Ozzy Osbourne has released an unusual piece of new merchandise to mark 37 years since one of rock’s most grisly but iconic chapters.
The Black Sabbath icon caused a huge outcry in 1982 after biting the head off a bat during a live show at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa.
The creature, which was thought to be already dead, was thrown on stage by a fan.
It was only after biting the animal’s head that Osbourne realised it wasn’t made from rubber, resulting in an immediate trip to the hospital to receive rabies shots.
He’s now marked the anniversary of the infamous incident by releasing a toy bat that, rather fittingly, comes with a detachable head.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) January 20, 2019
“Today marks the 37th Anniversary since I bit a head off a f***ing bat! Celebrate with this commemorative plush with detachable head,” wrote Osbourne on Twitter.
The unique piece of merchandise is available for $40 on the rock icon’s official merchandise page, but it’s not all too surprising to learn that a pre-sale has already sold out.
A production description states: “The Ozzy Osbourne Plush Bat is a web exclusive. Bring the legendary moment in rock history to life with this soft toy Plush Bat, featuring the Ozzy Osbourne logo and a velcro detachable head.”
Meanwhile, Osbourne recently sent platinum records to a former bandmate who wished to own them before he died.
Lee Kerslake, who was the drummer on Ozzy’s first two solo albums, revealed in December 2018 that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. One of his bucket list wishes was to receive the platinum discs of the albums that he had worked on.
In response, Osbourne provided him with the discs for ‘Blizzard of Ozz‘ and ‘Diary of a Madmen’. His gesture was revealed via his social media pages.