Ozzy Osbourne surpassed the success of his band Black Sabbath as soon as he started to tactically build himself a solo image. His former bassist Rudy Sarzo spoke about this success recently to Yahoo Finance and stated that no one, including Mick Jagger, could be bigger than their band.
The Rolling Stones’ success is clear as day when it comes to selling out tickets and albums. Moreover, there is hardly a person in the world who has never seen their famous tongue-out lip logo on t-shirts. The band is one of the most famous rock and roll bands globally and has immensely contributed to the music industry.
Mick Jagger also wanted to create a solo rockstar image in the 1980s. He released his first solo album, ‘She’s the Boss,’ in 1985. It was a modest success and enough to keep Jagger striving for individual acts. However, after he released his second album ‘Primitive Cool,’ he was shocked that it wasn’t as successful as the first one. Hence, Jagger realized that he could not be bigger than his band.
Ozzy Osbourne, on the other hand, with the impact of his wife Sharon Osbourne, managed to become more prominent than Black Sabbath. He joined Sabbath in the 1970s and introduced himself to the rock and roll world. However, around 1979, he was fired because of his drug problems. Not letting this stop him, he managed to make a name for himself and dazzle his audience with his individual performances and has released 12 studio albums.
In his recent interview, Osbourne’s former bassist Rudy Sarzo spoke about this success. He stated that no one could predict Osbourne’s success because it is difficult to be better than the band that gave you fame in the first place. He gave the example of Mick Jagger and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and stated that Osbourne managed to do what they couldn’t.
Here is what Sarzo said about Osbourne:
“I don’t think anybody could really predict the journey that Ozzy has taken — and Sharon, along with him — for this last 40 years. It’s unprecedented. I mean, nobody has ever done this. No member of a group has ever gone on to be bigger than the group that they came from — with maybe the exceptional Michael Jackson, but I’m talking about in metal or rock ‘n’ roll.
Mick Jagger has never been bigger than the Stones as a solo artist. Robert Plant has never been bigger than Led Zeppelin as a solo artist. But Ozzy got to a point that he is bigger than Black Sabbath. Nobody could have ever predicted that.”
Sarzo joined Osbourne’s band in 1981 and became known as his bassist. Later in 1982, he quit the band due to Osbourne’s heavy drinking habits, which he couldn’t endure, especially after the death of his bandmate Randy Rhodes, who was also his bandmate in Quiet Riot.