Blizzard of AzDistrict Stage, 7-10pm
Ozzy Osborne Tribute Band
“Blizzard of Az” is a tribute to the collaborative music of ex Black Sabbath member Ozzy Osbourne, and the highly acclaimed late, great guitarist Randy Rhoads. BOAZ was conceptualized and formed by Tony Cortezza and Matt Lauzon on a long, cross country drive to Shropshire, England in the winter of 2015.
“Blizzard of Az” faithfully recreates the first two solo albums from Ozzy Osbourne, “Blizzard of Oz” and “Diary of a madman”. These two releases are held in high regard as the pinnacle of hard rock and heavy metal music of the early 1980’s, even ushering in a new era of what became known as “Neo Classical” style guitar playing. Randy Rhoads was voted “Best new hard rock guitarist” in 1981 by the readers of Guitar Player magazine and his influence is still talked about to this day, much in the same way that Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen are revered. Randy Rhoads wrote, recorded and played such hard rock radio staples as “Crazy Train”, “I Don’t Know” “Flying High Again” and “Mr. Crowley” which are all now considered by many to be the finest era of Ozzy Osbourne’s musical catalog.
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