Ozzy Osbourne certainly is no super hero, but if he was… I think this would probably be his superhero logo:
I shouldn’t have to explain why, since the story is so well known now that it’s basically a part of who Ozzy is.
1982 was a pretty busy year year for Ozzy. That was the year he was famously arrested while wearing one of wife Sharon’s dresses (because she had hidden his clothes) after drunkenly urinating on The Alamo. Earlier that year, on January 20th (exactly 34 years ago today), while Ozzy was on stage at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa, a fan threw a bat onto the stage. The stage lights stunned the bat, leaving it motionless on the stage, to the point where Ozzy thought it was a fake rubber bat… So he picked it up and proceeded to bite down on its head.
In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the incident as number 2 on its list of “Rock’s Wildest Myths.” The Rolling Stone article claimed the bat was alive, but 17-year-old fan Mark Neal, who threw the bat on stage, claimed he brought it to the show already dead. Osbourne himself actually went on record in the liner notes of the 2002 edition of Diary of a Madman to say that the bat was indeed alive, enough so that it actually managed to bite him, forcing him to rush to a hospital to be treated for rabies.
Here’s Ozzy setting the record straight:
So I guess if you ever get the chance to meet Ozzy, don’t bring up the bat head!