Ozzy Osbourne is featured on the first-ever Fiesta medal released in San Antonio, Texas, according to HenneMusic. A San Antonio TV station has reported that the medal is being sold by Artpace, a local non-profit dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art. The medal, designed by artists Jim Mendiola and Ruben Ortiz-Torres, pictures Ozzy as a bat, with an upside-down Alamo serving as each wing.
The irony of the Black Sabbath singer being honored this way is that Ozzy was once banned from the city after urinating in 1982 at the site of the Alamo, an historic mission where a crucial battle in the Texas Revolution was fought in 1836. Ozzy was allowed to perform again in the city in 1992 after he donated $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who are the caretakers of the site.
- Ozzy said at the time, "We all have done things in our lives that we regret. I am deeply honored that the people of San Antonio have found it in their hearts to have me back. I hope that this donation will show that I have grown up."
- Apparently the people of San Antonio have been very happy with Ozzy since then: Artpace director Amanda Cruz said that the new medal sold out online in 48 hours. But some residents of the city disapprove of his inclusion.
- Ozzy and Black Sabbath kicked off their 2013 world tour recently in New Zealand and are currently in Australia. The North American leg of the trek begins on July 25th in The Woodlands, Texas.
- The band's new album, 13, arrives on June 11th, with a first single called "God Is Dead?" at radio stations now.
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WATCH: Here's the San Antonio TV report on the medal:
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Fri Apr 26 08:25:25 PDT 2013
Ozzy Osborne returns to San Antonio — on a Fiesta medal
Ozzy Osborne is back in the Alamo City. He’s not here in person but in a Fiesta medal. Artpace, a local non-profit dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art, featured the rocker on its first ever Fiesta medal. view full article
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