Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne (TV Movie 2020)

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Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne: Directed by Greg Johnston. With Geezer Butler, Ice-T, Tony Iommi, Post Malone. For over five decades, Ozzy Osbourne has personified rock and roll, from his childhood in poverty and time in prison, to fronting metal band Black Sabbath, a successful solo career and a lovable 21st century television dad.

“Greetings again from the darkness. My concern going in was that Au0026amp;E would serve up a heavy dose of modern day Ozzy Osbourne, especially since this profile is directed by Greg Johnston, the producer of the popular reality TV show, u0026quot;The Osbournesu0026quot; (2002-05). Instead, the nine lives are divided up for various segments throughout Ozzyu0026#39;s life (heu0026#39;s 72 years old now), and seem to be weighted fairly … highlighting warts, family, and achievements.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe first u0026quot;Lifeu0026quot; segment takes Ozzy back to Birmingham, England where he spent his childhood. He and wife Sharon tour his early home – a home that now has an indoor toilet, a luxury not available to young Ozzy. We learn Ozzy had three sisters and two brothers, and that Birmingham was a blue color town lined with factories. Both of Ozzyu0026#39;s parents were factory workers. Dad took the day shift, Mom the night shift. Ozzy explains that he hated school, and enjoyed his multitude of factory jobs even less. His eyes sparkle as he recalls how first hearing The Beatles inspired him to move towards music.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eItu0026#39;s at this point when we hear from guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, and bassist Geezer Butler, the founding members, along with Ozzy, of Black Sabbath. This was 4 local lads who were pioneers in heavy metal rock music. Producer Rick Rubin talks about their influence, and how they started as a blues band and evolved into much harder and louder music. They sold many albums and became huge touring the UK and USA. Their second album u0026quot;Paranoidu0026quot; included the monster hit u0026quot;Iron Manu0026quot;, a true rock anthem. As you might know (or guess), Ozzy had significant issues with booze and drugs, and in 1979, he was fired by the band.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eMany rock careers have ended due to addiction, but as the title infers, Ozzy manages to continually land on his feet. His new band, with talented guitarist Randy Rhoads, became huge, and the album u0026quot;Blizzard of Ozu0026quot; contained the megahit u0026quot;Crazy Trainu0026quot;. During this time, Ozzy began his relationship with Sharon, the daughter of his manager. It was also during this era when Ozzyu0026#39;s reputation as a wild man (or mad man) on stage blossomed … highlighted by shocking behavior at the record company offices and on stage (youu0026#39;ve likely heard the live bat story). He was also banned from San Antonio for good reason. Disaster struck in 1982, but it was also the year Ozzy and Sharon wed.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSharon, and Ozzyu0026#39;s kids Jack and Kelly, are forthcoming in the stories they tell. Itu0026#39;s clear they love Ozzy, despite not always understanding his behavior. Ozzy is often shown watching clips of his live performances, and by the end, we fully comprehend that music and his family are both extraordinarily important to him … and he gives full credit to Sharon for his still being alive (a fact as stunning as Keith Richards still being with us).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe film does go into Ozzyu0026#39;s retirement from performing, as well as the popular TV show with his family. The vintage clips are fun to watch, and all of the people interviewed (including an honest and often funny Ozzy) have fascinating insight to a remarkable life. Itu0026#39;s likely not many recall his days as the u0026quot;Prince of Darknessu0026quot;, but as Kelly says, Ozzy is u0026quot;the real Iron Manu0026quot;.”


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