Photos by G.
On April 24, 2011, I attended the world premiere of the documentary about Rock and Roll’s Prince of Darkness – “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Side note: best way ever to spend Easter!) The film is great. It is a chronological look through Ozzy Osbourne’s life. Ozzy talks about knowing he could never take a corporate job and how at age 10, he discovered the music of The Beatles and knew exactly what he wanted to do in his life. There’s great footage from his Black Sabbath days through his solo career inter spliced with all of the excesses of the rock and roll life along the way.
Ozzy talks very candidly throughout the film about his days of legendary partying, moments such as the death of his guitarist Randy Rhoads (who died in a plane crash) that changed his life and he also discusses sobriety. You’ll hear testimonies from all of his kids that say what a lousy father he was (though it appears that all have mended fences now), from rockers such as Tommy Lee who tells stories of epic drug and drink binges (and smearing shit on a hotel room wall). There’s even a scene where Ozzy watches old videos and provides commentary (from not liking the video to having no recollection of it being filmed). Yes, Ozzy Osbourne has cheated death many times. As you will see from “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,” he’s more alive than ever and he’s not stopping any time soon. You’ll laugh, you’ll rock and you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the life of a man who is truly one of a kind.
Everyone that attended the premiere was treated to commemorative laminates of the event as well as an exclusive T-shirt designed by Shepard Fairey with the poster art. When you think it couldn’t get any better, Ozzy and the film makers took a few questions from the audience! What a night!
See a special guest (and legend) who was spotted in the crowd – after the jump.