Metallica, Slash, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and many other musicians turned out to honor Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne on Monday night (May 12th) at the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Also honored this year was Village Studios owner and CEO Jeff Greenberg. Metallica performed a four-song set that included covers of Ozzy’s “Diary Of A Madman,”Rare Earth‘s “I Just Want To Celebrate,” the Beatles‘ “In My Life” and Deep Purple‘s “When A Blind Man Cries.”
- Ozzy himself performed a five-song set of solo and Sabbath classics that included “I Don’t Know,” “Suicide Solution,” “Iron Man,” “Crazy Train” and “Paranoid.”
- His backing band included Slash, Navarro, Billy Morrison of The Cult, Ozzy and Sabbath drummer Tommy Clufetos and Ozzy solo bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson.
- Ozzy was given the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.
- Ozzy received the award from Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who referred to him as “the grandfather of heavy metal.”
- Ozzy has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for more than 40 years, relapsing in 2012 after a long stretch of sobriety but getting back into recovery in 2013.
- Despite his struggles, Ozzy told us a while back that that his life story is ultimately an inspiring one:
- “I come from a very low, working class family in Birmingham, England. I would sit on my doorstep thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Paul McCartney was to marry my sister, la la la, and all these daydreams that silly kids have. And what I say to a lot of people, they say what advice can you give me, and I go, ‘I had a dream, and most of my dreams came true and more, you know.’ You couldn’t invent my story.”
- Ozzy’s daughter Kelly told Billboard.
comat the event, “I could not be more proud of my father. Regardless of sobriety or not, I’ve always been proud of my father because I adore him. But seeing him today and everything that he’s achieved, it blows my mind, and I’m so, so proud of him.”
- All proceeds from Monday’s show benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.