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Down To Earth (2001)
Ozzman Cometh (1997)
Ozzmosis (1995)
Speak Of The Devil (1995)
Live & Loud (1993)
No More Tears (1991)
In 1997 the Ozzfest took on special significance - the line-up included a mostly reunited Black Sabbath (Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin sat in for the absent Bill Ward) and last year the fully reunited band topped the bill (a taste of things to come in the Sabbath reunion tour that followed) to the delight of fans everywhere.
Ozzy Osbourne
The Ozzy Osbourne story is a rags to riches tale of epic proportions. From humble beginnings working in a car factory in the outback of Northern England, John Osbourne would eventually become a rock icon — godfather of heavy metal, anathema to the religious right, an inspiration to generations of musicians and the impetus behind one of rock’s most successful package tours, the Ozzfest. It’s a fitting culmination of the long strange trip that Osbourne’s career has been.

It began with Black Sabbath. Formed in the late ’60s, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Terry "Geezer" Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and frontman Osbourne concocted a combination of heavy blues, elements of acid rock, pop and often apocalyptic lyrical imagery. The driving rhythms, powerful guitar and unmistakable vocals made an appreciable impact on the hard rock world. For the duration of the band’s career critics would remain baffled and/or annoyed by Sabbath’s distinctive music, but the band hit home with the people who mattered most: music fans. Osbourne recorded nine albums with Sabbath (including some of the group’s most influential works) before leaving to pursue a solo career in 1979.

After leaving Sabbath, Osbourne plunged into a new phase of his career, and though the solo years have been marked but many artistic twists and turns as well as some spectacular personal highs and lows, they have seen Osbourne continually moving forward. Backed by a tremendous group of musicians — including revered guitarist Randy Rhoads and long-time collaborator bassist Bob Daisley — Osbourne enjoyed a platinum start to his existence as a solo artist. Even after Rhoads’s tragic death in a tour bus accident in 1982, he soldiered on providing a platform for a number of talented musicians including Brad Gillis, Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee and Joe Holmes. Hits like "Crazy Train," "Flying High Again" and "Goodbye To Romance" are rock radio standards that have stood up over time right alongside Sabbath classics like "Iron Man" and "Paranoid."

By 1986, Osbourne’s substance abuse problems had led to some rather infamous stunts (the dove and bat-biting drawing the most attention) and the singer realized it was time to take action. He checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic in order to grapple with "demon alcohol." At the time, in the midst of the excessive ’80s it wasn’t as acceptable as it is now to acknowledge addiction, but Osbourne has never been guarded about his strengths and weaknesses and that honesty is one of the traits that has endeared him to his fans over time.

In the ensuing years, Osbourne enjoyed continued success — culminating in 1991’s No More Tears album which brought him more platinum sales and a Grammy nomination for "I Don’t Wanna Change the World" (as it appeared on the subsequent Live & Loud album
Over the years the impact of Osbourne and his Black Sabbath legacy had been felt across the musical landscape. Artists as diverse as the Cardigans and Rob Zombie had acknowledged the significance of Osbourne, so after the notion of Ozzfest first germinated, it quickly took root in the music community. In 1996, the first Ozzfest transpired. The tour was only four dates long, but it struck a loud, resonant chord with rock fans. The perfect celebration of all things Ozzy, the festival grew from those first four dates in the fall of ’96 to become one of the biggest annual summer concert events.

In 2002 Osbourne and his family opened one of the more endearingly odd chapters in reality television when they became the stars of an MTV series called The Osbournes.
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