Guitarist Jake E. Lee spoke in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar and revealed the story of how he got fired from Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band.
Here’s the story:
“So we went out and it was a wonderful dinner – it was all on her, a beautiful, expensive dinner. And we chatted and then she said, ‘OK, let’s go back to the hotel, I still need to talk to you.’ I said, ‘Cool. Okay, whatever.’
We went back to the hotel. We talked a little bit but nothing major, nothing important, just chit-chat really. And then I left and I went home. And my roommate, who was also my guitar tech, he came home and said, ‘Dude, how are you doing?’. I said, ‘I’m OK. Why?’ He said, ‘I just came back from the Rainbow and I saw Randy and Phil and they said you were getting fired tonight.’
And I said, ‘What?! No. No way. I just talked to Sharon, I just went out to dinner with her. I think if I got fired, I would know about it.’ And he said, ‘No, that’s not what everybody in the Rainbow is talking about.’
I said, ‘OK, let me clear this up.’ So then I got on the phone with Sharon. I said, ‘Sharon, I just heard the weirdest thing.’ And she went ‘Oh, Jake, Jake! Yeah, that’s what I wanted to talk to you about.’ I was like, ‘So, I’m fired?’ And she said, ‘Yes. Yes, you’re fired.’ I said, ‘Oh… Well, okay…’ [Laughs] And then I hung up. That’s how I got fired.”
Then, he also revealed the last conversation with Ozzy. He said:
“Well, Ozzy called the next day to wish me luck. He said it was time for me to spread my wings and do my own thing. And that’s all he said. He didn’t say anything, he wished me the best. And that was that was the last time I talked to Ozzy, too.”
Click here to entire interview.