A Pasadena teen’s dream came true when he recently had the chance to meet Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath.
Jacob Putt, 16, has a brain tumour and his gift from the Children’s Wish Foundation was tickets to a Black Sabbath concert in Hamilton, Ont.
His feet haven’t touched the ground since the concert nearly two weeks ago and still can’t believe he met the band.
“Ozzy said, ‘Are you Jacob?’ and that was what kind of got me star struck because he said my name,” said Putt.
Putt said before he was diagnosed with the tumour, it was always a plan for him and his friend Patrick to get to a concert, then the opportunity was there with Children’s Wish, so he jumped at it.
He said he always been a fan of the band and Ozzy Osbourne, and owns all of their records.
“I have t-shirts and a big flag over my record player of Black Sabbath and I have a beanie that’s like made after the Volume 4 album.”
Meeting Ozzy and the band
Putt had no idea that he was going to meet the band and just going to the show was enough of a thrill.
“Me and my friend were like joking about how it wasn’t actually happening,” he said.
He said his mom and friend, Patrick knew the plan but were very good at keeping the secret unlike the tour guide at the arena.
“Our person who was guiding us around the arena kind of spilled the beans because mom wouldn’t tell me that I was going to meet them and then I was like kinda shocked … se we lined up and got tot meet them that way,” Putt told CBC’s Corner Brook Morning Show.
“I was kind of star struck, he said my name and that kind of shocked me, so I kind of just got up and said, ‘hey guys’ you know or something corny like that!”
Posing for pictures was also a highlight.
“First we got the picture with my mom and Patrick and then Ozzy wrapped his arm around me”
Putt joked that he’ll wear his jacket again, but won’t ever wash it.
Love of metal
Putt has a true appreciation for heavy metal and said he thoroughly enjoyed the show, adding it was everything you would want at this type of concert.
“It was crazy, like loud obviously, but you can’t get too loud, especially at a metal concert,” he said.
“They don’t miss a note or anything and their new drummer is pretty good, he had a nice long drum solo.”
While the experience will stay with him and he was treated like a celebrity at school when he got home, the one thing permanently embedded in his memory is “definitely Ozzy’s arms” wrapped around him.
Courtesy of Rock and Roll World Magazine