Ozzy Osbourne Given First Copy of His New 30th Anniversary ‘Diary of a Madman/ Blizzard of Ozz’ Box Set
As the video below shows, Ozzy Osbourne was given the first copy of the incredibly awesome 30th anniversary box set featuring his first two solo albums and assorted video, photos and memorabilia from that era. Instead of someone who really deserved it, namely... us.
You heard right. For over 24 years now, we've covered Ozzy in an extremely favorable light. OK, fine, 24 hours, but still. It's not like he needs newly remastered versions of 'Blizzard of Ozz' or 'Diary of a Madman,' the classic albums that launched his solo career into the stratosphere following his dismissal from Black Sabbath. He recorded them, and he's been singing the songs for three decades at sold out shows all over the world, so he should already know what they sound like.
It's also not like he needs a fancy detailed replica of his famous cross necklace, since he's got the original already. On the other hand, given his admitted alcohol and drug-related blackouts from that era, the coffee-table sized photo book and DVD from those years are probably a welcome memory refresher for the "Prince of Darkness."
Seriously, this massive-looking box is awesome. It features bonus tracks from 'Blizzard of Ozz' and a previously unreleased live concert disc from the tour for that same album. You get the CD and vinyl versions of both albums, which, if you haven't heard them, you must seek out immediately. The aforementioned DVD also features unreleased concert and documentary footage from the early '80s. Any true fan of Ozzy's knows that means you'll see rare footage of the late, great guitarist Randy Rhoads in action, which is an incredible treat.
The 'Diary of a Madman / Blizzard of Ozz 30th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set,' which Mr. Big Shot Osbourne apparently already has, and which you can see here, will be available in stores on May 31. You can also buy individual versions of both albums. Some combination of those actions is mandatory for any true rock fan.
Watch Ozzy Open the First Copy of His 30th Anniversary Box Set