Originally posted on HFS at 104.9 - Baltimore's Rock Alternative:
“Welcome to Ozzy Osbourne International Airport.”
It sounds like something out of a parody (or a nightmare, depending on who you are), but you might be hearing that exact sentence in the future if you touch down in Birmingham, England, where Ozzy and his Black Sabbath bandmates hail from and where they formed the legendary heavy metal group.
According to local newspaper The Birmingham Mail, Jim Simpson — the man who first discovered the band — is leading a charge to rename Birmingham Airport after Ozzy.
The paper quoted Simpson as saying, “The message that would carry is instantly international, confident, powerful, unforgettable and says ‘Hey World, we are proud of our own.’” He also noted that “Ozzy might not always have been a paragon of virtue, but he is a genuine flesh and blood Brummie.” (“Brummie” is a term that residents of Birmingham use to identify themselves; Sabbath’s…
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