By: Gary Graff
Don't plan on flying into Ozzy Osbourne Airport any time soon.
Officials at the Birmingham Airport in the Black Sabbath frontman's British home town have said that there are "no plans to rename the airport, so we're not quite sure where that story's come from. But we're certainly not in discussions."
The re-branding of the airport was the idea of original Black Sabbath manager Jim Simpson, who was inspired by the city of Liverpool renaming its airport after the late Beatle John Lennon:
"The message that would carry is instantly international, confident, powerful, unforgettable and says 'Hey world, we are proud of our own,' " Simpson noted.
At least one Birmingham city councilor, Philip Parkin, interested in the idea. Simpson had previously campaigned for a Black Sabbath Day, which did not, er, fly at the time.
Osbourne himself has not commented on the proposal; he and Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, who are also Birmingham natives, are busy making a new album that's expected out this year, with Australian dates slated for April and early May.
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