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Today (March 19) marks the anniversary of the tragic death of Randy Rhoads and the release date of ‘Tribute’.
‘Tribute’ is a live album by Ozzy Osbourne, featuring his work with the late great Randy Rhoads. It was released on 19 March 1987, five years after the death of Rhoads, then it was reissued on 22 August 1995, and again remastered and reissued in 2002.
Released in honor of Randy, guitarist for Ozzy’s band between 1979 and 1982 who sadly died in a plane crash while on tour in Florida in 1982. The album also includes studio outtakes of Rhoads’ recording the classical-influenced acoustic guitar piece “Dee”, which Randy wrote for his mother Delores and which was originally included on Ozzy’s debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz.
The album was originally to be released in 1982, but was shelved indefinitely upon Rhoads’ death early that year. Instead, another live album, ‘Speak of the Devil’, was recorded and released later that same year, consisting entirely of Black Sabbath songs and featuring future Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis.
The recording of “Crazy Train” that appears on this album was also released as the album’s only single on 10 February 1987, along with an accompanying music video. The album’s icinic cover photo was taken at a performance in Rosemont, Illinois on 24 January 1982, by photographer Paul Natkin.
The majority of the album from “I Don’t Know” through to “Paranoid” was recorded live in Cleveland, Ohio on 11 May 1981, with the exception of an extended guitar solo in the song “Suicide Solution” which was recorded in Montreal on 28 July 1981, and inserted into the song. Osbourne stated upon the album’s release in 1987 that the entire album had been recorded “somewhere in Canada”, though he may have been confusing it with that Montreal recording from which the guitar solo was taken.
Since tomorrow (March 19) marks the anniversary of his tragic death, I am giving you an ALL RANDY RHOADS WEEKEND in BLOW IT OUT YOU OZ, starting tonight at 9pm!
“You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” is the third track off of ‘Diary of a Madman’ the second solo album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 7 November 1981, and re-issued on CD on 22 August 1995. This is the last Ozzy studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads. To date, the album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released with all original parts restored, plus it features an entire previously-unreleased concert performance from the Blizzard of Ozz 1981 US tour. The “Ozzy Live” CD is said to contain some of the last known recordings by Randy. (Originally the song was recorded about Ozzy’s former Black Sabbath manager and soon-to-be-father-in-law, the ruthless British gangster Don Arden. Ozzy claims Randy’s guitar solo on the song still sends chills up his spine!)
“Goodbye to Romance” is the third track from Ozzy’s debut solo album ‘Blizzard of Ozz’, released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US. The album was Ozzy’s first release following his 1979 firing from Black Sabbath. ‘Blizzard’ is the first of two studio albums Ozzy recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads prior to Rhoads’ death in 1982. (This version is the remixed guitar and vocal version from the original session tapes for ‘Blizzard’)
‘Mafia’ is the sixth studio album by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, released March 8, 2005. It is one of the band’s most commercially successful releases selling over 250,000 copies in the U.S.
Music video by Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society performing Suicide Messiah. (C) 2009 Zakk Wylde. Under exclusive license to Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.
Music video by Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society performing In This River. (C) 2009 Zakk Wylde. Under exclusive license to Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.
A common misconception is that Zakk wrote the song as a tribute to his close friend “Dimebag” (former guitarist for bands Pantera and Damageplan), who was killed on December 8, 2004. In fact, he wrote the song many months prior to the incident, and subsequently began dedicating the song to him. On the topic of dedication, Zakk explains that he “was looking at the lyrics, and just said ‘Man, this has gotta be Dime’s tune’, so we made it Dime’s song and that’s how the video came about. I think it’s really emotional and it came out great. Everyone loves it – Vinnie Paul (Darrell’s brother), Rita (Darrell’s girlfriend). It’s all about Dime’s memory and there ain’t a dry eye in the house every time you see it.” Wylde also states that every time he plays a show, “it will never leave the Black Label set.”
The music video for “In This River” depicts a fictional account of Dime and Zakk as young kids, their childhood bond, riding bicycles together and diving into a river. At the end of the video, only the adult version of Zakk emerges, symbolizing Darrell’s death. He explains that “The river is a metaphor for life in general, and all the B.S. that you deal with from being a kid growing up. The whole thing’s just about life and death.” Footage of Dimebag performing was also incorporated into the clip.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VINNIE PAUL!
Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul (born March 11, 1964), professional drummer and producer who is best known for being a former member, and co-founder, of Pantera. He is currently a member of supergroup HELLYEAH. And he also co-founded the short-lived band Damageplan in 2003 with his late younger brother, the legendary Dimebag Darrell.
Tonight in honor of Big Vin’s B-Day I am hitting you with a couple of kick-ass Sabbath covers by Pantera!
Over the years, Pantera has cited heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath as one of their all-time favorite bands. As a tribute, Pantera has recorded three different covers of Black Sabbath songs (all from the Ozzy Osbourne era). The first was “Planet Caravan”, a slower, quieter song planned for the first Sabbath tribute album, ’94’s ‘Nativity in Black’, which eventually became the final track on Far Beyond Driven.
Pantera performed Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on the second ‘Nativity in Black’ – Black Sabbath tribute album from 2000.
A previously unreleased cover of Sabbath’s “Hole in the Sky” was included on the band’s 2003 compilation album, The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits! Pantera’s affinity for Black Sabbath is also shown through the lyrics, “Your trust is in whiskey and weed and Black Sabbath”, in “Goddamn Electric”. Pantera also toured on Ozzfest as main stage acts twice; the band played at the second annual Ozzfest in 1997 and the fifth Ozzfest in 2000.
On this date (March 5th) in 2002, The first episode of “The Osbournes” aired on MTV in the US.
It focused on the domestic life of the metal madman Ozzy Osbourne and his family. (Wife/manager Sharon, and two of their three children). The Osbournes oldest daughter, Aimee, refused to participate in the show and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. In most family photos during the series, she is either absent or blurred.
Supposedly, oblivious to the camera, the family bickered, squabbled, and cursed a ton on the show! (In my house we used to play a game where we tried to count how many bleeps there were in an episode due to the excessive profanity!)
The series also followed the family as they dealt with major events such as Sharon’s battle with cancer, and the aftermath of an ATV accident that nearly killed Ozzy. It was long suspected in fan circles that “The Osbournes” was actually staged. These suspicions were partly confirmed by Jack and Kelly, who stated in an interview that some of the antics on the show, were arranged by MTV producers. However, Ozzy’s publicist denied these claims. In its first season, the show was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV! The final episode aired on March 21, 2005.
In 2014, Sharon Osbourne announced that eight new episodes would hopefully be filmed in January 2015; they would serve as a catch-up for the original series as well as a chance for Ozzy to appear on the show sober, following his admission that he was intoxicated during every recording for the series’ original run. However, Sharon said in 2015 that the show’s filming would not continue, and that she and MTV had not continued their discussion about the show since they announced its revival. The new episodes that were filmed have yet to be released. Who knows maybe we’ll see them some time in the future!
‘The Osbourne Family Album’ was a various artists compilation album based on the television series “The Osbournes” with the songs selected by the family. It included the theme song, a “Crazy Train” cover version recorded by neighbor Pat Boone, as well as contributions by Ozzy and Kelly. The songs were interspersed with dialogue (uncensored) from the show. Released on June 12, 2002, it was dedicated to daughter Aimee, who again chose not to participate in the tv show. The album was released during the second season of the series.
(Warning: NSFW Language)
Chosen by Jack Osbourne, System of a Down’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “Snowblind” was originally released on the Nativity in Black II – Sabbath tribute album from 2000.
The theme song for the show is a cover of Ozzy’s signature solo song “Crazy Train”, done by Pat Boone in a jazz-swing style.
‘1919★Eternal’ is the third album by Black Label Society. It was released on March 5, 2002 and was written for or dedicated to Zakk Wylde’s father, Jerome F. Wielandt, a World War II veteran who had participated in the events of D-Day at Omaha Beach as well as Normandy. He died recently before the release of the album. The album artwork is based on German Nazi propaganda posters that used to recruit Dutchmen into the Schutzstaffel (SS).
Five songs from the album sessions were written by Zakk Wylde for Ozzy Osbourne’s album ‘Down to Earth’. Ozzy rejected the songs because they were “too Black Label”, so Zakk kept them for this album. The songs were “Bleed for Me”, “Life, Birth, Blood, Doom”, “Demise of Sanity”, an alternate piano version of “Bridge to Cross”, and a demo presumably called “I’ll Find the Way”. The latter two were never released. These original demo songs featured drummer Christian Werr, a friend of Zakk’s who happened to be in the right place at the right time to record the tracks. Later, when Zakk went to re-record these demos for 1919 Eternal, Christian’s drum tracks were used for “Bleed for Me”, “Life, Birth, Blood, Doom”, and “Demise of Sanity”, which is why Craig Nunenmacher does not appear on these songs. This album also featured Robert Trujillo, best known for his role as the current bass player for Metallica. He was also a member of Suicidal Tendencies, their funk metal side-project supergroup, Infectious Grooves, and he has worked with Jerry Cantrell and been in Ozzy’s band.
“Demise of Sanity” is the third track on ‘1919★Eternal’
“Life, Birth, Blood, Doom” is the fourth track on ‘1919★Eternal’
“Battering Ram” is the sixth track on ‘1919★Eternal’
Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ I am giving you a couple of kickass collaborations!
“Goodbye Lament” is the third track and the first single from ‘IOMMI’ the debut solo album by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi that was released in 2000. It features Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) on vocals and drums. And the legendary Brian May (Queen), plays some guitar on the track as well. Even though it was the big radio single, if I recall, it didn’t get all that much airplay. At least truly not the attention it deserved. (Except of course KILO is the exception because we played the hell out of it when it first came out! And we still do occasionally.)
“Stillborn” is a song from the 2003 Black Label Society album ‘The Blessed Hellride’. The song was also released as a single. Ozzy appears in the song on the chorus singing along with Zakk, though his name was not used to promote it. He is credited inside the CD booklet, however, due to Ozzy being on Sony Records at the time, Spitfire Records (Zakk’s label) was not allowed to promote this song with Ozzy’s name – instead a sticker on the cover of the album said “featuring special guest star” only! Zakk’s own vocal style sounded quite similar to Ozzy for this record, as he has had been singing backup for Ozzy for years when they worked together. Carrying Ozzy when he was ill or losing his voice while on tour.
The video was directed by Rob Zombie, featuring his signature style, zombies, war pigs and a regular female cameo, Rob Zombie’s smoking hot wife; Sheri Moon Zombie! Because as we all know, Rob puts her into everything he does. Hey, no complaints here! The idea for the video came while they toured together on Ozzfest.
“Loner” is the third single from Black Sabbath’s 2013 studio album ’13’, the first being “God Is Dead?”. Although the album version did not chart, a live version of the song was officially released as a single via Black Sabbath’s YouTube channel on 17 October 2013. The live version, featuring touring-only member Tommy Clufetos on drums, was recorded in Melbourne, Australia at the beginning of May during their reunion world tour. The performance was the world premiere of the song. As well as being officially released on YouTube, the video was also featured along with the rest of the concert on the band’s album and film ‘Live… Gathered in Their Masses’.
“Life Won’t Wait” is the fourth track and third single off of Ozzy’s eleventh and final solo studio album ‘Scream’ released in 2010. This is a somewhat inspirational song and it’s meaning is exactly what it says, life wont wait. It’s passing you by, day by day, minute by minute and how you need to go out and live it to the fullest before it passes you by! Life is what you make of it so work hard for what you want and never take it for granted! (Ozzy has lived a full life, so he has a lot of wisdom to share! Are you listening?) The song was announced in the Production Notes, but not actually played during the end credits for the horror film Saw 3D.
Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi, born February 19, 1948 is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the four founding members of Black Sabbath. At the age of 17 Tony lost the tips of the middle and ring finger on his right hand in an industrial accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. Inspired by jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt’s two-fingered playing, Iommi decided to try playing guitar again, though the injury made it quite painful to do so, he fitted homemade thimbles to his injured fingers to extend and protect them; made from old Fairy Liquid dish soap bottles – “melted ’em down, got a hot soldering iron and shaped ’em like fingers” – then he cut sections from a leather jacket to cover his new homemade prosthetics. Then he re-strung his guitar with used banjo strings and began tuning his guitar to lower pitches, sometimes as far as three semitones below standard guitar tuning which crucially affected his playing style and his signature sound as well as the foundation of ‘Heavy Metal’ was born! And as they say the rest is rock and roll or metal history!
Tony Iommi is arguably the most important player in the history of metal. His awesomely heavy riffs served as the basic blueprint for subsequent bands, and of course, Sabbath’s dark imagery and presentation prestaged basically every other metal act. He is the Almighty Riff-Master and the true “Godfather of Heavy Metal!” He is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and highly influential in the genre. Countless artists and musicians cite him as inspiration to date.
In 2000, Tony Iommi finally released his first legitimate solo album, titled ‘Iommi’. The album featured several guest vocalists and musicians that included this one featuring Henry Rollins. The album took nearly five years to make. All of the songs were written by Iommi, producer Bob Marlette and the respective vocalists of each track (except “Black Oblivion”, which was written by Iommi and Billy Corgan).
“Let It Down Easy” is a track that was originally recorded during the ‘Fused’ album sessions. ‘Fused’ is a solo album by Tony Iommi, that released in 2005. The album also features vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, (who briefly fronted Black Sabbath in the mid-80s, assuming vocal duties on the ‘Seventh Star.’ Glenn Hughes commonly known as “The Voice of Rock” for good reason, of course; he is best known for playing bass and performing vocals for funk rock pioneers Trapeze and Deep Purple, The Hughes Turner Project, Gary Moore, Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham, again briefly fronting Black Sabbath in the mid-1980’s and several of his own solo albums. He is favorite of Tony Iommi’s to work with, other than Sabbath’s ‘Seventh Star’ they have recorded two solo albums together, the aforementioned ‘Fused’ in ’05 and the ‘The 1996 DEP Sessions.’ And now that Sabbath is supposedly done, or retired Toni has talked about working with Glenn again sometime in the very near future.
Tony Iommi has played on some of the darkest tracks in the history of metal, but one of his latest inspirations is something a little more heavenly. The guitar great penned a new track called “How Good It Is” back in January for the Birmingham Cathedral, expressing his desire to give something back to his hometown. The song features Iommi on acoustic guitar, backed by the men and boys Cathedral Choir. It was lyrically inspired by Psalm 133. “It was great to be involved with the Cathedral and do something for it,” Iommi stated in a Birmingham Cathedral news piece. Tony Iommi worked with his friend the Dean of Birmingham on this five-minute arrangement, which celebrates peace, harmony and the Cathedral’s role in the heart of the city.
Ozzy continued his solo success with ‘The Ultimate Sin’, his fourth studio album, which was originally released on Feb. 22, 1986, and it was remastered and re-issued on Aug. 22, 1995. It marks the final appearance of lead guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first and only Ozzy album to feature bassist Phil Soussan, who co-wrote the album’s hit single “Shot in the Dark”. Drummer Randy Castillo, who had previously played in Lita Ford’s band, also makes his recording debut.
Work on the album began in the Ozzman’s absence as he was undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol abuse at the Betty Ford Clinic. Overweight and teetering on the edge of some serious health issues, he was so out of it when wife and manager Sharon admitted him that he believed her when she told him it was “a club where they would teach him to drink like a gentleman” — and seeking to take advantage of that, he even asked Mrs. Ford herself where he could find the bar after checking in! He ultimately made it through the program and claimed to embrace a healthier lifestyle, at least for the time being. As we all know he’d continue to struggle with chemical dependency off and on for over several years throughout his career.
After returning from the Center in ’85, Ozzy was presented with a substantial quantity of music written by guitarist Jake E. Lee. Much of this music would form the basis of the album. The album’s lyrics were largely written by long-time Ozzy bassist and lyricist Bob Daisley. Daisley left the band prior to recording after having a disagreement with Ozzy, prompting the hiring of Soussan as his replacement.
The working title for the album was Killer of Giants, after the song of the same name. Ozzy changed the title to ‘The Ultimate Sin’ at the last minute. In 1987, after the various tours in support of the album had concluded, guitarist Jake E. Lee was unexpectedly fired via a telegram from Sharon. The specific justification for his dismissal remains unknown. And Soussan — who had his own disagreement over songwriting credits with the Osbourne’s — also exited, clearing the way for Daisley’s return and the introduction of new guitarist Zakk Wylde.
“The Ultimate Sin” is the opening track on Ozzy’s fourth studio album of the same name.
“Shot in the Dark” is the ninth and final track on his 1986 solo album ‘The Ultimate Sin.’
Despite its initial success, Ozzy has tended to look back on ‘The Ultimate Sin’ with a lot of disdain. Sadly the album has since been deleted from his catalogue and was not reissued or remastered along with the rest of his albums in 2002 (same for Just Say Ozzy and Live & Loud). The story goes that the continuing legal struggle between Ozzy and bassist/songwriter Phil Soussan over “Shot in the Dark” is responsible for the album’s failure to be re-issued. And the fact that Ozzy refuses to play the track live or that the Official video for the track has since been blocked on YouTube and most if not all music sites online. And it has rarely appeared on any Ozzy greatest hits compilations as a result. One exception was the original release of ‘The Ozzman Cometh’ in 1997. At one point is was said to be resolved in the early 1990’s. However according to several sources it continues to be an ongoing issue to date. The only available CD version of ‘The Ultimate Sin’ is the 1995 remasters version.