When Sharon Osbourne announced earlier this year that she and husband Ozzy Osbourne would be splitting until he cleaned up his act, many were shocked, as Ozzy’s relapse had been so well-hidden.
Perhaps most surprised, though, were the singer’s Black Sabbath bandmates, who told Classic Rock Magazine in a recent interview that they had no idea that their longtime friend had started to abuse drugs and alcohol again.
“It was a shock, actually, when Sharon told me,” guitarist Tony Iommi told the magazine (via Blabbermouth). “I just couldn't believe he'd been drinking again. I didn't see any signs of it. He was turning up to my house on time and we were rehearsing and writing, and I never saw anything. I've known him for 50 years, so I should know him, but God, I never sussed that at all.”
“[Ozzy] was really good at keeping it secret,” bassist Geezer Butler confirmed. “I thought he was talking a lot — he used to drive us nuts because he wouldn't stop talking — but we put that down to the excitement of doing the album. Any time I'd had a drink, he'd be saying: 'Oh, have you got a hangover?' And meanwhile he was doing all kinds of stuff. But it certainly didn't affect his performance in the studio — to us, he'd worked better than ever. Sharon told me and Tony, and by that time Ozzy had gone into rehab.”
Since that time, Ozzy has once again gotten sober and he and Sharon have reconciled.
Black Sabbath also seems to be doing well as a group, with dozens of tour dates already scheduled well into next year in support of their latest record 13, but that doesn’t mean they’re planning to hit the studio again anytime soon.
“If we did another album, it just wouldn't have the same vibe, as far as I'm concerned,” Butler told Classic Rock Magazine. “And with this one doing so well, the next one would have to be No. 1 everywhere too or people would see it as a failure!”
However, Iommi reassured, “l don't think we'd write anything off. The history of this band has taught me to never say never.”
Black Sabbath is currently in the midst of a UK tour, with their next show slated for tonight (December 16) in Glasgow.
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