Ozzy’s antics while on the road with Black Sabbath and later as a solo artist have passed into rock folklore, but he has told Kerrang the extreme lifestyle came close to costing him his life on more than one occasion.
“If a cat’s got nine lives then I’ve used all of those,” he told the magazine. “I’ve used all of your lives as well, and a lot of other people’s lives too.”
Ozzy also explained how his ‘unhappiest moment’ came during his battles with alcoholism. “When I couldn’t stop drinking,” he said. “Alcoholism is ruthless. I could not stop drinking. Sharon would have parties and I’d have to be the only one not invited. At the end of the day I was a miserable fucking arsehole.”
Ozzy Osbourne is due to perform a one-off show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on June 12th.