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Ozzy Osbourne’s Top Five Tour Pranks

Fun tricks to play on your bandmates!

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I’m on a major Ozzy kick lately. I just finished reading the wonderful book Off the Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz by Rudy Sarzo, former bassist for Ozzy Osbourne’s band during the Blizzard of Ozz era. The book is an awesome read and reminds you how much of This is Spinal Tap was cribbed from Ozzy’s legendary stage show, which featured an enormous replica castle and a little person hired to fling raw meat into the audience.

According to Sarzo’s book, these are five of Ozzy’s favorite ‘pranks’ from the era:

  • Piss on a bandmate under the table while dining at a restaurant
  • Urinate in hotel ice machines (bonus points for hitting every floor)
  • Drug your bandmate with a sleeping pill, then shave his head and one eyebrow while he is asleep
  • Defecate in hotel ice machines
  • Find shoes left outside hotel doors by hotel guests (who have left them in the hallway to be shined). Defecate in shoes

For more great Ozzy tales, buy Off the Rails at Amazon:

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