1982. Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman show involved the hanging of midgets, a giant mechanical arm, and a catapult that fired raw meat into the audience. But on this occasion it was a prop supplied by the audience that stole the show.
On January 20, 1982, we played the Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines.
The gig was going great. The God-like hand was working without any hitches. We’d already hung the midget.
Then, from out of the audience came this bat. Obviously a toy, I thought.
So I held it up to the lights and bared my teeth while Randy played one of his solos. The crowd went mental.
Then I did what I always did when we got a rubber toy on stage.
Immediately, though, something felt wrong. Very wrong.
For a start, my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin.
Then the head in my mouth twitched.
Oh, f*** me I thought. I didn’t just go and eat a f***ing bat, did I?
So I spat out the head, looked over into the wings, and saw Sharon with her eyes bulging, waving her hands, screaming: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S REAL, OZZY, IT’S REAL!”
Next thing I knew I was in a wheelchair, being rushed into an emergency room.
Every night for the rest of the tour I had to find a doctor and get rabies shots: one in each arse cheek, one in each thigh, one in each arm. I had more holes in me than a lump of f***ing Swiss cheese.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Warp factor ten
Ozzy Osbourne's memoir excerpted at the Sunday Times: