Ozzy kind act cost him $80,000
Responsibility: Zakk Wylde
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has told how an act of kindness by the Black Sabbath singer aimed at a year-old baby turned into an $80,000 lawsuit.
And the axeman says it’s an illustration of how careful musicians must be in the aftermath of Randy Blythe’s jailing for manslaughter in the Czech Republic.
Wylde tells Noisecreep: “I know with a lot of hardcore shows and all the ‘wall of death’ bullshit that fans want to go physical. But if you encourage that as a lead singer, you’d better be ready to take responsibility.
“We don’t even throw drumsticks out any more since someone got hit in the eye and sued.
“I remember an Ozzfest show in Phoenix. Some bonehead lady has like a one-year-old there. Leave the fucking kid home – or I’ll take care of the baby backstage! Just get out of the heat, you idiot!
“Oz sees her and feels bad for the kid because Oz is a good guy. He tosses a bottle of water down. It hits the kid. Bam – $80,000 lawsuit.”
Wylde, like many other musicians, is at a loss to explain why Lamb of God singer Blythe is behind bars after the death of Daniel Nosek in 2010, following the fan’s repeated attempts to rush the stage.
“Randy would never hurt a fan. He’s a good dude,” the guitarist insists. “A freako jumps on stage, he has every t-shirt, every record, he’s a fan. One of your guys – and you never hurt one of your guys.
“But things are changing today and we all have to be careful.”
He’s one of many to refer to the death of ex-Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, who was shot dead on stage with new band Damageplan in 2004.
“Ever since Dimebag I start to think fans should not get up on stage,” Wylde says. “At Yankee Stadium if you run onto the field, you don’t just get escorted out – you get arrested. So maybe things need to get a little more serious from security.
“I know stage-diving is part of the experience at certain shows, so it’s a tough call. But more people will get hurt is nothing changes.”