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February 21, 2012

The Black Sabbath reunion tour is off and you can bet your sweet dollar that somewhere somehow the heavy hand of Sharon Osbourne has come into play.

After the initial plan for an album and tour by the original line-up was announced back in November they seemed to take January’s Tommy Iommi cancer diagnosis in their stride. They would work around him. They haven’t managed to work around drummer Bill Ward’s insistence on a “signable contact”. At first the remaining band said they’d carry on regardless while Sharon laughed off rumours that she’d been behind Bill Ward’s dissatisfaction. A replacement drummer was announced – Tommy Clufetos a session musician who currently plays in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band.  Bill followed up with a tactful statement assured fans that he had not quit. The door was  still open. The following day it was slammed shut. We were told dates booked for the reunion would be played by “Ozzy and Friends” – including Geezer Butler. No mention of Tommy Iommi or Bill Ward.  Speculation was that Sabbath stood to earn more than a 100 million from the reunion.

Why don’t I believe Sharon’s not involved somehow? It just wouldn’t be her style. She wouldn’t be able to stand back and not get involved or be involved in that series of events somehow.

Sharon was there when Ozzy and Black Sabbath fell out the first time, back in 1979. The band sacked their singer. He said he was going solo because he was bored. Sharon was 18 at the time. She started dating the married  Ozzy. Sharon’s father Don Arden was Black Sabbath’s manager. Sharon became the solo Ozzy’s manager and her father was not happy. There are many people in the music business who had learned not to get on the wrong side of Don Arden. He was not adverse to hiring thugs to make his point. Sharon alone seems to have managed to survive his wrath. Only just. She went to visit her father and he set his dogs on her. She lost the child she was carrying.

Sharon was a good student. She saw what he father did “right” and what he did “wrong”. She’s adopted some of his forceful management style, but has been determined not to lose her business as her father did. In the mid-1980s, Don Arden faced trial for false imprisonment and blackmail of business associates. His son David was found guilty of the same charge and jailed. Don Arden was acquitted but his management/promoter days where over.

Sharon Arden Osbourne is also someone who shouldn’t  be crossed.   For 20 years she’d never allowed her father to visit her three children with Ozzy, but then for his final days.when he was dyeing  with Alzheimer’s disease she paid for his care. As far as business was concerned ; one promoter was apparently kneed in the groin after defaulting on payments due, and she once personally destroyed the computer system at an office of a company selling illegal merchandise. She was sorry afterwards and went back. She had to. She’d dropped her car keys. Sharon Osbourne has also been known to send parcels of her own shit to people she didn’t like.

That’s the woman who supposedly has been innocently standing by as the Black Sabbath reunion and 100 million dollars has disappeared into thin air.

Sharon Osbourne has been an outstanding manager for Ozzy. You’ve heard the records. You’ve seen him on stage. You’ve watched the Osbournes. He’s lovable but he’s not THAT good. Sharon’s enabled him to keep living the rock and roll life, on stage and off, and come out at the other end a millionaire! Good luck to him, but thank you very much Sharon.

The legendary Ozzfests are an example of the Sharon Osbourne method. In 1996 she had approached the Lollapalooza festival about a spot for Ozzy on what had become a very prestigious event. They laughed at her so she organized her own event. The first Ozzfest was just two American dates. Lollapalooza soon disappeared off the calendar but Ozzfest after a few years was grossing $20m every summer in the US, and  launched the careers of Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot.

Black Sabbath IS important. They were the first to take heavy rock down that theatrical neo-satanlc road. Despite Ozzy being otherwise occupied the band subsequently managed to hang on with no less than eight other singers, including a couple of Deep Purple escapees. They weren’t just a cover band during the years Ozzy wasn’t there, but Ozzy and Sabbath are synonymous. That;’s why we were excited about the prospect of the original band back together, why the band stood to make 100 million plus. But that’s gone. Or is it?