OZZY & SIDE-B: THE KIND TRAIN PULLS IN
This week’s accolades for Side B go to none other than crazy guy Ozzy Osbourne. After significant attention (809,000+ views by the time of this writing) was given to a rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train on YouTube by a musical group of Louisville children (the cover of the tune is rendered mostly through percussion), so much was made of this wonderful performance that the Oz man went and saw it for himself. Ozzy was so moved by the performance that he wrote a check for $10,000 to support the group which is commonly known as the Louisville Leopard Percussionists.
Founded in 1993, the Kentucky group is a non-profit organization (which is supported by donations and performance fees) that gives students aged 7 to 14 the opportunity to work together to create innovative and entertaining covers. Check out their You Tube page and you will find other excellent covers of Zep tunes like Kashmir, the Immigrant Song and, The Ocean.
Ozzy gets kudos because he actually took the next step to not only acknowledge the performance (and the group) but, he also went as far as to write a check and send it with a personal letter. The personal touch was a good job by Oz and undoubtedly that will further inspire this touching group. Maybe that train isn’t so crazy after all.