Ozzy Named 'Ambassador,' Bats Cry Foul

​On April 16, the annual Record Store Day event will be hosted by independent record stores to recognize great music and the artists who play it. Ozzy Osbourne was named 2011's Record Store Day Ambassador, following in the footsteps of such honorees as Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal in 2009 and Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures last year.

In his greeting video, Osbourne commanded that everyone attend Record Store Day: "I now have the power to command you to attend Record Store Day. . . . Be there!"  Well, you heard the man. Everyone better attend. You can find a list of local record stores participating at the event here.

Since Mr. Osbourne was picked for the prestigious ambassadorship, you will get the chance to purchase a seven-inch single of Diary of a Madman and Flying High Again (with a live version of "I Don't Know" as the B-side), along with full-length vinyl versions of the newly expanded 30th-anniversary editions of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. He may not be negotiating peace treaties, but doesn't it make you feel good to know Ozzy Osbourne is the ambassador to something? Maybe Obama can get on this at some point. I'd sure as hell leave Libya if Ozzy told me to.

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