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
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