Haunted Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath Ghost Stories!

Haunted Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath Ghost Stories!

December 15, 2019 14 By William Hollis


– The Prince of Darkness
has shocked us for years, but is Ozzy Osbourne also
a Prince of the Paranormal? (eerie music) (static) Welcome to Friday Night Ghost Frights from Haunted Road Media. I’m author and Ghostorian Mike Ricksecker. Explore with us. (static) Ozzy Osbourne has been known
as the Prince of Darkness for decades, starting with
his years in Black Sabbath and then moving on to a huge solo career. As we continue our
haunted rock stars series, we’ll explore what spooked Ozzy along the way to super stardom. Black Sabbath is widely regarded
as the first metal band, starting with their
ground-breaking 1970 album and title track of the same name. However, having written four
albums in less than five years, the band was in a bit of a writing funk, and guitarist Tony Iommi
admitted he had writer’s block. They had been in Los Angeles and decided to change up scenery and head back to their roots in the UK for writing inspiration. Where they landed was at
haunted Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Locals claim the castle is haunted by a headless figure who roams the corridors at
night, moaning and wailing. There, Black Sabbath set up in
the dungeon and got to work. As Ozzy said in his autobiography, “As soon as we’d unpacked our bags, “we all started to get
the willies, big time. “At least that took the pressure off us, “as far as the next album was concerned. “We were more worried about sleeping alone “in these spooky old rooms
with swords and armor “on the walls than coming up “with another million-selling LP. “We weren’t so much the Lords of Darkness “as the Lords of Chickenshit “when it came to that kind of thing.” Since they were in a haunted castle, they played a number
of tricks on each other to see who could scare whom the most, but they also held a number of seances to try to contact the
spirits who were said to roam the halls. In fact, one of the spirits
was seen in a corridor one night by Tony,
although he couldn’t recall if it was Ozzy or one of his
other band mates with him at the time as he described, “We were walking along the
hallway and saw this figure “coming towards us. “It’s a long corridor. “This figure turned left into this room, “which was the armory where
they had all the weapons. “We followed and went in. “There was nobody in there. “And there was no way out
or anything, no other door. “Very odd. “Anyway, a few days later, “the people who own the castle
came to see if we were okay, “and we said: ‘We’ve seen a
few strange things happening “here’, we told them. “They said: ‘Oh God, that’s…’ “whatever his name was,
‘the castle ghost.'” Finally, after days of
mucking about in the castle, Tony found his inspiration,
the riffs started coming, and the album Sabbath
Bloody Sabbath was born. Gloucestershire, where
Clearwell Castle is located, is itself is extremely haunted, and boast some of the
most haunted locations in the entire UK. This includes the Tudor House Hotel with its famous Lady in White, and the Ancient Ram Inn which
was originally constructed in the 12th Century on top
of a pagan burial ground that is said to be
haunted by a little girl who was murdered at the
site, shadow people, and an incubus, among other spirits. Perhaps there’s a
supernatural draw to the area, something about the energy there that drew several bands to write there. These bands included Led
Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Badfinger, and Deep Purple whose bassist
Glenn Hughes claimed he and Ritchie Blackmore
also conducted seances at Clearwell Castle and
received voices back. It could also be that Black Sabbath, the band itself, was haunted. The line in the title track
from their first album, “Figure in black stands before me,” is supposed to be inspired by a paranormal encounter bassist
Geezer Butler experienced. According to Butler, he awoke
from a frightening nightmare one night to discover a black figure standing near his bed, just watching him. (eerie music) This sounds like a creepy
shadow person encounter, and the terrifying moment
had significant enough impact to inspire him, musically. As for Ozzy Osbourne, when
he launched his solo career, his taste for the occult hadn’t changed. While writing material for
the Blizzard of Ozz album at the Old Mill House, then
part of Rockfield Studios, Ozzy, guitarist Randy Rhoads,
bassist Bob Daisley, and drum tech Spencer
decided to conduct a séance with a Ouija board one night. It’s said that the pentagrams
and the other symbols from Ozzy’s sessions there
are still on the walls, hidden behind the soundproofing. According to Bob Daisley’s autobiography, One night Ozzy, Randy,
Spencer and I decided to have a seance with a Ouija board. After a while of asking questions and getting Y-E-S and N-O answers, the glass moved and spelled
out V-E-R-N-I-N-O, Vernino. Then it spelled out Randy followed by you are going to die. We didn’t like the vibe
and stopped at that point. We were all freaked out,
so we broke the glass, threw the paper letters of
the alphabet into the fire and poured salt on the table. I tried to take some
of the scare out of it and lighten things up
by laughing and saying “See Rand? You’d better
give up smoking mate!” The name Vernino wasn’t
familiar to any of us and obviously sounded Italian. A bit later in the week,
during conversation with the owner of Rockfield Studios, we learned that the house
where we were staying had been a prisoner-of-war camp during the Second World
War for, Italian prisoners. Tragically, Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash
shortly thereafter in 1982. Paranormal activity
surrounding Ozzy Osbourne extended to his home. Jack, his son, who has now hosted several
paranormal television shows, has been very forthcoming of the activity in the Osbourne household
while growing up. Jack witnessed a closet
door in the hallway opening and closing on its own, as well as cabinets and drawers, and he also heard disembodied
voices throughout the mansion. One time, he and his sister, Kelly, were alone in the house
watching television and heard distinct footsteps
on the third floor. During another incident
involving television, Jack and Ozzy witnessed
a dark figure above them and yet another time in
which they saw together a girl with long, dark hair
coming down the stairs. The Osbourne’s are a very
haunted family, indeed, and they seem to welcome the
paranormal into their lives. After all, on the Ozzy
and Jack World Detour they visited several
famous haunted locations. How fitting is it that this is our 113th Friday Night Ghost Fright episode. If you liked this video, please check out the rest of
our Haunted Rock Star series off to the side. I’m Mick Ricksecker, ’til next Friday night.