Ozzy Osbourne Addresses Mötley Crüe’s Real Genre
Metal Edge presented an exclusive excerpted chapter from the book, ‘Nöthin’ But a Good Time,’ which is a chronicle of the ’80s hard rock. Ozzy Osbourne, who contributed to the book, defined Mötley Crüe’s style as the heavy version of glam rock.
Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Bark at the Moon Tour,’ in support of his album from the same name, was undoubtedly one of the most definitive acts of 1980s hard rock and metal. The massive tour took place between 1983 and 1985. Mötley Crüe and Waysted also hit the road with Ozzy as the supporting acts. Osbourne decided Mötley Crüe to be the opening act after seeing their performance at the US festival.
Mötley Crüe had already released two albums at the time, but the tour immensely helped them raise their fame and success. It was an excellent opportunity for the band to play in sold-out arenas in front of thousands. On the other hand, Ozzy Osbourne had been dealing with his alcohol and drug problems, but he still didn’t want to stop touring. The tour is famous for leaving behind a lot of crazy stories from both sides.
Metal Edge featured some of Ozzy Osbourne’s statements from the book, ‘Nöthin’ But a Good Time,’ where he talked about the 1984 tour. Osbourne stated that Mötley Crüe were pretty excited and energetic during the tour as they would meet a new audience. The singer explained that for him, Mötley Crüe were the ‘heavy version of the glam rock‘ although the band is mainly associated with glam metal. Osbourne revealed that touring with Mötley Crüe was one of the ‘most dangerous tours‘ he ever did, and they had many crazy stories together during the tour.
Here are some of Ozzy Osbourne’s statements regarding the 1984 tour:
“It was a band of lunatics on the road. Because they were just breaking through to a new audience. It was after the show that the mayhem started. Mötley Crüe were a force to be reckoned with back then. They were the heavy version of the glam rock kind of deal.
I was well established but Mötley Crüe were coming up fast. It was a good package. But it was one of the most dangerous tours I ever did. I said that to Doc one day, ‘It’s getting so crazy…'”
‘Bark at the Moon Tour’ was undoubtedly one of the turning points in Mötley Crüe’s career, no matter what. It was a very crucial period for their upcoming success and popularity. In the later years, the band members didn’t forget to give Ozzy Osbourne credit for giving them this chance to introduce themselves to a bigger audience.