Ozzy Osbourne is following in the footsteps of SIR Elton John by writing a spectacular musical about Russian mystic GRIGORY RASPUTIN.

The Black Sabbath rocker is fascinated by the notorious 'Mad Monk' and is determined to create a theatrical sensation based on Rasputin's life - particularly after watching John's new Billy Elliot musical on London's West End.

He explains, "I was inspired to write it after I saw a BBC documentary about Rasputin.

"As for Billy Elliot, I went to see it the other night and it was f**king great."

05/06/2005 14:35