Heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne is paying tribute to his friend and legendary music writer Malcolm Dome, who passed away at the age of 66.
For those at home who don’t know, Malcolm Dome was an English music journalist. Dome wrote about rock and heavy metal beginning in 1979. He has published several books on artists such as AC/DC, Metallica, and Led Zeppelin. But in addition to that, he also wrote pieces for outlets like Record Mirror, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, and more.
He also had a presence on the airwaves. Alongside Friday Rock Show DJ Tommy Vance and producer Tony Wilson, Dome co-founded Great Britain’s first rock radio station, Total Rock. He spent 17 years with the station before leaving in March of 2014 to join Team Rock full-time. While there, he helped lay the foundation for what would become Louder.
As you can probably imagine, the passing of the longtime music journalist captured the attention of stars all throughout the industry. One of those was English singer, songwriter, and television personality Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne, of course, rose to fame during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. During that time, he adopted the nickname “Prince of Darkness.”
Osbourne took to social media where he penned an emotional statement about the passing of Malcolm Dome.
“Words cannot express how sorry I feel to hear about the passing of Malcolm Dome. Rest In Peace. God Bless.”
Ozzy Osbourne fans have been around long enough to know how much Malcolm Dome meant to the heavy metal community. It only makes sense that they are mourning his death as well.
“Well said, Ozzy. RIP Malcolm,” one fan said.
“RIP Malcolm rock out on the other side!!!” said a Twitter user.
“Rest in Peace Malcolm Dome!” another person replied.
Ozzy Osbourne, Other Heavy Metal Stars Mourn Death of Malcolm Dome
Ozzy Osbourne is obviously one of the biggest names in the metal industry. But he isn’t the only big name to post a touching statement online in the wake of Malcolm Dome’s death.
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich posted the following message:
“Extremely sad to hear of Malcolm Dome’s passing. Not only was he an incredible talent who helped guide my relationship with heavy music, but he was also a great person. Today, I’m thinking of the fun, memorable times we spent together back in the day.”
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi also posted this heartfelt message:
Malcolm was a lovely guy, he interviewed me many times and was always positive about the music. He was one of the first journalists to totally get metal. We even worked together last year when he helped me sort out my Wikipedia entry. Sadly missed.”