It was reported last week that the IRS placed a lien on the house belonging to Sharon and Ozzy — who reportedly owed $718,948 from 2008 and $1.024 million from 2009.
“At 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon I received a phone call from my publicist who had a reporter on the other line informing her that the IRS had just put a lien on one of our properties,” Osbourne said in a statement released to gossip writer Perez Hilton. “I then contacted my accountant who said they knew nothing about any lien. The lien has been paid. I do intend to find out how this lien happened without the knowledge of myself or my accountants. I hope none of this reflects negatively on mine and Ozzy’s moral character.”
Record Store Day Ambassador 2011 is Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy fans who come out to support Record Store Day this Saturday, April 16 will have the first chance to purchase a special seven-inch vinyl single of “Diary Of A Madman”‘s “Flying High Again” (with a live version of “I Don’t Know” as the B-side), along with full-length vinyl versions of the newly expanded 30th anniversary editions of his “Blizzard Of Ozz” and “Diary Of A Madman” albums.
“If you don’t listen to vinyl for a while and you hear it again, it sounds much better,” says Osbourne. “It’s exciting that young bands are making records on vinyl,” he says. “The big corporations make everything so miniaturized. And when you buy the iPod or the iPad or the i-whatever, six months later it’s obsolete and you have to buy a new gadget.” According to Ozzy, the first album he ever bought was “With The Beatles”. In the early ’60s, England was still recovering from the war and The Beatles brought this magic,” he tells USA Today. “I still listen to them. I always go back to Pink Floyd. I do try to listen to newer stuff, but it’s not really new. The original stuff was written by cotton pickers in the ’30s. If it tickles my spine, I listen. When I’m writing, if the hair on my arm stands up, I think, oh, it’s good. I don’t work it out mathematically.”
Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
–Ozzy will play an exclusive, one-off show at London, England’s Hammersmith Apollo on June 21 as part of Kerrang! magazine’s 30th-birthday celebrations. The former Black Sabbath singer will also be honored with the Legend Award at this year’s Kerrang! Awards on June 9.
“It’s an incredible honor to be the second recipient of Kerrang!’s Legend Award,” said Ozzy, “and I’m looking forward to you all going ‘fucking crazy’ at the 30th-anniversary party at the Hammersmith Apollo!”
Kerrang! editor Nichola Browne said: “We are so unbelievably excited to have Ozzy play this very special show for our 30th-birthday celebrations in June. We are privileged that the Prince of Darkness can help us mark this momentous milestone in style and it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember. Ozzy has been the mainstay of rock music. During his long and colorful career, he’s not only helped define heavy metal as the voice of Black Sabbath, he’s also enjoyed a three-decade reign as a solo artist and inspired thousands of rock fans to ‘go fucking crazy’ during his unmissable live shows. He’s a much-loved, larger-than-life personality, and it is only fitting that we will be honoring Ozzy with the prestigious Legend Award at this year’s Kerrang! Awards.”
The awards, voted for by readers, will once again be hosted by Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Scott Ian.
Here’s the latest latest OzTV webisode from Ozzy’s April 5, 2011 concert at Ginásio Nilson Nélson in Brasilia, Brazil:
Her’s an interview outtake taken from the “Thirty Years After The Blizzard” DVD, which will be available May 31st in the Blizzard of Ozz / Diary Of A Madman 30th Anniversary Box Set: