Pete Way, Founding UFO Member + Ozzy Osbourne Bassist, Dead at 69

Pete Way, founding bassist for UFO and former touring bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, has died at age 69. The sad news was revealed through the musician’s official Facebook page earlier today (Aug. 14).

Way helped form UFO in 1969, playing with the band for 31 years in total throughout various band lineups between 1969 and 2008. The veteran musician also formed Waysted, Fastway with Motorhead guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke and handled bass duties during Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman tour.

In his later years, Way performed with the Michael Schenker Group and formed the Pete Way band, which he played in until his death.

Way’s memorial announcement reads:

Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.
He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.
Pete Way was a much loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO, Pete’s energetic live performances were at the heart of the band’s countless world tours. His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalogue of enduring rock classics upon which UFO’s reputation and legacy were founded. Pete’s post UFO work included collaborating with “Fast” Eddie Clarke from Motörhead – the two putting together Fastway with Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne. He then put together his own band Waysted. Pete’s keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as Twisted Sister and the Cockney Rejects. Pete had recently finished a solo album, “Walking On The Edge” with producer Mike Clink (Guns n Roses “Appetite For Destruction” amongst many more.) He had a biography published “A Fast Ride Out Of Here” in 2017 and an album “Amphetamine” which is currently out on Cargo Records.
Pete is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill.

We’d like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Way. May he rest in peace.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s Biopic Will Be an ‘Adult Movie for Adults’

A biopic about Ozzy Osbourne is in the works, and Sharon Osbourne said fans shouldn’t expect a sanitized version of the rocker’s story. She particular targeted the way Bohemian Rhapsody handled the Freddie Mercury and Queen story.

“Our film will be a lot more real,” she told Rolling Stone. “We don’t want it to be squeaky, shiny clean and all of that. We’re not making it for kids. It’s an adult movie for adults.”

She said she understood why Bohemian Rhapsody was, in her words, “a Hallmark rock movie,” noting “it was for a younger generation. It was squeaky clean. It was, ‘Those songs will live forever,’ and it turned a whole generation onto Queen’s music that had never heard before. So with that it was phenomenal. But I don’t think it was a great movie. They changed the timing [of the story] and everything in it.”

There are currently few details about the Osbourne movie, which was first announced two years ago. Osbourne’s son, Jack, whose company is producing the film, has disclosed little information, other than it’s in “active development” and a writer has been hired to create a script that takes place between 1979 and 1996.

But Ozzy isn’t taking an active role in the production. “Don’t ask me anything about it,” the singer said in February. “My family are involved, and I said to my wife, ‘Good luck.’ To get my three kids to agree on one thing, you’ve got to get up really early in the morning.”

He’s still indifferent, even to the question of whom he wants to portray him onscreen. “Sharon wants to get an unknown actor,” he said. “It’s about Sharon and I, and our relationship. It’s how we met, fell in love and how we married. She’s my other half. She grew up a lot with me, and I grew up a lot with her. We celebrated 38 years of marriage just recently.”

“I hope it will be a story that everybody can relate to,” Sharon said. “You don’t have to be a fan of the music, because it’s a story about a survivor. No matter what life throws at you, you pick yourself up and you start again. It’s just an amazing story of overcoming everything that’s thrown at you in your life.”

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Sharon Osbourne Reveals Who Owns Black Sabbath’s Name

Which musicians own the Black Sabbath trademark?

Sharon Osbourne, the wife of Sabbath singer and solo artist Ozzy Osbourne, has set the record straight on what portion of the outfit holds the rights to the classic metal moniker. Can you guess who it is?

Because it might not surprise diehard Black Sabbath fans as to which band members actually control the name so revered among headbangers. Regardless, Sharon addressed the arrangement on a recent episode of Steve-O‘s Wild Ride podcast with the TV personality and Jackass co-star.

The topic came up as Steve-O enthused about Sabbath’s influential reign in metal. Remembering when Ozzy rejoined his Sabbath bandmates after an unbeaten solo run, the professional jokester pressed Sharon on business details. Hear her answer at around the 14-minute mark in the below video.

“I’ve gotta guess,” Steve-O proposes, “you being the shrewd business mind behind the Ozzy empire … when Black Sabbath gets reunited with Ozzy, now it’s going to be on your terms. And, essentially, all the other people in Black Sabbath are going to be employees of the band. Is that about right?”

Longtime listeners are likely aware of the lineup involved in Sabbath’s classic era: Ozzy and guitarist and co-founder Tony Iommi with bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. But when it comes to the paperwork, as Sharon outlined, the quartet is more like a duo.

“It’s about right,” the Osbourne matriarch responds. “But Ozzy and Tony own the name. Geezer and Bill don’t. So it’s Ozzy and Tony … and they are partners in Black Sabbath. So, you’re kind of right: Ozzy and Tony are equal. And, at the time, the other guys — it’s kind of like pay-for-play.”

Still, Ward didn’t take part in the most recent iteration of Black Sabbath. (Iommi explained the situation in 2017.) Instead, drummer Tommy Clufetos took over on touring duties. And Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave‘s Brad Wilk played on the act’s final pair of studio releases, 13 and The End.

But that doesn’t mean Ozzy, Iommi, Butler and Ward aren’t on good terms with each other. Recently, Ward expressed interest in coming back should Sabbath reform. Perhaps in a nod to that direction, Iommi has tons of new material ready to record. As for Butler, he “wouldn’t say never” to the opportunity.

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Why Ozzy Osbourne’s Daughter Found His Reality Show ‘Appalling’

As she prepares to give her music career a big push, Aimee Osbourne, the eldest daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, has opened up about why she didn’t appear on The Osbournes, the family’s reality show that aired on MTV from 2002-05.

“To me, I’d grown up around having a pretty well-known dad anyway, and I always really valued my privacy within that family,” Aimee told New York’s Q104.3 in the video below. “For me personally, for who I am, as far as morally, and also just to give myself a chance to actually develop into a human being as opposed to just being remembered for being a teenager, it didn’t really line up with what I saw my future as. It definitely worked great for the rest of my family, but for me and who I am, I just knew it was never something that I would have been able to consider realistically.”

Aimee was only 16 when The Osbournes premiered and, while the show regularly featured their other two children, Jack and Kelly, Aimee was nowhere in sight of the cameras. In fact, she had moved out of the family’s home in Los Angeles specifically to avoid the spotlight.

“I know that my eldest girl, Aimée, left home at 16 and she couldn’t live in our house because we were filming and it drove her insane,” Sharon said on her show The Talk in 2018. “She felt, too, that she didn’t want to grow up on camera. She hated the idea; it was appalling to her. And so she left at 16 and I regret every day that she did.”

Aimee recently released “Shared Something With the Night,” the first single from her upcoming Vacare Adamare album. She told Rolling Stone that she wrote it “when I was living in New York and feeling pretty alone and lost. I hadn’t fully connected with who I really was and what that meant yet. Hung up on the outcome of someone else’s approval of me to determine my own self-worth. This weird little song was an outlet for a lot of uncomfortability at the time.”

Osbourne has been recording under the name ARO — her initials — since 2015’s “Raining Gold,” but Vacare Adamare will be her first full-length and is hoping to put it out one song at a time, with videos for each track.

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Ozzy Osbourne Thought He Was Dying and His Family Was Hiding It

Ozzy Osbourne believed he was dying and was convinced that his loved ones were hiding the severity of his health problems. The revelation comes in a new interview conducted with the Prince of Darkness and his family.

“I was convinced that I was dying,” Ozzy explained during a conversation with Jenny McCarthy for SiriusXM. “I was in that much discomfort and pain and misery. I thought they were all hiding it from me. I remember saying to Sharon, ‘You’ve got to level with me. Is it worse than you’re making it out [to be]?’ She says, ‘No.’”

“Yeah, he thought we were hiding it from him,” confirmed wife Sharon.

Osbourne has been plagued by a long list of medical problems in recent years. The singer has battled multiple staph infections, pneumonia, the flu and the onset of Parkinson’s Disease. If that’s not enough, he’s also dealt with serious complications after a fall dislodged metal rods that had been inserted into his body following a 2003 ATV accident.

“I’m not back to 100 percent,” the Black Sabbath frontman admitted, noting that the continuous health woes have taken their toll. “I’m about 75 percent there, it’s just a slow recovery. Spine surgery is bad news, man. I’ve been in such a bad state with pain; I’m still in a lot of pain.”

You can watch a clip from the interview below.

Ozzy, Sharon and their son Jack were talking with McCarthy to promote their new Travel Channel series, The Osbournes Want to Believe. The program will feature the three family members examining footage of paranormal activity – such as UFOs, ghosts and haunted homes – and debating its authenticity. The show is scheduled to debut on Aug. 2.

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Ozzy Osbourne: I Was in So Much Pain, I Was Convinced I Was Dying

Ozzy Osbourne has given fans a new health update, revealing he was in so much pain that he was convinced he’d die. Osbourne also describes believing his family was hiding the worst information about his health from him, believing there was no hope for recovery.

Since late 2018, Ozzy had been plagued by multiple staph infectionspneumoniathe flu, a burst blood vessel in his eye, a grisly fall that dislodged metal rods in his body from a previous accident and the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.

Ozzy, Sharon and Jack Osbourne recently took part in a SiriusXM Town Hall interview with Jenny McCarthy, promoting the family’s new Travel Channel show, The Osbournes Want to Believe. Ozzy wore a bowler hat during the rare appearance, which seemed to cover a mane of grey hair.

“I’m not back to 100 percent,” Ozzy shares. “I’m about 75 percent there, it’s just a slow recovery. Spine surgery is bad news, man. I’ve been in such a bad state with pain, I’m still in a lot of pain.”

“I was convinced I was dying,” the Prince of Darkness adds. “I was in that much discomfort and pain and misery, I thought they were all hiding it from me. I remember saying to Sharon, ‘You’ve got to level with me. Is it worse than you’re making it out [to be]?’ She says, ‘No.’ I’ve dropped all the medication for pain now.”

Ozzy also spoke about how performing again is keeping him in a positive mental space. “I can not wait [to get on stage], but I was talking to Tony Iommi the other day and he was saying, ‘But with the way it’s going with this coronavirus, indoor shows will be a thing of the past.’”

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The Osbournes Want to Believe is scheduled to debut Aug. 2 at 10PM ET on the Travel Channel. According to Variety, the premise of the series has son Jack Osbourne trying to convince his parents on the veracity of shocking videos of alleged paranormal activity. In the series premiere episode, Jack shows Sharon and Ozzy video footage of poltergeists, haunted dolls, UFOs and unidentifiable beasts.

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A&E Announce ‘Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne’ Special

Ozzy Osbourne‘s led a colorful life, one that will go under further examination with the upcoming A&E Network special Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne. The show is part of the network’s Biography series, and will premiere on Labor Day (Sept. 7) at 9PM ET/PT.

According to the network description, Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne traces Ozzy’s life from his childhood in poverty and time in prison, to fronting legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Black Sabbath and successful Grammy Award-winning solo career, to one of rock’s elder statesman and a lovable 21st century television dad.”

The documentary spans two hours, reflecting how Ozzy continued to reinvent himself throughout his career. In addition to Ozzy himself reflecting on his successes and failures, the documentary also features interviews with Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne as well as Osbourne’s friends and peers, Rick Rubin, Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis and Post Malone among others. Osbourne also addresses his recent Parkinson’s diagnosis during the documentary in never-before-seen interview footage.

Watch a preview for the Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne installment below.

A&E also has another music-related Biography installment coming Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 9PM ET/PT as Biography: I Want My MTV airs, looking back at the rise of the popular music video channel in the ’80s. The special includes interviews with the network’s founders and VJ’s, artists and journalists and includes rarely seen archival footage and outtakes, including an interview with David Bowie that never made it to broadcast TV. Among those interviewed include Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, Nancy Wilson, Sting, Annie Lennox, Fab Five Freddy, Norman Lear and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.

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Listen to Aimee Osbourne’s ‘Shared Something With the Night’

Aimee Osbourne, the eldest daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, has released a new single called “Shared Something With the Night” from her upcoming Vacare Adamare album. You can check out the video below.

“The song is like a My Bloody Valentine lullaby for the romantically tormented that struggle to sleep at night,” she told Rolling Stone. “I wrote it when I was living in New York and feeling pretty alone and lost. I hadn’t fully connected with who I really was and what that meant yet. Hung up on the outcome of someone else’s approval of me to determine my own self-worth. This weird little song was an outlet for a lot of uncomfortability at the time.”

Recording under the name ARO (her initials), Osbourne first popped up on our radar in 2015 when her debut single, “Raining Gold,” bowed and has put out a couple more singles since. She worked on “Shared Something With the Night” with John Dragonetti, who came up with the main musical theme, which in turn inspired the lyrics.

“[He] had an idea to play the string sample we used backward,” she continued. “As soon as I heard it, it was instant. I just immediately came up with the lyrics and melody. Writing is kind of like channeling for me, I never know what’s going to happen or what the track will sound like or what strange sound or sample or chord will resonate. It’s usually a very surprising, cathartic and fun experience.”

She added that Vacare Adamare, rather than have a traditional release date, will come out song-by-song, with videos for every track. She’s planning on taking her act on the road, and is putting a lot of thought into the onstage presentation.

“I want the live show to feel like you’re on the haunted mansion ride at Disneyland, with a little Studio 54, a touch of vaudeville and a lot of Blade Runner,” she said. “It will be ghostly and poetic with some neon and hypnotic laser lights to captivate all the senses.”

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