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.
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.
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.
Ozzy Shocks Motley Crue
Recalling the legendary 1984 world tour with Motley Crue tour, bassist Nikki Sixx said that he jokingly challenged Ozzy to do his infamous line of ants.
He was shocked as Ozzy was able to handle the entire line of ants in one powerful go!
Sharon's Role in Ozzy's Sobriety
Sitting down for an interview at the “Mirror,” the Prince of Darkness discussed Sharon’s role in his sobriety efforts. He said the last time he relapsed, Sharon was pretty mad at him. He recalls her waiting “like a praying mantis” to catch him.
Getting caught wasn’t pretty. Ozzy recounted that Sharon would throw books at him if he wasn't sober.