Mecca band of rock n’ roll, Black Sabbath, releases their long awaited album, "13," this week “after more than two years of writing,” according to The Huffington Post. It is thought the album will “debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.”
For the last 10 years, the heavy metal band has struggled to produce a successful album like they had in their glory years—personal lives of the band-mates constantly getting in the way: “Drummer Bill Ward left the band over a contract dispute. Guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma. And Osbourne began to drink.” Osbourne’s drinking phase quickly turned into an addiction, labeling him an alcoholic.
This week, however, the famously known, “Prince of Darkness” was seen walking into Keats karaoke bar in Midtown, where he politely asked the staff if he could use the restroom. According to a witness reported by the NYPOST, “On his way out he [Osbourne] was being nice to all the employees and threw a substantial amount of money on the bar.” The witness continued, “People were asking to buy him a drink and he politely declined.”
After relapsing with drugs and alcohol again earlier this year, Osbourne has committed to a sober lifestyle. Osbourne had been in the city this week with spouse Sharon Osbourne to help promote the band’s new album.
Whether Osbourne is really turning a new leaf, we don’t really know. We sure hope his son’s 10 year sobriety and Osbourne’s hopeful return to the spot light helps him turn that leaf nevertheless. May his soundtrack be one to play at our summer gatherings these next few weeks.