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OZZY OSBOURNE Releases Plush Bat Toy to Commemorate 37th Anniversary of Infamous Bat-Biting Incident

Posted by on January 21, 2019 at 11:15 am

Ozzy Osbourne biting the head off a live bat is one of the more infamous moments in heavy metal history, and to honor the 37th anniversary of the beheading, the Prince of Fucking Darkness is selling a 12-inch plush bat toy — complete with a detachable head.

On January 20, 1982, Ozzy bit the head off a live bat during a concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa. Legend has it that the former Black Sabbath vocalist thought the bat was a toy thrown by an audience member, but he soon learned otherwise.

On January 20, 1982, Ozzy bit the head off a live bat during a concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa. Legend has it that the former Black Sabbath vocalist thought the bat was a toy thrown by an audience member, but he soon learned otherwise.

In Ozzy's 2009 memoir I Am Ozzy, he recalled the legendary night: “Immediately… something felt wrong. Very wrong. For a start, my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched.”

The bat ended up biting Ozzy before its untimely death, and, as a result, the singer required treatment against the possibility of rabies.

He later told Classic Rock Magazine, "It must have been stunned by the lights or something because it just froze and I thought it was a toy. I just put it in my mouth. Then its wings started flapping and I got such a shock. I tried to pull it out too quickly and its head came off."

The plush is exclusively on sale in Ozzy's official webstore for $40.

Its description reads, "Bring the legendary moment in rock history to life with this soft toy plush bat, featuring the Ozzy Osbourne logo and a velcro detachable head."

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