Tonight on Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour — rock’s prince of darkness Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack head west.
They take in the sights of Mt. Rushmore where Gutzon Borglum and his son carved out the likeness of four presidents on a massive scale. Jack is really keen to get a closer look but unfortunately for Ozzie that involvles a helicopter.
“There’s no wings on those things” says Ozzie, adding: “Im not going on a helicopter!”
Cue expletives as the chopper takes the pair up for a better look at the mountain.
The father and son travellers also try their luck at panning for gold, like thousands did back during the Black Hills gold rush.
They also visit a Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile Cold War-era site. There are no generals gathering their masses, but there is an interesting slice of history.
The missiles were first developed in the 1950s when the Doomsday Clock was very close to midnight. Their numbers peaked at about 1,000 in the 1970s and now the USA has about 450 of the current Minuteman generation. Each of those can carry three warheads, yielding 300-500 kilotons.
The pair also head to the town of Deadwood where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane lie in the Mount Moriah Cemetery.
Hickok fought during the Civil War, was a scout, a gambler and gunfighter. He was shot in the back at a card game in Deadwood. The card hand of black aces and eights he was reportedly holding when he died is now know as the dead man’s hand…referenced in Motorhead’s song Ace of Spades.
The show is really a chance for Ozzy and Jack to do something they’ve been meaning to for years. Hit the road and take in some of America’s most iconic sites, whilst indulging their secret nerdy love of history.
Catch Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour tonight at 9/8c on History.