In a conversation with Steve-O’s Wild Ride on Youtube, Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne shared the details of the partnership between Ozzy and the band’s lead guitarist Tony Iommi.
The iconic heavy metal band Black Sabbath was formed by Ozzy Osbourne, the guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, and the bassist Geezer Butler in 1968. With Tony Iommi’s insistence and the support of the other band members, Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath on April 27, 1979, due to excessive substance abuse.
Following a successful solo career, Osbourne and the members of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, reunited for a performance at the Ozzfest tour alongside Osbourne’s solo band.
Recently, Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne joined a show on Youtube named Steve-O’s Wild Ride to talk about her achievements during the extraordinary career of Ozzy Osbourne. During the conversation, Sharon revealed the details of the partnership between Ozzy and Tony Iommi. She mentioned that Ozzy and Tony were equal partners in Black Sabbath and also the actual owners of the name while Bill Ward and Geezer Butler were in a ‘pay-for-play‘ situation.
Here’s what Sharon Osbourne stated during the recent interview she joined:
“It’s about right, but Ozzy and Tony own the name – Geezer and Bill don’t. It’s Ozzy and Tony that own the name, and they are partners in Black Sabbath, so you’re kind of right, Ozzy and Tony are equal, and at the time, the other guys, you know, it’s kind of like pay-for-play.”
Click here to read the entire interview with Sharon Osbourne.