2016: No.30 - £135m
2015: No.28= - £128m
Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath are just embarking on their final world tour. And just in case anyone was in any doubt that it really is the final tour, it’s entitled “The End”
The tour will take up most of the year, and takes in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, drawing to a close a rock saga that has lasted nearly five decades. One of the band’s last UK dates will be headlining the Download festival in June.
It’s been a busy couple of years for legendary Brummie rocker Ozzy. The last successful Black Sabbath tour in 2014 culminated in a hometown Christmas gig and added nearly £45 million to the Black Sabbath coffers. And they picked up a Grammy into the bargain.
That tour came immediately after a reunion album that raced to No. 1 in more than 50 countries. Plus Ozzy’s best-of solo album, Memoirs of a Madman was released. in October.
There was even a petition and Twitter and Facebook campaign to secure a knighthood for the 67 year old rocker, launched by a passionate Australian Black Sabbath fan from Sydney.
Three of the original members of the band – Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler reformed for their first new album in 33 years, named 13, which achieved global success, becoming their first chart-topper since their Paranoid album 44 years earlier. The album topped the charts in the UK, the USA, Canada, the Far East and Europe. The fourth member, drummer Bill Ward, wasn’t part of the reunion, resulting in an online war of words between him and the rest of the band.
The original line-up last reunited in 1997 to headline the Ozzfest festival, and released the live album Reunion, recorded at the NEC in 1998. That project came to an end when Ozzy resumed his solo career.
In April 2012 Ozzy became a granddad for the fifth time. His son Jack and his actress wife Lisa Stelly gave him grand-daughter, Pearl. It was Ozzy’s wife Sharon’s first grandchild. Jack and Lisa married in October 2012 in Hawaii, shortly after he revealed he was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Ozzy’s company, Monowise, has a turnover of nearly £5 million and is doing nicely, boosted by his touring and albums. Sharon makes a sizeable contribution with US talk show earnings and a moneysupermarket.com TV advertising contract
Ozzy’s phenomenal musical success is a long way from his childhood in Lodge Road, Aston where John Michael Osbourne was born into a poverty stricken family with six children. Bullied at school and suffering learning difficulties, he turned his back on crime and found refuge in music.
His leap from rock star to celebrity came in 2002 when he became the unlikely star of an MTV reality TV series The Osbournes. The series, based on the unconventional domestic life of Ozzy and his family, ran for three years and became one of MTV’s greatest hits.
He lives on a vast Buckinghamshire estate and has homes in Beverly Hills and Malibu, but Ozzy remains Brum’s favourite rocker.