Ozzy Osbourne is a senior citizen now, but he’s still making amends for misdeeds committed in his wild youth — like relieving himself on a beloved Texas monument 33 years ago.
That monument is the Alamo Cenotaph, which commemorates the Battle of the Alamo and sits next to the actual Alamo mission. The pee-pee incident occurred on February 19, 1982, when Ozzy Osbourne was in San Antonio for a concert — his last for a decade.
For a little background on the historical site Ozzy defaced three decades ago, the Alamo is the location of a battle between Mexican and Texan troops that occurred during the Texas revolution of 1836. Up to 257 Texans were killed there.
Needless to say, peeing on it wasn’t the best way to make friends in Texas. The Guardian recounted that Osbourne was arrested after relieving himself on the monument, but had he done so on the actual Alamo, police would’ve “beaten him to death.” Ozzy’s concert promoter, Greg Wilson, explained the act to a newspaper in 1992, according to My San Antonio.
“He was drunk. Ozzy was super drunk and he had a bladder problem. You know, I don’t think anyone would have even noticed what he was doing except that he was doing a photo shoot with the English music magazine Melody Maker and he was dressed in pink tights and ballerina shoes. He wandered over to the side of the statue and there he went.”
Osbourne was thrown in the slammer, but Wilson paid the $40 to get him out so Ozzy could play his concert in HemisFair Arena. Wilson asked Ozzy not to mention that he urinated on the battleground, but he did anyway.
As a result, Ozzy was banned from playing concerts in the city for 10 years. The punishment was forgotten after Osbourne donated $10,000 to the group that maintains the monument, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Of course, that Osbourne tinkled on the Alamo isn’t too shocking when one considers his other shenanigans: biting the head off a bat, biting the heads off two doves, and snorting a line of ants. For the peeing incident, Ozzy has since apologized.
And on Thursday, Osbourne arrived in San Antonio to say he was sorry again.
This time, Ozzy came with his son, Jack, who’d never seen the Alamo before. Osbourne and his son visited the site as part of a new History Channel show that features the pair traveling the world and building a relationship that eluded them when Jack was a child, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Ozzy was reportedly quite serious and quiet during the visit, which was accompanied by the film crew, security guards, city cops, and the Osbourne’s tour guide, history professor and Alamo expert Stephen L. Hardin.
About a hundred fans flocked to the site as well to catch a glimpse of Ozzy and scream “I love you!” before Jack shushed them and filming began. Apparently, the show was supposed to film Osbourne apologizing for the 1982 offense.
According to the New York Daily News, Osbourne reportedly said little during his visit, and it wasn’t immediately clear if he actually did apologize as planned. Ozzy was supposed to say sorry to the entire city of San Antonio and its residents.
The film crew didn’t film the 10 minutes Osbourne spent outside, but apparently Ozzy and Hardin may have captured their experience on video themselves.
All the same, Councilman Roberto Treviño — whose district includes the scene of the crime — told the Chronicle that the infamous wee 33 years ago is water under the bridge and the city holds no will against the rocker.
“There’s the connection here that Ozzy Osbourne himself says he’s not very proud of, but he made amends and I told him he’s welcome here. This city has embraced him, and we can forgive people.”
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