Ozzy: I Survived
He’s been crowned one of the “architects of metal,” and Ozzy Osbourne is still one of the few artists from the sixties that continue to inspire metal gods, sell out stadiums and get albums into the pointy end of the charts.
But in a revealing interview with The Australian after the premiere of his new documentary ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ at the New York's Tribeca Film Festival, Ozzy has revealed that his lasting legacy won’t be the millions of albums he’s flogged, his sold-out tours or the fact he’s remained relevant over four decades – it’s his survival!
"As I'm getting older now, a lot of the friends I used to party with are all dead. I'm lucky to be alive. I'm lucky to be playing music. I'm currently finishing a world tour. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and think, 'Man, I'm 62 and people still want to see my music.' When I made the first Black Sabbath album, I didn't think I'd be 45 years up the road and still doing it. I had no idea. I'm blessed. I'm very lucky."
The film follows Ozzy’s rags to riches story of a working class boy from Birmingham called John who decides to become a musician after hearing The Beatles' ‘She Loves You.’ It then traces his time pioneering the hard rock genre with Black Sabbath, and his 1982 comeback driven by his wife and manager Sharon.
But if there was one thing that Ozzy could permanently delete from the public record? Well, that would be that bat.
"One thing that amazes me is that, even now, people still go up to me and say, 'So, Ozzy, did you really bite the head off a bat?' If you don't know that, you must be living in a cave. On my epitaph it'll read, 'Ozzy Osbourne - The Man who Bit the Head off a Bat'."
And while he’s not proud of some of his hard-rock exploits, Ozzy remains philosophical about the ‘bad stuff’: "There's good and bad in life. The good things and the bad things are part of the journey, I suppose. I'm not really proud of it, but it's true."
Now, Ozzy is celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the release of seminal records ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’, with ‘Hard Rock Masterpieces’ – a deluxe Collectors Box set that includes both remastered albums, and previously unreleased live performances form the ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ tour, as well as the ‘Thirty Years After The Blizzard’ DVD Documentary.
If you could ask Ozzy one thing, what would it be? Meanwhile, check out video’s below of Ozzy talking about creating the classic albums that helped shape a generation of rock, and how he inspired other metal legends.