Happy Birthday Ozzy Osbourne!
It took a lot of water to down just that fucking bat's head, let me tell you. It's still stuck in my fucking throat, after all these years. People all over the world say, 'You're the guy who kills creatures? You still do it? You do it every night?' It happened fucking once, for Christ's sake. - Ozzy Osbourne Sending out birthday wishes to the Prince Of Darkness, John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne on his 62nd birthday. Say what you will about Ozzy now, but before he abused himself for years with untold substances this guy could rock -- hard. Growing up with classic rock radio you could see the huge influence that Sabbath had on younger bands. An unabashed Beatles fan, Ozzy helped create a whole sub-genre of Rock 'n Roll. From metal to punk, and rock to thrash, Ozzy is an icon. In the early 1980's it was subversive and taboo to like Heavy Metal. Listening to Sabbath and Ozzy solo records in the basement with the lights off and candles glowing was a rite of passage. Music can take you to another place and scare your parents is a good thing when you're young!
Check out these clips of "Iron Man" and "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath from a concert in Paris, France in 1970: