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‘Memoirs of a Madman’ Ozzy Osbourne solo career retrospective CD/DVD/Vinyl due October 7 (video)

by on Jul.23, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Memoirs of a Madman’  Ozzy Osbourne solo career retrospective CD/DVD/Vinyl due October 7 (video)

'Memoirs of a Madman,' an audio and video collections celebrainge the legacy of Ozzy Osbourne will be released on October 7th via Epic Records/Legacy Recordings. It will be available as a single CD, two DVD set, 180g double vinyl and limited edition picture disc vinyl.

17 of Osbourne’s biggest solo hits will be featured on the single CD, with it also available on vinyl from two LP's (standard 180-gram pressings or special edition picture discs). The CD/double-DVD set will include music videos, unreleased and out-of-print live performances, and interviews.

Over the past few days Ozzy fans helped to unscramble the cover art for the release by using the hashtag #OzzyRules on Facebook and Twitter. to unlock the image.

‘Memoirs of a Madman’ CD Track Listing

‘Crazy Train’
‘Mr. Crowley’
‘Flying High Again’
‘Over the Mountain’
‘Bark at the Moon’
‘The Ultimate Sin’
‘Miracle Man’
‘No More Tears’ (edit)
‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’
‘Road to Nowhere’
‘Perry Mason’
‘I Just Want You’
‘Gets Me Through’
‘Dreamer’
‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’
‘Life Won’t Wait’
‘Let Me Hear You Scream’

‘Memoirs of a Madman’ DVD Track Listing
DVD 1
‘Bark at the Moon’
‘So Tired’
‘The Ultimate Sin’
‘Lightning Strikes’
‘Crazy Train’
‘Miracle Man’
‘Crazy Babies’
‘Breaking All the Rules’
‘No More Tears’
‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’
‘Mr. Tinkertrain’
‘Time After Time’
‘Road to Nowhere’
‘I Don’t Want to Change the World’ (Live)
‘Changes’
‘Perry Mason’
‘I Just Want You’
‘See You on the Other Side’
‘Back on Earth’
‘Gets Me Through’
‘Dreamer’
‘In My Life’
‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’
‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
‘Life Won’t Wait’
‘Let It Die’

BONUS
‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’ (alternate version)
The Making of ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
The Making of ‘Life Won’t Wait’

DVD 2
Rochester, N.Y. 1981
‘I Don’t Know’
‘Suicide Solution’
‘Mr. Crowley’
‘Crazy Train’

Ozzy’s Bunker

Albuquerque, N.M. 1982
‘Over the Mountain’

MTV 1982

New York, N.Y. 1982
‘Fairies Wear Boots’ (clip)

Ozzy’s Bunker

‘Entertainment USA’ 1984

Kansas City, Mo. 1986
(Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo)
‘Bark at the Moon’
‘Never Know Why’
Ozzy’s Bunker
‘Killer of Giants’
‘Thank God for the Bomb’
‘Secret Loser’

Ozzy’s Bunker

Philadelphia, Pa. 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)
‘Bloodbath in Paradise’
‘Tattooed Dancer’
‘Miracle Man’

MTV 1989

Marquee, U.K. 1991
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)
‘Bark at the Moon’ (clip)

Studio 1992

San Diego, Calif. 1992
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)
‘I Don’t Want to Change the World’
‘Road to Nowhere’

Japan 1992
Ozzy’s Bunker
‘No More Tears’

Studio 1992
‘Desire’

MTV 1992
‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’

Studio 1992

‘Ozzmosis’ Recording Session 1995

Ozzfest 1996
(Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
‘Perry Mason’

‘Fame & Fortune’

Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
‘Gets Me Through’

‘Fame & Fortune’

Ozzfest 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin)
‘Not Going Away’

‘Black Rain’ Photo Shoot

Las Vegas, Nev. 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman)
‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’

‘Scream’ Recording Session 2010

London, England 2010
(Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman)
‘Let Me Hear You Scream’

Philadelphia, Pa. 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)
‘Flying High Again’

Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
‘Believer’

Pre-order the collection here. Check out the promo clip:

Ozzy Memoirs of A Madman cover

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Black Sabbath announce new album title and month of release

by on Jan.13, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Black Sabbath announce new album title and month of release

Black Sabbath has officially announced on this Jan. 13 that their highly anticipated new studio album will be titled '13.' Sabbath's original label Vertigo will release the album worldwide, with Vertigo/Republic the record label in the United States. After an original release planned for April, the album will now be out on a yet to be determined date in June.

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have spent the past year working on the release with producer Rick Rubin. It was revealed that Rage Against the Machine's drummer Brad Wilk joined the guys during the recording sessions. Ozzy's drummer from his solo band, Tommy Clufetos, filled in for Black Sabbath at their tour dates last year, but it isn't known which drummer will be a part of the band when touring resumes.

Black Sabbath will kick off touring again in April, starting in Australia and ending with a headlining spot on this year’s Ozzfest in Japan in May. More dates are expected and will be announced shortly.

Black Sabbath’s 2013 Tour:
Apr. 20 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
Apr. 22 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
Apr. 25 - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre
Apr. 27 - Sydney, Australia - All Phones Arena
Apr. 29 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 1 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 4 - Perth, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 12 - Tokyo, Japan - Ozzfest Makuhari Messe

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Black Sabbath homecoming show recap (video)

by on May.21, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Black Sabbath homecoming show recap (video)

Black Sabbath played a homecoming show Saturday night (May 19) at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, the first of only three gigs the band have announced this year. It was Sabbath's first show in seven years and the 4,000 fans in attendance hung on their every note. Check out the footage below.

Despite the bummer of drummer Bill Ward not being a part of this reunion, the fans accepted the already well versed in the ways of Sabbath Tommy Clufetos on drums, since he plays in Ozzy Osbourne’s band. Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Clufetos ran through 18 songs, opening with 'Into the Void' and closing with the classic 'Paranoid.'

Geezer Butler wrote on his website after the gig, saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you Birmingham. Best fans ever — you brought out the best in us. It was a privilege playing for you tonight. Tony was a hero — you were the best medicine he has had. Proud to be a Brummie."

Black Sabbath's remaining concerts this year are June 10th at the Download Festival in the UK, and August 3rd Lollapalooza, which takes place August 3-5 in Chicago.

Black Sabbath’s May 19 Setlist:
Into the Void
Under the Sun
Snowblind
War Pigs
Wheels of Confusion
Electric Funeral
Black Sabbath
The Wizzard
Behind the Wall of Sleep
N.I.B.
Fairies Wear Boots
Tomorrow’s Dream
Sweet Leaf
Symptom of the Universe
Iron Man
Dirty Women
Children of the Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)
Paranoid


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Bassist Geezer Butler said on the morning of the concert in Birmingham that Bill Ward had asked for too much money for the Download Festival gig next month. Yesterday, Ward posted this response to Butler's comments on his website:

"Dear Sabbath Fans and Musicians,

I have read Geezer’s statement of May 19, 2012 titled "Heavy Heart." Out of respect for the Birmingham gig, I wanted to wait 24 hours before releasing this statement. There are some points he brought up which I want to respond to.

1) I had indeed notified Ozzy, Tony and Geezer, well before my first public statement, that I was having contractual difficulties.

2) I came out into a public forum to be accountable to the fans primarily, and to say at a public level there’s a problem. The band members stopped talking and corresponding with me some time ago, with the exception of a nice letter from Tony on my birthday. Prior to that, Geezer and I were corresponding, but that stopped abruptly in late February after I emailed a specific question to him.

3) In my statement of May 15, I clearly stated I would play Birmingham for free. That was not a problem – charity or otherwise.

4) My Download fee was not an extravagant amount. Originally, when Download was part of a full tour, I had asked for a decent fee. More recently, as we were negotiating just Download/Birmingham and Lollapalooza, I told my attorney that I would accept the proposed small Download fee, but there were other parts of the offer that were unsatisfactory.

I will continue to be honest and respectful towards the band and our fans. I will also confront any untruths about me, and any fault finding missions aimed at me that come to my attention.

I hope the band and the fans had a good gig in Brum.

Stay safe/stay strong.
Bill Ward

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Black Sabbath News: Bill Ward’s Son defends his Dad, Sharon Osbourne says she didn’t fire anybody

by on Feb.14, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Black Sabbath News: Bill Ward’s Son defends his Dad, Sharon Osbourne says she didn’t fire anybody

It's past time to get a full Sabbath reunion together! After the statement released by Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward that he has not been offered a 'signable contract' by the powers that be to make this Sabbath reunion truly happen, and the reasons why he can't be a part of it at this time, his son Aron, posted the following message on his Facebook Page:

"The press is spinning this shitstorm to read as if my dad has quit. This is not true. The guys know that. That's why they said the door is ALWAYS open.

My dad hasn't "declined" playing with Black Sabbath or "threatened" to pull out of this reunion. As he stated, his bags are packed and he's ready to go. He says it loud and clear, he definitely wants to play on the album and he definitely wants to tour. I know he's been committed to this project from the beginning all the way to the point everyone else flew off to the U.K. When I saw him over the summer, he had this little CD case with him that had all the rehearsals and song ideas. Each CD was Sharpie scrawled with rough titles and ideas they had been working on.

About a month ago, my dad called me to let me know that Tony [Iommi, guitar] had been diagnosed with cancer. He said they were all flying over in the next couple of weeks to continue recording the album in the U.K. and begin rehearsals for the summer tours. He'd been rehearsing more than I've ever known him to.

Up 'till about three weeks ago, he was working extremely hard and close with the other three on this album/reunion tour. He was in very good spirits and sounded excited to be writing with Tony, Geezer [Butler, bass] and Ozzy [Osbourne, vocals] again.

I know if they sort this shit out, you guys won't be disappointed.

I've always stayed out of my dad's business and would like nothing more than for everything to be worked out swiftly between the guys. Unfortunately, it's become personal with all these idiots slagging off my dad, so this is for the fucking morons saying, "Get over it, Bill": My dad has 'gotten over it' again and again. He's risen above this bullshit thing called showbiz for the last 30 years. He's respected because he's real and honest, not just because he's a complete badass on the drums. He's been there for other musicians. In all kinds of circles — punk rock, hardcore, metal whatever. He was one of the first to get his head screwed back on after the '70s and get cleaned up. He's given so much support to so many people trying to pull themselves out of the hell called addiction. He tries so hard to stay in touch with the fans. He'll talk your ear off if you get a chance. He is humbled by your support and loves you.

"Can't believe he needs to make this public" or "it's not the first time": you're an idiot and have no idea what the hell's really going on. Just shut the fuck up and keep the speculation and lies to yourself. What my dad posted was from his heart, on the level and as usual completely honest. He wants you to know what's really going on. That he has been given a contract that he can't sign. Nothing more to it. No hidden agenda. Disappointingly, someone else is trying to shroud everything in some kind of X factor "yeah, it's full steam ahead — we have no choice" bullshit. Of course they have a choice.

"Don't be so greedy': he is by no means greedy, man. If he was, he would have settled with whatever contract given him. It's kind of obvious someone else is greedy. Wake up. He lives in a modest home in Southern California. Pays rent like the rest of us. In case you're still blind, look at it this way — sadly, the current 'Sabbth' statement reads as if someone would rather see the remaining members play in front of thousands of disappointed, confused and resentful fans then give my dad a dignified agreement. Additionally, the record sales will be severely affected because it isn't the promised original lineup. All this because of someone's inability to respect him as the committed founding member he is. This has derailed the fans' hopes of seeing the original lineup and strongly divided the fans. What a way to fuck up such a powerful, influential and inspirational legacy for the rest of time.

....To Terry ([a.k.a. Geezer] my godfather), Ozzy (my friend when I was little) and Tony (towering hero), I hope that you will listen to your fans. They want all of you together. As YOU are BLACK SABBATH, so is my Dad. I hope you guys can work it out."

There has been speculation that Sharon Osbourne is behind what is obviously a shitty contract for Ward, but she has said she only manages Ozzy, and has no say about who will be on drums for Sabbath.

A new Facebook page has been started by Sabbath and Bill Ward fans showing their support for a 'true' reunion from the band. Get on and give it a 'like': 1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say Yes to Bill Ward. Obviously a reunion without Bill Ward is total bullshit. I still don't understand why Ward has obviously been low-balled. After losing Whitney Houston to the musical world at 48, you really never know when someone's time could be up, so make this a true reunion!

Sabbath are rumored to have recruited Ozzy Osbourne’s drummer, Tommy Clufetos, to fill Bill’s spot in the studio. Former Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio/Heaven and Hell/Kill Devil Hill) also recently told Loudwire.com, “Well obviously it would be a hard thing to go, ‘Nah, I don’t wanna do it. First of all it’s not just the opportunity. I love Tony and I love Geezer. I just played with Geezer in December at a Dimebag benefit – me and him played ‘The Mob Rules.’

He continues, ‘They’re like family in a way and I know Ozzy pretty well – we haven’t played together much but it’s part of my history and part of my family, too. It would be a hard thing to say ‘no’ to. I just wouldn’t want it to affect my band [Kill Devil Hill]. If it happened we’d be have to incorporate it and make that a springboard for Kill Devil Hill too, you know? Make it work both ways.”

He adds, “I’m shocked by all the news too – I don’t know what’s going on. I thought Bill [Ward] was in and I thought it was a great thing. It’s kind of sad to see it have an issue like this. So I don’t know any more than everybody else knows. I don’t know what they’re really thinking. My main concern is for Tony [Iommi]. When I heard about [his leukemia diagnosis] it devastated me – and losing Ronnie [James Dio], you know, I’m still getting over Ronnie.”

Here's an Artisan News Report with some footage of Sharon Osbourne talking about the Sabbath situation:


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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 Huffingtonpost.com:
huffingtonpost Q&A with Jack Osbourne

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