Black Sabbath star recalls his wildest gig story
michael baggs
09:40 10th June 2012

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has described the most shocking moment in his stage career, the time he was left bleeding by a fan.

The iconic 'Paranoid' star, who is set to headline Download festival tonight alongside his reformed Sabbath bandmates, remembered the time he was left cut open by the incident, which saw a fan throwing a lighter towward the stage and landing on his head.

"I was playing in Milan and someone threw a f**king Zippo lighter, which smacked me in the head. There was blood all over my face. It shocked me more than anything," he told Kerrang! magazine.
It's all in a days business for the rock Gods however, as Ozzy remembers a similar incident happening to guitarist Tony Iommi. "Tony got whacked with a pint of beer at Madison Square Garden. I met the guy who threw it years after. He said he was a baseball player and his mate dared him to do it. I said, 'I hope you're f**king proud of yourself, you ****!'"

Download festival 2012 comes to a close with Black Sabbath tonight (June 10). The Prodigy and Metallica headlined the first two nights with performances also coming from Biffy Clyro, You Me At Six and Tenacious D.