With his foul mouth and affected dim wits, Ozzy Osbourne became a reality TV star via the hit MTV series "The Osbournes."
His latest small screen adventure is a bit more studious, however.
Osbourne and his son Jack star in "Ozzy and Jack's World Detour," a 10-episode series for, of all things, the History Channel. Debuting at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 24, it finds the two criss-crossing the globe to visit notable and notorious sites ranging from Mount Rushmore to Colonial sites in Virginia, Blechley Park and Stonehenge in Osbourne's native England, abandoned nuclear missile silos in South Dakota, and even the Alamo -- whose walls the elder Osbourne famously urinated on in 1982.
"It's jsut like a father and son spoof on history," Osbourne, 69, says by phone from his home in England. "It's history, It's kind of interesting -- with an Osbourne twang to it."
Osbourne, who's in the midst of Black Sabbath's The End farewell tour (which stops August 31 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre), says the show was the brainchild of his son -- who also starred in "Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie" and directed the 2011 documentary "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne." "He comes to us and he goes, 'Dad...' and I go, 'Don't tell me. The answer is 'yes,'" the elder Osbourne says. "I'll do anything. I adore him, and I love him to death and he's such a courageous kid."
Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago, but his father says that doesn't seem to slow him down. "We're all flapping around going, 'Don't do this. Don't get yourself wound up. Relax,' and he goes, 'Just knock it off. I'm not dead yet, y'know...'"
Osbourne had plenty of favorite places he and his son visited while making the show; being a post-World War II baby, he was particularly intrigued by Blechley Park, where Alan Turing and his team developed a primitive computer to crack German codes. But given the singer's history, the Alamo was memorable.
"I said to the guys, 'Listen to me. Ozzy Osbourne at the Alamo -- it's not a good combination, boys," Osbourne recalls. "But we went, and this guy comes up to me and say, 'There's about seven or eight people out there, It's going to be fine. And I'm like, 'I'm tellin' ya...'
"So we go there, and these seven people turned into 2,000 and they were all going nuts. The cops were getting heavy with them as well. When people start going crazy around me, I get kinda nervous. But it was OK."
* "Ozzy and Jack's World Detour" debuts at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 24, on the History Channel
* Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath and Rival Songs perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. Tickets are $35-$150 pavilion, $35 lawn with a $99 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com. >b?
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