I like both Ozzy and Dio…but I prefer Dio’s non-Sabbath work and I think Sabbath was better with Ozzy.
And Ozzy hasn’t done anything worthwhile in 30 years? There’s no merit in any of the records he put out with Rhodes or Wylde? I’m pretty sure one of the records he put out with Zack Wylde was the first real metal album I ever owned.[/quote]
Here’s my take on Ozzy.
He was part of a pioneering group that defined a branch of Heavy Metal.
He (and/or his wife and/or advisors) has a keen ability to pair him with amazing guitar players and song writers.
He helped ‘mainstream’ heavy metal (which honestly I’m not convinced was good for “heavy metal”)
Zakk Wylde is an amazing guitarist who brought the sound/tone to Ozzy at the exact time it was needed (honestly, I love Randy Rhodes, but I don’t think he’d have had songwriting longevity with Ozzy or would have left during the ‘guitar god shredder’ period of the mid-late 80’s to do his own thing).
Ozzy was relevant up to “No More Tears”. “Ozmosis” was decidedly a killing blow to innovation.
Zakk Wylde took his truly creative side to BLS.
Ozzy is no longer relevant as an artist, but quite relevant as an aggregator/talent-launcher. He’s relevant in the way 60’s muscle cars are relevant to the auto industry in the 2010’s.