Driving through the hills of Calabasas, lined with impressive houses and shiny sports cars, I know that this is one doctor's appointment I will never forget. On this ideal California day, I am not going to a traditional, sterile, bleak office. This doctor lives in an exquisitely decorated home with accessories expected, not from an M.D, but from a rock 'n' roll star.
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I have signed up for an appointment with Dr. Ozzy Osbourne. We know him as the heavy metal star that is incessantly pushing the edge. Whether he is biting the heads of bats, or engaging in family drama on his ground-breaking MTV reality show "The Osbournes," he has captured the attention and awe of fans and critics alike for over 30 years.Story: Ask ‘Dr. Ozzy’: Notorious rocker offers medical advice
I am sitting down with the legend for an interview about his new book, "Ask Doctor Ozzy," which is based on letters he has written in his newspaper and magazine column. These are hilarious letters to fans, answering questions raging from drug abuse to parenting to dealing with grief. But, when Ozzy walked into the room, he was beyond any stereotype I had of the star. He came in unassumingly, without an entourage; And he was pleasant, kind and direct.
We spent an hour laughing and talking both about the funny and the heartfelt. One minute he was sharing the pain of "golf ball"-sized shots he received after biting that infamous bat; and the next the pain he felt when he watched Sharon go through grueling cancer treatments. He spoke about his love of music, the Beatles, his family and his newly found love: exercise. He told me he has traded a drug addiction for an addiction to the Elliptical.
After my appointment, I drove away with an unexpected feeling of happiness that only comes when someone surprises you for the better. Ozzy wasn't the "crazy" musician I expected. He is a true family man, who is passionate about what he does. He is an artist and a husband with a tendency to use four letter words. He made our whole crew comfortable instantly.
And at this session, he taught me one important thing: laughter is always the best medicine.
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