Trivia / Ozzy Osbourne

  • Author Existence Failure:
    • Randy Rhoads's death.
    • Randy Castillo, who played drums on The Ultimate Sin, died of cancer in 2002.
  • Banned in San Antonio: Drunkenly pissing on the Alamo memorial next to the actual house while you're wearing your wife's clothes is ill-advised. Thankfully it only lasted a decade.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Close My Eyes Forever", "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (co-written by Lemmy!) and his duet with his daughter in his version of "Changes", his only #1 single.
  • Creative Differences:
    • He fired Zakk Wylde because he felt that Zakk's songwriting was beginning to make his songs sound like Black Label Society and Ozzy wasn't too happy about that. This prompted him to fire Zakk, albeit on friendly terms.
    • Ozzy's also said this is why he's never worked with Rick Rubin. Rubin wanted to make a heavier, Sabbathy album while Ozzy wants to get away from that. This was also part of the wedge between Ozzy and Sabbath. Ozzy just wanted to make straight up rock music while Sabbath were experimenting with jazz and strings. Hilariously enough, Rubin is the producer on Black Sabbath's 13 album (the first with Ozzy since 1978). One imagines Ozzy calling him up and going "Today's your lucky day."
  • Creator Breakdown: Had one coupled with a Heroic B.S.O.D. when his heterosexual life partner Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash. He shaved his head to avoid going on stage (his wife/manager made him go on anyway wearing a wig, which he incorporated into the show by rigging it with blood packs to make it appear as if he was tearing out his own hair) and eventually tried to kill himself. Obviously, he failed.
  • Creator Recovery: Conversely, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman were the first time in years that he was having fun doing music, while No More Tears was made when Ozzy was finally able to move past the controversy and personal strife he experienced in the 1980s.
  • Creator Couple: Ozzy and his wife Sharon.
  • Dye Hard: Used to be, anyway. In the 70s his hair was his natural brown. In the 80s he dyed it blonde. Back to brown for the 90s, then when The Osbournes surfaced in 2002 he'd dyed it black with red streaks. It's brown as of 2010, but we'll have to wait and see if it stays that way.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The original version of The Ultimate Sin has been out of print since 1995. No official reason for this has been given, but it's widely believed that it's due to an unresolved legal struggle between Ozzy Osburne and songwriter Phil Soussan over the rights to the song "Shot in the Dark."
  • Old Shame: The Jake E. Lee era. Not because of the music but because in general it was a pretty miserable time in his life, mostly stemming from heavy substance abuse (which was heavy even by his standards) but also things like Randy's death, the media campaign against him and the horrible haircut.
  • One of Us: Blizzard Entertainment hired Ozzy for a commercial for World of Warcraft. He likes it. They gave him his own character model.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Blizzard of Ozz and Bark at the Moon features Don Airey on keyboards before he played for Deep Purple.
    • After his tenure in Ozzy's solo band, Tommy Aldridge went on to take part of Whitesnake alongside his fellow bandmate Rudy Sarzo.
    • Randy Castillo went on to play with Mötley Crüe until his death.
  • The Red Stapler: Randy Rhoads' use of a 1974 white (which aged to a creamy yellow) Gibson Les Paul Custom has resulted in prices for said instruments being higher than most other Les Pauls of the era, which are generally looked down on as inferior instruments to earlier and later eras.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Specifically for a role in Nick Jr.'s Bubble Guppies.

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