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Ozzy Osbourne; The Prince of Darkness!

Though many bands have succeeded in earning the hatred of parents and media worldwide throughout the past few decades, arguably only such acts as Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, and Marilyn Manson have tied the controversial record of Ozzy Osbourne. The former Black Sabbath frontman has been ridiculed over his career, mostly due to rumors denouncing him as a psychopath and Satanist. Despite his outlandish reputation, however, one cannot deny that Osbourne has had an immeasurable effect on heavy metal. While he doesn't possess a great voice (it's thin and doesn't have much range), he makes up for it with his good ear and dramatic flair. As a showman, his instincts are nearly as impeccable; his live shows have been overwrought spectacles of gore and glitz that have endeared him to adolescents around the world. Indeed, Osbourne has managed to establish himself as an international superstar, capable of selling millions of records with each album and packing arenas across the globe, capturing new fans with each record.

John Michael Osbourne began his professional career in the late '60s, when he teamed up with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward to form Black Sabbath. The band, made unique by their slow, gloomy melodies and themes, released their self-titled album in 1970, and would go on to release classic platinum records such as Paranoid and Master of Reality throughout the rest of the decade. After the 1978 album Never Say Die, Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath, which led him to form his own solo project. With his new manager and wife, Sharon, Osbourne formed his own band, the Blizzard of Ozz, with guitarist Randy Rhoads, bassist Bob Daisley, and drummer Lee Kerslake. The group's self-titled first album was released in September 1980 in the U.K. and early 1981 in the U.S. Blizzard of Ozz had some of the same ingredients of Black Sabbath: The lyrics focused on the occult and the guitars were loud and heavy, yet the band was more technically proficient and capable of pulling off variations on standard metal formulas. Featuring the hit singles "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley," Blizzard of Ozz reached number seven on the U.K. charts; it peaked at number 21 in the U.S., continuing to sell for over two years and becoming a huge success. Kerslake and Daisley would be replaced with Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo shortly before the subsequent November release of Diary of a Madman. This album, which included the drug ode "Flying High Again," charted at number 16 in the U.S. and became another huge seller. As the Diary tour went underway, sales for the album continued to improve as those of Black Sabbath waned. Osbourne had no trouble in attaining mass audiences, and his career seemed to have peaked. However, controversy soon erupted when he was accused of animal cruelty: During one performance, a bat was thrown on-stage by a fan and Osbourne bit its head off while supposedly thinking that it was fake. The show was canceled when he had to be rushed to the hospital for a rabies vaccination. Not long afterwards, Rhoads was killed in a bizarre plane accident, bringing the band's success to a screeching halt. Osbourne fell into a massive depression shortly after losing his best friend, and plans for his upcoming live album were soon changed. Instead of material recorded with Rhoads, 1982's Speak of the Devil featured live recordings of classic Black Sabbath material and was recorded with guitarist Brad Gillis. Osbourne was freed from his contract with Jet Records and showed up drunk at an Epic Records meeting with two doves, one of which he freed and the other of which he killed in the same manner as the bat; Osbourne was signed to the label. Jake E. Lee became Osbourne's new guitarist for the 1984 studio effort Bark at the Moon. While it didn't match the consistency of Blizzard of Ozz or Diary of a Madman, the record was equally successful, pushing the singer to embark on a tour with glam metal stalwarts Mötley Crüe. Although Bark at the Moon opened up to rave reviews, 1986's Ultimate Sin received rather harsh criticism. The album, although containing the hit single "Shot in the Dark," would be regarded as Osbourne's worst studio effort by numerous critics, who claimed it was redundant and uninteresting; nonetheless, the album was another smash hit.

Also in 1986, Osbourne was accused of encouraging suicide among listeners via use of subliminal messages in his Blizzard of Ozz song "Suicide Solution," a song that he claimed was written in relation to the effects of alcohol abuse. Although the case was eventually dismissed, Osbourne once again earned a feared reputation. He pulled up his profile in 1987 with Tribute, a live album recorded in 1981 that was dedicated to the memory of Randy Rhoads. Lee soon left the band, and was replaced with Zakk Wylde for No Rest for the Wicked, which would be released in 1988. The record proved to be one of his strongest yet, highlighted by "Miracle Man," in which Osbourne ridiculed evangelist (and longtime foe) Jimmy Swaggart. Just Say Ozzy, a live EP taken from the subsequent tour, was released in 1990. After recording a new studio album in 1991, Osbourne found himself without the usual enthusiasm to perform, due to his increasing age and his desire to spend more time with his family. When No More Tears was released in the fall, it was confirmed that the following tour would be Osbourne's last before retirement. Following the tour, a live double album, Live & Loud, was released in 1993 to commemorate Osbourne's career, and it was now assumed that the singer's glory days were over.

However, the retirement was not to be -- Osbourne resurfaced in 1995 with Ozzmosis, which, despite mixed reviews, would sell three million copies within a year after its release. After the subsequent tour proved to be one of the best-selling of the summer, Osbourne created Ozzfest, a tour package that would feature himself along with many other metal bands. While there were only two performances in 1996, a live album was nonetheless released, simply titled The Ozzfest. 1997's tour package included such metal acts as Pantera, Marilyn Manson, and a Black Sabbath reunion from which only Bill Ward was absent. With the exception of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair, Ozzfest 1997 was the most successful tour of the year and Osbourne released a compilation album, The Ozzman Cometh, in November. Shortly afterwards, Osbourne united the entire original lineup of Black Sabbath to record the live album Reunion, which was released in 1998. He also found time to duet alongside rapper Busta Rhymes for a re-make of the Sabbath classic "Iron Man," re-titled "This Means War," which was included on Rhymes' 1998 release Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front). Sabbath continued to tour well into 1999, as they again headlined the year's Ozzfest, which was billed as their supposed final tour. The same year, a grisly Ozzy action figure was shipped out to toy stores -- complete with tiny decapitated bats. Osbourne also finally began work on the follow-up to his 1995 lackluster solo release, Ozzmosis, which saw him joined by returning guitarist Wylde, plus former Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin and former Suicidal Tendencies/Infectious Grooves bassist Robert Trujillo. 2001 was greeted with the news that not only was Black Sabbath reuniting once again for the summer's edition of Ozzfest, but that the quartet was going to enter the recording studio in the fall with producer Rick Rubin to work on the original lineup's first all-new album since 1978's Never Say Die. Unfortunately, Epic Records caught word of Osbourne's plans and stopped both a post-Ozzfest tour with Disturbed and the album itself until he finished his solo record. Ozzy fans were given the double-disc Ozzfest: Second Stage Live to tide them over in the meantime -- the collection included tracks from most of the bands that participated in the 2000 festival, as well as tracks from Ozzfest's inaugural 1996 lineup. Finally, the new solo album, Down to Earth, appeared in the fall of 2001, followed by a few successful rock radio singles and a huge Christmas tour with co-headliner Rob Zombie. Meanwhile, inspired by an episode of MTV's Cribs starring his family, Osbourne and the network's producers took a chance on creating a reality show based around the infamous singer. Following his family around the house for several months at the end of 2001, the end result was The Osbournes, one of the most successful shows in the history of the network. The show, which was equal parts documentary and sitcom, reinvented Osbourne as a befuddled father with a razor sharp wit and a loving family. It also proved to also be a critical success, and Osbourne found himself invited to a White House dinner to promote his animal protection activism, something that only came to light after an episode of the show dedicated to the family's numerous pets.

 

The Osbournes" Bleeps Off

It's all over but the cussing.

The final episode of MTV's The Osbournes airs Monday night, three years after the nuclear-meltdown family paved the way for the Gottis, the Gastineaus and the Lacheys.
"You have to end on top," matriarch Sharon Osbourne told the Associated Press in an interview distributed Monday.

Though their influence as the first familial notables to make their lives a prime-time gawkfest will long reign, Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly's run as ratings stars is long over.

Viewership this season was about one-fifth of what it was during the show's heyday in 2002, when upwards of 8 million tuned in each week to see the profanity-favoring heavy-metal clan cope with dog poop, dentistry and noisy neighbors.

In Monday's New York Post, patriarch Ozzy likened the show's trajectory to a subject on which he presumably is well-informed: Parties.

"At the beginning, it was great," the rock star said in the paper. "But you know, if you're going to a party every night, the first couple of nights, you go, 'Hey, hey, this is fun!' But on the third night, you're going to be like, [Bleeping] hell, another party.' Eventually you're going to get pissed off."

For the Osbournes, the money was plentiful--they reportedly netted as much as $20 million just to reup with MTV when the show hit it big back in 2002, even winning the family an Emmy for Best Reality Show--but the fun was short-lived.

Within weeks of the first-season finale, in the midst of the family's pop-culture "It" moment, Sharon Osbourne was diagnosed with cancer. Her battle against the disease was chronicled on the show, as was a myriad of other major and minor disasters: Kelly's rehab stint (which followed Jack's rehab stint); Ozzy's ATV accident (which preceded Ozzy's admission he was overmedicated); and Sharon's talk show.

Monday's non-hyped series finale will see Dr. Phil McGraw go all Dr. Phil on the Osbournes, and dissect the mostly functioning dysfunctional family.

Unlike the rest of the shows from the fourth season, featuring footage shot last year, the Dr. Phil episode was taped just weeks ago. Because of the layoff between shoots, Ozzy Osbourne had almost forgotten what it was like to be trailed by MTV's cameras. The feeling came back fast.

"I got kind of hot around the collar," Ozzy told the Post. "I thought, [Bleeping] hell, how did we live with that for all that time."

Now that the show has wrapped, Sharon Osbourne said the family is considering selling the Beverly Hills mansion featured in The Osbournes, saying it feels more like an office than a home.

With the cameras off, the clan is scattering. Jack, 19, and Kelly, 20, are moving out of the 90210 digs for good, Sharon told the AP. Ozzy, 56, is back in record stores Tuesday with the box set, Prince of Darkness.

The swear words, presumably, are forever.


New Ozzy Set a Go, Sabbath Album a No

Ozzy Osbourne has re-signed with Epic Records and is working on material for his next studio release.

"Ozzy's writing now, and there'll be something out at the beginning of next year," his wife/manager, Sharon Osbourne, told Billboard. Epic will release the four-disc Osbourne boxed set, "Prince of Darkness," on Tuesday (March 22).

One item not likely to see the light of day, however, is a new Black Sabbath studio disc, which would be the band's first with Osbourne since 1978's "Never Say Die!"

"I could go in the studio and write a bunch of stuff, but why do an album just for the sake of (drummer) Bill (Ward), (guitarist) Tony (Iommi), me and bassist (Geezer) Butler together playing if it's not up to the Black Sabbath standard that I left?," Ozzy told Billboard. "It would f—- it up, you know? It's so sad when you hear these monumental bands do these piece-of-s—t records just because they want the money."

But Osbourne still revels in playing live with Black Sabbath, which will anchor this summer's 10th anniversary edition of the Ozzfest tour.

"There is no one (else) on the face of the Earth that can play these songs," he said. "The fortunate thing about me is I have two vibes; I can do the Ozzy thing and the Sabbath thing. The Sabbath thing, when we were kids, we didn't say 'We'll, write this song called 'War Pigs' and in f—-ing 25 years we'll be icons. We had no idea. We didn't have any musical education."

"The beauty of those days was, we would end the song when we wanted to f—-ing stop playing," he continued. "I can honestly say that (with) Black Sabbath, nobody ever told us what to play or how to play. It was our gig."

So how much longer will Ozzy keep mounting major tours? "I don't know," he said. "I retired about 15 years ago and that lasted a f—-ing year. What I learned from that retirement thing was you have to retire to something else. If you sit on your arse watching TV, you're gonna drop dead."
Plus, traditional retirement activities don't appeal to Ozzy. "I fish with f—-ing dynamite and I f—-ing hate golf," he said.

In related news, Butler will on May 10 release a new album from his band Geezer, "Ohmwork," via Sanctuary. The group, which also features vocalist Clark Brown, guitarist Pedro Howse and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, plans to tour in the fall.

Ozzy Compilation Offers Ozzfest Tie-In

Early purchasers of Ozzy Osbourne's March 22 boxed set, "Prince of Darkness," will get a little bonus.

The initial pressing of the set will include a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for this summer's Ozzfest, valued at $40. To redeem, customers go to the ozzfest.com Web site and punch in the code on the coupon.

The Epic four-disc set covers Osbourne's solo years. It includes a disc of new recordings by Osbourne of his favorite tunes by other artists, including the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" and Eric Burdon's "Good Times."

The set's suggested list price is $49.98, although it will probably sell for closer to $40. Ozzfest's lineup is expected to be announced this month.

Ozzy's alive and kicking

OZZY Osbourne is alive and kicking, despite internet rumours to the contrary.

The rocker's publicist was inundated with calls, asking if the former Black Sabbath frontman had died.
"I don't normally pay these things any attention, but I got so many calls I felt I had to check. I can assure you Ozzy is fine and these rumours are not true," said spokesman Jay Morose.

The rumours started after Ozzy and his wife Sharon missed an appearance on last Thursday's The Tonight Show. Arnold Schwarzenegger had to fill in at the last minute.

Ozzy is busy recording an all-star tsunami benefit single with daughter Kelly, Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John.

 

Ozzy Osbourne to perform with Black Sabbath at annual Roskilde Festival

Ozzy Osbourne and his band, heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, will be one of the top names at this year's Roskilde Festival, one of Europe's largest music events, organizers said Wednesday.

British-born Osbourne and the group will perform in Roskilde, 40 kilometres west of Copenhagen, taking place June 30-July 3. It will be the band's sole summer festival appearance, organizers said in a statement, adding Green Day and The Dears were also on the 2005 program for the four-day festival.

Last year, 75,000 tickets were sold for the outdoor event where more than 150 artists performed on Roskilde's six stages, including the Pixies, Morrissey, Sahara Hotnights and Avril Lavigne.

Osbourne, who grew up in Birmingham, central England, rose to stardom with heavy metal group Black Sabbath in the 1970s before launching a solo career.

First held in 1971, the festival in Roskilde, 40 kilometres west of the capital, Copenhagen, was inspired by the 1969 Woodstock Festival in upstate New York. The event, which in recent years has appeared on MTV, attracts visitors from throughout Europe and the United States.

 

Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John Bring "Tears"

Elton John, Rod Stewart, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Phil Collins and opera tenor Andrea Bocelli are set to contribute vocals to an all-star charity cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven," to benefit the Save the Children Fund's tsunami relief efforts.
John records his part tonight in London, while Stewart and the Osbournes will record in Los Angeles. Collins is scheduled to lay down his track at a studio near his home in Switzerland.

Sharon Osbourne -- whose family was due to vacation in Thailand just days after the tsunami devastated the area, claiming the lives of more than 150,000 -- is coordinating the effort.

Clapton originally penned the Grammy-winning song in memory of his four-year-old son Conor, who died when he fell from a window in New York in 1991.

 

Ozzy Osbourne: Im Outa LA As Soon As I Quit Music

OZZY DREAMS OF LIFE AWAY FROM LA

Rocker OZZY OSBOURNE is planning to turn his back on Los Angeles when he retires, because he despises the city.

The OSBOURNES have a home in Beverly Hills, where their reality TV show is shot, but British Ozzy admits he won't be keeping it when he's had enough of rock 'n' roll.

He says, "I will not end up in America, that's for sure. No f**king way. LA is not a good place to grow old.
"It's a hip, slick, happening, PARIS HILTON-getting-f**ked-upthe-arse kind of town... It's a town full of ambulance-chasers.

"What I like about England is that they don't care who you are. If you're out of order here, someone will tell you to f**k off straight away.

 

The Osbournes branded the 'family from hell'

The Osbournes have been branded the "family from hell" after they drove their neighbours out of their home.

Charles and Krissy Lewis said their celebrity neighbours had made their once-peaceful lives a nightmare and after months of feuding decided to sell their 5millionGBP Californian mansion.

In the hit TV show 'The Osbournes', son Jack was seen spraying the Lewis' tennis court pink with a paintball gun and playing drums in the garden.

Sharon threw a leg of ham into the neighbours' hedge, Ozzy hurled firewood through their greenhouse while daughter Kelly littered their garden with French bread, pate and stink bombs.
When the police were called the Osbournes said they were retaliating against next door's noise.

Multimillionaire Charles Lewis revealed: "Krissy and I have lived here for a long time. We never had a single complaint before the Osbournes arrived.

Soon after they moved in, the gardener was clearing up with a leaf blower. Sharon started swearing at him from across the fence about the noise."

The Lewis' then sent a letter to the trouble making family begging them to call a truce. They heard nothing from the Osbournes until they were singing with a friend in the garden and they were bombarded with missiles.

Charles added: "They have been very rude. I don't care who they are, they can't treat us like this."

But Sharon retorted: "I want to hold him down and s**t on his head. They make me behave in a way that I don't like."

However, their new neighbour is said to be Sharon's fellow 'X Factor' judge and enemy Simon Cowell and now the Osbournes are said to be packing their bags.

A source told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "Sharon just wants to sell up and move out to save having to chat to him over the garden fence.

"I don't think they'll go round with a house-warming gift - she can't stand him.

 

Ozzy's Neighbors Getting Out

Ozzy Osbourne's Beverly Hills neighbors — the ones he tried to engage in a food fight on his MTV reality show — have sold their house for close to its $7.9 million asking price, and they are relocating.

The Mediterranean-style home, next door to the rock star and his family, has five bedrooms and 8 1/2 bathrooms in 8,700 square feet. The three-story house, with an elevator and a rock pool, was built in 1997.

“The Osbournes,” which enjoyed a three-year run on MTV, focused on the neighbors when Sharon Osbourne threw a leg of ham through the hedge separating the two properties. Osbourne's kids, Jack and Kelly, followed by throwing bread, cheese and pate. Ozzy threw a block of firewood.

Beverly Hills police were heard on the TV segment telling the Osbournes to stop throwing things.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are to host MTV Australia's first Video Music Awards in Sydney in March. The MTV series reportedly earned the family $80 million plus $25 million from merchandise.

"Osbournes" Ready for Last Hurrah

The Prince of F---ing Darkness and his kooky clan are fading to black.

MTV announced Thursday that, after a three-year run, The Osbournes is finally coming to an end.
The net's once-signature reality series featuring Ozzy Osbourne and his F-bomb-dropping brood will kick off its fifth and final season on Jan. 17 at 10:30 p.m.

Crazy, but that's how it goes.

"With The Osbournes, we literally created a new format for television," crowed Brian Graden, MTV Networks entertainment chief. "The Osbournes were the first celebrities to let the cameras into their home to film their day to day lives at it happened, and the show has had a huge impact on the larger television landscape. The show's success is due to the personalities of the first family of rock 'n' roll."

While the Emmy-winning show hasn't been the ratings juggernaut it was in its first two seasons--when viewers couldn't get enough of the behind-the-scenes family life of Ozzy, his feisty manager-wife, Sharon, son Jack and pink-haired popster-wannabe daughter Kelly--The Osbournes is still a top draw for the music channel, especially among the youth set.

Before the fourth season finale last May, the fate of The Osbournes was up in the air, with both Ozzy and Sharon saying they were through with the show. And given the hardships the family has faced over the past two years--Sharon's cancer battle, Ozzy's continuing efforts to stay sober, stints in rehab for both Jack and Kelly, and Ozzy's near-fatal ATV crash--who could blame them?

But every great drama has comic relief, and the Osbournes felt there was still plenty of lighthearted moments amid the crises to share with loyal fans. It also came in handy that MTV still had a season's worth of episodes already filmed and in the can.

"After three years, the MTV cameras became part of the family, documenting what is possibly the most dramatic year we have had," Sharon Osbourne said in a statement. "Though it was rough sometimes, we are truly blessed to have had this amazing experience."

Meanwhile, in the wake of the tsunami tragedy, Ozzy and Sharon donated $190,000 to Britain's Disasters Emergency Committee for victims and their families. They also appeared in an MTV-produced television spot asking people to give what they can to those who survived.

"We can save lives and get people back on their feet," Ozzy says in the ad. "We need to give money to help the survivors."

The Osbournes Head Into Final Season on MTV

British rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his raucous, foul-mouthed family launch the fourth and final season of their hit MTV reality show later this month, the cable network announced on Thursday.
"The Osbournes" returns on Jan. 17 to kick off a last batch of 10 episodes chronicling Ozzy's bout with insomnia, daughter Kelly's drug rehab, her budding new commercial TV career, and a family vacation to Hawaii.

The Viacom Inc.-owned network said the Emmy Award-winning show will end its run for good with a final episode set to air March 21.

The bleep-filled series premiered in March of 2002 and instantly became MTV's biggest hit, turning the unruly brood into overnight pop culture icons.

The show's first season followed the daily exploits of the heavy metal star in his off-stage role as a befuddled father puttering around his Beverly Hills house, forever cleaning up after his incontinent dogs, taking orders from his wife, Sharon, and sparring with their teenage children, Jack and Kelly.

The program took a more serious turn in its second season as the family coped with Sharon Osbourne's cancer treatments and Jack's substance abuse rehabilitation. The household also was joined by 18-year-old Robert Marcato, a family friend adopted by the Osbournes after his own mother died of cancer. The third season saw Ozzy Osbourne recover from a near-fatal all-terrain vehicle accident.

While the program has faded in the ratings since its heyday, it has remained one of MTV's most watched programs, averaging more than 3 million viewers per episode.

Although "The Osbournes" will end its run in March, Kelly Osbourne has garnered her own prime-time stint as a co-star of ABC's new coming-of-age drama "Life As We Know It."

Sharon Osbourne was recently featured as a judge on British television's hit talent show "The X Factor" but her U.S.-syndicated talk show was canceled.


Ozzy Osbourne Fears He May Never Perform Again

Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne saidon Thursday he fears he may not be able to perform again after an accident on an all-terrain vehicle late last year that left him in a coma for eight days.

"In my left shoulder I have a piece of metal approximately that long, that deep and screws in," Osbourne said in an interview. "And I'm really frightened that I won't be able to perform again 'cause that's the love of my life."

The 55-year-old rocker first shot to fame in the 1970s with Black Sabbath and remained in the public eye after he launched a solo career. At a concert in Des Moines, Iowa, he bit the

head off a bat, which he has since said he thought was a toy. In recent years his popularity has reached new heights with the success of the hit MTV reality series, "The Osbournes," in

which he stars with wife, Sharon, and two of his three children. Osbourne crashed his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle, or quad bike, on Dec. 8 at his estate in Buckinghamshire in southern England. The bike flipped over and landed on him, leaving him with fractures in eight ribs and a vertebra.

Stolen Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath discs recovered

Stolen gold and silver discs won by Ozzy Osbourne's band Black Sabbath were recovered after thieves dumped them behind trash cans.

The discs were reported missing last week after a burglary at the home of Osbourne's former manager Patrick Meehan, in Edenbridge, Kent, southeast England.
Kent Police said an anonymous tip led them to the eight discs, found Wednesday in a plastic bag dumped behind recycling bins.

Two other discs stolen in the haul - which included the albums "Master of Reality," "Paranoid" and "Black Sabbath, Vol. 4" - had already been returned after being offered for sale on Internet auction site eBay.

Osbourne, who earned fame as a heavy metal rocker in the 1970s, was a victim of burglars himself last month.

He unsuccessfully attempted to tackle thieves who broke into his Buckinghamshire mansion, west of London, and made off with valuable jewelry.

Ozzy skips Royal Variety Performance

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne skipped an appointment with Prince Charles to keep an appointment with his doctor.

Osbourne had been scheduled to perform at the Royal Variety Performance Tuesday, with Prince Charles topping the guest list, but pulled out because he had an operation to adjust a metal plate in his shoulder, his wife, Sharon Osbourne, said.

He injured the shoulder when he crashed a quad bike last year and then damaged the plate when he tried to tackle a burglar at his home last month.

"After his quad bike accident, Ozzy had a plate put in his neck, held by screws. Some of the screws were dislodged during his fight with the man who broke into our house and it made him very uncomfortable," Sharon Osbourne said.

"It sounds worse than it is and he only needed a day visit but unfortunately, because he is recovering, he couldn't perform," she said. "Ozzy is really sad to have missed it."

Ozzy Osbourne is to star in a musical hit for children

Ozzy Osbourne is being lined up to star in the hit children's musical 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

The rocker is in talks with the producers of the hugely popular London show to play the part of the evil Child Catcher on stage next year.

Ozzy, 56, admits he is thrilled at being considered to play the famous villain and thinks his wild reputation and gothic look could make him perfect for the role.

He said: "I love the show and think I would be great in that role. I am supposed to be the Prince of Darkness after all."
The character is currently being played by former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, but he is set to leave the show in the middle of January leaving the role open for Ozzy.

However, if the former Black Sabbath singer does land the part he could be expected to shave off his trademark long, black hair - as the character is completely bald.

Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly likes to fight too

Kelly Osbourne reportedly instigated a bar brawl after she punched a fellow clubber.

The feisty daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne was enjoying a night out with friends at trendy London hotspot, Camden Barfly, when a girl started pulling Kelly's hair - apparently thinking it was a wig.

According to eyewitnesses, the singer turned wild, hitting out at the fellow clubber - before security were forced to wade in to diffuse the out-of-control situation.

An onlooker revealed to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "A girl at the club thought Kelly was wearing a wig. She thought she'd put on a disguise so as not to be noticed.
As a joke she pulled at the wig - unfortunately it was actually Kelly's hair and a clump came out.

"It looked like it would turn really nasty. Thankfully the club's security broke up the trouble."

Kelly's spokesperson confirmed: "There was a bit of a girlie fight but Kelly's fine now."

The star has obviously inherited her aggressive streak from rocker dad Ozzy after he wrestled with a burglar last month during a break-in at his countryside mansion.

Awards night will be outrageous with Ozzy and Sharon

Next year, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne will head to Australia to host the MTV Australia Video Music Awards.

The nominations for the awards were announced yesterday, with the star-studded ceremony to be held in Sydney on March 3, 2005. The awards are open to local and international acts.

In the best male artist category, Shannon Noll faces a tough battle against Eminem, Robbie Williams and Usher. There is no nomination for Shannon's Idol mate, and series winner, Guy Sebastian.

In the best female category, the hottest artist in the world, Gwen Stefani, is up against Britney Spears, and our Delta Goodrem and Missy Higgins.

The big award is the MTV Australia Video of the Year. The nominees are the Dissociatives, for Somewhere Down the Barrel, Eminem, for Just Lose It, Stefani, for What You Waiting For, and OutKast, for Roses.

The MTV VMAs are pretty controversial in the US, so let's hope the Aussie version is, too. Some of the more unusual award categories include sexiest video and best-dressed video.

Ozzy Osbourne and Liza Minelli will perform at the annual Royal Variety show infront of Prince Charles at London's Coliseum Theatre on Dec. 14,2004

It will be the only British performance this year for Osbourne, who earlier this week tackled a burglar who stole gems worth an estimated $3.6 million from his mansion in Buckinghamshire county in southern England.

Last spring, Osbourne filed a complaint with the California medical board against his former Beverly Hills doctor. The rocker alleges he was overprescribed addictive drugs that led to his disoriented behavior on the TV show "The Osbournes." Late in 2003, Osbourne fractured several bones including a neck vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident on the grounds of his English estate.

It's also been a rough year also for Minnelli, who earlier this year was sued by a former bodyguard for $100 million. M'Hammed Soumayah claims the entertainer made him have sex with her in order to keep his job, according to court documents. In return, she sued Soumayah for $250,000, alleging breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. And her messy divorce with David Gest, first announced in late 2003, continues. Gest has also accused Minnelli of assault in a $10 million lawsuit against her, while she is suing Gest for allegedly stealing $2 million from her.

Others on the bill include Cliff Richard, Elton John, Jamelia, Gwen Stefani and girl band, Girls Aloud. Nathan Lane and Lee Evans will perform a medley from the West End hit musical, "The Producers."

Come to think of it, even the guest of honor has had problems recently. Prince Charles earlier this month was rebuked by the press and in parliament for saying that British schools shouldn't be encouraging young people to nurture lofty ambitions they are unlikely to fulfill.

It could be an interesting night at the Coliseum Theatre.

 

Ozzy posts 100,000-pound award after jewel heist


Heavy metal rock star Ozzy Osbourne offered a reward of 100,000 pounds (143,000 euros, 187,000 dollars) Tuesday for the return of stolen jewels after a burglary at his English mansion the night before. Speaking to reporters, the former Black Sabbath frontman said: "I feel worse today than I did yesterday," but insisted he was right to wrestle with one of the burglars even though he could have been hurt.

"I could have been like George Harrison. I could have been badly injured or anything," he said. "It could have got really ugly. I just thank God that no one got injured." George Harrison, a member of the Beatles who died in November 2001 after a long fight with cancer, was stabbed and wounded in the chest by an intruder at his home in December 1999.

Ozzy, 55, discovered one of the thieves at around 4:00 am (0400 GMT) in his wife Sharon's dressing room, next to the master bedroom at their home near Chalfont Saint Peter, in the south of England. But the burglar and an accomplice got away, taking with them an estimated two million pounds' worth of jewellery including his wife's wedding rings and a 24-carat sapphire she had bought for her daughters as an investment.

The haul was worth twice as much as initially reported. "Everything we have got we have worked our arses off for," said Sharon Osbourne. "I worked for every goddam penny, and when somebody comes who hasn't worked and wants to take what's yours, you know, it pisses me off big time."

At a press conference outside London, it was announced that the family and the Lloyd's of London insurance market were offering 100,000 pounds for information leading to the return of the gems. Thames Valley Police detective inspector Paul Miller said Osbourne had acted "very courageously" in pouncing on the burglar. He added that police were "keeping an open mind" that the heist might have been an inside job.

Ozzy, infamous for his wild on-stage perfomances for Black Sabbath in the 1970s, found stardom again in 2002 when a reality show based on his family life in Los Angeles, "The Osbournes", became a big hit in the United States. The show also featured his wife, son Jack, 19, and daughter Kelly, 18.

Last December, Osbourne spent eight days in a coma after breaking his collarbone, six ribs and two vertebrae in a quadbike accident while driving around his estate. English-born Osbourne, 52, whose US talk show was axed earlier this year, is currently appearing in "The X-Factor", a talent hunt on Britain's main commerical ITV network.

Bulgars raid Ozzy Osbourne's England mansion

Rock wild man Ozzy Osbourne struggled with one of the masked raiders who stole around $A4.7 million worth of jewellery from the star's England mansion. Osbourne had one of the burglars in a headlock as he attempted to stop items, including a wedding and engagement ring belonging to wife Sharon, from being stolen.

He told: "He was a big, strong man - but at one point I thought I could kill him to stop him hurting Sharon. But then I just let him drop. It was terrifying, I was looking to see if he had a knife. I can't get his staring eyes out of my mind." Among the jewellery taken were two gold wedding rings and a 24-carat sapphire ring.

The burglary occurred after the couple had been celebrating the birthday of Sir Elton John's partner, David Furnish. Osbourne was going to the toilet in the early hours when he came upon the burglar. He intends to beef up security but added the experience had left him angry and feeling violated. After the struggle, the raiders escaped by jumping nine metres from a first floor window.

Police said "a large amount of jewellery" was taken from the couple's home in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, about 4am.

The couple are staying there while Sharon appears in UK television talent show The X-Factor. The intruder had used a ladder to get into the first floor room, and police believe he would have been injured by the jump. The break-in is the latest event in a turbulent recent history for the Osbournes, who were thrust back into the media spotlight following the success of their eponymous reality TV show.

Last December, Ozzy spent eight days in a coma after breaking his collarbone, six ribs and a vertebra in a quadbike accident at the Buckinghamshire estate. Changes, his duet with daughter Kelly, topped the charts in the weeks following the accident as Ozzy made his recovery. Sharon has battled back from a cancer scare and had her American talk show axed earlier this year. But she has bounced back as a judge on The X-Factor alongside Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell.

No more reality TV for Ozzy Osbourne

Even though Ozzy Osbourne became a household name by starring in one of MTV's most popular reality TV shows to date, he has no intentions of doing another series of "The Osbournes", according to Reuters.

"When you watch a 25-minute episode, I've been filming all day," Ozzy told reporters at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome. "At the end of it I didn't like having cameras around the house all the time." His wife and co-star agreed. "Now everybody's doing (reality shows)," Sharon Osbourne said. "He's done it, he's been there, he's got to do something else." When asked if they would have more children, Ozzy had a concise answer. "Are you fucking mad?"

Ozzy Osbourne helps to select the greatest rock 'n roll songs of all time

Ozzy Osbourne was among the panel of recording artists, producers, label executives, critics and songwriters that selected the list of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs of all time, to be published in a special edition of Rolling Stone magazine out on Friday, according to Reuters. Also on the panel were singer Art Garfunkel, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, vocalist Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan's rock star son, Jakob, among many others.

The lion's share of songs from the list hail from the 1960s, and only a handful were released after 1990, including NIRVANA's 1991 hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at No. 9. The most recent single to make the list was "Hey Ya!" (2003) from the hip-hop duo OUTKAST, at No. 180. Rapper EMINEM's "Lose Yourself" (2002) ranked No. 166.

Top 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time, according to Rolling Stone:

01. BOB DYLAN - "Like A Rolling Stone."
02. THE ROLLING STONES - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
03. JOHN LENNON - "Imagine"
04. MARVIN GAYE - "What's Going On"
05. ARETHA FRANKLIN - "Respect"
06. THE BEACH BOYS - "Good Vibrations"
07. CHUCK BERRY - "Johnny B. Goode"
08. THE BEATLES - "Hey Jude"
09. NIRVANA - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
10. RAY CHARLES - "What'd I Say"
11. THE WHO - "My Generation"
12. SAM COOKE - "A Change Is Gonna Come"
13. THE BEATLES - "Yesterday"
14. BOB DYLAN - "Blowin' in the Wind"
15. THE CLASH - "London Calling"
16. THE BEATLES - "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
17. JIMI HENDRIX - "Purple Haze"
18. CHUCK BERRY - "Maybellene"
19. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Hound Dog"
20. THE BEATLES - "Let It Be"
21. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - "Born To Run"
22. THE RONETTES - "Be My Baby"
23. THE BEATLES - "In My Life"
24. THE IMPRESSIONS - "People Get Ready"
25. THE BEACH BOYS - "God Only Knows"
26. THE BEATLES - "A Day in the Life"
27. DEREK & THE DOMINOS - "Layla"
28. OTIS REDDING - "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay"
29. THE BEATLES - "Help!"
30. JOHNNY CASh - "I Walk the Line"
31. LED ZEPPELIN - "Stairway To Heaven"
32. THE ROLLING STONES - "Sympathy For The Devil"
33. IKE & TINA TURNER - "River Deep, Mountain High"
34. RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
35. THE DOORS - "Light My Fire"
36. U2 - "One"
37. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS - "No Woman, No Cry"
38. THE ROLLING STONES - "Gimme Shelter"
39. BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS - "That'll Be the Day"
40. MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS - "Dancing In The Street"
41. THE BAND - "The Weight"
42. THE KINKS - "Waterloo Sunset"
43. LITTLE RICHARD - "Tutti Frutti"
44. RAY CHARLES - "Georgia On My Mind"
45. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Heartbreak Hotel"
46. David Bowie - "Heroes"
47. Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
48. JIMI HENDRIX - "All Along The Watchtower"
49. THE EAGLES - "Hotel California"
50. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES - "The Tracks Of My Tears"
51. GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE - "The Message"
52. PRINCE - "When Doves Cry"
53. SEX PISTOLS - "Anarchy In The U.K."
54. PERCY SLEDGE - "When A Man Loves A Woman"
55. THE KINGSMEN - "Louie Louie"
56. LITTLE RICHARD - "Long Tall Sally"
57. PROCOL HARUM - "Whiter Shade Of Pale"
58. MICHAEL JACKSON - "Billie Jean"
59. BOB DYLAN - "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
60. AL GREEN - "Let's Stay Together"
61. JERRY LEE LEWIS - "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On"
62. BO DIDDLEY - "Bo Diddley"
63. BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - "For What It's Worth"
64. THE BEATLES - "She Loves You"
65. CREAM - "Sunshine of Your Love"
66. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS - "Redemption Song"
67. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Jailhouse Rock"
68. BOB DYLAN - "Tangled Up In Blue"
69. ROY ORBISON - "Cryin'"
70. DIONNE WARWICK - "Walk On By"
71. THE BEACH BOYS - "California Girls"
72. JAMES BROWN - "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"
73. EDDIE COCHRAN - "Summertime Blues"
74. STEVIE WONDER - "Superstition"
75. LED ZEPPELIN - "Whole Lotta Love"
76. THE BEATLES - "Strawberry Fields Forever"
77. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Mystery Train"
78. JAMES BROWN - "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
79. THE BYRDS - "Mr. Tambourine Man"
80. MARVIN GAYE - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
81. FATS DOMINO - "Blueberry Hill"
82. THE KINKS - "You Really Got Me"
83. THE BEATLES - "Norwegian Wood"
84. THE POLICE - "Every Breath You Take"
85. PATSY CLINE - "Crazy"
86. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - "Thunder Road"
87. JOHNNY CASH - "Ring of Fire"
88. THE TEMPTATIONS - "My Girl"
89. THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS - "California Dreamin'"
90. THE FIVE SATINS - "In The Still Of The Nite"
91. ELVIS PRESLEY - "Suspicious Minds"
92. RAMONES - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
93. U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
94. LITTLE RICHARD - "Good Golly, Miss Molly"
95. CARL PERKINS - "Blue Suede Shoes"
96. JERRY LEE LEWIS - "Great Balls of Fire"
97. CHUCK BERRY - "Roll Over Beethoven"
98. AL GREEN - "Love and Happiness"
99. CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - "Fortunate Son"
100. THE ROLLING STONES - "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

Ozzy Osbourne's new box set called ''Bible of Ozz''

Despite previous reports to the contrary, Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming box set will be called "Bible Of Ozz" and not "The Prince Of Darkness", a spokesperson at Sharon Osbourne Management has confirmed. The 52-song set, due on February 8, chronicles Ozzy's career via his biggest hits and most memorable collaborations, while including a separate disc with 10 newly recorded versions of his favorite songs by other artists. This means that Ozzy fans can hear the madman's very own renditions of classics by the Rolling Stones, Mountain, Mott The Hoople, King Crimson, and others.

The "Bible Of Ozz" box set will be packaged in a weathered, collectable gothic book with new images of Ozzy taken by famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor Wood. It will be come with a 60-page booklet that contains a complete career overview and rare Ozzy photos.

The first two discs in the set will encompass re-mastered versions of Ozzy's most popular solo smash hits. The third disc (which is entitled "Oddities And Duets") is comprised of some of Ozzy's most unusual collaborations. And the special fourth disc (called "Under Covers") is comprised of newly recorded covers as only Ozzy can deliver.

New record for Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne has passed the $50 million mark in merchandise sales — a record for a heavy metal performer, according to merchandising and licensing company Signatures Network.

Osbourne has reportedly amassed $35 million from selling merchandise at concerts like his Ozzfest roadshow and $15 million at retail during the past decade. Among the best-selling products are black Osbourne T-shirts, slippers and action figures. "I think the 'Ozzy For President' and the 'Passion Of Ozzy' shirts we just released will be some of the best-selling and most popular among his fans," his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, said. "Of course, I love Ozzy so much I sleep with one of his shirts on every night."

Ozzy gives lifetime opportunity to unknown band

Ozzy Osbourne will be giving an "unknown" band the opportunity of a lifetime with a chance to play on the Main Stage of Ozzfest 2004. The message was the announcement that was made in the first episode of Oztv via the official Ozzfest 2004 website.
The written message reads as follows: "We interrupt your Friday for a very important announcement from the Prince of F**king Darkness… Do you have what it takes? Are you ready for your shot? I'm giving an unknown band an opportunity of a lifetime to perform on the main stage at Ozzfest 2004 before tens of thousands of people and to have your performance filmed and shown before a worldwide audience. Are you f**king ready? I can't f**king hear you!!! God Bless, Ozzy Osbourne."

Ozzy Osbourne is a faithful husband

Sharon Osbourne once beat up a Japanese groupie who climbed into bed with her and husband Ozzy.

The 'X Factor' judge was furious when the woman snuck into Ozzy's hotel room in the hope of sleeping with him - so she took physical action.

She recalled: "Once a Japanese fan came to Ozzy's room and climbed into bed with him, not realising I was in there, too. I beat the s*** out of her. She wasn't expecting that.

I was like, 'Wrong room, baby!'"
Sharon insists she trusts Ozzy never to cheat on her - but she admits her threatening behaviour helps keep him faithful.

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