Metallair.org

98449377-7EE7-48A5-AE4A-47074F2D0EBE
Categories
Feature

“Fingers of Fury: The Eccentric Evolution of Ozzy’s Guitar Heroes”

Getty Images

Written By Sebastian Melmoth

From Rhoads to Wylde, a story of Ozzy’s leading men. A riotous romp through guitarist lore and six string shenanigans. The legendary tale of Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarists unfold like a rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster ride through the archives of heavy metal history through frets and fables.

Enter the realm of rock and roll royalty, where the enigmatic figure of Ozzy Osbourne reigns supreme. With a very distinctive sound of double vocal heard ’round the globe, Osbourne has unleashed over 100 million records upon eager ears, leaving a trail of metal mayhem in his wake, both solo and as the wild frontman of Black Sabbath.

But rewind the tape to the swinging ’60s, where our story begins. In a dark and smoky club, a young Osbourne takes the stage, belting out tunes with Rare Breed alongside the bass wizard Geezer Butler. Though their time together was short-lived, fate had other plans. In a cosmic twist of destiny, Osbourne, Butler, and a couple of other musical misfits unite to form the legendary Black Sabbath in 1969, with Tony Iommi’s downtuned riffs and Bill Ward’s thunderous beats completing the lineup.

And thus, the saga of heavy metal’s pioneers is born. With Sabbath’s earth-shattering sound, they lay the foundation for a genre that would shake the very foundations of music itself, forever enshrining their place in rock history.

In 1979, Sharon Osbourne bravely donned her managerial cape and took on the Herculean task of wrangling the wild force that is Ozzy. Little did she know, she was about to embark on a ride through the tumultuous world of rock ‘n’ roll.

Fast forward a decade, and things take a turn for the chaotic. Ozzy finds himself booted unceremoniously from thy sacred halls of Black Sabbath, courtesy of his old pals and their concerns about his affinity for, shall we say, recreational substances. But fear not, for where there’s a will, there’s Sharon. In a tale fit for a rock opera, she swoops in like a guardian angel, rescuing Ozzy from the clutches of his hideaway, where he’d been living it up for a solid three months.

Not content with just being a savior, Sharon adorns her manager cap and takes the reins of Ozzy’s career. Oh, what a tangled web of rock ‘n’ roll drama!

Ozzy Osbourne is fresh off the Black Sabbath carousel with Tony Iommi, who’s guitar infused soulful, blues-solos with ominous, minor-key riffing essence of rock ‘n’ roll decides he needs a new axe-slinger. So, he rings up some guitar gods like Gary Moore and George Lynch, but it’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Then enters Randy Rhoads, the maestro of metal, who alongside Ozzy, cooks up a storm of pop infused rock and roll darkness with a side of neoclassical fireworks!

Randy Rhoads (1979-1982) Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne’s fates were sealed together, their partnership forever etched in rock history. In a whirlwind of creativity, Rhoads, a guitar virtuoso of petite stature but monumental talent, catapulted Osbourne from the shadows of ’70s rock into the blazing spotlight of ’80s heavy metal. With a fusion of infectious melodies and breathtaking neoclassical prowess showcased in albums like Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, Rhoads emerged as a formidable force, solidifying his place as one of the era’s most influential guitarists.

Tragedy strikes when Rhoads was killed in a plane crash on March 19, 1982, at the age of 25 leaving Ozzy in a state of deep mourning as the duo had develop a close friendship. The singer paused his Diary of a Madman tour for two weeks following Rhoads’ death. Ozzy then began searching for a replacement.

The trek resumed on April 1 1982 with former Gillan guitarist Bernie Torme and he takes a stab at it. Bernie had to learn Osbourne and Black Sabbath material with only a week’s notice. After other big name players like Gary Moore and (allegedly) Michael Schenker turned down the gig Torme couldn’t fill Rhoads’ shoes. It wasnt really happening. Let’s just say it’s like asking a cat to bark. Then Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis (1982) steps in to complete the Diary of a Madman tour. In an interview with Guitar World in 2021, Gillis called his first night of the tour a “horrendous experience.” He said Osbourne didn’t even show up to soundcheck, and the guitarist botched part of “Revelation (Mother Earth),” which earned him a solemn pep talk from Osbourne’s wife and manager, Sharon but not before getting a stern warning: “Don’t fuck this up, Bradley!”

Enter Jake E. Lee, (1982-1987) the man with the plan and the licks to match previously from Rough Cutt and Ratt. With him, Ozzy finds his mojo again, churning out hits like “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sin.” But hold onto your hats, folks, because here comes hurricane Zakk Wylde (1987-1992, 1995, 1998, 2001-2009, 2017-present) the wild man with a guitar and a heart of gold. He sticks around longer than a bad habit.

A flood of hopeful guitarists bombarded Ozzy with audition tapes, each vying to fill Jake E. Lee’s shoes. Yet, fate intervened when Ozzy blindly plucked a tape from his bag, sealing the deal with Zakk Wylde in one fell swoop. Wylde’s baptism by fire came at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, where he belted out his first chords for Osbourne, a mere 20 years young.

Since that momentous debut, Wylde has embarked on three significant tours with Osbourne, sprinkled with session gigs and spontaneous performances, earning him the title of Ozzy’s most enduring guitarist and side kick. His unmistakable, wah-drenched solos reverberate through the halls of albums like “No Rest for the Wicked,” “No More Tears,” and “Black Rain,” showcasing his virtuosity across decades of musical evolution.

Reflecting on their bond, Wylde mused to Metal Hammer in 2022, revealing a relationship that transcends mere music. “I’m Ozzy’s right-hand man,” he declared proudly. “Whether it’s tuning guitars, fetching groceries or feeding the dogs while they are out of town, I’m there. “Need milk? Consider it done.”

Then there’s former David Lee Roth guitarist Joe Holmes (1995-2001) who steps in during Ozzy’s retirement hiatus, bringing a touch of Rhoads’ spirit back to the stage. He worked with Ozzy during Ozzmosis and the aptly titled Retirement Sucks Tour. Although Wylde played on Ozzmosis, an informal Guns N’ Roses audition kept him from touring. Interesting enough, Joe Holmes took guitar lessons from Randy Rhoads as a teenager. Holmes left Osbourne’s band in 2001 during the sessions for Down to Earth, for which he co-wrote three songs: “That I Never Had,” “Junkie” and “Can You Hear Them?” You can listen to his playing on the 1996 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America track “Walk on Water,” as well as a live version of “Perry Mason” that first appeared on the 1997 Ozzfest Live compilation.

And let’s not forget Jerry Cantrell (2004-2005) who joins the fray for a hot minute, adding some grunge flavor to the mix before heading back to his Chains. Cantrell played on two solo albums along side Wylde, (2001’s Down to Earth and 2007’s Black Rain), Osbourne released the 2005 covers LP Under Cover, the bulk of which previously appeared on the Prince of Darkness box set released earlier that year. Despite this all star studded band including Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin and the Cult bassist Chris Wyse the album didnt do very well and received lukewarm reviews.

But wait, there’s more! Gus G (2009-2017) takes the reins for a while, proving he’s got the chops to keep up with the the godfather of heavy metal. Osbourne announced he was parting ways with Wylde in 2009, telling Classic Rock that he “felt like his stuff was beginning to sound like Black Label Society.” The maestro rose to the challenge of stepping into Wylde’s shoes, delivering a feast of robust riffs and lightning-speed solos on 2010’s “Scream.” His scorching fretwork, particularly on the lead single “Let Me Hear You Scream,” captivated audiences with its raw intensity. G continued to grace Osbourne’s stage until 2017, when the singer revealed Wylde’s triumphant return yet again.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier, along comes Andrew Watt (2020-2022) and his band of merry men, including Slash, Tom Morello, and Eric Clapton, turning Ozzy’s sound into an auditory smorgasbord!

In a bold move, Osbourne decided to shake things up for his 2020 release, “Ordinary Man,” joining forces with the dynamic producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Watt. Known for his diverse portfolio spanning from Justin Bieber to Miley Cyrus and Post Malone, Watt brought a fresh perspective to the table. Not content with just producing, Watt also lent his skills on the guitar for the majority of the album, infusing it with his signature sound. He also dialed up some heavy hitters like Slash and Tom Morello, who jumped at the chance to contribute their magic to the mix.

Fast forward to 2022, and Osbourne’s musical adventure continues with “Patient Number 9,” once again under the guidance of Watt’s production. This time, the roster of talent reaches even greater heights, boasting legends like Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton alongside the return of Zakk Wylde. But the pièce de résistance? A groundbreaking collaboration with none other than Osbourne’s old mate, Tony Iommi, marking a historic moment in the Ozzy’s solo career.

So there you have it, folks, a brief albeit epic tale of Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarists – a journey filled with highs, lows, and enough rock ‘n’ roll antics to make even Keith Richards blush!

Categories
Music News

Rammstein Has Arrived on Thunderflix


Get ready to unleash the flames of metal madness with Thunderflix’s latest addition: Rammstein!

Experience the explosive energy and raw power of Rammstein’s legendary performances in Paris and Berlin, now streaming on Thunderflix!

From pyrotechnics galore to jaw-dropping stage theatrics, Rammstein delivers a metal experience like no other. Don’t miss out on the firestorm of metal.

Live in Paris

Live aus Berlin

And that’s not all! We’ve added four more epic titles this week. Grab a helmet and dive into:

And that’s not all! We’ve added four more epic titles this week. Grab a helmet and dive into:

The Zombie Horror Picture Show

Live at the Hard Rock

Live and Murderous in Chicago

Start Streaming Now!

Categories
Music News

Unreleased OZZFEST Documentary ‘We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll’ To Be Screened In Los Angeles

Penelope Spheeris‘s unreleased Ozzfestdocumentary “We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll” will be screened at the David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, California on Friday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. PT.

The 90-minute film, which was shot in the late 1990s, includes interviews and live footage with SLIPKNOT, STATIC-X and SYSTEM OF A DOWN, along with plenty of backstage action. The is also a lot of focus on BLACK SABBATH as Ozzfest1999 was billed as the band’s final-ever performance in the United States.

Tickets for the screening are available for purchase at AcademyMuseum.org.

“We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll” was screened at a number of film festivals more than 20 years ago but has never seen wide release after being held up in what has been reported as “music copyright issues.”

Back in 2008, Sharon Osbourne commented on the status of “We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll” in response to an article that was posted on Todd Martens“Extended Play” blog on the Los Angeles Times web site. At the time, she wrote in an e-mail: “We would love for ‘We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n’ Roll’ to eventually be released. We didn’t invest over a million dollars in the movie to keep it locked away. In reality, we were unable to secure the necessary music licensing and talent releases from all of the bands that participated in the documentary. We needed a substantial amount of money to secure these releases so as a business proposition it just didn’t make sense to pour even more money into the project. We all tried to find an independent backer to come in, but were unable to find anyone.

“As far as not allowing Penelope Spheeris to show the documentary at film festivals, please see below the list of festivals where I know that the film was shown (and there may have been more).

* Sundance Film Festival (2001)
* SXSW Film Festival (2001)
* Melbourne International Film Festival(2001)
* Sydney Film Festival (2001)
* Singapore International Film Festival(2001)
* Silver Lake Film Festival (2001)
* Chicago Underground Film Festival(2001)
* San Francisco Independent Film Festival (2002)
* Boston Underground Film Festival(2002)

“I also arranged for two industry screenings in Los Angeles and London that I totally financed at great expense in an attempt to find a distributor for the film.

“Tell me, what sense does it make for us to invest one million dollars in a film to let it sit? I truly wish that Penelope had found us an independent backer so we could have finished the project. Let her find us a backer to complete the project and we’ll do it.”

When it was first screened in 2001, “We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll” won “Most Popular Documentary” at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Categories
Music News

Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Power Trip, Shares Health Update

Ozzy Osbourne signs copies of his album ‘Patient Number 9’ at Fingerprints Music on September 10, 2022 in Long Beach, California. (CREDIT: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

The “Ozzman” was set to perform in Indio, California this October alongside headliners Metallica, AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses. He later shared that he wasn’t ready to perform due to health issues.

“Unfortunately, my body is telling me that I’m just not ready yet and I am much too proud to have the first show that I do in nearly five years be half-assed,” Osbourne wrote in the statement.

Speaking to his co-host, Billy Morrison, on SiriusXM’s Ozzy Speaks, Osbourne shared that he had recently had a blood clot filter removed from one of his arteries.

“When I had the blood clots in my legs, they put a filter in your artery to stop the blood clots going to your heart and your brain,” Osbourne shared. “It sounds worse than it is.”

He continued: “So, on Monday, I went to have it removed. The blood clots have jammed you all up. It’s just disappointment after disappointment. Just get this thing fucking done so I can go get on with my life.”

Osbourne also reflected on his struggle over his ability to produce a vein for medical procedures, adding: “So, they put a thing down there in my neck, straight down to my groin, Yeah, but they can’t even find a vein on me.”

Judas Priest are now scheduled to take Osbourne’s place at Power Trip on Saturday, October 7.

He had announced his retirement from touring on February 1, calling off his European and UK tour dates in the process. His retirement announcement came following a fall at his Los Angeles home which required neck surgery.

“I’m absolutely blown away,” said the Black Sabbath frontman, who performed at the closing ceremony (via BBC). “Thank you for all your votes. And Birmingham forever,” he added.

Categories
Music News

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath Announces New Music

Tony Iommi announced he’s planning a new album and he’s going into the studio to record it. Heres what he had to say:

“It’s been a good year for me – in parts anyway. I’ve been writing and recording; I’m having a new studio built, which I’m really pleased about.

“Well, actually, the studio is built, and it’s almost ready to go… In another couple of weeks, I think I’ll be ready to go in and start work in there, which I’m really looking forward to — writing another album.”

“I’ve done two tracks for Ozzy’s album, which I really enjoyed doing. I wrote it at home and sent it to him, and he liked it. And I played on another track, and got a Grammy nomination for it, which was very pleasing. So we’ll see what happens; if we do get a Grammy in February. We’ll see.”

“And then, in 2023, of course, we’re gonna have the Tony Martin box set, and Cozy Powell [drums] and Neil Murray [bass]. I’m looking forward to that because a lot of people have asked about it, which is great… And we’ve done [Black Sabbath re-releases] in succession, really. You can’t just bring everything out together; it has to come out at times.

“So we’ve had all the original Sabbath stuff come out, the box sets, and then we’ve got the Ronnie [James Dio] stuff, and then the next thing will be the Tony Martin and then my solo stuff. So it’s gonna be busy again. But it’s great. And it’s nice to be doing the interviews and talking about what we did and all the rest of stuff.”

Categories
Music News

Black Sabbath album cover location Mapledurham Watermill damaged by vandals

Mapeldurham Watermill

Mapledurham Watermill, the building that featured on the cover of Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album 52 years ago, has been vandalised.

The picturesque 1970 debut cover of Mapledurham Watermill in Oxfordshire is the scene on Black Sabbath’s album ‘Black Sabbath’, with a mysterious woman wearing a black cloak standing in front and is one of the most famous images in heavy metal.

Police said the windows of the mill, in Mapledurham, Oxfordshire, were smashed, with significant damage to the wooden frames. Officers have linked five boys and one girl to the incident. They are believed to be between the ages of 15 and 16 and are from the Purley area.

The building dates back to 1690 and remains the only one on the River Thames still producing stone-ground flour.

The model on the infamous album cover was Louisa Livingstone, who told Rolling Stone magazine it was a really cold day and she was literally freezing. was when photographer Keith Macmillan did the shoot.

She said she had to get up at 4:AM and Keith was throwing dry ice into the water for atmosphere but it wasn’t working very well so they ended up using a smoke machine.

Categories
Trending

British Politicians Urge The Queen To Honour Black Sabbath for Their Services To Metal

Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi played together for the first time since 2017, at the Alexander Stadium

A group of Birmingham MPs are calling for Black Sabbath to be honoured for their services to music.

They have written to the Queen asking for her “immediate attention.”

Black Sabbath was formed in 1968 by vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward and bassist Geezer Butler.

The singer and lead guitarist made a surprise appearance together at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony. Iommi and Osbourne performed their classic hit Paranoid, for the first time together since 2017.

An honorary bench sits on Black Sabbath Bridge over the canal in Broad Street, Birmingham

Signatories to the letter from the cross-bench group of MPs also include the Labour leader of Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward, and deputy leader Brigid Jones.

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, has also started a petition calling for the band to be recognised for their services to music and the city of Birmingham.

https://youtu.be/R46nrfM964c