How a charity concert brought Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath together - Live Aid 85, a story of one day
Live Aid 85 - a legendary event in the history of music ... Thanks to him, a total of about 150 million pounds! Watched live broadcast 1.9 billion man in 150 countries of the world, which is almost 40% earthly population! These are really staggering numbers… The concert took place in stadiums Wembley in London and John F. Kennedy in Philadelphia. Overall, the live audience numbered over 170 thousand people… They all came to enjoy the timeless music and look at their idols, among whom were Sade, Phil Collins, Queen, David Bowie and many others ... However, special attention was paid to Black Sabbath. It so happened that the charity concert united Ozzy Osbourne and his old comrades, so that together they can help the starving Ethiopians... Needless to say, this reunion sent Sabbath loyal fans into ecstasy? Actually, "Live Aid" united on his stage not only Sabbath, but it is about them that we will talk today. So, sit back as we begin our dive into a moment of meta brilliance as Black Sabbath reunite with Ozzy Osbourne to perform in front of nearly two billion people on Live Aid 1985 of the year…
Parting, which was "a relief ..."
Black Sabbath - the undoubted rock giants! Led by their enigmatic frontman Ozzy Osbourne, they changed the face of rock. Their roots go deep into the early days of heavy metal, and they certainly left an indelible mark on world music before Osbourne left in 1980 year ... At some point, the group decided that they no longer wanted to work with Ozzy: the vocalist began to have serious problems with alcohol and not only addictions ... Later he Osborneand also his friend Tony Iommi admitted that it was precisely the dismissal. However… "The Godfather of Heavy Metal." repeatedly said that parting with Black Sabbath was "a kind of relief for him ..."
After Osborne built a successful solo career (and he did it pretty quickly!) "Prince of Darkness" established himself as an independent artist: he released albums, toured and did a lot of things befitting a real rock star ... Black Sabbath, in turn, continued their ascent with another talented vocalist named Ronnie James Dio. And it is unlikely that they remembered each other (since everyone bathed in success and glory in their own way), however, this wonderful moment has come. And all thanks Live Aid 1985 of the year…
What's left "behind the scenes": preparation for the show
The iconic event was billed as the "World's Jukebox" with two concerts held simultaneously at the stadium Wembley in London (which was attended 72,000 people) and in the stadium John F. Kennedy in Philadelphia (which was attended by 100 000 human). According to average estimates, approximately 1.9 billion people (and this, for a minute, 40% population of the whole world!) watched the rapidly unfolding legendary concert! In fact, the opportunity to speak to such a global audience was too tempting to Osbourne and Sabbath abandoned it...
Despite the fact that the American comedian announced them as Black Sabbath feat. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi felt that Live Aid can mark their return in the usual composition:
“We probably thought this might be the first step towards getting back together…,” the guitarist wrote in his 2011 autobiography Iron Man.
It's no secret that Black Sabbath always famous for their crazy antics off the stage (although on it too ...) And when they got back together, one thing was inevitable ... Iommi recalls:
“We got to the place where we were supposed to rehearse three songs. Instead, we ended up talking about the old days… It was very soulful, so warm… After that, we went to a bar where we had a great time together and had great drinks!”
In this way Osbourne and Sabbath arrived at the global show, as expected, with an incredible hangover ... Speaking of their performance: the group will be sandwiched between a peppy set Billy Ocean and a hip-hop master class from Run DMC.
The moment of truth...
Osbourne stood at the center of the stage in a winged, jeweled cloak… He was clearly ready to take the opportunity to perform again with his bandmates. Black Sabbath!
Encouraged by this, he tried to run the entire stage! He was full of energy, and it is, in fact, very cool ... For so many years of his feelings for Sabbath were still strong...
“I had a terrible hangover,” Iommi recalled. “I put on dark glasses and we played Children of the Grave, Iron Man and Paranoid in bright sunlight… It was a great event and we certainly recognized the importance of this event! It's a pity that everything ended very quickly ... "
It is worth noting that the group performed the first two compositions with great professionalism! For Black Sabbath it was a really big day! Although, to some extent, it was "just a hangover before 100 000 human…"