John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, actor and television personality. He rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness".
Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but he went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions.
Ozzy Osbourne has opened up on his fellow rock stars that have reached out to him during his ongoing health issues, noting that while his social circle in the music scene has essentially gotten smaller, he's extremely appreciative of those that have continued to make the effort.
In a new interview with Revolver, Ozzy reveals that he now has a great relationship with fellow Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi these days, and that the two still text each other regularly. "Tony, God bless him, he comes to my rescue," he says. "And in actual fact, since we've made up, he's been really supportive.
Calls me regularly to see how I'm doing. ""We've had arguments, we've fallen out, we've made up," he adds. "It's just like a marriage.
You get divorced, you get back together. But Tony Iommi - and I can never deny this - there's not a man on the face of the earth who comes up with these gutty, dark, heavy riffs.Read more on msn.com