Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. October 12, 2001. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

We all have our entry points into the music of Ozzy Osbourne, and the stories surrounding those entry points can be pretty cool.


This idea is being explored by Consequence of Sound in anticipation of next year’s 40th anniversary of Ozzy’s solo debut, Blizzard Of Ozz. A recent episode of the podcast The Opus features Massachusetts metal vet Steve Brodsky (Cave In, Converge, Mutoid Man) talking about his early exposure to Ozzy and it’s great.


Starting at the 11:00 mark, Brodsky talks about how Ozzy’s solo work was his “gateway drug” into Black Sabbath. “I remember listening to “Children Of The Grave”…but where are all the divebombs? Where are all the squealies and harmonics?” Click here to dig into the podcast and hear Brodsky talk about the first time he heard the riff from “Crazy Train,” as played by his friend’s dad.