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Ozzy Osbourne International Airport? Rocker's hometown government 'intrigued' by the idea
By Aaron Couch, THR ,  Billboard

Billboard -- Will the airplane overtake the bat as the flying object most associated with Ozzy Osbourne?

British recording industry vet Jim Simpson, who discovered Osbourne's pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, is mounting a campaign to rename the rocker's hometown airport after him, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Efforts in the city of Birmingham, England to organize a Black Sabbath Day recently stalled, and Simpson sees the airport renaming as an even better option to embrace the town's musical heritage.

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"How does The Ozzy Osbourne International Airport resonate?" Simpson said. "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."

So will the airport renaming scheme take off? Birmingham city councilman Coun Philip Parkin told the Mail he was intrigued by the idea and said the city ought to be celebrating its talented natives.

"It's an interesting idea and I've got an open mind but I think something like that would need to be consulted on fairly widely because it's a significant part of our infrastructure."

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If Birmingham does so, it wouldn't be the only city to rock a musician-named airport. In 2002, Liverpool renamed its airport in honor of John Lennon. Other airports named for musicians include Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Airport in Salzburg, Austria.

With a population of more than one million, Birmingham is the second most populous city in Great Britain. In 1969, it served as the birth place of Black Sabbath, Osbourne's massively successful collaboration with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.

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21Comments
Jan 20, 2013 9:02AM
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No, no ,on.....he hasn't done one thing to justify renaming an airport after himself. He hasn't earned a Noble Peace Prize. He hasn't done a thing to aid mankind or earn a humanitarian award. he's a drug abuser with alcoholic tendencies. I'd place naming the airport after Osbourne just after John Wilkes Booth or Sirhan Sirhan. Obama, did you declare this so publicity would be diverted away from  giving your Idi Amin-look alike brother a government job? I bet this is so........drug culture votes. 
Jan 1, 2013 3:23AM
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hey douche, just cuz i smoke doesn't mean i don't  know a guys life that was dedicated to drugs and alcohol(mine wasn't) that it's a terrible decision to name anything except a tx. facility after them when there's better qaulified individuals who did a lot more for mankind and the pot leaf is a symbol for getting high not something you'd want on the back of a plane. just sayin. fuc_ nuts

Dec 31, 2012 9:35AM
Dec 31, 2012 8:45AM
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When I was growing up in California ~ all through grade school and high school ~ Living in foster care, in to many homes to count, I was not allowed to watch t.v. or listen to music ~ I attended four years of private school throughout my high school years and then dropped off in the big city of Portland Oregon, to find work and live in the "Outside" world..... When someone asks me if I liked such and such a singer or band, I just stated to them that I had never heard of them and so on....

So ~ Yes, I beleive that naming the Airport after an iconic singer is quite fitting.... May be that it will draw more attention to the Great Talent's of this world that we all share in  together....

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