Even if he doesn’t ever say, “This is the first song off our new album” in concert, believe it or not, Ozzy Osbourne still has something in common with Robin Zander.
Like Zander’s Cheap Trick before him, Osbourne recorded his performance at Tokyo’s Budokan Arena and will title the resulting live LP Live at the Budokan (though Cheap Trick’s legendary 1979 release was titled Live at Budokan, for those scoring at home). The 13-track album, boosted with bonus CD-ROM video footage, is due June 25, according to Osbourne’s Web site.
A home video, issued on both VHS and DVD formats, will coincide with the album’s release. In addition to all the tracks found on the LP, the home video also includes a rendition of “Suicide Solution,” and the DVD edition features the concert in its entirety as well as a 30-minute montage of the Osbournes cavorting around Japan – presumably hilarious given that the family’s escapades in their own home can prompt fits of hysteria.
The show, which took place February 15, gave fans a thorough cross section of Osbourne’s 22-year career, from the Sabbath classic “Paranoid” through his breakthrough solo single, “Crazy Train,” and up to “Believer,” from his latest solo foray, October’s Down to Earth.
Backing Osbourne in concert was the same band that performed with him on Ozzfest 2002: bassist Robert Trujillo, drummer Michael Bordin and guitarist Zakk Wylde, who succumbed to exhaustion at the tail end of the European Ozzfest last week, causing six dates to be canceled.
Live At The Budokan Track Listing, According To Epic Records: