Tuesday, January 1, 2002 @ 3:08 PM
Ozzy Osbourne Performs WTC Ben
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Although known to many as the dove eating, bat wielding rebellious fontman of Black Sabbath and notorious solo star, his fans know that offstage Ozzy Osbourne is a family man and good hearted soul who loves and appreciated his fans. Well, the Ozz-man proved his devotion to his fans in New York and showed his human side when he staged a Merry Mayhem charity concert for the World Trade Center victims at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on December 23rd and stopped by Ground Zero to pay his respects to the victims and workers who are clearer the rubble round the clock.
KNAC.COM fan Rick Bonadies, a firefighter with New York City’s Engine 153, has been working at Ground Zero and is a longtime Ozzy fan. He was asked by his co-workers if he could help arrange to get Ozzy to come down to Ground Zero the day before the concert to pay his respects and contacted his wife/manager Sharon, who happily arranged the visit.
“Ozzy and Sharron where the most down to Earth people, taking pictures and signing autographs with everyone who asked,” Bonadies told KNAC.COM. “Ozzy even talked to fans kids and wives on cell phones when asked. The night of the show Ozzy stopped the show and took six fireman and six police officers on stage with him and again showed the respect he hade for us. The police presented Ozzy with a cross cut out of a beam from the WTC. He looked shocked to see it and gave the cross a kiss. I just want all Ozzy fans to know that Ozzy is a rock star and a gentleman."