Sharon Osbourne Working On Movie About Her Early Courtship With Ozzy Osbourne

During an interview with Variety, Sharon Osbourne revealed that she is working on various projects including a new film focused on her early courtship with her husband Ozzy Osbourne. She said the following about the movie, which is still being scripted:

““It starts the day we meet and will focus on how our lives were totally different but very similar in ways: I was brought up by a powerful, successful father ­— the late, famously tough Black Sabbath/Small Faces/ELO manager Don Arden — and Ozzy was brought up extremely poor and somewhat abused. It’s definitely going to be a tearjerker. It’s not going to be a sex-and-drugs movie at all. Ozzy is so much more than that. I would hate to be a cliché.”

Aside from this, she is also looking for a publisher for a new book she is working on about “infidelity and what it does to people.”

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Ozzy Osbourne’s Lawyers Say AEG’s Motion To Dismiss Anti-Trust Suit Is “Baseless On The Facts And The Law Alike”

According to Amplify, lawyers for Ozzy Osbourne have responded to AEG’s motion to dismiss his anti-trust claims saying it’s “baseless on the facts and the law alike.” Osbourne originally filed an anti-trust lawsuit against AEG for “blackmail,” due to the company trying to use block-booking practices to get him to play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The singer was supposed perform at the AEG owned O2 Arena in London on February 11, 2019, and as part of the deal AEG tried to say that if he had a Live Nation promoted indoor concert within 25 miles of Los Angeles, he would also have to play the AEG owned Staples Center. Osbourne feels this is a violation of the antitrust laws, which are supposed to stop businesses from getting a stranglehold on customers.

In AEG’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, they said Osbourne could not claim anti-trust injury due to the policy tying the promoter to the agreement rather than the artist. Attorney Daniel Wall has submitted a rebuttal saying the company is misleading the court and that they are aware that their policy makes artists play the Los Angeles venue whether they want to or not. Wall said the following in his rebuttal:

“Factually, AEG misrepresents its own practices with respect to the tying requirement it enforces, The formal venue hire agreement for the O2 referenced in the Staples Center Commitment unambiguously requires the promoter to ensure that the artist plays Staples when in Los Angeles.”

Ozzy Osbourne Teasing New York Ozzfest

It looks like an Ozzfest event is being planned in the New York area. Ozzy Osbourne tweeted the following:

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Ozzy Osbourne To Receive Golden God Award At 2018 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

Ozzy Osbourne will be receiving the Golden God Award at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. Osbourne commented:

“What an immense honour it is to be getting a second Golden God Award after Sabbath picked one up last year. The fans who have supported me and this music mean everything to me, which is why getting this award is so special. I will see you all down there.”

The ceremony will be held at the Indigo at the O2 in London, England on June 11 and it will be hosted by Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta. Baroness, Myrkur, Meshuggah, and Carpenter Brut will perform at the event. Nominees can be found HERE.

Ozzy Osbourne Joins Alamogordo Chamber Of Commerce

According to Alamogordo Daily News, Ozzy Osbourne has joined the Alamogordo Chamber Of Commerce in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This came about when the frontman and his children Jack and Kelly were in Alamogordo filming an episode “Ozzy And Jack’s World Detour.” The three visited executive director G.B. Oliver’s ranch in Laborcita Canyon in La Luz, where he asked Ozzy to join. Oliver commented:

“I wanted to ask Ozzy Osbourne to join the Chamber of Commerce and the producers kind of laughed and said it’s up to him. After they finished filming a camping scene, the producers said Ozzy wanted to see me in his RV. Ozzy told me he appreciated all this and how pretty it was out here. I said there was only one thing he had to do now and that was to join the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. Without hesitation, he said ‘done,’ and signed the card.”

Ozzy Osbourne Files Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against AEG

According to Billboard, Ozzy Osbourne has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against AEG for “blackmail,” and is seeking class-action status, to allow other artists to join the suit as well. This news comes after Sharon Osbourne previously called out the company for trying to use block-booking practices to get Ozzy to play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Ozzy was supposed perform at the AEG owned O2 Arena in London on February 11, 2019, and as part of the deal AEG tried to say that if Ozzy had a Live Nation promoted indoor concert within 25 miles of Los Angeles, he would have to play the AEG owned Staples Center too. Ozzy feels this is a violation of the antitrust laws, which are supposed to stop businesses from getting a stranglehold on customers.

“Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and business manager, publicly complained about having to sign the Staples Center Commitment, but AEG would not relent,” the suit complaint reads. “Ozzy commences this action (on his own behalf and for all similarly situated artists) to prohibit AEG from enforcing the Staples Center Commitment, an unlawful tying arrangement that unfairly leverages AEG’s dominance in greater London to distort and deter competition in greater Los Angeles.”

Osbourne’s attorney Daniel Wall says AEG is being a “monopolist for arena-sized venues in greater London,” which “through management contracts it also controls a number of other large concert venues in greater London in addition to the O2,” including The SSE Arena at Wembley and the summer concerts series at Hyde Park.

AEG offered a statement to Billboard:

“This suit is without merit and we will vigorously fight it. We welcome a closer look at the global live entertainment market and, specifically, our practices and the practices of our competition. AEG has always worked hard to put artists first. At the same time, we must respond to the actions of those we compete with, specifically Live Nation and Madison Square Garden. Fighting for a level playing field is fair competition at its core.”

Ozzy Osbourne & Zakk Wylde Reportedly Help Man Whose CD Collection Was Stolen

According to CBC News, Ozzy Osbourne and his guitarist Zakk Wylde helped out a Canadian man named Josh Cook, who had his CD collection stolen from his car. While Cook was making a pizza delivery, he heard someone speed off with his car, and after he found it, he discovered that his CDs were all gone, except one from Black Label Society. Wylde’s son apparently heard what happened and a few days later Cook received a box of Black Label Society CDs and merch, followed by another box full of Ozzy Osbourne’s full discography (solo and Black Sabbath), merch, and a signed photo. Cook was thankful for the gifts saying “These guys, they don’t know who I am, but they set me up with all this stuff. It’s amazing.”