In Sept, 1980, Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Kerslake and a trip keyboardist hit the street for the Blizzard of Ozz trip, which survived for much of the next season. Launched in the U.K. that drop, Blizzard was launched in the U.S. in Jan, 1981, and, amazing to all (including Ozzy), it was an immediate beat in the Declares, variable-position up the stress for a creature trip. Before U.S. leg, however, Ozzy’s administrator (and later wife), Sharon Arden, shrewdly sent the group returning into the facilities to cut a follow-up record. In hindsight, this was a expert action – considering Rhoads’ brief lifestyle, had Sharon not created this critical contact, Journal of a Madman might never had been designed. Thus, when Ozzy started his United states trip in Apr, he not only had a hit record on the maps, but another complete record in the can.
Beyond the songs, the trip obtained prestige for plenty of other factors. Strangely, the leader beat area of Daisley and Kerslake were sacked before the trip and their areas on the Journal LP were acknowledged to their alternatives, bassist Rudy Sarzo (later of Whitesnake) and percussionist Tommy Aldridge (from the Pat Travers Band). Obviously, many legal cases later came to exist from this shift. The U.S. trip itself was near-pandemonium, with sell-out reveals, widespread substance use, Ozzy’s high-profile police arrest in San Antonio (for peeing on a walls at the Alamo) and, of course, the notorious occurrences where Ozzy bit the go off a dove (intentionally) and a bat (unintentionally). Regardless of the bacchanalian environment, the Blizzard of Ozz trip was one of the coolest show passes of ’81; in comparison, Osbourne’s old partners in Dark Sabbath were still farming it out on the mid-level steel routine. The mixture of excellent stone and unbelievable offstage actions proven an excellent promotion resource for Osbourne.