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Ozzy Blows Out Voice, Slams Mic and Storms Off Stage In Auburn

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Ernest A. Jasmin of The News Tribune reviewed this year's Ozzfest when it hit the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington on Thursday (August 11). An excerpt from his review follows:

"For the second year in a row, the concert’s namesake, Ozzy Osbourne, was joined by BLACK SABBATH band mates Geezer Butler (bass), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Bill Ward (drums). And Ozzfest nearly lost its namesake again, two years after Osbourne called in sick to the tour's local stop in 2003.

"All seemed to be going well early on as SABBATH kicked off with 'N.I.B.', 'After Forever' and proto-metal classic 'War Pigs'. Then things went wrong when the band tackled 'Dirty Women'.

"Osbourne's voice cracked hideously during that number, and he responded by slamming his mike down and storming off stage.

"The rest of SABBATH remained cool and professional, continuing to jam until Ozzy could pull it together and return. The singer forced a grin that looked more like grimace as he lead the crowd in waving their hands side to side.

"He explained himself once the number had ended. 'My voice is … blown out again,' he said, promising to go on if the crowd wanted to hear him.

"But this was Ozzy, after all — metal's patron saint. And while hundreds could be seen headed for the parking lot, most in the crowd remained faithful and even turned their cheers up a notch.

"'Iron Man' and 'Black Sabbath' were set highlights, as fans sang exuberantly along with the former and Ozzy's maniacal expression was captured by the giant movie screen behind him during the latter."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. metalthekid writes:

i was there and i was nervous that ozzy wouldnt come back on stage. everyone is the audience was stunned as the rest of the band continued to play. his voice was cracking like a 12 year old boy, it sounded horrible. but luckily he did eventually come back

# Aug 12, 2005 @ 8:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

I honestly think he has trouble with that song, being a little more melodic(?) and not a usual part of the set. It's the same one he messed up in VA as well, and he did everything else just fine.

# Aug 12, 2005 @ 10:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. zMETALlica writes:

he cracked most of my show.

# Aug 12, 2005 @ 11:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. inmourning writes:

i have to say i was so caught up in the moment at the VA show i didnt notice the voice breaking but then he told us he had a chest cold and i guess thats why they called it a night early...and now hes done for good...fuuuuuuuck!!!!

# Aug 13, 2005 @ 12:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. OzzyMustGo writes:

Aren't people getting sick of this sh**?? Its time for ozzy to step down. Face it old timer your days are numbered!!!!

# Aug 13, 2005 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. ozzy rules old or young writes:

don't like to hear people say that ozzy should step down,old or not he is a legend in heavt metal history.You should respect your elders young man.The ozz mans days are numbered not by you but by God alone.

# Aug 13, 2005 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. BLACKDOG writes:

HERE , HERE !!!

# Aug 13, 2005 @ 11:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jake B writes:

I love Ozzy and Black Sabbath - my gut just turned over to see his voice give out like that and the way he reacted. I always seems so happy on stage and when that happened I just felt bad for him. As they say though, your voice is the only thing you can't predict on stage. If your strings break you can replace them, but if your voice breaks you're SOL.

# Aug 14, 2005 @ 3:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. angrystoner writes:

as much as i love ozzy i think he should step down.

# Aug 14, 2005 @ 11:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. generallee writes:

I just got home from Ozzfest (Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA) and Sabbath soudned pretty good. As usual, the band sounded great and Ozzy only had minor trouble on a couple of songs. Going in, I was worried considering what happened Thursday, but things went pretty smooth.

# Aug 14, 2005 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. flemball writes:

perhaps they should not charge f uckin 80 bucks a pop for a s hit show

# Aug 14, 2005 @ 10:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. dinnertableelitest writes:

hmm sabbath played well indeed lets just hope that what happened to m shadows doesnt happen to ozzy

# Aug 15, 2005 @ 2:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. galaxysweety writes:

I was at the Auburn show, and it wasn't that bad other than Dirty Women, the set was too short though, good thing I was mostly there for Zombie and Iron Maiden

# Aug 16, 2005 @ 4:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Stonethecrow writes:

I was at the auburn show I thought ozzy did pretty good, you gotta give a guy a break with all the drugs and years of rocking what do you expect???? the guy is fryed.

# Aug 16, 2005 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Gettn_Wicked writes:

Do What You Gotta Do.....Say What You Gotta Say...Be Who You Gotta Be? Any Questions??

The Cold

# Aug 16, 2005 @ 11:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. sycness14 writes:

I guess I was in luck....Ozzy and the rest of Black Sabbath were near perfect yesterday in Marysville. Ozzy was great considering all the sh** I heard about him before the show. And Tony Iommi is God!!!!!

# Aug 17, 2005 @ 1:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Tex Hexman writes:

Every Horse Gets Put Out To Pasture - when you ain't got it, you ain't got it !
It's not right for a "Has-Been" to make an audience endure a sub par performance...this whole incident is all just the Hype-Machine in overdrive. Ozzy and his pathetic old lady are the ones who need this attention ! Iron Maiden never relied on anything but their music and their fans ! Just look at all the "stunts" Ozzy has pulled over the years...this is just one more, and hopefully; his last !
Up The Irons !

# Aug 26, 2005 @ 1:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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