Today (December 3) is Ozzy Osbourne’s birthday, and while the singer’s infamous wild moments (and that infamous cheating scandal) tend to get a lot of attention, we’d like to recognize the positive side of the Prince of Darkness. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, here are some moments that we feel would land Ozzy on Santa’s “Nice List:”
Showing support for youth music programs
Ozzy was so moved by this cover of “Crazy Train” performed by the Louisville Leopard Percussionists that he sent the youth music program a check for $10,000 along with a note stating, “Myself, my whole family and my fans all loved your rendition of ‘Crazy Train.’ Keep up the good work. God Bless, Ozzy Osbourne.”
The Louisville Leopard Percussionists is a non-profit organization offering extracurricular music opportunities to local children at little or no cost. Please help us keep our program going by donating at http://bit.ly/louleopardsdonate. http://www.louisvilleleopardpercussionists.com/ The Louisville Leopard Percussionists (4th-6th graders) rehearsing Crazy Train. The Louisville Leopard Percussionists began in 1993.
Offering support to substance abuse programs
Ozzy has had his problems with substance abuse in the past, but he’s also been very vocal about helping those in need of assistance. His efforts were acknowledged in 2014 by the MusiCares MAP Fund when the organization presented him with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award “for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.”
Ozzy Osbourne will be honored at this year's MAP Fund Benefit once again at Club Nokia in Los Angeles with special guest Slash, and at previous awards the duo talked about the special place MAP plays for musicians.
Using his birthday for good
Let’s face it: We’re all a little guilty of making things all about us on our birthday, but in 2013, Ozzy decided to use his birthday to inspire fans to donate to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
I'm using my bday (tomorrow) to raise money for @royalmarsden! Give a gift and donate to help cancer patients here http://t.co/Zyl6LXq2zK
The Doting Granddad
Seriously…who didn’t love this photo from Jack Osbourne’s Instagram page showing Ozzy coloring with his granddaughter, Pearl?
See this Instagram photo by @jackosbourne * 13.2k likes
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels. True story.