Ozzy Didn't Believe Sabbath Had Influence

Ozzy Osbourne didn't realise Black Sabbath had been such an influence on other bands until he heart Metallica playing his songs and suspected they were laughing at him.

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The iconic frontman recalls a moment in 1986 when the thrash giants were supporting him on tour.

Ozzy tells: "I came past their dressing room, and I had to ask one of their assistants if they were taking the piss out of me, because they were playing Black Sabbath.

"For someone to tell you Black Sabbath changed my life' is a weird thing to get your head round."

But despite the band's legacy of dark-edged music, Osbourne insists it's all about having fun to him.

"I've never wanted to be serious, to have solemn music," he says. "The way that all that happened with the music and the name and everything, if I remember, is we used to rehearse in a movie theatre. So we decided to write songs inspired by scary movies.

"It was all flower-power and love - but for us, living in the industrial town of Birmingham, we liked scary movies."

Osbourne is at work on his first Sabbath album since 1979 alongside bandmate Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and producer Rick Rubin. Drummer Bill Ward failed to reach a contractual agreement and bowed out of the original lineup reunion. He recently stated he'd like to be part of Sabbath's future.

They've written 15 songs, 12 of which are slated to appear on the album, and tracking is well underway. Sabbath haven't revealed its title but have confirmed it's due out in April next year (via ClassicRockMagazin).

They've also announced a four-date tour of Australia between April 25 and May 4. The following week they'll headline the inaugural Japanese edition of Osbourne's travelling tour Ozzfest.

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    I like how it doesn't mention Metallica in this article... (Ozzy is referring to Metallica btw)
    I remember Lars brought that story up when he and James inducted Sabbath to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
    Every time i read something Ozzy said, and it is quoted, i read it in his stuttering voice...
    Ok what am I missing? I can't relate the title with the article..
    I can totally see where he's coming from. In 1986 (I was 16) Sabbath wasnt looked at like they are currently. When magazines said "godfathers of metal" they were usually talking about Zeppelin or even Deep Purple. I saw Sabbath (with anthrax) around this time, the place was empty to begin with then after anthrax left the stage it really emptied out. I believe they ended up cancelling a bunch of dates because of poor ticket sales. 80s albums like Born Again (which I really like, Iommni's sound on this album is awesome), Seventh Star and Eternal Idol didnt help their legacy status.
    I guess I can see his point, he went through most of Sabbath believing it was going nowhere. To suddenly be told 6 years later that he's influencing the biggest metal bands in the world must have been mind-blowing.