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Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Mad Man Tour Memories

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Well the year was 1985 and I was 15 years old. I already was an Ozzy fan when I went to the first Rock in Rio to see him alive. It was amazing, he had realesed Bark at the moon and was playing with the talented Jake E. Lee, a f...great guitarist!! (although not my favorite album)...Well, I think Ozzy made one of his best live performances in Rock in Rio Concert, he as truly inspired and I still can remember, as if it was yesterday, he waving his arms in a frenzy, with his tatoos exposed and eyes wide open as a raven...and for my surprise, almost 25 years after he comes back to Rio!!! Now, my son has 15 years and (naturally) is a huge fan, and I take him to see the Prince of Darkness on his first live concert!! Now with Zakk Wylde on stage the show was incredible and I saw a surreal moment when Zakk, in the middle of Paranoid, the crowd out of control, decides to throw his bulls eye to the crowd (man, you lost it!!) and seconds after (surely he forgot he was in Rio-You're in the jungle, babe), after figuring out he wasn't getting it back, decides to jump in to the crowd and "fight"for it"!! Well, he came back with a neck and a couple of strings!! Come on Zakk, how many of those Gibson gives you??!! Well, can't end this withough a few words on Diary, for me THE BEST OF THE BEST!! Its Randy's masterpiece, just check out the intro for Diary, the chorus...it's a classic, dark, great solos, drums, bass, the band is perfect...what about over the mountain and believer??!!! So many great songs you just won't see anymore in a same album!! Unfortunately, I never saw Ozzy perform Diary of a Madman, for me, one of his masterpieces along with Mr. Crowley!!
Long live Ozzy and Randy, eternal with their music!!

Im jesus Alberto from Valencia, Venezuela, i hope one day Ozzy come here, cause he never played in my country. There a lot Ozzy fans here in Venezuela, well, when i heard blizzard of ozz i was 16 years old, then 3 months ago i heard Diary, both records are amazing, crude, raw, heavy, and very dark, my mind blown away! One of the coolest things of Ozzy's records are their albums covers¡ they 're so real and ghoulish like Speak of the devil cover too¡¡¡ well long live to the prince of darkness, and one day please Ozzy come to visit us in Venezuela¡¡¡ Ozzy foreveeerrrr¡¡¡¡

April 6, 1982 - Portland ME - Drove smack dab into a blizzard from Orono ME going to see the Blizzard of Oz show. Did not know it was cancelled as we had Ozzy playing in the cassette the whole way down. Was 60 degress when we left so we had no jackets. Car broke down at the Maine Mall and we spent some time in the old Sheraton lobby before someone gave us a lift to USM. We were stranded for a couple of days in Portland until someone gave us a ride to Orono. Sure sad we missed the show, since I did not get to see Randy Rhoads before he died. It was definitely a Blizzard of Oz experience. Long live the Ozman.

April 6, 1982 - Portland ME - Drove smack dab into a blizzard from Orono ME going to see the Blizzard of Oz show. Did not know it was cancelled as we had Ozzy playing in the cassette the whole way down. Was 60 degress when we left so we had no jackets. Car broke down at the Maine Mall and we spent some time in the old Sheraton lobby before someone gave us a lift to USM. We were stranded for a couple of days in Portland until someone gave us a ride to Orono. Sure sad we missed the show, since I did not get to see Randy Rhoads before he died. It was definitely a Blizzard of Oz experience. Long live the Ozman.

THE DIARY TOUR WAS THE SECOND BEST SHOW.

blizzard n diary? both totally great albums!! the first time i heard them was breathe taken. to hear the freshness of of a young new guitariet, named randy rhoades. listen to both cds with some headphones, earbuds whatever. concetrate on the guitars. just listen!!! never got to see r.r. an oz 2gether but,listening to those cds completely through to the end i8s great. getting so many emotions running through ur body. from the excitement n adreneline rush to the sad an emotional feelings that the songs bring to ur senses.
these 2 albums should be in the smithonion institute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blizzard n diary? both totally great albums!! the first time i heard them was breathe taken. to hear the freshness of of a young new guitariet, named randy rhoades. listen to both cds with some headphones, earbuds whatever. concetrate on the guitars. just listen!!! never got to see r.r. an oz 2gether but,listening to those cds completely through to the end i8s great. getting so many emotions running through ur body. from the excitement n adreneline rush to the sad an emotional feelings that the songs bring to ur senses.
these 2 albums should be in the smithonion institute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got to see Ozzy on his very first UK Tour in 1980. I saw him at Hull City Hall on 18th October.
Blizzard of Ozz had just been released a month earlier and it just blew me away, so I could'nt wait to see him on tour. I'd never seen Ozzy before so the exitement was unbelievable, I could'nt wait. The concert was brilliant, loved it all, from the opener I Don't Know to closer Paranoid, he played the full Blizzard album plus b-side You Looking at Me Looking at You.
The City Hall in Hull is quite a small venue so the atmosphere was unbelievable, I was down the front in the thick of it all, brilliant. Glad I got to see the original Blizzard line-up with Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake who were great, and Randy was amazing, so sad I never got to see him again.
(I had tickets for the UK Diary of a Madman Tour the following year but Ozzy cancelled it last minute, I'm still pissed about that now, 30 yrs later)
Overall my frst live Ozzy experience was brilliant, I've had the pleasure of seeing him loads of times since, on almost every UK Tour he's done , as well as loads of festivals, and I'm looking forward to seeing hum again at London's 02 Arena in September, bring it on.o

Here's a photo from my first ever Ozzy concert, ahh memories.
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I'm originally from NY, born and raised just outside the city. For this show we travelled down to Asbury Park to the convention center there. Def Leppard opening, small venue, Randy Rhodes was awesome. Little did we know, if I remember correctly, and beleive me those days are a little hard to clearly recall,that this would be Randy's last show.We decided after the shoe to walk in the other direction from the boardwalk and walked til' we got to the tour bus, don't really know who was on it if anyone but we hung out anyway. Good thing for us we did, we got to see Ozzy, Randy, and some of the staff get on bus. Although I went on to see Ozzy at least thirty times after that show, that is the one that stands out. R.I.P. Randy, you are still missed!

I am a 45 year old male born and raised in Chicago. I got my first job at a grocery store a couple miles from home. It was there that I met a bunch of guys that were into hard rok, just as I was. It was at this time when Crazy Train was tearin up the radio. I immediately purchased Blizzard of Ozz. I WAS HOOKED....... I then turned on my new friends to this album, and they were hooked too... Then it was announced Ozzy was coming to town at the Poplar Creek Theatre on August 22 1981... I told the guys at work that I was going, and wanted to know if anyone was interested. Before I knew it, I had 5 guys on board. I was in charge of getting the tickets, and everyone ponied up $11.50. After that, all we had to do was wait for saturday Aug 22 1981. We cranked Ozzys album everyday leading up to the show. AUGUST 22 1981..........We all met at the store that afternoon. One of the guys dad would let him drive the family station wagon. He was the wheel man. Another guy was able to get his hands on some beer.We were only 16 years old, but we were ready to have a good time. We blasted Blizzard of Ozz on the way to the show. It was a 45 min drive to the show. When we got there the place was packed. The guys thanked me for getting seats instead of lawn. I then headed down to Sec 3 Row 29 Seat 18. Def Leppard opened the show, and they were great. We then headed for the piss house to make sure we were back in our sets before Ozzy took the stage. When the show finally started, it was a whirlwind of excitement. We were singing, playing air guitar, air drumming, you name it. I remember alot of back patting and congratulating each other about how smart we were for attending this show. We all loved Ozzy, but this was when all of us had just discovrerd our new favorite guitar player. RANDY RHOADS blew us away....... The hair on your arms would stand straight up. It was a memorable night that I will never forget..... Next time I write, I will share my memories of the Diary of a Madman show I attended..... MADMAN319

I saw Ozzy on my 18th Birthday in El Paso, Tx while stationed at Ft Bliss Feb 23rd 1982. UFO opened and Ozzy was terrific. It was a great night. Pushed my way to the very front. Smoke poured out of nowhere and when it cleared he was sitting in a giant chair.
Hard to imagine that a few short weeks after this Randy was gone. Seems like a lifetime ago and a short time as well.
Thanks for the memories.

Everyone calls me OZZMAN, for obvious reasons. Been following OZZY sense 1970. Have no ideal how many times
iv'e seen Ozzy. I have a room dedicated to Ozzy, full of memorabilia.
Check out my website= ozzhead1956.tripod.com
Now to my story : It was August 21, 1981 Evansville,Indiana ** WE fought our way up front ( we were always
up front), Def Leppard opened, i like Def Leppard and they were good, but we came to see OZZY.
Then out came My Madman = OZZY, he opened with " I Don't Know " fu-kin awesome, followed by one of my favorite
song of all " Crazy Train ". I have a Ozzy tee shirt with the words " mental wounds not healing" airbrushed on
the back, i still wear it today, ( been duplicated ) a few times.
This was one of my favorite Ozzy concerts, and iv'e been to many. Ozzy kicked ass and showed the music world
he was a force to be reckoned with and still is today, but Randy Rhodes, that little dude showed the world how to play lead guitar, he was awesome, unbelievable, not enough words in the dictionary to describe him. A
true Guitar God. " Love him and will always remember him ". We were cooking that night (acid), times have changed, we all have. Those were the good ole days. Ozzy ended the show with " Iron Man" and " Paranoid".
" What a FU-KIN Show ", still remember it like yesturday.
Iv'e met Ozzy back in the ole days but would love to meet him again and get a photo. Been trying for years
to get a contest going in Indy. Have fans take photos of their rooms dedicated to Ozzy and the best 10 or so
win up front tickets and get to meet OZZY. Just take the photos to the radio station who is at Ozzfest and
let them judge. " Thanks for listening "
See everybody at Tinley Park, Aug. 17 " Never miss an OZZFEST " ozzytilldeath1956@yahoo.com

I was 13 years old when my friends older sister took us to Day on the Green in Oakland on his first tour. I was so blown away by Ozzy's new band that I would never miss an ozzy concert. I remember we all ran home, picked up our guitars and tried to be Randy. I have been so blessed to have caught Randy with ozzy 3 other times before he passed. It was a sad day. But feel so BLESSED to have been there when it all started. Too many good memories surround those two albums to list here. Happy 30th to the band. I am sure Randy is jamming with some angels in heaven right now. I'll see you on the other side. Ozzfest 15 days away. Hell yay!!! Thanks God!!!

Well, it was so strange for me at first to see Ozzy out of the context of Black Sabbath. I remember hearing the music he put out with the band and liking what I heard. I remember thinking how beautifully Randy played the guitar, and yet, how rocking. I remember a great sadness not hearing his guitar on the radio after he died. It was a great loss. Eddie Van Halen had the technical ripping sounds, but Randy was so melodic.

Ozzy shifted from being the guy in fringe and just like one of us to "the madman." I didn't like that too much, because frankly Ozzy was never that to me as much as a super approachable and ordinary guy. Likeable. Unpretentious.

JULY 11TH 1980 MY BOYFRIEND AND I WENT TO EVERYBODYS RECORD STORE IN PORTLAND OREGON TO GET THE BLIZZARD OF OZZ AUTOGRAPHED BY OZZY. THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE IN LINE THAT WE WERE SURE WE WOULDNT GET A CHANCE TO SEE OZZY BY 3;OO WHEN IT WAS SUPPOSED TO END,BUT OZZY WAS SO AWESOME HE STAYED AND SIGHNED STUFF FOR EVERYBODY,WELL BEYOND THE CUTOFF TIME EVEN WHEN I WAS GREEDY AND ASKED HIM TO SIGN MY HAND AS WELL HE DID!! THE SHOW AFTERWARD WAS THE BEST SHOW I HAD EVER SEEN IN MY WHOLE 15 YEARS... PHOTOS OF THAT DAY ARE ON MY PROFILE OZZYS LOOKIN SIDEWAYS CAUSE I DIDNT WANT TO FLASH IN HIS FACE BEIN SO NEAR TO HIM.MOTORHEAD ROCKED AS WELL,BUT NOTHING COMPARED TO OZZY I HAVE SEEN HIM OVER 25 TIMES SINCE BUT THE FIRST WAS THE BEST.ANGIELITTLE9999