Looks like Ozzy Osbourne might be getting the presidential treatment in his hometown of Birmingham if the record company boss who discovered Black Sabbath has anything to say about it.
Big Bear Music head Jim Simpson is pinning a way of getting the town’s airport named after the prince of darkness after plans for a ‘Black Sabbath Day’ in Birmingham fell through, according to reports from the Birmingham Mail.
"I believe that there is a masterstroke that would instantly confound the cynics," said Simpson. "Just re-name our airport! How does The Ozzy Osbourne International Airport resonate? The message that would carry is instantly international, confident, powerful, unforgettable and says 'Hey World, we are proud of our own.’Ozzy might not always have been a paragon of virtue but he is a genuine flesh and blood Brummie.”
The idea of celebrating the work of Sabbath was backed by the city council earlier this year as part of a wider ‘Destination Birmingham’ program, which aimed to boost music tourism.
Pennywise Announce New Reunion Shows
And finally, some great news for all of you Pennywise fans out there looking to catch the band live this winter as the Southern California punk rockers have just revealed a series of shows for the very near future.
As you might have already heard, Pennywise had recently announced the return of original singer Jim Lindberg along with a reunion show set for January 18th at the Palladium in Los Angeles.
Turns out fans were more than eager to see the Lindberg-led lineup once again as the show sold out in just ten minutes, causing the band to add a second date the following day at the same venue.
And just in case that wasn’t enough, they’ve now added several more dates across the west coast for good measure! Check out the newly announced dates below:
Jan 30 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO
Feb 01 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 21 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, Canada
Feb 22 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Feb 23 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
Feb 24 Midtown – Bend, OR
Feb 27 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Feb 28 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
Mar 01 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
Mar 02 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 08 Majestic Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
Mar 16 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 22 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Mar 23 House of Blues -San Diego, CA