Who Will Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne Pass The ‘Prince Of Darkness’ Crown To? Is The Crazy Train Really Over?

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne is preparing for the band’s retirement. He’s not very eager to give up the rock n roll life, but Sabbath is done, for better or worse. The band is just finishing up their “The End” tour. Sabbath’s last ever show will be held in Birmingham in February. Osbourne told Rolling Stone he’s not sure how he will feel about the loss of his band, once that last show is over.

“Right now I’m having a blast. I suppose I may have a different head on when we do the last show.”

Is Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness, really retiring? No way. Sabbath is retiring, but not Osbourne, despite Sharon’s wishes. Sharon thinks it is time for Ozzy to pack it in. The Rolling Stone quoted Sharon Osbourne to Ozzy.

“I don’t want Ozzy singing ‘Crazy Train’ at 75.”

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne told Rolling Stone he wasn’t ready for retirement. He explained that he’d quit drinking and doing drugs, He feels much better than before and he is still enjoying his life. He’s not about to give up rocking. As long as he’s able to belt out a tune he’s not about to give up his music.

“I’m still having fun at the age of 67. I’m going to continue solo. I don’t know if I want to tour extensively much more, but I will still keep my fingers in the pie. As for singing ‘Crazy Train’ at 75, we’ll see.”

Though Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne may not be ready to turn in his title and crown as “Prince of Darkness” just yet, he is giving a strong recommendation nod to a young band with a lot of promise… so who has Osbourne named to carry his hard-rocking spirit, into the future?

“The band opening for Black Sabbath right now, Rival Sons. I saw them at an awards show and said, ‘Sharon, you’ve got to get them on the tour.’ They remind me of the bands you’d see in the Seventies that were on a mission. They’re gonna be really big.”

Black Sabbath’s own Prince of Darkness is also quoted in Glide Magazine. He is very excited about Rival Sons.

“Awesome! Best band I’ve seen in a long time. That’s the truth.”

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So, Ozzy Osbourne is getting behind a great new band. Why has this young band, Rival Sons so impressed the “Prince of Darkness?” According to Glide Magazine, these young rockers are determined to carry the spirit of 1970s hard rockers into this new century with a vengeance. Rival Sons has opened for AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, and Sammy Hagar. They are opening for Sabbath right now.


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Ozzy Osbourne’s favorite young band, Rival Sons, features Todd Ogren Brooks on keyboards, Michael Miley on drums, Dave Beste on bass, and Scott Holiday on lead guitar. The vocalist, Jay Buchanan is especially gifted according to Glide.

Black Sabbath’s opening act, Rival Sons has a great new album out called Hollow Bones. The band has not only impressed the Osbournes, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin also gave the band a thumbs up when he came out to see them. Jimmy Page is very enthusiastic about the new rockers and their mission to bring hard rock into the future. Beste told Billboard about meeting Page.

“We met him [Jimmy Page] at a gig at the Electric Ballroom in London. Being able to count a hero of ours as a fan is another one of these indescribable experiences. [Guitarist] Scott [Holiday] had a great one-on-one meeting with Jimmy that he still speaks fondly of.”

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, both kings of rock, endorse Rival Sons, so what do you think of them?

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