Tribeca: “What an asshole I’ve been” – Ozzy about “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”

This entry was posted on 25.04.2011

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

The most revealing fact in “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, the new documentary about the life of the metal-singer? “What an asshole I’ve been in the past”, the 62 year old Brit said on Monday during a press conference at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” premiered here on Sunday night where Osbourne saw the documentary for the first time.

The film – directed by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli and produced by Ozzy’s son Jack – is a very honest and open account of the four decades of stardom. “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” even mentions the one time when the singer tried to strangle his wife Sharon – Osbourne later woke up in jail, not knowing how he ended up there. “You don’t realize how bad you are,” he said during the press conference and added that he wanted his son to show “the real story.” “I am not proud of what the things I have been doing. But it’s part of my life.”

“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” was shot within two years and tells the story from Ozzy’s poverty-stricken, working-class youth outside of Birmingham to him now being sober and “finally grown-up” (as his wife Sharon puts it). It talks about his long fight about his drug abuse (during the recording of “Volume 4″ the band got cereal boxes full of cocaine delivered to the studio), his struggling family life and about him finally becoming sober. “I was fed up with m being fucked up all the time.”

Of course the famous “bat incident” (Osbourne bit the head off a bat one time, not knowing it was real) is mentioned too, although the singer is tired of telling the story over and over again. It made him infamous in the Eighties though – a circus director at Madison Square Garden in New York even told him to stay away from his lions, fearing for the life of his predators.

The singer finally is sober now – and accomplished the thing he wanted to do for four decades: getting his driver’s licenses. The first thing he did? “My dad got a Ferrari and crashed it the next day.”

Also read “Ozzy Osbourne, the rockstar. And the family man? Not so much”, a review of the documentary

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