Ozzy Osbourne is celebrating his 65th birthday by having fans, friends and family donate money to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The rocker has asked people to donate to the cancer fund through his twitter account, tweeting: "I'm using my bday (Dec. 3) to raise money for @royalmarsden! Give a gift and donate to help cancer patients..."
The Black Sabbath singer is not the only celebrity to ever ask for people to donate money to the cancer charity for his or her birthday rather than spend it on gifts. Others who have taken the charitable route include Mel C from Spice Girls, Nathan Sykes and Max George from The Wanted, and Sir Paul McCartney.
Osbourne, who is now officially a pensioner in the U.K., is also celebrating his milestone birthday by being on tour in Europe with his band Black Sabbath. The heavy metal rock band has been around since 1968. They originally started as a blues rock band but eventually began singing about social instability, drug abuse, political corruption and apocalyptic prophecies of the end of the world. Black Sabbath are seen as pioneers of the heavy metal rock genre, and produced legendary early '70s albums like Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master of Reality.
MTV ranked the band as the greatest metal band of all time, and they were ranked second on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock." Black Sabbath was inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Not bad for a metal singer who claims he can't really sing but instead just puts on a good show. "The Crazy Train" singer also has claimed he cannot play any instruments and does not write any of the band's music. The band's bassist, Geezer Butler, writes the lyrics Osbourne performs onstage.
"Never in a million years did I think I'd end up making a career out of singing," Osbourne said in his autobiography, I Am Ozzy. "I didn't think it was possible. As far as I knew, the only way I could make any dough was to go and work in a factory, like everyone else in Aston [Birmingham]. Or rob a f---ing bank."
"I don't consider myself a great singer. But I have a connection with the audience. There's the artist, and then a void and the audience; but I like to be part of the audience. I'd like to be them, and I'd like them to be me for an hour and a half."