31 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested for Urinating at Alamo
Let’s see: you’re a rock star, stumbling around an unfamiliar city while wearing your girlfriend/manager’s dress. You feel the call of nature and, not knowing where the nearest gas station or hotel is, relieving yourself on a nearby statue seems like a good idea in your drunken state. But in the middle of the afternoon, with all sorts of people around, it’s a good way to get yourself in trouble, and that’s what happened to Ozzy Osbourne in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 19, 1982.
To make things things worse, the statue Ozzy chose was the Alamo Cenotaph, which commemorates the Texans who died at the famous battle during the War of Independence in 1836. The monument, erected 100 years after the battle, is adjacent to the Alamo, which is considered to be sacred ground and a symbol of Texas pride.
Osbourne was arrested for public urination and intoxication. He was released on $40 bond, which was posted by Jack Orbin, who was promoting Osbourne’s concert at the HemisFair that night. However, the show was marred by fans who threw rocks because they were unable to get into the sold-out show. Twenty-four people were arrested for their part in the riot.
The combination of the two events caused Osbourne to be banned from San Antonio by the city council. Ten years later, Osbourne was pardoned after he donated $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who maintain and manage the Alamo, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Texas.
Watch Ozzy Talk About the Alamo Incident