Sunday, June 10, 2018
By Eric Mackinnon
All of us rock and metal disciples who make our annual pilgrmage to the Mecca of Donington Park should appreciate and make the most of our legendary headliners. After all the sands of time are hurtling down like an avalanche and before we blink too many more times the legends and staples of our headphones and stereos, and the veteran headliners of festivals like Download will be no more.
Ozzy Osbourne is a case in point. This years marks his half century in the rock biz as a cast-iron legend of the genre both with Black Sabbath and in his own right as a solo star.
In fact his Download Festival closing set comes in his 40th year of performing as a solo artist.
But while his current global jaunt has been titled 'No More Tours 2' - a cheeky nod to his ill-fated retirement bid called 'No More Tours' in the early 90s he has vowed to keep playing live and instead is quitting world tours with a new reduced live schedule of occasional gigs.
Whatever his schedule turns out to be all of us who pack onto the grassy plains of Donington Park this summer should appreciate the chance to see the Prince of Darkness in the flesh, live, wild and in demand as he brings the black curtain down on a festival which gives me, and so many of us, the best weekend of our year.
"I've experienced fantastic things; it's been an incredible journey," he told Rolling Stone. "I need to slow it down a little.
"I enjoy being a grandfather," the singer, who recently became a granddad again, offers. "I don't want to go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up."
For more than 50 years the great Ozzy Osbourne has been atop the throne of metal. With the legendary Black Sabbath he helped lay the foundations for the entire genre and generations of new bands.
With is solo work he helped bring in the winds of change and a new, more energetic sound on his early solo work with the late Randy Rhoads; and he even had a paw in reality TV as his family were the feature of an MTV show before relaity TV became the all consuming monster of the modern day.
Ozzy even created and hosted a festival with multile instalmens of Ozzfest.
The impact of Ozzy Osbourne on rock and metal simply cannot be understated or undermined. He isn't just the man. He is almost the only man. The Prince of Darkness and the King maker of the business.
And we all get another audience with his Highness at the Churck of rock and metal when Donington Park opens her doors for business this June.
Be there or regret missing seeing the foundation stone this entire genre was built upon.
Horns up, see you on the grassy knoll.