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Ozzfest ‘97

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, unpublished, 1997

THE UNEARTHLY NOISE that barrels over the pines and down Alpine Valley in rural Wisconsin last summer was a clear signal that the natural order ...

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Ozzy Osbourne (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages audio, 1991

In that inimitable Black Country accent, Ozzy talks about his background, musical roots and the birth and death of Black Sabbath. Sacked by Sabbath, saved by Sharon, going solo: Ozzy tells all about the ups, the downs, the addiction and alcoholism. Drugs! Drink! Management Rip-Offs! It's all here.

File format: mp3 File size: 85.2mb Interview length: 1h 28' 42", sound quality: ***

Ozzy Osbourne (1997)

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages audio, October 1997

The Ozzmeister effs and blinds his way through subjects ranging from the death of Princess Diana to the myth of Sabbath's Satanism and the US religious backlash, via a detailed description of his substance abuse and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 62.6mb, interview length: 1h 08' 22" sound quality: ****

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Ozzy Osbourne: Beyond Black Sabbath

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 3 December 1977

IN THE PAST Ozzy Osbourne has often over-dramatised the state of both his mental and physical health, but as he now relates his reasons for ...

Ozzy Osbourne: How Black Was My Sabbath

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 13 October 1979

Angry Ozzy Osbourne gives his first interview since the Sabs split to SYLVIE SIMMONS in Los Angeles. ...

Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Ian Ravendale, Sounds, 27 September 1980

Old dog fails to learn new tricks ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Insanities In Ten Cities

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 6 June 1981

NEW YORK'S Plaza Hotel is so posh you wouldn't be at all surprised to turn round and catch the Queen Mum sliding down the bannisters ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard Of Ozz (Jet)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, July 1981

THIS MAY be a little hard for Cliff Richard to take, but his fellow Xian, Ozzy Osbourne, has by now become the English Elvis Presley. ...

Black Sabbath: Mob Rules (Vertigo) ****/Ozzy Osbourne: Diary Of A Madman (Jet) ****

Review by Phil Bell, Sounds, 5 December 1981

IN THE BLACK CORNER, Sabbath. In the white corner, their sworn adversary, Ozzy Osbourne. Or vice versa. ...

Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by David Gans, unpublished, January 1982

On the bus en route from Salt Lake City to Denver in the early morning hours of January 10, 1982 ...

Ozzy Osbourne: LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 23 January 1982

ACT ONE Scene One: Outside, on the coldest night of the year, the wind is howling. But a noise more unearthly still emanates from the ...

Randy Rhoads: Requiem For Randy

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 3 April 1982

The last interview by GARRY BUSHELL ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Talk Of The Devil (Jet) *****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 20 November 1982

EXACTLY HOW and why this extraordinary album came about is a mystery on a par with the Turin Shroud. I personally fancy it's Ozzy's way ...

Sharon Osbourne: The Power Behind The Throne

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Kerrang!, 13 January 1983

Before she linked up with, and subsequently married, Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne was better known as the daughter of Don Arden, proprietor of Jet Records and ...

Clarabelle Talks Back: Ozzy Osbourne's No Bozo On This Bus

Interview by Toby Goldstein, Creem, April 1983

THEY WARN you about the madman. That he wraps himself in scales and chains, fangs and dripping saliva as he prowls arenas of the night. ...

Now It Can Be Told! I Was A Monk For Ozzy Osbourne!

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1984

My Secret Shame… By J. Kordosh ...

Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne et al: Monsters of Rock, Castle, Donington, Leicestershire

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 25 August 1984


Ozzy Osbourne: Prince of Sin, 'bourne to be wild

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 11 January 1986

OZZY OSBOURNE is a particular man. He wouldn't walk out in the street with shit on his trousers, he is not colour prejudiced and he'd ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Ultimate Sin (Epic)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 22 February 1986

WHEN I MET the editor of Kerrang! the other week, I asked him why he liked heavy metal, assuming that here, at last, was someone ...

Ozzy Osbourne Drops The Bomb

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, July 1986

SOME PEOPLE collect plastic airline coffee stirrers. Ozzy Osbourne collects scandals. Or rather scandal – unlike the South East London garbage service – collects Ozzy, ...

Ozzy Osbourne: A Mad Man in Japan

Report and Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, 30 July 1986

"They're great, the Japs... they do everything I do. Stick my hand in the air and a thousand hands go up. If I got me ...

Ozzy Osbourne: A Very Excessive Man

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 30 August 1986

The Road of Excess, said William Blake, leads to the Palace of Wisdom, but in OZZY OSBOURNE'S case it led to Castle Donington and endless ...

Ozzy Osbourne: I am Oz the Great and Terrible

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Spin, September 1986

Everyone believes Ozzy Osbourne is the devil, the perfect scapegoat for hysteria and madness. "To be Ozzy Osbourne, you got to be special," he says. ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Big Oz I Love You

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, 13 May 1989

Why does MR OSBOURNE bite the heads off small animals? Ozzy can. Get it? Is Oz a fat geriatric bastard who'd be better off playing ...

The Decline of Western Civilization Part Two: The Metal Years (Dir: Penelope Spheeris)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, 5 August 1989

NEON NIGHT, LA. Clad in leather and flashing skull'n'dagger tattoos, Chris Holmes of WASP — the Peter Sutcliffe of heavy metal — is lounging on ...

Spheeris of Influence

Interview by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 5 August 1989

The macho world of Heavy Metal is not the most likely place to find a female film director, but PENELOPE SPHEERIS took her camera and ...

Do I hear £180,000?

Report by Adrian Deevoy, Q, July 1990

Indeed you do... for the guitar Hendrix played at Woodstock. But it's considerably less for a life-size oil painting of Ozzy Osbourne. Adrian Deevoy examines ...

Heavy Metal Mania: It's More Than Music

Overview by Deanne Stillman, The New York Times, 12 May 1991

With myriad clubs, fanzines and hair salons, rude dudeness (tattoos included) is a way of life. ...

Dancin' With The Devil

Overview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 4 July 1992

STEFFAN CHIRAZI charts the history of all those supposedly Satanic bands — anyone out there remember VENOM and their 1982 classic Black Metal, or the ...

The Ozzmosis of Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, 1995

IT IS THE Winter of 1980-1. Black Sabbath are playing at the Hammersmith Odeon, for the first time without Ozzy Osbourne – widely regarded as ...

Ozz-Fest: California Screaming!

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 12 June 1997

The greatest show on earth has FEAR FACTORY, MANSON, TYPE O, MACHINE HEAD and COAL CHAMBER on one bill — and it's just destroyed America. This ...

Ozzy Osbourne: His Satanic Majesty Repents

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1997

JOHN "OZZY" OSBOURNE, FORMER HELL raiser, outrageous roister-doister, Dark Lord of Metal and rough diamond geezer extraordinaire has sung much about death, visited it summarily ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Godfather Of Metal Lands On The Good Foot

Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, 5 June 1998

Nearly 30 Years After Founding Black Sabbath, The Godfather Of Metal Lands On The Good Foot ...

Ten questions for Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 2000

Mr John Osbourne on running the marathon, talking to horses, and "drinking the occasional beer". ...

"Martha Stewart Can Lick My Scrotum!" Life chez the Osbournes

Review by David Dalton, Gadfly, 17 May 2002

A COUPLE OF years ago, my wife Coco and I did a few shows in which we played Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen if had ...

Meet the Osbournes

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, The Guardian, June 2002

YOU KNOW THAT embarrassing scenario where you go round to visit a married couple and they end up having an unholy ruck in front of ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Summer of Love

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Blender, June 2002

Could things be any better for Ozzy Osbourne? His family's TV show, The Osbournes, is a runaway smash, and his traveling metal revue, Ozzfest, is ...

The Osbournes Conquers Britain

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2002

PICTURE THIS. It's next Monday night at Buckingham Palace, the grand finale of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee concert. Stars of the British rock'n'roll firmament crowd ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Death of Randy Rhoads

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 2003

"RANDY WAS my best friend," says Ozzy Osbourne. "He was also the greatest musician I have ever known. Back when we had no dough, we ...

Bass Instincts: The Bob Daisley Interview

Interview by Joe Matera, Total Bass Guitar, 2004

FOR MORE THAN 30 years now, Australian born-bassist Bob Daisley has been laying down the foundation of which some of the greatest rock and roll ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Jon Wilde Interview

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, March 2005

WILDE: Your house in Buckinghamshire was burgled in November 2004. What was that like? ...

Sharon Osbourne: Is Sharon "Loved"? Everyone I Know Can't Stand Her

Comment by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 13 March 2006

NEWS OF great note to stay-at-home mums, students, "freelancers", resting actors, members of indie rock bands, pensioners, columnists, people who work night shifts in factories ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Lord of the Wings

Profile and Interview by Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 20 May 2007

He has snorted ants, tried to throttle his wife and bit the head off a bat. But now, Ozzy Osbourne tells Barbara Ellen, he is ...

Guns N' Roses: The Monsters of Rock Return

Comment by Andy Gill, The Independent, 31 October 2008

After 14 years of rumours and false starts, Guns N' Roses are promising to release their new album. There's even a ticking clock on their ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone/Al Green: The O2, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 4 July 2010

Faint shades of Sabbath in Ozzy's addled brain — Considering all he's been through, Osbourne makes a decent job of resurrecting the old hits ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Jeff Slate,, 2 December 2010

I FIRST SAW OZZY in the early 1980s.  I wasn't much of a fan, but I got roped into driving an Oz-obsessed friend and scalped ...

see also Black Sabbath


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