TRACE THE ROOTS OF OZZY OSBOURNE WITH KILO’S OWN BOBBY OZ SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS AT 9PM!
In honor of Veterans Day I am serving up Military themed songs all weekend long!
“War Pigs” is a song from Black Sabbath’s second album Paranoid, released in 1970. The original title of “War Pigs” was “Walpurgis”, dealing with the witches’ sabbath, which is sort of like Christmas for Satanists. And 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. It’s an anti-war song.
“Masters of War” is a 2007 album by Mountain. The album consists entirely of Bob Dylan covers. This one features Ozzy on guest vocals. Ozzy and Mountain frontman Leslie West are long time friends. Leslie played the guitar solo on Ozzy’s cover of the Mountain song, Mississippi Queen for his 2005 Under Cover album. Ozzy once stated that Leslie was the first to teach him how to do cocaine properly!
Check out this exclusive sneak peek trailer from Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, which had aired Sundays on HISTORY.
‘Diary of a Madman’, Ozzy’s second solo studio album turns 35 too! It was released on 7 November 1981, and re-issued on CD on 22 August 1995. It is the final album recorded with late guitarist Randy Rhoads. Reception of the album was generally quite positive. In particular, the neo-classical guitar work of Rhoads has received much praise. An altered version appeared in 2002 with the original bass and drum parts removed and re-recorded. In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released with all original parts restored. To date, the album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
Ozzy performs LIVE at the 1983 US FESTIVAL (5/29/83)
Metallica cover’s Diary of a Madman at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA for the MusiCares MAPfund on May 12, 2014
‘Mob Rules’ just turned 35! Black Sabbath’s tenth studio album was released on November 4, 1981. It followed 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell’, and it was the second and last Black Sabbath studio album to feature Ronnie James Dio prior to the ’92 album Dehumanizer. It was the first Sabbath album to feature Vinny Appice on drums, who had replaced original member Bill Ward in the middle of the previous year’s tour.
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!)
Check out this killer liver version off of 2007’s Heaven & Hell: Live From Radio City Music Hall
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!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEEKEND! On this Devil’s Night (the night before Halloween, also known as Mischief Night) I am hitting you with two more terrifying tunes in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ.
Type O Negative recorded this cover of Black Sabbath for the first ‘Nativity in Black’ – Black Sabbath tribute album that came out in October of 1994.
Type O actually recorded two different versions of Black Sabbath, (one with the original lyrics) and this one rewritten by Peter Steele to be from Satan’s perspective. It is off of their ‘Least Worst Of’ compilation album that was released on Halloween Day back in 2000.
The studio version of this Children of the Grave cover was also recorded for the first ‘Nativity in Black’ tribute album. This video version was recorded Live in Rio back in 1996 from MTV.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEEKEND! Starting tonight I am serving up a couple of killer cuts that are sure to get you in the spirit!
This cover can be found on both the ‘Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy’ and the ‘Flying High Again – The World’s Greatest Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne’ tribute albums.
This song is off of ‘Born Again’ the eleventh studio album by Black Sabbath, released in August 1983. It is the only album the group recorded with lead vocalist Ian Gillan, best known for his work with Deep Purple. The song was written after a rehearsal space set up by the band in a small building near a local church received noise complaints from the resident priests.
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, who left the group to join Metallica in 2003. And it was the first to feature drummer Mike Bordin, previously of Faith No More. Though he plays on the album, 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. Ozzy’s previous guitarist Joe Holmes was involved in the writing process and as well as outside songwriters such as Tim Palmer and Marti Frederiksen.
“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, even said it was her least favorite for the Dio band. It was rumored that Ronnie himself later regretted releasing the album due to it was so far removed from his original sound and he felt that the subject matter contained in the lyrics was too angry!
It is a well known fact that Ozzy is a monster Beatles fan! He has claimed that his life was changed after hearing The Beatles song ‘She Loves You’ and that his career in music was inspired by the Fab 4 and that they have heavily influenced him over the years.
Ozzy Osbourne released a cover of this song in support of Amnesty International in the same week that John Lennon would have become 70. For the video to promote the single, Ozzy hits the streets of New York City—old-school Lennon-style—en route to pay his respects to the man himself. He walks to the Lennon memorial in Central Park, where he lays the flowers beside the word Imagine.
This Beatles song was covered on Under Cover, the ninth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne, that consists entirely of cover songs. It came out in November of 2005.
This cover of John Lennon’s “Woman” is also from the Under Cover album.
Ozzy also recorded this version of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” for his 2005 collection Under Cover. It can be found on the 2005 Prince of Darkness box set too.
Ozzy has previously stated that Lennon’s song “Imagine” (from the same album as “How?”) was an inspiration for the song “Dreamer”.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel” is a song from Ozzy’s third studio album, Bark at the Moon released on 15 November 1983. The album features former Mickey Ratt and Rough Cutt guitarist Jake E. Lee, who replaced guitarist the late great Randy Rhoads who had been killed a year earlier in a plane crash. This version was recorded live in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 1984. (This was the very first Ozzy tour that I ever saw. And I was hooked for life! ~ Bobby Oz)
“Breakin’ All the Rules” was one of the three singles released off of 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked, Ozzy’s fifth studio album. No Rest for the Wicked is the recording debut of lead guitarist Zakk Wylde. After parting ways with Jake E. Lee in 1987, Osbourne received a demo tape from Wylde while working at a gas station and later hired him. Bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley made his return to Ozzy’s band after the two had a falling out in 1985. Once the album’s recording was complete, Daisley was once again out, replaced by Ozzy’s former Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler for subsequent promotional tours.
“Supernaut” is the fifth song off Vol. 4, Black Sabbath’s fourth studio album released in September 1972. Frank Zappa once identified the song as one of his all time favorites. The late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham also claimed it was one if his favorite songs by Black Sabbath!
“Road to Nowhere” is the final song on No More Tears, Ozzy’s sixth studio album released in September 1991. This is a reflection on Ozzy’s life. He had just gone sober after over 20 years of drug and alcohol abuse.