Sharon Osbourne: “Geezer & Bill Don’t Own The Name of Black Sabbath”

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During a recent appearance on Steve-O’s “Wild Ride!” podcast, Sharon Osbourne was asked if it’s correct to say that when the original BLACK SABBATH lineup reunited a decade ago, it was done on her terms, with her husband, singer Ozzy Osbourne, owning the SABBATH name and the other members of SABBATH acting as “employees” of the band. She responded (see video below): “It’s about right, but Ozzy and Tony [Iommi, guitar] own the name — Geezer [Butler, bass] and Bill [Ward, drums] don’t. So it’s Ozzy and Tony that own the name, 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, you know, it’s kind of like pay-for-play.”