Black Sabbath burst onto the scene in 1969 with a new idea about what music was and what it should sound like. That was the year that heavy metal was born. 10 long years Ozzy and the band had a great run, releasing amazing albums like Paranoid and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. In ’78 Ozzy left the band for 3 months to person a solo project, but at the request of his band mates he soon returned to Sabbath and together they created Never Say Die.
In ’79 Ozzy left Black Sabbath for good and embarked upon what would become one of the most quintessential heavy metal solo careers of all time. Drenched in drugs and drink and all around general debauchery Ozzy created the band The Blizzard of Ozz, however the record company eventually choose to title the group by Ozzy’s name and the debut album became Blizzard of Ozz, and so was the birth of his solo career.
Ozzy Osbourne Controversy
- Biting Dove Head Off
- John McCollum
Satanist or Christian
There is something to be said for Ozzy, the way he pushes the limits of expression and experience, in an almost disregard for the human condition. His wild dark hair and drug crazed eyes offended the Christian community before they ever even heard a word of his music. When they did hear his lyrics it simple fueled the flames of hatred towards him. Songs like Mr. Crowley (in reference to famed occultist Aleister Crowley) reinforced the belief that Osbourne’s music was indeed the music of the devil. In actuality, Osbourne is far from being a Satanist, as a member of the Church of England, it is said that he prays each night before taking the state to perform.
Was it a bat, or a dove?
Turns out, it was both. In 1981 during a meeting with record producers and in a drug induced haze Ozzy “accidentally” bit the head of a dove that had been released as a sign of peace. I’m sure, Ozzys bloody face is a memory those record execs will never forget. It made such an impression that it has been parodied all over the world and is part of the reason why he become so famous. I mean, come on, how can you not remember the crazy guy with the blood of a dove dripping from his lips?
As if biting the head off a dove during a business meeting wasn’t crazed enough, a year later, in 1982 during a concert a young fan threw what Osbourne thought was a rubber bat on stage, and as per character he picked it up and bit the head off, only to be bitten back by the little black beast. Treated for rabies, and back on tour later that year he was found urinating on the Alamo. Sometimes all we can do is shake our heads and smile at this insane drug crazed lunatic actually does things even Hollywood wouldn’t write about.
Much of his lyrics promoted suicide, or at least, those were the allegations when in 1984 teenager John McCollum sadly chose to end his own life while listening to Osbourne’s Suicide Solution. The boy’s parents took Ozzy to court of the death, but the court ruled in Ozzy’s favor. Tragically, in 1991, the parents of Michael Waller did the same, but as had already been found in the previous case the judge ruled there was no connection between the son and the suicides.
In the loss of their children these parents needed someone to blame. Tragic as it was, music was not at fault, and this eccentric artist went on to create an innumerable amount of music and even some television that to this day still brings joy to the world. You don’t just become “The Godfather of Metal” without a bit of controversy.