Over this past week Sharon Osbourne proved once again why she’s an out of touch, clueless, money hungry piece of shit. Five days ago she released a short promotional video announcing that Black Sabbath will be playing their final show when Ozzfest goes to Japan in November. There’s a lot wrong with this picture already.
Now before I go into that I’d like to quickly acknowledge that just maybe this was a decision made by Tony. The poor guy’s been fighting Lymphoma for three years now and I’m sure that it’s got to be taking it’s toll on him lately, especially when you factor in the touring schedule, how often he has to fly back home for treatments, and of course, the man is 67 years old. Therefore, I have no choice to respect that, that is if this was his decision. He’s the godfather of Heavy Metal – no one else can say that, I don’t care what anyone thinks. Without the sound HE created there is no Heavy Metal and he deserves all the respect in the world. I’ll forever be grateful to Tony Iommi. He was one of my biggest inspirations as a guitar player because he was and is as real as it gets.
Now for what I hate about this! It all boils down to the fact that their final show is to be at the very festival bearing their burnt out lead singer’s name. If that alone isn’t an ego play on Sharon’s behalf then I don’t know what is. There’ve been many times where I felt Sharon did certain things to Sabbath just to spite them for firing her future husband back in 1979. She helped Ozzy’s solo career take off and many of his solo albums in the 80’s surely outsold Sabbath’s post-Dio output without question. So therefore she must feel she has the upper hand against Tony and Geezer and she’ll do anything to rub it in their faces every chance she gets. And of course, Ozzy’s so burnt that he’ll do anything his puppeteer wife tells him!
Next….Japan?? Really? Really?! Some of you might think “hey good for Japan. They get to see Sabbath’s final show ever!” Me? Fuck that! I say a band like them, with a legacy as incredible as theirs, should be playing a home coming show in Birmingham, England, where the band was born. It’s only fitting. It started there? They should end it there. This is where they came from, that tough as nails steel town where four kids with no hope got the fuck out of there and accomplished things far beyond what they could’ve ever imagined! Yeah, they did a few Birmingham shows in 2012 while Tony was beginning his Lymphoma treatments but so fucking what? This is supposed to be the end this time, right? This is the good thing about Motley Crue – and no I’m not a fan of them. They all chose to end their tour – and career – at the Whiskey A Go-Go, where it all began for them back in 1981.
Now let’s talk about this Ozzfest lineup, since this last show is already set. In the video announcement for Ozzfest Japan, moneyb – oops, I meant Sharon – also mentions that Korn are also on the bill. I’m not against diversity in music or festivals; but Korn are the originators of the entire shitty nu-metal movement that DESTROYED real heavy metal for a long time. As if it wasn’t bad enough that those assholes are still breathing – why would anyone put them on a bill with BLACK FUCKING SABBATH, a band who’s one guitarist with two missing fingertips can wipe the floor with Korn’s two seven string guitarists, who bend down so low when on stage that they look like they’re sucking their own dicks?! And most importantly it just doesn’t fit musically. Sharon and her son Jack are notorious for pushing really bad, trendy, sound – alike bands on Ozzfest in the past. I think they only time they got it RIGHT was in 2004 when the co-headliners with Sabbath were Judas Priest featuring a newly returned Rob Halford and the next year when they took Iron Maiden with them. That was fucking awesome!
What really made me laugh was when Ozzy said recently that after Sabbath splits he plans to go back to his solo career. Ozz…please…let it go. You used to have an incredible voice; but that was a long time ago and it’s gone now. Oh wait – you can’t do that because $haron won’t let you. I’m guessing this is all revenge for that time you got drunk and tried to kill her. Whoops! That bitch is gonna work you until you die and then STILL make money off you when you go. If I were you – and if you still had a mind of your own! – I’d call it quits after the last Sabbath show. Buddy I’ve seen clips of the band playing “Children of The Grave” at the Barclay’s Center and you alone were AWFUL.
It’s a shame, really. It’s a fucked up way for Black Sabbath, the band that invented the music I love so much, to go out. I feel like it’s a royal slap in the face to their entire legacy. No, this is not their first Ozzfest, not by a long shot. But this is their FAREWELL. Sure, they’ve said this before; but I feel like this really can be the end for real because of Tony’s health problems. They say the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree…that’s the fucking truth when it comes to Sharon Osbourne. She’s just like the one guy she hated the most in her life – her father!