I am currently reading Ozzy’s new autobiography I AM OZZY. It’s a very,very funny read. Ozzy is a very funny guy who has led a very interesting life to say the least.
One thing that comes through loud and clear is how doggedly determined Black Sabbath were to succeed in the early days. They would do anything to get ahead in the music game.
Ozzy was quite the careerist it tuns out!
One idea they had was to simply drive their van to the biggest venues in Birmingham whenever a big act came to town on the off chance that the band booked to play would somehow not show up and the desperate promoter would somehow agree to put a band nobody had heard of – Black Sabbath- on instead.
A laughably desperate and pathetic tactic.
But guess what, it worked!
One night Ozzy and the band were parked outside the Birmingham Roxy praying that Jethro Tull’s tour bus had turned into a fireball on the M1 motorway. And it had. Sort of.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi had the balls to approach the theater manager offer to go on instead. The manager, desperate to avoid a riot, agreed.
Black Sabbath played the best gig of their short career in front of a huge crowd and they were on their way.
Jethro Tull singer Ian Anderson somehow got a ride to the gig and was impressed enough to try to hire Tony Iommi to play with Tull.
Everyone wants to be a rock star but Ozzy and the boys NEEDED to be rock stars. They had nothing to lose and they went for it.
Who dares wins!