In a new interview with Stereo gumsaw the iconic singer revisit the first time he regrouped with Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward for the American side of Live Aid in 1985, six years after he had been fired and then went on to achieve success as a solo artist.
Ozzy recalled that he and his wife Sharon was “at war” with her father and Sabbath manager Don Arden, who presented the singer with a lawsuit at the event. “I got f—ing served at Live Aid by my father-in-law, for interfering or some bullshit, and nothing ever came of it,” Osbourne said. “And I drank a lot of fucking booze in those days and I was bloated.”
“It wasn’t a great experience,” he continued. “It was more like, ‘I’m going to get my revenge on them’… Or no, it wasn’t revenge. It was just the first time I’d seen them all since the breakup. It wasn’t a life-shattering experience where I said, ‘Fuck, why did I go and get fired?’… It was just Sabbath.
Osbourne pointed out that at the time he had tasted “freedom”, adding that “with Sabbath, I didn’t feel that important in the band. I used to feel like I was just a sidekick to their show. I had come up with my own tunes and stuff, but I didn’t feel on par with them because I couldn’t play an instrument. But that was a long time ago, and when you start thinking about this shit, it doesn’t seem like it more is needed, right?”
Asked about his take on his reunions with Sabbath, Osbourne replied: “It was for the fans who thought they’d never get the chance to see the original lineup. It was kind of awkward because the fans would write and say, ‘Oh, we want to see the original lineup.’ And Sharon would show them to me from time to time, but I never wanted to go back full time touring with them.
Ozzy’s new album, Patient number 9was released Sept. 9. It has achieved the best chart positions of his solo career, including No. 3 in the US, No. 1 in Canada and No. 2 in the UK