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Tina Saul

10th September 2011

tina saul

god bless ozzy osbourne

'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne' is coming to the UK this month and I was lucky enough to be invited to a sneak preview of it.

After hours of the Osbourne's life being broadcast on MTV over the years, and plenty of screen time for this media-savvy family, I was wondering whether this was going to be more of the same. But thankfully it's not and is a real delve into the life of The Prince of Darkness and how he got to be where he is now.

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It starts off taking you through his formative years, and you get a real insight into what it's like to grow up so poor in Aston, a vastly underprivileged area of England's second city, Birmingham. This section of the film features interviews of his family members and really is warts and all, and the integrity remains throughout the rest of the film.

Ozzy's life changed when he heard the Beatles, so it was so nice to see Paul McCartney being interviewed about him, as well as all of Black Sabbath and a great deal of other stars with whom he's worked with along the way. What's really great about this documentary is the way it captures all of your emotions: Tommy Lee's recollection of the infamous Ozzy and Motley Crue tour will make you cringe as it expands on the stories told in 'The Dirt', and Ozzy talking about Randy Rhodes will reduce even the hardest Metaller to tears.

Jack Osbourne produced the film and has done a great job, with a couple of exceptions. I really didn't like the way in which he was portrayed Ozzy regarding his parenting skills and I think a lot of this was unnecessary as, let's face it, there aren't many rock stars out there that would graduate from the school of parenting.

The second thing is that it still refers to Zakk Wylde as Ozzy's guitarist, which is a big omission of detail. I appreciate that sometimes films, especially documentaries of this kind, can take a while to get through legal clearance, but at the very least there could have been some kind of annotation added, as Gus G has been with him for over two years now.

That aside, the film is well worth going along to and will give you a different take on one of the most infamous men of modern history. I would give you some spoilers of things you'll learn along the way, but you're much better going and checking it out for yourself instead. It will be broadcast to over 200 cinemas across the UK on 16th and 22nd September and you can get your tickets from Ticketmaster by clicking here.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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