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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Slash, More Honor Ozzy

There was a symmetry last night to Ozzy Osbourne being honored for his contributions to the Sunset Strip music scene at the House of Blues. The club sits across the street from a hotel that — while now sporting a new name — is still known to Angelenos and music historians as the famed ‘riot house,’ a hotel we’re sure Osbourne helped dub and has some fond, if hazy, memories of.

Noisecreep asked Osbourne about those early days and whether or not he could’ve imagined being honored all these years later. “I didn’t even think we would last a year, let alone 40,” he said.

We can believe that, but now an official metal deity having survived those crazy days, Osbourne is used to these kinds of tributes. “I didn’t ask to be honored. I’m honored that they asked, but it’s all a part of the job,” he says.

Rough job, listening to friends like Slash, Camp Freddy‘s Billy Morrison and Henry Rollins celebrate you. And after they all got done, there was more musical celebrating, with Camp Freddy leading their typical collection of all-stars in songs like ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ Thin Lizzy‘s ‘Jailbreak,’ ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘Surrender.’

That’s all good, but this night belonged to the Ozzman. And if there’s one song that will forever be associated with his Ozzness, it’s the Black Sabbath classic ‘Iron Man.’ But who can sing ‘Iron Man’ to Ozzy, though? It’s like finding someone to sing ‘Satisfaction’ to Mick Jagger or ‘Stairway to Heaven’ with Robert Plant in the audience. In other words, it better be someone with iron balls. So how about Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor, who admirably stepped up to the challenge.

It was a fitting end to the night for Osbourne, who nows consider himself a Sunset Stripper. “It’s a great place; it must be, because I bought a house and I live here now,” he says. The celebration carries on Saturday, when Osbourne joins Korn, among others, for an outdoor concert on the Strip.

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