Blizzard of Ozz Tour

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Blizzard of Ozz Tour
Promotional tour by Ozzy Osbourne
Associated album Blizzard of Ozz
Start date 12 September 1980
End date 13 September 1981
Legs 2
Shows Europe 29
North America 92 (4 cancelled)
Total: 121 (4 cancelled)
Ozzy Osbourne concert chronology
Black Sabbath Never Say Die! Tour
(1978)
Blizzard of Ozz Tour
(1980–1981)
Diary of a Madman Tour
(1981–1982)

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.

Overview[edit]

Background[edit]

Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979,[1][2] after his final performance with the band on 11 December 1978 during the Never Say Die! promotional tour.[3] 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.[1] 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.[4]

First leg[edit]

Ozzy Osbourne and his band began their tour in Osbourne's native United Kingdom on 12 September 1980,[5] a week before the album's UK release.[4] 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.[5] Keyboardist Don Airey, who performed on the album, was replaced on tour by Lindsey Bridgewater.[6][7][8] 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,[5] who were promoting their eighth studio album Power Supply.

Second leg[edit]

Shortly before the beginning of the tour's second leg, original members Daisley and Kerslake were fired from the band.[9] 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)[9] were hired to replace them in April,[10] performing on the remainder of the tour. Blizzard of Ozz was released in the United States in January 1981,[11] before the second leg of the tour began in the United States on 22 April 1981, where it remained until 12 July.[5] 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.[5] 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,[5] who were supporting their second studio album High 'n' Dry.

Set list[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Number Date[5] City[5] Country[5] Venue[5]
Europe
1 12 September 1980 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo
2 13 September 1980 Dundee Caird Hall
3 15 September 1980 Edinburgh Odeon
4 17 September 1980 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall
5 18 September 1980 Bradford St. George's Hall
6 20 September 1980 London Hammersmith Odeon
7 23 September 1980 Manchester Manchester Apollo
8 25 September 1980 Coventry New Theatre
9 26 September 1980 Liverpool Royal Court Theatre
10 28 September 1980 Birmingham Birmingham Odeon
11 29 September 1980 Leicester De Montfort Hall
12 1 October 1980 Oxford Apollo Theatre Oxford
13 2 October 1980 Southampton Gaumont
14 3 October 1980 Stoke The King's Hall
15 5 October 1980 Derby Assembly Rooms
16 6 October 1980 Blackburn King George's Hall
17 7 October 1980 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
18 9 October 1980 Cardiff Wales Sophia Gardens
19 10 October 1980 Taunton England Odeon
20 13 October 1980 Great Malvern Malvern Winter Gardens
21 17 October 1980 Newcastle Mayfair Theatre
22 18 October 1980 Hull Hull City Hall
23 20 October 1980 Bristol Colston Hall
24 21 October 1980 Canterbury Odeon
25 22 October 1980 Chelmsford Odeon
26 23 October 1980 Ipswich Gaumont
27 26 October 1980 London Hammersmith Odeon
28 28 October 1980 Sunderland Mayfair Theatre
29 29 October 1980 Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Town Hall
30 31 October 1980 Brighton Dome Theatre
31 8 November 1980 Nottingham Boat Club
North America
32 22 April 1981 Towson United States Towson Center
33 23 April 1981 Harrisburg Forum Theatre
34 24 April 1981 Passaic Capitol Theatre
35 25 April 1981 Upper Darby Tower Theater
36 26 April 1981 Bethlehem Stabler Arena
37 28 April 1981 Rochester After Hours
38 29 April 1981 Auditorium Theatre
39 30 April 1981 Syracuse Landmark Theatre
40 1 May 1981 Boston Orpheum Theatre
41 2 May 1981 New York City Palladium
42 3 May 1981 Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Civic Center
43 4 May 1981 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
44 6 May 1981 Buffalo Shea's Performing Arts Center
45 8 May 1981 Johnstown Cambria County War Memorial Arena
46 9 May 1981 Trotwood Hara Arena
47 10 May 1981 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
48 11 May 1981 Cleveland Public Auditorium
49 12 May 1981 Erie Erie Civic Center
50 13 May 1981 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
51 15 May 1981 Louisville Louisville Gardens
52 18 May 1981 Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center
53 19 May 1981 Detroit Masonic Temple Theater
54 20 May 1981 Milwaukee Riverside Theater
55 22 May 1981 St. Louis Checkerdome
56 23 May 1981 Rockford Metro Centre
57 24 May 1981 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
58 25 May 1981 Minneapolis Williams Arena
59 28 May 1981 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
60 29 May 1981 Kansas City Memorial Hall
61 4 June 1981 San Antonio Convention Center Arena
62 5 June 1981 Fort Worth Will Rogers Auditorium
63 7 June 1981 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
64 18 June 1981 Denver Rainbow Music Hall
65 19 June 1981 Colorado Springs Colorado Springs City Auditorium
66 20 June 1981 Paradise Aladdin Theatre
67 21 June 1981 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
66 23 June 1981 Tucson Tucson Community Center Arena
67 25 June 1981 San Diego Fox Theater
68 27 June 1981 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
69 28 June 1981 Tempe ASU Activities Center
70 2 July 1981 San Bernardino Swing Auditorium
71 4 July 1981 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
72 5 July 1981 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
73 7 July 1981 Redding Redding Civic Auditorium
74 11 July 1981 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
75 12 July 1981 Seattle Paramount Theatre
76 14 July 1981 Victoria Canada Victoria Memorial Arena
77 15 July 1981 Vancouver Kerrisdale Arena
78 17 July 1981 Edmonton Kinsmen Field House
79 18 July 1981 Calgary Max Bell Arena
80 20 July 1981 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
81 24 July 1981 London London Gardens
82 25 July 1981 Hamilton Hamilton Place Theatre
83 26 July 1981 Kingston Jock Harty Arena
84 27 July 1981 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens
85 28 July 1981 Montreal St. Denis Theatre
86 31 July 1981 Montreal St. Denis Theatre
87 1 August 1981 Stoke England Port Vale Football Stadium
88 2 August 1981 New Haven United States New Haven Coliseum
89 4 August 1981 Glens Falls Glens Falls Civic Center
90 5 August 1981 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
91 6 August 1981 Bangor Bangor Auditorium
92 7 August 1981 Providence Providence Performing Arts Center
93 8 August 1981 South Fallsburg Music Mountain
94 9 August 1981 South Yarmouth Cape Cod Coliseum
95 11 August 1981 Pittsburgh Stanley Theater
96 12 August 1981 Utica Utica Memorial Auditorium
97 13 August 1981 Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
98 14 August 1981 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
99 15 August 1981 Asbury Park Asbury Park Convention Center
100 16 August 1981 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
101 18 August 1981 Norfolk Norfolk Scope
102 21 August 1981 Evansville Mesker Music Theater
103 22 August 1981 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
104 23 August 1981 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
105 24 August 1981 Ashwaubenon Brown County Arena
106 25 August 1981 Davenport Palmer College
107 27 August 1981 Danville David S. Palmer Arena
108 28 August 1981 Indianapolis Circle Theater
109 29 August 1981 South Bend Morris Performing Arts Center
110 30 August 1981 Grand Rapids DeltaPlex Arena
111 31 August 1981 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
112 2 September 1981 Springfield Prairie Capital Convention Center
113 3 September 1981 Memphis Orpheum Theatre
114 4 September 1981 Atlanta Fox Theatre
115 9 September 1981 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
116 10 September 1981 Fort Pierce St. Lucie County Civic Center
117 11 September 1981 Miami Sunrise Musical Theatre
118 12 September 1981 North Fort Myers Lee County Arena
119 13 September 1981 Jacksonville or
Daytona Beach
Jacksonville Coliseum or
Peabody Auditorium

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "III - Mid 1979 to August 17, 1980". Band Lineup History. Black Sabbath Online. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
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  6. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne 09/23/80 - Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England". Shows by Ozzy Osbourne - 1980. etree. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne 10/10/80 - Odeon, Tauton, England". Shows by Ozzy Osbourne - 1980. etree. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne 10/23/80 - Gaumont Hall, Ipswich, England". Shows by Ozzy Osbourne - 1980. etree. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "BACK TO BASS-ICS: A Biography of "BOB DAISLEY"". The Official Bob Daisley Website. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
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  12. ^ "Shows by Ozzy Osbourne - 1980". etree. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Shows by Ozzy Osbourne - 1981". etree. Retrieved July 10, 2009.