When Ronnie James Dio joined metal legends Black Sabbath in 1980 the former Rainbow frontman’s appointment couldn’t have come at a better time. Sabbath were a sinking ship. A drowning vessel from which enigmatic frontman Ozzy Osbourne had been trying to escape for some time. However, even though it was painfully clear that new blood had to be added to halt the band’s alarming deterioration the hostility that greeted Dio from some corners was quite shocking.
It’s Grammy Awards season again, and while we don’t pay full attention to popularity awards, it’s always good when a few bands with a little mainstream appeal breakthrough. Major nominations for categories involving hard and heavy music includes Ozzy Osbourne, Idles and Turnstile for Best Rock Performance, Ghost, Megadeth, Muse, Turnstile, and Ozzy + Tony Iommi for Best Metal Performance, the Chili Peppers up against Turnstile and Ozzy’s production team for Best Rock Song, and Idles and Ozzy up against The Black Keys, Beck, Wet Leg, and Spoon for Best Rock Album. Other nominees in categories include Underoath and Danny Elfman. The full lists of these categories can be seen below, or the entire 2023 list can be viewed at the Grammy site
At seventy-three years old, Ozzy Osbourne has virtually nothing left to accomplish and even less to prove. TV personality, singer/songwriter, occasional actor and co-founder of an entire genre of music, if there’s anyone in the world of hard rock and metal who deserves to put their feet up with a pair of comfy slippers and a hot cup of cocoa then it’s the lovable Brummie seemingly incapable of using a television remote control.
Ozzy Osbourne has announced his next album, Patient Number 9, via Epic Records this week, September 9th, 2022. The album is the follow-up to his chart-topping global hit Ordinary Man (Epic Records). He just released a new single and a visualizer for the track “Nothing Feels Right” featuring a blazing solo by Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society! Stream the track now and watch the video at the link below.
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reunited today, August 8th, 2022, to close the Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham, England, where the band formed over 53 years ago. They performed a short version of their song “Iron Man” as well the full version of their songs “Paranoid,” both genre classics. The band was joined by Black Sabbath backing musicians Adam Wakeman, who played bass and keyboards, and drummer Tommy Clufetos. No word if Geezer Butler or Bill Ward were approached for the gig. This was Ozzy’s first live perfromance, other than television, since Ozzfest LA on New Year’s Eve in 2018. Last month to open the games, Iommi and acclaimed saxophonist Soweto Kinch led a “dream sequence” piece, titled “Hear My Voice”, based on the lead track from the 2020 film “Trial Of The Chicago Seven” at the event on July 28. After Tony and Soweto played an extended instrumental lead-in, they were joined by the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a 700-strong community choir.
Ozzy Osbourne previously announced his next album, Patient Number 9, via Epic Records on September 9th, 2022. The album is the follow-up to his chart-topping global hit Ordinary Man (Epic Records). The second single from the new album is “Degradation Rules” title track, featuring a guest appearance by Ozzy’s Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi! Stream the track now!
Ozzy Osbourne has announced his next album, Patient Number 9, via Epic Records on September 9th, 2022. The album is the follow-up to his chart-topping global hit Ordinary Man (Epic Records). The LP’s title track, featuring a guest appearance by legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, can be streamed below. The music video for the track, directed by iconic artist and comic book creator Todd McFarlane (Spawn, Korn), premieres later today at 10 a.m. ET / 7:00 a.m. PT on Friday. Stream the track now and watch the video at the link below.
Although 1976’s Technical Ecstasy (Vertigo/BMG) is unlikely to ever be viewed as a top tier release among most Black Sabbath fans, the fact that it exists at all goes to demonstrate the Birmingham foursome’s resilience and determination in those early days, if not the focus.
The last of a groundbreaking run of undisputed classics, Sabotage (Vertigo/BMG), often gets overlooked during debates about the studio legacy of legendary metal pioneers Black Sabbath. Considering the seismic impact of the band’s previous five releases, this isn’t entirely surprising but Sabotage has always deserved more time in those conversations.