by Monica Apostol
The icon band Black Sabbath comes to Austria to present their exclusive show “The End” – The Final Tour at Wiener Stadthalle – Halle D, on 28 June 2016, starting at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, from EUR 152. So, Ozzy Osbourne’s, Tony Iommi’s and Geezer Butler’s desire to experience a live show one last time will come true in Austria. The original foursome has reunited on a handful of occasions, most notably for a pair of 1997 stadium shows back home in Birmingham (released a year later as Reunion) and in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005, when Black Sabbath headlined Osbourne’s “Ozzfest” festival.
Nowadays, Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums – Black Sabbath and Paranoid – marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock, blacksabbath.com mentions. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.
The Godfather of Heavy Metal Ozzy Osbourne has reached legendary heights, first as the frontman of pioneering act Black Sabbath and later for his electrifying solo material, according to songkick.com.
Born in Birmingham, UK, Ozzy was a child troubled by problems such as dyslexia and ADD but one listen of the Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ was enough to set him on the path towards rock and roll greatness. After leaving school at just 15, Ozzy worked various jobs and even dabbled with crime before he lent his vocal talents to Geezer Butler, Tommy Iommi and others in forming Black Sabbath in 1969.
Taking inspiration from the Occult and the joy of being scared, the band developed a gloomy, blues influenced style of music which was all tied together with Ozzy’s eerie vocal style. Their sound was met with unexpected successes and their second album went on to deliver enduring rock staples like ‘Paranoid’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘War Pigs’.
The band continued to ride high throughout the 70s however continuing internal tensions, particularly between Tommy and Ozzy, led to his departure in 1979. Ozzy wasted no time in picking up where he left off and released ‘Blizzard of Oz’ the following year and eventually turned 4 times platinum boosted by singles like ‘Crazy Train’.
Ozzy continued to have success both with his solo material and later in reforming with Black Sabbath; however many people now know him for more than his music. He and his family starred in the groundbreaking reality show ‘The Osbournes’ which showed Ozzy at his eccentric best and has made him a pop culture hero.