Ozzy Osbourne's Infamous Bat Bite

By | October 11, 2021

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Few musicians can match Osbourne's craziness at his peak.(vintagenews)

The list of outrageous stage acts could fill libraries. But Ozzy Osbourne’s bat-eating stunt of 1982 lords above the rest. The former member of Black Sabbath shocked the world when he decapitated a bat with nothing but his teeth. The bat incident occurred during the Diary of a Madman Tour at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa. Rolling Stone ranked it No.2 on their list of ​​"Rock's Wildest Myths." So why did Osbourne eat the bat and how did it get on stage in the first place? Read on to find out.

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Osbourne’s Macabre Animal Fascination

Osbourne’s morbid fascination with animals goes back to 1981 when Osbourne shocked CBS Records executives with a pair of live doves. As the story goes, "(I) pulled out one of these doves and bit its (expletive) head off. Just to shut her up. Then I did it again with the next dove, spitting the head out on the table. ... That's when they threw me out." Reportedly, Osbourne was to release the doves at the ending of the meeting, Vatican style but got bored. Apparently, that’s how the rocker dealt with tiresome meetings he felt were beneath him.