Ozzy Osbourne reveals ‘the scariest song ever written’

Black Sabbath frontman also discusses how he earned his nickname 'The Prince of Darkness'.

To mark Halloween, Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he thinks Black Sabbath’s eponymous track is “the scariest song ever written” – and shared memories of the rock icons’ early days.

The Black Sabbath frontman was speaking to NME to share the soundtrack of his life, when he gave insight into the band’s seminal 1970 single.

“When we started gigging way back when, as soon as we started playing this song’s opening chords, young girls in the audience would fucking freak out,” Osbourne told NME. “They thought we were Satan’s fucking friends or something.”

Ozzy added: “That’s when the whole Prince Of Darkness shit started. When people get excited about Halloween coming around each year, all I think is ‘well, we used to have Halloween every fucking night.”

As Black Sabbath prepare to embark on their final ever tour, Ozzy Osbourne has said that he has no plans to retire.

“It’s not me that wants to retire, it’s Black Sabbath,” he said. “I’ll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife is good at telling me partial information, but I know I’m not hanging my boots up for a while.”

Black Sabbath will play:

Manchester Arena (January 22)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (24)
Leeds First Direct Arena (26)
London O2 (29, 31)
Birmingham Genting Arena (February 2, 4)