Blizzard of Ozz Tour
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|Promotional tour by Ozzy Osbourne|
|Associated album||Blizzard of Ozz|
|Start date||September 12, 1980|
|End date||September 13, 1981|
|Legs||1 in Europe
3 in North America
|No. of shows||35 in Europe
94 in North America
|Ozzy Osbourne concert chronology|
The Blizzard of Ozz Tour covered the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada from September 12, 1980 to September 13, 1981.
Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath on April 27, 1979. Randy Rhoads from Quiet Riot was hired in late November 1979. Former Rainbow bassist Bob Daisley was hired on November 14, 1979. The first song that Ozzy, Rhoads, and Daisley wrote together was "Goodbye to Romance." Former-Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake was hired in March 1980. The band then went to Ridge Farm Studios in Rusper to record the debut album, Blizzard of Ozz, from March 22 to April 19, 1980.
In August 1980, the band began rehearsing at Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, England for the "Blizzard of Ozz Tour." Don Airey, who had been hired to perform keyboards and synthesizers on "Mr. Crowley," "Goodbye to Romance" and "Revelation Mother Earth", could not tour with Ozzy since he had already signed a contract to tour with Rainbow, so the band hired Lindsay Bridgwater. The band performed two secret warm-up gigs billed as "The Law" in September at Norbreck Castle Nightclub in Blackpool on September 3 and at West Runton Pavilion on September 5. The band kicked off its opening night of the tour in front of a sold-out crowd at the Glasgow Apollo on September 12.
The 70s Welsh heavy metal band Budgie would open for Ozzy throughout the 1980 European leg. On September 20, Blizzard of Ozz was released in the United Kingdom and was a success. "Crazy Train" and "Mr Crowley" were released as singles. "Goodbye to Romance," "I Don't Know" and "Suicide Solution" also received radio airplay. On October 2, the band played at The Gamount Theatre in Southampton where the recordings of "Goodbye to Romance" and "No Bone Movies" would appear on the live Tribute album, released on March 19, 1987. The live recordings of "Mr. Crowley" and "Suicide Solution" would be released on the Mr. Crowley Live EP.
The band regrouped back at Ridge Farm to record Diary of a Madman between February and March 1981. Tensions between Ozzy/Sharon and Daisley/Kerslake over contract issues regarding their names, money, credit, and royalties got worse, which led to Sharon firing Daisley and Kerslake in March 1981. In April, Ozzy, Sharon and Rhoads went back to the United States to look for a new drummer and bassist.
North America leg
In March 1981, former-Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers and Gary Moore drummer, Tommy Aldridge, and former-Quiet Riot bassist, Rudy Sarzo, was hired. Blizzard of Ozz was released in the United States and Canada on March 27, 1981 and it became a success. "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" were released as singles and "Goodbye to Romance", "I Don't Know" and "Suicide Solution" received radio airplay. The album eventually went platinum.
In April, the band began rehearsals for the North America leg at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California. On April 22, the band kicked off the North America leg of the tour at Towson Arena in Towson, Maryland in front of a sold-out crowd. Throughout the first half of the North American leg of the tour, the band was supported by English heavy metal band Motörhead. Other bands would be added, such as Joe Perry, The Outlaws and Mountain. On April 28, the band went to 31 Studios in Ogden, New York to film a live performance of "I Don't Know", "Suicide Solution", "Mr. Crowley" and "Crazy Train," which were broadcast on the After Hours TV show as live promo-videos.
On May 11, the live recodring of the Cleveland Music Hall performance was broadcast live over the local rock radio station and became as the first 13 tracks on the live Tribute album. On July 4, the band performed as the special guests in front of their biggest crowd at Bill Graham's Day on the Green Festival where they were supported by "415" (the opener) and Loverboy while Pat Travers, Blue Öyster Cult and Heart performed afterwards.
On July 28, the Montreal performance was recorded live and broadcast on the "King Biscuit Flower Hour" radio show. Some of the recordings from this show were also used on the Tribute album. The band went back to England to perform at Vale Park in Burslem, Stoke for the "Heavy Metal Holocaust Festival." The band went back to finish the Blizzard of Ozz Tour in the United States with English hard rock band Def Leppard. The band ended the tour at Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida on September 13, 1981.
"O Fortuna" ("Carl Orff" Song) [Audio Intro]
|Secret warm-up gigs (Billed as "The Law")|
|September 3, 1980||Blackpool||England||"Norbreck Castle" Nightclub|
|September 5, 1980||West Runton||West Runton Pavilion|
|September 12, 1980||Glasgow||Scotland||Glasgow Apollo (live premiere)|
|September 13, 1980||Dundee||Caird Hall|
|September 15, 1980||Edinburgh||Edinburgh Odeon|
|September 17, 1980||Newcastle||England||Newcastle City Hall|
|September 18, 1980||Bradford||St George's Hall|
|September 20, 1980||London||Hammersmith Odeon|
|September 23, 1980||Manchester||Manchester Apollo|
|September 24, 1980||Coventry||Coventry Theatre|
|September 26, 1980||Liverpool||Royal Court Theatre|
|September 28, 1980||Birmingham||Birmingham Odeon|
|September 29, 1980||Leicester||De Montfort Hall|
|October 1, 1980||Oxford||New Theatre Oxford|
|October 2, 1980||Southampton||Southampton Gaumont Theatre ("Mr Crowley Live EP")
("Goodbye to Romance" and "No Bone Movies" – Tribute)
|October 3, 1980||Stoke||King's Hall|
|October 5, 1980||Derby||Assembly Rooms|
|October 6, 1980||Blackburn||King George's Hall|
|October 7, 1980||Sheffield||Sheffield City Hall|
|October 9, 1980||Cardiff||Wales||Sophia Gardens Pavilion|
|October 10, 1980||Taunton||England||Taunton Odeon Theatre|
|October 11, 1980||Poole||Poole Arts Centre|
|October 13, 1980||Malvern||Malvern Winter Gardens|
|October 16, 1980||Wolverhampton||Wolverhampton Civic Hall|
|October 17, 1980||Newcastle||Mayfair Ballroom|
|October 18, 1980||Hull||Hull City Hall|
|October 20, 1980||Bristol||Colston Hall|
|October 22, 1980||Chelmsford||Chelmsford Odeon|
|October 23, 1980||Ipswich||Ipswich Gaumont Theatre|
|October 26, 1980||London||Hammersmith Odeon|
|October 28, 1980||Sunderland||Mayfair Theatre|
|October 29, 1980||Middlesbrough||Middlesbrough Town Hall|
|October 31, 1980||Brighton||Brighton Dome|
|November 1, 1980||Canterbury||Canterbury Odeon Theatre
(Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake's last show)
|North America (1st leg)
Supported by Motörhead (April 22–July 18, 1981)
See also: Ace of Spades Tour
|April 22, 1981||Towson||United States||Towson Center (First show billed as "Ozzy Osbourne")
(Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge's first show)
|April 23, 1981||Harrisburg||Harrisburg Forum Auditorium|
|April 24, 1981||Passaic||Capitol Theatre|
|April 25, 1981||Upper Darby||Tower Theater|
|April 26, 1981||Bethlehem||Stabler Arena|
|April 28, 1981||Ogden||31 Studios|
|April 29, 1981||Rochester||Rochester Auditorium|
|April 30, 1981||Syracuse||Landmark Theatre|
|May 1, 1981||Boston||Orpheum Theatre|
|May 2, 1981||New York City||Palladium (Two shows)|
|May 3, 1981||Poughkeepsie||Mid-Hudson Civic Center|
|May 4, 1981||Springfield||Springfield Civic Arena|
|May 6, 1981||Buffalo||Shea's Buffalo Theater|
|May 8, 1981||Johnstown||Cambria County War Memorial Arena|
|May 9, 1981||Trotwood||Hara Arena|
|May 10, 1981||Toledo||Toledo Sports Arena|
|May 11, 1981||Cleveland||Cleveland Music Hall (First 13 tracks of Tribute)|
|May 13, 1981||Columbus||Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium|
|May 15, 1981||Louisville||Louisville Gardens|
|May 19, 1981||Detroit||Detroit Masonic Temple|
|May 20, 1981||Milwaukee||Riverside Theater|
|May 22, 1981||St. Louis||Checkerdome|
|May 23, 1981||Rockford||Rockford Metro Center|
|May 24, 1981||Chicago||Aragon Ballroom|
|May 25, 1981||Minneapolis||East River Flats Park (River Flats Jam)|
|May 28, 1981||Omaha||Omaha Music Hall|
|May 30, 1981||Tulsa||Brady Theater|
|May 31, 1981||Austin||Austin Municipal Auditorium|
|June 2, 1981||Kansas City||Memorial Hall|
|June 4, 1981||San Antonio||San Antonio Convention Center Arena|
|June 5, 1981||Fort Worth||Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum|
|June 6, 1981||Beaumont||Fair Park Coliseum|
|June 7, 1981||Houston||Sam Houston Coliseum|
|North America (2nd leg)|
|June 18, 1981||Denver||United States||Rainbow Music Hall|
|June 19, 1981||Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs City Auditorium|
|June 21, 1981||El Paso||El Paso County Coliseum|
|June 23, 1981||Tucson||Tucson Community Center Arena|
|June 25, 1981||Las Vegas||Aladdin Theater|
|June 26, 1981||San Diego||Fox Theater|
|June 27, 1981||Long Beach||Long Beach Arena|
|June 28, 1981||Tempe||ASU Activity Center|
|July 2, 1981||San Bernardino||Swing Auditorium|
|July 3, 1981||Bakersfield||Kern County Fairgrounds Pavilion|
|July 4, 1981||Oakland||Oakland Coliseum (Day on the Green)|
|July 5, 1981||Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium|
|July 11, 1981||Portland||Paramount Theatre|
|July 12, 1981||Seattle||Paramount Theatre|
|July 14, 1981||Victoria||Canada||Victoria Memorial Arena|
|July 15, 1981||Vancouver||Kerrisdale Arena|
|July 17, 1981||Edmonton||Kinsmen Field House|
|July 18, 1981||Calgary||Max Bell Centre|
|July 20, 1981||Winnipeg||Winnipeg Arena|
|July 23, 1981||Kitchener||Raffi Armenian Theatre|
|July 24, 1981||London||London Gardens|
|July 25, 1981||Hamilton||Hamilton Place Theatre|
|July 26, 1981||Kingston||Jock Hardy Arena|
|July 27, 1981||Toronto||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|July 28, 1981||Montreal||Théâtre Saint-Denis|
|July 29, 1981||Ottawa||Ottawa Civic Arena|
|Heavy Metal Holocaust|
|August 1, 1981||Burslem||England||Vale Park|
|North America (Final leg)
Supported by Def Leppard (August 2–September 13, 1981)
See also: High 'N' Dry Tour
|August 2, 1981||New Haven||United States||New Haven Coliseum|
|August 4, 1981||Glens Falls||Glens Falls Civic Center|
|August 5, 1981||Portland||Cumberland County Civic Arena|
|August 6, 1981||Bangor||Bangor Auditorium|
|August 7, 1981||Providence||Ocean State Theater|
|August 8, 1981||South Fallsburg||Music Mountain Theater|
|August 9, 1981||South Yarmouth||Cape Cod Coliseum|
|August 11, 1981||Pittsburgh||Stanley Theatre|
|August 12, 1981||Utica||Utica Memorial Auditorium|
|August 14, 1981||Hempstead||Nassau Coliseum|
|August 15, 1981||Asbury Park||Asbury Park Convention Hall|
|August 16, 1981||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|August 18, 1981||Norfolk||Premier Theater|
|August 21, 1981||Evansville||Mesker Music Theater|
|August 22, 1981||Hoffman Estates||Poplar Creek Music Theater|
|August 23, 1981||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|August 24, 1981||Ashwaubenon||Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena|
|August 25, 1981||Davenport||Palmer Alumni Auditorium|
|August 27, 1981||Fort Wayne||Foellinger Theater|
|August 28, 1981||Indianapolis||Hilbert Circle Theatre|
|August 29, 1981||South Bend||Morris Civic Auditorium|
|August 30, 1981||Grand Rapids||Welsh Auditorium|
|August 31, 1981||Clarkston||Pine Knob Music Theatre|
|September 2, 1981||Springfield||Prairie Capital Convention Center Arena|
|September 3, 1981||Memphis||Orpheum Theatre|
|September 4, 1981||Atlanta||Fox Theatre|
|September 5, 1981||Fayetteville||Cumberland County Memorial Arena|
|September 8, 1981||Columbus||Municipal Auditorium|
|September 9, 1981||Tampa||Curtis Hixon Hall|
|September 10, 1981||Fort Pierce||St. Lucie County Civic Arena|
|September 11, 1981||Sunrise||Sunrise Musical Theater|
|September 12, 1981|
|September 13, 1981|
|Daytona Beach||Peabody Auditorium|
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