OZZY OSBOURNE

 Scream Tour 2010

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

about ozzy osbourne

 

John Michael Osbourne began his professional career in the late '60s, when he teamed up with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward to form Black Sabbath. The band, made unique by their slow, gloomy melodies and themes, released their self-titled album in 1970 and went on to release classic platinum records such as Paranoid and Master of Reality throughout the rest of the decade. After the 1978 album Never Say Die, Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath, which led him to form his own solo project. With his new manager and wife, Sharon, Osbourne formed his own band, the Blizzard of Ozz, with guitarist Randy Rhoads, bassist Bob Daisley, and drummer Lee Kerslake. The group's self-titled first album was released in September 1980 in the U.K. and early 1981 in the U.S. Blizzard of Ozz had some of the same ingredients of Black Sabbath: the lyrics focused on the occult and the guitars were loud and heavy, yet the band was more technically proficient and capable of pulling off variations on standard metal formulas. Featuring the hit singles "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley," Blizzard of Ozz reached number seven on the U.K. charts; it peaked at number 21 in the U.S., continuing to sell for over two years and becoming a huge success. Kerslake and Daisley were replaced with Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo shortly before the subsequent November release of Diary of a Madman. This album, which included the drug ode "Flying High Again," charted at number 16 in the U.S. and became another huge seller. As the Diary tour went underway, sales for the album continued to improve as those of Black Sabbath waned.

Finally, the new solo album Down to Earth appeared in the fall of 2001, followed by a few successful rock radio singles and a huge Christmas tour with co-headliner Rob Zombie. Meanwhile, inspired by an episode of MTV's Cribs starring his family, Osbourne and the network's producers took a chance on creating a reality show based around the infamous singer. Following his family around the house for several months at the end of 2001, the end result was The Osbournes, one of the most successful shows in the history of the network. The show, which was equal parts documentary and sitcom, reinvented Osbourne as a befuddled father with a razor-sharp wit and a loving family. It also proved to also be a critical success, and Osbourne found himself invited to a White House dinner to promote his animal protection activism, something that only came to light after an episode of the show dedicated to the family's numerous pets. A string of compilations followed Down to Earth, including 2005's Under Cover, a collection of cover songs. Ozzy returned to the studio the following year to begin work on a new studio album. The resulting Black Rain arrived in May 2007, followed by his tenth studio album, Scream, in 2010.

 

 

 


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November 2010

12 - Victoria, British Columbia - Save On Foods Memorial Centre
14 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena
16 - Calgary, Alberta - Pengrowth Saddledome
18 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
20 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
23 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
25 - Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
27 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre

 

December 2010

1 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
3 - E. Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
5 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena

7 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena

10 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
12 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
 

January 2010

16 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center Omaha

18 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

20 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

22 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center

24 - Sam Antonio, TX - AT&T Center

26 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre

28 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
 

February 2010

1 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre

3 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion At San Jose

5 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome

8 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

10 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center

12 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills

14 - Moline, IL - i wireless Center

16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

18 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum

20 - Sunrise, FL - Bank Atlantic Center

22 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

 


[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur]

 

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