Metal star Ozzy Osbourne has credited rock'n'roll legends THE Beatles for inspiring the reality star to become a rocker.

The former Black Sabbath frontman likens John Lennon and SIR PAUL McCARTNEY to modern day MOZARTs and cites their classic album SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND as the perfect record.

Osbourne says, "To me, they're the Mozarts of our time. The Beatles were the only band in rock'n'roll history to go from a f**king boy band to a psychedelic rock band, and it was all accepted because Lennon and McCartney wrote such great melodies.

"Listen to Sgt Pepper - there's a track on that album for everyone. They were the f**king catalyst for me to get into music."

01/10/2004 17:35