The Prince of Darkness Demands Blackness Backstage: Blackberries and Black Currant

The Prince of Darkness Demands Blackness Backstage: Blackberries and Black Currant

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The Prince of Darkness Demands Blackness Backstage: Blackberries and Black Currant


By Cari Martens

The man who used to bite off the heads of live bats is now more into munching fresh-picked berries.

It’s been revealed that Black Sabbath rocker Ozzie Osbourne’s dressing room requests for his upcoming concert in Russia include such wild and outrageous stuff as cherries, raspberries, black currant (yeah, that’s more like it—sort of), blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

The former reality TV star also wants a range of freshly-squeezed juices and six cans of energy drinks stocked backstage at his September 11 gig in St. Petersburg.

Ozzy’s new leaf apparently has apparently been turned beyond his backstage demands. When he’s not performing, he now offers advice to readers in his ‘Ask Dr. Ozzy’ weekly column in London’s The Sunday Times. He shares his experiences giving up booze, smoking and sleeping pills, and helps to resolve family disorders and conflicts (really?).

Could this healthier lifestyle be a trend among rock stars? Aging ones, anyway?

Well, perhaps not. recently compiled a list of the top ten weird backstage demands. Here is a sampling:

â‹… Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Rezner asks for two boxes of cornstarch. Apparently this has more to do with leather pants than it does baking pies.

â‹… LL Cool J wants spaghetti on Tuesdays, Beef Wednesdays, and Tex-Mex on Thursdays. As noted in, it sounds like an elementary school cafeteria calendar.

⋅ Motley Crüe requests a jar of Grey Poupon. But of course! Anything less would be uncivilized.

⋅ Prince has been known to specify that ‘all items in dressing room be covered by plastic wrap until uncovered by main artist.’

⋅ And of course Van Halen is notorious for its ‘No brown M&Ms’ clause.

Well, really, there’s nothing too wicked here. Where’s the wretched excess, the debauchery? It’s all a bit disappointing, isn’t it?

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