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Ozzy Ozbourne Talks About Ozzfest, His Wife, and Black Sabbath

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Launch Radio Networks reports: Ozzy Osbourne is once again headlining Ozzfest this summer, only this time the tour is offering free admission to everyone who attends and no pay to the bands on the bill. Osbourne admits that he doesn't really know how the experiment will work out, but told Launch that he has absolute confidence in his wife, manager and tour co-founder, Sharon Osbourne: "With this 'Freefest,' I said, 'How does it work, Shar?' And she goes, 'Don't worry, it's all under control.'I always think of the bad thing that can happen, but she's so clever at what she does. You know what, I always end up getting the wrong end of the stick and I get yelled at, you know, so I just go, 'Okay, babe, I love you, and you haven't let me down so far. God bless you. I'll do whatever you want me to do.'"

This summer's "free" Ozzfest will start on July 12 in Seattle. Information on obtaining tickets is available at the festival web site.

Osbourne will release his new solo album, "Black Rain", on May 22. The first single from the disc is called "I Don't Wanna Stop".

The singer will perform on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" the evening of the album's release.

Osbourne is one of the artists being honoured this month on the second "VH1 Rock Honors". The singer will perform three songs at the event, including a track from "Black Rain". The show will be taped on May 12 in Las Vegas and premiere on VH1 on May 24.

In other Ozzy news:

"Ozzy Osbourne has told MTV.com that he be playing several songs from "Black Rain" at Ozzfest this summer but will of course dip into the archives to play some of his older solo material, as well as some BLACK SABBATH classics. But he can't take credit for this summer's gratis tickets.

"I'm the entertainer — my wife's the manager," he said. "I may be talking out of my ass, but what happened was, we always try to do a reasonable ticket. We have to alter it and ultimately put more on the ticket [as tour-related costs increase]. So last year, Sharon was getting pissed off at the bands who wanted more and more [money to play], so she goes, 'F--- this, I'm going to do it for nothing,' and bring it back down to earth. And people thought it would be a washout, that it wouldn't work.

"It's our way of saying, 'Eh, come along, have some fun,' " he continued. "The ticket prices don't ever go down. ... We're in hard times now. I'm just trying to bring a bit of fairness to the game, and Sharon is also, and keep people happy. If it wasn't for them — I'm [turning] 59 this year — I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am now. I wouldn't be living in these houses I have."

As for the reunion of BLACK SABBATH's 1980s lineup — guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice — which will be touring this year under the moniker HEAVEN AND HELL, Ozzy wishes them all the best but maintains the only true BLACK SABBATH is the band he fronts. And while he's not sure what HEAVEN AND HELL's future plans might be, his next order of business, so long as the rest of the guys are still up for it, is to record with SABBATH once again.

"I'm still on for an album and a tour with them, but we have no [new material written]," he said. "It would be so easy for us to get in and out of a studio and make an album. But if it's not up to the par of when I left, why do it? It will destroy the f---ing legacy of BLACK SABBATH, and the legend of BLACK SABBATH. I haven't dropped the idea, because Tony and I are talking alright about it. I haven't abandoned the idea — like, 'If my album does well, f--- BLACK SABBATH.' It's what I want to do. We have repaired some of the damage between each other, and now, I'd like to do a really good f---ing BLACK SABBATH album."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Shaun Carey writes:

Keep on rockin' Ozzy! Thanks to you and your wife I have enjoyed more live metal than I ever thought I would. Keep up the good work and good luck with the new album! Please visit my blog at http://mrcsblog111.blogspot.com/.

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2. Death Metal writes:

Wow I'm the Second Post. Ozzy kicks ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# May 3, 2007 @ 8:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. NewFoundPower writes:

Speaking of Ozzfest 2007 I was at a Static-x concert down at Toads place in New Haven, CT last night and one of the local DJ's at my local radio station The Rock 106.9 WCCC came out and announced that Static-x has been confirmed as the final band to tour on Ozzfest 2007, plus their new album is f***in amazing so I'm siked to see them again

# May 3, 2007 @ 9:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Ozzy Sucks writes:

The real Black Sabbath is whatever version is led by Tony Iommi.

# May 3, 2007 @ 10:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. The5thHorseman writes:

^ Damn Straight...Iommi is Sabbath. Not Ozzy.

# May 4, 2007 @ 1:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Murderface writes:

^^^^EXACTLY!!!! Everyone says "Ozzy is Black Sabbath", but Ozzy didn't make or break Black Sabbath. I still love the Ozzy era sabbath, though.

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7. the antihippy writes:

no....... satan is sabbath.

# May 4, 2007 @ 7:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. metalneverdies writes:

no its tony iommi have you read their biography?

# May 4, 2007 @ 9:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Erker writes:

internet arguing is a little silly but whtvr, ill say whats needed. for ozzys sake. The only Sabbath worth listening to is what is with Ozzy. music wise. idk sh** bout their exact biography as for who led who, alls i know is sabbath w/Dio blows. I love Dio don;t get me wrong, just not with sabbath. so there i said it. Ozzy with Rhoads beats any sabbath i've ever heard any day but none of it would have been possible if it weren;t for Sabbath w/Ozzy, metal owes them a lot.

-Erker

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10. knightofdarkness writes:

Ozzy is Ozzy, Tony Lommi is Black f-cking Sabbath

# May 4, 2007 @ 10:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Grandmaster writes:

Nice turnaround Ozzy, 2 years ago you were saying you didn't want to do Sabbath! Annoyed that Dio showed it could be done, and done f***ing excellently with H&H?
I'd rather have a new album with Dio, but one with Ozzy would still be good, all this 'destroying the legacy' crap is just that, crap, did Halford say that coming back to Priest?
Did d***inson say that going back to Maiden?
Did Dio say it going back to Sabbath?
NO, Ozzy is the only guy who's trying to pull that sh**e, and after almost 10 YEARS it stopped washing and Iommi and Butler got up and did something together, but they did it with Ronnie not Ozzy, which is why the Ozzman is p***ed and dying to do some new Sabbath!

# May 4, 2007 @ 2:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Diamond Oz writes:

Actually Ozzy's been on about doing new Sabbath stuff for a while. And with regards to not tarnishing the legacy, it isn't crap. Some bands go away for a long time then have a big hype around their comeback and produce a bollocks album and some don't. Onslaught went away for 18 years between albm and 3 and 4 but they came back with the scorching Killing Peace. Judas Priest without Halford was a long time aswell but Angel Of Retribution was another great album to add to the list. Frankly, if Sabbath (Ozzy era) did a new album and it was a load of sh**, no-one would be too happy. Ozzy Sabbath owns Dio Sabbath any day. In fact Ozzy just owns Dio.

# May 4, 2007 @ 2:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Grandmaster writes:

The Dio/ Ozzy thing is all a matter of preference really, but I just can't believe that Sabbath could make an album full of crap!
It couldn't happen, the new tracks on the Dio Years are really good and as long as Iommi and Butler are in charge of the music,
and Geezer is writing the lyrics, there really is very little that could go wrong!
There was hype around a new Sabbath album with original lineup in 1997, pretty sure its died down by now!
Doing nothing but Ozzfests and some half-assed Euro tours for almost ten years, was possibly the worst thing they could have done!
On a preference note : I'd rather have DIo kicking a$$ these days instead of Ozzy shuffling around stage, his new single wasn't bad,
but it did sound a little plasitc! Can't touch the new Dio Sabbath stuff, imo, feel free to disagree.

# May 4, 2007 @ 2:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah I see what you mean about Ozzy's new single but at least it was still some good rock and roll and after hearing alot of the new sh** that's being released it was pleasing to hear something like it. To be fair I haven't heard the new stuff with Dio but I've never been much of a fan of his. Liked a couple of Dio Sabbath songs and didn't like his stuff with Rainbow or Dio. I appreciate that he's a great vocalist that can sing circles around Ozzy but I just think the stuff they did with Ozzy was better. I see what you mean though if Iommi and Geezer are the cheif songwriters there shouldn't be much of a problem with great music but Sabbath changed musically after Ozzy not just vocal wise. Let us not forget No Stranger To Love! Besides Motorhead own all Sabbath lol. There's a band that never lost touch!

# May 4, 2007 @ 3:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Grandmaster writes:

LOL, by, 'never lost touch' do you mean, never changed sound? :p
Yeah, I must admit to liking Ozzmosis and DTE, such heavy albums, the earlier stuff is too 'poppy' for my taste. The new single isn't bad, but some of the heavier clips on the website sounded more promising to me!
Seventh Star (from whence NSTL was taken) was supposed to be an Iommi solo album, so don't treat it too harshly ;-)
Sabbath definitely changed musically after Ozzy's departure, but not just the once, Iommi has been round the houses with his guitar sounded, and where he is at now sounds awesome!
Have you heard any of Fused? Seriously heavy album!
Tbh, I just want him to pick SOMETHING be it Ozzy, Dio or someone totally new, and get recording and touring, we've got somewhere with H&H, but a whole album would be good!

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16. BLITZKRIEG writes:

f*** U, a$$holeS WHO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OZZY. OZZY RULEZ AND U KNOW IT.

# May 5, 2007 @ 9:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Diommi writes:

I would rather pay to see Dio/iommi/Butler/Appice play.....than be paid to see Ozzfest...

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18. the antihippy writes:

how 'bout just compromise and have 2 singers in the band? kind of like 3 inches of blood.

# May 6, 2007 @ 7:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Diamond Oz writes:

I think a Heaven and Hell album will happen. In all honesty, I saw the original Sabbath perform at Download a couple of years back and they were good but they weren't amazing so maybe it'll have a little more energy with Dio at the front again though as I said I've never been a Dio fan. And you're right I skimmed through the history and Seventh Star was supposed to be a Iommi album so bad example on my part there.I quite like the Born Again album though. No I haven't heard the Fused album but I hear good things. I've heard positive reviews about the GZR project too.

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20. Diamond Oz writes:

But I'll disagree entirely that Motorhead never changed sound. The new album Kiss Of Death is completely different from theb stuff on On Parole or Overkill. They've kept the same feel but they have changed as time has gone by.

# May 6, 2007 @ 8:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Grandmaster writes:

I think a H&H album might happen, they haven't said anything for definite, Dio says he wants to go and do more Magica albums, but didn't mention if that was a near term plan or a long term one, so here's to hoping for a H&H album!
I was just kidding about the Motorhead, Lemmy still kicks it!
I used to just think Dio was a short guy who sung about dragons and never really payed him much heed until I heard Holy Diver, Heaven and Hell and Long Live Rock 'N' Roll, that's when I decided there might be more to him than swords and sorcery, and there sure is!
Geezer's GZR albums are pretty excellent, Plastic Planet was an incredibly heavy album and Ohmwork is awesome too.
The other reason I'd rather have a tour/album with Dio is becaus he is pretty reliable and when he goes on tour he does it properly. By properly, I mean he plays lots of dates where he goes, H&H are doing a full Stadium Tour of the UK, Sabbath never did one of those with Ozzy since the reunion. In my opinion also, albums with Dio on them, always deliver. There are no 'bad' albums and only really one slightly iffy one (Sacred Heart), so quality is kind of assured.

@ The antihippy, I would love to see that, but Ozzy and Dio singing together wouldn't work, doing half a set each wouldn't do for them.

Whatever it turns out to be, the thing we all want really, is for Iommi and Butler to get together with someone, and make a whole album and tour!
Amirite?

# May 6, 2007 @ 10:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Diamond Oz writes:

You are very right. Personally I would like Ozzy to keep to the solo stuff as we've been waiting six years for Black Rain (Ozzy's Purple Rain perhaps?) and I don't want him to go off for however many years arsing around with Black Sabbath again. I agree 100% with you that it's good to have Heaven and Hell doing a full tour and not just a few odd dates and festivals. I think Ozzy delivers everytime BUT it seems that he only delivers because you as a fan want him to deliver if ya get me. It's just knowing that you're in the presence of THE Ozzy Osbourne makes it amazing. Priest are another band who are still strong 'cause they got the Halford back, made a great album and did a proper tour with no f***ing about.

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23. Murderface writes:

Well Blitzkrieg, I NEVER said I had a problem with ozzy. I'm just telling it like it is.

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24. DeathInEye writes:

I would love to hear what all these legends (ex. Ozzy, Halford, d***inson) think of new (not to be mistaken for nu) metal. I mean they've influenced it but the differences are huge. I wonder if they scoff at the evolution or revel in it.

# May 6, 2007 @ 4:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. relentless austin writes:

one person doesn't make a band. it doesn't matter who it is. everybody serves a purpose. change one personality in a band, and the whole dynamic of the group changes.
a beatles reunion without john lennon just wouldn't make sense.
a zeppelin reunion without bonham just wouldn't be the same.
who the hell would support a pantera reunion without dime?
some bands choose to go on with replacements, some dont. some work, some don't.
dio is f***ing awesome, but i gotta side with ozzy on this one.
the dio years were cool too, but it just wasn't the same.

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26. BLITZKRIEG writes:

FIRST OF ALL, IM NOT SURE IF I WAS TALKING TO YOU, MURDERFACE. ALL I WAS SAYING IS IT IS BULLsh** TO TALK ABOUT A LEGEND LIKE OZZY OSBOURNE LIKE THAT. YA, IOMMI DID MOST EVERYTHING, BUT BLACK SABBATH WOULDNT OF BEEN WHAT IT IS NOW WITHOUT OZZY. SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT, BUT THATS THE TRUTH. a$$holeS.

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27. deutsches Weibchen writes:

I agree with Blitzkrieg...think about it.. Ozzy obviously is what draws people to any Black Sabbath reunion. Sure seeing Iommi is awesome too and he is a very talented man as well as all the others who make up BS but Ozzy is the big draw he has made such a name for himself and is so awesome with his fans people just love him..so like it or not he is what keeps the BS name living not some idiot who cannot sing and looks like Richard Simmons on crack!

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28. kk writes:

I agree with BLITZKRIEG and DEUTSCHES WEIBCHEN! I think that who ever likes deo can shove deo up your ass!! c*** suckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: )~

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29. sarah smith writes:

you rock

# May 7, 2007 @ 12:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Grandmaster writes:

Black Sabbath fans go and see Black Sabbath to see Iommi (and Butler) and though they might have a preference for one singer or another.
People who own Paranoid and Maybe Master of Reality, just stand and scream OZZY at the rest of the world, call him the be all and end all of Sabbath,
and expect everyone else to buy it.
From what I've read and heard in interviews, Ozzy did very little of the writing during the band's accepted 'heyday' (Paranoid & MOR), so if they had a different singer,
it might not have made that much of a difference. Ozzy got really big in the 80s with Blizzard and it wasn't until people realized he was in Black Sabbath,
that they wanted to see all of them together.

@ Blitzkrieg, do you have to type everything in caps?

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