2016: The Year In Music

Ozzy Osbourne, Tour Guide? The Metal God (and Travel Show Star) Weighs In on His Global Must-Sees -- From the Alamo to Stonehenge

Courtesy of History Channel
Ozzy Osbourne on Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour at NASA Johnson Space Center airing on July 31, 2016.

When Jack Osbourne comes to his father with an idea, he doesn't have to waste time explaining. "I go, 'Don't tell me. The answer is yes,' " says Ozzy Osbourne. And that's how travel show Ozzy and Jack's World Detour ­(premiering July 27 on the History Channel) was born. The series takes the duo to historic sites around the United States and the United Kingdom, including the Alamo, where in 1982 the Prince of Darkness famously relieved himself on the Alamo Cenotaph across the street. The 67-year-old -- who resumes Black Sabbath's The End ­farewell tour on Aug. 17 in Wantagh, N.Y. -- recounted his must-sees.


Kirsten Ulve


Kirsten Ulve

"It was quite interesting to go to the nuclear missile silos [in South Dakota], but there's no button! It's two guys with keys -- they have to turn them together. You have to go, 'Five, four, three...' and set them off. No button, much to everybody's disappointment!"


Kirsten Ulve

"We went panning for gold in this little river in the middle of this forest. I always thought they just pulled pounds of gold out of the stream, but you really have to filter it out. Jack got a little bit."


Kirsten Ulve

"I told the guys, 'Listen, Ozzy Osbourne at the Alamo ... it's not a good combination!' But they told me, 'There's about seven or eight people out there, it's going to be fine.' Well, seven people turned out to be 2,000, all going nuts. When people start going that crazy around me, I get kind of nervous."


Kirsten Ulve

"Jack's into UFOs. I'm into it to a certain degree so we went to where the crash was supposed to have happened, and it's in the middle of fuckin' nowhere. I said, 'Let's just pull off the fuckin' road' and they said no; Jack had to go to the exact fuckin' spot, as if there's anything there, y'know?"

This article originally appeared in the July 30 issue of Billboard.