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Ozzy conspicuously absent from “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” premiere (video), Jack Osbourne interview, latest OzTV episodes

by on Aug.25, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Ozzy conspicuously absent from “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” premiere (video), Jack Osbourne interview, latest OzTV episodes

Ozzy Osbourne wasn't in Hollywood on Monday night (August 22) for the premiere and special MusiCares screening of his movie, "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne", filmed and produced by his son Jack. His absence was conspicuous and further fuels the rumors that Ozzy is in England working on material for a new Black Sabbath album with other members of the band's original lineup.

Artisan News asked Ozzy's daughter Kelly where her dad was and she sort of let the cat out of the bag while her brother was better able to keep the secret. "My dad is… I don't know if I'm allowed to tell you," Kelly said. "But he's doing something that is very, very exciting. He's just finished a tour. But he's doing something very exciting. I'm not allowed to talk about it, though."

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Here's another Artisan News Report from the premiere featuring Rudy Sarzo:

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This from Gary Graff of Billboard Magazine: Jack Osbourne says he's "kind of ecstatic" about the positive reception God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, the documentary about his father that he co-produced, has received since its debut in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. "It was going to go one of two ways -- people either were going to say 'That's a pile of crap!' or 'That's awesome!'" the he tells "It seems to be like everyone's going the way I want it."

The film plays for a broader audience over the next week with special showings at more than 400 theaters nationwide on August 24th and 29th.

A DVD "should be coming out around Christmas," according to Osbourne, and he also says two TV networks are interested in the rights to show it "within the next six months." The DVD, he says, will add about 25 minutes of bonus content to the 90-minute film, which Osbourne and directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli culled from nearly 2,000 hours of performance footage, archival and new interviews with Ozzy, his family members -- including siblings, children and wife/manager Sharon Osbourne -- and musical colleagues.

"It's very... honest," Ozzy Osbourne says. "When Jack said he was gonna do it, I said, 'All I want you to do is don't make a film to make me happy. Make a film as you.' I didn't say, 'I don't like that, take that out.' Whatever he felt he wanted to do in, I didn't have anything to do with it whatsoever. I let him decide what to do with it."

Jack Osbourne says the trickiest part about making the film was trimming an epic story into the allotted time. "I would have liked to make it into two movies," he explains. "The first cut ran two and a half hours. The original Black Sabbath section was 45 minutes. It was just too much; when you make a documentary that long, the fans can sit there all day long, but the non-fan is not going to have the patience and excitement, so we had to pick and choose wisely what we wanted to use. We had to really make it the kind of film that grandma, who doesn't like Ozzy Osbourne, could say, 'That's really a good documentary. I learned something from that.'"

Osbourne adds that the DVD will include some more recent observations his father made about the death of guitarist Randy Rhoads in a March 1982 airplane accident, which was inspired by audience comments at Tribeca. "People were frustrated there was nothing of my dad, present day, talking about Randy," Osbourne notes. "In the film we used an archival clip. We have a really emotional (interview) where my dad gets really into talking about Randy and his death and what it meant to him, how he feels this massive level of guilt and remorse over it. So we put that in the DVD." Osbourne says the idea of a soundtrack album, he says, "hasn't really come up, but we're not completely excluding it."

Ultimately, Jack is pleased that "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" represents its subject in a way he hasn't been seen before. "I was essentially fed up with my dad having this Osbournes-esque image in the mainstream media," he explains. "That's really frustrated me. Since The Osbournes (reality TV show) he got sober and became a totally different person, and I wanted to kind of celebrate that. Everyone knows what he's done, so for me this was about more who he is as a person. The focus is not so much Ozzy as it is John. That's the story I wanted to tell."

Here's the two latest and last OzTv episodes surrounding his current tour. The first one is from their tour stop in Kristiansand, Norway on Aug 6th, and the second is Ozzy and the guys at their final stop on the Scream 2011 tour, which happened in Denmark on August 11, 2011 at Smukfest. Always great episodes!

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Ozzy Osbourne bassists past & present talk and celebrate today’s reissues, Ozzy says next album to return to “classic rock band record” and Jack Osbourne interview

by on May.31, 2011, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS

Ozzy Osbourne bassists past & present talk and celebrate today’s reissues, Ozzy says next album to return to “classic rock band record” and Jack Osbourne interview

To celebrate the today's (May 31) release of the reissues of "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman", Ozzy Osbourne bassists past and present: Rudy Sarzo (1981–1982) and Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (2003-present) were part of a joint interview and relived some of the highlights of their time with Ozzy.

Long revered by rock fans around the world, these two albums created a template for hard rock in the 1980s and beyond as they were marked by the groundbreaking and historic union of Ozzy and the late guitar hero Randy Rhoads. These definitive versions of 1980's "Blizzard of Ozz" (with previously unreleased bonus tracks) and 1981's "Diary of a Madman" are available individually on vinyl or CD, or together in a deluxe collector's box. All versions were restored and remastered from the original analog sources by George Marino.

Q: What do you think of when you think of Ozzy Osbourne?

Rudy Sarzo: With Ozzy, I was personally a fan before I joined the band. Once I joined a band, that took it to a whole different level. When I think of Ozzy now, I think of playing with Randy Rhoads. Randy was responsible for me joining the band since he and I played together in Quiet Riot. When Ozzy was looking for a bass player way back in 1981, Randy recommended me. It was my first arena band. Before then, the most people I'd played to was a full house at the Starwood in Los Angeles which held about 1,000. That was about it. As soon as I started playing with Ozzy, we were doing arenas, stadiums, and so on. Not only was I playing with the most incredible band I've ever had the pleasure and privilege to play with, but it was also virgin territory for me. It was the spark of everything that I've done ever since.

Blasko: Like Rudy, I was clearly a fan first. Ozzy is my boss, but he's my friend as well. It's an honor to be able to get on stage and play all of those songs with him. There's a 40-year lineage of awesome music.

Q: What has Ozzy's impact been on you personally?

Rudy Sarzo: He and Sharon gave me my first break. I went from sleeping on the floor to having a chance to become who I am today. The only reference that they had was Randy recommended me. I could've been a total maniac, but they gave me a shot [Laughs]. I will be forever grateful. I also learned the difference between the real deal and bullshit by being in Ozzy. Once you play with Ozzy, you know what the real deal is.

Blasko: That's true. It's twofold in a way for me. Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne are my demographic. The only reason I even play music is because of Black Sabbath. Now, here it is, I'm 41 years old and I'm actually playing with the guy who's the reason I play music. It's weird. How often does that happen? You're actually playing with the guy who made you want to play music in the first place.

Rudy Sarzo: We've all started out as fans. I've been a fan of music a lot longer than I've been a professional musician. To actually get to play with our heroes--the people who got us into doing what we do — is an incredible blessing.

Blasko: Growing up, you don't even think you'll meet your heroes, let alone play music with them. The reason why Ozzy is so real is if you ask him the same question, he'll give you the same answer. He grew up worshipping The Beatles. The only reason he plays music is because of The Beatles. You wouldn't think that Ozzy would be starstruck. He was beside himself when he got to meet Paul McCartney. In his mind, he's in no way the icon that we look at him as. That's why his fans relate to him so much. He doesn't put himself as bigger than they are. He may be the guy on the stage, but he's not out of the spectrum of being a fan as well. He doesn't buy into his own hugeness.

Q: What are your favorite Ozzy songs to play?

Rudy Sarzo: For me, it would be the usual suspects — both albums that were out at the time, "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman". As a band, we enjoyed playing any of the songs.

Blasko: The opportunity to play any of the songs is fine with me. What's better: getting on stage and playing in front of 10,000 people or tarring a hot roof in the San Fernando Valley for a living? [Laughs] It doesn't matter song we play. It's better than doing anything else.

Rudy Sarzo: The crowd will go crazy even before Ozzy goes on stage because they anticipate craziness and the unknown. Every show is completely different. You never know what's going to happen. Even as a member of the band, you don't know what's going to happen. It's amazing to see a crowd reaction that never wavers throughout the whole set. It does climax at the end, but the energy never gets any lower than chaos at the very beginning.

Blasko: That's because Ozzy won't let it happen. If the crowd is sleepy, then Ozzy gets angry about it. He'll throw buckets of water on them. That's his M.O. That's his business. He gets up there, and he kicks ass. He's giving the energy, and the crowd gives it back. Towards the end, you break out "Crazy Train" and "Paranoid" and you get the obvious lift because those are the song everybody in the crowd knows. There is no significant dip over those two hours on stage. It's a consistently energetic audience all the way through. It's pretty intense.

Q: What's the effect that he has on the fans?

Rudy Sarzo: When I first joined the band, it was his crossfade period going from Black Sabbath to becoming a solo artist. Most of the people who came out to see us on the "Blizzard of Ozz" tour were Sabbath fans. They seemed to be a little bit more hardcore. Later on, as we evolved, we started getting more of a crossover audience. It was a younger demographic. Also, there were females which I don't really think were a part of the Black Sabbath audience [Laughs]. It just has a broader appeal. I think a lot of it has to do with Sharon and her vision of what Ozzy is as a performer. That made a huge impact on what Ozzy has become today. Ozzy is known to the heavy metal community. He's also known to people across the world. Everywhere he goes, people know who he is. It's not just the typical places we tour at either. It's anywhere in the world. Rob, what have been some of the most obscure places you guys have been to where people mob Ozzy?

Blasko: It doesn't matter. Everywhere is the same. On this last run, we went to four countries that he'd never even been to in his career ever, and it was the same. They're huge places sold out with Ozzy fanatics. Ozzy is a cultural icon. In some ways, he surpasses some guy in a rock 'n' roll band and goes into overall icon status to where I almost get the feeling that the majority of people in the audience are only Ozzy Osbourne fans. It's like that's all they listen to and those are the only records in their collection. His are the only t-shirts they have. They're just Ozzy's fanaticals. That's the vibe I get. A lot of heavy metal fans are fans of multiple bands. They've got all the different patches on their jean vests. The Ozzy crowd seems like a mob of fanatical Ozzy fans.

Rudy Sarzo: You're definitely right. There are metal fans who are fans of many different bands, but every metal fan is a fan of Ozzy.

Blasko: You have to be.

Q: How has Ozzy evolved? How has he stayed the same?

Rudy Sarzo: When I was in the band from 1981 to 1982, he hadn't quite reached the legendary status that he has today. Even then, you could really sense that Ozzy was going to be as significant as the band he started out with. He is as significant as Black Sabbath or even more so. That is a very rare feat because no other lead singer has ever done that. Mick Jagger has never become bigger than The Rolling Stones. Roger Daltrey has never become bigger than The Who. Robert Plant has never become bigger than Led Zeppelin.

Blasko: Rudy and I have joked about this before. He wrote that book, "Off the Rails", about his time in Ozzy and I'd read it. It's funny that I read it 28 years later from his time period, and I'm going, "Not a whole lot has changed." The drug abuse and violence are gone, but the overall daily workings of the Osbourne camp are the same as they've always been. That's just the way it works.

Q: How important is the bass to Ozzy's music? Can you speak to the role of Ozzy's bass player?

Rudy Sarzo: When I was in the band, I played some of the best bass lines I've ever played. Geezer Butler was an iconic bassist. Those parts were not only challenging, but they were fun to play. You were going to go out there and do some significant playing and performing every show.

Blasko: It's unbelievable. The bass lines on "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" are so significant. They're their own animal. They're unlike anything in Black Sabbath or any other Ozzy stuff even. It's cool that I live down the street from Rudy because Ozzy just gave us a bunch more songs off of those first two albums to learn. I'm just going to bring my bass to Rudy's house and have him show me how to play "S.A.T.O." and "You Can't Kill Rock 'N' Roll" [Laughs].

Rudy Sarzo: Right before the "Diary of a Madman" tour, we had a lot of time to rehearse. We learned the whole album, and it was fantastic.

Blasko: "Diary of a Madman" is indescribably awesome. There's nothing like it.

Rudy Sarzo: What amazes me is that "Blizzard" was recorded six months before them going in to record "Diary". The musical growth in the band was incredible.

Q: What's Ozzy's place in music history?

Rudy Sarzo: I think Ozzy has got so much more to accomplish that I can't really place him right now. He's not even halfway there. C'mon, he's Ozzy Osbourne! Just saying his name tells you where he is in history. He's way above and beyond any other significant musician or star in the music industry today. Who else compares to him? I can't even come up with anybody.

Blasko: There's no one else. Even those first ten years of Black Sabbath history were so crucial. That was the birth of a genre of music that's still going strong. It grows every year into a bigger monster. I'm pretty sure that those four guys from Birmingham didn't plan on this. They just didn't want to work in a steel factory. Creating what they did is a heavy responsibility, and that's historically significant.

Rudy Sarzo: When rock music reinvented itself in the early '90s, I could hear so much of Black Sabbath in bands like Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and the whole Seattle grunge movement. There was so much Sabbath in there.

Q: Any last thoughts about Ozzy?

Rudy Sarzo: Having been a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band is the thing in my career I'm most proud of. It's been incredible just to be a part of his journey.

Blasko: It's an honor. Without a doubt, it's the greatest experience of my life. There's so much history and respect there. There's no greater honor than to be in a band with such genuine, generous people. Their generosity comes from the heart, and it's a real thing. It's powerful. My life has been changed forever for the better because Ozzy and Sharon are in my life.

Rudy Sarzo: I couldn't have said it any better.

In a recent interview with Metal Messiah Radio's "Heavy Metal Thunder" show, Ozzy stated about his planned follow-up to 2010's "Scream", "I wanna get more back down to basics with this next album.

"I haven't got a title. I've written a couple of ideas down. But I can't really give you much more information. It's not gonna take a long time, I don't think. All I can say to you is I've got a few ideas for songs, but I don't wanna say when it's going to be released because I don't know myself.

"I don't stick to a formula. I just try and experiment a lot. 'Scream' was more like a an experimental album because I didn't have a band at the time. (Guitarist) Gus (G.) came along and the guys played on the album after I'd done a lot of the work myself and my producer, Kevin Churko, in my studio."

Ozzy Osbourne's current touring drummer, Tommy Clufetos, told the "Talking Metal" podcast that early work is already underway for a follow-up to "Scream" and that he thinks Ozzy is "going to return to a classic rock band record." Clufetos added, "What he has expressed is that he wants to make it the band playing live in a room so wherever that takes us. Less technology and more amps and drums."

Ozzy recorded much of "Scream" in a studio at his home in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Churko, doing most of the writing and recording on computers. He told The Pulse Of Radio he liked working that way but wanted to do something different next time out. "At the end of the day, the end result was pretty cool, but I don't know whether I want to continue to do it that way," he said. "I like to — like the earlier albums, I'd go rehearse and jam out with the band, get some, like, vibe going, you know. I want to incorporate that and this new technology thing, next album."

Clufetos told "Talking Metal" that Ozzy and the touring band have already begun working on song ideas between shows on Ozzy's latest tour, saying, "We are already coming up with new ideas backstage, in the hotel rooms and at soundcheck and have a bunch of ideas recorded . . . time will tell what happens with them."

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, directed by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli, takes us from Ozzy 'The Prince of Darkness' Osbourne's early days in Birmingham, England, through his Black Sabbath and solo career, and his phenomenal hit reality television show, to the drug and alcohol abuse and the havoc wreaked on Ozzy and his family. Together, in exceptionally candid interviews, his children and wife paint a picture of their life with Ozzy.

It does not look like the Mona Lisa. Here's a Cynthia Ellis interview with Jack Osbourne from
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More Ozzy News: Latest OzTv episode from Panama City, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” Tribeca Film Festival Recap

by on May.01, 2011, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

More Ozzy News: Latest OzTv episode from Panama City, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” Tribeca Film Festival Recap

Here's the latest episode of OzTV from Panama City, Panama. Ozzy Osbourne also visited Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli at the Palacio de las Garzas (Herons' Palace) the afternoon of the singer's concert at Figali Convention Center in Amador, Panama on April 19, 2011. Footage from that meeting is included in this episode.

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"God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" the feature-length documentary about the life of his father debuted this past week at the Tribeca Film festival in New York City. To promote the film, Jack Osbourne, stopped by the "Good Day New York" studios on Thursday morning (April 21). The film was co-produced by Jack. It was the first film released by Jack's production company, Jacko Productions. Here's the interview:

Here's Jack in an interview sitting down with's "PopWrap":

Ozzy and Jack Osbourne, along with movie directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli took part in a question-and-answer session at the screening of the documentary on April 24th, which was also attended by Robert De Niro and Marky Ramone.
There is an awesome Ozzy impersonator asking a question. Check it out:

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Here's some red carpet footage:

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Hopefully we'll see the documentary in wide release soon or on DVD/Blu-Ray. Make that Tommy Lee documentary Jack!

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