Sharon Ozzy Osbourne 311.
(photo credit: Sasson Tiram)
Heavy metal god Ozzy Osbourne and his entourage landed in Israel on Sunday,
ahead of Tuesday night’s Ozzfest, which will bring the legendary metal festival
to Israel for the first time.
Ozzy and his wife, Sharon, who starred with
Ozzy and their children, Jack and Kelly, on the MTV reality show The Osbournes,
arrived on their private jet along, with an entourage of 38 people and an
additional jet carrying 18 tons of equipment.
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Promoter Shuki Weiss said
Sunday that more than 8,000 tickets have been sold for the concert scheduled for
Tuesday night at Tel Aviv’s Ganei Yehoshua park. The concert will feature seven
acts performing on two separate stages, including Korn, Soulfly, Betzefer and
headlining Ozzy. The event will be accessible for the disabled.
62-year-old Osbourne has had a ground-breaking career that has spanned four
decades. He first attained fame as the hell-raising, ear-splitting lead singer
of pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
The band released a string
of influential albums, including the 1970 classic Paranoid
, whose tracks “War
Pigs” and “Iron Man” have blown a million speakers and influenced countless
As a solo artist, Osbourne matched his earlier success with
Black Sabbath, selling tens of millions of records and releasing such hits as
“Crazy Train,” “Bark at the Moon” and “Mama, I’m Coming Home.”
of Darkness didn’t disappoint at Sunday’s press conference, leaving a roomful of
journalists and admirers (most of them one and the same) in stitches with his
When asked why it had taken him so long to finally visit
Israel, Osbourne said, “No reason, really. I mean, I was drunk for too many
Ozzy had no patience for politics or talk of the artistic
boycotts that have plagued Israeli concertgoers in recent years, saying, “I have
no time for politics. They [politicians] don’t understand me, and I don’t
For her part, Sharon drew a parallel to “the troubles”
in Northern Ireland that plagued England in past decades, saying, “It’s the same
as when we had all the problems with the IRA and no one refused to perform in
England, so I don’t know why people don’t come here.”
When Ozzy was asked
if he had any advice for those attending Tuesday’s concert, which he said would
be heavy on the Black Sabbath classics, Sharon said concert attendees should
“just go meshuganeh.”
Concert promoters have advised ticket holders to
arrive by public transportation or on foot, due to expected traffic jams.