Behind The Music

Season 1 Episode 25

Ozzy Osbourne

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 1998 on VH1

Episode Recap

Ozzy is interviewed about some of his more bizarre stunts, and he discusses it all with an easygoing, sweet camera manner. His drug and alcohol problems now behind him, he is able to recall the time he bit the head of a live bat at a concert in Des Moines. And the time he bit the head of a live dove at a Columbia Records publicity meeting. And the fact that he was sued by three separate families claiming he inserted subliminal messages in his song 'Suicide Solution', urging teenage boys to kill themselves. He describes how the song is really about the death of Bon Scott, and the lyrics are meant to caution others about suffering the same fate. Sharon Osbourne is on hand to talk about helping Ozzy get over his addictions. She has brought order and efficiency into Ozzy's life, and he genuinely understands and appreciates her influences. The most emotional moments come when Ozzy discusses the small plane crash that killed his guitarist, Randy Rhodes. Ozzy talks about the memorial shrine he helped Randy's parents build.

Of course, being Ozzy, many words are bleeped for television. As the narrator explains, Ozzy is a caring family man, but he is shrewd enough to maintain his 'rebel of metal' persona.