Gerry Krochak of The Leader-Post reports: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada native Kevin Churko made a record with the musical "Prince Of Darkness" . . . and lived to tell about it.
"All I could think is, 'Please don't die in Ozzy Osbourne's house,' " the ridiculously talented producer/engineer/songwriter and musician recalls of a scary allergic episode that concluded with a 9-1-1 call and a shot of epinephrine, which potentially saved his life.
Osbourne made the call and even signed photos for the paramedics, but it's Churko who saved Ozzy's bacon with his work on "Black Rain", an album being called the former BLACK SABBATH frontman's best in over a decade.
The Blizzard Of Oz and one of Yorkton's favourite sons have become great pals since the pair co-wrote and produced the new album, but it seems a safe bet that Churko never told Ozzy that he used to perform a country two-steppin' version of "Crazy Train" in his Yorkton family band nearly two decades ago.
Although Churko has quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after producer/engineers in music today, he says his experience with Ozzy and the Osbourne clan was nothing but positive.
"It was probably the most satisfying project I have ever worked on, beginning to end," he says from the Las Vegas home he shares with his wife Kemnay and children Kane and Khloe. "The entire experience was amazing and it was the most fun I've ever had making an album."
"Ozzy is not entirely what people saw on that show ['The Osbournes']," Churko says. "When the show was on he was using (drugs), popping pills and drinking, but he's been sober for the past three years.
"He's a very gracious, very smart and very real person — he cuts through bullshit and sees truth faster than anyone I know."
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