Ozzy Osbourne

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Masters of reality

The literature on Black Sabbath — already extensive — will continue to grow, as we try, try, try again to wrap our poor noggins around the irreducibly cosmic fact of this band.
It's a Sabbath-palooza in print and on film
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 11, 2011

Dirty money

As I walked down the corridors of the Ralph Owen Brewster Hospice for Decaying Political Ideals, there were no indications of despair, pain, or misery.
In memory of Brewster
By AL DIAMON  |  August 05, 2011

Live Review: Off the rails on a lazy train

"Vampires are bullshit. I'm the Prince of fucking Darkness," Ozzy Osbourne informed Kristen Stewart during a pop-culture-parody-montage video that segued into a kick-ass eruption of time-honored crowd pleasers.
Putting the "zzzzzzzzz" into Ozzfest
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 03, 2010
Ozzfest at the Comcast Center

Ozzfest at the Comcast Center

Rob Halford - Mr. Judas Priest to you - hasn't been rolling with Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Sharon Osbourne to you - since 2004. So...
By webteam  |  August 17, 2010

The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 04, 2010

Ronnie James Dio (1942 - 2010)

As he lay in a Texas hospital bed in March, being treated for the disease to which he would eventually succumb, Ronald James Padavona, better known to the world as heavy-metal legend Ronnie James Dio, gave an interview to a local TV station. “Cancer? I’l
Live free or rock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 2010


Molten metal

Let’s cut to the chase — metal is back. And not just as a popular musical style, but as a subculture, freely seeping into the mainstream in a variety of strange ways, from the bullet belts you see on a dance floor to the devil horns being thrown by every
Expanding definitions at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 23, 2010

They Am Ozzy: Shadows Fall don pouffy shirts, cover "Bark at the Moon"

Lesson to lesser metal bands:  there's no need to stop at just covering an Ozzy song. If you're gonna re-do an '80s classic, go hard...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 16, 2010

Interview: Ozzy Osbourne

Long before he bit the heads off bats and doves, Ozzy Osbourne worked in a cheerless abattoir in the hardscrabble Aston section of Birmingham, England, where for 18 months he held such titles as "cow killer," "tripe hanger," "hoof puller," and "pig stunn
The belles lettrist tells all
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010
PODCAST: Ozzy Osbourne talks to the Phoenix about his new book [MP3]

PODCAST: Ozzy Osbourne talks to the Phoenix about his new book [MP3]

"[P]eople think that I live in this Bavarian castle and sleep upside down in the fucking rafters, and fly around the gantry every night," Ozzy...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010

Review: Brütal Legend

The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
Brutal is one way to put it
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 16, 2009


The Big Hurt: Attention whoring and headline parsing

Slow news week.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 18, 2009

Send in the clowns

The New York Post got to resurrect its priceless "Wacko Jacko" headline. Barbara Walters scored Super Bowl-level ratings without having to lift a pretty little finger. And Michael Jackson, well, no matter how you slice it, he got screwed royally.
The wacky worlds of Michael Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 03, 2009

Battle of the banned

It's one thing to be a musician and get thrown out of Disneyland (Velvet Underground) or banned from a national landmark (Ozzy Osbourne at the Alamo), but you've hit rock paydirt when you become the target of an entire nation.
Authorities kick out the jams
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 02, 2009

About that style . . .

Great moments in two-handed finger tapping
Great moments in two-handed finger tapping
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 24, 2008

Mob rules

Bang Camaro gang up for round II
Bang Camaro gang up for round II
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 10, 2008


Rock and rote

Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 05, 2008
Bob Marley, Andrew Ference, WTF , The Finisher and Ozzy!

Bob Marley, Andrew Ference, WTF , The Finisher and Ozzy!

Bob Marley hangs out with us to talk about bad performances and the follow-up to Boondock Saints, we mark the beginning of the 2008-2009 Bruins...
By Charlie  |  October 07, 2008

Going local?

I have always enjoyed the Phoenix ’s coverage of the local goings-on with our consistently inept and mostly corrupt elected leaders at City Hall and the State House.  
Letters to the Boston editor, October 3, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 01, 2008

Interview: Amanda Palmer

So it’s the eve of the release of local sensation and Dresden Dolls vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer’s solo debut album, and I’m sitting in her bric-a-brac-filled South End apartment drinking herbal tea.
At home with the Dresden Doll's solo joint
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 23, 2008

Popular douches, hetero boyfriends, and softie gangstas

I invite those of you who hate me to take a moment to delight in my pain.
The Big Hurt tackles Tori Amos, Pete Wentz, and Ice Cube
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 17, 2008


Quitting time

Sometimes you just gotta eat shit.
Lock and Key close up shop
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 28, 2008

Lord of the thighs

This article originally appeared in the March 15, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Aerosmith should throw in the towel

By DOUG SIMMONS  |  March 11, 2008

Reverence without pity

Unless you actually think Ozzy Osbourne still has some fire in his belly, you can’t help but argue that Black Mountain will be the most exciting rock show to come to Portland in some time.
Black Mountain spin the past into vital modern rock
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 20, 2008

Our championship season

This year’s New England Press Association annual awards dinner forsook the Park Plaza’s rubber chicken for the upper-scale poultry fare at the Marriott Copley Place. And the food’s not the only reason we’re glad we went.
Brilliant us
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 13, 2008

Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008



Leslie West is known as a guitar man, but on the latest album by his long-time band Mountain, vocals are every bit as crucial.
Masters of War | Megaforce
By BRETT SINGER  |  December 26, 2007

Tween troubles

Poor Kelly Clarkson.
Kelly Clarkson’s fall from grace
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 09, 2007

Heaven and hell

Feel, feel for Sir Paul McCartney.
Paul toodles off to Starbucks while Ozzy goes to war
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 12, 2007

Something for everybody

As that great philosopher Brian Wilson once observed, summer means fun.
This summer, New England’s music calendar offers everything from Neil Sedaka to Lez Zeppelin
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 11, 2007