Beloved Black Sabbath front man and solo artist Ozzy Osbourne has been named the Record Store Day Ambassador for 2011. Following Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme in the position, Osbourne told fans to attend the local festivities in their towns across the world in a video posted on the Record Store Day website.
The crew that started this event seemed pretty surprised they scored such a huge icon. Says Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz, ”The Record Store Day Ambassador’s main purpose is to claim the mantle of greatness that conveys the majesty of the amazing array of releases made on the world’s only holiday devoted to music. We were thrilled when the inaugural position was held in 2009 by the Eagles of Death Metal front man Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes, and was then followed in 2010 by QOTSA/Them Crooked Vultures’ Joshua Homme. We really didn’t know who could top this trajectory of camp and circumstance and, needless to say, we were gobsmacked when Ozzy stepped up to the plate.”
Ozzy fans will have the first chance to purchase a special 7″ vinyl single of Diary of a Madman’s “Flying High Again” (with a live version of “I Don’t Know” as the B side), along with full-length vinyl versions of the newly expanded 30th anniversary editions of his Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman albums.
For more information on exclusive Record Store Day events, products and participants, visit www.recordstoreday.com
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