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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 06:56 AM
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On July 17th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Ozzy Osbourne's Speak Of The Devil on DVD.


This show was filmed at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California on June 12th, 1982 as part of the Diary Of A Madman tour following the tragic death of Randy Rhoads a few months earlier. The audio has been digitally restored and remastered and is now available in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time. Speak Of The Devil includes the classics Mr. Crowley, Over The Mountain, Crazy Train, Flying High Again, Iron Man, Paranoid, Goodbye To Romance and many more.


The lineup for this show features Ozzy Osbourne (vocals); Don Airey (keyboards); Tommy Aldridge (drums); Brad Gillis (guitar) and Rudy Sarzo (bass), who also wrote the liner notes for the DVD.

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 07:40 AM
What a sad chapter in Ozzy's life and career. You can see in this video how Ozzy was just basically going through the motions. He actually looks like he is lip syncing and Brad Gillis couldn't wash Randy Rhodes balls. I was less than two weeks away from seeing Randy with Ozzy for the second time when the tragic accident happened. I went to the show a couple weeks later at Madison Square Garden and they had some other hack who really sucked and the show was terrible. Went back to see them with Gillis a couple months later and they were much better but still nothing compared to what they were with the great Randy Rhodes. The only guitar player I really dug with Ozzy after Randy died was Jake E Lee. Not a big Zakk Wylde fan.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 07:47 AM
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What a sad chapter in Ozzy's life and career. You can see in this video how Ozzy was just basically going through the motions. He actually looks like he is lip syncing and Brad Gillis couldn't wash Randy Rhodes balls. I was less than two weeks away from seeing Randy with Ozzy for the second time when the tragic accident happened. I went to the show a couple weeks later at Madison Square Garden and they had some other hack who really sucked and the show was terrible. Went back to see them with Gillis a couple months later and they were much better but still nothing compared to what they were with the great Randy Rhodes. The only guitar player I really dug with Ozzy after Randy died was Jake E Lee. Not a big Zakk Wylde fan.


Maybe I saw a different video, but I though it was pretty good. Looks like the same Ozzy to me, maybe not quite as animated, but I though he sounded pretty good for Ozzy.

You really cant compare Brad Gillis to Randy. Randy was way out there away from the others, but I think Gillis is a very good guitar player and served the music well.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 08:01 AM
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He actually looks like he is lip syncing


Nothing about the vocals on the video are real. He didn't lip sync during the shows but all the vocals have been totally redone. Very obvious which is a bit embarrassing in some ways for some but I don't think Ozzy gives a crap.

Ozzy never sang this good live in his life even back to the early Sabbath days. An Ozzy sung song with no tuning issues is unheard of. Especially Crazy Train which he has had a hard time singing since his first tour with Randy.

My buddy had told me about this release and at how Ozzy went in and re-did the vocals and then they auto-tuned the entire show. Lots of work.

To me, it is too obvious that the vocal is not live. Shame as I would prefer the hear the real thing warts and all.

Still cool to see this era get some representing. Brad may not have been Randy but is a great player and no one would have been accepted after Randy's death anyway. Real tough spot for him but it did give him exposure and help his band Night Ranger become known. Tough to take the abuse ( still gets it 30 years later) but a big boost for his overall career.

The guitarist that you saw in between was Bernie Torme who was completely out of his league as a lead guitarist. Interesting player and has his own style and some cool solo career stuff but not the guy to handle Randy's leads at all.

Gary Moore was asked and begged by Ozzy but he wanted no part of it. Good friends with Ozzy over the years, Gary knew that he couldn't handle Ozzy's substance abuse issue and would be walking back into a situation like he had with Thin Lizzy.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 08:17 AM
I watched "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" this past weekend on Showtime and really enjoyed it. In particular, the segment about the influence of Randy Rhodes on Ozzy and his comeback after being booted from Sabbath. Randy seemed like a very sweet and down to earth young man. So sad the way he was taken from the earth.
 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 08:19 AM
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I watched "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" this past weekend on Showtime and really enjoyed it. In particular, the segment about the influence of Randy Rhodes on Ozzy and his comeback after being booted from Sabbath. Randy seemed like a very sweet and down to earth young man. So sad the way he was taken from the earth.


Was a great guy but very quiet which is why I don't believe he would have lasted in Ozzy's world much longer. Met him the night that the Tribute album was recorded at. Amazing show and glad I got that chance to meet him.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 08:23 AM
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I watched "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" this past weekend on Showtime and really enjoyed it. In particular, the segment about the influence of Randy Rhodes on Ozzy and his comeback after being booted from Sabbath. Randy seemed like a very sweet and down to earth young man. So sad the way he was taken from the earth.


Was a great guy but very quiet which is why I don't believe he would have lasted in Ozzy's world much longer. Met him the night that the Tribute album was recorded at. Amazing show and glad I got that chance to meet him.


What's the story behind the plan crash? They didn't mention the specifics in the film but I seem to recall when this actually happened that they were all pretty F*cked up on various substances. I also recall a pretty thorough investigation and some litigation ensued after the incident. Anyone remember the legal outcome of this tragic event?

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 08:29 AM
On the VH1 behind the music, it was mentioned that Randy was leaving the band to go back to school or something, but that he was leaving.

Regarding the plane crash, the bus driver mentioned they were near a small airport where he did piloting or something to effect he was a pilot and asked if anybody wanted a ride.

Ozzy slept in the back of the bus while Randy was persuaded to go up with the driver/pilot who may or may not have been coked up. They started buzzing the tour bus in the plane and the last time they got too close, clipped the bus and crashed. Ozzy was fine but the plane occupants, incl Randy, were all killed.

 

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I watched "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" this past weekend on Showtime and really enjoyed it. In particular, the segment about the influence of Randy Rhodes on Ozzy and his comeback after being booted from Sabbath. Randy seemed like a very sweet and down to earth young man. So sad the way he was taken from the earth.


Was a great guy but very quiet which is why I don't believe he would have lasted in Ozzy's world much longer. Met him the night that the Tribute album was recorded at. Amazing show and glad I got that chance to meet him.


What's the story behind the plan crash? They didn't mention the specifics in the film but I seem to recall when this actually happened that they were all pretty F*cked up on various substances. I also recall a pretty thorough investigation and some litigation ensued after the incident. Anyone remember the legal outcome of this tragic event?


The pilot tested positive for cocaine in his system but Randy did not. Randy also didn't really like flying to no one really knows why he went for a joyride. Last year there was some sad video that Ozzy released where it showed the scene and interviewed Ozzy and the owner of the house/property. Very sad. not much left of anything and in truth Ozzy and others are lucky to be alive.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 08:46 AM
Sounds right

Still sucked though

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 08:57 AM
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I was less than two weeks away from seeing Randy with Ozzy for the second time when the tragic accident happened. I went to the show a couple weeks later at Madison Square Garden and they had some other hack who really sucked and the show was terrible.


Well I was about 3 days away.
The band was down in Florida for 2 off stadium shows w/ Foreigner headlining, Osbourne, UFO and Bryan Adams. I was scheduled to work the Miami Orange Bowl perfomance, which was the day after the Orlando Tangerine Bowl show. Pat Travers was called in to fill in the bill, obviously at short notice.

The only other part of the plane crash story that hasn't been mentioned here, was that Rhoads initially did refuse to get in the plane, but the pilot/driver took up a couple of other people, landed w/o incident, and Rhoads was then convinced (that old peer pressure) to get on the plane for a ride.

The guitarist, that was quickly found to replace him for the tour dates was Bernie Torme.
And I'd agree, he's not very good, but again, Mrs. Osbourne's sole intention was to keep Ozzy on the road, working and focused, instead of allowing him to wallow and backslide into the state he was in when fired from Sabbath.

And fwiw, while obviously not player in the style of Rhoads, I thought Gillis did an exceptional job. While I wasn't big on his heavy use of the whammy bar, I thought his guitar sound was pretty good and thick sounding on the "SotD" album release, which of course was a live album of Sabbath covers, and a completely different animal than this dvd being released.

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 09:43 AM
Some audio from the NYC show that is mentioned here. A little out of control but not terrible (except for the audio recording) and looking back Bernie not as bad as memory thought. Definitely not the guy and much more of a blues based rock guitarist but he gives it a shot and considering I believe he only had 4 days to learn unfamiliar material and then had to play MSG, I will give him credit. Pretty hard to do with no one accepting you and knowing that before you even begin.

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 10:10 AM
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Nothing about the vocals on the video are real. He didn't lip sync during the shows but all the vocals have been totally redone. Very obvious which is a bit embarrassing in some ways for some but I don't think Ozzy gives a crap.

Ozzy never sang this good live in his life even back to the early Sabbath days. An Ozzy sung song with no tuning issues is unheard of. Especially Crazy Train which he has had a hard time singing since his first tour with Randy.

My buddy had told me about this release and at how Ozzy went in and re-did the vocals and then they auto-tuned the entire show. Lots of work.

To me, it is too obvious that the vocal is not live. Shame as I would prefer the hear the real thing warts and all.

Still cool to see this era get some representing. Brad may not have been Randy but is a great player and no one would have been accepted after Randy's death anyway. Real tough spot for him but it did give him exposure and help his band Night Ranger become known. Tough to take the abuse ( still gets it 30 years later) but a big boost for his overall career.

The guitarist that you saw in between was Bernie Torme who was completely out of his league as a lead guitarist. Interesting player and has his own style and some cool solo career stuff but not the guy to handle Randy's leads at all.

Gary Moore was asked and begged by Ozzy but he wanted no part of it. Good friends with Ozzy over the years, Gary knew that he couldn't handle Ozzy's substance abuse issue and would be walking back into a situation like he had with Thin Lizzy.




Ok...that makes sense why I thought Ozzy sounded pretty good.

Are there any recordings out there with Gary Playing with Ozzy? That
would be pretty cool to hear. I think during that period did'nt Pete Way
play with Ozzy?

Gary and Ozzy
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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 10:13 AM
Wow, did I just have a teenage flashback!

They used to show the "Iron Man" from the video of this show as a video on early MTV. I distinctly remember watching it one time and, as you can see at 1:02:20 of this youtube of this show...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgAtjNm9m94

A green laser light upside-down cross forms on the screen behind the drummer. I was watching this video and my strict Catholic mother walked in right when that cross appeared and let me tell you, she lost her f-----g mind wanting to know what I was watching. Wow. I remember that as if it was yesterday.

 

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Catholic upbringing, eh? Me too. I feel your pain.
 

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I can recall being a young Catholic spooked by the Satan appearances in 1970s/ 1980s metal. I think by the time Mötley Crüe shouted at the devil, I started to realize it was all shtick....

Bernie Torme played some nice guitar on Ian Gillan's solo stuff before Purple reunited in1984.

I was sort of bummed that Ozzy's "Shout at the Devil" overshadowed Sabbath's "Live Evil," which I greatly preferred at the time. I was young enough to feel the temptation to choose sides, like you had to like Ozzy OR Sabbath. Kinda stoopid.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 12:43 PM
I just watched the Crazy Train video on my phone. In the Related tab there was a link to the whole show. I'm listening to that now. I'm guessing it's the video that's been bootlegged for years which I have but haven't watched in a long time. Ozzy's vocals seem pretty much the same in both videos. They may have cleaned them up a little but they seem pretty close to me. Of course I'm listening through earbuds on a phone he sounds pretty decent.

Brad Gillis is kicking azz on guitar. He did a great job learning the songs and signature licks Randy played. he makes the songs sound right even if they aren't exact. Randy Rhoads (not Rhodes, Rodes, Roads, or Barry) was a phenomenal player and came up with wild stuff but Brad learned it quick and I know how hard it must have been. I had the Tribute songbook to go by and several hours practice after school in 1987 to learn the tunes and it wasn't easy.

Jake E. Lee is my favorite Ozzy guitarist after Randy and I think Ultimate Sin is a highly under-rated Ozzy album. Maybe it was the production. The songs are good though and Jake is wicked.

EDIT: I wasn't suggesting the vocals are live by the way. But his voice sounds like the younger Ozzy. Probably done back in '82 for the VHS.

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 12:51 PM
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I can recall being a young Catholic spooked by the Satan appearances in 1970s/ 1980s metal. I think by the time Mötley Crüe shouted at the devil, I started to realize it was all shtick....

Bernie Torme played some nice guitar on Ian Gillan's solo stuff before Purple reunited in1984.

I was sort of bummed that Ozzy's "Shout at the Devil" overshadowed Sabbath's "Live Evil," which I greatly preferred at the time. I was young enough to feel the temptation to choose sides, like you had to like Ozzy OR Sabbath. Kinda stoopid.


I would have liked Live Evil better if it was all Dio era material. I didn't like his voice on the Ozzy stuff. It was OK, but that's it. Maybe it was the song choice. I know what you mean about choosing sides. seems silly but was eminently important at one time. Kinda like the Dickey/ABB thing. I view it as having two versions to enjoy.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 01:01 PM
One of the reasons I love Aerosmith's Live Bootleg album is because it's ratty, ragged and rockin'. If they cleaned up that record at all I can't hear it and I have a ton of Aerosmith shows that sound just at ferociously stoned as Live Bootleg.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2012 at 03:15 PM
Well I'll be darned... I was at that show. It was a lot of fun and we all Rocked. While the guitar player wasn't RR, he nailed all the songs. I'll have to check this out. Thanks for posting.

 

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JFK, I too am not the biggest fan of Dio singing/overdoing the Ozzy era material, though I thought the ban sounded great on those tunes. I was always knocked out by the end solo of Iron Man on Live Evil - it is wildly fast.

The Dio-era stuff is great though. The extended versions of Heaven and Hell and Sign of the Southern Cross are wonderful, and Voodoo is nasty.

 

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JFK, I too am not the biggest fan of Dio singing/overdoing the Ozzy era material, though I thought the ban sounded great on those tunes. I was always knocked out by the end solo of Iron Man on Live Evil - it is wildly fast.

The Dio-era stuff is great though. The extended versions of Heaven and Hell and Sign of the Southern Cross are wonderful, and Voodoo is nasty.


Voodoo is off the hook and Sign Of the Southern Cross is possibly my favorite Dio/Sabbath tune. Iommi does seem to play a lot faster once Dio joined. The band did sound great. I must listen to that now.

 

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JFK, I too am not the biggest fan of Dio singing/overdoing the Ozzy era material, though I thought the ban sounded great on those tunes. I was always knocked out by the end solo of Iron Man on Live Evil - it is wildly fast.

The Dio-era stuff is great though. The extended versions of Heaven and Hell and Sign of the Southern Cross are wonderful, and Voodoo is nasty.


Voodoo is off the hook and Sign Of the Southern Cross is possibly my favorite Dio/Sabbath tune. Iommi does seem to play a lot faster once Dio joined. The band did sound great. I must listen to that now.


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  posted on 7/19/2012 at 05:07 AM
Video is great.. but yea the vocals are definatly NOT legit
Glad I saw this, because I probably was going to pick this up. Not happening now.

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  posted on 7/19/2012 at 07:24 AM
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Video is great.. but yea the vocals are definatly NOT legit
Glad I saw this, because I probably was going to pick this up. Not happening now.

Sharon strikes again!


Yeah i am kinda bummed about the vocal thing. Why wouyld you do that. Just leave it alone. It is what it is. They might lose some sales on it now.

I think when they re released Ozzy's Blizzard of Oz and Diary, I thought that I heard they re recorded the bass and drums on that, maybe?

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