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    Ozzy Osbourne

    now i warned you about it being long. i sat in front of the computer for 2 hours reading it. its amusing though, oh yes there is a table of contents



    Welcome to
    The Complete Ozzy Osbourne Biography

    The largest source of info on Ozzy on the Internet

    Updated: March 21/2000

    For Complete Ozzy Osbourne lyrics, tablature, MP3 and midi
    visit http://ozzymusic.cjb.net

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    Table Of Contents
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    [1.0] Introduction
    [1.1] What was Ozzy's childhood like?
    [1.2] How did Ozzy start his music career?
    [1.3] Who was Jim Simpson? (Manager Number One)
    [1.4] Who was Earth/Black Sabbath?
    [1.5] How did Black Sabbath come to be?
    [1.6] Paranoia
    [1.7] An act of SABOTAGE?
    [1.8] Manager Number Two
    [1.9] When and how did Ozzy leave Black Sabbath?

    [2.0] Ozzy and Randy
    [2.1] What the hell is this about biting a bat? (Diary of a Madman)
    [2.2] When and how did Randy Rhoads die?
    [2.3] What is this about a dove?
    [2.4] Wife as Manager/Speak of the Devil
    [2.5] Suicide Solution
    [2.6] Bark at the Moon
    [2.7] The Ultimate Disaster
    [2.8] No Rest for the Wicked
    [2.9] No More Beers
    [2.10] Ozzmosis
    [2.11] Why did Zakk leave Ozzy?
    [2.12] Of Priests and Devils
    [2.13] Will there ever be a reunion?

    [3.0] Ozzy Album Discography
    [3.1] Rare/B-sides/etc.
    [3.2] Song Definitions
    [3.3] Did You Know?
    [3.4] Tattoos
    [3.5] Milestones
    [3.6] Questions
    [3.7] Quotations
    [3.8] Fan Club Info
    [3.9] Where to find lyrics, tabs, links, and other info
    [3.10] Ozzy's Movie Career
    [3.11] Where are they now?

    [4.0] Closing Remarks
    [4.1] Credits


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    1.0 INTRODUCTION
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    1968
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    In a small German club, a band by the name of "Earth" is
    Up on the stage. The audience is ignoring the band as audiences typically do.
    The lead singer, Ozzy, decides to get their attention. He goes back to the
    Dressing room, unnoticed by the audience. Backstage, he coats his hands,
    Face and feet with purple paint. He returns to the stage and then screams at
    The audience. The audience remains oblivious to this purple man screaming
    At them. The band resigns them to the fact that the audience is just
    Not going to pay them any attention.

    1998
    ====
    Ask someone if they have heard of Celine Dion or Tom
    Cochrane, and even if their answer is no, they have most likely heard about
    Ozzy Osbourne or Black Sabbath. Since his debut in the late 60's as a
    Blues/rock singer, this man has had a world wide impact on the music scene.
    You may think of him as a drugged out lunatic who sacrifices animals and
    Eats dead frogs for supper while worshiping Satan with dead bodies around
    Him. This is of course
    Complete and utter nonsense... I have never heard of him using more than
    One dead body.

    The most common stories are the beheading of the bat, wasn't there something?
    About a dove, and what was that about the Alamo? From his childhood right on
    Up to his current Ozzmosis album, this file will attempt to explain it all.

    At the age of 50, this man still has the mind, and at times, the body of
    A 22 year old. His records still continue to sell and make it to the
    Charts, his concerts sell out within minutes, all this despite his never
    Having followed any given 'trend' as a lot of music groups try to do today.
    When Alanis Morissette is 48, do you think she will still have sell out
    Concerts?

    "When I left school I wanted to become a plumber. When I heard the Beatles
    I wanted to become a Beatle" ...Ozzy

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    1.1 What was Ozzy's childhood like?
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    The year was 1948 and John Michael Osbourne was born on December 3rd in
    The industrial town of Birmingham, England to Jack and Lillian Osbourne.
    John was the fourth of six children (2 brothers, Paul and Tony) and 3 sisters
    (Jean, Iris and Gillian) in a small two-bedroom home at 14 lodge Road in
    Aston, England. Needless to say the house was more than a little crowded.

    Ozzy's father worked nights in a steel plant while his mother worked days in
    The Lucas car plant assembling electrical circuits. His family was in
    Poor financial shape with no money, no car and little food. Ozzy says his
    Childhood consisted of one pair of shoes, one pair of socks, no underwear,
    One pair of pants and one jacket. There would be a bucket at the end of the
    Bed to urinate in, which sat there for months. Their beds never had clean
    Sheets, and sometimes they used overcoats as bed sheets.

    Ozzy was beaten quite a bit by his father; most of it was deserved for
    Stunts like
    Trying to kill his siblings. (Ed: While I don't condone the beating of a child,
    I also don't think one should attempt to kill one's siblings either.
    Take the above comment with this in mind.)

    One day Ozzy's friends gave his brother a used condom and told him it was a
    Balloon.
    His brother went into the house with the condom blown up, and his father
    Washed his
    Mouth out with soap.

    In his spare time, Ozzy would watch television. He liked shows such as
    "I love Lucy", "Lassie" and "Roy Rogers". This was the lifestyle of
    Birmingham, a time where you went to work all day and then to the pub to
    Drink and play darts until deciding to stagger home. For the Osbourne family,
    Life was no different. It was all work and little time to enjoy the finer
    Moments in life. While the Beatles were singing about flower power and
    Loving one another, the people of Birmingham simply had to take a good look
    Around them to see the reality of the world: it was hard. Life was no
    Different for the Osbourne family.

    While in school, other students called John, "Ozzie" or "Oz-brain" with
    Respect to his last name. Quite the rebel, Ozzy did however take part
    In various school opera-plays such as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado
    And The Pirates of Penzance. There was one student at school named
    Tony Iommi whom Ozzy did not get along with. Tony and John were from two
    Different crowds and there was no love lost between the two. Tony and his
    Mates would make fun of Ozzy's high voice and compared his singing to that
    Of a girls. The two of them would later reunite later on under totally
    Different circumstances.

    Ozzy did not do particularly well in school and wanted to get out as soon
    As he could. When asked on a school survey what his ambition was, he wrote
    that he wanted to become a plumber. This was not to happen however. Ozzy
    was kicked out from school. His parents argued often, and the main issue was
    their lack of money. Ozzy decided that he could fix this if he could go out
    and get a job. So at the age of 15, Ozzy took his first job as a plumber's
    assistant. and then a toolmaker's apprentice. Ozzy then went on to work in a
    slaughterhouse in Digbeth for two years, killing cows. Perhaps this
    influenced his musical style, I do not know. Other jobs included an auto
    mechanic, house painter and even two weeks at a mortuary. His first musical
    job was working in the Lucas electrical plant tuning car horns. He later
    said, "I liked heavy metal better because it was louder".

    Ozzy did not care for working for other people so he decided to try crime
    instead. He once tried stealing a 24 inch television set. Balanced on top of
    a wall with it, and trying to keep his balance, he fell off with the
    television landing on top of him. He did some more break and enters but
    used a pair of gloves with the fingers cut off. Naturally he was caught.
    Unable to pay the fine, Ozzy spent three months (or was it 6 weeks?)
    in Birmingham's Winson Green Prison for breaking into an occupied boarding
    house.

    While incarcerated there, Ozzy tattooed the now famous letters O-Z-Z-Y on
    his left knuckles and happy faces on his knees using sewing needle and a
    Graphite slab. One happy face can be seen on his left knee on the "Diary of
    a Madman" album cover. He would later be put in jail again for punching a
    police officer in the mouth.

    Shortly after his release from prison for burglary, Ozzy wound up in the
    Hospital on glucose for 12 hours after being thrown through a glass window
    while fighting 3 men.

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    1.2 How did Ozzy start his music career?
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    After getting out of jail, Ozzy decided he did not want to go end up going
    back. At this time, The Beatles were becoming increasingly popular and
    becoming the craze. Ozzy thought that this would be the way to go. There was
    money to be made in singing as opposed to crime. In fact the Beatles were one
    of his main influences. Even to this day he still listens to the Beatles
    before going out on stage. It is of interest to note that this would not be
    his first musical experience though: earlier at the age of fourteen he
    had already been in a band named 'The Black Panthers'.

    A band by the name of "Music Machine" needed a singer because theirs was
    sick. Ozzy liked the idea of being able to travel to gigs and meeting women
    so he filled in. Later on he joined a band named "Approach" but didn't like
    the band so he quit. He then decided to call himself "Ozzy Zig" and placed
    this ad in the local music paper/shop: "Ozzy zig requires gig. Ozzy's
    father loaned him some money and together they purchased a 50 watt amp.
    Ozzy placed an ad in a local record store reading, "Ozzy zig requires
    gig. Owns own P.A.". Another 18 year old Brummie named Terence 'Geezer'
    Butler had been playing guitar for just six months when he saw Ozzy's ad
    on a shop bulletin board and decided to go look him up. After the two met,
    they decided to form a band named "Rare Breed". Rare Breed lasted only two
    shows before disbanding.

    Elsewhere Ozzy's old schoolmate, Tony Iommi had teamed up with an 18 year old
    assistant truck driver named William Ward
    who had just quit his job. Tony and
    Bill also decided to form a band, "The Rest", and recruited a singer named
    Chris Smith. The Rest eventually moved north to a small town named Carlisle
    where they renamed themselves "Mythology" and gained a large following of
    fans. They played mainly blues songs inspired by such groups as The
    Yardbirds, Cream, The Beatles and John Mayal.

    Mythology eventually split up; Tony and Bill returned to Birmingham and
    went to the music shop where they also saw Ozzy's ad. Tony was hoping this
    was not the same 'Ozzy' he had went to school with because that Ozzy could
    not sing well and the two of them disliked one other. It turned out that it
    was
    indeed the same Oz and decided it would not be a good idea to form a band
    together. Tony was also not impressed with Ozzy because he had very short
    hair (really!). Since Ozzy and Geezer still needed a drummer they later
    approached Tony to see if he knew of a drummer. Bill was at Tony's place and
    agreed to join them but only if they'd let Tony join too. So along with a
    slide guitar player named Jim Phillips and a saxophone player, they formed
    a new band. The new band returned to Carlisle where Tony and Bill had been a
    success and played some gigs. Not being pleased with a six piece band, they
    broke up and then rejoined once the two extras had gone. This was a
    polite way of getting rid of the two unnecessary members. The foursome them
    learned 18 songs in their first week together. Ozzy named the band "Polka
    Tulk Blues Band" after a tin of talcum powder. It has also been said that
    the name came from a Pakistani clothing store named the 'Polka Tulk Trading
    Company'. Geezer Butler switched to playing bass guitar since Tony was now
    the lead guitar player. Unable to afford a bass guitar, Geezer simply took
    two of the guitar strings off his guitar and re-tuned it to make a bass
    guitar. Another name change ensued and the group was soon known as "Earth".

    History:
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    Ozzy Osbourne Geezer Butler Tony Iommi Bill Ward
    | | | |
    Black Panthers (1962) | Rocking Chevrolets |
    | | | |
    Music Machine/Approach | | |
    | | >>> The Rest <<<
    >>>> Rare Breed <<< |
    | |
    >>>>> Polka Tulk Blues Band <<<<<
    |
    Earth (Autumn 1967-August 1969)
    |
    Black Sabbath (Aug. 1969-1978)
    |
    Black Sabbath (1978-) [After Ozzy left, Ronnie James Dio left 'Rainbow'
    to replace him)

    "Black Sabbath makes Led Zeppelin look like a kindergarten house band"
    ...Advertisement by Jim Simpson

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    1.3 Who was Jim Simpson? (Manager Number One)
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    Jim Simpson was a musician who played jazz trumpet. He was also the manager
    of a Brummie band named 'Bakerloo Blues Band'. Unable to find a place where
    he could promote the band, he opened his own place called "Henry's
    Blueshouse". Henry's, located at Hill Street and Station Road was an
    instant success. It wasn't before long before the club had to stop
    accepting new bands. A band that was just starting out, Led Zeppelin, would
    also be one of the first bands to play Henry's.

    In 1969, the four members of Earth approached Jim and asked if they could
    play at Henry's. They also wanted him to be their manager since they knew
    nothing of the business sense of things. He told them that they could open
    for the band 'Ten Years After', which pleased them. Happy to have a manager
    who supposedly cared for their interests, they recorded a song in tribute
    to him, "Song for Jim". The song was a spoof of their manager and the jazz
    music he played. This elusive song is still sought after by Sabbath fans
    worldwide. Simpson would also give the band some of his jazz records to
    inspire them to write songs.

    It is of interest to mention that around this time, Tony left to join
    Jethro Tull. While Tony did not appear on any of Tull's albums, he did make
    an appearance at the "Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Circus" which was never
    released, because the Stones were upstaged by other acts. Tony and Jethro
    can be heard on a bootleg called "Archangel Rides Again". The movie was
    eventually released in the movie festival circuit.

    Tony's stint with Jethro Tull was very brief (for two weeks). He left Tull
    and was soon back in Earth.

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    1.4 Who was Earth/Black Sabbath?
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    BAND MEMBER FULL NAME BIRTHDATE

    Tony Iommi [guitar] Anthony Frank Iommi Feb 19, 1948 in
    Aston
    Bill Ward [drums] William Ward May 5, 1948 in UK

    Ozzy Osbourne [vocals/harmonica] John Michael Dec. 3, 1948 in
    Osbourne Aston

    Geezer Butler [bass] Terence Michael July 17, 1949
    Butler


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    1.5 How did Black Sabbath come to be?
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    "When we hit America we were the wild bunch. We bought dope and f***ed
    anything that moved" ...Ozzy

    While waiting to go into a rehearsal one day, they noticed a Boris Karloff
    movie playing named "Black Sabbath" (1935). Geezer mentioned it was strange
    that people would go to a movie to scare themselves silly. Until this time
    they had only played other artist's material. They decided to use the name
    of the movie as the name for their first original song.

    One day the band showed up to do a gig at Henry's. There, someone mentioned
    they liked the bands single. The only problem was the foursome hadn't ever
    released a single! They then realized that there were two bands by the same
    name. The audience were of upper class and expecting a totally different
    type of music. Unable to back out of the show, the scruffy four played
    blues and rock to the audience. It was a disaster! The band however did
    have some fun in watching the crowd try to dance to their type of music.

    As a result, Geezer came up with the idea to change their name to that of
    the Karloff movie, 'BLACK SABBATH' to avoid being confused with the other
    band named Earth. They now had a song and a band name taken from the
    movie's title. This would also reflect the groups interest in the occult.
    It has also been said that the name Black Sabbath came from Geezer's
    interest in occult writer Denis Wheatley.

    Not having any money, the band relied on Tony's mother who owned a
    chocolate shop, for the use of a van, food and cigarettes. Sometimes the
    group would get gigs on their own, other times they would show up at a
    place where another band was to be playing. In the event that the scheduled
    band failed to show up, the Sabs would take their place. They played the
    Star Club in Hamburg in Jan. 1969, a place the Beatles had made famous.
    They were so popular that they were booked to come back for 5 more shows.
    They would play 7 shows a day, and write new material as they went along.
    This would also explain why their early songs had different lyrics than the
    final album versions.

    As Black Sabbath made news, a group of Satanists asked them to play at
    their "night of Satan" at Stonehenge. They refused. The head witch of
    England, Alec Sanders who was a regular fan of Sabbaths, informed them that
    these Satanists had placed a hex on the band members. Ozzy asked his father
    to make aluminum crosses, which he did, and then had them blessed. They
    wore these crosses 24 hours a day for protection. The cross remains a well
    known Black Sabbath symbol even to this day. You see, Black Sabbath as
    Satanic and dark as the name sounded, had nothing to do with the devil when
    they chose their name.

    An independent producer named Tony Hall paid for the band to record some
    demo songs at the Regent Sound studio on Tottenham Court Rd. These were
    produced by Roger Bayed, whose name appears on many of their albums. One
    demo cut, a single called "Evil Woman", was released on the Fontana record
    label in Jan. 1970. This was a cover song from a Minnesota band named Crow,
    which did quite well unbeknownst to the band. One demo was called "The Rebel"
    and is played as a 10 second sample in "The Black Sabbath Story - I" video.
    The song, about a reclusive voyeur, is one of the rarest Sabbath songs in
    that it did not make it to the final album.

    Their first completed album was released on Friday, Feb. 13th, 1970. It
    took them only eight hours to record and cost a mere 800 British pounds
    (approx. $1200 US). The album was recorded in four tracks on an 8 track
    machine. The band was not that popular at this time, they simply wanted to
    do what they liked best... sing about the darker, more depressing things
    that surrounded them. It was not likely they ever intended to make the big
    time, in fact Ozzy has said he was just happy to show his mother that his
    voice was recorded on a piece of vinyl. It was not as easy as it sounds
    though, it took them 14 tries before Jim Simpson found a record company
    (Vertigo) that would carry the album.

    The record company chose to put an upside down cross on the
    gatefold of the album and thus people readily associated the band with
    Satanism. The band knew nothing about this and did not want the upside down
    cross, however they backed down from the record company's "wiser and
    higher" marketing methods. Inside the inverted cross was a poem. The poem
    seemed to correspond with the album's cover showing a woman standing in a
    countryside, apparently in a gothic setting. The poem is called "Still
    Falls the Rain". Due to requests by fans, it is shown below:

    *** STILL FALLS THE RAIN ***

    "Still falls the rain,
    the veils of darkness shroud the blackened trees,
    which, contorted by some unseen violence,
    shed their tired leaves, and bend their boughs
    toward a gray earth of severed bird wings.

    Among the grasses, poppies bleed before a gesticulating death,
    and young rabbits, born dead in traps,
    stand motionless, as though guarding the silence
    that surrounds and threatens to engulf
    all those that would listen.

    Mute birds, tired of repeating yesterdays terrors,
    huddle together in the recesses of dark corners,
    heads turned from the dead, black swan
    that floats upturned in a small pool in the hollow.

    There emerges from this pool a faint, sensual mist,
    that traces its way upwards to caress the feet
    of the headless martyr's statue
    whose only achievement was to die too soon,
    and who couldn't wait to loose.

    The cataract of darkness forms fully,
    the long black night begins, yet still
    by the lake a young girl waits.
    Unseeing she believes herself unseen, she smiles faintly
    at the distant tolling bell, and the still falling rain."

    The first album contained the following songs:

    1) Black Sabbath (a dark doom sounding song)
    2) The Wizard (a song about a wizard who walks through towns cheering
    people up through the use of magic)
    3) Wasp/Behind The Wall of Sleep
    4) Bassically/N.I.B. (a song about the devil falling in love with a
    mortal woman and changing to a good person)
    5) Wicked World (society, and our struggle to survive)
    (Euro versions had 'Evil Woman' instead, another great single)
    6) Sleeping Village/Warning (a very blues influenced song that is an
    easy listener, about found/lost love)

    This was definitely NOT a satanic album! Today there are still people who
    hear the words "Black Sabbath" and think hard rock devil music. This is
    plain ignorance. Remember the band was originally a blues band, and there
    is a definite blues sound in their debut album.

    Ozzy brought the album home to proudly show his parents. The Osbourne's
    were the type of people who would sit around the phonogram with a beer and
    merrily sing alone to the records. This was not to be though. When Mr.
    Osbourne heard the album he asked John, "Are you sure you were just
    drinking alcohol?, this isn't music, this is weird." The first song began
    with a church bell tolling and the sound of rain falling in the background,
    and was eerie to say the least. Ozzy too had not heard the final product
    until now. It would reach #8 in the UK charts and #23 in the United States.

    The four unknowns were now finally making a name for themselves with the
    release of an album. It is of interest to note that their album followed
    the release of Led Zeppelin's first album. Both bands knew one another
    personally since they both played in the same club and the music scene was
    a close knit group. It came in the form of a surprise to the Sabs when
    someone put on a brand new album from Led Zeppelin. Bill Ward was close to
    Zeppelin's drummer, John Bonham. He talks about the relationship between
    the two bands in the book, "The Story of Black Sabbath".

    It is of interest to point out that in February of 1970, the same month
    their debut album came out, they broke the attendance record at Simpson's
    club which had remained untouched for over a year by Jethro Tull. Tony had
    made the right choice in returning to Sabbath it would seem. With an album
    comes touring, and with touring comes America. America would have a great
    impact on them as well. Ozzy has said that people would go around saying,
    "if you go to San Francisco be sure to wear a flower in your hair". This
    mystified him because he did not know what or where San Francisco was. When
    the band eventually did tour America, it took them by storm. They had never
    seen anything like it. They had their share of groupies and took in the
    marvelous sights of America. They played one of their first shows at the
    Fillmore East. Some old 8mm footage of their first trip overseas can be
    seen on the commercial video, "The Black Sabbath Story - Volume 1". It must
    be said, that on this particular videotape, Bill Ward the drummer relates
    an interesting story: While playing in New York, the audience was still at
    the stage where they would simply sit there and listen to the music. The
    band wanted a stronger reaction from the audience since they were putting
    150% effort into their songs. Ozzy would often yell at the audience to get
    up and go crazy (as many bootlegs can attest to). At one particular show
    they were growing fed up with the audience just sitting there and Bill
    picked up his drum set and threw it at the audience. Bill says that as a
    result, that night they did SEVEN encores. Can you think of any band in
    today's scene which does seven encores? By the time they reached Los
    Angeles, people had already heard about this "Black Sabbath".

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    While working on their next album the band released a single called
    "Paranoid". The single was very popular, maybe too popular: On October 23,
    1970 the band attempts to play the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle. The crowd
    is very drunk and all over the stage and equipment. The band, unsuccessful
    in trying to get them off the stage, starts playing their hit single
    Paranoid. 70 minutes later the show is done and the band is very upset.
    Someone put their foot through one of their big PA speakers, Bill's drum
    sticks and cymbals were stolen and a bass drum mic destroyed. The audience
    had gone crazy over their new single and Ozzy says, "If it means us having
    to give up putting out singles then we will. We want people to listen to
    us, not try to touch us. I was really terrified, shocked out of my mind."
    This would also be the gig that would give birth to their new song,"Fairies
    Wear Boots". While walking down a street some time after the show, the band
    was attacked by a group of skinheads. Tony's arm was badly hurt and this
    forced them to cancel their next show. Due to the fact the skinheads wore
    boots, they decided to make fun of the punks in the song.

    It was not uncommon for the band to be verbally abusive if the audience was
    not responding properly. If they were talking, the band would just crank up
    the music some more. Bands were so loud during this time the Leeds City
    Council introduced a "96 decibel law". If any band's music was to rise
    above 96 decibels the amplifiers would cut out. Sabbath did not consider
    their night's work complete unless they hit at least three cut outs a
    night.

    PARANOID
    --------
    The album, 'Paranoid', was recorded in four days once again at
    Regent Sound and then released in Jan. 1971. The cover shows a person
    running out of a forest with a sword and shield in hand. This seemed to
    listeners, a strange representation of being paranoid. The truth is that
    the album was to originally be named "War Pigs" (mans constant desire to
    have weapons of destruction and killing). The record company objected to
    the album title and so it was named after one of the songs. The song "War
    Pigs" came about when Sabbath was told tales of horror and war from
    soldiers while playing an American air force base. The Paranoid album
    reached FIRST place in the UK charts and 12th in American charts. It was
    during the span between the Paranoid and Master of Reality albums that Jim
    Simpson was fired as the band's manager. The reason for this is will be
    discussed in a later chapter.

    MASTER OF REALITY
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    In 1971 "Master of Reality" was released, charting 5th place in UK
    and 8th place in USA song charts. Ozzy also married his first wife, Thelma
    Riley and became a stepfather to her son, Elliot. This album would take
    an interesting turn with the release of "After Forever" which was clearly a
    religious, believe in God, song. The church called this blasphemy. People
    disliked the band, perhaps for their After Forever song or perhaps for what
    they represented. In any event, 1971 saw some strange events: At a show in
    Memphis, their dressing rooms had crosses painted in blood on the walls.
    During the show a Satanist jumped on stage with a sacrificial knife. The
    local witches coven later gathered outside the band's hotel and Geezer
    tried to scare them away with a fake hex. It was also the year that threats
    were made that the band would be shot sometime during their US tour. At one
    show the lights suddenly failed into their 3rd song and Ozzy stood frozen
    solid with fear. The band also included a song titled "Sweet Leaf" which
    openly talked about the band's usage of marijuana. The song begins with a
    coughing sound (as if someone had just inhaled the drug). In actual fact,
    Tony had just finished smoking drugs in a water pipe and the sounds were
    included in the final version.

    VOLUME 4
    --------
    The following year "Volume 4" was released. As with the inverted
    cross case and the "War pigs" album title, the record company would again
    take authority over the bands wishes. Volume 4 (hence the fourth Sabbath
    album) was to have originally been called "Snowblind", another drug
    reference. The record company thought this was too controversial and so
    they had to change it. The band was becoming involved in hardcore drugs by
    this time (including cocaine). During the recording of Volume 4, the band
    sat around in a Jacuzzi snorting coke all day and would get up every so
    often to record a new song. We can see why Snowblind was an appropriate
    album title. Not being allowed to use it as an album title, they came up
    with this amusing line on the cover sleeve of the record: "Thanks to the
    COKE-Cola Company". It was also during this year that Ozzy and Thelma had
    their first mutual child, Jessica.


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    "For the first part of their career they were managed by two of the
    biggest crooks in the business. They made nothing, I mean nothing."
    ...Sharon on Sabbath's early management

    The year is now 1974. The band is living a good life of drugs, sex, cars,
    etc. If they wanted a car or a house they would ask for it and receive it
    almost the next day. Ozzy even owned a Jaguar which he smashed while
    backing out of his driveway, the same day he was to sell it. What the band
    never saw though, was money. They became very successful especially in the
    UK charts. Their material possessions were provided by their new management
    of Patrick Meehan and Wilf Pine. What happened was this: During the same
    year that Paranoid was soaring up the charts, Pat and Wilf left their
    management company (which was Don Arden's, more on him later). The duo
    offered the band a chauffeured limo, champagne dinner at the Speakeasy, and
    filled the Sab's heads with ideas that Jim was mismanaging them and they
    could do a hell of a lot better with them instead. The Sabs agreed and on
    Sept.4, 1970 Jim Simpson found out he was history. The man who had turned
    the four nobodies into a juggernaut was dismissed. The Sabs were also not
    happy that with Jim they were being paid a lot less than what they should
    have been getting. The reason was that Jim insisted they perform at the
    shows they had already been booked for, even six months prior. These older
    bookings were for a lot less money than the usual fee, now around 2000
    pounds per show. Simpson launched lawsuits against them for of breach of
    contract. Some concerts later, Ozzy was handed a subpoena on stage for
    Simpson's lawsuits. The resulting court case would last years.

    California saw the Cal Jam concert take place in Ontario on April 6th. This
    was a televised concert to millions of viewers as well as over 450,000
    audience members. It featured bands such as Electric Light Orchestra. In
    the middle of the night, their management threatened the band with a
    lawsuit if they did not play the Cal Jam concert. The band had not
    practiced for months and was not ready for a show, especially one with over
    450,000 people in attendance. It has been said that the band did not even
    know they were to play the show. This would be one of the final straws for
    the band and they soon began the process of getting rid of their second
    management. Ozzy talks a bit about this in the documentary, "The Decline of
    Western Civilization II" where the band questions how much money they are
    really making if their managers could afford houses and cars.

    Once again the band gets rid of their management and decides to form their
    own management. This allowed them to have more control and say into what
    decisions were made for the band. It would be a learning experience as well
    since they had never dabbled in the management aspects before. They decided
    a rest was in order since they were exhausted. Their next US tour would be
    in three short installments rather than one big tour to further save them
    exhaustion and nervous breakdowns. Oh yes, remember all the flashy cars and
    houses they were given? They were never really theirs, and when they dumped
    the management duo they lost everything. They still had the Warner Bros.
    label in America though, and stayed with WB during the management change.

    SABOTAGE
    --------
    In September of 1975, the band released their "Sabotage" album.
    The last song on the album, "The Writ", would reveal their feelings towards
    their previous management and all the problems they'd encountered:

    The Writ
    ========
    The way I feel is the way I am
    I wish I'd walked before I started to run to you, just to you
    What kind of people do you think we are?
    Another joker who's a rock and roll star for you, just for you
    The faithful image of another man
    The endless ocean of emotion I swam for you, yeah for you
    The shot troopers laying down on the floor
    I wish they'd put an end to my running war with you, yeah with you

    Are you metal, are you man?
    You've changed in life since you began, yeah began
    Ladies digging gold from you
    Will they still dig now you're through, yeah you're through

    You bought and sold me with your lying words
    The voices in the deck that you never heard came through, yeah came through
    Your folly finally got to spend with a gun
    A poisoned father who has poisoned his son, that's you, yeah that's you
    I beg you please don't let it get any worse
    The anger I once had has turned to a curse on you, Yeah curse you
    All of the promises that never came true
    You're gonna get what is coming to you, that's true, ah, that's true

    Are you Satan, are you man?
    You've changed the life since it began, it began
    Vultures sucking gold from you
    Will they still suck now you're through

    The search is on, so you just better run
    And find yourself another way
    Probably dead, they don't feel a thing
    To keep you living for another day

    You are nonentity, you have no destiny
    You are a victims of a thing unknown
    A mantle picture of a stolen soul
    A fornication of your golden throne

    A smiling face, it means the world to me
    So tired of sadness and of misery
    My life it started some time ago
    Where it will end, I don't know
    I thought I was so good I thought I was fine
    I feel my world is out of time

    But everything is gonna work out fine
    If it don't I think I'll lose my mind

    I know, I know, I know, yeah yeah I know
    Listen to me while I sing this song
    You might just think the words are wrong
    Too many people advising me [managers, lawyers]
    But they don't know what my eyes see

    But everything is gonna work out fine
    If it don't I feel I'm lose my mind

    The anger is very strong in both the lyrics and the tone of Ozzy's voice.
    After hearing the song one cannot help but feel sympathy for what the band
    had been enduring. Some album labels (Warner Bros. for example) have a
    hidden tune following the song, you need to really turn up the volume to
    hear it. It features the band playing piano and singing an old 'Nitty
    Gritty Dirt Band' song called "Blow on the Jug". A sound engineer caught
    this during a recording session and it was put on the album. Sadly, there
    are a lot of other Sab cover songs which we will never get to hear. You can
    hear the 'Blow on the Jug' song by clicking right here!

    Reporter: "Do you have a drinking problem?"
    Ozzy: "Yes, I can't find a bar."

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    1.8 Manager Number Two
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    Needing a new manager, Don Arden was hired. Don's management was the same
    company that their last management had parted from. Don managed Black
    Sabbath while his daughter, Sharon (then 18) was his receptionist. Ozzy and
    Sharon met when Ozzy walked into his office wearing a tap faucet around his
    neck and sat on the floor - refusing to use a chair. Sharon was terrified
    of Ozzy upon first sight. She even tried to get another woman working in
    the office to bring him a cup of tea, rather than bring it to him herself.
    The two of them would get to know one another quite well over the years as
    Don and the Sab four conducted business.

    Money and fame were no longer problems for the four of them, instead the
    only challenge was how to come up with another best selling album. A very
    audible change in the bands musical direction began to show in their 1974
    album, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". Despite the title, the
    album contains deep lyrics with many different musical arrangements. The
    songs seemed more uplifting and vibrant than their previous dark, gloomy
    sounding material and a more energetic sound. Electronic instruments also
    changed the way they were able to record songs. This album, probably their
    best album with Ozzy as vocalist, placed 4th and 11th respectively in UK
    and American charts.

    TECHNICAL ECSTASY
    -----------------
    "Technical Ecstasy" was released in 1976. This album was
    considerably less heavy then previous albums, and perhaps was due to the
    band just being fed up with it all. They had succeeded in making a lot of
    money, owned as many cars as we own socks, and were getting burned out from
    constant touring. T.E. would contain a song titled, "It's Alright"
    featuring Bill the drummer on vocals, a very gentle song. The album cover
    also set the stage for something entirely new from the band. No more dark
    images, this artistic cover showed two robots having sex (or so it has been
    said). Sadly, Technical Ecstasy did not sell very well.

    The late 1970's also saw some deep trouble for the band. On January 20,1978
    Ozzy's father passed away. Here is a small portion of an interview with Ozzy
    regarding his father:

    "In England, they don't tell you, y'know. What they did to my father was, he
    hadn't eaten a ****ing thing because of his -- whatever the ****ing tube -- he
    had a lump here like a ****ing black ball, in his sagophagus or whatever the
    **** it is; he couldn't eat any food. Plus the fact that he had cancer of the
    ****ing intestines, the bowels, so he couldn't shit. He never ate a thing for
    thirteen weeks.

    They operated on him about a ****ing week before he died. They took the whole
    tube out and put a plastic one in. I don't know what it's like in the states,
    but in England...they put him in a ****ing closet with the ****ing mops and
    buckets, because he was on the death ward and it was too distressing for the
    rest of the patients so they put him in a cot, sort of a crib thing, a giant
    crib. They strapped him...like a boxer, ****ing bandages on his hands, with a
    glucose drip going into his arm. He was stoned out of his head. You know, the
    most amazing thing he said to me. I told my father one day, "I take drugs. I
    said to him, "Before you go, will you take drugs?"

    He says, "I promise you I'll take drugs." He was on Morphine. Totally out
    of his
    mind on Morphine, because the pain must have been horrendous. They had the
    operation on a Tuesday, and he died on Thursday...No one could understand what
    he was talking about, because he was so out of it. He says to me -- he only
    understands drugs as "speed" -- he says, [whispers, a drawn-out, rattling
    imitation] "ssspeeeeed." And he died in my arms.

    I haven't got over it yet. The twentieth of January, I'll go freaking like a
    werewolf. I'll cry and I'll laugh all day long, because it's the day my
    daughter
    was born and the day my father died. Like a ****ing lunatic.

    When they go, they're out of their misery. But what freaked me out more than
    anything else was the funeral. I was singing ****ing "Paranoid" in the
    church...Seconal, drunk... it blew me away. All the family came that I'd never
    seen for ****ing years, and they were making comments. In England, it's a
    weird
    scene at a ****ing death. My father hated his brother Harold -- my whole
    family's ****ing nuts."

    This took a toll on Ozzy and he decided to quit Black Sabbath. Ozzy's father,
    Jack, who thought his son would either end up in prison or end up being
    someone very special, died knowing his son had made something out of
    himself. While on his leave of absence, Ozzy asked Glenn Hughes
    (another vocalist who would eventually spend some time in Sabbath)
    about the two of them forming a band. Oz was fed up with
    Sabbath by this time, though he kept his feelings about this to himself.
    Glenn did not join Ozzy in his desire. Meanwhile the band had to continue
    work on its upcoming album, "Never Say Die".

    NEVER SAY DIE
    -------------
    They took in Dave Walker (who used to be with Fleetwood Mac)
    to write new material for their album. Ozzy decided he
    wanted to rejoin the band, but he refused to sing any of the
    songs written with Dave Walker. So Dave left and the band
    had to rewrite all of their songs. Tony booked a studio in
    Toronto, Ontario because it was where the Rolling Stones had
    recorded one of their albums.

    The band traveled up there in the middle of winter to record the album.
    Ozzy has since said it was a stupid thing to do and that it was freezing up
    there. Tony was just trying to keep the band together in a time of turmoil.

    Ozzy had this to say on the album:
    "The ****ing studio's a pile of shit, the ****ing -- we had two
    songs half- written before we'd gotten into the studio. The reason we'd
    gone to
    Canada was because of the tax-exile thing, because the taxes are so high in
    England. In the end, it cost us nearly 500 ****ing thousand dollars to make
    that
    album, and it was the biggest pile of horseshit that I've ever made in my
    life.
    I'm embarrassed with that album."

    There is one song titled "Junior's Eyes" which is available on the
    "Archangel Rides Again" bootleg, featuring Sabbath with Dave Walker on
    vocals. Junior's Eyes was kept for the final album with the same music but
    Ozzy rewrote the lyrics in a way as to say goodbye to his father.

    Junior's Eyes
    =============
    Junior's eyes looked up to the skies in tears
    He prayed that his maker, the giver and taker, would `pear
    Junior sighed, as his hands reached out to the sky
    Junior cried, the day that his best friend died

    (chorus)
    You're coming home again tomorrow
    I'm sorry it won't be for long
    With all the pain I've watched you live within
    I'll try my hardest not to cry
    But it is time to say goodbye

    Junior's eyes, they couldn't disguise the pain
    His father was leaving, and Junior is grieving again
    Innocent eyes watched the man who had gave everything
    Junior's sorrow, who knew what tomorrow would bring?

    (chorus)

    Junior's eyes looked into the skies once more
    Now he knew well, this life was hell for sure
    He desperately tried, his fingertips stretched to the stars, yeah
    Reaching for reason, along with the time and the stars

    (chorus)

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    1.9 When and how did Ozzy leave Black Sabbath?
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    By now, all four members of the band were staying in their rooms all day
    and doing hard drugs and booze. They had cars, success, and perhaps little
    motivation to release another album. Ozzy himself has said he only wanted
    to release an album to make money and get fat off of beer. Ozzy would
    subsequently not show up for weeks at a time for practice. They were to
    begin work on their next album, "Heaven and Hell". Tony, having met Ronnie
    James Dio (ex-Rainbow) by this time, then asked Bill to get rid of Ozzy.
    Tony was fed up with Ozzy and was interested in having Dio as a vocalist.
    After the 1978 NSD tour, Ozzy was told by Bill, that they no longer wanted
    him in the band. Bill feels bad about doing this because him and Oz were
    best of friends and yet Bill wanted Ozzy out of the band as well. People
    still ask how Ozzy left, the truth is that both him and Tony Iommi say he
    was fired. Ozzy also adds that he was relieved at this. In actual fact Ozzy
    was asked many times on the last day to leave before being fired. For some
    time now Ozzy wanted to go into a new musical direction and perhaps was
    unable to do so with the politics of the band being the way they were.
    Tony, being the transportation, would never be spoken against by the other
    members of the band. 1978 saw the end of the original Black Sabbath. Their
    last tour would be the "Never Say Die" tour. Appropriately named.

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    2.0 Ozzy and Randy
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    After being fired from Sabbath, Ozzy spent three months staying in the
    Le Parc Hotel in Los Angeles. He would order out for pizza and booze and
    have his
    dealer drop off cocaine for him. He basically thought his life was over.
    It was around this time that his friend Sharon Arden suggested he start
    a new band. Over in Los Angeles, a 23 year old guitar player named Randy
    Rhoads was turning heads.

    Born Dec. 6, 1956 in Santa Monica, Randy was with Quiet Riot (who
    are best remembered for their hit "Cum On Feel The Noize"). Randy
    had recorded two albums with Quiet Riot, released only in Japan.
    Randy was introduced to Ozzy through Dana Strum (now of
    Slaughter). Randy showed up at Ozzy's audition and reportedly
    played for just five minutes before Oz said he was in. With Bob
    Daisley on bass and Lee Kerslake on drums, they recorded an album,
    "Blizzard of Ozz", in England. The album would also contain a
    melody titled "Dee" which was dedicated to Randy's mother,
    Dolores, a source of inspiration for Randy. The album was released
    on Don Arden's JET Record label. What about Don Arden and Black
    Sabbath? Well when Ozzy was fired, and Ozzy went solo, the record
    company said bye-bye to the Sabs.

    Ozzy then decided to tour, with his first solo concert in Glasgow,
    Scotland on September 12, 1980. What you probably don't know is
    that Ozzy had two shows before his debut under the band name of
    "Law". The opening day of his first solo concert he and Sharon
    paced the streets nervously. Since people in Scotland usually
    showed up at the concert without prepaying for tickets, they had
    no way of knowing how many people would show up. As it turned out
    it was a big success.

    Ozzy played all of his Blizzard of Ozz album and some Sabbath songs.
    Eventually he broke down and cried because he realized that he could make
    it on his own without the other three Sabbath members with whom he had
    paved the road to success. You must realize that when Ozzy was in Sabbath
    he was really not a contributing member of the band. Geezer wrote most of
    the song lyrics and Ozzy would come by and sing the words, but he had
    little to do with the actual contributions to the songs[*]. Now Ozzy and
    Randy were the main writers and had equal say as to what went into the
    songs.
    [*] Ozzy did write 'Am I Going Insane' (his feelings about society's views
    towards him and his anger towards society) and 'Who Are You?'

    Since this chapter will be the end of the Black Sabbath era, here is a list
    of the albums which were recorded with any of the original members. As you
    can see, in the end only Tony chose to remain in the group:

    Ozzy Tony Bill Geezer
    ================================================== =====

    Black Sabbath * * * *
    Paranoid * * * *
    Master of Reality * * * *
    Volume 4 * * * *
    Sabbath Bloody * * * *
    Sabotage * * * *
    We Sold Our Soul * * * *
    Technical Ecstasy * * * *
    Never Say Die * * * *
    Heaven and Hell * * *
    Mob Rules * *
    Live Evil * *
    Born Again * * *
    Seventh Star (was to be solo) *
    Eternal Idol *
    Headless Cross *
    Tyr *
    Dehumanizer * *
    Cross Purposes * *

    "Who do you think you were in previous incarnations?"
    "I think I was a bat" ... Ozzy some years before the "incident"

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    2.1 What the hell is this about biting a bat?
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    The following year, "Diary of a Madman" was released. An
    interesting note, Ozzy's son, Elliot is shown on the album cover.
    Though production of the album was rushed towards the end so that
    the band could get out and tour, Ozzy has said he liked this album
    better of the two. The album came out the same time as Sabbath's
    Mob Rules album. Diary soared to the top 15 on US charts while Mob
    Rules remained at #29. Ozzy's first two albums would sell over 6
    million copies. As they toured, Randy would often hold a guitar
    clinic for kids who wanted to learn to play guitar. A kid named
    Joe Holmes took lessons from Randy, and would later have an impact
    on Ozzy's life as well.

    The Diary tour was nicknamed Night of the Living Dead tour due to various
    misfortunes: The entire band was expelled from a San Diego over Ozzy's
    reputation, the prop truck broke down, and in Minneapolis a crane fell and
    crushed $8000 worth of synthesizers. On the upside, the stage setting for
    Diary of a Madman was a huge castle complete with fog. The drummer was
    situated on a raised platform, and there was an opening in the center of
    the stage where a dwarf would come out to give Ozzy water and towels. The
    dwarf was actually Little John Allen who played R2D2 in Star Wars. It has
    been brought to my attention that Kenny Baker actually played R2D2 so I
    don't know which name is correct. John Allen suffered mock abuse by having
    pig entrails tossed at him, he was stuffed into a hole and he was even
    hanged for prolonged periods from a noose (as shown on some videos). This
    was accomplished with a harness so as not to really choke him, but how did
    he manage to stay up for so long??

    During the Diary tour, Ozzy would throw raw meat at his audience. It was
    even part of his contract that 25 pounds of calves livers and pigs
    intestines be thrown. A parent once phoned the promoter of the show asking
    how to get blood out of the clothes. As the tour continued, people would
    bring meat to the show to throw back at him. As time passed, the audience
    brought dead frogs, cats, snakes, etc. to throw onto the stage. Once,
    someone threw a toy doll onto the stage and Ozzy freaked out thinking that
    someone had thrown a real infant up on stage.

    On Jan. 20 at a Des Moines, Iowa concert some winner threw a real bat up on
    stage. The bat lay still because of the spotlights on the stage, and so
    Ozzy picked it up, THINKING IT WAS A TOY RUBBER BAT. He bit into the bat,
    taking off its head. Immediately the audience and Sharon freaked out. Ozzy
    was rushed to emergency to have rabies shots. It is reported that at the
    time he was treating the whole thing as a joke, apparently barking like a
    dog when wheeled into the hospital. He sent the crew back to find the bat
    to find out if it was in fact real or not, the bat could not be found. The
    shots would continue for about a week, with needles in each buttock, arms
    and leg. Ozzy would also faint or collapse at the concerts which followed.
    Ozzy's advice on the situation is, "if you want to be a complete dick, try
    it". Subsequently the bat would become a symbol for Ozzy on his upcoming
    albums, and even a tattoo. The animal humane society would become involved
    and show up to boycott Ozzy concerts. From this point on, he was marked a
    madman and his reputation began to precede him. One such nasty rumor, and
    sure sign of people's ability to go overboard with gossip and rumors is
    this little gem: Before one concert even started, Ozzy supposedly threw
    three small dogs into the audience. He refused to play the show until all
    the dogs came back to him dead. The story is not true. It was the honest
    mistake with a bat which would cement itself in people's minds, even to
    this day.

    [Ed: I can recall when Ozzy came to my hometown on the Diary tour, the
    SPCA and police were there threatening to take action if any animals were
    harmed on stage. Ozzy has never returned.]

    "If they were buzzing the bus, like people say, it probably meant
    that Randy was struggling with the pilot to stop him from crashing it"
    -Kevin Dubrow of Quiet Riot

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    2.2 When and how did Randy Rhoads die?
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    In 1981, Ozzy divorced his first wife, Thelma. They were separated soon
    after the day he came home (drunk) to find a bailiff at the door, and all
    of his belongings outside. He was told that if he stepped inside the house
    he would be arrested. Ozzy was not exactly what you would call a father
    figure. He would leave home for days, weeks, at a time and stay at friends
    places until they kicked him out. Rather than go through the divorce
    proceedings, Ozzy told her to just keep everything. By now Ozzy and Sharon
    had gotten to the point where they decided to get married. Sharon had been
    hoping this would also get Ozzy a better deal since her father was the one
    managing the recording and managerial contracts.

    On March 19th, 1982 Ozzy and his band were on their way to Orlando, FL from
    Knoxville, TN. The show was to feature Foreigner and UFO. Ozzy and Randy had
    been talking about their recent success. Randy mentioned wanting to leave to
    pursue a degree in classical guitar at UCLA. Ozzy has said that if Randy
    were still alive, it is doubtful that Randy would still be playing with him.]

    During the trip, they stopped to do some repairs on the tour bus at its base
    near Leesburg, Florida. The bus driver, Andrew Aycock invited some of the
    people for a ride in his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane (9-10 am). The bus
    driver took Don Airey and Jake Duncan (the tour manager) for a spin.
    Aycock had been involved in a previous accident in which a young boy was
    killed.

    When the plane landed, the driver went for another ride, this time with Randy
    and Ozzy's seamstress, Rachael Youngblood, 58. The pilot of the plane was
    presumably under the influence of cocaine (it was later found in drug tests).
    The pilot's ex-wife was standing outside the bus and it is assumed the pilot
    dove the plane into the bus in an attempt to kill her. Aycock circled the bus
    three times, and on the fourth pass, the plane clipped the tour bus and
    careened into a nearby house where it exploded. Ozzy ran into the
    house and pulled out a deaf man, who was unaware of the fire.


    Rachel and Randy were both killed in the crash. The fire destroyed the home,
    and adjacent garage.

    Ozzy's new solo career had come to a screeching halt.

    He would continue the tour in April with a quick shoe in of Bernie Torme.
    Bernie used to play guitar for Gillan (Ian Gillan, who would join Sabbath).
    Bernie would not stay with Ozzy long however. Bernie left Ozzy's band. The
    reason is not known for sure. Some people say he was not used to playing big
    gigs. What is known is that Bernie had a UK tour lined up for his 'Electric
    Gypsies' album. His departure from Ozzy was bound to happen.

    Brad Gillis left 'Night Ranger' to replace Torme for the remainder of the
    tour. Brad Gillis also appeared on the 'Speak of the Devil' LP. After the
    tour Ozzy would hire Jakey Lou Williams (Jake E. Lee) with whom he recorded
    1984's 'Bark At The Moon' album. Gillis would later rejoin Night Ranger.
    Brad may have wanted to stay on with Ozzy but Oz didn't really think the
    two of them were compatible.

    On Feb. 19, 1982, while visiting San Antonio,
    Texas, Ozzy was again drunk after drinking a bottle of Courvoisier. Sharon
    decided to lock his clothes in the hotel room so that Ozzy would not go
    outside and cause trouble. To solve this problem, Ozzy dressed up in one of
    Sharon's evening gowns. While taking some photos of himself in drag, he had
    to urinate and did so on the historical Alamo building. The Alamo is the
    1836 site of the legendary battle between the Texans and the Mexican army.

    Ozzy was arrested and charged with defiling a national monument and banned
    from playing in San Antonio any further. This would be another blow to his
    image that would haunt him to this day. The ban was eventually lifted.

    I received a piece of email from one of the officers who arrested Ozzy
    at the Alamo. Contrary to the dress we was supposed to be wearing,
    he says Ozzy was not in one. This is just one of the many contradictions
    in this FAQ. Until they can be proven, they will remain.

    Here is the e-mail I received (Thanks Sam):

    "I am one of the officers who arrested Ozzy at the Alamo and to set the
    record straight he was not wearing a womans clothes. He had on athletic
    shoes with no socks, a T-shirt and a pair of sweatpants with no underwear.
    He also had a pack of cigarrettes rolled up in one sleeve. He was wasted
    and he never spoke. Billy <last name removed> actually arrested him and I
    was driving the "wagon" that day. The wagon is a van outfitted for prisoner
    transport.
    I was called to transport him from the Alamo to jail. The jail was then
    directly across
    from the S.A.P.D. and it now is the Wackenhut federal parole violator jail.
    I've kicked myself several times since then for not having kept copies of
    the reports.

    I know what he was wearing because I searched him for weapons and had very
    close contact with him. Half way to the jail, which was only about a mile
    away the dispatchers were already calling wanting to know who had him in
    custody. By the time I dropped him off there was a long black stretch limo
    waiting for him.

    You might note for your records he was actually given a big break. He was
    arrested and booked for public intoxication a class "C" misdemeanor which
    carries a max $200.00 fine. The law that more appropriately applied was
    "Desecration of a venerated Object" which covers among other things
    "Shrines." The Alamo is considered a shrine.

    You can post my info on your web page if you like. I think it would be cool
    to hear from fans to answer their questions.

    Check back later on the report. Send me the exact date again as I really do
    not remember and I'll try to get it for you. <snipped>"


    Ozzy married his long time friend Sharon, on a Honolulu-Hawaii beach on
    July 4, 1982.

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    2.3 What is this about a dove?
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    While the bat incident which still haunts Oz's reputation to this day can
    be called an accident, the incident with the dove can be called stupidity.
    Here is the story: After leaving Black Sabbath, Ozzy was rejected by many
    record labels. Tony Martell, CBS records executive, signed Ozzy to a
    contract. Ozzy and wife Sharon were being introduced to the head executives
    of CBS records in Los Angeles (Guitar Magazine claims it was New York).

    CBS was not too interested in Ozzy because they had just signed Adam Ant.
    Ozzy was just another album to them, and they were not interested in the
    person behind the music. Sharon decided it would be a
    good publicity stunt for Ozzy to walk into the office and throw two doves
    up into the air.

    The stunt worked, and made CBS pay attention to Ozzy. It also made
    the nation pay attention to Ozzy as well: After throwing one dove
    up in the air, Ozzy bit the head off of the other one. It is not
    known whether Sharon intended for Ozzy to actually bite the dove's
    head off or not. Ozzy has already admitted he (not surprisingly)
    had drunk a bottle of booze beforehand. Make no mistake about it,
    Sharon Osbourne is a shrewd marketer and I wouldn't put any dirty
    trick past her. What follows is an interview with an eyewitness
    (from Epic) who saw the event:

    Q: What happened?
    A: It was a normal Thursday morning marketing meeting down in the
    conference room. It was just prior to the release of Ozzy's first solo
    album. His management and Jet Records, which is the associated label that
    puts out his albums, had arranged for him to pay a little surprise visit to
    us, to say "Hi, my name is Ozzy Osbourne, and let's make this record a
    hit".

    Q: Is it unusual for the artist to come to a marketing meeting?
    A: No, they seldom do. We've had people from time to time just come in.
    Their manager arranges for them to drop by and say, "Surprise!" just to
    push the album.

    Q: Then what happened?
    A: He walked in with Sharon, who later became his wife, and [withheld] from
    Jet Records. They introduced Ozzy all around, and there was a photographer
    with them. They sat him down on the arm of a chair, and he pulled a dove
    out of his pocket. I looked at it and thought, "Gee how cute!"

    Q: It was a live dove?
    A: I'm ninety-nine and nine-tenths sure it was alive, but now I can't say
    for sure. I remember I was leaning forward and thinking, "How cute," and
    suddenly he bites its head off. There was blood on the floor. I think he
    ate the head; he started spitting some feathers out. I was in shock. It's
    hard to remember too much after that, to tell you the truth. It was
    horrible.

    Q: What was the reaction of the people in the room?
    A: There was a stunned silence, and they got him out of there, fast. It was
    just very quiet-not a good reaction, I would say. People were going,
    "Yucch!". Some looked as though they thought it was a fake bird, that it
    was all just a publicity stunt. And others said "No, it's a real bird and
    what a horrible thing to do." Personally, I thought it was an awful thing
    to do even if it was a fake bird. Sharon called up afterward and sort of
    apologized.

    Q: Do you think it was her idea all along?
    A: Oh, I know it was. I said to her, "He's not mad, just desperate for
    publicity."

    Q: Did it work? Did he get the publicity?
    A: I don't think it worked in getting Epic Records to take notice, but I
    think it did work as far as getting the kids to take notice. When the story
    leaked out, with photos and all, it got around everywhere. I'm sure Sharon
    was calling columns all over the country. That sort of became the Ozzy
    legend, that and all the other things he did afterwards.

    Q: Sharon said that Epic wasn't taking any notice of Ozzy before this
    happened.
    A: I feel that people were already aware of Ozzy, prior to the meeting. My
    impression was certainly that he was a major artist we were going to be
    working with. I doubt if it changed our impression one way or the other,
    although I could be wrong. Obviously, he went on to great success, and
    maybe that was part of the reason, but who am I to say?

    Q: So it was all definitely planned in advance?
    A: Definitely. It was not a spontaneous act. He just didn't walk in and
    happen to find a dove hanging out in the CBS reception area and say, "Gee,
    I'll take this in with me in case I get hungry and they don't have coffee
    and doughnuts." It was right in his jacket pocket. Come to think of it, he
    had two of them. That was it: he had two of them, one in each pocket. He
    let the other one go afterwards. Everyone made him do it. He took the other
    one out of his pocket and everyone screamed, "No, don't do it again!"

    Q: Did the second one fly away? That would indicate the first one was
    alive, wouldn't it?
    A: Not necessarily. He might have had one live one and one fake one. It's
    just all so hazy; I was so shocked.

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    "I am something of a madman. I can do nothing in moderation. If it's
    booze, I drink the place dry. If it's drugs, I take everything and then
    scrape the carpet for little crumbs. I took LSD everyday for years - I was
    spending about $1000 a week on drugs... I OD'd about a dozen times."
    ...Ozzy on his addictions

    Once married, the better deal they had hoped for fell through.
    Sharon did not want her father controlling Ozzy's future any more.
    It was decided that the two of them would buy out Ozzy's contract
    from her father. Before they could buy out Ozzy's management and
    recording contracts, Ozzy still had to deliver an album under his
    old contract. Since he wanted out badly, the result was the
    purposely low-budget live album "Speak of the Devil". This album
    was a live concert recorded Sept. 26 and 27th at The Ritz in New
    York. After the album was done, Ozzy could then leave his contract
    with Sharon's father.

    Don would not give it up so easily though, even for his own daughter. The
    newly married couple, not having much money, had to buy Ozzy's contract for
    over $1.5 million dollars from her father. Sharon has not spoken with her
    father since. Speak of the devil was released in November of 1982.

    The runes on the border of the 'Speak of the Devil' album and inside cover
    actually translate into meaningful phrases. The translation is found in
    Ozzy's autobiography book:

    "Howdy! Dial-A-Demon productions in conjunction with graveyard graphics
    proudly presents the madman of rock dumping into El Satanos toiletto. "
    "A tribute to Randy Rhoads, the axeman. That kid was my lifeline, you know?
    He was such a dynamic player and I'd rather not talk about it anymore
    because it cuts me up every day of my life.
    Randy Rhoads rest in peace and love."

    One of the conditions for the transfer of Ozzy's contract from Don to
    Sharon was that she get him to enroll in the Betty Ford center for his
    drinking problems. She did this by telling him she was "going to teach him
    to drink like a gentleman". Ozzy took this to mean that he would learn how
    to drink properly, not at all what the Betty Ford center was for. When he
    showed up, he asked where he could find the bar. It didn't take long to
    find out that at Betty Ford there is no bar! Ozzy would also begin work on
    his next album, Bark at the Moon.

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    "I swear on my kid's life I never said 'get the f***ing gun'"
    ...Ozzy on his Suicide Solution song

    "They know what they are putting out. There are people who are out there
    trying to make money, and they have no hesitation to sell your kids down the
    drain. You see a perfectly normal kid there who doesn't show any signs of
    depression at all. Then six hours later, he's dead. Nobody can explain it.
    The only thing we know is that he was listening to this music."
    ...Father of suicide victim who listened to Ozzy

    A song on Ozzy's first solo album, "Blizzard of Ozz" would cause a lot of
    trouble. The song "Suicide Solution" from the start, would have a very
    misleading title and this was understandable. Ozzy wrote the song after the
    singer for AC/DC (Bon Scott) died after drinking heavily one winter's night
    and passing out in his car, dying of hypothermia as a result. Ozzy's
    intentions were to talk about alcohol as a DEADLY LIQUID ('solution'
    meaning mixture) but the word 'solution' was looked upon as "an answer"
    instead. If you are not familiar with Ozzy's lyrics and true intentions, I
    strongly suggest before you pass judgement, to read the meaning behind the
    song.

    Suicide Solution:
    ================
    Wine is fine
    But whiskey's quicker
    Suicide is slow with liquor
    Take a bottle drain your sorrows
    Then it cuts away tomorrows

    Evil thoughts and evil doings
    Cold, alone you hang in ruins
    Thought that you'd escape the reaper
    You can't escape the master keeper
    'Cause you feel life's unreal and you're living a lie
    Such a shame who's to blame and you're wondering why
    Then you ask from your cask is there life after birth
    What you saw can mean hell on this earth
    Now you live inside a bottle
    The reaper's traveling at full throttle
    It's catching you but you don't see
    The reaper is you and the reaper is me
    Breaking laws, knocking doors
    But there's no one at home
    Made your bed, rest your head
    But you lie there and moan
    Where to hide,
    suicide is the only way out
    Don't you know what it's really about

    The song is clearly about the dangers of alcohol, but the song title could
    be misinterpreted just as well. Try as I might, I just can't see anything
    which tells a person to commit suicide. The only misleading words are in
    the song title. In October 1984, a nineteen-year-old teenager named John M.
    shot himself in the head, while listening to Ozzy Osbourne's "Suicide
    Solution". When the coroner entered the room, he found the headphones still
    on John's head.

    In 1986, Ozzy had just gotten off a plane at LAX airport when people began
    asking him about the "lawsuits". Ozzy knew nothing about any lawsuit but
    the details quickly emerged. Three lawsuits had been launched against Ozzy,
    claiming that his lyrics had caused youths to commit suicide. The family of
    John hired attorney Thomas Anderson in a lawsuit against Ozzy. Mr. Anderson
    claimed on the "Don't Blame Me" Ozzy video, that the song contained tones
    known as 'hemisync' and would cause a person to be unable to resist what
    was being said in the song. On Jan. 13, 1986 the parents of John, sued Ozzy.
    The lawsuit was thrown out on Dec. 19, 1986 by a California Superior
    Court judge. On July 18, 1988 an appeals court uphold the decision to
    dismiss the lawsuit.

    The Institute for Bio-Acoustics Research, Inc. (IBAR) was hired to evaluate
    the song. They found subliminal lyrics that weren't included in the lyrics
    sheet. These subliminal lyrics were sung at one and one-half times the
    normal rate of speech and are not recognized by a first time listener. The
    IBAR institute claimed the subliminal lyrics, "are audible enough that
    their meaning and true intent becomes clear after being listened to over
    and over again." The subliminal lyrics in question were "Why try, why try?
    Get the gun and try it! Shoot, Shoot, Shoot", followed by a hideous
    laughter.

    Further analysis by IBAR revealed the hemisync tones, which result from a
    patented process that uses sound waves to influence an individual's mental
    state. The tones have been found to increase the rate at which the human
    brain assimilates and processes information. IBAR claimed these tones made
    John vulnerable to the suggestive lyrics which Ozzy sang.

    Ozzy's lawyer claimed that this was nonsense and relied upon the First
    Amendment of the Constitution to argue that Ozzy could write about anything
    he wanted. Three people had now taken their lives, and in each case it was
    Ozzy's 'Suicide Solution' song which was the focus as the cause of the
    deaths. Mr. Anderson claimed that the words, "shoot shoot, get the gun, get
    the gun" were audible in the song. There is an effect which can be heard on
    the song, that could be interpreted as that. The sounds were just Ozzy
    dicking around with the soundboard. There is the very real possibility
    which we must consider, that the record company wanted to promote publicity
    and placed these tones in purposely, but this is not for me to prove or
    disprove.

    Throughout the world, this problem would occur only in America. People were
    forced to now take a look at the family life instead of the actual music.
    Rather than blaming the music, families should have realized it was up to
    the parents to be strong role models and have good communication with their
    children. In all cases, Ozzy was found not at fault and has sworn that this
    was never the true meaning behind the song. Heavy metal seems to be a scape
    goat in which to blame teenagers problems such as drug abuse on. Yet
    teenagers who may listen to punk, jazz, or blues music may also suffer from
    substance abuse or commit suicide. As a parent, you should be keeping not
    only a close eye on the type of music your child is listening to, but get
    involved in their lives. Talk to them, ask them how are they doing, try to
    forge some kind of a relationship. When kids turn to heavy metal, sometimes
    though not always, it is a form of rebelling against a society or education
    system they dislike.

    What follows is an article written by a group calling themselves "Truth
    About Rock":

    '' One teenager who unfortunately succeeded in committing suicide was 14
    year old Eric A. of St. Louis Park, Minnesota. His favorite groups were Van
    Halen, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Quiet Riot, and Motley Crue.
    Eric's mother said, "He watched it (MTV) day and night. He... watched
    intil(sic) six o'clock in the morning." Eric and his friends were so
    obsessed with the rock scene that, the very night before he died, they held
    a seance and attempted to contack(sic) the spirits of dead rock stars. At
    2:30 the next afternoon, with his eyes filled with tears, he said to his
    father, "Dad, I just can't cope with the pressure." He then went into his
    room, took his .22 rifle off the wall rack, and killed himself. ''

    [Right here we have some problems. If a kid is spending all his time in
    front of the television, it might be a wise idea for the parents to
    intervene. If you just let him soak up videos all day, there may be a
    problem. Hosting a seance is also not a normal social activity for a
    teenager. Why did the father not talk to his son?]

    '' Apparently, he had followed the deranged advice of one of his favorite
    rock singers, Ozzy Osbourne, who preaches in "Suicide Solution", "Suicide
    is the only way out/...Why don't you kill yourself 'cause you can't escape
    the Master Reaper..." {3} ''

    [This is bullshit. Ozzy never says "Why don't you kill yourself". This is a
    prime example of a religious group portraying Ozzy as a menace to society.
    If you read the lyrics of his song you would see otherwise.]

    '' Though Ozzy preaches such deadly lyrics, he defends himself saying,
    "Parents have called me and said, 'When my son died of a drug over-dose,
    your record was on the turntable.' I can't help that. These people are
    freaking out anyway, and they need a vehicle for the freakouts." {4} ''

    [I am not a long hair rock freak. I live a conservative life and am
    neutral in my views towards the church and Ozzy. I am not under the devil's
    influence, though some religious person could easily claim so for my
    negative views, but from my perspective this religious group is trying to
    blame the actions of this 14 year old on Ozzy. Drug abuse may be higher
    among the 'headbanger' heavy metal crowd, but to shift the blame to the
    music itself seems to suggest the person is all too easily influenced by
    music. Shouldn't television and newspapers also be censored then?]

    I will leave the closing words to the remainder of the groups article:

    '' Pathetically, Rock Stars themselves are being caught in the devastating
    grasp of suicide. Peter Townshend, formerly of The Who, acknowledged, "Rock
    is going to kill me somehow. Mentally or physically or some thing, it's
    going to get me in the end." {5} I myself spent 6 months contemplating
    suicide every day. The influence of Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll had almost
    destroyed my life. Until, with a knife in my hand, after trying to cut my
    wrists, I cried out "God help me!" From that moment on He began to change
    my life, and a short while later I became a 'born again' Christian. Whether
    you like it or not, you are in a battle for your life. The Devil wants to
    destroy you and he is using Rock music as a primary agent. But God has not
    given you life, only to have it choked out by the demented obsessions of
    Rock musicians. There is only one solution to your problems. Begin to live
    for God and not for yourself. Because Jesus loves you, He came to Earth to
    give His life in your place, so that you wouldn't have to die for your own
    sins. If you give your life back to Him, He will give you the peace you're
    looking for. ''

    For more information on Rock n'Roll, write to: Truth About Rock,
    Box 9222, North St. Paul, MN. 55109
    Note: Since there is a constant turnover of new Rock groups some of
    those mentioned above may not currently be "hot". However, be assured
    that other groups have taken their place and continue to present a
    similar message.
    FOOTNOTES: {1} National Center For Health Statistics
    {2} Aurora Mackey, "The Frightening Facts About Teen
    Suicide"< Teen, 10/83
    {3} Truth About Rock Report, June/July '85, p. 6
    {4} "Heavy Metal Mania", Anne Fadiman, Life magazine,
    12/84, p.112
    {5} Time magazine Dec. 17, 1979, pg. 94

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    Ozzy's next album would be "Bark at the Moon". The title track is a song
    about a creature (werewolf) who has come back to seek revenge on those who
    scorned and buried him. The video portrays Ozzy being confined to an asylum
    because he was a mad scientist. In the asylum he sees this werewolf running
    around chasing him. This song, like his earlier songs would supposedly
    affect his listeners in negative ways, read on:

    "Rock Sparks Stabbing", Canadian Press Association:
    Halifax, Canada, 9/26/84

    "...according to the Canadian Press Wire Service, the effect of heavy
    metal rock music so influenced a young Canadian named James Jollimore,
    that '...on New Year's Eve -1983, he went out and stabbed someone. A
    friend of the defendant testified that Jollimore, 20, who is charged with
    the first-degree murder of a 44 year old woman and her two sons, felt
    like stabbing people when he heard music such as Ozzy Osbourne's 'Bark at
    the Moon'. 'Jimmy said that every time he listened to the song he felt
    strange inside,' the friend told the court. 'He said when he heard it on
    New Year's Eve he went out and stabbed someone.'"

    [Once again the blame would be shifted from the individual to the
    musician.]

    Ozzy's band now consisted of Jake E. Lee on guitar, Tommy Aldridge, Don
    Airey on keyboard and Bob Daisley on bass. One of the videos they filmed
    for the album was the lovely ballad, "So Tired". This ballad made use of a
    full orchestra. An interesting note: Ozzy also plays the parts of all the
    main characters in the video. A good use of makeup art is evident. One
    scene shows Ozzy in front of a mirror clenching his fists, and the mirror
    shatters. While filming the video, the charge which would shatter the
    mirror was too strong and the mirror exploded sending glass into Ozzy's
    face.

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    After the release of the 1984 Bark at the Moon album and subsequent tour,
    Ozzy began work on the long awaited Ultimate Sin album. The Ultimate Sin
    would come out in 1986, ending the long wait by his fans. It would also be
    one of the poorest amongst the opinions of Ozzy and his fans as well. The
    album's sound was cheesy and according to Ozzy, most of songs ended up
    sounding alike (which they do).

    On March 19/1987, due to overwhelming demand by his fans, Ozzy also
    released the Randy Rhoad's Tribute album. Randy's mother, Dolores had
    dozens of letters from fans wanting to know if there were any more Randy
    concerts out there. She then contacted Ozzy who searched through his house
    and came up with some old archive material. The material was sent to Max
    Norman who had produced Ozzy's first three albums, to see if the material
    was suitable. The result was the Randy Rhoad's Tribute album. Ozzy also
    played only one show that year, at the Wormwood Scrubs prison.


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    The following year, in 1988, Ozzy released his 'No Rest for the Wicked'
    album. This featured Zakk Wylde (who had his own band 'Pride and Glory') on
    guitar, Randy Castillo on drums and Bob Daisley on bass guitar. The album
    title again was a bit eerie and the cover showed an Osbourne sitting in a
    chair with two girls (looking possessed) and one screaming at him. Zakk,
    who had heard Ozzy on Howard Stern mention that he was looking for a new
    guitar player, didn't think he had a chance. It was not until later when a
    rock photographer mentioned he would be happy to pass along a tape of
    Zakk's music, did he then get the audition and the subsequent part.

    On August 12 and 13th of 1989, Ozzy played the Moscow Music Peace Festival.
    This show featured acts like Bon Jovi, Scorpions and Motley Crue. The other
    bands were basically small club bands but of course Ozzy was a world-wide
    name and the crowd just went crazy when it was his turn to play.

    In March of 1990, Geezer would join Ozzy in releasing a live album titled
    "Just Say Ozzy". This would contain some of the No Rest for the Wicked and
    Black Sabbath material combined. Nothing to write home about.

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    "A lot of my drinking friends died in their 40's-heart attacks, one
    guy's liver exploded. There but for the grace of God go I. Their
    must be a guiding star over me" [Ozzy 1996]

    The year 1991 would mark the beginning of big changes in Ozzy's life. Ozzy
    gave sobriety another try, and came out victorious. It was a combination of
    domestic situations, hangovers, and many personal reasons which made him
    want to try again. He had wanted to quit drinking every day but was unable
    to because he'd be feeling too bad from the day before. He had been to many
    treatment centers (including multiple stays at Betty Ford) before. This
    time he just woke up one day and decided that enough was enough. Since
    successfully quitting, he has not had a drink to this day! Now that he
    wasn't drinking, Ozzy took his health one step further. He bought a
    Lifecycle (which he uses at least 90 minutes a day), starting dieting (he
    now avoids eating red meat) and working out. The result was a better
    looking Ozzy, both in physical aspects and his on stage performance. He
    would also begin to see life in a different light, enjoying life's moments
    that he had previously ignored because of being constantly drunk.

    There would be another change, this time in his musical direction. Ozzy has
    said he used to write songs based on what he thought his fans would like to
    hear. The album titles were dark. He had never written or recorded an album
    sober before. During this alcohol free period he recorded his next album,
    "No More Tears", which would be a change from his previous dark album
    titles.


    Heaven" which would be an accurate portrayal of the cover. The cover showed
    a tame looking Ozzy with wings, in a cloudy serene background. The music
    itself was a pleasant mix of soft ballads like "Mama I'm Coming Home" (one
    even your mother would enjoy), to hard rocking songs like "Hellraiser". It
    is of interest to note that Lemmy of Motorhead helped Ozzy write the lyrics
    to some of the songs (or in the case of Mama, he wrote all the lyrics). The
    song "Road to Nowhere" would describe his life in general, while "Mr.
    Tinkertrain" would talk about child molestation issues. Being written in
    the first person, critics now claimed Ozzy was promoting child molestation.
    He would also win a Grammy award for the song, "I Don't Want to Change the
    World". This would also be a first in that it was the first album they made
    demos of, thus deciding on which songs to keep and which ones to make
    changes to. Samples of the untouched, original songs are available on
    bootlegs as well.

    Ozzy surprised everyone by calling the tour, "No More Tours". In interviews
    he said that he was tired of touring and he wanted to spend more time with
    his family. He was also suffering bouts of illnesses, canceling shows, and
    other injuries. The pressures of touring got to him and he embarked on what
    was to be his "final tour". The band now consisted of Zakk on guitar, Randy
    Castillo on drums and Mike Inez on bass. During these final tours, some
    shows were taped and used in an upcoming commercial video and audio
    compilation, "Live and Loud" which was a double album. The CD package also
    included two stick-on tattoos. There was much speculation about whether or
    not this would be the final tour, or perhaps it was a ploy to get more
    money.

    On November 15 of 1992, Ozzy played at Costa Mesa, California. This was one
    of the two nightly shows that would be the last in his tour. Sharon and
    Ozzy decided it would be cool to invite the other members of Black Sabbath
    for a reunion since this would be the end of it all. All of the members of
    Black Sabbath agreed, but Ronnie Dio did not. After playing his songs, the
    members of Black Sabbath came out and joined Ozzy in playing four songs:
    Black Sabbath, Fairies Wear Boots, Iron Man and of course, Paranoid. The
    video release of this final show only contains the Black Sabbath song
    though. How did the audience react at seeing the original Sabbath members
    back together since 1978? They went totally crazy of course. At the end of
    the show a fireworks sparkler display went off which proclaimed, "I'll Be
    Back". The purpose of having a final show and then saying you'll be back is
    beyond me. Being his final tour, sales were high and other artists turned
    out to see the madman before he retired, including Vince Neil, Rod Stewart
    and Nicholas Cage.

    When it was all over, so was Ozzy's lifetime of performing.

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    In 1993, Ozzy was officially retired. His fans had the 'Live and Loud'
    video and CD to remind them of his final days. Ozzy went home and did what
    he longed to do, be a father. He spent time playing with his children and
    wife. He also bought various toys to pass time: motorcycles, guns, and
    night vision goggles (to see animals running at night). It would not be too
    long before he longed for his old lifestyle and after a few weeks of being
    retired, Ozzy wanted to get another band and start touring all over again.
    His fans soon began hearing rumors of an upcoming Ozzy album, what would it
    be called? The latest gossip was "X-Ray" as a working title. There were
    also disgruntled fans who were angry (and rightly so) that they had been
    taken in by another lie. [While I am a huge fan of Ozzy's, I am not going
    to only portray the good sides of him, this is after all a biography and it
    is part of the story]. Rumors also persisted that Steve Vai would be
    playing on the new album.

    It was not until almost two years later that the rumors became facts. Yes,
    Ozzy was coming back with a new album. Yes, there would be a tour to
    support it. The album would be called "Ozzmosis".
    On the final album a
    song titled "My Little
    Ozzmosis is defined as "the diffusion of Man" is written by
    fluids through a membrane" Geezer Steve Vai but it is
    Butler, his old Sabbath friend would also Zakk who played guitar
    be on the album and tour. The band on it, this bothered
    recorded the album in Paris, and was Ozzy. There are still
    produced by Michael Beinhorn. Since Zakk dozens of unreleased
    was busy with his own project, Pride and songs with Ozzy and
    Glory, it was arranged that Steve Vai Vai that have yet to
    would be contributing to the album. The see daylight.
    songs would be split so that both Zakk and
    Vai would appear on the album. Because of On October 24, 1995
    the record company once again interfering Ozzmosis hit the
    with plans, only Zakk's material made it stores. The first
    to the final product. However Steve Vai track on the album,
    DID play the guitar on My Little Man. "Perry Mason", was
    released as a single
    earlier on and
    received radio play.

    All that remained after the album's debut was to begin touring...

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    Ozzy would name his Ozzmosis tour, "Retirement Sucks" in an obvious
    statement about his feelings towards his short lived retirement. It was now
    time to begin touring. Zakk was talking about playing with Guns and Roses
    so Ozzy decided to audition new guitarists, thinking Zakk would not be
    around for the tour. Zakk's manager, Doug Goldstein, called Sharon and told
    her that Zakk would be available. He later phoned to say that Zakk was
    still negotiating for the gig with Guns and Roses. Ozzy did not know what
    Zakk was planning to do because he was negotiating with both groups, and so
    asked Zakk to let him know what his plans were. When Zakk did not return
    the phone call as promised, Ozzy decided enough was enough and found a new
    player. Ozzy and Zakk are still on good terms however.

    Remember Joe Holmes, the kid who took guitar lessons from Randy? The 31
    year old guitar player who hailed from New Jersey, would soon play a part
    in Ozzy's life. Joe had previously played with David Lee Roth for his 1988
    tour and was currently working on his own band, "Tariff", when Dean
    Castronovo (Oz's drummer) phoned Joe to let him know they were seeking a
    guitar player. Joe went down to Audible in Los Angeles and played three
    Ozzy classics. He did not mention that he had once took lessons from Randy
    because he thought this might jeopardize his chances. He succeeded though
    and got the part. Unfortunately Joe is not heard on the Ozzmosis album but
    he will be on the next one. So Joe Holmes as Ozzy's new guitar player and
    Geezer Butler on bass began the Retirement Sucks tour. Halfway through the
    tour, Geezer left due to being homesick for his family and Mike Inez took
    his place.

    Later on, in yet another shrewd marketing attempt, Ozzy and Sharon came up
    with the 'Ozz-Fest'. The festival which would start September 14, 1996
    would be of a different theme. At this event one could get a tattoo done,
    body piercing or have your fortune read by a psychic. Ozz-fest featured the
    following hard rock groups: Danzig, Sepultura, Prong, Slayer, Biohazard,
    Fear Factory, Neurosis, King Norris, Earth Crisis, Powerman 5000, Coal
    Chamber, and Cellophane.

    Towards November '96, Ozzy played his last show of the tour in Hawaii. His
    plans now are to go back to the studio to release a 'Greatest Hits' package
    (early 1997) which will have his older songs and three new ones. One of
    them will be a song called "Back on Earth" which was co-written with Steve
    Vai.

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    2.12 Of Priests and Devils
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    Years ago a particular news snippet caught my attention. It was a news clip
    about a religious group who were burning records. It showed children and
    adults throwing record albums into a bonfire. A priest told the
    interviewer, "One of the albums we're going to be burning tonight is Ozzy
    Osbourne's Speak of the Devil". The album cover shows Ozzy sitting in a
    chair, or throne, with his mouth open and drooling what is supposed to be
    blood (but looks more like strawberry jam). At Ozzy Osbourne concerts,
    religious believers have been known to hand out pamphlets to concert-goers.
    Religious leaders have condemned Ozzy for being a Satanist and devil
    worshipper. Ozzy's shows are boycotted and he is banned from playing
    certain cities. Is any of the hype true, and as a parent should you be
    concerned if your child is listening to Ozzy Osbourne? To start, Ozzy has
    had a record of macabre album titles: Diary of a Madman, Speak of the
    Devil, No Rest for the Wicked and The Ultimate Sin. However the old saying,
    "you can't judge a book by its cover" certainly comes into play here. As a
    priest, an album called 'Speak of the Devil' and showing a man spewing
    blood would certainly be cause for alarm. But if you take a closer look at
    the album and listen to the songs, it becomes another story. Speak of the
    Devil is simply a live album boasting some of the earlier Black Sabbath
    material. There is absolutely no reference AT ALL to Satan. The closest
    Ozzy comes on that album or most any other of his albums to evil, are songs
    such as 'Snowblind' and 'Sweet Leaf' which talk about drug usage. You can
    pull out all of Ozzy's albums, glance at the cover pictures and album
    titles and dismiss him as a devil worshipper in a heavy metal band. However
    we live in a world where people are free to make their own minds up about
    what they believe. I fail to see anywhere in Ozzy's career any truth to the
    Satanic rumors. I am a fan of Ozzy's and it is true I might be somewhat
    biased towards him, but I can reassure you I have never seen anything,
    WHATSOEVER, that leads me to believe Ozzy has any relationship with the
    devil. Fans of his may laugh at this but there are obviously people out
    there who seriously believe otherwise.

    So why then has this man been accused so often of being associated with
    evil? To explain this would be beyond my abilities. I can however tell you
    that his album covers may play a part. The fact that people have claimed to
    have heard backwards messages in his music may also play a part. The
    suicide deaths of teenagers listening to Ozzy's music also go hand in hand
    with the allegations of backwards messages. The fact he was once lead
    singer for a band called Black Sabbath also may play a part. I really can't
    tell you why people claim this. True, he is a singer in a band which is
    considered heavy metal. This does not make him an evil person. In all
    fairness, he has lived a life of drug and alcohol abuse and done some very
    stupid things which people will always remember him for. Overlooking the
    stupid stunts he has done, I don't find any evidence of his being an evil
    person.

    If you are a parent, should you be concerned if Jimmy brings home an Ozzy
    Osbourne album? Well, to answer that you need to look at a few outside
    factors. Is the kid level headed and are the lines of communication open
    with your child? If the child has serious problems, perhaps listening to
    his "Suicide Solution" would be a mistake. It is very easy to misconstrue
    the lyrics and it just might play a part in your son's decision. If your
    child is planning suicide, there are obviously more serious problems than
    that of an Ozzy album. I don't wish to spread panic, there is no need to
    really go and censor all of his albums. The fact is that if given the right
    circumstances, any medium could lead someone to believe suicide is ok. If
    you trust your child's judgement and believe him to be level headed, I
    don't see any real problems. Mind you I am NOT an expert, nor do I pretend
    to be. I am simply someone who grew up listening to Ozzy's music. Maybe you
    should sit down with the lyrics to the song and explain that it was the
    death of the singer for AC/DC which prompted the song, and the lyrics
    pertain to alcohol solution not answer-to-your-problem-solution. I figure
    it like this: If Jimmy is thinking of committing suicide, I think listening
    to an Ozzy album would be the same as watching a TV program or reading a
    paper on the same subject. If the child sees other teens talking about
    wanting to commit, how they tried to, or how life is not worth living,
    perhaps that media attention on the topic would affect his decision just as
    much.

    Up till now I have been talking mainly of suicide, this is because music
    could play a crucial weight in a child's decision. However a song about
    suicide is irrelevant to the topic of this chapter. I merely wanted to
    address the question or whether it is okay to listen to Ozzy. SURE! I never
    sacrificed any cats, nor did I try to kill myself. I did not go out on a
    full moon and try to eat a dog either, maybe if I was sleepwalking but not
    that I can remember.

    So why then does the religious faith attack this man? I sincerely do not
    know. I really don't. Perhaps it has to do with the last chapter. Maybe
    when our children turn to drugs and alcohol and kills animals, it must be
    heavy metal's fault. There has been a long waged war against metal. I think
    statistically you will find that a lot of troubled teenagers and drug abusers
    listen to heavy metal but I would not blame that music category for it. As
    Ozzy once said, "I'm sure people smoke pot at a Stevie Wonder concert". Let
    us now talk about some of the religious people who have attacked Osbourne
    for being in league with the devil.

    Cardinal O'Connor
    -------------------------
    This man accused Ozzy of being the devil and told people that exorcisms
    were real and that Oz's music was spreading the devil's word. 'A Current
    Affair' also did a telephone survey in which the majority of callers said
    that they felt heavy metal music was killing their kids.

    Jimmy Swaggart
    --------------
    Another television evangelist. The man makes his bread and butter by selling
    God. The morals of this are not mine to determine. Jimmy also put down Ozzy.
    Jim was later found coming out of a hotel room with a prostitute. He was
    later shown on television crying to God and asking for forgiveness. I don't
    wish to put him down for his repenting, but the fact he put down someone else
    and committed his own sins is hypocrisy. The fact is he is a human being with
    human urges and he can't deny that. Ozzy made a song and video called
    "Miracle Man" in which he talks about Jimmy and his critical views.

    Oral Roberts
    ------------
    Another evangelist who has put down Ozzy. This is
    the same man who claimed if he did not get 7 million dollars by a certain
    time, God would be calling him back home. To me, this seems a very obvious
    and pathetic attempt at milking the public. Ozzy makes his money through
    hard work, not pretending he will soon die.

    None of these people offered to help Ozzy in his time of depression and
    substance abuse. Though Ozzy did send Oral Roberts a single dollar for "his
    psychiatric bill".

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    2.13 Will there ever be a reunion?
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    It depends on what kind of reunion you want to know about. The
    possibility of Ozzy and the three Sabs reuniting as a permanent
    group is nill. It just won't happen.

    What you may not know is that during the time Ozzy was playing his last
    show in Costa Mesa with his old Sabbath buddies, the foursome had already
    been talking for nearly a year about a reunion. It was originally going to
    be a two month tour and an album (a Sabbath-head's dream come true). As
    time progressed though, Ozzy grew uncomfortable about doing the reunion.
    Problems began arising... the four original members now had their own
    managers, lawyers, and record companies. Each person's manager wanted to be
    the one in charge of the project which would result in a fortune. The Sabs
    just wanted to do the show. Ozzy has since gone on to say that he might
    have done a reunion if they had scrapped the name Black Sabbath at the time
    when the original members left. As it stands, Black Sabbath has had members
    leave, come back and then leave again. There have been numerous changes in
    the members of the band involving outside players. Ozzy felt that the name
    Black Sabbath no longer represented what it once did. This chapter deals with
    the idea of Black Sabbath reunited for good. In fact, Black Sabbath and Ozzy
    HAVE reunited for concerts, but both remain two separate bands.

    Since the Costa Mesa show, Ozzy has agreed to reunite with Sabbath for
    a small tour. This coincided with a live album which was released
    October 31, 1998. This will not be a permanent reunion, however the
    band is touring North America in 1999.

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    3.0 Ozzy Album Discography
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    This discography comes from OZZY@AIRMAIL.NET


    Blizzard of Ozz
    album, 1980, Jet (England)

    Blizzard of Ozz
    album, 1981, Jet (US)
    The English pressing has a different back cover. From the information
    I have, it is difficult to tell if it actually took until 1981 to have
    the album released in the US. Also, it is not clear exactly what role
    CBS Records plays in the releasing and distribution. Randy Rhoads
    (ex-Quiet Riot) on guitar. Reissued with 22-bit remastering.

    Crazy Train
    7" single, 1980, Jet
    Additional track is You Looking at Me Looking at You. May be
    promo-only.

    Crazy Train
    7" single, 1980, Jet
    Jukebox version of the above single.

    Mr. Crowley
    7" single, 1980, Jet
    Additional track is You Said It All (LIVE). Bonus 7" that came in the
    Japanese pressing of either Bark at the Moon or Speak of the Devil.

    Mr. Crowley Live EP
    12" picture disc, 1980, Jet
    This disc contains the above two songs along with a live version of
    Suicide Solution. Additionally, this is available on black vinyl as a
    Canadian pressing; this pressing's cover has a color picture of Ozzy
    wearing his red "jump suit" with his arms extended. There is a third
    pressing, from the U.K., where the cover is a silver and black picture
    of Ozzy wearing his fringed shirt.

    Crazy Train
    7" single, 1981, Jet / CBS Associated
    U.S. 7". Additional track is Steal Away (The Night).

    Crazy Train
    7" single, 1981, CBS Associated
    KZEW 98FM / Sound Warehouse single. Probably promo, but not sure. Also
    has Troubleshooter by Judas Priest, It's All Right, It's OK by Hawks,
    and R.O.C.K. by Garland Jeffreys.

    Diary of a Madman [Image]
    album, 1981, Jet
    Reissued with 22-bit remastering. This is also available in 12"
    promo-only picture disc.

    Over the Mountain
    12" single, 1981, Jet
    Additional track is I Don't Know.

    Over the Mountain
    7"single, 1981, Jet
    Additional track is I Don't Know. Also available as a promo with full
    artwork.

    Flying High Again / I Don't Know (Live)
    7" single, 1981, Jet / CBS Associated
    Probably a U.S. only release. Additional track is I Don't Know (Live).

    Flying High Again [Image]
    12" single, 1981, Jet / CBS Associated
    Probably a U.S. only promo release. Additional track is Diary Of A
    Madman (18 Minute Montage).

    Tonight
    7" single, 1981, Jet / CBS Associated
    White label promo for this track.

    Talk of the Devil
    double album, 1982, Jet (England and possibly all non US)
    See below for details on this piece.

    Speak of the Devil
    double album, 1982, Jet (US)
    This is a live album. Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash on the Diary
    of a Madman tour (March 1982). Brad Gillis took an extended leave from
    Night Ranger to fill in. The album is all Black Sabbath material. It
    was supposed to be a live album from the Diary tour, but after Randy's
    death, Ozzy felt he would be exploiting Randy's name by releasing the
    album. This was to fulfill his contact for a live album. I believe the
    album was eventually released as Tribute (see below). In order to have
    the entire album fit on one CD, CBS left off Sweet Leaf on the US CD
    (possibly world wide). In 1991, Castle Communications re-released the
    CD under its European (and possibly Japanese) name (Talk of the Devil)
    and added Sweet Leaf. Reissued with 22-bit remastering. The US
    remaster has restored Sweet Leaf.

    Symptom of the Universe
    12" single, 1982, Jet
    Additional tracks are Iron Man / Children of the Grave, both from Talk
    of the Devil. Not available in the US.

    Symptom of the Universe
    7" picture single, 1982, Jet
    This may also be available in black vinyl. Additional track is N.I.B.
    Not available in the US.

    Symptom of the Universe
    7" single, 1982, Jet
    Promo single for this song. Additional track is N.I.B. Not available
    in the US.

    Paranoid
    7" single, 1982, Jet
    U.S. single for this song. Additional track is Never Say Die. Both
    tracks taken from Speak Of The Devil.

    Bark at the Moon
    album, 1983, Epic (Europe and possibly world wide)
    see below

    Bark at the Moon
    album, 1983, CBS Associated (US)
    This album has two different versions and album covers. The US
    pressing has the logo and title in red and yellow. It also has the
    song Slow Down, instead of Spiders. The European pressing has the logo
    and title in blue and yellow. The song Spiders appears here, but not
    Slow Down. Additionally, the song Centre of Eternity on the US
    pressing is listed as Forever on the European pressing. Finally, the
    songs are in different orders on each pressing. Jake E. Lee (ex-Rough
    Cutt, Sexist, almost Dio, and Ratt(?)). Reissued with 22-bit
    remastering. American reissue has Spiders in addition to Slow Down.

    Bark at the Moon
    12" single, 1983, Epic
    Additional tracks are One Up the B Side and Slow Down. Not available
    in the US.

    Bark at the Moon
    7" single, 1983, Epic
    Additional track is One Up the B Side. Not available in the US.

    Bark at the Moon
    7" single, 1983, CBS Associated
    Additional track is Spiders.

    Bark at the Moon
    7" single, 1983, CBS Associated
    White label promo for this song .

    So Tired
    7" single, 1983, CBS Associated
    Additional track, "B" side, is the same as One Up the B Side.

    So Tired
    12" single, 1984, Epic
    Single with So Tired, Waiting for Darkness, Bark at the Moon, Suicide
    Solution, Paranoid. The last 3 recorded live at Salt Palace, Salt Lake
    City, Utah, March 18, 1984. Comes with an Ozzy Osbourne logo patch.
    Not available in the US.

    So Tired
    7" single, 1984, Epic / CBS
    Additional track is Bark at the Moon recorded live at Salt Palace,
    Salt Lake City, Utah, March 18, 1984. Not available in the US.

    So Tired
    7" single, 1984, Epic
    Additional track is Forever (Live).
    Not available in the US.

    So Tired
    Double 7" single, 1984, Epic / CBS
    Gatefold 7" package with 2 7" singles. The first single has So Tired
    and Bark At The Moon (live); the other single has Waiting For Darkness
    and Paranoid (live).

    Prince of Darkness
    12" EP, 1984, CBS Japan
    Japanese only release including You Looking At Me - Remix, and One Up
    the "B" Side. Probably vinyl and cassette only.

    The Other Side Of Ozzy
    12" EP, 1985, CBS Japan
    Japanese only release containing 10 rare B-sides from 1980 to 1984,
    including You Looking At Me - Remix, and One Up the "B" Side. Probably
    vinyl only.

    The Ultimate Sin
    album, 1986, Epic (Europe and possibly world wide).

    The Ultimate Sin
    album, 1986, CBS Associated (US)
    Reissued with 22-bit remastering.

    Shot in the Dark
    7" single, 1986, Epic
    Additional track is Rock 'n' Roll Rebel. Packaged in a poster bag.
    Dutch version also available, but with no poster bag and different
    artwork. Not available in the US.

    Shot in the Dark
    7" single, 1986, CBS Associated
    Additional track is You Said It All (Live - from Mr. Crowley picture
    disc).

    Shot In The Dark
    12" single, 1986, Epic / CBS
    Single with Shot In The Dark, Killer of Giants, and Rock And Roll
    Rebel.

    Shot in the Dark
    7" single, 1986, CBS Associated
    White label promo. Additional track is You Said It All (Live - from
    Mr. Crowley picture disc).

    Shot in the Dark
    7" single, 1986/87, CBS Associated / Sony
    Additional track is Crazy Train. Reissued by Collectable Records.

    Shot in the Dark
    7" single, 1986, CBS Associated
    White label promo.

    Shot in the Dark
    12" single, 1986, CBS Associated
    Promo only.

    The Ultimate Sin
    7" single, 1986, Epic
    Special Donnington Souvenir Single. Additional track is Lightning
    Strikes.

    Lightning Strikes
    12" single, 1986, Epic
    Promo only single with the track Lightning Strikes on both sides.

    The Ultimate Ozzy
    video cassette, 1986, CBS / FOX video
    Live and video footage of one or more shows from The Ultimate Sin
    tour.

    The Ultimate Live Ozzy
    12" picture disc, 1986, CBS Associated
    Live cuts from The Ultimate Ozzy video shoot. Included are The
    Ultimate Sin, Never Know Why, and Thank God for the Bomb. Possibly US
    only.

    The Ultimate Live Ozzy
    12" maxi-single, 1986, CBS Associated
    Japanese-only black vinyl pressing. Tracks are the same as the picture
    disc.

    Tribute
    double album, 1987, Epic (Europe and possibly world wide).

    Tribute
    double album, 1987, CBS Associated (US)
    This is the only album where Ozzy doesn't get solo billing. The album
    is listed as Ozzy Osbourne / Randy Rhoads. This is probably the album
    that was supposed to be released after Diary of a Madman. Reissued
    with 22-bit remastering.

    Tribute
    double album, 1987, CBS Associated(Japan)
    Japanese version of this release includes a poster.

    Tribute Sampler
    CD, 1987, Epic or CBS Associated
    Selected cuts from Tribute. Promo only.

    Crazy Train
    7" single, 1987, Epic
    Side 1 from Tribute; side 2 from Blizzard of Ozz. Not available in the
    US.

    Crazy Train
    7" single, 1987, Epic
    White label promo, Crazy Train from the Tribute album on both sides.

    Crazy Train
    12" single, 1987, Epic
    Side 1 from Tribute; side 2 from Blizzard of Ozz. Not available in the
    US.

    Close My Eyes Forever
    one song, 1987, EMI / Lisabella / Virgin
    Duet with Lita Ford for her album entitled Lita and on The Best Of
    Lita Ford.

    Close My Eyes Forever
    7" single, 1987, EMI / Lisabella / Virgin
    Duet with Lita Ford. Tracks are Close My Eyes Forever and Under The
    Gun; Ozzy does not appear on the B-side.

    Back to Ozz
    EP, 1988, Epic
    Europe and Japan only. Tracks are The Ultimate Sin, Bark at the Moon,
    Mr. Crowley, and Diary of a Madman. Includes color poster with photos
    and family tree. Available in 12" vinyl and CD. The Mr. Crowley is the
    live version from the picture disc.

    No Rest for the Wicked
    album, 1988, CBS Associated in U.S. (Epic in Europe)
    CD and cassette have an additional track. The track is unlisted and is
    called Hero. Zakk Wylde on guitar. Reissued with 22-bit remastering.

    Bible of Ozz
    special package CD, 1988, CBS Associated / Sony
    Japanese special release of No Rest for the Wicked. It contains the
    Japanese version of No Rest for the Wicked (which includes a second
    additional track called The Liar), an Ozzy Osbourne logo metal belt
    buckle, an Ozzy Osbourne logo patch, a Zakk Wylde name patch, and a
    Japanese book. The whole thing is packaged to resemble a bible. It has
    a thin cardboard slip cover with pictures from the album cover.

    Miracle Man
    12" single, 1988, Epic
    Single with Miracle Man, The Liar, and Crazy Babies. Possibly UK only.
    Not available in the US.

    Miracle Man
    12" shaped picture single, 1988, Epic
    Single shaped like Ozzy's head with a crown of thorns. Additional
    track is Crazy Babies.

    Miracle Man
    7" single, 1988, Epic
    Additional track is Crazy Babies. Not available in the US.

    Miracle Man
    7" single, 1988, CBS
    White-lable promo for this song.

    Miracle Man
    CD single, 1988, Epic (?)
    Promo only, picture CD single. Additional track is The Liar. Possibly
    non-U.S. I have never seen one of these.

    Miracle Man
    12" single, 1988, Epic
    Promo single.

    Crazy Babies (Crazy Mix)
    12" single, 1988, CBS Associated
    Promo only single. I can't tell the difference from the original
    version, but I've only listened to it once.

    Crazy Babies (Live)
    CD single, 1988, CBS Associated
    Promo-only single. The additional track, You Said it All, track is the
    same as the one taken from the Mr. Crowley Live EP.

    Crazy Babies
    7" single, 1988, Epic / CBS
    One-sided Spanish promo.

    Crazy Babies
    7" single, 1988, CBS
    White-lable promo for this song.

    Hero
    12" single, 1989, CBS
    Promo-only single. Additional tracks are You Said It All, Devil's
    Daughter, Fire In The Sky.

    Breaking All The Rules
    CD single, ????, ????
    Promo-only, picture CD single. Possibly import. Additional track is
    Miracle Man - Live, different version from Just Say Ozzy. I've never
    seen one of these.

    Wicked Videos
    video cassette, 1988 or 1989 (?), (?)
    Video clips from No Rest for the Wicked.

    Best of Ozz
    CD, 1989, CBS / Sony
    Japanese only compilation with songs from Blizzard of Ozz through The
    Ultimate Sin.

    Led Clones
    7" single, 1988/1989, Virgin / Capitol
    Additional track is Speak For Yourself. Ozzy sings lead on Led Clones
    and backup on Speak For Yourself. Both songs are from Gary Moore's
    album After the War.

    Speak For Yourself
    one song, 1988/1989, Virgin / Capitol
    Sings backup/harmony for this song from Gary Moore's album After the
    War. Also available as the B-side to the Led Clones 7" single.

    Purple Haze
    one song, 1989, Mercury / PolyGram
    This song appears on the Stairway to Heaven / Highway To Hell album by
    the Make A Difference Foundation. This all of the songs on this record
    were originally written by bands that have been touched by drug or
    alcohol problems. The band members are Zakk Wylde, Randy Castillo, and
    Geezer Butler.

    Ten Commandments
    album, 1990, Priority Records / CBS
    "Limited Collector's Edition" CD and cassette only (no vinyl). This
    was only released for a limited time and has been out of print for
    quite a while.

    Just Say Ozzy
    ep, 1990, CBS Associated in U.S. (Epic in Europe)
    Live ep from No Rest tour. Reissued with 22-bit remastering.

    Live Pigs
    CD single, 1988(?), CBS Associated
    Promo-only two track with War Pigs (Live) from Just Say Ozzy and
    Breaking All The Rules.

    Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)
    one song, 1990, Chameleon Records
    Sings this song on Bill Ward's solo record Ward One: _Along the Way_.
    This CD is out of print.

    Jack's Land
    one song, 1990, Chameleon Records
    Sings this song on Bill Ward's solo record Ward One: _Along the Way_.
    This CD is out of print.

    The Urpney Song
    7" single, 1990, Adventure Records
    Sings this song with Frank Bruno and Billy Connolly (this is the guy
    that played the teacher on Head of the class after Howard Hessman
    left). Also listed are Mike Batt and The London Philharmonic
    Orchestra. Additional track is The Whirlyped Launch; Ozzy does not
    sing on this additional track. The song is from The Dreamstone,
    animated TV series for Central TV. This song is also available on the
    album entitled The Dreamstone. Not available in the U.S.

    No More Tears
    album, 1991, Epic / Sony
    Japanese version has 2 additional tracks: Party with the Animails and
    Don't Blame me. No US vinyl. Reissued with 22-bit remastering.

    No More Tears
    7" single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    Additional track is S.I.N. Not available in the US.

    No More Tears
    CD single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    Special UK package. CD single in an embossed CD wallet with room for
    each solo studio record. Each sleeve has a different picture.
    Additional tracks are S.I.N. and Party With the Animals.

    No More Tears
    CD single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    promo only, 1 track.

    No More Tears
    12" picture disc, 1991, Epic / Sony
    Additional tracks are S.I.N. and Party with the Animals. Not available
    in the US.

    No More Tears
    CD single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    "Maxi single" with No More Tears, S.I.N., Don't Blame Me, and Party
    With The Animals. I believe Party... was from the movie Buffy the
    Vampire Slayer.

    Mr. Tinkertrain
    CD single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    promo only, 1 track.

    Mama, I'm Coming Home
    12" single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    European single with Mama I'm Coming Home (Special version adapted
    from the No More Tears Album), Don't Blame Me (previously unreleased),
    I Don't Know, and Crazy Train. Not available in the US.

    Mama, I'm Coming Home
    12" single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    European single with Mama I'm Coming Home (Special version adapted
    from the No More Tears Album), Goodbye To Romance, and Time After
    Time. Not available in the US.

    Mama, I'm Coming Home
    7" single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    Additional track is Don't Blame Me. This is a jukebox single and
    (after much looking) can be found with the jukebox title inserts.

    Mama, I'm Coming Home
    CD single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    "Maxi single" with Mama, I'm Coming Home, Don't Blame Me, and Party
    With the Animals.

    Mama, I'm Coming Home
    CD single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    promo only, long and short version.

    I Don't Want to Change the World
    12" single, 1991, Epic / Sony
    Promo only single with I Don't Want to Change the World, Mama, I'm
    Coming Home, and No More Tears. Probably not avaliable in the US.

    Don't Blame Me
    video cassette, 1991, SMV Enterprises
    Mostly interview footage of Ozzy and friends talking about his career.
    Some rare footage, including some Randy Rhoades bits.

    Therapy
    one song, 1991, Epic / Sony
    Sings chorus to this Infectious Grooves song. The song appears on The
    Plague That Makes Your Booty Move...It's The Infectious Grooves and is
    available as a promo-only one track CD single.

    Hey Stoopid
    one song, 1991, Epic / Sony
    Sings backup on this Alice Cooper song. The song appears on the Hey
    Stoopid album.

    Road To Nowhere
    CD single, 1992, Epic / Sony
    Promo only, additional track is Party With the Animals.

    Time After Time
    CD single, 1992, Epic / Sony
    promo only, 1 track.

    The No More Tears Demo Sessions
    CD, 1992, Epic / Sony
    Numbered, limited edition, promo-only CD of demo songs for No More
    Tears. Tracks are I Don't Want to Change the World, Mama, I'm Coming
    Home, Desire, Time After Time, Won't Be Coming Home (S.I.N.) Mrs. J.,
    An Interview with Ozzy 5/13/92 Mrs. J. is an acoustic piece by Zakk
    Wyld. All songs are basically the same as the released versions, just
    mixed differently with some different harmonies and solos. The
    exception to this is Won't Be Coming Home. This song eventually became
    S.I.N., but in this form the lyrics make it a really different song
    (in my opinion). The back of the CD has a painting by Ozzy. The liner
    notes say "Any broadcast of this recording is prohibited".

    Shake Your Head
    12" single, 1992, Phonogram
    Was (Not Was) song where Ozzy duets with Kim Basinger. May also be
    available on a full length Was (Not Was) release.

    I Ain't No Nice Guy
    one song, 1992, Epic / Sony
    Ozzy sings with Lemmy on this song from Motorhead's March or Die
    album. Also, the song Hellraiser (co written with Lemmy) appears here,
    but as done by Motorhead. Ozzy's version appears on No More Tears.

    Live & Loud
    double album, 1993, Epic / Sony
    Live album from the No More Tours Tour. CD is "limited edition". It
    comes in digi-pack with speaker grill front, booklet, and 2 temporary
    tattoos. This is a 2 CD set. It is somewhat limited since it is now
    out of print at least in the US. Vinyl not available in the US.
    Reissued with 22-bit remastering, but in double jewel case. The
    original is out of print. No tattoos in the remastered version.

    Live & Loud Sampler
    CD, 1993, Epic / Sony
    13 song sampler from Live & Loud. The 13th song is Shot in the Dark
    and is unlisted on the CD. Promo only.

    Live & Loud
    video cassette, 1993, Epic Music Video / Sony
    Limited edition packaging of speaker grill similar to the CD. I
    believe the limited packaging version is out of print, but not the
    video itself since I've seen the video by itself.

    Changes
    CD single, 1993, Epic / Sony
    Contains Changes, No More Tears, Desire, Changes (with Audience).

    Changes + 2: Live and Loud Sampler
    CD single, 1993, Epic / Sony
    Promo only version of the above.

    Changes
    12" picture disc, 1993, Epic / Sony
    Tracks are the same as CD single. Not available in the US.

    Changes
    7" single, 1993, Epic / Sony
    Tracks are Changes and No More Tears. Since it is on Epic, it is
    probably European only, but I can't tell. Also, the one I have has no
    picture sleeve, but I don't know if it is supposed to have one.

    Iron Man
    one song, 1994, Columbia / Sony
    This song has Ozzy singing with Therapy? as the backing band. It
    appears on the Black Sabbath tribute Nativity In Black. This CD is
    available in a second, promo-only, 2 CD format. It is called The Bible
    According to Black Sabbath, Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament
    (first CD) is the same songs in the same order as the tribute, but as
    performed by Black Sabbath. The New Testament (second CD) is the
    actual tribute. I believe copies of this are pretty rare. There is no
    US vinyl of this, but there may have been a European pressing.

    Born to be Wild
    one song, 1994, Jim Henson Records / BMG
    Ozzy does a "duet" with Miss Piggy on the record called Kermit
    Unpigged. Other artists on this disc include Vince Gill, Jimmy
    Buffett, and Don Henley.

    Ozzmosis
    album, 1995, Epic / Sony
    Japanese version has an additional track Whole World's Falling Down.
    Vinyl not available in the US.

    Perry Mason
    CD single, 1995, Epic / Sony
    Tracks are Perry Mason (edit), Perry Mason (album version), Living
    with the Enemy, The Whole World's Falling Down. Not available in the
    US.

    Perry Mason
    CD single, 1995, Epic / Sony
    Same as above, but without the album version of Perry Mason. Part 1 of
    a 2 part set. Not available in the US.

    Perry Mason
    CD single, 1995, Epic / Sony
    Tracks are Perry Mason (album version), No More Tears, I Don't Want to
    Change the World, Flying High Again. Not available in the US. Part 2
    of a 2 part set.

    Perry Mason
    7" picture disc, 1995, Epic / Sony
    Tracks are Perry Mason (edit), Living With the Enemy. Limited edition
    numbered picture disc. Not available in the US.

    Perry Mason
    CD single, 1995, Epic / Sony
    promo only, Perry Mason (edit), Perry Mason (album version).

    4 From Ozzmosis
    CD EP, 1995, Epic / Sony
    UK promo. Tracks are Thunder Underground, Perry Mason, Tomorrow, and I
    Just Want You.

    Ozzatory Pt. 1 / Hard & Melodious Side
    CD EP, 199?, Epic / Sony (?)
    Japan-only promo. 13 tracks.

    Ozzatory Pt. 2 / Ballad & Melodious Side
    CD EP, 199?, Epic / Sony (?)
    Japan-only promo. 8 tracks.

    The Ballads of Ozz
    CD EP, 1995, Epic / Sony
    German promo. Tracks are See You on the Other Side, Ghost Behind My
    Eyes, I Just Want You, and Old L.A. Tonight.

    See You on the Other Side
    CD single, 1996, Epic / Sony
    Tracks are See You on the Other Side (edit), See You on the Other Side
    (album version), Voodoo Dancer, Aimee. Not available in the US.

    See You on the Other Side
    CD single, 1996, Epic / Sony
    Japanese release. Tracks are See You on the Other Side (short
    version), Voodoo Dancer, Living With the Enemy, Perry Mason (edit).
    Not available in the US.

    See You on the Other Side
    CD single, 1996, Epic / Sony
    Promo only, See You on the Other Side (long version), See You on the
    Other Side (short version).

    I Just Want You
    CD single, 1996, Epic / Sony
    One of a two part set. Tracks are I Just Want You (Single Edit),
    Aimee, and Mama, I'm Coming Home. Not available in the US.

    I Just Want You
    CD single, 1996, Epic / Sony
    One of a two part set. Tracks are I Just Want You (Single Edit),
    Voodoo Dancer (Rough Demo), and Iron Man with Therapy?. Iron Man is
    the version from the Nativity in Black tribute album. Not available in
    the US.

    I Just Want You
    12" single, 1996, Epic / Sony
    Tracks are I Just Want You (Album Version), Aimee (Rough Demo), and
    Voodoo Dancer (Rough Demo). All three tracks are on one side. The
    Other side has an etched "Best Wishes Ozzy Osbourne" in Ozzy's own
    "handwriting". There is also a little Ozzy sketch. Not available in
    the US.

    I Just Want You
    CD single, 1996, Epic / Sony
    Promo-only one-track single.

    Walk On Water
    one song, 1996, Famous Music Corporation / EMI Virgin Music Inc. /
    Alamo Music Corp. / Testatyme Music
    Song from the movie soundtrack for Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
    Produced by, of all people, Moby. Joe Holmes, ex Lizzy Borden, joins
    on guitar.

    Walk On Water
    CD single, 1996, Famous Music Corporation / EMI Virgin Music Inc. /
    Alamo Music Corp. / Testatyme Music
    Promo-only one track single.

    Greatest Hits
    CD, 1996, DOG Entertainment, Licensed from Sony Music Entertainment.
    Inc
    Greatest hits package printed in Portugal. Tracks are Perry Mason, Mr.
    Tinkertrain, Miracle Man, No More Tears, Bark at the Moon, Crazy
    Babies, The Ultimate Sin, Never Know Why, I Just Want You, Believer,
    Mr. Crowley, Thunder Underground, Over the Mountain, Forever.

    Pictures Of Matchstick Men
    one song, 1997, Warner Bros. Records Inc.
    Performs this song with Type-O Negative for the soundtrack to Howard
    Stern's movie, Private Parts.

    Pictures Of Matchstick Men
    CD single, 1997, Warner Bros. Records Inc.
    Promo-only single. Tracks are the full length and the edit.

    The OZZfest Live
    album, 1997, Ozz Records
    Live record with various artists that appeared in the first OZZfest
    concerts. The tracks and bands are as follows: Loco - Coal Chamber,
    Ride Thy Neighbor - Cellophane, Broken Foundation - Earth Crisis,
    Organized - Powerman 5000, Locust Star - Neurosis, Replica - Fear
    Factory, These Eyes - Biohazard, Attitude - Sepultura, Angel of Death
    - Slayer, Perry Mason - Ozzy Osbourne.

    The OZZfest Live
    CD, 1997, Ozz Records
    Promo-sampler from the OZZfest CD. Labeled "Sanitized For Your
    Protection (All Clean Versions)". The tracks are Sepultura - Attitude,
    Fear Factory - Replica, and Ozzy Osbourne - Perry Mason.

    The OZZfest '97
    Double CD, 1997, Best Buy Co., Inc.
    Promo-only 2 CD compilation of bands. Some of which appeared at one of
    the OZZfests, some of which did not. The only Ozzy track on this piece
    is Revelation (Mother Earth). Comes with a coupon book for use at Best
    Buy stores.

    The Ozzman Cometh [Image]
    Double CD, 1997, Sony
    Best of Ozzy CD. Includes 4 unreleased Black Sabbath tracks: Black
    Sabbath, War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots, and Behind The Wall Of Sleep.
    These songs were taken from "Ozzy's 1970 Basement Tapes". Black
    Sabbath has an additional verse and War Pigs has different lyrics.
    There is also an interview from 1988.
    The Japanese version has two additional tracks: Walk On Water (from
    Beavis and Butt-head Take America) and Pictures Of Matchstick Men
    )from Howard Stern's Private Parts). It also has a sheet of stickers
    depicting all of Ozzy's solo records, the cartoon Ozzy with the cross,
    and a logo from the No Rest For The Wicked era.
    On the U.S. version, there are multi-media tracks which neither the
    European nor the Japanese version have. These tracks are the videos
    for Crazy Babies, Crazy Train, Perry Mason, I Just Want You, and
    Paranoid (live). There is also a screen "killer" (saver) and a
    "whack-a-mole"-like video game where you "whack Ozzy's bones".

    Back On Earth [Image]
    CD single, 1997, Sony
    Non-U.S. CD single. Extra tracks are Walk On Water and I Just Want
    You.

    Back On Earth
    CD single, 1997, Sony
    Promo-only CD single with Radio Edit and Album Version.



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    3.1 RARE/B-SIDES/ETC.
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    The following are B-sides, bonus tracks, demos, or unreleased versions
    of Ozzy songs:

    * "You Looking at Me, Looking at You"
    [b-side to "Crazy Train" 7" single]

    * "I Don't Know"
    [live b-side to "Flying High Again" single]

    * "One Up the B-Side"
    [b-side to "Bark at the Moon" single]

    * "Spiders"
    [track on European BARK AT THE MOON replacing USA Slow Down]

    * "Hero"
    [unlabelled last track on NO REST FOR THE WICKED]

    * "The Liar"
    [from Japanese NO REST FOR THE WICKED]

    * "I Don't Want to Change the World"
    [from NO MORE TEARS demos CD]

    * "Mama, I'm Coming Home"
    [from NO MORE TEARS demos]

    * "Desire"
    [from NO MORE TEARS demos]

    * "Time After Time"
    [from NO MORE TEARS demos]

    * "Won't Be Coming Home (S.I.N.)"
    [from NO MORE TEARS demo w/alt. lyrics]

    * "Mrs. J."
    [from NO MORE TEARS demo]

    * "Don't Blame Me"
    [b-side to "Mama, I'm Coming Home"]

    * "Party with the Animals"
    [b-side to "Mama, I'm Coming Home"]

    * "The Whole World is Falling Down"
    [b-side to "Perry Mason"]

    * "Living with the Enemy"
    [b-side to "Perry Mason"]

    * "Aimee"
    [b-side to "See You on the Other Side]

    * "Voodoo Dancer"
    [b-side to "See You on the Other Side"]

    * "Purple Haze"
    [from the Make a Difference Foundation album STAIRWAY TO
    HEAVEN/HIGHWAY TO HELL]

    * "Iron Man"
    [with Therapy?, from NATIVITY IN BLACK) 1994 Columbia/Sony]

    * "Close My Eyes Forever"
    [duet with Lita Ford, from LITA FORD]

    * "Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)"
    (with Bill Ward, from WARD ONE:
    ALONG THE WAY) 1990, Chameleon Records

    * "Jack's Land"
    [with Bill Ward, from WARD ONE: ALONG THE WAY]

    * "Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed)"
    [with WasNotWas, from BORN TO LAUGH AT TORNADOS.
    Kim Basinger supporting vocals]
    1992 Phonogram

    * "Led Clones"
    [with Gary Moore, from AFTER THE WAR]
    1989 Virgin/Capitol

    * "Speak For Yourself"
    [with Gary Moore, from AFTER THE WAR]

    * "I Ain't No Nice Guy"
    [duet with Lemmy, from Motorhead's MARCH OR DIE]
    1992 Epic/Sony

    * "Born to be Wild"
    [duet with Ms. Piggy, from KERMIT UNPIGGED]
    1994, Jim Henson Records

    * "Therapy"
    [with The Infectious Grooves, from PLAGUE THAT MAKES YOUR BOOTY MOVE]
    1991 Epic/Sony

    * "Hey Stoopid"
    [back-up with Alice Cooper, from HEY STOOPID]
    1991 Epic/Sony

    * "Staying Alive"
    [with Dweezil Zappa, unreleased]

    * "The Urpney Song"
    ["The Dreamstone" 1990 British cartoon]

    The list comes from information provided by: supreme@inforamp.net and
    ozzy@airmail.net

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    3.2 Song Definitons
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    OLD LA TONIGHT : Written around the time of the LA riots, the song is
    about Los Angeles.

    BACK ON EARTH : Death, and the spirit returning to Earth after you die.

    CRAZY TRAIN : Society and can we all get along.

    MIRACLE MAN : The hypocrisy of preacher Jimmy Swaggart who put Ozzy down
    but then fell from glory himself when caught with a prostitute.

    MY LITTLE MAN : A song Ozzy wrote for his son Jack, it sounds like it is
    a last goodbye to his son.

    KILLER OF GIANTS : A song about man and nuclear missiles and how, if we keep
    up this mad rush to have the bigger weapon, we will obliterate ourselves.

    PERRY MASON : Perry Mason defending a man accused of killing someone.
    The original idea had nothing to do with Perry Mason, it was just a title
    Ozzy wrote down.

    GOODBYE TO ROMANCE : Despite the misleading lyrics this is not about love.
    The lyrics are about Ozzy's days with Sabbath, now dead and gone, and was
    his way of saying goodbye to them. "Yesterday has been and gone, tomorrow
    will I find the sun or will it rain". You figure it out.

    CRAZY BABIES : Babies who are the result of crack cocaine mothers.

    SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE : A song about death. Written after Sam Kinnison
    died in a traffic accident and Steve Marriott of Humble Pie died as well.

    I was also sent this e-mail from Norm O'Brien:
    ====================================
    Oz: "I wrote that song for my wife. I absolutely adore my wife. The
    love that I have for her and the love she has for me will never die. I
    truly believe that if I pop off first or she goes then we'll meet up
    on the other side. I believe in life after death, which is strange
    because at one point I didn't believe in life after birth."

    Chortles Ozzy Heartily.

    Oz: "I believe in life after death because I'm getting closer to it
    now and I'm at the half way point now at least! It's like a message
    to Sharon because I love her"

    Sharons view of the song is a little different...

    Sharon: "Ozzy wrote that song when he was really ill earlier this year
    and he was being wrongly diagnosed," She recalls. "He was told that he
    had an illness that was really bad and we thought that that was it,
    that he was going to die. That's where it came from."
    ====================================

    SUICIDE SOLUTION : The dangers of alcohol.

    ROAD TO NOWHERE : A retrospective look at Ozzy's life.

    SO TIRED : I absolutely love this song. A soft ballad and easy listener
    about a woman who is cheating on her lover and it is time for them to part.

    DEMON ALCOHOL : Basically the same as Suicide Solution. The dangers of
    drinking.

    BLOODBATH IN PARADISE : Charles Manson and his following, the Tate and
    LaBianca murders.

    YOU'RE NO DIFFERENT : People who put down Ozzy, take a look at yourself
    before judging others.

    BARK AT THE MOON : A creature scorned and buried alive. The creature comes
    back to seek revenge on those who buried him.

    MR. TINKERTRAIN : The problem of child molestation in our society.

    MR. CROWLEY : Ozzy had heard about Mr. Crowley and wanted to know what
    he was all about. The song is Ozzy asking Mr. Crowley who he is.

    NO BONE MOVIES : A song about pornography.

    FLYING HIGH AGAIN : A song about drugs.

    FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS : Written about skinheads who wear boots. This
    came after the Sabs were beaten up by skinheads.

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    3.3 Did You Know?
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    Ozzy's LA house has a urinal in the bathroom. The reason for this is
    because Ozzy kept urinating on the toilet seat.

    Ozzy's calls his son from his first marriage Bombins (his real name
    is Louis).

    Ozzy's sister Gillian has been comitted twice. Once after she went and
    cut the heads off all the familys photos.

    Ozzy once beat up one of his teachers with an iron bar. The teacher
    would later be fired.

    Ozzy stabbed his aunt's cat at the age of 11.

    Ozzy would break in to his 63 year old neighbour's home when she
    went to work. The woman's children had been killed in an air-raid
    and her husband killed in the war. The more you read this biography
    the more you realize how much of a turd Ozzy was as a youth.

    At the age of 14, Ozzy tried to hang himself using clothesline. His
    father caught him and beat him for it.

    Ozzy tried to strangle one of his brothers and tried to light his sister
    on fire by pouring gas on her dress.

    The FBI once visited Ozzy because they heard he was planning to urinate
    on the steps of the White House (untrue).

    Ozzy and Sharon drive a Range Rover.

    Ozzy once shot 17 of his cats.

    Ozzy once took a crap in the elevator of a plush hotel. The elevator
    doors opened, and there he was with his pants down.

    Ozzy's first royalty check was spent on 50 pounds to his mother, a
    pair of shoes and some cologne (because he hated the way he smelled).

    Ozzy donated $10,000 to the caretakers of the Alamo in 1992.

    Tommy Aldridge was Ozzy's best man during his marriage to Sharon.

    The Cal Jam 1974 show earned the band $250,000 but they only received $1000
    each. Their manager pocketed the rest.

    Ozzfest expenses are about one million dollars per week!

    Ozzfest currently takes 9 transports to move all the set.

    Ozzy travels by bus instead of plane now, because too much time alone in
    his hotel room left him time to smoke.

    Ozzy had three older sisters and two younger brothers. He is only close to
    his sister Jean.

    Ozzy used to set fire to barns in the cornfields when he was younger.

    A fan made an Ozzy Osbourne Cabbage Patch Doll for Ozzy, complete
    with tattoos.

    Ozzy's least favorite video is "The Ultimate Sin".

    The daughter from Ozzy's previous marriage is a surveyor, while the son
    is a chef, now turned DJ.

    When Ozzy began singing for the first time, at age 15, only 3 people turned
    up (at the Birmingham firehouse)

    When Ozzy is online, being interviewed, someone else actually types the
    responses (I kind of figured that one out already).

    Ozzy's 'Party with the Animals' was featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

    The title 'Diary of a Madman' comes from Aleister Crowley's biography?

    The dwarf on the Diary of a Madman tour was the same actor who played R2D2
    in Star Wars?

    Ozzy's contract stipulated that 25 pounds of raw meat would be thrown at
    the audience for the Diary of a Madman tour?

    Gary Moore was originally considered for the Ozzy's guitarist on Blizzard
    of Ozz.

    In 1971, a nurse committed suicide while listening to the Paranoid album.

    A fan of Ozzys in Texas built a tomb for Ozzy and himself to rest in when they
    both died. The fan expected to lay beside Ozzy in death, forever.

    When Ozzy left Sabbath, he had to steal music equipment from a warehouse to
    start up a new band.

    Ozzy has a sketch of his on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tokyo?

    In 1982, Ozzy donated 25,000 dollars to the SPCA to help neutralize some of
    the bad publicity involving animals.

    Some of Ozzy Osbourne's Favorites records are: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts
    Club Band, The Beatles Revolver, The Beatles Rubber Soul, The Beatles The
    White Album, The Beatles Led Zeppelin I, LZ Led Zeppelin II, LZ Band on the
    Run, Paul McCartney and Wings Arc of a Diver, Steve Winwood Hello, I Must
    Be Going, Phil Collins Kissing to Be Clever, Culture Club Essence to
    Essence, Donovan

    Ozzy was not born in a hospital but delivered by a midwife at home.

    When Ozzy lived with his first wife Thelma, they took turns feeding the
    chickens. One day it was Ozzy's turn but he was busy drinking with his
    friends. Thelma kept asking Oz to go feed them, finally Ozzy went outside
    with a shotgun and killed them.

    Ozzy and Bill once urinated on Hitler's shrine in Berlin.

    Ozzy is superstitious and will not wear the color green.

    Being a big star, Ozzy does not attend social engagements. He prefers to
    sit at home and listen to music while he draws sketches.

    When Oz was only 14 years old he was in a band called the Black Panthers.

    The very first pub Sabbath played in as Black Sabbath was the Mermaid, in a
    region of Birmingham called Sparkbrook. It closed down years ago, as it is
    in an area now almost completely inhabited by ethnic groups who have no
    care for it. [by Mike H]

    Ozzy plays all of the characters in his 'So Tired' video. Don Airey also
    makes an appearance.

    Ozzy is the godfather of Zakk's child and the child is named John Michael,
    after Ozzy.

    Ozzy sends flowers to Randy's grave each year.

    Ozzy was drinking Tequila for the very first time. He ended up getting so
    drunk that he fell asleep under a table in a hotel restaurant. The cleaner
    woke him up by hitting him over the head with a broom, thinking he was a
    homeless person.

    While in the Betty Ford clinic for alcoholism, Ozzy stayed in a room with a
    mortician who cried all the time and was constantly depressed.

    Ozzy wanted to have a FOURTH child?

    Ozzy once unknowingly urinated out a window onto a waiting audience below
    him.

    Towards the end of Ozzy's days with Sabbath, Ozzy had planned to call his
    first solo alum, "Am I Going Insane?". Instead he wrote a song of the same
    title for the Sabotage album.

    The sound of crying at the end of "Am I Going Insane?" is actually Ozzy's
    baby?

    On Christmas Eve one year, Ozzy opened his bay window to look at the snow
    covered countryside. As he sniffed at the icy air, there in front of him
    was a stoat sitting up on its hind legs looking back at him.

    If you've read the book by Steve Rosen you know that the author was with
    Ozzy and the band when they trashed a hotel room. The events which lead up
    to it were as follows: A girl who called herself Stormy Monday was in their
    hotel room undulating to imaginary music. As she moved around the floor,
    caressing herself, she would watch the band for their reactions. Realizing
    she couldn't go through with it, she stopped just short of removing her
    top. Angry, Ozzy ripped a thermostat off the wall. Then he tore the
    pictures off the wall. He then tore the TV from the mounting and it was
    given rides up and down the elevator. Then he broke the glass containing
    the fire extinguisher and sprayed everyone. (This is about where the author
    takes over the story).

    Ozzy once planned to have a T-shirt made which read, "If your day is
    totally screwed up, blame Ozzy Osbourne" because of all the blame being put
    on him for supposed effects on people from his music.

    Ozzy's favorite beer is Starbucks. He has a dog named Baldrick and owns 6
    dogs in all.

    Ozzy owns an 18th century home in Buckinghamshire and one in Beverly Hills.

    Ozzy was drinking in a bar with a girl named Regan, who was insulting Ozzy
    and who then threw an icecube at his head. Ozzy dumped a bowl of popcorn
    over head. After this she proceeded to try and slash him with a lit
    cigarette. Her arms were held down while various drinks were then poured
    down her dress.

    Ozzy routinely uses a fire hose to douse his audience with water. His
    security staff has taken to wearing raincoats now.

    Ozzy's grandfather had a tattoo of a snake which went from his head all the
    way down to his toes.

    Once at the Niagra Falls Hilton, out of boredom Ozzy lit some matches under
    a fire sprinkler. Sirens and bells began to sound and people began running
    around in sheer panic and soon firemen and policemen arrived and started
    running around as well.

    When Oz was younger he said that for his tombstone he wanted a statue of
    him in the Volume 4 cover position (outstretched arms, peace sign).

    In a testament to his supposed animal cruelty... Ozzy was staying in a
    Swiss hotel once when he found a stray dog outside. The dog was starving so
    Ozzy put a string around his neck and walked him into the hotel's
    restaurant. Immediately staff told him he couldn't bring a dog into the
    place. Ozzy said that since he was staying in one of their most high priced
    rooms, he thought the dog should be fed. So they reluctantly fed him. The
    waiter asked Ozzy what he'd like to have, then asked, "What will the dog
    have?" "How would the dog like his steak done?" Anyway, the dog ended up
    with a meal in his stomach.

    A Christian, determined to save Ozzy from damnation, once followed the tour
    bus from a concert for over 300 miles.

    Ozzy's song 'I Don't Want to Change the World' won him a Grammy award.

    The Osbourne family was travelling on a plane. A woman complained about his
    rowdy kids and said, "My dogs behave better than your kids". Sharon
    replied, "That's because you're probably having sex with them". The kids
    also filled her jacket pocket with peas and other vegetables.

    Ozzy is so used to being called "Ozzy" that he no longer knows someone is
    talking to him if they call him "John".

    When Ozzy had his dragon tattoo made, he had no idea what he wanted. He
    simply asked the tattooist to make something, which he did, right out of
    his own imagination.

    "All Moving Part's Stand Still" is about a cross dressing president who
    turns out to be a woman in real life?

    Fox Television has offered Ozzy his very own television show. The show
    would be about a singer who is on the road and has to adapt to life at home
    after being away from home for so long. Oz says he won't do it though
    because he doesn't like the way his voice sounds.

    Sharon Osbourne used to be manager of many other groups as well such as
    Gary Moore, but dropped them so she could spend more time with Ozzy. Tony
    Iommi also used to manage bands such as Judas Priest.

    Ozzy's personal assistant's name is Tony Dennis.

    Ozzy once visited a dying fan in the hospital. The fan was unable to talk
    and wrote out what song Ozzy would dedicate to him (Crazy Train).

    After he and Sharon have a fight, Ozzy will sometimes go to Tiffany's and
    buy Sharon an expensive piece of jewelry to make up for it.

    Ozzy had a grand mal seizure which has left him with physical side effects.
    He also takes prozac because of a chemical imbalance.

    Ozzy was officially banned from Salt Lake City, permanently by a group of
    Mormons.

    Ozzy once owned an XJ12 sportscar which was used only for special
    occasions. Ozzy ended up sinking it after driving through a fence in his
    yard.

    Ozzy has worked with many different artists such as Dweezil Zappa, Kim
    Basinger, Miss Piggy, Lita Ford, Sam Kinnison, Theraphy?, Bill Ward, Alice
    Cooper, Gary Moore, Motorhead, Holly Knight, and Slash.


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    Ozzy has over fifteen tattoos over his body. Some of them are:

    - Red hooded ghoul on left chest
    - Blue dragon with red flames on right chest
    - "Mom and Pop" tattoo on right arm
    - Stick man figure on left wrist just below thumb
    - Unknown tattoo (letters) on his left palm, starts with "A" [***]
    - Letters O,Z,Z,Y on his knuckles of left hand [***]
    - The word 'THANKS' is marked on his right palm
    - Happy faces on both knees [***]
    - Rose on right shoulder, he would later have the word 'Sharon' tattooed
    under it
    - Skull with knife through it on left arm
    - Long pointed dagger with Ozzy banner on left arm
    - Bat and woman's face on upper left shoulder
    - Symbols and a number "3" on his arm. [***]
    - Needle on his right thigh
    - Ozzy has a new tattoo under the rose on his right arm which
    looks like a demon's face.


    [***] These tattoos were done while Ozzy was in jail. He used two different
    methods during at least two different incarceration periods. The first
    method (his knees and knuckles) was done using a piece of graphite (as in
    pencil lead) and a needle. The other method was done using a tin of grey
    polish, melting it and sticking it into the skin with a needle.

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    Dec. 3, 1948 - Ozzy Osbourne is born in Aston, Birmingham, England
    Dec. 6 ,1956 - Randy Rhoads is born.
    1962 - Ozzy joins one of his first bands at age 14, Black Panthers.
    1967 - Ozzy, Geezer, Tony and Bill form Earth.
    1969 - Earth calls themselves Black Sabbath.
    1969 - Black Sabbath returns to England from Germany. So far
    they have not found someone to carry their record.
    Jan. 1970 - Vertigo decides to sign Sabbath to their label.
    Feb. 1970 - Sabbath breaks the audience record at Henry's.
    Feb.13 ,1970 - Black Sabbath releases its debut self titled album. This
    would set the stage for the term 'heavy metal'.
    Oct.23 ,1970 - A near riot results when a drunken crowd awaits the band.
    Sept.4 ,1970 - Simpson and Sabbath part ways.
    April 6,1974 - Sabbath plays the huge California Jam. Soon after, they fired
    their manager.
    1975 - Free from their manager's greedy hands, the band releases
    the Sabotage album.
    1976 - We Sold Our Souls is released. Reached #48 in the US, #35 in UK.
    1977 - Ozzy's father passes away. Oz quits Black Sabbath but comes
    back in time for the Never Say Die album and tour.
    1978 - Ozzy is fired from Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio replaces him.
    1980 - Ozzy signs with Jet Records. He releases his first solo album,
    Blizzard of Ozz which goes platinum plus in the U.S.
    Sept.12,1980 - Ozzy plays his first concert in Glasgow, Scotland.
    1981 - Ozzy divorces his first wife. He goes on to release his second
    album, Diary of a Madman. This album also goes platinum.
    Jan. 20,1982 - Ozzy bites the head off the bat.
    Feb. 19,1982 - Ozzy urinates on the Alamo and goes to jail.
    Mar. 19,1982 - Randy Rhoads dies in a plane accident in Leesburg, Florida.
    1982 - Bernie Torme replaces Randy but backs out and so did the
    Speak of the Devil album.
    1982 - Black Sabbath releases 'Live Evil', Ozzy releases 'Speak of the
    Devil'.
    July 4, 1982 - Ozzy marries his long time companion, Sharon Arden.
    Sept 2, 1983 - Aimee Rachel is born.
    1983 - Ozzy signs to Epic Records. Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath.
    Feb. 1984 - Glass from a broken mirror gets lodged in Ozzy's throat.
    Oct. 27,1984 - Kelly Lee Osbourne is born.
    Nov. 1984 - Ozzy enters the Betty Ford clinic for drinking problems.
    He also begins his Bark at the Moon project.
    1985 - Ozzy plays the first Rock in Rio festival to over 200,000
    people.
    July 13,1985 - He also reunites with his ex-Sabbath members for the
    Live Aid reunion in PA.
    1986 - Ozzy wins a lawsuit that claimed "Suicide Solution" was
    responsible for a teenage suicide in California.
    May 2, 1986 - Ozzy co-hosts Friday Night Videos with Dr. Ruth
    1987 - Due to popular demand by his fans, Ozzy puts out the Randy
    Rhoads tribute album. He only plays one concert that year at
    the Wormwood Scrubs prison.
    1987 - Contrary to the above, Ozzy is reported to have played a 6 six
    week tour of UK prisons. He also played "Jailhouse Rock"
    1988 - Zakk Wylde joins Ozzy's lineup of guitar players.
    1989 - Ozzy donates $15,000 to AIDS charities in Philadelphia.
    Aug.12-13/89 - Ozzy plays the Moscow Music Festival which benefits drug and
    alcohol programs.
    Sept. 2,1989 - Ozzy is jailed after threatening Sharon.
    Oct. 1990 - The parents of two Georgia teens file lawsuits against Ozzy
    for the deaths of their children.
    Dec. 16, 1990 - Ozzy appears on the TV show Parker Lewis Can't Lose
    May 6, 1991 - Lawsuit filed in Georgia is dismissed on First Amendment
    grounds.
    1991 - No More Tears is released setting new grounds in Ozzy's
    career. No more macabre album covers and titles.
    Oct. 1, 1992 - Ozzy plays San Antonio, TX after being banned for 10
    years. He donates $10,000 to the caretakers of the Alamo.
    1992 - Ozzy announces this will be his last tour.
    1992 - Ozzy wins a grammy award for "I Don't Want to Change the
    World". Ozzy announces he is going to retire and embarks on
    the "No More Tours" tour.
    Mar. 28, 1992 - Fans cause $100,000 damage when Ozzy invites audience
    members on stage.
    Nov. 15,1992 - Ozzy plays his last show at Costa Mesa, CA
    1993 - Live and Loud is released to accompany his last tour.
    1993 -> 1995 - Ozzy takes three years off to relax and be a family man.
    Finally he heads back into the studio and comes up with
    Ozzmosis. A spectacle in his history of albums. He says
    he is never going to retire again: The next time that he
    retires will be when they lower him into the ground.
    Oct.25, 1995 - Ozzmosis album is sold in stores.
    Dec. 31, 1995 - Ozzy's Retirement Sucks tour begins.
    Sept.14,1996 - Ozz-Fest begins
    October 1996 - Ozzy announces he is starting his own record label,
    "Ozz-Records" to promote smaller bands.
    March 1997 - The Ozzfest Live album is released with bands
    from the 1996 tour.
    May 1997 - Ozzfest 1997 begins
    June 15, 1997 - Ozzfest plays in East Rutherford, NJ despite
    threats to pull the show if Marilyn Manson
    took part. The show went on.
    Nov. 11, 1997- Ozzman Cometh double CD is released featuring some
    old Sabbath songs with alternative lyrics and a new
    song called "Back on Earth".
    Dec. 4/5,1997- Black Sabbath reunites in Birmingham, UK to do two live
    shows. Ozzy is very happy about the second show.
    July 3, 1998 - Ozzfest kicks off in New Jersey.
    Oct.31, 1998 - Black Sabbath and Ozzy to release a live album from the
    Dec. 5/97 UK show, along with two new studio tracks.
    Jan. 1, 1999 - Black Sabbath's original four members launch a North
    American tour.

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    Q: Where can I find a Black Sabbath FAQ?
    A: www.black-sabbath.com, the file is by Alexander Rack

    Q: What religion is Ozzy? Is he satanic, athiest, Catholic?
    A: While I do not know for certain, I do know Ozzy's children
    attemd Catholic schools. Ozzy himself wears crosses, but
    whether this is a religious or fashion symbol is unknown.

    Q: What are the Ozzfest dates? Is Ozzy coming to my town?
    A: Hey, I find my information the same way you do. Try the
    links mentioned for Ozzfest. Don't ask me.

    Q: I saw that a John Osbourne was in a late 60's band named "Magic
    Lanterns". Some dealers sell this LP at high prices. Was Ozzy really in the
    band?
    A: NO, Ozzy has never been in Magic Lanterns, it was another John.

    Q: Did Ozzy ever eat his own feces? (This is a question I received
    via ICQ)
    A: Not so far as I know, although he once stuck his finger in his
    rear end

    Q: Where do I find Ozzfest dates and info?
    A: AARRGGHH! Try www.ozzynet.com as they will have the info before anyone.

    Q: Why do some albums have bonus tracks. I notice a lot of Japanese albums
    have these.
    A: Albums cost more to buy in Japan, and come out after the American
    versions. Bonus tracks encourage the Japanese to buy their own country's
    version instead.

    Q: Did Ozzy really get punched in the nose for ripping bibles?
    A: Ozzy was angry at the protestors that gathered Sabbath wherever they
    went. Religious groups would follow the band and carry bibles and
    crosses. In the hotel rooms where the band stayed, were, of course
    bibles. Ozzy began ripping up bibles in a form of protesting back.
    Tony Iommi punched Ozzy in the nose for doing this.

    Q: Whatever happened to Ozz Records?
    A: Red Ant Records (www.red-ant.com) went out of business.

    Q: What is the name of the extra track on 'No Rest for the Wicked'?
    A: Hero.

    Q: Are there any old/rare (pre-Sabbath, pre-solo) Ozzy songs out
    there?
    A: Yes, but good luck trying to find them. The following songs are rare
    material:

    * "THE REBEL" - Black Sabbath demo (Regent Sound demo) which can be sampled
    on the "Black Sabbath Story - Volume 1" VHS. What some people do not know
    is that both this song and "Song for Jim" were actually released back in
    1969 as 7" singles. They ARE out there, but I imagine most of them have
    since been disbanded to garbage dumps or destroyed.

    * "SONG FOR JIM" - Instrumental, song made for their first manager Jim
    Simpson.

    * "SLOW BURN" - Ballad recorded with Holly Knight but not released because
    the final version was not good enough.

    Ozzy was asked about his first two impossible to find singles. He simply
    does not remember ever recording them. Geezer was asked about 'The Rebel'
    (while drinking in a local pub), but he was in such a bad mood that an
    answer was not possible.

    Q: What do the letters NIB, SATO, and SIN on his albums mean?
    A: NIB - This is *not* Nativity In Black. Ronnie Dio has said this himself.
    Geezer Butler has said it was named after Bill Ward's beard
    which resembled a pen nib (tip).
    SATO - Sailing Across the Ocean. Note that I just found out the original
    record jacket says "Saturdays and Thursdays only", which are
    visiting days for asylums. Another reader said this:
    "Don't quote me on this, but it has always been my belief (and my friends)
    that S.A.T.O. is Ozzy's wife's initials (Sharon Ann Theresa Osbourne??? I
    may be wrong on the middle names... the song is supposedly about his
    finally finding "the one" - "Tried the rest, found the best..."

    [I quoted him... ]
    SIN - Shadows In the Night

    Q: What is said at the end of Crazy Train?
    A: Ozzy was putting his voice through an oscillator and asked someone in
    the studio
    what he had had for breakfast. The person replied, "an egg". Ozzy
    asked, "What?",
    and the person replied, "an eggggggg".

    Q: Was Captain Kangaroo Ozzy's father?
    A: No.

    Q: Did Ozzy really sing the Bee-Gee's "Stayin' Alive"?
    A: Yes he did. He did this for Dweezil Zappa's "Confessions" album, the
    record company did not want to authorize the release however and so Donny
    Osmond's version made it to the album. Oz can be heard on bootleg versions
    though.

    Q: Where can I find these rare and live Ozz/Sab boot tapes?
    A: I am not going to get into this except to say almost every home page
    (including mine) will help you in those matters.

    Q: What is the name of the classical music played before each Ozzy concert?
    A: The piece is "O Fortuna" from the Carmina Burana opera by Carl Orff.

    Q: What is said in the beginning of "Bloodbath in Paradise"?
    A: "Your mother sells whelks in hull."

    Q: Why do some Black Sabbath albums have Ozzy singing "Wicked World" and
    yet others have "Evil Woman" instead?
    A: The Evil Woman single appears on UK versions of their first album only
    because of copyright problems. The song was initially sung by a band named
    Crow from Minnesota. The American version has Wicked World in its place.

    Q: Is Joan Osborne (the beauty) related to Ozzy?
    A: No, besides they spell their last names differently.

    Q: The opening movie on Ozzy's tour is hilarious. Is it available?
    A: You are looking for a short videotape called "Ozzy Goes to Hollywood".

    [The next four questions are answered by a friend of the Osbourne's]
    Q: What are Ozzy's siblings doing, ie. professional, white collar work,
    factory, etc. Are they in England?
    A: All I am allowed to say is that they still live in the home district of
    WALSALL. It is a poor district in some senses, though poor these days is
    nothing like what poor meant when Ozzy was a kid. It is a very
    working-class, though very community spirited town.

    Q: What are some of the names of the pubs you and Geezer and the other Sabs
    frequent, do you play darts?, drink?, drink and puke?, drink and puke and
    play darts?, play cards?, etc etc.
    A: These days they stay in their home district of REDDITCH and only Geezer
    and Geoff Nicholls can be seen in town at the likes of the Rock Cafe and
    Costermongers.

    Q: Is Birmingham still a factory oriented town where people work the
    factories and go to the bars afterwards or has it improved financially?
    What are it's main industries?
    A: The whole of the midlands region is still the industrial heart of
    England, though affluence is much more apparent these days. Triumph
    motorcycles has had an enormous increase in fortunes these days and there
    are many new world-beating industries here, so the poverty thing has all
    but gone, though we still have poor districts.

    Q: Is Sabbath still thought of as evil devil music or has the church and
    Christians relented somewhat?
    A: You have to remember, the way you chaps view things tends to always be
    taken a step further than here. We have never seriously had a problem with
    the devil thing Vs Sabbath. England is full to the brim with legends,
    ghosts and mysteries as well as cults. It is seen more as the theatrical
    thing that makes up our characters and culture. The first we really knew
    about the problems it caused was when we heard about someone blowing his
    face off, because he claims Ozzy told him to do it in a song. I am not
    being rude at all ( I love America ) but that simply wouldn't happen here
    and if it did, the person would be treated with the contempt he/she
    deserved. Listen to any interview with Lemmy and he will tell you the same
    thing.

    Q: I saw Ozzy on his recent tour. Why doesn't he play a lot of his new
    material?
    A: His voice can't make the high notes as often. In the studio you can do
    it over and over until you get it right. On stage you have just one shot.
    Watch Ozzy on David Letterman performing, "I Just Want You" and see what I
    mean.

    Q: What is this about Ozzy suing Tony Iommi?
    A: Ozzy filed a suit against Tony because some years ago Tony borrowed
    money ($50-75,000) from Ozzy to get out of jail. Tony was put in jail for
    non-payment of child support. When he refused to pay the money back to
    Ozzy, a suit was then filed.

    Q: What is "plastic water", I've heard Ozzy say he drinks this and he sings
    it on "I Just Want You" ?
    A: Ozzy is referring to Diet Coke, which like most diet pop and beer,
    tastes like water.

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    "Happiness to me is getting stoned" [Ozzy]

    "I used to hate the sight of him, I couldn't stand him, and I used to beat
    him up whenever I saw him." [Tony on childhood with Ozzy]

    "I know I ain't going to ****ing live to be an old man. I know that." [Ozzy]

    "I've come to the conclusion that people don't want to know the truth-that
    I'm a happily married man with three kids that I absolutely adore, and
    that what I do is entertain people. I am not f--king Dracula" 1989]

    "I'm an absolute perfectionist. I'm never happy with a finished album.
    There's always something I don't like." [1990]

    "If I had to start it all over again, the only thing I would change is
    I'd learn to read a contract better." [1992]

    "To be honest, I am a little bit crazy. I accept that. I've always been
    outrageous. I've never been the every day you. I've always
    gone over the top with everything" [Ozzy 1985]


    "Had he lived, I truly believe he'd have been one of the greatest guitar
    players that ever walked the earth. He was when he was here." [Ozzy on Randy]

    "You get one and you can't stop. It becomes an addiction." [Ozzy on tattoos]

    "I'm not the greatest singer in the world, but I do give people
    entertainment" [1986]

    "My mother said to me, 'Get a proper job. Quit this f--king around.' She
    still thinks it's a crazy f--king thing I'm doing" [1985]

    "Every year I hear, metal is dying. It's been dying since f--king 1978!"
    [Ozzy on the success of Ozzfest]

    "Musically they are completely uncompromising, and would rather starve than
    sell out to more commercial forms of music." [Vertigo Sab Promo]

    "My mother was an amateur singer, my father was an amateur drunk" [1985]

    "It's good fun and it's had great rewards. It's been such an eye opener
    for me. Everything that I have ever wanted to have has come from rock
    and roll. I've had happiness, I've had sadness. I've had everything.
    I've experienced life, death, birth, marriage, divorce, and it's been
    a whole bunch of fun. I wouldn't have it any different. I'd do it all
    again tomorrow." [1986]

    "I would hate my children to be the typical rock and roll brats. My
    father always taught me that if you haven't got anything else, the
    cheapest thing in the world is good manners." [1986]

    "A lot of other bands just have guys in the crowd. Ozzy has a mixed
    audience. But groups like Quiet Riot or Def Leppard attract just the girls,
    and I find the girls are very fickle. Next year, a prettier band will come
    up, and your dead. The men are more faithful" [Sharon]

    "Ozzy had no technical qualifications really. At least Tony or Geezer could
    play their scales or a B flat chord. Ozzy wouldn't know what a chord was if
    it fell out of the sky and hit him in on the head. He knew nothing about
    music whatsoever. All he had was feel. But he had far more going for him
    than the rest of the band. The band, in my opinion, was purely Ozzy." [Jim
    Simpson commenting on Ozzy when he was with Sabbath]

    "I'm the guy kids love and parents hate. The guy mothers love to hate. When
    you've achieved that, you've achieved a goal." [Ozzy]

    "We've obviously got what the people want. It's aggressive music and I think
    America likes aggression." [Ozzy in Sabbath]

    "Well listen, how does a sparrow make an emergency landing? With a
    sparrowchute." [Ozzy talking to reception desk in his hotel room]

    "You hear your mother crying because she has no dough to feed you. Or my
    father and her always fighting over something. And I used to sit on the
    front steps all the time and think 'one of these days I'm going to buy a
    Rolls Royce and drive them out of this shithole'. And I did it." [Ozzy on
    life before fame]

    "I never go on stage drunk or stoned or anything." [early days Ozzy]

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    You may e-mail Ozzy's fan club at: WorldOfOzz@AOL.COM

    His previous fan club mailing address is no longer valid. The intention
    is to transfer the fan club to the website.

    For the latest Ozzy merchandise information, send a SASE legal sized
    envelope (foreign letters include IRC coupon) to:
    Ozzy Osbourne
    c/o Rock Express
    P.O. Box 59
    San Francisco, CA 94101

    ** Postal Address' ** (Unverified)

    Ozzy Osbourne
    1801 Century Park West
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    1 Red Place
    London, W1Y 3RE, England

    John Osbourne
    Headquarters,The Gate House
    P.O. Box 1929
    Gerrads Cross, Bucks SL9 8XL
    England

    Box 15397
    Los Angeles, CA 90209

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    The internet boasts a vast array of Ozzy and Black Sabbath links for
    home pages, guitar tabs and lyrics. With the invention of the wonderful
    language known as HTML, you can simply select a link from the list below:

    ==========
    Home Pages (will usually contain lyrics, pictures, tabs, and links):
    ==========
    Black Sabbath - www.black-sabbath.com
    - www.blacksabbath.com
    Bill Ward - www.billward.com
    Tony Iommi - www.iommi.com
    Cozy Powell - www.cozypowell.com
    Ozzy www.ozzynet.com
    www.ozzfest.com
    www.ozzydirect.com
    www.mtledge.com (Metal Edge)
    www.ubl.com (Ultimate Band List)
    www.crankster.com

    ======
    Lyrics
    ======
    www.lyrics.ch
    http://www3.nf.sympatico.ca/pedison/ultimate.html
    http://www.public.asu.edu/~natas/ozzy/lyrics.html

    ===========
    Guitar Tabs
    ===========
    http://hem.passagen.se/le24/tab.htm
    www.olga.net (Online Guitar Archive)
    http://ozzymusic.cjb.net

    ==========
    Live Music (Real Audio/Midi/WAVE/MP3)
    ==========

    http://ozzymusic.cjb.net
    http://www.vu.union.edu/~martinn/html/mp3.html
    www.hardradio.com
    www.liveconcerts.com
    www.rebelradio.com

    (Real Audio can be found at www.real.com)

    ============
    Randy Rhoads
    ============
    http://thoth.stetson.edu/music/rhoads/index.html
    http://www.urban.or.jp/home/tu9669/randy/index.html
    http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~genecola/randy1.html
    http://www.tangledintheweb.com/RR/tribute.html
    http://www.ina.co.jp/tribute/pictures.html

    ======
    Books
    ======

    Ozzy has an autobiography called "Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman" (1990)
    by Mick Wall. The ISBN number is 0946391467, Zomba is the publisher.
    Ozzy was unhappy with this book however as he wanted a more in depth
    look at things, not just the groupies and stories that took place.

    There is also a biography out on Ozzy from Ballentine Biographies. The ISBN
    is 0-345-33240-7 and the Library of Congress catalog number is
    86-91095. The first edition was from May 1986.

    Ozzy Osbourne by Garry Johnson (1985 paperback)
    Monsters of Metal:Ozzy Osbourne by Ethlie Vare (1986 paperback)

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    "The f***ing Monkeyz?"
    ...Ozzy in Jerky Boys movie

    "These evil people have just got to be stopped"
    ...Ozzy in Trick or Treat

    1986
    ----

    Like some musicians, Ozzy has been in a few movies and in keeping with
    Oz-tradition they are humorous roles. In the 1986 horror movie "Trick or
    Treat", Ozzy plays Reverend Aaron Gilstrom, a priest who wants the evil
    being spread through music stopped The movie starred Marc Price who
    played Skippy in the Family Ties television show. Also stars Gene Simmons
    as a DJ. [Note: Watch the movie all the way to the end, past the credits
    and you'll see Ozzy once again]

    There is also mention of Ozzy being in the movie 'Riders of the Storm' as
    an "urban animal". The movie starred Dennis Hopper.

    19xx
    ----

    Though not a movie, Ozzy appeared in The Decline of Western Civilization -
    Part 2 which was a documentary about heavy metal directed by Penelope
    Spheeris, a well known producer.

    1994
    ----

    In the 1994 Jerky Boys movie, Ozzy played a band manager who runs into the
    Jerky Boys in a bar. The band he manages plays 'Symptom of the Universe'.

    1996
    ----

    Ozzy plays a short part in Howard Stern's "Private Parts" movie, released
    in 1997.

    2000
    ----
    Director Penelope Spheeris, producer of Decline of Western Civilization
    Parts 1, 2, and 3, and Wayne's World) took out a full crew on last year's
    tour to capture the Ozzfest. The people, the music, the excitement, the
    chaos. The feature length documentary is enhanced by the use of
    cutting-edge High Definition technology and a full Dolby Digital Surround
    Sound audio treatment. A special film tour is being planned for this year
    to take the film across the country, and, in addition to the feature
    presentation.


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    BILL WARD left black Sabbath in August of 1980, a day before they were to
    play in Hawaii. He gave personal reasons for his reason, however his
    constant alcohol and drug abuse also played a part in his decision. Bill
    has gone on to release two solo albums, "Ward One" in 1990 and, "When the
    Bow Breaks", released April 29, 1997. The band consists of Bill, Keith Lynch,
    Paul Ill, Ronny Ciago and Spencer Sercombe. Shortly before the 1998 Ozzfest
    was to begin, Bill Ward suffered a heart attack while rehearsing. His third
    solo album is planned for release in early 2000, under the title of
    'Remembering'. Bill has his own web site at www.BILLWARD.com

    GEEZER BUTLER continued to shuffle between Ozzy Osbourne's band and Black
    Sabbath. His last words on Black Sabbath were, "I am never playing with
    Black Sabbath again". He teamed up with Fear Factory's Burton C. Bell and
    now has a band of his own called "G/Z/R" (pronounced Gee Zee R). His band's
    first album was the 1995 "Plastic Planet". Most of the songs for the album
    were written during a two week period at a Massachusetts farm. "Giving Up
    the Ghost", is a song from the album which describes his feelings about
    Black Sabbath, and how he feels the band should be put to rest.

    TONY IOMMI is still with Black Sabbath. From the beginning, Tony would
    always want to be part of the band, and according to Ozzy, to be in control
    of the band. Black Sabbath went on to release many albums after Ozzy's
    departure. People still argue whether Sabbath died when Ozzy left. Ozzy's
    concerts sell out, Sabbath's are half full or cancelled due to poor sales.
    Tony has a new web site at WWW.IOMMI.COM

    All four band members reunited on Dec. 4/5, 1997 in Birmingham, England
    to do a reunion concert. They played all the old Sabbath songs, recording
    it for a live album. The album was released on October 31, 1998
    and included two brand new Sabbath songs (with Ozzy). Two new songs were
    be "Psycho Man" and "Selling my Soul". All four members launched a reunion
    tour in 1999. Past tour dates can be found on www.black-sabbath.com

    BLACK SABBATH was awarded a Grammy Award for their song "Iron Man" from the
    Reunion album. The ceremonies were held Feb. 23, 2000 in Los Angeles.
    Black Sabbath won the award for "Best Metal Performance", with Bill Ward
    picking up thr award on behalf of the band. He had this to say, "I think
    it's totally cool," he said. "I didn't think that 31 years ago, I'd be
    standing up in a suit. I feel more like an accountant than the guy who
    plays drums in Black Sabbath."

    JIM SIMPSON won the lawsuit against Sabbath and their managers. He was
    awarded 35,000 pounds. He now manages the Birmingham Jazz Festival. He
    was asked to provide information for this FAQ, but has not responded.

    RONNIE JAMES DIO has just come out with a new album titled "Angry
    Machines". There is no love lost between him and Ozzy. Dio calls Ozzy 'a
    fat slob who looks like Benny Hill' and Ozzy used to use a dwarf in his
    shows whom he would call "Ronnie" .

    PHIL SOUSSAN says he didn't like waiting around during the retirement of
    Ozzy (No More Tours) and quit the band.

    JAKE E LEE went on to join Ray Gillen in Badlands for two albums
    (Badlands, 1989 and Voodoo Highway, 1991), until Ray's unfortunate
    death. Jake now has a new solo album titled,"Fine Pink Mist".

    BRAD GILLIS rejoined Night Ranger after a solo album attempt.

    TOMMY ALDRIDGE, after Ozzy and after Whitesnake has retired with the exception
    of studio work.

    BOB DAISLEY still lives in London and is close friends with Ozzy and has
    been doing session work for studios around London. However in early
    2000, he and drummer Lee Kerslake filed a $20 million suit against
    the Osbourne's. They claim they haven't been properly credited for
    their songwriting contributions and haven't been paid for the use
    of those songs on subsequent compilation albums.

    RUDY SARZO (Quiet Riot/ Whitesnake/Sun King) is back in Quiet Riot
    and toured the US this summer with the "Rock Never Stops" Tour.

    SHARON OSBOURNE has found herself in trouble in the year 2000.
    Coal Chamber fired her in early 2000 for unspecified reasons.
    The Smashing Pumpkins also filed a suit against Sharon on Feb. 22
    of 2000, claiming she still owes them a $150,000 advance. This,
    after she dumped the Smashing Pumpkins from her management.

    ZAKK WYLDE is getting ready to release his second Black Label Society
    album in April called 'Stronger Than Death'. He is busy with a movie
    and upcoming album and not planning any tours with Ozzy right now.


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    4.0 Closing Remarks
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    Black Sabbath are undoubtedly one of, if not, THE band, which created the
    genre of heavy metal. There are already a handful of tribute albums
    dedicated to Sabbath and countless bands who were inspired by Sabbath. Ozzy
    has repeatedly said he hates being classified as a heavy metal artist
    however since it has become so diverse. Alice In Chains and Bon Jovi are
    considered heavy metal. See his point? If you look at his albums lately,
    they really aren't heavy metal. His albums contain a diverse mix of gentle
    ballads to hard rocking songs with ear splitting guitar licks. There are
    fans of metal who listen to Metallica or Slayer but hate Ozzy. Then there
    are those who would give their next born child just to be able to meet the
    man. These are our own personal tastes, but I think there is probably a
    song on every one of his albums that everybody could enjoy. Classify his
    music as you will, the man deserves some credit for his part in music
    history.

    True, he has led a life of ups and downs, much of it under the influence of
    various drugs (though he is now sober). He has made McDonald Happy Meals
    out of various flying animals. He has been accused by just about every
    religious organization to be a devil worshipper, a promoter of Satan's
    music. Yes, Ozzy's life has been surrounded by highs and lows, and it is
    quite likely that when he dies he will be remembered only as a lunatic
    madman. Who is the real John Osbourne? Nobody but him really knows. The
    John Osbourne that I know and like is just an ordinary man who plays a
    role. He enjoys making kids happy and going crazy on stage. Sure he has
    made some mistakes in the past, and the media propagates these because he
    is a world famous celebrity. John Osbourne eats and sleeps the same way you
    and I do, and he has feelings just as we do. His wife is conservative,
    dresses in stylish attire and conducts herself as a professional manager.
    She is not a groupie, nor does she conduct herself in any appropriate ways.
    Sometimes, because she is the wife of Ozzy she is not taken seriously, but
    this woman is every bit competent as the next manager out there. The two of
    them have made some excellent business investments which have enabled them
    to lead a very wealthy life. They have also helped small bands get off on a
    good start. Take for example, Motley Crue. While the Crue was still a club
    band, Ozzy allowed them to tour with him and thus helping them become more
    popular.

    It is painfully obvious that he is getting old though. He no longer jumps
    up and down like a wild man, no longer runs back and forth from one end of
    the stage to the other. His later concerts show him either standing at the
    mic, hopping up and down or walking from one end of the stage to the other.
    His voice can no longer make all the high notes it once did, and he will
    sometimes mouth curses at his frustration with this. Nobody knows what lies
    ahead down the road for Ozzy Osbourne. The one thing I do know however is
    that his shows continue to sell out, his albums continue to sell millions
    and millions. I wonder what will he be doing when he is eighty years old,
    if he is alive. I think even if it was Ozzy doing karaoke in a wheelchair
    at a small bar, the crowds would still come out to see him. His fans and I
    can only hope he will be around to entertain us for some time to come.

    We love you Ozzy!

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    The information from this file was gathered from various sources. If you
    are a hard-core Ozzy fan, you may recognize a lot of the information from a
    book or interview you have read. The information was *not* however, taken
    from anybody's web page. I've noticed a lot of web pages had carried the
    same information I had found while researching.

    Information for this file was obtained from:

    => The Black Sabbath Story I VHS (Castle 38316-3)
    => Chris Tetley Interview
    => Guitar World Magazine (Aug. 1988)
    => Rock-It's Black Sabbath and Ozzy comics (Issue 1? It was a one time deal)
    => Ozzy Osbourne Biography by Ethlie Vare
    => Article by Steve Rosen
    => Guitar World, Dec. 1995
    => Alexander Rack's Black Sabbath FAQ
    => Mark Plummer article (Newcastle show, 1970)
    => Black Sabbath Mailing List
    => Ozzy on various talk shows
    => Scott Cohen's "Ozzy Osbourne" article
    => AOL/Ticketmaster Interviews
    => My own personal knowledge
    => The Story of Black Sabbath by Steve Rosen (ISBN 1-86074-149-5)
    => Articles by Brian Harrigan, Mick Houghton, Royston Eldridge
    => Metal Edge magazine
    => Ozzy interviews (audio and video)
    Last edited by RandyRhoadsFan; 3-23-02 at 03:47 PM.
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    Great biography, and interesting to read. Thanks for posting, RandyRhoadsFan!
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    I skipped through it, thanks for posting it!
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    Originally posted by Ted Nugent
    I skipped through it, thanks for posting it!
    oh thats ok, but there are some pretty interesting stuff. www.faq.org is where i found it (actually thats the site it came from, but i found it by searching ozzy osbourne biography.)
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    I hope you don't think by skipped, I meant I didn't read it, I should have said "skimmed". I bounced through most of the sections.
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    I know , you probably going to read it later. its long. probably the most longest thing i read online
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    Ozzy Rules!!!

    Wow!! Ozzy overload!

    Thanks for posting that RRfan! Great job! I'll have to keep refering back to it in the future. There was even some stuff in there that I didn't know. Thanks again!
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    VFoxx, heres the thing in there about randy (we love randy, he was so cool rip)


    After being fired from Sabbath, Ozzy spent three months staying in the
    Le Parc Hotel in Los Angeles. He would order out for pizza and booze and
    have his
    dealer drop off cocaine for him. He basically thought his life was over.
    It was around this time that his friend Sharon Arden suggested he start
    a new band. Over in Los Angeles, a 23 year old guitar player named Randy
    Rhoads was turning heads.

    Born Dec. 6, 1956 in Santa Monica, Randy was with Quiet Riot (who
    are best remembered for their hit "Cum On Feel The Noize"). Randy
    had recorded two albums with Quiet Riot, released only in Japan.
    Randy was introduced to Ozzy through Dana Strum (now of
    Slaughter). Randy showed up at Ozzy's audition and reportedly
    played for just five minutes before Oz said he was in. With Bob
    Daisley on bass and Lee Kerslake on drums, they recorded an album,
    "Blizzard of Ozz", in England. The album would also contain a
    melody titled "Dee" which was dedicated to Randy's mother,
    Dolores, a source of inspiration for Randy. The album was released
    on Don Arden's JET Record label. What about Don Arden and Black
    Sabbath? Well when Ozzy was fired, and Ozzy went solo, the record
    company said bye-bye to the Sabs.

    Ozzy then decided to tour, with his first solo concert in Glasgow,
    Scotland on September 12, 1980. What you probably don't know is
    that Ozzy had two shows before his debut under the band name of
    "Law". The opening day of his first solo concert he and Sharon
    paced the streets nervously. Since people in Scotland usually
    showed up at the concert without prepaying for tickets, they had
    no way of knowing how many people would show up. As it turned out
    it was a big success.

    Ozzy played all of his Blizzard of Ozz album and some Sabbath songs.
    Eventually he broke down and cried because he realized that he could make
    it on his own without the other three Sabbath members with whom he had
    paved the road to success. You must realize that when Ozzy was in Sabbath
    he was really not a contributing member of the band. Geezer wrote most of
    the song lyrics and Ozzy would come by and sing the words, but he had
    little to do with the actual contributions to the songs[*]. Now Ozzy and
    Randy were the main writers and had equal say as to what went into the
    songs.
    [*] Ozzy did write 'Am I Going Insane' (his feelings about society's views
    towards him and his anger towards society) and 'Who Are You?'

    Since this chapter will be the end of the Black Sabbath era, here is a list
    of the albums which were recorded with any of the original members. As you
    can see, in the end only Tony chose to remain in the group:

    Ozzy Tony Bill Geezer
    ==================================================
    =====

    Black Sabbath * * * *
    Paranoid * * * *
    Master of Reality * * * *
    Volume 4 * * * *
    Sabbath Bloody * * * *
    Sabotage * * * *
    We Sold Our Soul * * * *
    Technical Ecstasy * * * *
    Never Say Die * * * *
    Heaven and Hell * * *
    Mob Rules * *
    Live Evil * *
    Born Again * * *
    Seventh Star (was to be solo) *
    Eternal Idol *
    Headless Cross *
    Tyr *
    Dehumanizer * *
    Cross Purposes * *

    "Who do you think you were in previous incarnations?"
    "I think I was a bat" ... Ozzy some years before the "incident"



    "If they were buzzing the bus, like people say, it probably meant
    that Randy was struggling with the pilot to stop him from crashing it"
    -Kevin Dubrow of Quiet Riot

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    2.2 When and how did Randy Rhoads die?
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    In 1981, Ozzy divorced his first wife, Thelma. They were separated soon
    after the day he came home (drunk) to find a bailiff at the door, and all
    of his belongings outside. He was told that if he stepped inside the house
    he would be arrested. Ozzy was not exactly what you would call a father
    figure. He would leave home for days, weeks, at a time and stay at friends
    places until they kicked him out. Rather than go through the divorce
    proceedings, Ozzy told her to just keep everything. By now Ozzy and Sharon
    had gotten to the point where they decided to get married. Sharon had been
    hoping this would also get Ozzy a better deal since her father was the one
    managing the recording and managerial contracts.

    On March 19th, 1982 Ozzy and his band were on their way to Orlando, FL from
    Knoxville, TN. The show was to feature Foreigner and UFO. Ozzy and Randy had
    been talking about their recent success. Randy mentioned wanting to leave to
    pursue a degree in classical guitar at UCLA. Ozzy has said that if Randy
    were still alive, it is doubtful that Randy would still be playing with him.]

    During the trip, they stopped to do some repairs on the tour bus at its base
    near Leesburg, Florida. The bus driver, Andrew Aycock invited some of the
    people for a ride in his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane (9-10 am). The bus
    driver took Don Airey and Jake Duncan (the tour manager) for a spin.
    Aycock had been involved in a previous accident in which a young boy was
    killed.

    When the plane landed, the driver went for another ride, this time with Randy
    and Ozzy's seamstress, Rachael Youngblood, 58. The pilot of the plane was
    presumably under the influence of cocaine (it was later found in drug tests).
    The pilot's ex-wife was standing outside the bus and it is assumed the pilot
    dove the plane into the bus in an attempt to kill her. Aycock circled the bus
    three times, and on the fourth pass, the plane clipped the tour bus and
    careened into a nearby house where it exploded. Ozzy ran into the
    house and pulled out a deaf man, who was unaware of the fire.


    Rachel and Randy were both killed in the crash. The fire destroyed the home,
    and adjacent garage.

    Ozzy's new solo career had come to a screeching halt.

    He would continue the tour in April with a quick shoe in of Bernie Torme.
    Bernie used to play guitar for Gillan (Ian Gillan, who would join Sabbath).
    Bernie would not stay with Ozzy long however. Bernie left Ozzy's band. The
    reason is not known for sure. Some people say he was not used to playing big
    gigs. What is known is that Bernie had a UK tour lined up for his 'Electric
    Gypsies' album. His departure from Ozzy was bound to happen.

    Brad Gillis left 'Night Ranger' to replace Torme for the remainder of the
    tour. Brad Gillis also appeared on the 'Speak of the Devil' LP. After the
    tour Ozzy would hire Jakey Lou Williams (Jake E. Lee) with whom he recorded
    1984's 'Bark At The Moon' album. Gillis would later rejoin Night Ranger.
    Brad may have wanted to stay on with Ozzy but Oz didn't really think the
    two of them were compatible.

    On Feb. 19, 1982, while visiting San Antonio,
    Texas, Ozzy was again drunk after drinking a bottle of Courvoisier. Sharon
    decided to lock his clothes in the hotel room so that Ozzy would not go
    outside and cause trouble. To solve this problem, Ozzy dressed up in one of
    Sharon's evening gowns. While taking some photos of himself in drag, he had
    to urinate and did so on the historical Alamo building. The Alamo is the
    1836 site of the legendary battle between the Texans and the Mexican army.

    Ozzy was arrested and charged with defiling a national monument and banned
    from playing in San Antonio any further. This would be another blow to his
    image that would haunt him to this day. The ban was eventually lifted.

    I received a piece of email from one of the officers who arrested Ozzy
    at the Alamo. Contrary to the dress we was supposed to be wearing,
    he says Ozzy was not in one. This is just one of the many contradictions
    in this FAQ. Until they can be proven, they will remain.

    Here is the e-mail I received (Thanks Sam):

    "I am one of the officers who arrested Ozzy at the Alamo and to set the
    record straight he was not wearing a womans clothes. He had on athletic
    shoes with no socks, a T-shirt and a pair of sweatpants with no underwear.
    He also had a pack of cigarrettes rolled up in one sleeve. He was wasted
    and he never spoke. Billy <last name removed> actually arrested him and I
    was driving the "wagon" that day. The wagon is a van outfitted for prisoner
    transport.
    I was called to transport him from the Alamo to jail. The jail was then
    directly across
    from the S.A.P.D. and it now is the Wackenhut federal parole violator jail.
    I've kicked myself several times since then for not having kept copies of
    the reports.

    I know what he was wearing because I searched him for weapons and had very
    close contact with him. Half way to the jail, which was only about a mile
    away the dispatchers were already calling wanting to know who had him in
    custody. By the time I dropped him off there was a long black stretch limo
    waiting for him.

    You might note for your records he was actually given a big break. He was
    arrested and booked for public intoxication a class "C" misdemeanor which
    carries a max $200.00 fine. The law that more appropriately applied was
    "Desecration of a venerated Object" which covers among other things
    "Shrines." The Alamo is considered a shrine.

    You can post my info on your web page if you like. I think it would be cool
    to hear from fans to answer their questions.

    Check back later on the report. Send me the exact date again as I really do
    not remember and I'll try to get it for you. <snipped>"


    Ozzy married his long time friend Sharon, on a Honolulu-Hawaii beach on
    July 4, 1982.




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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyRhoadsFan View Post
    VFoxx, heres the thing in there about randy (we love randy, he was so cool rip)
    After being fired from Sabbath, Ozzy spent three months staying in the
    Le Parc Hotel in Los Angeles. He would order out for pizza and booze and
    have his
    dealer drop off cocaine for him. He basically thought his life was over.
    It was around this time that his friend Sharon Arden suggested he start
    a new band. Over in Los Angeles, a 23 year old guitar player named Randy
    Rhoads was turning heads.
    Born Dec. 6, 1956 in Santa Monica, Randy was with Quiet Riot (who
    are best remembered for their hit "Cum On Feel The Noize"). Randy
    had recorded two albums with Quiet Riot, released only in Japan.
    Randy was introduced to Ozzy through Dana Strum (now of
    Slaughter). Randy showed up at Ozzy's audition and reportedly
    played for just five minutes before Oz said he was in. With Bob
    Daisley on bass and Lee Kerslake on drums, they recorded an album,
    "Blizzard of Ozz", in England. The album would also contain a
    melody titled "Dee" which was dedicated to Randy's mother,
    Dolores, a source of inspiration for Randy. The album was released
    on Don Arden's JET Record label. What about Don Arden and Black
    Sabbath? Well when Ozzy was fired, and Ozzy went solo, the record
    company said bye-bye to the Sabs.
    Ozzy then decided to tour, with his first solo concert in Glasgow,
    Scotland on September 12, 1980. What you probably don't know is
    that Ozzy had two shows before his debut under the band name of
    "Law". The opening day of his first solo concert he and Sharon
    paced the streets nervously. Since people in Scotland usually
    showed up at the concert without prepaying for tickets, they had
    no way of knowing how many people would show up. As it turned out
    it was a big success.
    Ozzy played all of his Blizzard of Ozz album and some Sabbath songs.
    Eventually he broke down and cried because he realized that he could make
    it on his own without the other three Sabbath members with whom he had
    paved the road to success. You must realize that when Ozzy was in Sabbath
    he was really not a contributing member of the band. Geezer wrote most of
    the song lyrics and Ozzy would come by and sing the words, but he had
    little to do with the actual contributions to the songs[*]. Now Ozzy and
    Randy were the main writers and had equal say as to what went into the
    songs. [*] Ozzy did write 'Am I Going Insane' (his feelings about society's views
    towards him and his anger towards society) and 'Who Are You?'
    Since this chapter will be the end of the Black Sabbath era, here is a list
    of the albums which were recorded with any of the original members. As you
    can see, in the end only Tony chose to remain in the group:
    Ozzy Tony Bill Geezer
    ==================================================
    =====
    Black Sabbath * * * *
    Paranoid * * * *
    Master of Reality * * * *
    Volume 4 * * * *
    Sabbath Bloody * * * *
    Sabotage * * * *
    We Sold Our Soul * * * *
    Technical Ecstasy * * * *
    Never Say Die * * * *
    Heaven and Hell * * *
    Mob Rules * *
    Live Evil * *
    Born Again * * *
    Seventh Star (was to be solo) *
    Eternal Idol *
    Headless Cross *
    Tyr *
    Dehumanizer * *
    Cross Purposes * *
    "Who do you think you were in previous incarnations?"
    "I think I was a bat" ... Ozzy some years before the "incident"
    "If they were buzzing the bus, like people say, it probably meant
    that Randy was struggling with the pilot to stop him from crashing it"
    -Kevin Dubrow of Quiet Riot
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2.2 When and how did Randy Rhoads die?
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    In 1981, Ozzy divorced his first wife, Thelma. They were separated soon
    after the day he came home (drunk) to find a bailiff at the door, and all
    of his belongings outside. He was told that if he stepped inside the house
    he would be arrested. Ozzy was not exactly what you would call a father
    figure. He would leave home for days, weeks, at a time and stay at friends
    places until they kicked him out. Rather than go through the divorce
    proceedings, Ozzy told her to just keep everything. By now Ozzy and Sharon
    had gotten to the point where they decided to get married. Sharon had been
    hoping this would also get Ozzy a better deal since her father was the one
    managing the recording and managerial contracts.
    On March 19th, 1982 Ozzy and his band were on their way to Orlando, FL from
    Knoxville, TN. The show was to feature Foreigner and UFO. Ozzy and Randy had
    been talking about their recent success. Randy mentioned wanting to leave to
    pursue a degree in classical guitar at UCLA. Ozzy has said that if Randy
    were still alive, it is doubtful that Randy would still be playing with him.]
    During the trip, they stopped to do some repairs on the tour bus at its base
    near Leesburg, Florida. The bus driver, Andrew Aycock invited some of the
    people for a ride in his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane (9-10 am). The bus
    driver took Don Airey and Jake Duncan (the tour manager) for a spin.
    Aycock had been involved in a previous accident in which a young boy was
    killed.
    When the plane landed, the driver went for another ride, this time with Randy
    and Ozzy's seamstress, Rachael Youngblood, 58. The pilot of the plane was
    presumably under the influence of cocaine (it was later found in drug tests).
    The pilot's ex-wife was standing outside the bus and it is assumed the pilot
    dove the plane into the bus in an attempt to kill her. Aycock circled the bus
    three times, and on the fourth pass, the plane clipped the tour bus and
    careened into a nearby house where it exploded. Ozzy ran into the
    house and pulled out a deaf man, who was unaware of the fire.
    Rachel and Randy were both killed in the crash. The fire destroyed the home,
    and adjacent garage.
    Ozzy's new solo career had come to a screeching halt.
    He would continue the tour in April with a quick shoe in of Bernie Torme.
    Bernie used to play guitar for Gillan (Ian Gillan, who would join Sabbath).
    Bernie would not stay with Ozzy long however. Bernie left Ozzy's band. The
    reason is not known for sure. Some people say he was not used to playing big
    gigs. What is known is that Bernie had a UK tour lined up for his 'Electric
    Gypsies' album. His departure from Ozzy was bound to happen.
    Brad Gillis left 'Night Ranger' to replace Torme for the remainder of the
    tour. Brad Gillis also appeared on the 'Speak of the Devil' LP. After the
    tour Ozzy would hire Jakey Lou Williams (Jake E. Lee) with whom he recorded
    1984's 'Bark At The Moon' album. Gillis would later rejoin Night Ranger.
    Brad may have wanted to stay on with Ozzy but Oz didn't really think the
    two of them were compatible.
    On Feb. 19, 1982, while visiting San Antonio,
    Texas, Ozzy was again drunk after drinking a bottle of Courvoisier. Sharon
    decided to lock his clothes in the hotel room so that Ozzy would not go
    outside and cause trouble. To solve this problem, Ozzy dressed up in one of
    Sharon's evening gowns. While taking some photos of himself in drag, he had
    to urinate and did so on the historical Alamo building. The Alamo is the
    1836 site of the legendary battle between the Texans and the Mexican army.
    Ozzy was arrested and charged with defiling a national monument and banned
    from playing in San Antonio any further. This would be another blow to his
    image that would haunt him to this day. The ban was eventually lifted.
    I received a piece of email from one of the officers who arrested Ozzy
    at the Alamo. Contrary to the dress we was supposed to be wearing,
    he says Ozzy was not in one. This is just one of the many contradictions
    in this FAQ. Until they can be proven, they will remain.
    Here is the e-mail I received (Thanks Sam):
    "I am one of the officers who arrested Ozzy at the Alamo and to set the
    record straight he was not wearing a womans clothes. He had on athletic
    shoes with no socks, a T-shirt and a pair of sweatpants with no underwear.
    He also had a pack of cigarrettes rolled up in one sleeve. He was wasted
    and he never spoke. Billy <last name removed> actually arrested him and I
    was driving the "wagon" that day. The wagon is a van outfitted for prisoner
    transport.
    I was called to transport him from the Alamo to jail. The jail was then
    directly across
    from the S.A.P.D. and it now is the Wackenhut federal parole violator jail.
    I've kicked myself several times since then for not having kept copies of
    the reports.
    I know what he was wearing because I searched him for weapons and had very
    close contact with him. Half way to the jail, which was only about a mile
    away the dispatchers were already calling wanting to know who had him in
    custody. By the time I dropped him off there was a long black stretch limo
    waiting for him.
    You might note for your records he was actually given a big break. He was
    arrested and booked for public intoxication a class "C" misdemeanor which
    carries a max $200.00 fine. The law that more appropriately applied was
    "Desecration of a venerated Object" which covers among other things
    "Shrines." The Alamo is considered a shrine.
    You can post my info on your web page if you like. I think it would be cool
    to hear from fans to answer their questions.
    Check back later on the report. Send me the exact date again as I really do
    not remember and I'll try to get it for you. <snipped>"
    Ozzy married his long time friend Sharon, on a Honolulu-Hawaii beach on
    July 4, 1982.
    WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN RANDY DIED??
    Actually where i find cigarettes its pain me a lot. I Was a tobacco smoker and for smoking i face many problems that i cant explain. So i want to tell everyone don't smoke life is so beautiful without cigarette.

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