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OZZY OSBOURNE: No More Tears

Crazy to think that the Ozzman’s “No More Tears” album turned 30 years young this past September. In saying that comes the reissue both on a digital format (bonus tracks and demos) and vinyl.

I scooped this one up on vinyl when Amazon added it as preorder back in July.

I will go on record and say that “No More Tears” is my favourite Ozzy solo album followed closely by ’83’s “Bark At The Moon”.

What about the Rhoads albums you ask. Fair enough.

“Bark At The Moon” was the second ever solo Ozzy album I  got after receiving the double live “Speak of the Devil” which I got for Xmas ’82.

The two Randy Rhoads records came after BATM. Don’t get me wrong though as I love that era of Oz but its just where my entry into the world of Ozzman happened and that was with Jake E Lee on the six string.

“No More Tours Tour” was when I caught Ozzy live and not only was he plugging this release in the summer of ’92 but it was announced at the time that this was his final tour.

If it had all played out and Ozzy had walked away , what an album to have gone out on!

But as we know that didn’t happen as Ozzy came back in ’95 in which he called that tour “Retirement Sucks”.

Getting a little ahead here…

Back to 91 and Ozzy drops this album and the band and Ozzy step up huge…

Can you say Mr Tinkertrain?

“Mr Tinkertrain” is a stellar opener as the one thing that stands out to me is Zakk Wylde’s playing on it especially come solo time as his lead work is bonkers. What a solo…

The rocker tracks which make up this record are brilliant. “I Don’t Want To Change The World”, “A.V.H”, “Zombie Stomp”, “Hellraiser” and the title track all sizzle as Zakk along with Randy Castillio and Bob Daisley drive the bus forward musically while Oz tosses down some great lead vocals.

Two of the tracks to my ears have always been what I would consider two of the best tracks that Ozzy has cranked out are “Desire” and “S.I.N”.

“Desire” I feel is Wylde’s best playing put down to tape. That solo that Zakk cranks out of that Gibson is through the roof while “S.I.N”  just takes your head off once the the band kicks in. Plus the choruses to these two tunes are catchy as heck.

Special mention to Zakk on that outro solo on “S.I.N” which is bat shit crazy good.

WOW…

Even though I’m tired of hearing “Mama I’m Coming Home” on local crap radio it’s still a good track as is “Road To Nowhere” which closes out the album.

Glad to own this one on vinyl now as its amazing that at the start of the 90’s Ozzy was already at this game called rock n roll for over 20 years but capturing lightening in the bottle along with a killer band paid dividends in the end as 30 years down on the line its still a must own.

 

Rock 101/Zakk Wylde-Bringing Metal To The Childern

imagePicked up this book on my trip out to Vancouver at a real cool shop called The Book Warehouse. It’s a real homey chill store as they have hundred of recently new book titles discounted so if you want to pay full price for books  you can go a few more blocks up West Broadway to the Indigo Book Store!

I’ve been meaning to pick up this book for a few years now but never got around to it but when I seen it for $8.99 it was a no brainer!

Zakk Wlyde as we all know was Ozzy’s former guitarist/ sidekick for many a year and when Zakk left and formed his own band Black Label Society (which he continues to this day) I guess a book was in order as well since many musicians it seems nowadays write their own bio’s!

Except Zakk went a different route with his book as it’s not so much a biography but a book of touring and seriously this guy should have been a comedian! Frigg the dude is funny as hell and in this day and age of everything seriousness Zakk goes a different route and writes about his tales of touring and recording life and a ton of war stories about his days in Ozzy’s band and now  that Zakk is sober it’s still a hilarious read.

Basically Zakk is a Viking well those around him call that by his look and he just says it takes the piss out of everything so he just lets it roll to keep everyone amused. Berzerker’s is what Zakk calls himself and his fans.

The book is co written by Eric Hendrix who is basically Zakk’s point counterpoint kinda fella and they verbally spar each other chapter after chapter! ( don’t let the kids read this book ..just saying!)

The book is broken into 6 Chapters. Even the Chapter Titles are classic. Case in point Chapter 4 titled “No Shitting On The Bus” and Chapter 6 “Psssst Don’t Tell The Warden” hahaha….

Zakk spins a great life philosophy on all aspects of his career. From growing up in New Jersey, how he went about auditioning and getting the Ozzy Osbourne guitar gig. Going solo,family life and just general life stories all spun in a hilarious way on how it’s written.

One of the great stories is we all know he got the Ozzy gig so when Ozzy told him he got the job the first thing Ozzy told him was to make The Ozz a ham sandwich and to go light on the mustard!

Zakk,should do a speaking only tour! Man that would be something to see…

This book if you come across pick it up! It’s a great read!

NO MORE TOURS TOUR……..YEAH RIGHT!!!

July 2 1992  Ozzy Osbourne/Slaughter/Ugly Kid Joe/ Minneapolis/Target Center

So in the spring of 1992 We find out that Ozzy is packing it in touring wise!! So his No More Tears road jaunt is gonna be called No More Tours Tour. So basically hey the Ozzman is calling it quits so we had better get tickets! Which we did and they were pretty good seats so that was a bonus. This trip for some reason TBone skipped but I went with two other guys Al and Cementhead!

It was surprising that Ozzy was carrying two opening acts with him But up first was Ugly Kid Joe who was all over radio and video that summer of 92 with there hit ” Hate Everything About You’ UKJ was fun man, just a goofy band from  California that wasn’t trying to re invent the wheel!

Slaughter was up next. They were plugging there Wild Life release and of course the Stick It To Ya release. I had both Slaughter CDs and well between the two of em Stick To Ya was better as from the Wild Life they played  the title track(Wild Life) and Out For Love. I dunno live they gave me a headache, let me rephrase that Mark Slaughters voice gave me a headache. He was singing so high pitched kinda like Paul Stanley’s vocals on Animalize! I was kinda done by them at this show. Had no more real interest in them after this. NEXT…..

OZZZZZZY….after a short recap of Ozzys career on video. Here comes Zakk ripping into I Don’t Want To Change The World and were off. Ozzy had a great band with him along with Wylde he had Mike Inez on bass and Randy Castillio(RIP) pounding the skins and some dude plunking a bit of keys now and than. Gone was the elaborate stage shows of yesteryear. Just a straight ahead stage set up with a cool lighting rig and wall to wall videos showing  Ozzy/his band and the crowd on the screens.  The geezer was on fire,working the crowd,clapping,cussing,dousing the crowd with buckets of confetti or water!. Ozzman cometh that night to put on a final show right??!  They played all the hits War Pigs,Mr Crowley,Road To Nowhere,Goodbye To Romance,Paranoid,Flying High Again,Shot In The Dark,Zakk on display in Suicide Solution,No More Tears,Crazy Train,Bark At The Moon,basically look at the song choices from his Live And Loud release and there it is….

Ozzy and his band were on fire that night,totally got our money’s worth from the headliner!

Of course Ozzy didn’t pack it in after his 1992 jaunt. He was back three years later with the Retirement Sucks Tour! Hahaha…how can you be mad at him?! At least he has a sense of humour about things!

Check out the live clip of Desire from Seattle(bootleg). Other than Desire being my favourite tune off of the No More Tears Album this video is Ozzy at his best …. Watching some fan do the drunk dance at the 40 second mark(Ozzy just doesn’t care!), leap frogging,shaking another fans hand at the the 2 :40  minute mark of the vid,spraying the crowd with buckets of water,Ozzy dropping  his pants and just Ozzy being cool…