start with one of heavy metal monolith
Sabbath, singer Ozzy
Osbourne split from the band in 1979, and forged a highly
successful solo career that quickly eclipsed his former outfit.
While Osbourne's strange antics sometimes overshadow the music, he
helped introduce one of metal's greatest guitarists in
Rhoads Guitars, creating numerous metal classics in the process. Rhoads
died in a plane crash in 1982, ending the first great era of
Osbourne's solo career, but Ozzy soldiered on to continued
success. In the '90s, the Ozzfest was inaugurated, a heavy-metal
package tour that helped introduce some of the biggest nu-metal
bands of the late '90s/early '00s. Ironically, Ozzy's greatest
stardom came in 2002 with MTV's reality show THE OSBOURNES,
focusing on the amusing foibles of Ozzy's family life.