The prince of darkness, father of heavy metal, and legendary Black Sabbath vocalist, Ozzy Osbourne has had his fair share of controversies.
Eating live bats on stage, throwing buckets of water at his fans, and snorting a line of ants are just a few of the many crazy things Ozzy Osbourne has done during his career.
Today, we’re diving deep, way deep, into the Blizzard of Oz and exploring some of the most interesting, strange, and straight-up bizarre facts about the heavy metal legend, Ozzy Osbourne.
7 Fun Facts About Ozzy Osbourne That’ll Have Your Head Spinning
1. Worked Several Odd Jobs
At the age of 15, the Black Sabbath star dropped out of school and had to work various jobs to support himself. He’s worked in many positions ranging from being a plumber to a laborer but perhaps the weirdest job he had was working in a slaughterhouse.
He was tasked with cutting open and emptying the stomachs of dead sheep. In an interview with the Telegraph, he stated that this job was so gross he did nothing but throw up for the first few weeks.
2. Huge Fan of the Beatles and Inspired by Them
The Beatles had some of the best and most iconic songs in the 60s and attracted millions of fans worldwide. One of these diehard fans was the one and only Ozzy Osbourne.
He states that he’s been a big fan of the Beatles since the age of 14 and credits his rise to music to their hit song She Loves You, which inspired him to become a musician.
3. Publicly Urinated on the Alamo Cenotaph
After a night of partying hard, Ozzy once made his way out in the city in his future wife, Sharon’s, dress. He stumbled out on the street and found the nearest statue to take a piss on – not knowing that it was Texas’ treasured national monument, the Alamo Cenotaph.
This incident led to him being banned from playing in the San Antonio region. A decade later, he was allowed to return after issuing a public apology and donating $10,000 to the Alamo Monument maintenance.
He apologized by stating:
“We all have done things in our lives that we regret […] I am deeply honored that the people of San Antonio have found it in their hearts to have me back. I hope that this donation will show that I have grown up.”
4. Fought a Robber Naked
Yup. Ozzy once fought with a robber who was trying to steal from his wife’s closet – butt naked. Although the thief managed to loot some expensive jewelry, his wife’s wedding ring was later recovered with the help of the British TV show “Crime Watch”.
5. He Created His Iconic Tattoo
Ozzy has many tattoos on his body (around 15) but one of his most iconic tattoos is the letters “O-Z-Z-Y” across his knuckles.
This iconic tattoo was not done by any professional tattoo artist or even through an ink machine! During his teen years, Ozzy created his tattoo with a sewing pin and grate polish.
6. He’s Never Seen an Episode of His Show
The Osbournes was a raging success, being cited as the most viewed MTV series, but that still wasn’t convincing enough for Ozzy to watch any of its episodes! That’s right, the rock-and-roll icon has never seen an episode of his hit TV show.
In an interview on BBC Radio 2, Ozzy admitted that he was stoned during the entire filming of the show which is why he never plans on watching it.
7. He Has Dyslexia
Ozzy’s dyslexia caused him many problems in his schooling years. He said in his book, I Am Ozzy:
“The only good thing about having dyslexia is that dyslexics are usually very creative people, or so I’ve been told. We think in unusual ways. But it’s a very bad stigma to have, not being able to read like normal people can. To this day I wish I’d had a proper education. I think books are great, I do”
Where is the Heavy Metal Legend and How is He Doing Now?
Although Ozzy Osbourne is not as healthy as he was, he’s still moderately active. He plans on performing and can be reached through Ozzy Osbourne’s manager and his team.
In the latest, the prince of darkness has unfortunately had to cancel his 2023 tours due to a spinal injury. Despite that, he stated that his team is “brainstorming ways for him to perform without having to travel so much.”