Ozzy Osbourne brought a lawsuit against Tony Iommi stating that he illegally claimed sole ownership of the Black Sabbath name.
The lawsuit is asking that Iommi hand over fifty-percent interest of the Black Sabbath name to Ozzy, also giving up some of his profits that resulted from use of the name after Ozzy left the band.
Ozzy's legal team argues that since Ozzy was a defining part of the band's sound, he has a right to a part of the band's name and profits.
I could maybe understand Ozzy bringing this lawsuit in the 80's after leaving Black Sabbath, but he has allowed Iommi to use the name for so long since then that it seems this case is no longer relevant. I just don't see there being anyway he can win this, but I guess money talks in our legal system.
Plus, Iommi is now recording with Dio under the Heaven and Hell moniker. They are no longer using the Black Sabbath name to sell records. Bad timing on Ozzy's part in my book.
Does Osbourne really need anymore money??? I think not! Maybe Sharon needs some new plastic surgery or something.
For the official news story check out the New York Post article.
Check out a statement from Ozzy here.
Ozzy-era Black Sabbath is legendary I will admit that:
However, Iommi and the rest of the gang released plenty of good stuff after Ozzy left.
Exhibit A: Ian Gillian-era clip
Exhibit B: Dio-era clip
Exhibit C: Tony Martin-era clip
UPDATE: To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sabbath's "Headless Cross", Tony Martin will be doing a full tour across the United States. Ozzy is already filing court papers. You can't have three Sabbaths!