Published Nov 05, 2015Way back in 1982, a night of partying turned into the stuff of rock'n'roll legend for Ozzy Osbourne, who unknowingly peed on the cenotaph at the Alamo in San Antonio, TX. The structure is a memorial to remember those who fought and died in 1836's Battle of the Alamo (part of the Texas Revolution), and the drunken incident got the Black Sabbath singer arrested and banned from San Antonio for a decade. Now, Ozzy is set to return to the site of the urinary crime and formally apologize.
The rock icon is going to the Texas city today (November 5) to apologize. It seems that this moment will be filmed as part of Ozzy's new show, which he is hosting with his son Jack, for the History Channel.
District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño announced the news of the apology last night (November 4) at a town meeting. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Treviño said, "We did get a call. Certainly, as a city, we feel very, very good about his efforts to come to our great city and apologize for the actions of a not-so-sober person."
Legends have sometimes suggested that Ozzy peed on the Alamo, a Roman Catholic mission and fortress. This technically isn't true, however, as he actually peed on the cenotaph across the street. Ozzy was reportedly so intoxicated that he didn't know where exactly he was. He was wearing his wife Shannon's dress at the time.
This isn't the first time that the singer has attempted to make amends with the city of San Antonio. In 1992, he was permitted back to the city after donating $10,000 to the organization that takes care of its maintenance. At that time, he was quoting as saying, "We all have done things in our lives that we regret. I am deeply honoured that the people of San Antonio have found it in their hearts to have me back. I hope that this donation will show that I have grown up."
Watch a news report on Ozzy's 1992 return to San Antonio at the bottom of this page.
It's not clear when Ozzy's apology will air, as his new TV show with Jack doesn't yet have a premiere date. He recently told Billboard, "Jack and I are doing a thing for the History Channel, like a father and son spoof on history. We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he's the fucking reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine [Alan Turing] used to break the [German] kind. We're going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It's educational for me, actually — history with an Osbourne slant."
Meanwhile, in 2016, Black Sabbath will embark on what is said to be their final tour.