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Live & Loud is a live album by Ozzy Osbourne, released on 28 June 1993. At the time, it was to supposed be Ozzy’s final album following his final tour before retiring, aptly titled “No More Tours”. The track “Black Sabbath” featured the original line-up of Black Sabbath, the members of which were invited to join Ozzy as guest stars for the Costa Mesa Reunion shows.

In addition to the standard release in a ‘fat-boy’ 2CD case, the album was released as a digipak with a metal ‘speaker grille’ cover and included tattoos, as well as the booklet; the official release was preceded by a single CD sampler issued as a promotional item. A DVD of Live & Loud was also issued. It was one of the very first music compilations released in that format. The DVD is a compilation of live footage from several shows rather than a single concert: this is evident as Ozzy and can be seen both shirtless and then wearing different clothes during the same song, while guitarist Zakk Wylde can be seen playing up to three different guitars in the same song!

Ozzy won a Grammy for the version of “I Don’t Want to Change the World” included in this album.

The album, along with The Ultimate Sin and Just Say Ozzy, has since been deleted from Ozzy’s catalog and was not remastered or reissued along with the rest of his albums in 2002. This is mainly due to a continuing legal struggle with bassist/songwriter Phil Soussan over the song “Shot in the Dark”, present in the three albums. Despite this, the live track “I Don’t Want to Change the World” appeared on “The Ozzman Cometh” and The Essential Ozzy Osbourne compilations. Copies of the 1995 remastered CDs are still available on Amazon.com.

Ozzy has signed on to headline Moonstock, a unique four day music festival that has been purposely scheduled to coincide with a total solar eclipse. The festival will take place August 18 through 21 at Walker’s Bluff Vineyard in Carterville, Illinois, with the final day being the solar eclipse. At exactly 1:20 PM, during the eclipse, Ozzy will kick off his live set with his solo track “Bark At The Moon,’ which is absolutely fitting! Waalker’s Bluff is a picturesque winery hidden amongst the wooded environs of southern Illinois, and there will be camping options available for those attending Moonstock. To commemorate the occasion, Walker’s Bluff have also begun selling their Ozzy Osbourne Solar Red wine, which can be found at this location.

Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Hellyeah, Theory of a Deadman, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Saliva, Otherwise and several other KILO bands are set to perform as well. (Totally wish I was going! I would kill to attend!)

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