Ozzy Osbourne barks at the Moonstock


Ozzy Osbourne sings “Bark at the Moon” to Moonstock festival goers Monday, August 21, 2017, during the final day of Moonstock 2017 at Walker’s Bluff Winery in Carterville, Illinois. (William Cooley | @Wcooley1980)

By Paul Beckmeyer

Ozzy Osbourne had the massive Moonstock music festival crowd barking and howling at the moon as the celestial body drifted directly in line with the sun.

As darkness fell, Osbourne spread his arms and reveled in the energetic atmosphere as the band broke into “Bark at the Moon” before the throngs gathered at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville. 

Among the crowd of thousands of mostly middle-aged rockers, one fan stood out: 11-year-old Kaya Bigley of Murray, Kentucky. Bigley said she has been a fan of the Black Sabbath-frontman since birth.




Asked what might happen to Osbourne during the eclipse, Bigley said, “I think he’ll turn into a bat.”

Though the crowd seemed lethargic at times — the temperature Monday reached a high of 90 degrees and Osbourne’s performance began at 1:21 p.m. — Osbourne and company still put on quite a show.

“I f***ing love you all,” he yelled from the stage after several encores.

Eighties glam-rock band Aquanet kicked off the festivities at 11 a.m.



Ozzy throws a bucket of water on fans to help combat the heat Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Walker’s Bluff Winery in Carterville, Illinois. (William Cooley | @Wcooley1980)

“Walker’s Bluff did such a good job with all the events … the stage setup looks phenomenal, and it’s going to be a great day,” said frontman Gunner Sweet.  

Many bought one-day tickets to the festival just to see Osbourne.

One such person was Chase West of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He said he plays guitar in a band and Osbourne and Zakk Wylde, a guitarist who performed with Osbourne on Monday, are two of his heroes.

“I consider this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” West said.

West said he expected Osbourne to go crazy when the eclipse reached totality.

A jovial Ozzy Osbourne greets fans who came to see him sing “Bark at the Moon” during the eclipse’s totality Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during the final day of Moonstock at Walker’s Bluff Winery in Carterville. (William Cooley | @Wcooley1980)

“He’s an animal,” West said.

As the moon completely covered the sun, Osbourne laughed and threw buckets of water onto event security near the stage.

While Osbourne continued his performance following the eclipse, Wylde walked through the crowd playing his guitar over his shoulder.

For many in attendance, Moonstock was a one-of-a-kind event. Terry Bissey of Flora, who arrived at the festival Monday morning, was one of these fans. He said although some of his friends passed on the opportunity to see the concert, he would’ve had a hard time doing the same.

“We zipped over here and commenced drinking some beer,” Bissey said. “It was a life-changing.”

Staff writer Paul Beckmeyer can be reached at [email protected].

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