Ozzy Osbourne Bitch-slaps Tony Iommi


Please do the right



By Blurt Staff


With Ozzy Osbourne having filed a suit with the
Patent/Trademark office against his erstwhile partner Tony Iommi, things are
getting catty, as the statement just issued by Ozzy suggests. Apparently Ozzy
is seeking a 50% stake in the Black Sabbath name (which is trademarked,
naturally) and therefore a portion of the profits Iommi has gotten whenever he
used the Sabbath name minus Ozzy’s involvement.


There’s all kinds of fun other details HERE, but to heck
with the legal crap, let’s get on to the Ozzmeister’s (obviously ghostwritten)
words, reproduced in full, below. Hey, Ozzfest has sucked for years! Can you
spell “preemptive damage control for the inevitable fan backlash”? Have a good
weekend everybody!




Statement from OZZY OSBOURNE:


“It is
with great regret that I had to resort to legal action against my long term
partner, Tony Iommi, but after three years of trying to resolve this issue
amicably, I feel I have no other recourse. 
As of the mid-1990’s, after constant and numerous changes in band
members, the brand of “Black Sabbath” was literally in the toilet and
Tony Iommi (touring under the name Black Sabbath) was reduced to performing in
clubs.  Since 1997 when Geezer, Bill and
myself rejoined the band, Black Sabbath has returned to its former glory as we
headlined sold-out arenas and amphitheatres playing to upwards of 50,000 people
at each show around the world.  We worked
collectively to restore credibility and bring dignity back to the name “Black
Sabbath” which lead to the band being inducted into the UK and US Rock
& Roll Hall of Fames in 2005 and 2006, respectively.  Throughout the last 12 years, it was my
management representatives who oversaw the marketing and quality control of the
“Black Sabbath” brand through OZZFEST, touring, merchandising and album
reissues. The name “Black Sabbath” now has a worldwide prestige and
merchandising value that it would not have had by continuing on the road
it was on prior to the 1997 reunion tour. 
Tony, I am so sorry it’s had to get to this point by me having to take
this action against you.  I don’t have
the right to speak for Geezer and Bill, but I feel that morally and ethically
the trademark should be owned by the four of us equally.  I hope that by me taking this first step that
it will ultimately end up that way. 
We’ve all worked too hard and long in our careers to allow you to sell
merchandise that features all our faces, old Black Sabbath album covers and
band logos, and then you tell us that you own the copyright.  We’re all in our 60’s now. The Black Sabbath
legacy should live on long after we have all gone.  Please do the right thing.”






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