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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Ozzy Wants Johnny Depp to Play Him in Biopic

Oscar nominee Johnny Depp has begun negotiations over starring as rocker Ozzy Osbourne in a forthcoming biopic. The 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl' star is the former Black Sabbath singer and wife Sharon's first choice to take on the coveted role, but say he's not yet committed to the project. Ozzy says, "We're talking to Johnny but it's not 100 percent yet."

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Ozzfest 2004 Unsigned Band Search To Be Televised

Sharon Osbourne has spoken to the TV show "Extra" about the recently announced "twist" to the ninth annual Ozzfest tour — the Osbournes will choose one unsigned band and take them on the road. Asked if this this going to be the newest reality show, Sharon replied, "It might be, it might not be. But it is going to be televised."

Following the cancellation of her talk show, Sharon plans to face off with Simon Cowell in a new TV talent search show called "The X Factor". Sharon says that both son Jack and daughter Kelly are back on track and she and Ozzy are feeling better than ever. "How lucky am I to have such a family? I am blessed," she told "Extra".

[repost of recent/lost headline]

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Geezer Butler Back With Ozzy

OZZY OSBOURNE has parted ways with bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and has re-joined forces with his BLACK SABBATH bandmate Geezer Butler, according to BLABBERMOUTH.NET.

Butler's return to OSBOURNE's band has further opened the door for a possible BLACK SABBATH reunion at this year's Ozzfest. OZZY is currently scheduled to headline the annual festival, with JUDAS PRIEST being billed as a co-headliner.

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Watch Ozzy Osbourne's ATV Accident Video

For the first time, video of Ozzy Osbourne's ATV accident in December has been released, shown in the 5th episode of 'The Osbournes'. Watch a clip from KTLA.

Although a cameraman was not on hand to film the actual accident as it occurred, a lensman did get out to the crash site fast enough to film the dramatic aftermath.

The accident halted filming of the MTV reality series for five weeks and will delay the series' next new episode for six weeks, according to the New York Post.

"They had to shut down production out of respect for the family and for Ozzy while he recovered," an MTV spokesman told the New York Post. "We backed off and waited for Sharon and the rest of the family to feel more comfortable with it."

The next installment — episode six of the series' third season — will not be seen until Tuesday, April 6 (10:30 p.m. on MTV).

Ozzy, 55, broke his left collarbone, eight ribs and one vertebra after losing control of an ATV he uses on his vast country estate in Buckinghamshire, England.

Episode six on April 6 is expected to pick up with Ozzy recovering at home.

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Official Lineup For Ozzfest 2004 Announced

Ozzfest's ninth incarnation kicks off July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut and will find Ozzy Osbourne sharing the main stage with Judas Priest, reunited with longtime singer Rob Halford; Slayer; Norwegian black metal sextet Dimmu Borgir; Black Label Society; and Superjoint Ritual, fronted by Pantera's Phil Anselmo. Fans voting on www.ozzfest.com helped choose the second-stage bands, which include Slipknot (headline the second stage), Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Lacuna Coil, Every Time I Die and Unearth. Additional artists are expected to be announced later. (UPDATE: God Forbid is also listed on the official Ozzfest site)

Twenty-six cities are scheduled for the trek, which starts on the East Coast, heads west to California, then takes the southern route back to wrap up in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 4. Tickets go on sale February 28.

Ozzfest tour dates, according to its publicists: More...

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Ozzy Had Bad Premonition Before Crash

The Sun reports that during a television interview, Ozzy Osbourne revealed how he had a grim premonition minutes before the quad bike accident that nearly killed him. "The last thing I remember is getting on the bike with something like 'bad move' in my mind. I felt something really bad’s going to happen. I thought, 'Oh sh**’."

Read the full article at The Sun.

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Ozzy To Play Ozzfest With Team Of Doctors

Richard Johnson of The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: "Ozzfest is going to be a little less raucous this year due to Ozzy Osbourne's recent all-terrain-vehicle accident in England. 'His doctors have said he needs six to eight months of rehab, which will end exactly when Ozzfest begins,' said our insider. 'His doctors did not want him to do the tour, but he insisted, so he is planning on having a team of doctors travel with him.' Onstage, Ozzy will have several well-placed chairs and poles to assist him if he should need to sit or stand during performances. Meanwhile, Ozzy's wife Sharon has enraged some Ozzfest bands by demanding they pay upwards of $100,000 to perform in the traveling heavy metal show. It's prohibitive for smaller bands,' said our source, who noted Sharon is focusing on trying to get METALLICA, SLIPKNOT and JUDAS PRIEST to sign on to headline the tour. A rep said: 'The Osbournes traditionally charge the lesser known bands for a marketing fee, but the Osbournes pay the larger bands — and there will not be a slew of doctors in the road.' "

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Ozzy Claims 'Godlike Genius' award

OZZY OSBOURNE has claimed the 'GODLIKE GENIUS' award at today's NME AWARDS in London. Daughter KELLY OSBOURNE was on hand to collect the honor, while the stricken star, who was too ill to make the ceremony at Hammersmith Palais, filmed an acceptance speech.

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Judas Priest And Slayer Confirmed For Ozzfest 2004

Billboard.com is reporting that SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST and SLIPKNOT will join OZZY OSBOURNE as the mainstage acts on this year's Ozzfest, set to begin in early July. Details of the tour will be announced next week in Los Angeles Other bands said to be "all-but-confirmed" are: Hatebreed, Superjoint Ritual and Dimmu Borgir.

Other bands who are said to be "in-talks" with playing Ozzfest this year are as follows:
In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Fear Factory, Black Label Society, and Unearth.The official press-release for bands and dates will be announced Thursday, February 19th.

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Zakk Wylde On Cover of Guitar Player Magazine

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde graces the cover of Guitar Player magazine's March 2004 issue.

This cover is not only a landmark issue for Guitar Player magazine, but also a milestone for Zakk Wylde, both personally and professionally. "I have always wanted to be on the cover of Guitar Player magazine since I was a kid," explains Wylde. "Back in the day, they were the only guitar magazine. I saw all my heroes on the cover and I still own those magazines to this day. Guitar Player magazine always has the real-deal serious players on the cover. It is an honor for me to be considered a player of the same caliber as my heroes."

The Zakk Wylde cover was designed by award-winning Pentagram Design. Guitar Player magazine now touts a bold new look and appeal. "We needed to have the perfect cover for this transition. Zakk was the obvious choice for us," states Michael Molenda, Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Player magazine. "Zakk appeals to everyone. The youth love him for his style of music he plays and our core readers respect him for being the unbelievable technician that he is. He marries both sides perfectly."

This commemorative issue is available on newsstands February 3, 2004.

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'Eighth Star Bootleg' To Get Official Release

BLACK-SABBATH.com reports that TONY IOMMI intends to release what's commonly known as the "Eighth Star Bootleg" - this material was recorded back in 1996 for what was then to be Tony Iommi's first official solo album - the recording features performances by vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), keyboardist Don Airey (Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple) and drummer Dave Holland (Judas Priest).

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Griffin Cover Priest And Ozzy, MP3s For Download

Moonfog's Norweigan metal act GRIFFIN have posted two cover songs online, which will only be available online for the next 48 hours! The songs are of OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Crazy Train' and JUDAS PRIEST's 'Hell Bent For Leather'. You can download them here.

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Ozzy Gets 'Get Well' Gift From Prince Charles

The Sunday Mirror reports Prince Charles sent Ozzy Osbourne a bottle of Scotch as a get well gesture, perhaps forgetting the rocker's battle with long-term alcoholism. "Ozzy is doing well and is on the road to recovery," wife Sharon said. "And he is even better since he got a present from Prince Charles. He sent my husband a bottle of Scotch. Of course he hasn't touched it."

Read the full article at Sunday Mirror.

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Randy Rhoads Gets Star On Walk of Fame

The late Randy Rhoads will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame on March 18th, 2004. This date is one day before the 22nd anniversary of Randy's tragic death. The induction ceremony will be held at the Guitar Center Of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd.

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More Interviews About Ozzy's ATV Accident

There are a bunch more quotes from interviews of Ozzy going around the net about how he "died" twice following his quad-bike crash. "I have lost at least 11 days of my life. It seems like one big nightmare," he said. Meanwhile, wife Sharon has revealed she would have killed herself had Ozzy not recovered. "If Ozzy had gone, I would have gone with him," Sharon admitted. "I wouldn't want to, or be able to, spend the rest of my years without Ozzy. I couldn't go on without him. He is not just the love of my life, he IS my life." Ozzy's bodyguard Sam Ruston, who rescued the singer from almost certain death, and son Jack, who made light of the incident by ordering an Evel Knievel suit for him, have also been interviewed. Check out all the interviews at SundayMirror.co.uk:

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Ozzy Moved Out Of Intensive Care

OZZY OSBOURNE has moved out of intensive care two weeks after a serious quad bike accident. The singer was put on a ventilator after cracking a vertebra in his neck and breaking eight ribs in the accident on his Buckinghamshire estate. Osbourne was taken to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough for emergency surgery on a damaged blood vessel. He has now been transferred to a private clinic where he will continue his estimated six month recuperation.

A statement issued on behalf of his family said: "The Osbourne family are very happy that Ozzy has been allowed out of the intensive care unit for Christmas and would like to thank everyone for their kind support, well wishes and prayers. "They would also like to thank all the staff at Wexham Park Hospital for the outstanding care and treatment that Ozzy has received since his arrival."

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Download New Music From Antidote Records

Antidote Records, the leading independent horror-rock label, has decided to give music fans an early Christmas present. You can now download songs from all of Antidote's bands, including ex-White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult's new band, Rock City Morgue, and ex-Rob Zombie/current Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko's new band, The Death Rays). The label has even provided packaging artwork for those wanting to print out some great looking covers and traycards. All of this for FREE. For more information, click here.

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Will Ozzy's Rehab Be Aired On The Osbournes?

Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports execs at MTV are debating whether to show Ozzy Osbourne's extensive rehabilitation following an all-terrain vehicle accident on the next season of 'The Osbournes'. "We already went through Sharon Osbourne’s recovery from cancer," laments an insider. "We don’t want [the show] to become 'General Hospital'."

Read the full article at MSNBC.

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Ozzy To Have Steel Plate Inserted Into His Neck

Is it now reported that OZZY OSBOURNE will have a 7-inch steel plate fitted to the back of his neck, as revealed Monday by the Mirror.co.uk. Surgeons will perform the delicate operation as soon as the former BLACK SABBATH frontman is strong enough. It is understood they will insert the plate and take bone grafts from the 55-year-old singer's pelvis to reinforce the area in a three-hour operation.The plate will help stabilize the vertebrae Ozzy cracked in a quad bike crash. Doctors fear that without it Ozzy could suffer permanent damage if he fell on his head or neck again. He also broke eight ribs and his collarbone in the accident at his mansion in Buckinghamshire eight days ago.

Bringing you up-to-the minute coverage on Ozzy's every move. ;-)

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Ozzy Osbourne Taken Off Ventilator

Ozzy Osbourne began breathing unaided following his near-fatal accident, according to Telegraph.co.uk.

The former BLACK SABBATH singer has been able to chat to wife Sharon this morning at the Berkshire hospital where he has been recovering since crashing his quad bike last Monday.

A statement from Wexham Park Hospital in Slough said Osbourne, whose "Changes" duet with daughter Kelly claimed the No. 1 spot in the U.K. last night, is now breathing independently.

Osbourne, 55, was placed on a ventilator when he underwent emergency surgery after breaking eight ribs and a collarbone and cracking a vertebra in his neck when he fell off the bike at his Buckinghamshire mansion.

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