Ozzy Osbourne is more than just the most famous befuddled father in the world.
Before MTV turned his family into household names with the reality series “The Osbournes,” he helped invent heavy metal with his band Black Sabbath almost 40 years ago and went on to enjoy a huge solo career. Now, the “Prince of Darkness” is launching a new series on the music cable channel to remind people that he is a rock star first.
“Battle for Ozzfest,” premiering on Monday at 10:30 p.m. EDT, pits representatives of eight unsigned hard rock bands from across the United States against each other in a series of challenges designed to give one band the chance to grab a coveted spot on his annual Ozzfest tour next year.
In one episode, the contestants must bite the head off a bat, just as Osbourne once did.
In a recent interview at his Beverly Hills home, Osbourne, 55, said he thought the concept was “(expletive) stupid” when his 52-year-old wife and manager Sharon presented it to him, but now he’s a huge fan.
“It’s just to let people know that we’re not ‘The Osbournes’ and I’m still active in my work as I have been for the last 37 years. Sharon’s still very active in the managerial side. We’re not just sitting in the house.”
Thanks to “The Osbournes,” most people probably know him as the stammering drug-addled dad who fills in coloring books as he tries to rein in his wayward children and misbehaving dogs.
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