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GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE UK Premiere
Mayfair Hotel London 31 August 2011
When I first heard that Ozzy's son Jack Osbourne, along with directors
Mike Fliess and Mike Piscitelli, had made a film on the Prince Of
Darkness, my immediate thoughts was that this was simply going to be the
film version of the 'Osbournes' throwing the family name into the
spotlight once more with more tales of drunken tomfoolery and crazy
antics. How wrong was I?
get to witness with this documentation is not only the legend and myth
of Ozzy Osbourne, the godfather of metal, but also the real Ozzy, simply
known to family and friends as John.
recent films on the biggest names of metal, if you want to show the
world how much of a global act you are, then you start the film with
live footage in front of a rabid South American audience.
some behind the scenes footage with Ozzy preparing his voice ready for
the show. The curtain falls and the madness begins.
unfolds of Ozzy's early life in post war industrial area of Aston,
Birmingham with Ozzy sitting at a dining table rummaging through
photographs of his family where he talks fondly of his father. A major
inspiration to the young Ozzy teaching him the values of working hard
and putting meals on the table for the family.
leaving school the thought of spending the rest of his life working in
the factories didn't appeal to Ozzy who could only dream of the rock
star lifestyle, with The Beatles being the main inspiration.
some great insights into the early days of Black Sabbath with some great
anecdotes from Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. The history of
Sabbath can't be told without mentioning that cocaine and alcohol abuse
played a major part in the downfall of that great band.
first marriage to Thelma Mayfair gets a rare mention whilst his children
from that time, Jessica and Louis, talk openly and frankly about life
with their father and what they say certainly destroys the myth of what
it's like to have a celebrity father.
relationship with his manager and second wife Sharon is laid bare, with
his daughter Aimee making a rare appearence in front of the cameras.
in the film there are some shocking photos of Sharon with black eyes
following a drunken night when Ozzy got arrested and was almost charged
for attempted murder.
following being sacked from Sabbath and being dragged from the depths of
despair by Sharon to start a solo career is also well documented,
although only bassist Rudy Sarzo gets to be interviewed talking about
the aftermath of when guitarist Randy Rhoads tragically lost his life in
an aeroplane prank that went wrong.
lightens up with a story from Motley Crue's Tommy Lee. We've all heard
about the snorting ants incident but Lee delves further telling a
stomach churning story about Ozzy crapping in a hotel room and smearing
the results with his bare hands all over the walls. Sir Paul McCartney
tactfully chooses to talk about the music of Ozzy.
battles with alcoholism have been well documented over the years but
this film brings all the skeletons out of the closet and you now see
Ozzy enjoying his sobriety and the sheer enjoyment he still gets out of
performing on stage to a adoring crowd.
make rock stars like Ozzy Osbourne anymore and thankfully we still get
to enjoy his exploits to this day. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.
The film can be seen at VUE cinemas nationwide here in the UK on
September 16th & 22nd only
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