Red-carpet interviews from the August 22 special private preview in Hollywood, California of “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, the feature-length documentary about the life of the legendary heavy metal singer that Ozzy Osbourne‘s son, Jack Osbourne, co-produced can be seen below.
During the documentary, Ozzy recounts his troubled youth, his early career with BLACK SABBATH and the impact of fame and addictions on his first marriage. Viewers also witness the second chapter of his life as a family man with Sharon, during which his addictions grew to a frightening level, as well as hear Ozzy and his children explain his attempts at staying clean, ultimately resulting in more than five years of sobriety. Music fans also see live performances from around the world, including rare behind-the-scenes clips of Ozzy on and off stage, in his dressing rooms pre-show, to his nights in a series of hotel rooms. Throughout “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, audiences are given an inside look into the life of a rock star, from the good times to the bad.
When asked what inspired him to co-produce this project, Jack told AOL‘s Noisecreep in a new interview, “The fact that my dad had been sober for quite awhile and is now a completely different person from people saw in ‘The Osbournes’ TV show. So frustration inspired it to a degree. I would do interviews and people had perceptions of my dad, and it was annoying me. I wanted to set the record straight. Especially For people that are not music fans, like Susie Housewife in the Midwest, who probably has a very set perception of who my dad is.”
On the topic of whether it interesting to document Ozzy‘s early years, Jack said, “I’m a massive [BLACK] SABBATH fan, so sure. And there’s lots of SABBATH in the film. You have to to. We found great archive photos from even earlier than SABBATH, from the EARTH period, some really cool stuff. But I enjoy every era of his career — there’s something in every era that’s amazing. After getting fired from SABBATH everyone assumed he’d disappear. But he came back with a reinvented style and sound and helped pioneer what had become metal at that time. Then there’s the ‘Liber-Ozzy‘ phase as we call the glitter and glam phase with all the big hair and sequined outfits and all. And then he comes back in the ’90s, just continued to evolve. I think what he’s done in terms of being able to maintain his cultural relevance is something that not many artists have been able to do.”