If it wasn’t for Randy Rhodes, a classical guitarist who could really shred, Ozzy Osbourne might not have rebounded as a solo artist.
Up until then, he was wallowing in self-pity because Sabbath dumped him. Sharon encouraged the singer, but Ozzy didn’t make a music move until the day he heard Randy Rhodes play guitar. He knew instantly he had a band.
Getting Kicked Out of Black Sabbath Nearly Destroyed Ozzy
When the band decided to fire its lead singer, Ozzy was devastated. He believed all was lost and went on an even worse bender. Recalling the time, Ozzy said, he’d got £96,000 for his share of the name, so he’d just locked himself away for three months during which he didn't do much except for numbing his pain away with different substances.
He recalls thinking this was his last party. Sharon’s father, Don Arden, who managed Black Sabbath, looked to salvage the leadman’s career and recoup Jet Records’ talent investment, so he sent Sharon to the States to help.
Sharon Saved Ozzy
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Ozzy Osbourne, rock and roll’s most notorious madman, was re-released to the world. Undoubtedly, the spot he sunk to was dark. The industry frowned upon him and no one was calling.
That’s when Sharon demanded that he start making music again. Fans still adored him, she said. Sharon convinced Ozzy that he was sitting on a diamond mine. As a solo act, she said, he had a dazzling future.
Randy Rhodes Remembers Getting the Gig
The then Quiet Riot guitarist said Ozzy was so hammered during his audition that the Prince of Darkness did not remember hiring him.
Ozzy admits he was drunk in “The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne,” but after sobering up, and hearing him, Ozzy said Rhodes’ talent was unbelievable. He called him “a gift from God.” It was a lucky break, to be sure, and it got Ozzy back in the recording studio.
Recovery Was Not on the Playlist
Hitting bottom with Sabbath would not alter Ozzy's substance abuse problems. Eventually, he tried sobriety, seven times in all, relapsing again and again. In fact, after launching his solo gig, the problem soared to epic proportions.
The 1984 world tour with Motley Crue is known as one of the “craziest [...] tours in the history of rock and roll” in terms of consciousness-altering substances. Numerous drunk-in-public arrests happened.