Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne was the recent guest of the Kerrang’s Paul Brannigan and revealed an interesting little-known story about how hard was working with Tony Iommi.
“Did you imagine that making music and being a professional singer would become your job for life?”
“I had no idea at all. I mean, before that, I’d no idea that Tony [Iommi] and Bill [Ward] would knock on my door when I placed that ‘Ozzy Zig Needs Gig’ ad in a shop, and I’d no idea that the three of us would end up making music with Geezer [Butler].
I don’t believe in many things, but I do believe in fate, and it was obviously meant to be. But there was certainly no plan involved. We just used to have fun in those days, have a laugh. We were on fucking fire for about five years, before all the business and lawyers and rip-offs dragged us down. I didn’t join a band to become an accountant or a lawyer.”
“As your manager, Sharon obviously had great faith that you could become a solo star. But did you believe in yourself as much as she believed in you?”
“Probably not. But then Randy Rhoads came along and it was a match made in fucking heaven. Randy was phenomenal, a great guy and a wonderful musician and he really helped me as a singer.
He’d hear me humming a melody around the house and go, ‘Is that yours?’ and we’d work together to build a song out of it. With Sabbath, it worked the other way. Tony would come up with an amazing riff and I had to put a vocal on top of it, which wasn’t always comfortable for me because I had to bend to what the band wanted.”
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