Ozzy Osbourne and his band began their tour in Osbourne's native United Kingdom on 12 September 1980, a week before the album's UK release. The band played three dates in Scotland, before moving on to play 25 dates in England and one in Wales between 17 September and 31 October. Keyboardist Don Airey, who performed on the album, was replaced on tour by Lindsey Bridgewater. On every date of the leg except Middlesbrough, where Newcastle band Raven substituted due to Burke Shelleys vocal issues, the band were supported by Welsh hard rock band Budgie, who were promoting their eighth studio album 'Power Supply'. The songs for the second album "Diary Of A Madman" were recorded at the same time as the first album, their release was delayed until 1981.
The Heavy Metal Holocaust Festival
|The Stage & P.A 'Heavy Metal Holocaust' 1981|
Recollections of Ozzy Osbourne's Performance
Ozzy was the last minute replacement for Black Sabbath. So short notice was Sabbath's pullout that the tickets had them as headliners. He did a great set including stuff from his first solo album and also "My bit of Black Sabbath" which went down a storm [Dave Butler]
I bought my ticket via a local record store in Doncaster (Angie’s Records, unfortunately now long gone) because I was a huge Black Sabbath fan at the time. When I heard of Sabbaths withdrawal from the event I was gutted. I shouldn’t have been because the Ozzy set was something that still sticks in my memory many years later. I was a fledgling guitar player at the time and remember being amazed at how a guitarist could play so well while his ‘mate’ the lead singer was yanking his hair down almost to the floor and dragging him around. Ozzy and Randy Rhoads certainly made an impression upon a 16 year old and in hindsight my love of Sabbath ended with the 70’s and the Ozzy era’ [Dave Jackson]
Yes we were there and remember the day well. Probably due to the fact that we had to drive there and the alcohol ban in the ground. Without boring everyone with a complete review of the day we went to see Motorhead, who did the business as usual. Ok Black Sabbath did not perform but how many Heavy Rock Fans can say they saw Randy Rhodes play guitar live on stage.
I was recently talking to a young guitarist who is in a rock band about the bands we have had seen live and I happened to mention that I had seen Randy Rhodes perform with Ozzy. The guy almost fell to his knees doing the we are not worthy salute. Randy is one of his guitar Gods, and he will never see him perform. So all you people out there who were at this festival and were disappointed at not seeing Black Sabbath, I bet there are a lot more people even more disappointed at never having the chance to Randy Rhodes perform live the way we all enjoyed that day. [Rob Saripo]
[all recollections sourced from ukrockfestivals.com]
This post consist of an MP3 rip (320kps) taken from my prized vinyl bootleg which I acquired from the Victoria Market, Melbourne back in the 80's. At the time I was a big Black Sabbath fan and I was devastated that Ozzy had left the band. So when I came across his bootleg, I grabbed it immediately and paid a small fortune for it if memory serves me right. I have chosen to rip each side of the album without track breaks, to retain the continuity of the performance, although the positioning of Paranoid at the end of Side A appears to be out of sequence as official track listings indicate Paranoid was their closing track.
Full album artwork and concert photos are included and the sound quality is very good for a bootleg.
01 - Flying High Again
02 - I Don't Know
03 - Crazy Train
04 - Believer
05 - Paranoid
06 - Suicide Solution / Guitar Solo
07 - Revelation (Mother Earth)
08 - Steal Away (The Night) / Drum Solo
Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
Randy Rhoads – guitar
Rudy Sarzo – bass
Tommy Aldridge – drums
Lindsey Bridgewater – keyboards
Ozzy Osbourne Link (102Mb)