had dumped Kelly from its roster as she was finishing
up work on a second album.
"She was not recording a second album," Vega said.
Osbourne said she and Sony had mutually agreed that her
18-year-old daughter would leave the label after former CEO
Tommy Mottola, who signed Kelly last year, left the music
company in January.
"Sony has been a part of the family for years ... and Tommy
Mottola was the person they had dealt with all those years,
and when he left, they decided it was time for a change as
well," Vega said.
No comment was immediately available from Sony Music, a division
of Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp.
A source close to the label dismissed the notion that Sony was
unhappy with Kelly's debut album, "Shut Up," which, according
to Nielsen SoundScan, sold nearly 150,000 copies in the United
States, a respectable tally for a new artist.
Kelly joined Sony as she was basking in the success of her
family's MTV reality show, which turned the Osbournes into
instant pop culture stars.
Ozzy Osbourne, the British-born former frontman for the heavy
metal band Black Sabbath has released about a dozen albums
through Sony's Epic Records since the early 1980s, most
recently this year's "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne" collection.
Kelly Osbourne plans to embark on a European tour this summer
with British pop star Robbie Williams, while her father is
gearing up for a Canadian tour in early June and will headline
the annual Ozzfest rock spectacle again this summer.
Kelly Dropped By Sony (5/12/2003)
Outspoken singer Kelly Osbourne has been silenced by her
bosses - she's been dropped by her record company Epic. The
18-year-old daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, has reportedly
been released from her contract after her debut album Shut Up
sold fewer than 150,000 copies. A source tells American magazine
Us Weekly, "Sharon is p***ed," explaining that Kelly's rocker dad
Ozzy has been with Epic for more than 20 years. The timing was
also a shock, adds the source, who explains, "Kelly was nearly
done recording her second album when they pulled the plug."
The Ozzman Goeth... (5/12/2003)
....and he's taking his daughter with him.
Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne are saying sayonara to his longtime label,
Sony Music's Epic Records.
The split, announced Friday by Sharon Osbourne (who, natch, is
orchestrating the departure) and described by the family rep as
"amicable," means the Prince of F---ing Darkness will be leaving
the label that's been cranking out his records since Reagan was
in the White House.
"We've had 23 great years together," Sharon Osbourne said in a
statement. "We've shared many great successes, but sometimes you
have to search out fresh blood to get fresh ideas, which is a
philosophy that every record company, especially Sony, understands."
While the Osbournes aren't officially gone yet, a deal appears
imminent. According to the family, Sharon and Sony mutually agreed
that Kelly would jump ship after Tommy Mottola stepped down as Sony
boss in January. It was Mottola who signed Kelly in 2002.
No immediate comment from Sony on the defection. There's also no
word on what fresh blood, er, labels the Osbournes are eyeing.
Since 1980, Ozzy has released 15 solo albums on Epic, from Blizzard
of Ozz up to the 2003 compilation album The Essential Ozzy Osbourne.
There are also various Ozzfest life discs, Black Sabbath's 1998
Reunion album and the TV show companion CD The Osbournes Family
Album. Kelly's moderately successful solo debut, Shut Up, featuring
her cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," was issued by Epic last
It's not a clean break for the clan, though. Son Jack, currently in
rehab battling a drug and booze habit, will remain at Epic as a
talent scout, according to Osbourne publicist Lisa Vega.
While the wife works out the exit clauses, Ozzy is prepping his
road show. He and his band (now featuring ex-Metallica bassist
Jason Newsted) will be heading north for an eight-city Canadian
tour next month as a tuneup for their headlining gig on this
summer's edition of Ozzfest. Ozzy, who'll be joined by Korn,
Marilyn Manson and Disturbed on the mainstage, commences this
year's 23-date outing June 28 in his old pissing grounds of San
Kelly Osbourne, meanwhile, will be keeping decidedly tamer
company: She takes off on a Euro tour this summer opening for
British popster Robbie Williams.
Ozzy Osbourne's Son Jack Checks Into Rehab (4/30/2003)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne's
17-year-old son, Jack, has checked into a Los Angeles-area
rehabilitation center for treatment of drug and alcohol abuse,
the family's spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
It was not disclosed exactly how the teenage co-star of MTV's
reality hit "The Osbournes" landed in rehab, but Ozzy Osbourne
has confronted his son about his drinking and drug use on the
show and has acknowledged catching Jack with marijuana on
According to family publicist Lisa Vega, Jack entered the
residential detox and rehab facility last week after confiding
in his parents that he needed help.
"Not very many 17-year-olds have the wherewithal to realize
that they have a problem, nor do they have the relationship
with their parents that they can go... and say they have a
problem, and that is what occurred here," Vega told Reuters.
In an interview with the syndicated TV show "Extra," both
parents revealed they had to wait a week to get their son a
bed in the facility, and they expressed pride in him for
taking the initiative in his own recovery.
"He had the gumption and guts to confess and to just say,
help," Ozzy Osbourne said, according to excerpts from the
interview, slated to air on Wednesday. Added wife Sharon,
the family matriarch and manager: "I love him more than I
did yesterday for doing what he's done. He wasn't forced into
this situation. It was his decision, so I admire him so much
more. All we can do is be here for him."
The family went public after the TV show "Entertainment Tonight"
broke the story Monday night, reporting that the teen MTV star,
clad in a white patient smock, had been seen at the rehab center
with his parents in what an eyewitness called "a very emotional
moment" for the family.
Vega appealed to the media to maintain some modicum of respect
for the very public family's privacy. "He (Jack) is trying to
get his life together ... and he's not being given a chance to
do that in private."
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are themselves no strangers to substance
abuse, having both acknowledged excessive alcohol consumption in
the past. Ozzy also has admitted to a previous cocaine addiction
as well as to dabbling in heroin and other drugs over the years.
Ozzy swore off drugs and booze in the early 1990s, though he
admitted falling off the wagon last year when Sharon was
diagnosed with colon cancer. Her illness is now in remission.
"The Osbournes" is slated to return for a third season in June
with 10 new episodes produced earlier this year. Soon after its
debut in the spring of 2002, the fly-on-the-wall show became
MTV's biggest hit, earned an Emmy Award and turned the raucous,
foul-mouthed family into overnight pop culture stars.
Jack's 18-year-old sister, Kelly, has sought to parlay her
newfound fame into a recording career, while her brother has
worked as a talent scout for Epic Records. He also had become
a frequent denizen of the Los Angeles party and nightclub scene.
MTV has not revealed plans for the show beyond its upcoming
third season, but a syndicated talk show hosted by Sharon
Osbourne is slated to premiere in September.
Icm Agent Fears For Life Following Osbourne Assault (4/20/2003)
Talent agent Renee Tab, who was involved in a physical
altercation with Sharon Osbourne in early April, has fired
back with new details about the incident at the Koi restaurant
in Los Angeles that has resulted in each woman alleging to
police that the other assaulted her.
Tab's lawyer, Najila Brent, has told New York Daily News
that, on the night in question, Sharon confronted Tab about
the $15,000 necklace that Osbourne has claimed Tab absconded
with after crashing her New Year's Eve party.
Tab has maintained she won the raffle prize fair and square.
According to Brent, Tab said, "Are you here to apologize to me?"
Brent said that Osbourne "started screaming racial slurs - 'You
Persian carpet cleaner! You Iranian [bleep]!'"
The lawyer, who says she will be adding civil-rights charges
to the suit Tab plans to file, claims Osbourne kicked Tab and
her sister, Candace, and "spat three or four times on Renee."
Brent also contended that Sharon told Tab, "I'm going to send
someone to slash your face and break your leg."
"Renee is afraid for her life right now," said Brent, who is
seeking a restraining order against Osbourne. She added that
doctors have told Tab she suffered a concussion in the melee.
Osbourne rep Lisa Vega responded that Tab and her lawyer "live
in a fantasy world. Sharon is the one with the injuries. She's
going to file her own charges."
"No Rehab For Me" (4/20/2003)
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne isn't going into a 12-step program -- he's
stepping onto a running track to stay sober!
The MTV megastar admitted he had too much to drink on
April 5 -- and told wife Sharon he wanted to go back into
rehab. But once Ozzy sobered up, he changed his mind!
"I'm not going into rehab right now," Ozzy told The
ENQUIRER. "I'm fine.
"What happened is that on Saturday I simply had one too
many beers. It wasn't like I'd f---ing polished off a bottle
of Jack Daniel's or something -- I went out and got a 12-pack
of Corona beer and simply had one too many.
"I got pretty loaded and I said to Sharon, 'Look, I want to
go into rehab.' But, then again, every day I say that I want
to go into rehab."
In fact, Ozzy says he's become a fitness freak.
"I've just finished running five miles around the UCLA
track!" the wizard of Oz bragged. "I'm working out five
days a week with a personal trainer.
"I'm in the best shape I've been in some time. I'm on the
wagon now, officially. I feel great!"
In fact, he's so high on exercise, he challenged an ENQUIRER
reporter to join him on the UCLA track.
"Bring a photographer with you," he said. "Then, you can
see what kind of shape I'm in."
The ENQUIRER accepted Ozzy's offer and we'll run photos
from the workout in an upcoming issue.
But as for rehab, Ozzy laughed: "I'm not going into
out-patient, I'm not going into in-patient. I've got no
patience for this bulls--t."
Ozzy: The Movie (Update) (4/20/2003)
Irish bad boy Colin Farrell has become the front-runner
to portray Ozzy Osbourne in a film about the rocker's life.
When reports first surfaced about the Ozzy film last year,
Sharon Osbourne had named Johnny Depp as her pick for her
husband's role. However, Farrell has been identified as
the choice of execs at Paramount and MTV Films. The match
seems a natural one. As one Hollywood insider was quoted,
"Colin drinks, he smokes, he womanizes. He's just a sleeve
tattoo away from being a real rock star."
Sharon Osbourne Assaulted (4/14/2003)
Osbourne was allegedly attacked by Renée Tab, a junior agent at
ICM, who was previously accused by Sharon and Ozzy of crashing their
New Year's Eve anniversary party and stealing a pricey door prize.
Sharon Osbourne was "viciously
assaulted" Thursday night at a
Los Angeles restaurant where
she was having dinner with her
family, a spokesperson for the
Osbournes has confirmed.|
The incident occurred Thursday evening at Koi Japanese restaurant
on La Cienega Boulevard, where Osbourne, husband Ozzy and their
son, Jack, were dining, Sgt. John Pasquariello said.
Tab has since filed a police report of her own, claiming that Sharon
started with spitting on her and calling her names," said Tab's
attorney, Nejila K. Brent.
Tab said Osbourne was waiting for her to leave and then spit on
her, while Osbourne claims she was physically struck by Tab,
according to police.
"What we just did was take two reports listing each other as
suspects and victims on each one," Pasquariello said. "The city
attorney will determine at some point whether there's any criminal
If charges are filed, he added, they would be "on the low end of
the misdemeanor scale."
In early January, the family publicly accused Tab of walking off
with a $15,000 Asprey diamond necklace obtained with an illegitimate
raffle ticket, identifying her only as an employee of talent agency
A short time later, ICM issued a statement denying the allegations
made against its employee, who had by then been identified as Tab.
An ICM spokesperson said the company had investigated the matter
and determined "a) Renée was invited to the Osbourne party b) she
won the raffle in a legitimate matter c) there is no basis for
the claims being made by the Osbournes. Accordingly, ICM believes
the Osbournes owe both Ms. Tab and ICM an apology."
Mrs. Osbourne was taken to the hospital and treated for her
injuries. She is at home resting and recuperating with her family,
according to her spokesperson.
Osbournes Third Season Update (4/14/2003)
The third - and likely final - season of "The Osbournes" will
premiere June 10, MTV says.
Among the developments in the new season will be Sharon Osbourne's
successful treatment for colon cancer and a bizarre incident when
Ozzy Osbourne, trailed by his reality-TV camera crew, bumps into
comedian Roseanne, also being trailed by a camera crew preparing
a reality show for ABC, at the Barneys in Beverly Hills.
Louis Osbourne To Wed (4/2/2003)
The Osbournes are bound for Ireland in December when the eldest
son of veteran rocker Ozzy gets married.
Louis, the product of Ozzy's first marriage, is tying the knot
in Ireland on New Year's Eve.
The 27-year-old met fiancee Louise Lennon a year ago.
"We decided to move over to Ireland because Dublin is her home
town," he told the Daily Star.
"We're planning our wedding at an Irish castle, but I'm not
telling you where."
Louis, who is currently launching a new Midlands radio station,
Jump FM, says he has little time for the showbiz life.
But, he lives in a flat at the Osbournes' Los Angeles mansion
and is often seen in the background in the hugely popular MTV
hit The Osbournes.
Kelly Leaving Osbourne Home (4/2/2003)
There's going to be one less person running around the Osbourne
home. The New York Post reports Kelly Osbourne, the teen and
daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, is moving out of the house
and is eyeing a home just five blocks down the street. The
19-year-old has reportedly bought a multi-million dollar home
in her parent's neighbourhood and plans to move in next month,
although the deal to purchase the house has yet to be finalized.
Kelly told U.K.'s Heat magazine that her mom is very upset with
"She's been a blithering idiot ever since I got the new place,"
The third and final season of "The Osbournes" is slated for June.
Ozzy's Wife Sharon Osbourne Appears Cancer-Free (4/2/2003)
Sharon Osbourne, the manager wife of rock wild man Ozzy Osbourne,
appears to be free of the cancer she discovered last year.
"Ozzy says Sharon has completed her treatment and has no signs of
cancer," a spokesman for the rocker told Reuters on Wednesday.
Sharon Osbourne has undergone a series of intense treatments since
being diagnosed with colon cancer.
It was primarily through her efforts that the everyday antics of
the Osbourne clan became the subject of a hit reality TV show.
The family matriarch subsequently said she regretted letting cameras
into their glitzy Beverly Hills home.
The mad-cap behavior of Ozzy, Sharon and teenagers Kelly and Jack
won the family the tag "the first family of dysfunction" and their
expletive-filled conversations became cult viewing for many.
Sharon Osbourne said the strain of living in a fish bowl had become
hard as the family struggled to cope with her battle against the
cancer, a crisis which she said drove Ozzy to drink.
Previously Unreleased 1969 Sabbath Tracks? (3/30/2003)
The first recordings made by Black Sabbath, cut in 1969, when the band was
still known as Earth, have been uncovered in a sound archive, RC can
exclusively reveal. The multi-track tapes comprise both the eponymous debut
album and its follow up, Paranoid, in both mixed and raw form. The tapes
also include several previously-unreleased tracks, which should be featured
in a future archive-based release. In addition, songs that surfaced on
Sabbath's third album, Master Of Reality, were apparently laid down at the
same time as well, mostly on multi-track stereo tapes."
- Record Collector Magazine, March Issue
Piazza Is Wylde's New Child's Godfather (3/30/2003)
Last July 8, Zakk Wylde's wife, Barbara Ann, gave birth to their third son,
and the couple asked Mike Piazza, one of the world's highest-profile
bachelors, to be the baby's godfather. In January, at Our Lady of Angels
Cathedral in Los Angeles, Piazza presided over the baptism of Hendrix
Halen Michael Rhodes Wylde, named after Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen,
Piazza and Randy Rhodes.
"He called me up after a night of partying and said, 'Dude, are you up for
the job?'" Piazza said. "I was so honored and humbled. I love it when
people ask if you're 'up for the job.' And I am."
"I'm the only name in there who isn't a virtuoso guitarist," Piazza said.
"Those are some of the most meaningful names in rock music. For me to be
included is pretty cool."
Gathering At The Osbournes For Charity (3/26/2003)
Elizabeth Taylor and Justin Timberlake were the guests of honor
at a benefit Elton John gave with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Wednesday night in L.A. But the names of two other well-known
people were on everybody's lips: Bush and Saddam.
"We all discussed whether to move forward with this event
tonight," Sharon told the crowd, which had gathered in the
garden of her Beverly Hills home to support Elton's AIDS
foundation and her own colon-cancer charity.
"We decided to continue because, war or no war, we are all
fighting the war against AIDS and cancer," she went on. "At
the same time, we should all say a big prayer for the American
and British men and women who are risking their lives."
Taylor, who got a twinkly pinky ring from Elton, had to leave
early because of a stomach virus - but not before saying
exactly what she thought of the war.
"The thought sickens me beyond belief," she told us. "I was
a refugee when I came to this country because of World War II.
I listened to the radio all the time and thought, 'Why don't
the Americans do something?' Now I think, 'What the [bleep]
are the Americans doing by saying [to Saddam], 'Pack up your
bags, mount a camel and get out of town!' What if someone said
that to Bush?
"You don't think [terrorists] are going to retaliate? You
don't think they're going to bomb the s--- out of us? It's
going to be terrifying."
Tony Bennett, who performed, also recalled "the horror" he
saw as an infantryman in WWII.
"That was a good war - it had to be done," he told us. "This
isn't a good war. If the whole army isn't together, we're not
going to win. I'm hurt by what's happening in this country."
Sly Stallone, there with wife Jennifer Flavin, showed none
of Rambo's enthusiasm for battle.
"I've been on the fence about it," he said. "It's the first
time America has gone after someone as a protective move. But
I believe we have righteousness on our side."
Elton, who sported a diamond peace symbol on his lapel, said,
"I'm not for the war. I love America. [But] you can't say
you're against the war without being called a traitor. Now
that the decision has been made, we have to hope that it
will be quick."
Sharon Osbourne, feeling weak from a chemotherapy treatment,
almost didn't make it down from her bedroom to mingle with
"I told her if she comes down those stairs, I'm going to
chase her back up," Elton said.
She defied him, looking fantastic in a low-cut black gown.
"Sharon, I [bleeping] adore you," said Elton, forgiving her.
He even confided that "My drag name is Sharon. So you get
two Sharons for the price of one."
Ozzy Compares Newsted To Geezer, Wants To Record LP (3/20/2003)
"I'm the happiest man in the world today.
I'm a strong believer that it was destiny
that I end up playing with Jason" - says Ozzy. |
Anyone who was feeling sorry for Jason
Newsted after his split with Metallica
can stop now.
Not only is he a full-time member of seminal thrash outfit Voivod,
but he's also the new bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, replacing Robert
Trujillo, who split to join Metallica. And on Monday Newsted
received perhaps the greatest compliment possible from the
"Jason reminds me of a young Geezer Butler," Ozzy said shortly
after playing a four-song rehearsal, his second with Newsted, for
a select group of press.
Still sweaty from banging through "Believer," "No More Tears,"
"Crazy Train" and the seminal (and once again timely) Black Sabbath
tune "War Pigs," Newsted was visibly beaming as Ozzy compared him
to Sabbath's legendary bassist.
"There could not be a bigger compliment. [If someone said],
'Here's a million dollars' [or] 'Here's this compliment,' I'll
take this! That's it. [Butler] is my #1 teacher in life. And only
he," Newsted said, a wide smile stretching across his face as he
pointed to his new frontman, "gets the right to say that. He's the
Newsted left Metallica roughly two years ago, resurfacing in
Echobrain before joining up with Voivod for their latest album.
Metallica recently announced the addition of ex-Suicidal Tendencies
bassist Trujillo to their lineup, and it wasn't long before Newsted
was invited to start jamming with Ozzy's band. Jack Osbourne
recommended Voivod for the second stage at Ozzfest, Ozzy explained,
and a light bulb went off in Sharon Osbourne's head.
Together with ex-Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin, who's been with
Ozzy for eight years, and guitarist Zakk Wylde, Newsted said he
honed his back catalog arsenal before Ozzy ever stepped in front
of the mic. "I really wanted to be prepared for Oz, so when he walked
in the room he could call out whatever song and I would be able to
What he didn't realize was that on his first day with Ozzy he'd be
under the watchful eye of his predecessor, who was on hand to
rehearse for his final gig with the band. Before the day was over,
Newsted found himself giving Trujillo tips on Metallica songs like
"Battery" and "Damage, Inc."
Newsted whose relationship with Trujillo stretches back a decade to
when Suicidal Tendencies were friends and touring partners with
Metallica called Ozzy's outgoing bassist warmhearted and strong.
"I'm not sure that anybody else could have worked for Metallica,"
he said, "because he has the girth, as it were that strength,
mentally and physically, to deal with what has to be dealt with
in that band. He's familiar with this caliber of an operation. I
think it worked out the best for everybody involved."
"I'm the happiest man in the world today," Ozzy proclaimed. "I'm
a strong believer that it was destiny that I end up playing with
Jason. I don't believe in tarot cards or crystal balls, but I
believe that somebody, before you're born, maps out your life. And
it was destiny that Metallica end up playing with Robert Trujillo.
I'm not pissed off with anybody. ... It's so nice to end a
relationship nicely for a change."
When Ozzy mentioned that he couldn't wait to make an album with
Newsted, the bassist's eyes widened and he grabbed the metal
legend by both shoulders.
"Dude, if he's telling me the truth right now, if he really wants
to write ... songs, it's going to be f---ing crazy! I'm telling you
right now, it's gonna be out of this world. If I get an opportunity
to write bass behind his vocals? Working with Zakk? It's just going
to be sick, man, that's all I can say."
For now, Newsted will join Ozzy on this summer's Ozzfest outing as
well as several Canadian dates. He'll also perform with Voivod,
who will play "something from each album," according to Newsted,
while supporting Ozzy in Canada and co-headlining the Ozzfest's
"This is a huge opportunity for both [Metallica and Ozzy] to prove
themselves again," Newsted said. "It can be a cool thing for the
next era of both of the biggest metal bands America has seen.
It's going to be an incredible summer."
Heat Fells Sharon Osbourne @ 3/14/03 Show (3/19/2003)
SHARON Osbourne was rushed by ambulance to a Las Vegas hospital
Friday night after she fell ill backstage at an Ozzy Osbourne
concert. Sharon, who has undergone chemotherapy treatments after
being diagnosed with colon cancer last June, was watching Ozzy
perform at the Hard Rock Hotel when she was overcome by heat
exhaustion, confirmed her spokeswoman, Lisa Vega. "While she
was watching Ozzy's show, it got very hot in the club," Vega said.
"She did not collapse. She felt faint. Out of concern for Sharon,
an ambulance was called. She was taken to the hospital, but it was
nothing serious. We were there for about 20 minutes." After she
was released, Sharon and Ozzy had dinner in their hotel suite.
But Jack Osbourne and sister Aimee - who's not on the family's
hit reality show - partied until dawn at the Real World suite at
the Palms hotel at the farewell bash for Ozzy's longtime bass
player, Robert Trujillo, who's leaving to join Metallica.
Ozzy's setlist was:
I Don't Know
Gets Me Through
Zakk Solo (w/Star Spangled Banner)
Flyin' High Again
Goodbye To Romance
No More Tears
I Don't Want To Change The World
Road To Nowhere
Bark At The Moon
The Osbournes Third Season (3/9/2003)
MTV reports the third (and possibly final) season of The Osbournes will
debut on June 10, at 10:30 p.m.
Ozzy's New Bassist (3/9/2003)
It's official - Jason Newsted will play bass for Ozzy on his up & coming
tours. The March 14th concert at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas will
be Rob Trujillo's last show with Ozzy. Jason will kick off with Ozzy for
the first time on June 1st in Vancouver, Canada.
Ozzfest Update (3/9/2003)
Yes, there has been some activity lately at Ozzfest HQ. First, Voivod,
the legendary proto-thrash band from Montreal, has been added to the
Second Stage bill, playing every show before headliner Cradle of Filth.
Second, TRUSTcompany will now open the Main Stage. The bill is now:
Ozzy, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Chevelle, and TRUSTcompany on
the Main Stage, and Cradle of Filth (headliner), Voivod, Memento, Hotwire,
Shadow's Fall, Grade 8, Twisted Method, Nothingface, Killswitch Engage,
Unloco, Depswa, Motograter, and Sworn Enemy. Last, some shows' on-sale
dates have changed; please check out ozzfest.com for the latest info.
Ozzy & Sharon on Larry King (3/1/2003)
What's ahead for the Osbourne family? Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne
join Larry live for the hour to discuss Sharon's battle with
cancer, parenthood and living life on TV. Tune in March 3rd at
Ozzy's New Bassist Rumor (2/28/2003)
This is a big rumor... I checked in at Ozzy headquarters...
they didn't say yes and they didn't say no....
Jason Newsted (formally of Metallica) will be filling Rob
Ozzy Meets Roseanne (2/28/2003)
A camera crew following Roseanne as she shopped at the Barney's
New York store in Beverly Hills this week ran into another
camera crew shooting Ozzy Osbourne as he -- you guessed it --
Of course, Ozzy's cameras caught the spectacle, as did Roseanne's,
so expect to see two different takes of the random meeting on
MTV's "The Osbournes" and Roseanne's upcoming ABC reality series.
In this reality-soaked TV era, the encounter was probably
inevitable. While film shoots are easy to find while driving
around the streets of Los Angeles, it's also become common to
spot people going about their business as cameras tag along
"It was the ultimate reality moment," said ABC alternative
series and specials executive Andrea Wong. "The only thing that
would have made it better is if Anna Nicole Smith had shown up."
Metallica Steals Rob Trujillo (2/26/2003)
Metallica has officially stolen Ozzy's bassist, Rob Trujillo.
No word yet on who his replacement will be.
Ozzy In Collaboration With Iommi (2/26/2003)
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he and Black Sabbath bandmate
Tony Iommi have been collaborating long-distance on songwriting.
Ozzy made the announcement during a press conference on February
18th to announce the lineup for the 8th Annual outing of Ozzfest.
It wasn¹t clear if the material is for a new Sabbath studio album,
or for a solo project by either party. In related news, Ozzy hopes
to take Ozzfest to Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and the
Netherlands in September, assuming a possible war with Iraq will
not frighten groups from flying to Europe.
Never Say Die Coming On DVD (2/26/2003)
Black Sabbath's Never Say Die DVD will be available in the US for
the first time on March 4th. The set was recorded live in 1978.
Tracks include: "Symptom Of The Universe", "War Pigs", "Snow Blind",
"Never Say Die", "Black Sabbath", "Dirty Women", "Rock And Roll
Doctor", "Electric Funeral", "Children Of The Grave" and "Paranoid".
Click here to buy it!
Ozzfest 2003 Details (2/18/2003)
No pretenders, no imitators, no bullsh*t- the inimitable Ozzfest
continues to fly the flag for real Rock and Metal music. For
eight years running, Ozzfest has championed the hard rock scene
by providing a constant source of new music to hungry fans
around the world. Ozzfest 2003 feeds the masses with 14 hours
of non-stop rock with its most ferocious line-up to date. And,
to prove that it's all about the fans, Ozzfest 2003 is offering
a limited number of lawn seats for $10 - making Ozzfest the best
value for your concert dollars this summer. The special priced
ten dollar tickets are available only at venue box offices or
other designated locations while they last. Check your local
listings and venue websites for purchase information.
Ozzy Osbourne returns to headline Ozzfest 2003 to do what he
loves best play rock n'roll. The Prince of Darkness will hit
the stage with band mates Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, and
Michael Bordin with a hard-hitting set of songs culled from
his 33-year career as rock's purveyor of heavy metal.
Korn, have signed on for their first Ozzfest, bringing their
rich sonic assault to the masses; Marilyn Manson returns with
his unforgettable stage show; Ozzfest favorites Disturbed are
back with more of their anthemic metal; and Ozzfest 2002 Second
Stagers Chevelle have graduated and will usher in the Main
Stage entertainment beginning at 5pm.
Ozzfest's reputation as the premiere rock n'roll festival
is cemented each year as new bands continue to break out
and become multi-platinum acts. Bands such as Limp Bizkit,
Incubus, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Slipknot, Godsmack,
POD and Disturbed are just a few of the many bands that have
benefited by a summer on the Ozzfest stage.
This year the tradition continues with a second stage bill
that includes the best young acts in the constantly changing
hard rock scene. Presiding over the Second Stage are English
goth-metal phenoms Cradle of Filth who will make their first
U.S. rock festival appearance on Ozzfest 2003 and Trust
Company. Underground favorites Shadow's Fall, Killswitch
Engage, and Nothingface bring a heavier edge to the second
stage, joining upstarts Hotwire, Grade 8, Twisted Method,
Unloco, and Memento are just a few of the 14 bands that
will round out the second stage line-up. (More bands TBA.)
The Village of The Damned concourse has been re-vamped to
offer Ozzfest-goers the best in entertainment with all
state-of-the-art video games and some new surprises in
addition to everyone's favorites such as piercing booths
and world-class tattoo artists.
Over 4 million fans have attended Ozzfest over the last
seven years and no other touring festival comes close
to matching this impressive benchmark. Don't miss the
chance to discover what legions of hardcore rock fans
have known for years.
Tickets go on sale in March with limited specially
priced $10 tickets available at venue box offices.
Regularly priced tickets are available at all
Click here for current tour dates.
Osbournes Open House For OzzFest Announcement (2/17/2003)
Sharon, Ozzy, and Jack Osbourne are set to open their house
in Los Angeles to journalists for the announcement of OzzFest
2003 on Tuesday (February 18).
Media will check in at a Los Angeles-area hotel and be bussed
to the house. At 12:30 p.m. there will be lunch followed by a
1:15 press conference. Members of confirmed bands from the
tour will also be on hand.
Unconfirmed reports have Korn, Disturbed, Chevelle, and
Stereomud on the bill.
Re-release Of Osbourne Figure (2/17/2003)
Coinciding with the upcoming ToyFest celebration, www.spawn.com,
McFarlane Toys is offering its Ozzy Osbourne action figure
again in new packaging with updated inserts and graphics. It
was initially released in 1999.
Zakk's Blessed Hellride (2/17/2003)
Zakk Wylde and his band, Black Label Society, release their
new album, The Blessed Hellride, on April 22nd via Spitfire. The
Japanese edition includes a bonus track - "F.U.N". The albums
first single "Stillborn", features Ozzy Osbourne. The video for
the track was directed by ROB ZOMBIE and will debut in March.
Shooting Begins On Osbournes Finale (2/12/2003)
Sharon Osbourne's talk show won't be part of season three. DON'T tell
anyone, but "The Osbournes" ended its second season last night.
Surprisingly, "The Osbournes" went out quietly - without much of the
frenzy and media madness that accompanied last season's finale.
MTV officials won't say what's in store for the third - and reportedly
final - season. The first of its ten episodes began shooting in L.A.
"I think the core of the show will stay the same," says "Osbournes"
executive producer Greg Johnston. "I don't think we'll change what we've
"We were really happy with these last 10 [episodes] and [Tuesday night's
episode] was a great way to end the season, with Sharon and Ozzy
renewing their [wedding] vows," he said.
"We won't try to change anything for the upcoming season."
MTV has not yet set a date when the final season will begin.
"There's no time frame," he said. "I don't think there's been any kind
of decision made on that yet."
Johnston said, however, that the next batch of episodes will, once
again, focus on "the core people": Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, Jack and
"adopted son" Robert Mercato.
Johnston said that, for example, it's unlikely we'll see anything
connected with Sharon Osbourne's upcoming talk show, slated to debut in
"It was never part of our show to include stuff that goes on outside of
the family, whether that be press attention or anything else," Johnston
said. "We're trying to focus on what happens in their lives and their
relationships in the house.
"Those things don't interest us that much," he said of Sharon's talk
show. "Unless it's something that pertains to the entire family, that's
the only way we would include it in the show."
"The Osbournes," which spawned E!'s "The Anna Nicole Show" and other
reality-show knockoffs, experienced a ratings comedown from last season,
when it averaged 5.3 million viewers.
That number fell to about 4.5 million viewers this season (not including
last night's season finale) - not unexpected, considering the glut of
"Osbournes" merchandise and a media overload courtesy of Ozzy, Sharon,
Jack and Kelly.
Ozzy Will Perform At Hard Rock Hotel In Vegas (2/7/2003)
OZZY OSBOURNE will perform a one-off show at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel's live concert
venue, in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, March 14. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Feb. 8
at 1:00 p.m. General admission, standing-room-only tickets are said to be priced at $153,
and VIP Balcony seats are priced at $303.
Hip Hop Boycott Pepsi Over Osbourne Commercial (2/5/2003)
One of the biggest soda makers in the nation has gone wack
with the hip-hop generation.
Angered at Pepsi for placing foul-mouthed Ozzy Osbourne in
a Superbowl commercial only months after yanking rapper
Ludacris for his vulgar language, hip hop icon Russell Simmons
said Tuesday he will announce this weekend plans for a boycott
against the soft drinks giant, accusing Pepsi of applying a
double standard in a wack (hip-hop slang for displeasing) manner.
"The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) plans to announce and
detail a proposed boycott of Pepsi during the NBA All-Star
Weekend in Atlanta," a spokeswoman for Simmons and the non-profit
hip-hop group he helped found, said.
"The boycott is being called in response to Pepsi dropping
Ludacris as spokesman and subsequently picking up the Osbournes,
who are no less vulgar," she added.
Simmons is credited with bringing black, hip-hop culture into
the American mainstream over the past 20 years, He is also the
founder of Def Jam Records, a unit of Vivendi Universal .
A spokesman for PepsiCo Inc said the Ludacris controversy was
an unfortunate experience.
"It was our mistake, we learned a lot from it and we've moved
on," the spokesman said.
"We respect Russell's interest in bringing hip-hop talent to a
larger audience and we have worked together to do just that," he
The controversy regarding the Ludacris spot dates back to a few
months ago when conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly pointed
out that the rapper was foul-mouthed, accused Pepsi of being
"immoral" and urged a boycott.
Pepsi caved in to the pressure, yanking its 30-second television
spot, stating it had received several consumer complaints about
Ludacris' sexually explicit, profanity-laden song lyrics.
The spot itself, called "Party," was created and produced by
UniWorld, and featured a party in full swing in a barn, with
Ludacris onstage, rapping. Observers have said that no obscene
lyrics during the commercial.
O'Reilly, however, reportedly got a hold of Ludacris' lyrics from
his song catalog, which were laced with vulgarities.
Pepsi has a history of yanking controversial spots, such as one in
1989 with Madonna (news - web sites) featuring her "Like a Prayer,"
song which debuted at the same time as her video, featuring burning
crosses that sparked consumer protests.
Simmons' move is strategically timed, announcing the boycott of
Pepsi in rival Coca Cola Co's home town of Atlanta during a
star-studded and high-profile weekend featuring professional
basketball's All-Star game when fashion, parties and entertainment
will get almost as much attention as the players themselves.
Ozzy & Nascar? (2/5/2003)
If the deal goes through, they will not only make an Ozzy car
but it will race in a live NASCAR Winston Cup event. Details
New "Mama I'm Coming Home" Single (2/5/2003)
A remastered version of Ozzy's "Mama, I¹m Coming Home" is out on a CD
single now in Europe via Epic. The single includes "Mama, I¹m
Coming Home" (remastered version), "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (live
version), and "Crazy Train" (live version)...
Osbournes Pepsi Commercial (1/26/2003)
If you missed it during the superbowl, check out Pepsitwist.com.
They also have behind the scenes footage of the filming.
First Season Of The Osbournes Coming On DVD (1/16/2003)
The Osbournes - The First Season (Uncensored) will be released on March 4, 2003
on DVD. It will include the following:
All 10 episodes of the first season with commentary.
Never before seen, un-aired footage from six episodes.
Four Never-Before-Seen episodes.
"Too Oz for TV" - Blooper Reel.
Ozzy's Ten Commandments.
Diary of an Osbourne--Random Acts of Ozzy.
Never-Before-Seen interviews with cast.
Ozzy translator - decode the Prince of Darkness.
Conversations with the Osbournes: Life On The Road, Family Values, First -
Season Stories, The Untold Story of Michael the Security Guard
Set Top Materials: Name that dookie, Edit a scene, Osbournes Bingo Game - use
supplied cards or download new cards off the internet to play bingo
DVD-ROM: Food Nuisance, Guide to "The Osbournes," Website links
Click here to pre-order it!