|LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!!!|
The Garden was sold out, but what was blatantly apparent was Ozzy's audience has become multi-generational. I think I may have been one of the youngest folks there who wasn't with their Dad or Grandfather. I saw 3 generations at the Garden and it felt strangely safe and corporate. Metal is meant to be rebellious and wicked not corporate and safe!?! What is going on??? Sharon Osbourne is a genius, and that is what's going on. While we sit and laugh at Ozzy trying to put together misplaced sentences and words, fumbling and mumbling around on tv, He and Sharon are laughing all the way to the bank. (trust me) Ozzy Osbourne is no fool nor is he an idiot. He has become the Icon of Metal and they have milked him for every penny. In 1996 the story goes: Sharon called up Lalapalooza and asked if Ozzy could join them on the tour; they declined saying Ozzy was too old and their core audience weren't Ozzy fans. (bad idea) Being the savy-sassy businesswoman Sharon is, Miss Ozzy Osbourne started her own metal-festival and called it Ozzfest! Now Ozzy has headlined Ozzfest, the largest metal festival of all time for the past decade. So take that Lala-what?!?!? One year they even did the whole Ozzfest tour for free as a way to give back to their fans. But poor Ozzy, who was once known for his music, now is sortof a laughing side-stock of American culture. I resent this and still feel he is an incredible musician. I miss the days when I would ask my Mom to take me to the Hickory, NC mall. I would go to the magazine stand and try to find any metal mag to read on Ozzy Osbourne. I can't explain it, I just always loved the man.
|thz guys were celebrating their 16th anniversary!|
This dude paid $999.99 for his ticket to get to meet him and get his autograph!!!! (true insanity) I was worried that maybe it wasn't going to be safe, b/c New Yorkers can get a bit CRAZY, but it was fine and without drama. But not without excitement!!! Ozzy played my favorite song Road to Nowhere and he even did some of his new songs. It was so cool seeing the old man run around on stage smiling ear to ear and spraying us with a foam-gun. Yes, a foam-gun! He has undeniable stage presence. Ozzy is a small man but has complete control of the entire audience. If he says jump then 5O,OOO people will jump, and if he waves his hands, then they'll be 1OO,OOO arms in the air. I've seen it every time, he's OZZY OSBOURNE!!!!
Rob Halford played as well and did a great job. His vocals were amazing.
OZZY! OZZY! OZZY!
It was Ozzy's birthday so we all sang him happy birthday at the Garden.
A young Ozzy. Notice his name tattooed on his hand. This was the 10th time I've seen the Madman of Metal, and I gotta say that he pours his heart and soul out onto every performance. He even bowed down to us, yes he bowed down to us, the audience. Thank you Ozzy for always giving us your best, even though you are crazy as hell. :-)