Blizzard of Ozz Tour
|Blizzard of Ozz Tour|
|Promotional tour by Ozzy Osbourne|
|Associated album||Blizzard of Ozz|
|Start date||12 September 1980|
|End date||13 September 1981|
North America 92 (4 cancelled)
Total: 121 (4 cancelled)
|Ozzy Osbourne concert chronology|
The Blizzard of Ozz Tour was the first concert tour by English heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne as a solo artist. The tour, which was in support of Osbourne's debut album Blizzard of Ozz, covered the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, beginning on 12 September 1980 and concluding a year later on 13 September 1981.
Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979, after his final performance with the band on 11 December 1978 during the Never Say Die! promotional tour. The singer began his solo career the same year, hiring Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, former Rainbow bassist Bob Daisley and former Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake. The band recorded their debut album, and the songs that were released on "Diary Of A Madman", between March and April the next year, releasing Blizzard of Ozz in the United Kingdom in September 1980.
Ozzy Osbourne and his band began their tour in Osbourne's native United Kingdom on 12 September 1980, a week before the album's UK release. The band played three dates in Scotland, before moving on to play 25 dates in England and one in Wales between 17 September and 31 October. Keyboardist Don Airey, who performed on the album, was replaced on tour by Lindsey Bridgewater. On every date of the leg except Middlesbrough, where Newcastle band Raven substituted due to Burke Shelleys vocal issues, the band were supported by Welsh hard rock band Budgie, who were promoting their eighth studio album Power Supply.
Shortly before the beginning of the tour's second leg, original members Daisley and Kerslake were fired from the band. Ex-Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo and former Gary Moore drummer Tommy Aldridge (both of whom were credited on Diary of a Madman in place of the fired members, who performed all bass and drum parts) were hired to replace them in April, performing on the remainder of the tour. Blizzard of Ozz was released in the United States in January 1981, before the second leg of the tour began in the United States on 22 April 1981, where it remained until 12 July. Ozzy's band were supported on the United States run by English heavy metal band Motörhead, who remained with the tour when it moved to Canada on 13 July, adding local hard rock band Queen City Kids (promoting their debut self-titled album) to the shows. Ozzy and Motörhead performed at the Heavy Metal Holocaust concert at Vale Park, England on 1 August, before moving back to the United States to complete another month-and-a-half of tour dates with English hard rock band Def Leppard, who were supporting their second studio album High 'n' Dry.
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