Ozzy Osbourne rides Crazy Train into BlizzCon 2009

Q&A: The Prince of Darkness speaks with GameSpot about his recent involvement in the gaming industry and playing Space Invaders.

ANAHEIM, California--It isn't at all out of the ordinary to see someone who just as well may be a heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne at BlizzCon. Cosplayers aside, there are traditionally at least a few World of Warcraft shut-ins who brave the sunlight--dressed head-to-toe in black garb and guy-liner, with a crooked and stooped posture--to attend the show. Seeing the real deal, however, is something else altogether.

Ozzy Osbourne has a bit of history with World of Warcraft.

With WOW: Cataclysm and Diablo III's monk announced and Battle.net's revamp detailed, Blizzard closed out BlizzCon 2009 on Saturday night with a heavy-metal-palooza that featured none other than the Prince of Darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne as the headline act.

Opening the show, though, was Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain. Made up entirely of Blizzard developers, the group counts among its members CEO Mike Morhaime (on bass) and art director Samwise Didier (on vocals). L80ETC clearly draws inspiration from such early metal acts as Iron Maiden, mixing heavy guitar riffs with thundering drums and Didier's impressive vocal range.

Notably, as the band's name is predicated on World of Warcraft's level cap, L80ETC has undergone a number of name changes over the years. With Blizzard set to raise the level cap to 85 upon Cataclysm's launch, the band used its time under the lights to unveil its newest (and allegedly final) name, The Artists Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain (or TAFKAL80ETC for short).

Though TAFKAL80ETC received a warm reception from the crowd, the main event of the evening was clearly Ozzy Osbourne. Opening his set with hallmark hit "Bark at the Moon," Osbourne poured copious energy into an hour's worth of hits from his extensive solo and Black Sabbath catalogue, including "War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Paranoid," and "Crazy Train," to name a few.

After the show, GameSpot got a brief few minutes to speak with Ozzy. According to the man who once bit the head off a live bat and urinated on the Alamo, his heightened profile in the gaming industry is entirely due to the efforts of his wife and manager, Sharon. Ozzy also noted that his good buddy, what's his name, oh right, Elton John, is baffled that he doesn't even use a cell phone.

Barking at the moon.

GameSpot: So, how's it going? How was the show?

Ozzy Osbourne: It was fun. I had a lot of fun. It's the first time I got to play with my new guitar player, and, gosh, he's a really good player. He's come at the right time, because I've got to go out on tour, and I'm thinking s*** I've got to get another f****** guitar player. But the band played well. It was good fun. Audience, to be honest with you, [Ozzy's wife and manager] Sharon said, "No interviews at BlizzCon," but I says to Sharon, "But they like me."

I was thinking they'd all be wearing spectacles the size of f****** Coca-Cola bottles, like curly white hair and f****** rimmed glasses, you know, the scientist types. But they were f****** great, man. The vibe was there. The kids had a great time. That's the best part of my job, giving them the best time.

GS: How did you hook up with Blizzard in the first place?

OO: You know what? I have not the f****** faintest.

GS: You were in their commercial, yeah?

OO: Was that the one for, what was it?

GS: Wrath of the Lich King. Where they have the Prince of Darkness, and you're kind of the Prince of Darkness...

OO: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. I don't know. I did a few adverts. It's fun doing adverts.

GS: And that's not even your only gaming involvement recently. You've got the Guitar Hero cameo, and you've done work for Double Fine's Brutal Legend.

Even Ozzy thought TAFKAL80ETC wasn't half bad.

OO: Well, yeah, Sharon goes, "I want you to go here." And I go, "OK, what do I got to do." It's weird because you meet another kind of world, and I feel like a f******...I'm going to have to do some kind of research on what I'm doing because people come up to me and say, "You are the f****** guy that caused my son to [indiscernible] with that f****** guitar thing." What I can't understand, my son [Jack Osbourne]...I can't even turn the f****** TV on half the time. My son, he plays that Warcraft game, and he sits there for f****** three days playing. I say, "You going to get to bed?" and he's, "Oh, no man."

I've got a very highly addictive personality, and I'm afraid that if I do start playing, I'll get sucked in. I mean, [indiscernible] AA for f****** computer kids. Mind you, whatever the technology is, someone's always going to take it overboard, you know?

GS: So you weren't expecting any similarities between the gaming community and the people who normally come out to your shows?

OO: When I first came in to do a stage test on Thursday, there were seats everywhere, and I'm thinking, "This ain't going to be a f****** sit-down audience, is it?" And before I went on stage, the band before me [The Artists Formally Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain] went on there, and it sounded like they revved up the audience. So I thought, I'll have a good time. That's why I came here, to have a good time. Sometimes they're up, sometimes they're down. I had a great time tonight.

That little kid from Japan, f******-a. He's nine years of age, and he played "Crazy Train" like we f****** play it on the record.

GS: So, let's see, you don't have any experience with games yourself?

OO: Not really. I used to play them in bars. It's been a long time. I don't drink. I haven't drunk in a long time. [Indiscernible] space f****** game.

GS: Space Invaders?

OO: Yeah, I mean, I've got to get into it. My son is [indiscernible]..."Yeah, dad, OK OK OK." He's in another f****** world.

GS: Do you think that's a bad thing?

OO: You know what? The bad thing about it...I don't know what the f*** I'm doing with them. I can't make a comment without knowing what the f*** I'm talking about. I mean, it's a world that...I'm just lazy. I don't want to take the time to learn how to use a f****** cell phone or a [indiscernible]. It's just my own fault. I mean, I'm dyslexic, I've got attention deficit disorder, so if I don't understand it within the first five minutes, I don't use it again.

GS: Yeah, it's kind of interesting because people have begun using games for teaching different ways to learn.

Ozzy wanted folks to get those f****** hands up.

OO: I've got to do it. I was talking to a friend of mine, Elton John, and he says to me, "Do you have a cell phone?" And I says, "No." And he goes, "[indiscernible]." And my kids are talking to me [indiscernible] have any brains. And my wife has got one of them iPhones. It's f****** unbelievable. [Indiscernible] There was some music playing on the radio, and I thought, "[indiscernible]," and she goes, "Well, I'll tell you," and presses the iPhone, puts it up to the f****** music, and she says, "Yeah, it's this." It could f****** tell what was playing.

GS: Oh, right. I've actually got that on my phone as well. Well, I'm getting the signal from your man here. Is there anything else you want to say to our readers?

OO: I don't know. I feel like a f****** dummy sitting here. I don't know what the f*** I'm talking about. I'm just trying to fill the time here. When it comes to the computer, I am so f******...did anyone ever tell you, you look a bit like Steve Martin?

GS: Well, no actually.

OO: Well, you don't!

GS: OK, thanks!

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138 comments
Shinkada
Shinkada

Ozzy's favourite word is, apparently, indiscernible.

052318
052318

He in the Brütal legend rock yeah HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

noxusrules
noxusrules

hahahahah I love ozzy he is crazy like a horse!!! I can imagine myself watching that conversation taking place.... Ozzy stuttering and all that cr*p hahahaha Long live to the prince of darkness!!!!

shooters125
shooters125

well when icecrown citadel comes on this is what will happen: you go through the dungeons after killing mobs and bosses and ethersaving or killing saurfang the younger and bolvar fordragon (deathknights now) and kill arthas only to be killed by ozzy osborne in the end. if that happens im gonna buy a whole year of WoW

enigm4tic
enigm4tic

Hahaha.....this is a great interview! "did anyone ever tell you, you look a bit like Steve Martin?" "Well, you don't"

poordude1089
poordude1089

GS: How did you hook up with Blizzard in the first place? OO: You know what? I have not the f****** faintest. Yep, thats Ozzy.

fillup0
fillup0

So I took this f****** bat and [indiscernible], then I got into loads of s*** with the media and [indiscernible] which was f****** funny...

Hunt270
Hunt270

I watched the video on youtube. It was LOUD. looked fun though.

Octaaf7
Octaaf7

clear enough iggygeneva :)

iggygeneva
iggygeneva

This is your brain, this interview is your brain after 30 years of drugs.... Any questions?

Firebullet199
Firebullet199

That was a good article. Even though I can't make out some bits because he swears a lot.

giuse92
giuse92

lol this is so funny hahaha "I don't know what the f*** I'm talking about. I'm just trying to fill the time here" LMAO!!! long live ozzy :D

GidsyWidsy
GidsyWidsy

Ozzy Osbourne, Doing what he does best, being the Prince of Darkness. I wouldnt be surprised if they made a whole game about him. I'd buy it.

finitechaos
finitechaos

Anyone else think that interview was painful? Nice of Ozzy to show up though.

DeimosGT
DeimosGT

Ozzy is epic! Nice sense of humour, and a legendary vocal...

Toblerone_5
Toblerone_5

That's f****** hilarious. Loved the [indiscernible] bits. He should be interviewed more often

pop_can
pop_can

The F****** best F****** interview on the F****** [Indiscernible] internet. F***

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Man, did anyone f****** understand what Ozzy was f****** saying half the f****** time?

ThickFreak
ThickFreak

This is by far, without a doubt, the BEST interview I have ever read.

Paul2004
Paul2004

This has got to be the best interview on GS !, nice one ozzy !

g0b0s0x
g0b0s0x

Ozzy's just the greatest!

athenian29
athenian29

*blinks* *shakes head* *blinks again* Uh... *blinks* What?

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

Everybody, I'm going to eat this sandwich now!

Rob_101
Rob_101

That was f****** [indiscernible] interview [indiscernible] f****** [indiscernible] [indiscernible] amirite?

hyper_trunkx
hyper_trunkx

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nooblet69
nooblet69

Ozzy is too funny. That guy doesn't have a clue about anything but music but that's why he's one of the best :P.

enix165
enix165

All the censorship and the [indiscernible]s...but it's Ozzy, gotta love him. =D

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

Please tell me there's video footage of this interview?

Netherscourge
Netherscourge

Ahhh ha ha ha ha ha ha. Yo - that kid playing Crazy Train was awesome.

tremor33
tremor33

That's funny. I laughed at my friend who actually believed Ozzy played WOW. Really? You think the prince of darkness is at home farming gold? lol

sgtsaville
sgtsaville

I was laughing so hard I had to show everyone this at work...flippin funniest thing I have read in a week :)

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

Oh ozzy, ozzy, ozzy...you're amazing...this is why you rock.

Leg3nd4ry
Leg3nd4ry

LOL best interview ever! Half of it doesnt make sense and the other half is censored. Great stuff!

pantehre2
pantehre2

My love for Ozzy just grew ten [indescernible] most AWESOME EVER!

necronaux
necronaux

Best. Interview. Ever (on GameSpot).

Hunt270
Hunt270

hahahahahahahaha Steve martin! hahaahahahahaha

Deathmobarez
Deathmobarez

Ozzy is the definition of ownage. He totally owned the guy from Gamespot in the end of the interview. This whole interview was hilarious. lol xD

jpsaply
jpsaply

Hilarious! He advertises for products and knows nothing about them. Sharen most grab him by the you know whats and says, "You will do this or "ill get you my pretty and your little doggy too" " **Plays the Witch music from Wizard of Oz**