Ozzy Osbourne is one of the biggest names in heavy metal, but how well do you know the Prince of Darkness? AXS has compiled five facts you may not know about the Grammy Award-winning artist and his empire, which stretches beyond just music. Discover more about Ozzy Osbourne below, then get your tickets to see his No More Tours 2 tour at Las Vegas's MGM Grand Garden Arena this fall now at AXS.
Ozzy may be the Prince of Darkness, but he's also showing off his lighter side on his own TV travel show. "Ozzy & Jack's World Detour" airs on A&E, and features Ozzy and his son Jack Osbourne traveling the United States, getting into all kinds of trouble. The third season, which includes guest spots from Ozzy's daughter Kelly Osbourne, just premiered on June 13. Watch the trailer for the new season by playing the video above. Even one of the toughest guys in heavy metal history can still have fun pretending to be an astronaut.
Speaking of TV shows, Ozzy has found almost as much critical acclaim on television as he has in music. His family's reality TV show "The Osbournes" won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program in 2002. Interestingly, his wife Sharon Osbourne is the only member of the family credited with the Emmy win by name, because she is listed as an executive producer on "The Osbournes" and Ozzy is not. But considering that Ozzy was an equal part of what made the show a hit, he also deserves credit for both the 2002 win and the show's 2003 Emmy nomination.
Not all the music Ozzy has made is hard rock. In 1983, he was the featured vocalist on "Shake Your Head (Let's Go To Bed)", a pop single by the pop group Was (Not Was) that reached the Top 5 on the UK Singles Chart. Almost ten years later, the group re-released a new version of the single featuring both Osbourne and additional vocals by actress Kim Basinger; you can hear that version here. It may not be one of his biggest hits, but Ozzy Osbourne performing a pop song is definitely one of his more unique career accomplishments.
Music fans would probably not suggest Ozzy Osbourne as their first choice to voice an adorable animated deer. But that's exactly what happened in 2011 when he was hired to provide the voice of Fawn in the children's movie "Gnomeo & Juliet." He then reprised the role in the sequel "Sherlock Gnomes", which was just released in March. See footage of Ozzy recording the voice of Fawn by clicking the link above. You probably won't look at a deer quite the same way again, and based on his own reaction in the video, he's quite aware of how hilariously odd this is.
In December 2009, Ozzy announced that his next album would be called Soul Sucka, which fans absolutely hated. According to media reports, the negative reaction got back to him and by March 2010, he declared the title was being changed to Scream. Not only was it a much better title, it was a nice gesture showing that he was paying attention to the opinions of his many fans. The move must have helped, too, as after the record's release it topped both Billboard's Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums Charts, and was ranked No. 4 on the overall Billboard 200 albums chart. Maybe he'll play some songs from Scream when he performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena this fall.
Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours 2 comes to MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through the AXS event page and range from $65.00 to $125.00. Please note that the venue has an 8 ticket limit. For more upcoming events happening at MGM Grand Garden Arena, visit the venue page at AXS.
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