A&E Announce “Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne” Special

The new Ozzy Osbourne documentary, “Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne,” will be airing on the A&E Network on September 7 at 9PM ET/PT. You can watch a preview of the film below:

The following description was posted on aetv.com:

“’Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne’ traces Ozzy’s life from his childhood in poverty and time in prison, to fronting legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Black Sabbath and successful Grammy Award-winning solo career, to one of rock’s elder statesmen and a loveable 21st century television dad. The two-hour documentary explores how Ozzy has continually reinvented himself and his career to propel himself toward greater success.

As Ozzy turns 70, he reflects on the intimate details of his successes, failures, and his unique ability for survival and perseverance—including never-before-seen interviews about his recent Parkinson’s diagnosis.

The documentary, a selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, also features interviews with Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne as well as friends and fellow musicians including Rick Rubin, Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis, Post Malone and more.”

Sharon Osbourne Says Ozzy Is “Doing Really Good” And Working On A New Album

It’s no secret that Ozzy Osbourne had a rough time last year. The singer battled pneumonia, had a fall that resulted in surgery, and got diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Now, during an appearance on Steve-O‘s “Wild Ride!” podcast, Osbourne’s wife Sharon offered an update on his health saying that he is “doing really good” and that he is working on a new album with producer Andrew Watt.

Sharon said the following about Ozzy’s latest album and its follow-up:

“The album [‘Ordinary Man‘] was sensational. He’s starting his second album with Andrew Watt right now. And you can’t stop him. He’s doing it.”

She also added the following about his health:

“He’s doing good. He’s doing really, really good. He’s had a terrible, terrible injury. At one point, they thought he would never walk again, but he is — he’s walking and he’s doing great. He’s been hit by so much medically, but he’s doing good. He’s getting stronger every day.

Oh, God. I mean, to be hit with the spinal injury, and then what it had done was it kind of started off the Parkinson’s that he had the gene for but was never activated — he just had the gene. It’s like having the breast cancer gene but it never comes into fruition — it never gets alive. And he had the Parkinson’s gene and this accident just sparked it off. So he kind of had a double dose of everything. But he’s doing good.

It’s heartbreaking — it’s heartbreaking — to see this. He’s had this ride in his life, and then suddenly — boom! — you are floored. And to have your health taken away… No matter what you’ve got money-wise or anything in the world, [it’s something you] can’t fix.”

Sharon went on to say that Ozzy still hopes to return to the stage one day:

“Ozzy says that as far as performing goes, he has to end it his way. Because it was his farewell tour that he was on [before he had his accident], but he still had a year to do of that tour, and there were seats sold for the next year, but the accident stopped it all. But he said it’s not gonna end just like that — it’s gonna end his way. And he’s gonna go back out. And even if it’s just one huge show to say goodbye, he’s going to do it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ozzy, Sharon, And Jack Osbourne To Star In New Travel Channel Series “The Osbournes Want To Believe”

Ozzy, Sharon, and Jack Osbourne will be staring in a new Travel Channel series called “The Osbournes Want To Believe.” According to Variety, the show will focus on Jack “trying to convince his parents of the veracity of shocking clips of purported paranormal activity.” This includes “footage of poltergeists, haunted dolls, UFOs and unidentifiable beasts.” The first episode of the series will air on August 2 at 10 p.m. EDT.

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

Ozzy Osbourne On His Recovery: “I’m Getting There Slowly But Surely”

It’s no secret that Ozzy Osbourne had a rough time last year. The singer battled pneumonia, had a fall that resulted in surgery, and got diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Now, during an appearance on “The Talk”, Osbourne offered an update on his recovery, while discussing how he has been handling the coronavirus pandemic:

“It’s been good, actually. I’ve been recovering from a surgery I had last year. So I’ve never been at home this long in my whole career. So I’ve had a chance to see my wife’s side of the fence more than me being on the road. So it’s had its moments, I must confess.”

“I’m getting better. It’s a slow process, but I’m getting there slowly but surely.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Chelsea Wolfe Cover Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” With Cave In, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc. Members

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared a quarantine cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” The clip features Chelsea Wolfe and her bandmate Ben Chisholm, as well as Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, etc.), Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.), Urian V. Hackney (Rough Francis, etc.), and the show’s host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds.

Ozzy Osbourne Donating Portion Of Proceeds From Tour Merch To Keep Memory Alive

Ozzy Osbourne will be donating a portion of the proceeds from his tour merch to Keep Memory Alive. You can see what items the frontman has for sale HERE. Osbourne issued the following statement:

“I am pleased to be supporting Keep Memory Alive as part of national Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Keep Memory Alive funds essential support and educational programs for patients and their families and is committed to ensuring progress towards better treatments and ultimately a cure.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ozzy Osbourne Donating Portion Of Proceeds From Past Tour Merch To The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research

Ozzy Osbourne will be donating 10% of the proceeds from his past tour merch to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research. You can see what the frontman has for sale over at eBay.