This article is from the The Osbourne FAQ, by Mike L. with numerous contributions by others.
In April, Ozzy's mother passed away from diabetes and kidney
problems. He was able to see her about a week before she passed away
but didn't attend the funeral.
Ozzy also ventured out into the PC game market. Ozzy lent his voice
and likeness for "Black Skies", in which players assume the role of
the Ozzy himself. The game was never released but the song made it.
A date of October 16 is announced for Ozzy's new studio album, 2000
having seen no album as previously thought. By April he has written
nine songs and there are plans to complete nine more before Ozzy heads
back on the road for Ozzfest.
"Gets Me Through" is the first single for Ozzy's album and was
released Sept. 4th to radio stations. The album's title will be "Down
to Earth". The cover shows an actual x-ray of Ozzy. "They X-rayed me
for like three hours, the guy kept saying, 'It's going to be fine,
Ozzy.' I thought I was going to come out of there glowing. It was
very frightening.", Ozzy said.
The album was produced by Tim Palmer, with guest appearances by
drummer Mike Bordin, bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Zakk
Wylde. Six years and fans finally had a new album.
A short tour was announced under the name of "Black Christmas" but was
changed to "Merry Mayhem" after the terrorist attacks of September
11th. The two month tour beginning Halloween, featured Rob Zombie,
Mudvayne, Soil and OneSideZero. Proceeds from "Ozz Bless America"
merchandise sold throughout the Merry Mayhem tour was donated to the
families of firefighters and police affected by the World Trade
Center. Merry Mayhem wrapped up New Years Eve.
Ozzy suffered a stress fracture and had to reschedule 10 dates on his
Merry Mayhem tour, when he slipped stepping out of the shower before
his Tucson, Arizona show. Ozzy continued to tour for a week before
seeing a doctor when the pain continued to increase.
Rob Zombie used the time off to focus on directing two new videos, his
own "Never Gonna Stop" and Ozzy's "Dreamer".