Ozzy Osbourne has confessed to recently suffering a year-and-a-half long alcohol and drug abuse relapse, in a shockingly open and personal post on his official Facebook page.
Osbourne’s struggles with addiction have been widely reported and acknowledged throughout his career. The 2011 documentary ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,’ directed by his son Jack, served primarily as a celebration of the singer’s hard-fought-for sober lifestyle.
This statement comes as rumors of a separation between Osbourne and his wife Sharon circulate in the press, and with the singer on the verge of releasing the first album with his original group, Black Sabbath, in over 35 years. Happily, the rock legend reports that he is 44 days sober, and promises he and his wife are not splitting up. We commend Osbourne on his bravery and wish him the best in his ongoing battle.
Here is Osbourne’s statement in full:
For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an a–hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober. Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person. I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period………and my fans.
All good things must come to an end, and this was never more true in the world of rock and roll than it was 43 years ago today (April 10, 1970) when it was announced that the the Beatles were no more.
The tale of the breakup of the Beatles is a long and, well, winding road. The band had begun to implode for a while. When manager Brian Epstein passed away in 1967, the first cracks were showing. By the time of the recording of the 1968 double-record set ‘The Beatles’ (aka “The White Album”) things had gotten worse. The Beatles were working less and less like a band, with each member focusing on their own compositions in the studio.
Flash forward to early 1969 and recording sessions for what would eventually become the ‘Let It Be’ album. Captured forever thanks to a documentary film crew (though hidden from public view for many years) the film ‘Let It Be’ shows the band breaking up before our eyes. With tensions running high and resentment building, it was clear they were not long for this world. Even though they would somehow carry on and record the much more harmonious ‘Abbey Road,’ the end was in sight.
After repeated clashes with new business manager Allen Klein, Paul McCartney was looking for it to end, perhaps sooner than the others. When ‘Abbey Road’ was released in September of 1969, John Lennon told the others that he wanted to leave the band, though no formal announcement was made. It would ultimately be McCartney who would spill the beans during the promotion for his debut solo album, which was released in April of 1970. An official announcement from the band concerning the break up would not come until the end of 1970.
There will never be another, we can only be glad they were here as long as they were.
Last month, Black Sabbath announced that their long-awaited album ‘13‘ would be released on June 11. Today (April 4) they revealed the cover art, as well as a 27-second clip of the music within (embedded below).
Consequence of Sound has gotten the artwork, which is comprised of what appears to be branches engineered to form the number 13, on fire in the middle of a cloudy night, with bare trees visible in the distance. OK, so it’s not as thought-provoking as, say, ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,’ but then again it’s not ‘Master of Reality,’ either.
The video that accompanies the announcement is a time-lapse camera trained on the wood as it is set ablaze. It’s hard to judge an entire album based on less than 30 seconds, but the song on the video has got us excited. It opens with a typically slammin’ Tony Iommi riff. Then, the unmistakable voice of Ozzy Osbourne sings, “Nowhere to run / Nowhere to hide,” before it fades out.
’13′ is the first studio album by Black Sabbath with Ozzy on lead vocals since 1978. Drummer Brad Wilk ofRage Against the Machine has taken over for founding member Bill Ward, who couldn’t come to a contractual agreement with the other members.