Hanging out with Ozzy 'priceless' for 10-year-old

Brody Schuster with Ozzy Osbourne in Omaha. The two compared hearing aids.

Brody Schuster knew that his hearing aids wouldn't allow him to see Black Sabbath.

It would be just like the time he went to see the monster trucks. Even though the 10-year-old wore noise-canceling earmuffs, he still couldn't handle the sound and vibrations.

But Brody's mom, Jane Schuster, couldn't let the biggest Ozzy Osbourne fan she knew miss out on the opportunity to see the band.

Thanks to his mom's persistence, a very nervous and excited Brody hung out with Ozzy at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Sunday.

"It was priceless," Jane said.

Brody's hearing loss is associated with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Brody, a fourth-grader at Springfield Elementary, also has ADHD and learning challenges.

Jane listens to classic rock station Z-92 a lot. So Brody loves Black Sabbath and Van Halen. He also likes Justin

Bieber — because he's 10. But above all, Brody loves Ozzy. "Crazy Train" and "Paranoid" are among his favorite songs. He even insisted they name the family's border collie Ozzie.

When he found out Black Sabbath was coming, he excitedly told his parents. They offered to buy tickets to the show, but Brody said he wouldn't be able to handle the noise.

"So he goes, 'Can Ozzy come over for lunch?' " Jane said.

Jane got on her computer and started sending out emails to publicists, arena officials, Ozzy's wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, and others. A couple of days later, she heard back from Ozzy's tour manager.

The whole family — Jane and her husband, Kevin, Brody and his little brother, Hudson, 6 — headed downtown from Springfield to meet the rock star.

"Brody told Ozzy about our puppy, and he and Sharon were touched," Jane said.

The Osbournes told Brody all about their many dogs and cats, and Brody asked if he could come to their house and see them.

Brody and Ozzy compared their hearing aids (Ozzy was impressed by Brody's bright blue and yellow hearing aids), and Brody told Ozzy what his favorite foods are.

"Brody was so nervous," his mother said. "But that whole afternoon he was smiling."

They took pictures together, and Jane printed some photos so Brody could show his friends. (His pals initially didn't believe he was going to meet Osbourne.)

Brody has been beaming since the meeting, and Jane said she's incredibly grateful to the Osbournes and arena officials.

"It was just one of those things where I was like, 'Am I really silly for thinking someone might do this?' I don't ever want Brody to get special treatment, but in this case, it's Ozzy Osbourne," Jane said. "If it gets him motivated to do music and always sticks with him, that's what we need."

Contact the writer: 402-444-1557, kevin.coffey@owh.com twitter.com/owhmusicguy

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