Como saben, este es el mes del Rock & Roll en
nuestra página y que mejor manera de celebrarlo que mostrándoles
las vidas de los hombres que han hecho que este sea simple y sencillamente
el mejor género músical de la historia. Así que sin más
preámbulos, acomodense en su silla y disfruten de la biografia del
único, indiscutible e inigualable emperador del Heavy Metal, el señor,
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John Michael Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948 in Birmingham, England.
Throughout an extraordinary career, which has so far spanned three decades,
Osbourne has made major contributions to the worlds of music and popular culture.
As co-founder, lead singer, and songwriter for Black Sabbath (1970-79) he was,
in effect, a chief architect of the genre now known as "heavy metal",
creating the powerful new sound and provocative performance style that would
forever expand the definition of rock music. Black Sabbath has sold more than
25 million records in the U.S. alone.
In 1980, Osbourne debuted as a solo artist to widespread popular claim. Over
the next two decades, his career continued to gain momentum with a series of
highly successful albums, and he has brought his notorious live show to sold-out
arenas in virtually every corner of the world. As a solo artist, Osbourne has
sold more than 35 million records worldwide, bringing his cumulative sales to
more than 60 million albums.
Osbourne is currently visible on the smash MTV series "The Osbournes",
a melding of reality show, soap opera, and sitcom that follows the lives of
Ozzy and his family. It recently became the highest rated original program in
MTV's 24-year history. The show is so popular in part because Ozzy's loving
wife Sharon and children Aimee, Kelly, and Jack (Ozzy has two grown children,
Louis and Jessica, from a previous marriage) provide Ozzy a nuclear family life
that one would not normally associate with a star sometimes referred to as the
"Madman of Rock".
As the founder and star attraction of the annual "Ozzfest" tour,
he continues to win legions of new fans while at the same time building the
hard rock audience by introducing standing-room-only crowds to emerging artists
in the genre. Ozzfest was launched in 1996, and since its inception has sold
over four million tickets for a total of more than $80 million dollars in revenue.
Ozzfest is scheduled for a July 6 U.S. kick-off this summer and will visit the
United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Russia, among other countries
Osbourne's latest release, Down to Earth, is rapidly approaching Platinum in
the U.S, while his other 23 albums (including those with Black Sabbath) have
all achieved at least Gold certification, with all but a handful passing the
1,000,000 mark in sales. Blockbusters such as Black Sabbath's seminal Paranoid
and Ozzy's solo smashes Blizzard of Ozz and No More Tears are 4x Platinum and
still selling thousands of copies each week. Moreover, the influence of Ozzy
Osbourne can be felt just as strong, if not stronger, in 2002 as it was in the
Seventies. As the principal member of the founding heavy metal band, Black Sabbath,
and throughout his enormously successful solo career (and now, television popularity)
Ozzy has transcended all boundaries and categories and is now among the elite
few who can lay claim to being eternally "cool", viable, and vital
in a pop world under constant upheaval and change. Put simply, Ozzy rocks!
Here are the milestones from Grammy Award-winning Ozzy Osbourne's 32-year
. Ozzy releases his first record with Black Sabbath in 1970 (released Friday,
February 13th). The self-titled record goes platinum that same year in the U.K.
. Ozzy releases 10 records with Black Sabbath.
. Black Sabbath has sold over 25 million records (to date) worldwide.
. Black Sabbath embarks on several world tours and performs to legions of fans
around the globe.
. Black Sabbath performs at the the first California Jam in June 1974 to over
. Ozzy leaves Black Sabbath and goes solo in 1979.
. Ozzy releases his first solo record Blizzard Of Ozz in 1980. The record
quickly goes 4x Platinum.
. Ozzy releases seven records throughout the decade. Each one sells over two
. Ozzy has sold over 35 million CD's as a solo artist worldwide.
. Ozzy performs at the US Festival in 1983 in front of 250,000 fans.
. Ozzy performs at Live Aid in 1985, the legendary benefit concert for world
. Ozzy performs at the Russian Peace Festival in 1989. This was the first major
rock concert in the Soviet Republic by Western artists.
. Ozzy releases five records this decade. Each record goes multi-platinum.
. Ozzy has performed to millions of fans around the world. His live concerts
are guaranteed sell-outs.
. Ozzy won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Metal Performance for "I Don't
Want To Change the World."
. Ozzy and his wife/manager Sharon launch OZZfest in 1996, the first national
music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music and breaking new artists.
. 1.4 million fans attend the annual OZZfest music festival which Ozzy headlines.
. Ozzy donated a portion of the OZZfest proceeds to various charities across
the country including Lifebeat.
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. Ozzy won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2000 as a part of Black
Sabbath for "Iron Man."
. Nearly a million fans attended the sixth annual OZZfest 2000.
. Ozzy headlined OZZfest 2001 with Black Sabbath. A million-plus fans attended
the sold out 32-date festival.
Noted film director Penelope Spheeris shot a full-length documentary on OZZfest
titled "We Sold Our Souls For Rock 'n' Roll," that debuted at the
2001 Sundance Film Festival. Ozzy also appeared in Adam Sandler's "Little
. Ozzy received an MTV Movie Awards 2001 nomination for "Best Cameo"
for his role in "Little Nicky."
Ozzy has released 13 albums during his 20-year career with Epic Records.
Ozzy will received a Star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, April
"The Osbournes" debuts on MTV to a record-breaking audience for
a new program. Further episodes create a national sensation around the Osbourne
family and ratings skyrocket to become the highest-ever in MTV's 22 year history.
Ozzy dines with President Bush at the Washington Correspondents Association
Dinner in May.