Pistols frontman says Sabbath icon promotes “loser lifestyle” as ex-Osbourne guitarist Wylde tells how hotel TV stunt cost them $44,000

Ozzy Osbourne and John Lydon

Class war: Osbourne and Lydon

John Lydon has slammed Ozzy Osbourne for being a poor ambassador for the British working class.

The Sex Pistols and PiL frontman says he admires some of Black Sabbath’s early material – but the character Ozzy has become in recent years means he’s a victim who makes other people into victims too.

Lydon tells the Sunday Mercury: “Paranoid was one of the world’s greatest-ever singles. But since then, rumours of biting pigeon heads really haven’t impressed me. And Ozzy acting like a senile delinquent is equally unimpressive.

“The sly innuendo of promoting drug abuse and catatonic stupidity offends me. I’m not one for banning drugs – but I understand how to use them, and the they don’t use me.

“Ozzy is clearly a victim. Selling that loser lifestyle shit to other people victimises them. He’s a working class man like me. By acting like that all the time he implies we’re all stupid. But we’re not – the working classes are the proper Britain.”

Meanwhile, Ozzy’s former guitarist Zakk Wylde has talked about an incident in a hotel room which cost the pair $44,000.

The Black Label Society mainman tells Guitar International: “We were in Prague and we’d played to about 60,000 people. After the show show me and Ozzy were in the hotel just talking about some goofy shit – throwing TVs out of windows, running motorcycles through the hallways and shit like that. You’re going to pay for the damages so the only thing you’re hurting is your wallet.

“Oz goes, ‘You know, I’ve never thrown a TV out of a window. Let’s heave it out the window.’ We were on the sixth floor and I go, ‘The last thing we need is to kill someone when we launch this thing.’

“It’s about 3.30 in the morning and we end up heaving the TV out the window. The explosion this thing made when it hit the ground – all I remember is use on the floor crying laughing, and Oz goes, ‘I’ve heard a lot of things in my life, but I’ll never forget the fuckin’ sound of that!’”

But the stunt cost Ozzy $34,000 and Wylde was made to pay a further $10,000. The axeman says: “They charged him $1000 a day because they couldn’t use the suite for 34 days since the window was broken, which was bullshit. They could have fixed it in an hour. But he got clipped $1000 a day and I got clipped $10,000 – and this fucking TV must have cost $500.

“Put it this way: $10,000 for a TV, about $1000 in beer and $34,000 for the room… the look on Ozzy’s face? Priceless.”

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