Ozzy Osbourne is heavy metal’s Prince of Darkness. For decades, the English rocker has cultivated an image that embodies darkness, evil, debauchery. So, it should come as no surprise that Ozzy is all-in on Halloween. As everyone else is gearing up for the upcoming holiday, Osbourne is out there showing us how it’s done.
This morning, Ozzy Osbourne posted a spooky photo that’s sure to get all of his fans in the holiday spirit. Osbourne didn’t pen much of a caption for the photo, because he didn’t need to. The portrait and the hashtags he used for it say all that needs to be said. “#TrickOrTreat #Halloween #Ozzy.” Yup. That about covers it. Check out the killer photo below.
In the picture, we see Ozzy Osbourne in full werewolf makeup slipping through a heavy black door. The eerie light and fog coming through the door behind him help to set the mood. However, longtime Ozzy fans will know he’s not showing off his new Halloween costume in the photo. This snap is part of the album art from his 1983 album Bark at the Moon.
Bark at the Moon Was a Big Change for Ozzy Osbourne
Bark at the Moon was Ozzy Osbourne’s third album as a solo act. At the same time, it marked two huge changes in his sound. First and foremost, his guitarist Randy Rhodes died in a tragic accident in 1982. As a result, Ozzy had to find a new axeman. He introduced his fans to Jake E. Lee. The new guitarist played on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin before moving on. Additionally, the Ozzman injected some synth and pop production into his sound on this album. It took some longtime listeners off-guard but gave the album more mass appeal.
Ozzy Osbourne picked the perfect album art to share for Halloween for several reasons. First, and most obvious, Ozzy looks downright horrifying as a werewolf. However, less obvious is the fact that making the album was a horror show. Lee told Ultimate Classic Rock all about the experience. But, one sentence really sums up how things went. “There was Tommy Aldridge on drums, Don Costa on bass, and Lindsay Bridgewater on keyboards and Ozzy Osbourne on drugs and alcohol, basically.”
While we’re at it, the title track from Bark at the Moon tells a pretty great horror story. It’s about a man who is cursed and buried in an unmarked grave. Then, he comes back as a werewolf to seek revenge on the people who wronged him. The video shows Ozzy Osbourne as a mad scientist who turns himself into a werewolf with a strange concoction. Watch the video below and kick off your Halloween weekend with the Prince of Darkness.