June 12, 1982 is one of the most important moments in the career of Ozzy Osbourne. Only months before that day, Ozzy had lost not only a guitarist, but also a close friend when Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash in Florida. Rhoads’ death led to the temporary halting of Ozzy’s “Diary of a Madman” tour.
On the night of June 12, 1982, Ozzy’s tour picked back up. In the place of Rhoads was guitarist Brad Gillis. Gillis had big shoes to fill that night. And he filled them honorably. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision, the Metal Nation worldwide can re-live this momentous occasion any time it wants.
The “Diary of a Madman” tour re-started on June 12th, 1982 in Irvine Meadows, California. The show kicked off with the adrenaline filled ‘Over The Mountain.’ Ozzy and company let up just a little bit after that with the hit, ‘Mr. Crowley.’ On a side note about that song, fans who have read former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde’s book, Bringing Metal to the Children, learn that when he wrote ‘Mr. Crowley’, Ozzy didn’t even know who Alastair Crowley was. For that matter, despite his reputation as the “Prince of Darkness”, Zakk notes that Ozzy is actually quite religious. Audiences who have seen the documentary, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” know that to be true. That documentary was directed by his son, Jack. And just like that documentary, this archived live recording has also been released via Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision.
The only time that Ozzy slows things down in this show is in the ballad, ‘Goodbye to Romance.’ There’s no denying the awkwardness of the moment, considering the contrast of the song to the dark, foreboding stage set. That was the only awkward moment of the show. From there on, the energy kicks right back into high gear for the remainder of the evening.
“Speak of The Devil” was and is an important moment in Ozzy’s career. It showed that despite suffering a great loss, he and the band still managed to go out and soldier on, giving fans an amazing show. The set list isn’t all that made this recording so incredible. Just over three decades have passed since the show was recorded. It shows that while Ozzy may be older today, he is still as much a master of the stage today as he was then.
One more aspect that makes “Speak of The Devil” so impressive is the quality of the footage itself. The footage has stood the test of time quite well, as evidenced here. It’s one more element that makes “Speak of The Devil” another excellent addition to the library of every member of the Metal Nation. “Speak of The Devil” is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online at http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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