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FATHER’S DAY – BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/18/17

Happy Father’s Day KILO Nation! Tonight we pay tribute to all the hard working & rocking Dads out there!

“Junior’s Eyes” is a completely rearranged Black Sabbath cover by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society on their The Song Remains Not the Same, released May 10, 2011. The album mainly featured new cover songs, and acoustic versions of songs that were originally released on BLS’s previous album Order of the Black. The original version by Black Sabbath appears on their Never Say Die! album from 1978. It was the last full studio album with the band’s original lineup and also the last to feature Ozzy on vocals until 2013’s aptly titled 13. Prior to recording, Never Say Die! Ozzy had briefly quit the band and was temporarily replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker who the band wrote a handful of songs with. That short-lived line-up even performed together on the BBC program Look Hear. Ozzy eventually rejoined the band, and all of the songs written with Walker were then redone, including “Junior’s Eyes”, which was rewritten to be about the then-recent death of Ozzy’s father.

“My Little Man” is a song that was written for Ozzy’s son Jack Osbourne, now a father himself. Ozzy co-wrote the track with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai for his Ozzmosis album released in ’95. Although all guitars were performed by Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai was originally slated to perform guitar on the album after writing a number of songs with Ozzy, however they were all scrapped and only “My Little Man” was kept. At this time Ozzy also recorded the song “Aimee” for his oldest daughter Aimee Osbourne. However the song also ended up being omitted from the album but was later re-released as a bonus track on the 2002 reissue. And if you remember Aimee Osbourne had refused to participate in The Osbournes reality show at that time and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. If you go back and watch old episodes, most of the family photos shown on the show, she is either absent or blurred out.


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