This week, Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album, Scream, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #7, selling a fuckload. And with Ozzfest making its return this summer, everything’s coming up Ozzy. There’s been talk in the last month or so about Ozzy and whether there’s something inherent in his DNA that may hold the key to everlasting life and how someone can do enough drugs to kill a third world country and still somehow breath.
By the way, I have interviewed Ozzy. In person, he’s easy to understand; I know that he’s often portrayed as a mumbling idiot, but the dude’s so nice, so genuine…and is a fan of “Caddyshack,” which is awesome.
Now, its been a tough year for metal losses. I mean, whoever thought Ozzy would outlive Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele, Slipknot’s Paul Gray and Avenged Sevenfold’s The Rev? So maybe all these scientists are onto something.
According to Fox affiliate KTVI, they are planning to use a blood sample taken from the Ozzman (how did they get that?) to map out the metal legend’s genetic code and attempt to figure out how he has survived after years of abusing drugs and alcohol. This, on the heels of last month’s report that researchers at Knome, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based firm, wanted to analyze Ozzy’s blood and DNA to see if it provides them any insight into how dude’s still kicking.
The testing will cost around $40,000 and is expected to take about three months to determine results. Ozzy claims to have been a hardcore drug addict for about 40 years. I believe him.
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