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Osbourne writes musical about Russia's greatest love machine

Paul Arendt
Tuesday November 15, 2005
The Guardian


They call him the Godfather of Metal, the Prince of Darkness and the Blizzard of Oz. Until recently, though, few considered Ozzy Osbourne the next Andrew Lloyd Webber. That may be about to change: for the past few years Osbourne, the former frontman of Black Sabbath and reality TV hero, has been writing a musical. It is based on the life of a historical figure who could be considered Osbourne's spiritual ancestor: Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin, the Russian mystic and favourite of Tsar Nicholas II's court.

"It's a major achievement for me, because I've always wanted to do it," said Osbourne. "He's like the original rock star, you know? I said to myself, 'What better thing to write about?'" Osbourne and his co-writer Mark Hudson have amassed a double album's worth of songs, in styles that vary from rock to cossack folk music.

"I always wanted to do a musical for the West End or Broadway," Osbourne said. "If it gets picked up it gets picked up, but it was a lot of fun to do anyway ... being Ozzy Osbourne is great, but if I don't sing about the fucking devil or bats or whatever, people don't really want to know."

Osbourne was inspired to write the show after watching a BBC documentary about Rasputin. Though he came from humble beginnings, the so-called "Mad Monk" became a leading figure in the Romanov dynasty during the early 20th century. Rasputin, said Osbourne, lived the rock'n'roll lifestyle before it was invented. He drank heavily, was a womaniser, disregarded personal hygiene and was linked with witchcraft and the occult. He was also famously hard to kill - his assassins had to poison, shoot and drown him.

Having recorded the songs, Osbourne's team are looking for financial backers and a scriptwriter. "I want it to be authentic," he said. "My wife's putting it in a classy kind of presentation box with a film of Rasputin, and a synopsis and some of the music, so we're hoping someone will pick it up."

Rasputin's story has been told many times. He has been played by, among others, Conrad Veidt, Tom Baker and Alan Rickman. But Osbourne is unlikely to play the role. "If there's an album I'll sing the part," he said, "but I don't want to go on Broadway."
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From:clemen
Date:November 26th, 2005 12:50 am (UTC)
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I hope Ozzy doesn't direct any scenes where Rasputin bites off the heads of bats, because that would be a most inaccurate portrayal of the Mad Monk.

...Hey!!

You could totally play the part of Rasputin now that you can suck your own dick head! I bet he could also make dick mouth contact.
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From:clemen
Date:November 26th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
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Rock out with your cock out!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 27th, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
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You know I'm not sure Rasputin could do what I can do! I suppose I could still suck Rasputin's cock though. I mean its right there and everything.
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From:obliterati
Date:November 27th, 2005 07:48 am (UTC)
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ooh, I hate it when I'm not logged in!
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From:clemen
Date:November 27th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
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ozzy is rasputin nitupsar si yzzo
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From:obliterati
Date:November 27th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
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Rasputin eat bats heads! Sdaeh stab taen it up sar