OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard Of Ozz Certified Quintuple Platinum In The US
February 11, 2019, 6 days ago
On February 4th, Ozzy Osbourne's debut solo album, Blizzard Of Ozz (1980), has been certified quintuple platinum in the US by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), having officially sold five million certified units according to their records. The album was certified quadruple platinum on August 15th, 1997. The 2003 Greatest Hits album, The Essential Ozzy Osbourne, was certified double platinum on the same day.
Jimmy Kay at The Metal Voice recently spoke to former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake in Anaheim, CA at this year's annual Hall Of Heavy Metal History Gala on January 23rd, where Kerslake was inducted and presented the two platinum Ozzy discs, for Blizzard Of Ozz and Diaray Of A Madman.
On being informed the Hall Of Heavy Metal History wanted to induct him:
"The phone rang about month and a half ago, it was Pat Guesaldo CEO of the Hall Of Heavy Metal History and he said we would like to induct you into the Hall. Pat said we would love to have you in California for the Gala but I said I am on a pension and I can't afford it. Pat then said, 'What if we take care of it for you?' Then I said without sounding like a diva, 'I can't travel coach 'cause I have arthritis and bone cancer.' Then Pat said, 'No worries, we are going to fly you first class.' I nearly broke down and cried. I finally got to California, the flight took 10 hours and when I landed I said to myself, I MADE IT, I haven't done this for 22 years."
On his reaction to finally receiving the platinum discs from Ozzy and Sharon and a personal letter:
"We were filming me packing for California on my upcoming autobiography documentary and then my manager came in and said I have a surprise delivery for you, and he brought in these two big boxes and they were the two platinum Ozzy discs. It was a crying moment. We finally buried the hatchet between the Osbournes and myself. I respect Sharon and I love Ozzy to bits. Ozzy also sent me back a beautiful letter, hand written."
On his current health situation:
"The cancer has come back, unfortunately. It has come back with a vengeance but I am not worried about it at the moment. I am enjoying this moment and all the love. I am having a great time. My doctor told me before I left they will be putting me on a new drug and I am hopeful."
In the clip below, Kerslake accepts platinum discs and reads Ozzy Osbourne's letter to him at the Hall Of Heavy Metal History on January 23rd. Video provided by The Metal Voice.