It was tough on everyone when Ozzy was fired from the band. The band members had been great friends. In “Nine Lives,” they reflected on the early days, talking about jamming together all the time.
Ward said, “We just used to get together, jam for about two hours. Usually, magically, this riff would appear, and we’d just like all latch onto it, and just keep jamming until we’d finished the song.” They traveled together, relied on each other like family, and then, poof, it was gone.
Ozzy’s father had just passed. He fell into despair and responded as he always would, by drowning his sorrows in alcohol and other substances. Then, the other shoe dropped. His closest friend from Sabbath, drummer Bill Ward, brought him the news—he’s out.
As a lead singer who was perpetually wasted and skirting band responsibilities, like showing up for practice, the band decided to throw Ozzy overboard before he sank the ship. Ozzy said it was painful, “It was just like a divorce.”
He Set a Chicken Coop Ablaze
In another of the rocker’s animal-related escapades, Ozzy rebelliously torched a chicken coop. Ozzy’s ex-wife Thelma had good intentions when she gave him some chickens as a hobby to keep him off alcohol. It backfired in a big way.
The budding Prince of Darkness resented taking care of the birds. He detested the chores and ended it once and for all when he shot the roost of chickens in a drunken rage. Then he set it afire and threw live ammo into the mix to revel in the explosive spectacle.
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While Ozzy jammed with Black Sabbath, it was just Thelma and the kids in the house he bought for them. Jessica said she has no recollection of her father putting her to bed or doing anything father-like while raising her.
In the 2011 “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” documentary she also said that he wasn’t there for them. According to her, he never joined any sports day, school trips, or anything like that. When asked if she thought he was a good parent, Jessica answered with one word, “No.”
Louis Recalls Ozzy in His Childhood, Barely
Louis just wanted his dad to remember his birthday which he never did. He also said Ozzy was rarely home but never sober when he was.
According to him the occasions when he was both at home and sober, he was a good father. Sadly, those occasions were very rare so most of the childhood memories he has from him involve his father being intoxicated. He said he remembers his dad crashing cars in the middle of the night, pointing out that his behavior wasn’t conducive for family life.