Ozzy Osbourne, the prince of darkness, has somehow managed to survive a lifetime of being one of the most outlandish people in rock 'n' roll. There are enough odd Ozzy Osbourne stories about his time in Black Sabbath to fill a book, but even after he embarked on a very successful solo career, he continued acting off the wall. It turns out that, even as the singer veered into old age and sobriety, he didn't settle down. It’s just who he is. While reading these truly insane Ozzy Osbourne facts, try reading them in his voice for maximum authenticity.
Which of these Ozzy Osbourne dark facts do you think is the most intensely disturbing? This list has everything, from animal slayings to an attempted slaying that Ozzy still can’t remember. As much as the singer settled into the character of the world’s doddering old grandpa, he’s done some sinister things in his life.
Police Thought Ozzy Had Been Abducted, But He Was Just On A Binge
While Black Sabbath was on tour with Van Halen in 1978, Ozzy and VH singer David Lee Roth had a drug bender that lasted until Ozzy disappeared one day. According to a guy who was on the tour: "After a bus ride to Nashville, Ozzy passed out for 24 hours in the wrong hotel room and in effect was missing. The police thought he’d been [taken]." In David Lee Roth's autobiography, DLR corroborates this story and even says Sabbath was going to continue on the tour without Ozzy with Roth on vocals, but he didn't know any of the words to the band's songs, so everyone just had to wait around for Ozzy to sober up.
Ozzy Trashed A Hotel Room With A Perished Shark's Blood
If Ozzy was biting the heads off of bats and peeing near The Alamo in the '80s, he was worse in the '70s. In his autobiography, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi told a story about Ozzy wrecking his hotel room with an actual shark. "With drugs always you get bored, so you must do something to one another. Like Ozzy hauling a shark through a window, dismembering it and soaking our room in blood."
He Painted Tommy Lee's Hotel Walls With His Own Feces
Ozzy either really liked Mötley Crüe, or he really hated them. According to the Crüe's drummer, Tommy Lee, Ozzy invited Lee to his hotel room where he immediately pulled his pants off and defecated on the floor.
"He starts smearing [feces] all over the walls," Lee recounted. "He's painting with it! And I thought, 'This is some next level [stuff]. I'm not ready for this!' I'm cool with just taking a [poop] in the toilet."
British Airways Used His Yard As A Trash Target
When photographer and music video director Dean Karr (AKA the guy that directed the Dave Matthews Band classic "Crash Into Me") visited Ozzy at his English estate, he discovered that the Osbourne family wasn't the only group using the land. He told an interviewer: "They have the biggest plot of land; it’s like five football fields of endless manicured grass with Greek statues all over. So Jack and I were cutting across the grass on the quad and I stopped him because there were little three-inch plastic wrappers everywhere. I asked Jack what was up and he said, 'Oh hey, British Airways pulls the bilge over dad’s house once a week, and it just rains down these peanut wrappers.”