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.
Recovery Was Not on the Playlist
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.
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 and Father Don Arden: a Contentious Relationship
Sharon’s father Don Arden, the notorious boss of Jet Records, was roundly feared for his intimidation tactics. He managed Black Sabbath.
When Ozzy was booted, Arden gave the contract to his daughter as a wedding gift. She repaid him, as a true acolyte, by signing Ozzy to Epic. She proved an adept promoter, Ozzy’s best asset.
They Hated Each Other for 20 Years
Don threatened Sharon physically and sued her for signing Ozzy to the Los Angeles label. A $1 million payout was finally settled out of court. She said that at the time, she felt her life was at risk.
She eventually took matters into her own hands, plowing after her father in her car with the bat-biting madman in the passenger seat terrified and cowering.