If you’re worried that Ozzy Osbourne‘s long and storied legacy as one of metal’s most iconic figures will ever fade into obscurity, think again. That won’t happen on his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne’s watch — especially if there’s money to be made from it.
During the most recent episode of The Osbournes podcast, the lightning rod of controversy and Ozzy’s better half told her kids Kelly and Jack Osbourne that she’s been cataloging all sorts of keepsakes and tchotchkes from their father’s past for a planned museum in his hometown of Birmingham.
“I’ve been busy trying to get together daddy’s memorabilia for the memorabilia place that we’re opening in Birmingham. He’s having all of his awards [in the museum], all his stage clothes, posters, old posters from [early incarnation of Black Sabbath) Earth days. I’ve got so much memorabilia.”
Though it’s easy to joke about this being a strictly money making venture for Sharon and her ilk, she was quick to explain that she and Ozzy both want the museum to be a resource for upcoming artists and musicians alike as a potential source of inspiration.
“We’re gonna do it totally interactive—every video, every live show of your dad’s, everything there. It’s more of an educational thing for musicians and artists that wanna see that you can come from nothing, and if you work hard enough this is what you can get.
“We’re going to have a café, and in there, we’re going to have every instrument you can think of. Music students can come in, and we’re gonna do music classes, because there’s no music at schools anymore. We’re gonna get friends, other musicians to come in.”
That last bit is particularly interesting, given the fact that Ozzy’s worked with so many amazing talents throughout his career. Hell, just look at last year’s album Patient Number 9 and you’ll see a veritable who’s-who of special guests, including the late Jeff Beck.
At face value, it’s easy to say that once complete, it will be a great place for Sabbath nerds and other enthusiasts to have a good time.
Really, this could be a space that’s just as unique as Ozzy’s career. After all, he helped pioneer the doom metal genre, started an insanely successful solo career, and then found new levels of popularity through the reality TV genre. Couple that with all of the accolades he’s won and maybe this whole museum idea could become something extremely special.
And lucrative. Can’t forget lucrative.