ATN has learned that guitarist Joe Holmes is leaving Ozzy
Osbourne's band. Sure, not really big news since Osbourne has seen a parade of
ax-slingers (Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Zakk Wylde) come and go over the years,
but Holmes' reasons for leaving are certainly the most unique.
to a source at the Ozzsters label, Holmes' official reason for quitting is due
to his new status as a "born again Catholic." That's right, Catholic. And while
we'd never heard of such a thing, the source said that's what Holmes, who
studied under Rhodes, meant, and furthermore, the reason he couldn't continue
in his capacity was because he didn't wish to be "associated with Ozzy because
of his reputation."
We can only assume they meant his reputation as the
Sugar Ray Leonard of rock. Oh yeah, historians among you may be interested in
this summer's OzzFest, which will feature a Black Sabbath reunion. We kid you