The Ozzy Osbourne Mechanical Bull: Birmingham’s Ultimate Tribute to the Prince of Darkness
BBC reports a truly rockin’ turn of events. Turns out the mechanical bull that stole the show at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England has been bestowed with a name fit for a metal legend. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the one and only Ozzy Osbourne!
The 33-foot-tall (10-meter) sculpture, previously known as the less exciting “Raging Bull,” underwent a democratic transformation through a public vote. And the winner, drumroll please, was none other than the Prince of Darkness himself. Move aside, Bostin, Brummie, and Boulton; the Ozzy bull is here to rule the rodeo!
With over 28,000 votes cast, it’s safe to say that the people have spoken, or should we say, rocked their way to the perfect moniker for this magnificent metal contraption.
In a moment of anticipation, the big reveal took place on the ever-entertaining “BBC Breakfast” show. We can only imagine the hosts’ excitement as they unveiled the Ozzy bull to the world, channeling their inner headbangers for the occasion.
But where will this epic tribute to the Prince of Darkness find its permanent home? Fear not, for the Ozzy bull shall make its grand appearance at none other than Birmingham New Street station. That’s right, prepare to be greeted by Ozzy‘s towering presence as you hop off your train. It’s like a rock ‘n’ roll welcome party that will make your head spin faster than any roller coaster!
It’s worth mentioning that Ozzy‘s connection to Birmingham runs deep. The man himself, the legendary frontman of BLACK SABBATH, returned to his hometown for a jaw-dropping performance at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on August 8, 2022. The crowd went wild as fireworks lit up the sky, and Ozzy took center stage to declare, “Birmingham forever!” You can bet that his larger-than-life persona brought the house down, leaving everyone in awe of his rockstar magic.
To add an extra dose of metal madness to the mix, Ozzy performed the timeless classic “Paranoid” alongside BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. Joining them were Adam Wakeman, who took charge of bass and keyboards, and drummer extraordinaire Tommy Clufetos, both from BLACK SABBATH‘s final tour. It was a historic moment, showcasing the enduring power of Ozzy and his band’s music.
“When I was asked last year to close the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, they didn’t have to ask me twice,” Ozzy said in a statement. “I jumped on the next plane and flew back to England. I was honored to close the games, and this year I’ve just been told they’ve chosen my name to name the bull, which is going to be in the station. I can’t believe it, I’m absolutely blown away. I don’t know what to say anymore, I’m just absolutely thrilled to bits. God bless you all.”
“Like people right across our region, I cannot wait to see Ozzy take pride of place in New Street Station in a triumphant homecoming this summer — proudly bearing the name of the Prince Of Darkness himself,” added West Midlands mayor Andy Street.
“It truly shows how much affection people have for this star of the Commonwealth Games,” said Network Rail chair Lord Peter Hendy. “I can’t wait for it to be unveiled on the station concourse in time for the first anniversary of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”
“It’s quite emotional for us that people in Birmingham wanted the bull become a permanent fixture,” said Mike Kelt of bull designers Artem.
So, mark your calendars for July when the Ozzy bull will take its rightful place at Birmingham New Street station. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the Prince of Darkness or just in awe of a gigantic mechanical bull, this towering tribute is sure to make your heart race and your head bang.
The Commonwealth Games bull is going to be named Ozzy – after the Birmingham-born Black Sabbath legend.
And Ozzy’s told us from his home in the United States that he’s “absolutely blown away”. pic.twitter.com/4KCEWNXOyj
— BBC News Midlands (@bbcmtd) June 22, 2023