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Ozzy: Life On The Crazy Train

When he was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979, Ozzy was convinced his career was over. He soon discovered the madness was just beginning...

There was a time when The Rainbow Bar and Grill on LA’s fabled Sunset Boulevard was the epicentre of Ozzy Osbourne’s over-indulgence, but these days the singer’s visits are of a somewhat different nature.

For Ozzy, the Sunset Strip bar is no longer a setting for debauched behaviour, but rather the somewhat ironic setting for his morning Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, as the first item on his daily itinerary. Upon completing that meeting, he will drive back to his West Hollywood home and change into his workout clothes for a 90-minute session at his home gym, listening to Pandora playlists as he pounds the treadmill. And only when this daily routine is completed is he ready to face the world as Ozzy: Prince Of Darkness.

Thirty-five years ago, Ozzy Osbourne’s daily routine in Los Angeles was rather different. In the summer of 1979, after being fired from Black Sabbath, the singer’s only desire was to embrace oblivion. Each morning he would awake to the sound of his coke dealer pounding on the door of the tiny apartment in the Le Parc complex on North West Knoll Drive in which he had been sequestered after being kicked out of Sabbath’s LA mansion. After rubbing the sleep from his eyes and some white powder into his gums, Ozzy would make a call to Gelson’s supermarket on Sunset, and ask for a case of beer and a bottle of spirits to be delivered to his temporary home. And then, with the curtains drawn and the phone off the hook, the singer would set about getting completely, utterly wasted.

“I just thought ‘This is the end now’,” Ozzy recalls. “I thought ‘What the fuck am I going to do now?’ And my one idea was ‘I’ll just get fucked up ‘til I run out of cash and then I’ll go home to England.’ So that’s what I did. I was getting fucked up every fucking day, for three months. I was in total isolation. And I was tired, pissed [off] and tired.”


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