According to MySanAntonio.com, Ozzy Osbourne will return to San Antonio, Texas today (Thursday, November 5) to apologize for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph in 1982. The singer will reportedly visit the monument with his son Jack and a film crew and will tape the whole thing for their new show for the History channel which has been described by Ozzy as “a father-and-son spoof on history.”
“We did get a call,” District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño said. “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.”
Ozzy allegedly urinated at the monument the night before his 1982 HemisFair Arena concert. The singer, who was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest (due to his wife Sharon hiding all his clothes so he couldn’t go outside), apparently thought he was relieving himself on a pile of rubble. He was was arrested for public urination and intoxication and was reportedly released on a $40 bond, which was posted by Jack Orbin, who was promoting Osbourne’s concert at the HemisFair that night. Ozzy was subsequently banned from ever playing in San Antonio again, but the band was lifted ten years later after Osbourne donated $10,000 to the Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas, who maintain and manage the Alamo, the mission that was the site of a famous battle during the state’s War Of Independence in 1836, and is considered to be sacred ground and a symbol of Texas pride
Some previously erroneously claimed that Osbourne urinated on the walls of the Alamo, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Texas. “It’s just not true,” an unnamed guide at the Alamo told the Boston Herald in 2003. “If he had, the police wouldn’t have arrested him. They would have beaten him to within an inch of his life.” The real story is that Ozzy urinated on the Alamo Cenotaph, a 60-foot high statue erected in 1939 to honor the 189 Texans who died there. The Cenotaph is adjacent to the mission, in the Alamo Plaza.
Ozzy, Jack and the rest of the Osbourne clan became pop culture icons when their reality series, “The Osbournes”, became a monster hit for MTV when it premiered in 2002. Ozzy later admitted he was using drugs and alcohol during almost the entire three-year run of the show.
A variety show starring the family, “Osbournes Reloaded”, debuted in March 2009 on Fox and was canceled after one episode. A revival of “The Osbournes” on MTV in 2015 never made it to the air.
Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was not a fan of appearing on television. “I gotta be honest, I’m not really keen on TV,” he said. “I mean, I must have watched, like, two episodes of ‘The Osbournes’. I just don’t like watching myself on TV, I feel geeky.”
Ozzy played last weekend (October 31) at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans and is scheduled to appear at Ozzfest Japan in Chiba, Japan on November 22.
He is also working on a new solo album, which the head of his record label described in August as “really special.”
Ozzy will also head out on a farewell tour with SABBATH beginning on January 20, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska.