Ozzy Osbourne: 'Where Are All the New Rock Stars?'

"Nowadays, I have a problem telling who's in the band and who's in the crew," adds Black Sabbath singer.

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Metal legend Ozzy Osbourne isn't too thrilled with younger acts these days and has recently shared a genuine concern regarding the future of the guitar-driven genre.

Chatting with Kerrang! magazine, Oz had a simple question to ask - "Where are all the new rock stars?"

"I honestly don't know who's going to carry the flag in the future, but I wish someone would hurry up. None of us are getting any younger, you know," the singer said (via Blabbermouth).

Asked about who is the ultimate rock star in his opinion, Osbourne replied, "David Bowie comes to mind. He's always original with his image and music. Nowadays, I have a problem telling who's in the band and who's in the crew - no one looks like a rock star!"

The vocalist was also asked to comment making the magazine's "50 Greatest Rock Stars in the World Today" and share his thoughts on why does he think he made the big 50. "[Why?] Probably because I'm Ozzy Osbourne! But the past year, with the success of Sabbath's '13' album and the world tour, probably didn't hurt..."

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    He's right, bands don't really have personalities anymore.
    The thing is todays popular hard rock and metal bands do have personalities, it just happens that the only trait they have is being a ****ing douchebag i.e Andy Biersack.
    the fans are gone, in my opinion there are a lot of great bands, just no following. Rival Sons, Scorpion Child, Red Fang
    Rex Inclitus
    I, live on the mountain, and dream of, the open skies. Scorpion Child have it down, raw and dirty. Singers stage persona reminds me of Klaus Meine in this early days but sounds like Dave King.
    If he is referring to the rock-'n-roll type Motley Crue rockstar; Ozzy you did it well but you nearly killed your wife and ruined your marriage. I guess that is pretty rock 'n roll. Then you get the genuine nice guy like Dave Grohl; world famous but down to earth. Then you get the I-think-I-am-a-rockstar but am actually a poser; transvestite-looking bands like Black Veil Brides.
    some do, they're just not the 'popular' bands. if you look at relatively new bands like biffy clyro or alter bridge, they've both got absolutely awesome on and off stage personalities. I see your point though.
    30 Seconds To Mars is one of the newer ones I think. Jared Leto is an awesome frontman!
    30 Seconds to Mars isn't rock. It's just shit.
    F*%$ off, there is nothing wrong with 30stm. You know where the new rock stars are? They're out there, making music, being shit on by you elitist twats for not being the OLD generation of rock stars. The drug-fuelled Ozzies are making electro-core and the more toned-down Stings are Jared from 30stm. Then you all go out and are like 'Ah, people aren't making good rock'n'roll anymore'. They are, you just aren't listening to them, thus letting Danny Worsnop, Jared Leto, or John Mayer become the new 'public' face of music. Your elitism is the goddamn problem. You people...
    Nice rant. 30 Seconds to Mars are still shit though.
    I know what He's saying about these day's "rock stars" but Jaybrink10101 is missing something - THEY AREN'T ROCK They are Electro or Pop or Indie shit. We're looking for hard rock and classic metal. Just cause a band is new doesn't mean they suck, but it doesn't mean they are rock either.
    You do realize you just posted a huge combative rant to someone named "Little_Boy". Music is like art, its all about interpretation... Don't let anyone get you riled up because they don't like a band you happen to dig. I mean, how do you think Nickleback fans feel? Hehe
    Not actually a rant, I just swear like a sailor. I realize it's art and shit, nor do I really give two craps about anything 30stm did after A Beautiful Lie, but check the crowds they pull...stadium sized rock bands are few and far between and don't sound like Guns n' Roses no more. There are good bands out there...Ghost B.C. are killing it these days, Mastodon, and to a smaller extent, Periphery and the other djent-core bands, but they don't get the exposure that these little dicks doing the warped tour do. The guys that get ragged on every five seconds here at UG? Andy Six or Biersack or whatever he's called this week from Black Veil Brides, Jared from 30stm...these guys are the new face of rock n' roll. I don't like it, but they're there. So either shut up and listen to the next 2 Dev records or accept the fact that it's changing.
    Their newest album was definitely shit. You have to admit the man has one hell of a voice, though.
    3stm are alright but to say they have personality? And that Leto is a great front man? The one time I saw them he was an arrogant prick...
    No hes not. And they arent rock and roll they are for 15 year old girls who think a washed up teen actor can sing and write a song....and they are wrong
    Ozzy saying "can't tell who's the band and who's the crew" is funny. The guy's been on stage in black pyjama pants and a black longsleeve for years now. What are rockstars supposed to look like these days? No one would buy a serious record from a guy dressed like Mötley in the 80s anymore. They'd just laugh.
    "I'm not a Rockstar, I'm a ****ing musician" - Taylor Hawkins
    because most bands nowadays have to be safe and watered down for the masses! it's the HIPster way!
    Bands watered down in their masses...
    just like hipsters in black glasses....
    Evil bands plot rock's destruction...
    Plus the industry's corruption...
    In the fields of CD's burning...
    Ignorance to rock star kind...
    Ruining it for all mankind, oh lord yeah
    Somebody needs to screenshot this thread and enshrine it in the UG Hall of Fame!!!
    I'll go down in history as part of the UG War Pigs improv sing along!
    I think Ozzy has a valid point, but I think it really only applies to mainstream rock. There are tons of great rock stars in the underground, but there are no real rock stars on FM radio anymore. In the 80s they had colorful personalties like Ozzy, Van Halen, Motley Crue, and Guns N' Roses playing on the radio and MTV 24/7. Now we have a bunch of uninspiring, shitty post-grunge/alt rock bands on the radio. In the underground, however, I think there are tons of rock stars. Bands like Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Mastodon, Lamb of God, and Ghost are all very original rock stars with larger than life personas if you ask me.
    I think his glasses are just getting thicker.
    The death of the "rock star" has in part to do with social media. The big rocks bands (or I guess any big act) of yore had a mystique around them, and as a fan you rarely got a glimpse into their daily lives. You basically saw the pictures of them in an albums liner notes, and maybe got an interview and some more pics in a magazine. Getting your hands on a shittily-shot camcorder live concert was a huge treat. Now you can see endless amounts of your fav band on Youtube, get a quick update on what they ate for breakfast on Twitter, and have them get even more watered down with Facebook. The "magic" is gone.
    To expand this idea, now it is possible to find anything on the internet. Back in the days you could only listen to the bands who were played on the radio or TV, so they were big bands that everyone knew, so called "rockstars". Nowadays every person has their own rockstar, because the internet opens the way even to the most unknown bands. If there was no internet i would have never known about any of the bands i listen to...
    Jack White, Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme and anyone connected to them. How about that Ozzy?
    Those guys are all from the previous generation. When you think "new rock stars" you typically think of musicians coming up in the scene and in their early 20s. Dave Grohl was a rockstar before a lot of the people here were even born.
    Ozzy said: "I honestly don't know who's going to carry the flag in the future". White, Homme & Co. are sure the ones to carry this flag. When Black Sabbath were realeasing their first albums, nobody knew how would they end up. I mean I love what Ozzy has done but he is just building up his ego with words like this, since noone is fool enough to go there and say "Hey Ozzy, I'm here, look at me, I'am a true ****ing rockstar!".
    +1 that, very strong individual characters, kick-ass musicians, if you like their styles you could definately call them rockstars!
    Not to mention Trent Reznor, Maynard Keenan and Matt Bellamy.
    So much yes. These guys. Especially Bellamy. That guy is a ****ing rock star. Almost to the point of farce, but that just makes it even better.
    plus Myles Kennedy, Alex Turner, Noel Gallagher, Corey Taylor, Tom Morello, Thom Yorke, Beck, and the guys in Mastodon. But yeah first Jack White, Dave Grohl, and Josh Homme.
    I don't understand what is so great about Dave Grohl. The Foo Fighters are the definition of generic (imo).
    Jack White is smart and talented, but no rock star. Dave Grohl doesn't have the edge to him that personifies "rock star", and Homme has too much of that edge and is just a dick.
    No, we need us some rockstars. It's cool to be down to earth and not flamboyant on stage or whatever and there's always been bands like that but we need some new blood to come and really take the ****ing stage, you know, maybe even turn some kids to rocking. Having strong image is amazing when you have good music. When you don't, it's the worst thing that can come out of rock.
    I agree with you and one guy came to my mind when I read your comment: Father John Misty. Some of you might know of him but if not check him out. Makes me think of a young Jim Morrisson. Saw his band live last year, he came on stage drunk as hell, bottle of wine in hand, jumped down the stage and still gave a hell of a show musically speaking. He's def. got the Rockstar image.
    >I have a problem telling who's in the band and who's in the crew The crew are the guys and gals who can play the instruments and sing well. The band are the guys and gals that look attractive. Does that help?
    Rex Inclitus
    Been at this since the 70's and I have seen ( and been ) guitar techs who play far better than the actual " star " on stage.
    Speaking of identity, Mastodon comes to mind. Truly unique in every aspect of music and imagery.
    How are there suposed to be new rock stars if the old ones just wont go away. Metallica, maiden, black sabbath, all those bands still headline all of the major festivals everywhere. And then there are a bunch more bands like megadeth, testament and such, that pick up the rest. Its really hard to top those bands, especially because of their popularity. Of course there are new bands that a lot of people listen to, but those are constantly pissed on on this page (a7x and trivium come to mind).
    Here's some bands that started making good music in the 2000s: Muse Mastodon Baroness Mother Mother The Dear Hunter Coheed and Cambria Trivium Killswitch Engage Lamb of God Seventh Wonder Haken Discipline Between the Buried and Me Animals as Leaders City and Colour Ghost And I can go on... Rock is not dead. Decades always seem better in hindsight. During the 90s everyone bitched how "Music is dead!" Now everyone looks back and says music died in the 2000s. As time goes on people forget the shitty music and the good music is all people remember. The 60s had some atrocious pop music, like the Archies, but no one cares about that. The 70s had some terrible music by the end of the decade. Most of the good rock and roll bands stopped making good music in that late 70s and rock apparently died as pop synth music took over. Bands like Genesis gave up their roots to play pop music. Now people look at the 80s and go, "wow, I wish lived in the 80s to see all those great bands live!" Stop whining that music is dead and accept new bands as they come.
    Ugh. Get over it. It's not the 80's anymore. The times have change along with the music industry. Who cares about having rock stars? Just be glad we have some good music.
    The death of the "rock star" has in part to do with social media. The big rocks bands (or I guess any big act) of yore had a mystique around them, and as a fan you rarely got a glimpse into their daily lives. You basically saw the pictures of them in an albums liner notes, and maybe got an interview and some more pics in a magazine. Getting your hands on a shittily-shot camcorder live concert was a huge treat. Now you can see endless amounts of your fav band on Youtube, get a quick update on what they ate for breakfast on Twitter, and have them get even more watered down with Facebook. The "magic" is gone.
    Imagine hearing bark on the moon for the first time on the radio. Compare an experience like that to anything you would hear today. Guys like Nickelback are running things and the labels back them.
    The reason that there are few "true" rock stars around is because all of the legends built their careers off of innovation. The reason why bands like Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath took off like they did was because they did things with instruments that changed the way that people viewed musicianship, rock, and even music as a whole. Then bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, and kiss showed people just how diverse heavy music could be. Fast forward to today, and few bands are not really adding anything new to things we have seen in the past. There's a lot of good music being made, but every band is either "too much like such-and-such" or "a cheap rip-off." The same reason why there's no new rockstars is the same reason why legendary acts are releasing "decent" albums instead of "great" albums: NOSTALGIA IS DICTATING YOUR STANDARDS. The world is changing, therefore so are audiences and their priorities. People want to make good music, and they don't need to be famous to make that happen.
    Bands that have personality nowadays aren't in the mainstream media because crappy pop music has taken over. If you look at people in the spot light, it is easy to see there are some stars that stand out, eg/ Lady Gaga. Unfortunately it is harder for bands to make it big, especially the ones that are different from what is seen as normal or appropriate these days.
    I really don't think this Country (US) could handle a rock star. When you think of a rock star, you think of sex, drugs, booze and rock and roll. Our label of a country would cast them out as alchoholics, drug addicts and whatever other PC label of the day is. The US is way to uptight to allow anyone to act like they are having too much fun.
    Well, we let people like Bieber and freaky friday whatsherface act like jerks, why would we stop a rock musician? I mean, we have a long history in the U.S. of watching people self destruct - it is the national past-time.
    Lee Makky
    If they arrest and charge Justin Bieber for throwing eggs at a house, then they won't let a rockstar have a 'sex drugs and rock n roll' attitude and be hectic and controversial. All our 'rockstars' will be in jail. Fuck you too, Government.
    If someone can read my comments in this sea of non-sens here it is When Ozzy started his career in the early 60's, electric guitar and amplification was fairly new (lets say it appeared around 1950). The door was wide open to innovation with this kind of revolution. Now we pretty much understand the possibilities of electric guitar and stuff the same way we do with piano and violin. Of course there will always be some mindblowing rockers the same way there is awesome classical composer these days. The golden age of multi-millionairs Rock-God will pretty much die with... I don't know lets say Iron Maiden and all those guys from the 80's?
    "Now we pretty much understand the possibilities of electric guitar" That's exactly why a guy like Matt Bellamy is the new rock star. He pushes the boundaries of what people thought possible with an electric guitar, makes awesome and consistently diverse and innovative music while he's at it, puts on an amazing live show, and does a fantastic frontman act on stage as well.
    the best rock band in long time must be Airbourne, look like rock musicians and sounds like rock music !
    Kanye West is the best rockstar ever
    Honestly...He's closer to a rock star nowadays than anyone else playing guitar-based music today. He's got the arrogance, the ego, the look, the vision, and the money. This guy isn't wrong.
    Bands are fake, easy to see through. They want to be successful, it drives them more than just making good music. Fear hinders true progress.
    I think that's a great thing. Music is not about being dressed in black leather and having big hair. You can put on a great show without having to dress up like you just came from a "mr. Leather" pageant. You don't have to be an attention/media ***** in order to produce great expressive music. Music doesn't need rock stars, it needs musicians, otherwise we'll keep getting the same stale crap over and over. You can only do so much with power chords.
    Lee Makky
    I think Airbourne and Heaven's Basement in terms of music are the best new Rock N Roll bands. Sure, Airbourne might be 'slightly' like AC/DC and neither of them have a stand out RnR looking member, but at least they sound good.
    Once Disturbed is off their hiatus they can take the flag, something different comes out of their albums each time and they all have that ass kicker look.
    Is this sarcasm? Please tell me this is sarcasm
    Replace Disturbed with System of a down and i'll agree with you
    FFDP seeem to be leading the way...here come the down votes LMFAOO!
    I wouldn't say they're leading the way at all. I enjoy listening to them every now and then, but not for any kind of musical substance. Gotta admit, I love their energy and attitude though. Something a lot of newer bands are lacking.... But they're cheesy lyrics and Copy&Paste riffs really take away from their status in rock/metal. I think most people would tell ya that. YOU WANT A CLOCK??? YOUR TIME IS UP!!! RAWRAWRAWRRRR
    Ehhh how about Gamma Bomb, Evile and Havok, those guys are not -THE- Rockstars, but they are fresh and have quite a nice presonality each....
    At least theres plenty of new metal bands that will be able to carry the flag, with completely original music that doesnt follow a formula at all. Dat dat dadadadadat dat dat (sing/scream/sing) dat dat dada dat dat