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Ozzy Osbourne bares soul on Facebook following 18 month fall off the wagon

For the past year or so, Ozzy Osbourne has been working towards the release of the new album with his old band Black Sabbath. But according to a post on Facebook, that isn’t the only darkness Osbourne has been dealing with.

“For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs,” Osbourne wrote last night. “I was in a very dark place and was an a–hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.”

Rumors had been swirling that Ozzy was headed into a break up with his longtime wife (and manager) Sharon Osbourne, so he addressed those whispers as well. READ FULL STORY

Black Sabbath to release new album '13' in June

Evil never dies, and neither does Black Sabbath.

In the wake of a handful of kinda-sorta-reunion dates last summer (drummer Bill Ward remains on the sidelines), the reconvened Black Sabbath announced more details about their upcoming album. Titled 13, the Rick Rubin-produced batch of songs will hit stores in June. Rage Against the Machine skinsman Brad Wilk will be sitting in for Ward, and the album represents the first under the Black Sabbath name since 1995’s Forbidden (which only featured one original band member, and was also super-terrible), and the first Ozzy-led Sabbath collection since 1978’s Never Say Die! (which was also pretty underwhelming).

The band also announced a handful of new tour dates that will take them to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan starting in April. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Lollapalooza Friday: The Black Keys and Black Sabbath deal in different kinds of darkness

By Kyle Anderson & Nolan Feeney

On the opening day of Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago, people could only talk about two things: The oppressive heat (which isn’t really news for anyone who has ever spent three days repeatedly crossing Grant Park in August), and whether or not Black Sabbath was going to make everybody sad.

Obviously, the idea of the legendary metal band playing a nearly two-hour set of heavy classics was titillating, and frontman Ozzy Osbourne remains one of the most unpredictable characters in rock. But health problems for both Osbourne and Tony Iommi have called into question whether or not this particular Sabbath reunion was a good idea, and suggested that the band might be better served staying at home (which is exactly what drummer Bill Ward ended up doing anyway).

By the time they left the stage on Friday night, they delivered no definitive answers. The set list was unimpeachable —  hitting on everything you could possibly want to hear from them, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” “Sweet Leaf,” “N.I.B.,” and “Paranoid” (which they wisely saved for the encore). Ozzy still has the will of a manic frontman, but neither his body nor his voice seem to be able to match his intent, and he seemed vaguely off for the better part of the evening.

Iommi’s steady riffing carried the night, though the set ground to an unfortunate halt during an overlong drum solo (though honestly, there’s no such thing as an “appropriate length drum solo”) that saw a lot of people trying to beat the traffic home.

Still, for those who stuck around, the rest provided by the rhythmic interlude might have been just what the other members of the band needed, as the band’s finishing run (which included the awesome and deeply underrated Technical Ecstasy gem “Dirty Women”) was as strong as any modern metal act. Were they good? Sure. Should they keep going? The jury is still out.

On the other end of the park, the Black Keys were offering up no such existential quandaries. READ FULL STORY

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi diagnosed with lymphoma

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

According to a press release issued by the band’s publicists, the heavy metal legend has been diagnosed with “the early stages” of the disease, a form of cancer which affects white blood cells,  and he “is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan.”

Last November it was announced that the original Black Sabbath lineup — Iommi, frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward — were reuniting to record their first studio album together since 1978’s Never Say Die!.

According to the statement, Iommi’s illness has not derailed that plan, although work on the Rick Rubin-produced CD will now continue in the U.K., rather than Los Angeles. The collection is set for release this fall.

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Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Ian, and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin to make fun of Zakk Wylde at inaugural 'Rock & Roll Roast'

I’m not saying Zakk Wylde has a stupid name but…

Actually, I’m not saying anything bad about the hairy metal fretmeister at all. Instead, I’m going to leave that to Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Ian from Anthrax, pro wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and comedian Jim Norton, all of whom will be taking verbal aim at Wylde in the course of Guitar World magazine’s inaugural “Rock & Roll Roast.”

The event is set to take place at the Grove in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 19, with proceeds going to the MusiCares charity. Sharon Osbourne will act as roastmaster. “Zakk has always called me his mom, but I think my boy needs a good kicking,” said Osbourne, in what could loosely be described as “a statement.”

You can check out the (foul-mouthed) trailer for Wylde’s roast below. READ FULL STORY

Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath returning in 2012 with first album in over three decades

As noted rock historian Triple H once said, in the world of heavy metal, there are legends, there are icons, and there are gods.

He was putting Motorhead in the latter category, which means that Black Sabbath must qualify as Titans. The most influential metal band ever to sing about the devil announced on Friday that the original lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Tony Iommi — will be getting back together for a new album and tour in 2012. They’ll play the 2012 Download Festival, with more details forthcoming.

This particular reunion has been a long time coming — it will be the first time that combination has recorded together since the release of 1978’s Never Say Die!, though they have been on stage together a bunch since Osbourne’s initial departure. But ever since a one-off show way back in December 1997, there have been a number of derailments that have kept Black Sabbath from being together full time.

Ward’s health problems kept him in the sidelines for a while, and efforts to record a new album in 2001 dissipated while both Osbourne and Iommi worked on solo projects. Then Ozzy became a television star with The Osbournes, which created a whole new weird secondary career for him. READ FULL STORY

'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne': Check out an exclusive clip from the new rock doc and interview with director Mike Fleiss

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Mike Fleiss has one of Hollywood’s more unusual résumés.

The producer is best known for bringing us the boy(s)-meets-girl(s) reality shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but he has also overseen a string of boys-and-girls-get-butchered horror movies, including Eli Roth’s two Hostel films, the rather nifty 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, and the forthcoming Shark Night 3D. Fleiss has now added another string to his bow — or, arguably, lashed the other two together — by co-directing God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, a new documentary about the reality show star and infamous, bat-molesting, Black Sabbath-fronting metal icon.

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'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne': New documentary presents the life, art, and addiction of the metal madman

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, a documentary about the life and times of the Prince of Darkness, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday.

What could have been a glossy, fawning tribute to the most visible face in heavy metal music history—especially considering it was co-produced by his son, Jack—actually turned out to be a remarkably evenhanded look at Ozzy’s monumental musical influence as well as his less exemplary life as an addict and often-absent father.

The rock doc starts with Osbourne’s poor childhood in the cramped quarters of inner-city Birmingham, England, and goes up to his long-sought sobriety following the end of the water-cooler fodder reality series The Osbournes.

In Ozzy’s own words, “nothing really happened” in his life until he first heard the Beatles. “It was like someone had turned the world on to me,” said the Ozzman regarding his first exposure to “She Loves You.” “I knew I was going to be a rock star the rest of my life.” (Speaking of Beatles, Sir Paul is one of the numerous interviewees paying tribute to Ozzy’s impact). READ FULL STORY

Ozzy Osbourne postpones Reno show, due to illness

Ozzy Osbourne’s Sunday night show in Reno, Nev., was postponed, due to illness. “Based on advice from doctors, it is with great regret that Ozzy Osbourne is postponing his show this Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Reno Event Center,” a post on his official website read. “The multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Famer cannot perform tonight due to a sudden illness. Tickets from tonight’s concert will be honored for the rescheduled date on Saturday, April 23, 2011.”

Osbourne is still scheduled to perform tomorrow at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre. A call to his representative was not immediately returned.

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Ozzfest wedding packages: Would you enter into matrimony at a metal festival?

Ozzfest wedding packages: Would you enter into matrimony at a metal festival?

ozzfest-weddingImage Credit: Tommaso Boddi/PR Photos; Stockbyte/Getty ImagesOzzfest organizers announced today that fans can now buy “Unholy Matrimony” wedding packages which will allow couples to tie the knot at the heavy metal festival, whose lineup this year includes Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, Drowning Pool, and Goatwhore.

“As with other wedding packages, the one-stop Unholy Matrimony Packages provides just about everything the happy couple will need…except a marriage license,” explains the press release.  “Each special package includes a variety of items to mark the special day and 10 general admission pit tickets for the bride & groom and 8 guests; an official Ozzfest wedding ceremony by ordained minister, Ozzfest’s MC Big Dave; an Ozzfest cake and champagne toast.”

Frankly, it seems a bit of a rip that couples won’t be married by Ozzy himself—though I guess his legendary issues with diction might present a problem were he to officiate.

Anyone out there want to get married at Ozzfest? Would it seem like a better or a worse idea if Goatwhore agreed to play the reception?

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