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Five decades. 18,262 days. More than 2,500 shows. Ozzy Osbourne will Embark on Farewell Tour in 2018!
Nine months after Black Sabbath completed their final tour, Ozzy has announced his own farewell tour, which will kick off in May 2018 and run into 2020. “People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” he said in a statement, fresh off his Ozzfest performance last Saturday. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some one off shows here and there.”
With Zakk Wylde back on guitar, the rest of Ozzy’s touring band will include bassist Rob “Blasko”, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keys. He will begin this final tour in Mexico on May 5, before launching a string of dates in South America, then in Europe and finally in North America. (You can see the latest tour dates below) Details of the North American leg of the tour will be announced sometime in 2018.
“Take Me Home” is off The End EP. This exclusive, limited-edition CD was only available for purchase during dates on Sabbath’s final “The End Tour”. The first half of the album featured leftover tracks recorded during the 13 album sessions, and the second half consisted of live tracks recorded on tour between 2013 and 2014.
Of course, this isn’t Ozzy’s first farewell tour. He last proclaimed his pending retirement back in ’92, after embarking on his “No More Tours” trek, a pun on his current album at the time, No More Tears. But days after the shows were over, he revealed a change of heart, saying he was “already bored with retirement.” “Retirement sucked,” he said. “And it wasn’t long before he started getting restless and began writing songs again.”
And he’s now working on new music, his first since 2010’s Scream, but he’s uncertain whether he’ll release an album or just singles from the sessions. On Nov. 17, Black Sabbath will release The End, a live CD/DVD taken from their final two shows on the tour.
“Road to Nowhere” is the final track on Ozzy’s critically-acclaimed sixth studio album No More Tears released in September of ’91. The album that revived Ozzy’s career. The song was a reflection on Ozzy’s life. He had just gone sober after over 20 years of drug and alcohol abuse. You know the line in the song that goes “The wreckage of my past keeps haunting me” well The Wreckage of My Past was the original title of the God Bless Ozzy Osbourne documentary film released back in 2011 and directed by his son Jack Osbourne. They changed it last minute before it was officially released.
Ok, so Ozzy’s been doing this for over 50 years! That’s a long damn time. He started from nothing, and went on to record several iconic albums with Sabbath that laid the basic foundation for heavy metal and had a very successful solo career, and has kept touring throughout all those years. Maybe it is time to hang it up. Nothing lasts forever. Well with the exception of the music and of course in the absolute end he will always be the Godfather of Metal. His Legend will live on!
Ozzy Osbourne “Farewell Tour” 2018 South American, Russian + European Dates
May 5 – Mexico @ TBA
May 8 – Santiago, Chile @ TBA
May 11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ TBA
May 13 – São Paulo, Brazil @ TBA
May 16 – Curitiba, Brazil @ TBA
May 18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ TBA
May 20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ TBA
June 1 – Moscow, Russia @ Olympiisky
June 3 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
June 6 – Finland @ TBA
June 8 – Solvesborg, Sweden* @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Donington, UK* @ Download Festival
June 13 – Prague, Czech Republic* @ Airport Letnany
June 15 – Paris, France* @ Download Festival
June 17 – Italy* @ TBA
June 20 – Halden, Norway* @ Tons of Rock Festival
June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark* @ Copenhell Festival
June 24 – Dessel, Belgium* @ Graspop Metal Meeting
June 26 – Krakow, Poland* @ Impact Festival
June 28 – Oberhausen, Germany* @ König-Pilsnet Arena
June 30 – Madrid, Spain* @ Download Festival
July 2 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” ~ General Douglas MacArthur
In honor of Veterans Day I am serving up songs with war-related themes.
“War Pigs” by Black Sabbath, is the opening track from their 1970 album Paranoid. The original title was “Walpurgis”, dealing with the witches’ sabbath, which is sort of like Christmas for Satanists. “To me, war was the big Satan”, said bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler. “It wasn’t about politics or government or anything. It was about evil. But when we brought it to the record company, they thought it sounded too Satanic. And that’s when we turned it into ‘War Pigs’. But we didn’t change the lyrics, because they were already finished.” Prior to its official release, the band often altered the lyrics significantly when performing it live. An example of this can be found on Ozzy’s compilation album The Ozzman Cometh, which features an early version recorded by Black Sabbath for BBC Radio 1 on 26 April 1970. While Geezer has said that “War Pigs” is “totally against the Vietnam War, Ozzy has stated that at the time the group really “knew nothing about Vietnam. It’s just an anti-war song.” And now it is considered to be one of Sabbath’s classic compositions!
“Masters of War” is the title track from the album of the same name released by Mountain in 2007. The album consists entirely of Bob Dylan covers. Dylan’s lyrics for “Masters of War” were written as a protest against the Cold War nuclear arms build-up of the early 1960s. The cover by Mountain features guest vocals by Ozzy. He and Mountain frontman Leslie West are long-time friends. Leslie played the guitar solo on Ozzy’s cover of the Mountain classic, Mississippi Queen for his 2005 Under Cover album and Ozzy once stated that Leslie was the first to teach him how to do cocaine properly! Zakk Wylde has often cited Leslie as one of his guitar heroes. Tonight it’s all about real American heroes, our Armed Forces.
Sadly, there can be no peace without war. And there will always be war and casualties of it.
“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.” ~ Charles B. Rangel
“For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are grateful that such men and women were among us. For those who continue to serve, we honor their commitment. And for those who return to civilian life, we honor their service.” ~ Steve Buyer
Thank you again veterans for your selfless service! I salute you. ~ Oz
Ozzy’s second solo studio album Diary of a Madman was released on 7 November 1981. It is the final album recorded with late guitarist Randy In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released.
Proving the success of his first solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, was no fluke, Ozzy reestablished himself as the wild maniac of metal with Diary of a Madman, which came out on Nov. 7, 1981. Following a similar structure to that of Blizzard, Ozzy skillfully combined storming fist-in-the-air rockers like “Over the Mountain,” “Flying High Again” and “S.A.T.O.” with more subtle and dynamic songs such as “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” and the heartrending power ballad “Tonight.” The only thing missing was a classical guitar instrumental, but guitar god Randy Rhoads didn’t need a solo spotlight since he shined bright as the sun all over the record.
“Over the Mountain” is the opening track on Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman album. With Ozzy’s iconic voice and Randy Rhoads’ exceptional neo-classical guitar playing, Diary of a Madman was another amazing roller coaster ride full of musical depth, sharp songwriting and top-notch performances! Diary of a Madman is a crisp, polished recording in which every instrument is clearly audible and the lows and highs are perfectly balanced. Like Blizzard of Ozz, Diary was recorded quickly in an effort to get Ozzy back out on the road. Most of the songs were written throughout 1980 and by February, 1981 the band was at Ridge Farm Studios in Rusper, England. In less than a month the album was complete. Sadly it would be the last studio album to feature Randy, who died in that tragic plane crash on March 19, 1982.
OZZY OSBOURNE PERFORMS LIVE AT 1983 US FESTIVAL (5/29/83)
Randy came up with the rough idea for the song Diary of a Madman in rehearsals and Ozzy’s bass player Bob Daisley wrote the lyrics. He said: “I really wrote that one about myself. When I was 16 I had my first nervous breakdown and it really f—ed me up. I was a sensitive kid and I have always been a sensitive person. Quite often we have problems and we are our own worst enemies and that is why ‘Enemies fill up the pages one by one in the diary. Are they me?’ I am my own worst enemy. I thought it would be a good song for an Ozzy album because he’s got the reputation of being the madman of rock and roll.” The title of Diary of a Madman came from a 1963 movie of the same name starring the legendary Vincent Price. Oh and the little boy on the cover is Ozzy’s son Louis from his first marriage to Thelma.
In addition to its 2002 reissue, the album was released in a deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition in 2011 that also featured a bonus live disc recorded during the second leg of the Blizzard of Ozz tour. Highlights include early performances of “Flying High Again” and “Believer” as well as the Black Sabbath songs “Iron Man,” “Children of the Grave” and “Paranoid.”
Back in 1981, all that mattered was Diary of a Madman’s impressive sales and chart placements, including a lofty No. 14 in the U.K., where it sat uncomfortably close to Black Sabbath’s newly released second album fronted by Dio, Mob Rules. In the U.S., though, it was Ozzy who beat his former bandmates, reaching No. 16 with Diary vs. their album’s peak just inside the Top 30. Needless to say the competition or the rivalry between them became quite heated! In the end Diary is a lasting Ozzy classic that stands as the definitive showcase for the late Randy Rhoads! Every fan should own it!
Metallica cover’s Ozzy Osbourne’s “Diary of a Madman” at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA for the MusiCares MAPfund on May 12, 2014
Black Sabbath’s tenth studio album ‘Mob Rules’ was released on November 4, 1981. Ronnie James Dio infused Black Sabbath with incredible energy when he joined the band in 1980. Heaven and Hell is an absolute classic, and just one year later they followed it up with Mob Rules. Drummer Bill Ward checked out midway through the Heaven and Hell tour, so Vinny Appice took his place behind the kit. When they released Heaven and Hell, Ozzy had yet to kick off his solo career, but by the time of Mob Rules he was scoring massive hits and packing arenas. The competition was probably a good thing, and tracks like “The Sign of the Southern Cross” and “The Mob Rules” rank up there with anything in the Sabbath catalog. This was the last album with Dio for over a decade, and it began a long period of decline for Sabbath.
The very first new recording Black Sabbath made after the Heaven and Hell album was a version of the title track “The Mob Rules” for the soundtrack of the animated film Heavy Metal. The track “E5150” also is heard in the film but is not included in the soundtrack. Do you remember this badass scene in the movie? So freakin’ awesome!
In an interview for the concert film Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven and Hell, Geezer Butler cites “The Sign of the Southern Cross” as his favorite Mob Rules track because “it gave me a chance to experiment with some bass effects.” (It’s also my favorite!)
In honor of Halloween it’s another couple of killer covers to get you into that morbid mood!
Canadian hardcore punk band Cancer Bats with their cover of Black Sabbath’s “NIB”. The members of Cancer Bats have also toured and recorded as a Black Sabbath cover band under the name Bat Sabbath. They released an EP in 2013 on Metal Blade Records under the Bat Sabbath name titled ‘Bastards of Reality’ which consisted entirely of Black Sabbath covers. 5 Sabbath songs in all, it featured their takes on Children of the Grave, Into the Void, Iron Man, War Pigs and the version of NIB you just heard.
Stoner metal band Orange Goblin with their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Hand of Doom”. The song was a bonus track on the Japanese version of their debut album ‘Frequencies from Planet Ten’ released in 1997 on Rise Above Records. Orange Goblin was originally formed in 1995 under the name Our Haunted Kingdom in London, UK and they have covered Black Sabbath more than once. They recorded versions of Into the Void and Symptom of the Universe as well as performing several other Sabbath songs live over the years. And just like Death Angel I played for you last night, Orange Goblin is a band on this years Ozzfest Meets Knotfest lineup taking place next weekend at in San Bernardino, CA. They will be performing on Saturday Nov, 4 with the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne headlining and closing out opening night! The band also just headlined the annual two-day HRH Stoner vs. Doom Festival in Sheffield, UK on 1 October 2017.
It’s a pair of wicked covers to get you into that Halloween spirit!
GONGA featuring Portishead singer Beth Gibbons on lead vocals with their haunting reworking of Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath”. Fittingly, their version is actually titled “Black Sabbeth” and it is off their 2014 EP of the same name. GONGA are a heavy stoner rock power trio from Bristol, UK, the same place that the trip hop group Portishead are from and they have about 5 or 6 albums out, give or take. Wanna get to know more about the band go check out their GONGA (Official) page on Facebook or Visit GONGA on Bandcamp.com
Legendary thrash metal band Death Angel with their cover of the Dio era Black Sabbath track “Heaven and Hell” which was a bonus track on their US limited edition digipack version of The Dreams Call for Blood, their seventh studio album released in October of 2013 on Nuclear Blast. Death Angel are often referred to as one of the key bands in the Bay Area thrash metal movement of the 1980s along with peers Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus, Testament and Possessed. Death Angel is one of the many kick ass bands on this years Ozzfest Meets Knotfest lineup happening next weekend in San Bernardino, CO and they are going to donate a portion of ticket and merch sales from their Xmas Shows taking place at Slim’s in San Francisco on December 15-16 to help aid victims of the NorCal Fires. Awesome!
Sonic Brew is the debut studio album by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. Unlike the BLS albums that followed, this album still possessed a distinct Southern rock overtone that up to this time had dominated Zakk’s solo writing style. Initially it was released on October 28, 1998 in Japan only and much later in the US on Spitfire Records. Originally the Japanese version contained 13 tracks and the cover art was printed on clear plastic, with a separate paper booklet. The back cover was printed with golden ink, and the packaging was, overall, a lot higher quality than all later versions.
There was a long delay before it was ever released outside Japan, because the drums and vocals were buried on some of the tracks towards the end of the disc, so it was collectively decided to remix it for the US release. Due to the delay, Zakk and drummer Phil Ondich (the only 2 actual band members at the time) decided to give the USA an added bonus and went into a studio in California and recorded the aggressive “Lost My Better Half” as a one-off bonus track for the album – and it was this recording that prompted Zakk to pursue a much heavier direction for the band’s music thereafter. Sonic Brew was finally released on and May 4, 1999 in the US with a standard gloss-printed booklet with a gold whiskey bottle on the cover that looked exactly like Johnnie Walker’s Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky. And early copies came with a free Zakk Wylde guitar pick.
“Born To Lose” is the fourth track and one of 3 singles released from Sonic Brew, Black Label’s debut studio album. Eventually the Johnnie Walker whisky company issued a cease and desist order to Zakk on the album cover, which had been designed to match, except for its wording, the distiller’s graphic design for its bottles of Black Label Whisky. The band decided to reissue the album with a different album cover, this time merely with the band’s skull logo only and as an added incentive, they wanted to record another bonus track for the fans who wanted to buy this now-third version of the album. Zakk Wylde, drummer Phil Ondich and a member of Alice In Chains decided that bonus track should be a cover of an Ozzy classic!
The song “No More Tears” was redone as a bonus track on the third reissue of the Black Label Society album Sonic Brew as well as on its own promotional E.P. called the No More Tears Sampler. Zakk Wylde, BLS drummer Phil Ondich and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains were the musicians on the track. (Of course Mike Inez along with Zakk Wylde had helped write the original together with Ozzy for his album of the same name released in ’91.) Mike Inez is the one who composed the famous bassline at the intro of the classic Ozzy track.
Both “Born to Lose” and “No More Tears” along with a third track “Bored to Tears” were all released as promotional singles for the album, though no videos were ever made.
Ozzmosis is the seventh solo studio album by Ozzy. Recorded in Paris and New York with producer Michael Beinhorn, it was released on October 24, 1995 by Epic Records. “Perry Mason”, “See You on the Other Side” and “I Just Want You” were all released as singles. After the release of No More Tears in ’91, Ozzy announced that he would retire from music. However, after a brief hiatus he returned with Ozzmosis, which featured long-time guitarist Zakk Wylde as well as former Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Who knows maybe ol’ Ozzy got bored sitting around and watching all of those the World War II documentaries on the History Channel for hours on end and soon realized that being stuck at home was far less fun than being on the road and playing for adoring audiences. All I know is that fans were glad he was finally back on the case again!
“Perry Mason”, was one of three singles released off of Ozzmosis, Ozzy’s the seventh solo album from October ’95. Once again all guitars on the album were performed by Zakk Wylde, however Steve Vai was originally slated to be the guitarist on the album after writing a number of songs with Ozzy in 1994 (of which only the track “My Little Man” remained). Vai reportedly left the project due to a “falling out” with Ozzy, although this has been disputed by Zakk Wylde who claims they are still friends. (I personally asked Steve about this when I met him 2 years ago on a Monsters of Rock Cruise, and he denied any so-called falling out! And it’s funny because on that same cruise I met Gus G. and he had hinted that Ozzy may eventually work with Zakk again. And well in case you hadn’t heard he is in fact back in Ozzy’s band at least for his current tour. Hopefully they will write and record together again as well.)
“I Just Want You” was the third and final single released off Ozzmosis. So there’s a line in there that people have been speculating about or trying to figure out for years where Ozzy sings, “I think I’ll buy myself some plastic water, I guess I should have married Lennon’s daughter”… of course referring to his musical idol and inspiration John Lennon, who in fact never had a daughter! Seriously, there are blogs with crazy conspiracy theories about this stuff! I think everyone is overthinking it’s meaning and maybe it was just meant metaphorically or he only used it because it rhymed. Who knows? I guess ya gotta ask Ozzy himself so, good luck with that! Yo gotta get past who he actually married first, SHARON!!!
Ozzmosis was one of many Ozzy albums remastered and reissued in 2002. The reissue featured bonus tracks “Whole World’s Fallin’ Down” and “Aimee”, originally released as B-sides to “Perry Mason” and “See You on the Other Side”, respectively. The album has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over 3 million copies.
Released on 16 October 2001, Down to Earth is the eighth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne. It is the only Ozzy studio album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves) who left to join Metallica in 2003. And prior to joining Ozzy’s band he was a member of Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. This was also the first Ozzy album to feature drummer Mike Bordin, of Faith No More. And though he plays on the album, long-time guitarist Zakk Wylde did not contribute as a songwriter for the first time since joining Ozzy’s band in 1988 and this was due to many of the songs being written before Wylde rejoined the band. Zakk was actually out of the band from about 1995 until his return in 2001. He had left to form and focus on his band Black Label Society during that hiatus. Ozzy’s previous guitarist Joe Holmes was involved in the writing process as well as outside songwriters.
“Gets Me Through” is the first track from the Down to Earth album in which Ozzy thanks his fans and attempts to set the record straight that his stage persona is precisely that and nothing more, stating, “I’m not the Anti-Christ or the Iron Man”. In the first draft of the music video, pictures of flames, and destruction were featured but due to the events of 9/11, MTV said that they would not air it, so in return Ozzy sent back a cut version instead.
“Dreamer” is the third track from Down to Earth. The song describes the Ozzy’s vision of a better world for his children, where they are happy and safe. The song itself is thematically and musically similar to Lennon’s “Imagine”. In the liner notes to Ozzy’s Prince of Darkness box set, he refers to this song as his “Imagine”. Ozzy has named John Lennon many times as his hero. Rob Zombie directed the original video. He toured with Ozzy that year on the “Merry Mayhem” tour. A second video was also produced, featuring highlights from “The Osbournes” TV show. The Japanese and European press of the single also include a slightly different version of the song Dreamer, dubbed on the single “Dreamer (acoustic)”, and a previously unreleased song titled “Black Skies”.
Angry Machines is the seventh studio album by Dio. It was released first in Japan on October 4, 1996 by Mercury Music Entertainment with 11 tracks and in the USA on October 15, 1996 on Mayhem Records but with only 10 tracks. The Japan only bonus track was titled “God Hates Heavy Metal.”
Angry Machines is more of a straightforward metal record, full of pounding rhythms and guitars along with plenty of wailing by Ronnie. It was the last studio album to feature original drummer Vinny Appice. Unfortunately though it was not well received by the fans or critics and even Wendy Dio, the wife/manager of Ronnie, said it was her least favorite for the Dio band. It was rumored that Ronnie himself later regretted releasing the album due to it being so far removed from his original sound and he felt that the subject matter contained in the lyrics was too angry!