Representatives for Birmingham Airport in England have played down reports that the facility could be renamed in honor of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne. The Birmingham Mail reported a few days ago that former Sabbath manager Jim Simpson had launched a campaign to have the airport named after Ozzy, with at least one city councilor named Philip Parkin interested in pursuing the idea as well.
But an airport spokesperson threw cold water on the idea, telling Travel Mole, "We've no plans to rename the airport so we're not quite sure where the story's come from. But we're certainly not in discussions."
- All four original members of Sabbath -- Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward-- are from Birmingham and formed the group there in the late '60s.
- Simpson floated the idea of the airport name change after a proposal for a "Black Sabbath Day" fell through, saying, "The message that would carry is instantly international, confident, powerful, unforgettable and says 'Hey world, we are proud of our own.'"
- Osbourne, Iommi and Butler, but not Ward, are currently working on their first album together under the Sabbath banner since 1978.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you think Birmingham Airport should be renamed after Ozzy?
- Is there someone you would like to see your local airport named after?
- Should more rock musicians be considered for such things?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Electric Mombie wrote: "Name it The Black Sabbath Birmingham International Airport. How cool would that be, a big Sabbath cross with Sabbath going up and down and Black going across? That way, everyone else in Sabbath's ranks gets recognized."
Keanu Borgir wrote: "Welcome to the Ozzy Osbourne National Airport. Please Fly High With Us Again! Conveniently close to the Birmingham Crazy Train Station."
kickback wrote: "Not sure if associating Ozzy with air travel is such a good idea."
Firewind wrote: "If it were Tony Iommi airport that would have my support, but not this...sorry."
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