Today’s Blimp Time-Hop: OZZY Debuts Zakk Wylde for Portland
30 years ago today, WBLM welcomed back Ozzy Osbourne to the Civic Center! This was Ozzy’s 5th trip to Portland in support of his album No Rest for the Wicked. We remember the Blimp played Crazy Babies and Miracle Man.
This album also marked the recording and touring debut of new lead guitarist, 21 year old Zakk Wylde (no beard yet).
Here's what they played. I know it says the show was 12/6/88. That's incorrect. According to our official book of concerts from our friends at the Civic Center box office, it was indeed on 12/2/88.
Opening the show that night were thrash metal titans, Anthrax on the road promoting their new album, State of Euphoria.
Watch Ozzy in New Haven on his 40th birthday in 1988, the day after the Portland show. That’s Geezer Butler on the bass. Very cool. And oh yeah, Ozzy turns 70 tomorrow!
The Ozzman Cometh to Maine and this could be the last time. The Prince of Darkness is saying goodbye to the road with his No More Tours 2 Tour. OZZY will be at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Saturday June 15, 2019 to say “Thank you Blimpville. I Love You All!” Special guests Megadeth will also be on the bill.