Friday, October 30, 2009
[billboard.com] Unlike most tall tales in rock history, the legends of Ozzy Osbourne are more truth than myth. But beyond the crazy train running off the rails, the diary of this madman is the story of one of rock's most unique and enduring front men, with fan appeal that transcends generations and popular trends.
For nearly 40 years and hundreds of shows, Ozzy has won his fans over onstage -- often with a fire hose in hand, wielded with love. "I love my fans more than they'll ever love me," Ozzy says. "I'm not one of those guys that would ever say that they're privileged to see me. To be honest, and I'm not trying to be slurpy, it's a privilege for me to see them. My job is to give them the best fucking night out they could possibly have, that's what we're there for. There's no sex, drugs or rock and roll that could compete with a great gig; it's fucking awesome."
Billboard will fete Ozzy with the Legend of Live award at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards, set for November 5 at New York's Roosevelt Hotel. The Legend of Live award recognizes an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipient's commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience.
Osbourne has reached -- and mooned, and doused -- hundreds of thousands of fans, and rocked them all.
READ THE ENTIRE FEATURE ARTICLE HERE!!
Posted by Dan Goldin at 7:17 PM