Years: 1967 - present
Styles: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Don Airey - Keyboards (in band: 1979 - 1980; 1981 - 1984)
Lee Kerslake - Drums, Percussion, Timpani, Tubular bells (in band: 1979 - 1981)
Randy Rhoads - Guitar (in band: 1979 - 1982)
Ozzy Osbourne - Harmonica, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1979 - present)
Bob Daisley - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar, Gong (in band: 1979 -1981; 1983; 1986; 1988; 1991)
Tommy Aldridge - Drums (in band: 1981 - 1983)
Bernie Tormé - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1982)
Brad Gillis - Guitar (in band: 1982)
Pete Way - Bass Guitar (in band: 1982 - 1983)
Jake E. Lee - Guitar (in band: 1982 - 1987)
Carmine Appice - Drums (in band: 1983 - 1984)
Todd Jensen - Bass Guitar (in band: 1984)
Geezer Butler - Bass Guitar (in band: 1984; 1988; 1995)
Jimmy DeGrasso - Drums (in band: 1985)
Randy Castillo - Drums (in band: 1985 - 1993)
Phil Soussan - Bass Guitar (in band: 1986)
John Sinclair - Keyboards (in band: 1986 - 1993)
Zakk Wylde - Keyboards, Lead guitar (in band: 1987 - 1995; 2001 -)
Mike Inez - Bass Guitar (in band: 1989 – 1995; 1996; 1998)
James LoMenzo - Bass Guitar (in band: 1994)
Deen Castronovo - Drums (in band: 1995)
Joe Holmes - Guitar (in band: 1995 – 1998; 1999 – 2001)
Mike Bordin - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1997 - 2007)
Robert Trujillo - Bass Guitar (in band: 2001 - 2003)
Rob Nicholson - Bass Guitar (in band: 2003 - present)
Jerry Cantrell - Guitar (in band: 2004 - 2005)
Chris Wyse - Bass Guitar (in band: 2004 - 2005)
Gus G - Guitar (in band: 2009 -)
Adam Wakeman - Keyboards (in band: 2010)
Tommy Clufetos - Drums (in band: 2010 - 2012)
Rudy Sarzo - Bass Guitar (in band: Mar, 1981 - Sep, 1982)
Though many bands have suceeded in earning the hatred of parents and media wprldwide throughout the past few decades, arguably only such acts as Alice Cooper, Judas Priest and Marilyn Manson have tied the controversial record of Ozzy Osbourne. 
The former Black Sabbath frontman has been ridiculed over his career, mostly due to rumours denouncing as a psyhopath and Satanist. Despite his outlandish reputation, howerver, one cannot deny that Osbourne has had an immeasurable effect on heavy metal. While he doesn’t possess a great voice (it’s thin and doesn’t have much range), he makes up for it with his good ear and dramatic flair.
As a showman, his instincts are nearly as impeccable, his live shows have been overwrought spectacles of gore and glitz that have endeared him to adolescents around the world. Indeed, Osbourne has managed to establish himself as an international superstar, capable of selling millions of records with each album and packing arenas across the globe, capturing new fans with each record.
After eleven years as frontman for Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne was given his marching orders, forming his own Blizzard of Ozz in 1980, alongside Lee Kerslake (drums, ex-Uriah Heep), Bob Daisley (bass, ex-Rainbow, ex-Chicken Shack), Don Airey (keyboards) and guitar wizard, Randy Rhoads (ex-Quiet Riot).
Signing to Don Arden’s Jet label, Ozzy and the band released their selftitled debut in 1980, hitting the UK Top 10 and narrowly missing the US Top 20. Hailed as Ozzy’s best work since Sabbath’s heyday, the unholy alliance of Rhoads music and Osbourne’s lyrics (which, if anything, looked even more tu the ‘dark side’ than the ‘Sabbath material) produced such wonderfully drim fare as “Crazy Train”, “Suicide Solution” (later the subject of much Judas Priest-style courtroom controversy) and the epic “Mr. Crowley. The record went double platinum in States, as did the follow up, “Diary of a Madman” (1981) (credited to Ozzy solo), a cross Atlantic Top 20 hit.
Proving once and for all that the music industry is peopled by hard-bitten control freaks, Ozy proceeded to chomp on a live dove at a record company meeting later that year. Another infamous incident ocurred only e few months later when the singer gnashed the head off a bat thrown onstage by a fan at a concert in Des Moines, cementing his reputation as heavy metal monster extrordinarire and public enemy No. 1. 1982 provided to be an eventful year for ‘the Oz’, tragedy striking when his close friend and right hang man, Rhodes, died in a plane crash in Marc.
Osbourne finds a permanent replacement for Rhoads in Jake E. Lee, a more standard metal guitarist without Rhoad's neo-classical compositional ability or stylistic flair. Still, Osbourne and his band turn in the competent, workmanlike set of heavy metal featuring the crunching title track of album "Bark at the Moon", whose video (featuring Osbourne dressed as a werewolf) became popular on MTV. Unfortunately, substance abuse problems would help prevent Osbourne from releasing another record up the standards of "Bark at the Moon" for nearly the rest of the decade.
"The Ultimate Sin" followed (with bassist Phil Soussan and drummer Randy Castillo), and touring behind both albums with ex-Uriah Heep keyboardist John Sinclair joining prior to the Ultimate Sin tour. At the time of its release, "The Ultimate Sin" was Osbourne's highest charting studio album. The RIAA awarded the album Platinum status on 14 May 1986, soon after its release; it was awarded Double Platinum status on 26 October 1994.
Jake E. Lee and Osbourne parted ways in 1987. In 1988 Osbourne appeared in "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years". Meanwhile, Osbourne found Zakk Wylde, who was the most enduring replacement for Rhoads to date. Together they recorded "No Rest for the Wicked" with Castillo on drums, Sinclair on keyboards, and Daisley co-writing lyrics and playing bass. The subsequent tour saw Osbourne reunited with erstwhile Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler on bass.
While very successful as a heavy metal act through the 1980s, Osbourne sustained commercial success into the 1990s, starting with 1991's "No More Tears", featuring the song "Mama, I'm Coming Home". The album enjoyed much radio and MTV exposure. It also initiated a practice of bringing in outside composers to help pen Osbourne's solo material instead of relying solely upon his recording ensemble to write and arrange the music. The album was mixed by veteran rock producer Michael Wagener.
In 1995 Osbourne released "Ozzmosis" and returned to touring, dubbing his concert performances "The Retirement Sucks Tour". The album reached number 4 on the US Billboard 200. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album gold and platinum in that same year, and double platinum in April 1999. The album features the hard rocking fan favourites "Perry Mason", "Ghost Behind My Eyes", "Thunder Underground", and the power ballad "See You on the Other Side". The line-up on "Ozzmosis" was Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler (who had just quit Black Sabbath again) and ex-Bad English, Steve Vai and Hardline drummer Deen Castronovo, now in Journey. Keyboards were played by Yes's Rick Wakeman and producer Michael Beinhorn.
"Down to Earth", Osbourne's first album of new studio material in seven years, was released on 16 October 2001. A live version filmed in Japan, Live at Budokan followed. "Down to Earth" went gold in 2001, and platinum in 2003. The album features the fan favourite "Dreamer", a song which peaked at number 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks.
Osbourne's album, titled "Black Rain", was released on 22 May 2007. Osbourne's first new studio album in almost six years, it featured a more serious tone than previous albums. In December, Osbourne announced he would be releasing a new album titled "Soul Sucka" with Gus G, Tommy Clufetos on drums, and Blasko on bass. Negative fan feedback was brought to Osbourne's attention regarding the album title. In respect of fan opinion, on 29 March Osbourne announced his album would be renamed "Scream". A single from the album, "Let Me Hear You Scream," debuted on 14 April 2010 episode of CSI: NY. The song spent 8 weeks on the Billboard Rock Songs, peaking at No. 7. On 9 August, Osbourne announced that the second single from the album would be "Life Won't Wait" and the video for the song would be directed by his son Jack.
It was announced on 11 November 2011 during a news conference at the Whisky a Go Go club on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip that the original Black Sabbath line up of Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward would reunite for a world tour and new album, to be produced by Rick Rubin. Bill Ward dropped out for contractual reasons, but the project continued with Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk stepping in for Ward on drums. On 21 May 2012, Black Sabbath played at the O2 Academy in their hometown Birmingham, their first concert since their reunion. The album, entitled "13", was released 11 June 2013, and topped both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
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