OZZY And SHARON Talk 'Scream', Upcoming 30th-Anniversary Reissues At Toronto Press Conference

May 20, 2010

Sharon Osbourne was the surprise guest at Ozzy Osbourne's elaborately staged news conference on Wednesday afternoon (May 19) at Casa Loma's Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to promote his new album, "Scream".

Video highlights from the press conference can be viewed in two parts below (courtesy of MusikUniverse.net).

When asked about Ozzy's upcoming 30th-anniversary editions of his first two albums, 1980's "Blizzard Of Ozz" and 1981's "Diary Of A Madman", with their original drum and bass tracks restored (unlike the 2002 reissues of these albums, which saw the replacement of the original bass and drum tracks by Osbourne's then-drummer Mike Bordin and -bassist Robert Trujillo),Sharon said, "They are coming out for Thanksgiving and they will be on the market then. . . It's going back to the original recordings with [Bob] Daisley [bass] and [Lee] Kerslake [drums]. And there will be a lot of stuff that you haven't heard before in the packages. Like certain conversations that were going on in the studio with the guys just messing around while the tape was still rolling. All of that will be added into it."

Q: There's also talk of some visuals in the archives with Randy Rhoads.

Sharon: "We've got two different shows that we have in the archives that we're working on right now. Of course, in those days, the tapes were, like, cut to twenty minutes and then you had to change the tape, so we're trying to clean it up and make sense of it. We are working on it, yeah, along with another film that we have of Randy, so it'll all be boxed together. It should be a great piece to have for a real fan. It will be an amazing piece."

As previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne will release a holiday album called "Black Christmas" late next year, according to an article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The set will be accompanied by a TV special. Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon seems to be the driving force behind the project, telling the magazine that she had discussed the idea with her husband, but that "he's trying to forget that it actually exists." No further details, such as songs that Ozzy might record for the album, are available.

According to Rolling Stone, Ozzy is reportedly considering performing both "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" in their entirety at some point in his upcoming touring schedule.

The Ozz will hit the road in support of his new record, "Scream", which is due out on June 22. He'll begin with a short, six-date Ozzfest trek before headlining on his own in the fall.

Ozzy says he wants to change up his set list when he gets onstage this year, explaining, "I've got such a . . . body of work to choose from now. I'd like to do some different [BLACK] SABBATH songs, and some different Ozzy songs."

Ozzfest begins on August 14 in San Bernardino, California. The festival's organizers have announced that all fans who purchase tickets for one of the dates before June 18 at LiveNation.com will receive a digital copy of "Scream" the day before the album is available in stores. Tickets go on sale Saturday (May 22) and will feature all-in pricing with no additional fees.

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