January 20th 1982

Des Moines, Iowa. Population 200,00

Just another concert on the tour or is it?

Here’s the story…

Local metalhead’s converged to the auditorium that night to see their favourite metal musician Ozzy Osbourne performed on his Diary of a Madman Tour.

The tour was in support of Ozzy’s second solo album “Diary of a Madman”.

The album peaked at number 16 on US Billboard 200

The band at the time featured Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Randy Rhoads on guitar, Rudy Sarzo on bass, and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

What started out as a normal Heavy Metal concert turned into something totally different when one audience member threw a live bat onstage and crazy Ozzy grab the 🦇 and took a nice bite and bit the head off.

“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,” the rock legend recalled in his memoir, I Am Ozzy. “I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched … I didn’t just go and eat a … bat, did I?”

“Oh yes, it became part of the Ozzy myth — but it’s not a myth,” bassist Rudy Sarzo, who was onstage that night, clarifies to Yahoo Entertainment. “It actually did happen. It’s not like dragons. Dragons are mythology. This was real.”

After the show Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.

And so another folklore story in the history of Heavy Metal music!!

Ozzy on Letterman talking about the incident.

YESTERDAY, TODAY, EVERYDAY HEAVY METAL!! 🤘🏻👍👊

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