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Ozzy Osbourne Doesn’t Really Connect with the term, “Heavy Metal”

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Take a breath and lower those metal horns, Ozzy says he doesn’t really connect with the term, “heavy metal”.

That’s right, kids, the Prince of F*-ing Darkness just isn’t into the descriptive phrase that we all associate with him and his band, even if Black Sabbath is called the Godfather of said genre.

According to, where you can watch a new CNN interview, Ozzy pretty much just doesn’t really feel the term is useful.

“I have never ever ever been able to attach myself to the word ‘heavy metal’ — it has no musical connotations,” says Osbourne. “If it was heavy rock, I could get that, but the ’70s was kind of like a bluesy thing, the ’80s was kind of bubblegum-frosted hair, multicolored clothes and the ’90s was kind of grungy.”

Ozzy goes on to say that when people tell him that Sabbath had a big influence on them, he can see that with some artists, “but other bands… what part of that is inspired by us? Some of it is just angry people screaming down a microphone!”

Regardless of what you call Black Sabbath’s musical genre, they are riding high right now with their first chart-topper in 46 years with their new album, “13”.

According to, Veteran heavy-metal band Black Sabbath landed its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart this past Wednesday, more than four decades after the rockers debuted their first album in the United States.

And reminds us of Ozzy’s words in the past, a dream he hoped would come true: “I suppose the one ambition I have left,” he wrote in his bestselling 2009 memoir, I Am Ozzy, “is to get a number one album in America.”

Black Sabbath is on tour this summer and will hit the PNC Bank Arts Center on August 4th.

Congrats to all our Hawk listeners who won tickets to the show!


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