OK, Here it is....Ozzy Osbournes Diary from 2/28/95 - 6/18/96. This used to be on the old Sony site which got updated daily. It is very long but there are alot of interesting things contained in it. It took me a long time to convert into html format, but I think it was worth it.
Some of the entries are written like Ozzy personally typed it himself but I highly doubt he did. Read on!!!!
Ozzy Osbourne started recording his new album in Paris today. Zakk Wylde is
playing guitar and he is really psyched about having his old mate, Geezer
Butler, back on bass. New recruit, Deen Castronovo, is playing drums on the
album. Deen comes by way of Portland, Oregon. Ozzy's album is being produced
by Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Michael says "I thought my album with Soundgarden was heavy, but I have half
of Black Sabbath in the studio with me. If I can't get a heavy sounding
album with this band then I'm not worth shit." Who is engineering the album?
Ozzy says, "I have no fucking idea, as long as he can twiddle a few knobs, I
don't give a shit."
Pre-production on the album ended last week in New York. All went well. Zakk only knocked one
hole in his hotel room wall. "He must be a little off-color" says Ozzy, "Last time Zakk knocked
four holes in the walls of his room." Zakk was, as usual, in great form. It was ten days into
pre-production before he decided to bathe. It wasn't by his own choice when Zakk finally took a
shower. He had been banned from the studio until he washed his armpits and hair.
Ozzy walked into the studio in Paris and shit. "My producer has got more equipment in there
than the Space Shuttle. He's got to be a fucking wizard! He's recording the drums through a
huge PA system that would be big enough to do a gig with at Madison Square Garden. I love
the studio that we're recording at, it's so big. It's an old cinema that's been converted into a
"I hate being in Paris," says Ozzy, "Because I don't speak a fucking word of French! But I like
Zakk Wylde has a remedy for eternal youth, he drinks his own urine. Says Ozzy, "big deal, I have a
wife who craps in Tiffany boxes and has them hand-delivered to her enemies. Zakk has a long
way to go before he can beat that one."
"So far, three backing tracks are down. They are 'Tomorrow', 'See You On The Other Side' and
'Old LA.' We also wrote a brand new song in the studio yesterday."
"Yesterday we worked through 18 hours in the studio." Says Ozzy, "I'm completely done in. I
think that's the first and last time I'll ever do that. I can't even talk today, let alone sing."
March 3rd,1995Six backing tracks are now down... including "The Whole World's Falling Down" and "Can't
Get Up." Ozzy is really tired as they are working into the early hours of the morning each day. He
usually starts in the studio during the early afternoon and doesn't finish until the early morning. Says
Ozzy, "as I'm telling you this, I've just been told by my producer that I'll have to work all day
Sunday." Ozzy wakes up and works out for two hours every morning. He's been going around Paris with
Geezer, who's addicted to finding antique toys. Says Ozzy, "he's got more toys than my kids. He's
out of his mind, that's why I love him. When we were in New York doing pre-production, as
soon as we were done with rehearsals each night Geezer would be legging it down to Toys 'R'
Us and come back with bags full of toys. I must be mad, 'cos he's got me going with him now."
"There's a huge rec room attached to the studio with two table tennis tables. While Deen has
been tracking he plays with his mouth open. When he plays I've been trying to throw the table
tennis balls into his mouth. I've got four in, so far. We had a celebration in the studio on
Thursday, because Soundgarden won two Grammy awards for two songs from their
"Superunknown" album. Michael Beinhorn produced that album."
"My record company told me that they won't be posting my studio diary over the weekend, so
I'll have to let you know what happened over Saturday and Sunday on Monday's entry. Have a
good weekend God Bless ...Ozzy."
March 6th 1995
Says Ozzy, "Things are really slowing down in the studio. Over the weekend we only tracked
three new songs. We are planning on recording 17 songs and we'll then choose 11 for the
album. For this album I've written 30 songs, so there's plenty in hand. So far we've recorded
the following songs:"
SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE
I JUST WANT YOU
THE WHOLE WORLDS FALLING DOWN
March 7th 1995
It's pissing down with rain in Paris for the eighth day. The studio is situated near the river banks. They
say that if it rains for two more days the river may overflow. If so, Ozzy will be seen being airlifted
out with his tapes strapped to his head.
As you all know, the working title for the album has been X-RAY. Says Ozzy, "I'm bored to death
with that now. That was 18 months ago. It didn't pass the test of time, so I'm coming up with a
new title. If any of you have any suggestions, send them in."
Ozzy was visited over the weekend by some Japanese press who came all the way from Tokyo for
brief interview. However, the journalists interpreter got arrested in Paris for indecent exposure and
spent the weekend in jail. The journalist couldn't speak a word of English and Ozzy doesn't speak
Japanese, so they end up bowing at each other all day Ozzy said, "I've got a bad back, will
someone please tell him to stop bowing to me."
March 8th 1995
We wrote a brand new song today in the studio... no title yet! Michael Beinhorn gave Ozzy a present
yesterday. It was a classic old microphone. The same microphone as Adolf Hitler used at the
N?rnberg rallies. Say Ozzy, "It's around 14 inches wide. It's the biggest microphone I've ever
sung into." Michael Beinhorn also got some classic amps for Geezer and Zakk.
Somebody turned Zakk onto frog legs. He's been eating tons of them everyday. "He stinks of
garlic," says Ozzy "and he smells like a French whore! I've given him a toilet brush to clean
out his mouth with."
March 9th 1995
0zzy has now decorated the recording studio as a bunker. He has a camouflage tent in the studio,
hand grenades, and is walking around the studio in an army helmet. Says Ozzy, "I can't stand the
fucking studio. Going in and out of the same place every day. So this is my theme for the day."
Deen has finished all of his parts on the album. He worked so hard on his drumming that he lost 14
pounds in a week.
Zakk still stinks of garlic.
Geezer slept in the studio all night as they are doing construction work at his hotel. He can't stand the
noise so he camped out in Ozzy's tent. Ozzy is still thinking about the album title. He's looking forward to his mate, Steffan Chirazi, coming
over next week. (Steffan is a writer for Kerrang! and Rip magazines).
Says Ozzy, "We're not going into the studio today. The guy that twiddles the knobs is sick."
(The engineer. Ozzy still doesn't know his name.)
March 10th 1995
The studio is now a desert island theme. We have palm trees, lounge chairs and tropical drinks being
Served. Still trying to break up the monotony. Ozzy sneaked off from the studio yesterday and spent the whole day at the Virgin Mega Store in
Paris. He came out with two armfuls of CDs. He then went to the Left Bank and sat by the water,
ate French bread and listened to music for the rest of the day. Geezer is starting all the bass stuff now
so Ozzy wasn't really needed.
Geezer says he thinks this is the heaviest album Ozzy has ever done. Geezer is also doing a solo
project which is very heavy with an industrial cutting edge. Ozzy says, "Geezer's music is the
hardest stuff I have ever heard in my life. It's scary."
March 13th 1995
Greetings from Paris.........
Ozzy had a surprise visitor at the studio on Saturday. It was his son, Jack! Jack had flown in with
Geezer's son, James. Sunday was spent with Geezer, and their sons at the Eiffel Tower.
Zakk and Michael Beinhorn went on a bender Saturday night and didn't return to their hotel rooms
until 6:30 in the morning. Zakk was locked out of his room so he did his usual trick of punching a
hole through the door. The hotel has refused to fix the door until Zakk leaves.
A couple more songs have now been tracked... "My Little Man" a song Ozzy wrote with Steve Vai
and "Back On Earth."
March 14th 1995interviews with Steffan Chirazi, writer from RIP magazine and Kerrang!
Ozzy also did photo sessions all over Paris with photographer, Mark Leialoha.
The studio now has two World War II machine guns, several large blow torches and hand grenades.
The camouflage tent is still up continuing with the war theme.
Recording is going along very quickly. Here is the list of songs recorded so far:
SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE
I JUST WANT YOU TOMORROW
THE WHOLE WORLD'S FALLING DOWN
MOTHERS CRYING BECAUSE OF YOU
WALK ON WATER
GOOD TO BE BAD GHOST BEHIND MY EYES
MY LITTLE MAN Theres's also one more new track which is still untitled at the moment.
March 15th 1995
Deen has finished up recording all his tracks the week and yesterday flew back home to Portland,
Oregon. Photographer, Mark Leialoha has been in the studio the last couple of days doing casual
shots and Michael Beinhorn is really getting pissed off. He's already thrown him out a couple of
Ozzy is doing vocals in the studio and is still busy finishing up some lyrics, so the atmosphere is very
intense. They've posted a sign on the studio door that says "IF YOU'RE NOT WORKING IN
THIS STUDIO, THEN GET THE FUCK OUT!!"
Zakk has got his territory worked out in Paris. He's a regular at three different bars. At one he plays
piano and at another he plays acoustic guitar. While playing at the piano bar on Saturday night, one
of the patrons gave him a 100 Franc bill and said "keep up the good work."
March 16th 1995
There was a shipment of fifteen bass guitars that arrived at the studio today for Geezer. He wants to
use a different bass on every track. Geezer is busy experimenting getting a different bass sound on
every track. He already has 20 basses there. Says Ozzy, "the studio looks like a House of
Guitars." Photographer, Gene Kirkland arrived from LA today to take more pictures of Ozzy. Says Ozzy, "I
haven't done a photo session in nearly 3 years. I have all this work, but I've done nothing but
have my picture taken this week, I hate it!"
The guys have been working late into the night as they are finishing up in Paris early next week and
moving recording sessions to New York. There's definitely no more games going on in the studio.
Says Ozzy, "this is feeling like a proper job, I clock in the morning and then clock out the next
March 17th 1995
The Suits (that's what Ozzy calls the executives from his record company) are arriving From
Sony/New York today. They'll be spending the weekend at the studio listening to how the album is
This week we were notified that the hotel that the band is staying in in Paris has gone bankrupt. They
are no longer working phones in the rooms, there's no maid service and any minute now they're
waiting to get turned out on the street. Says Zakk "Now I know why they didn't bother fixing my
door. Each day there's been moving men taking out furniture from the rooms."
March 20th 1995All tracking has now been completed. Ozzy, the band and producer Michael Beinhorn all departed
Paris over the weekend en route to their respective homes. Everyone will take a break for the next
week and they will begin working again on March 27th in New York.
March 29th 1995
Welcome to New York...
Recording got off to a late start this week as producer, Michael Beinhorn, is having a new desk
(studio console) put into the studio. Today was Ozzy and Zakk's first day back in the studio. We will
have a full update tomorrow.
March 30th 1995
Everything is moving along great. The WWII German machine gun is now in New York City along
with the hand grenades and the blow torch.
Right now Ozzy is walking around New York unable to talk. He sang for six hours in the studio
yesterday. Says Ozzy, "I'll just smoke 100 cigarettes and gargle with some broken glass and I'll
be fine tomorrow."
March 31st 1995Ozzy will be working seven days a week now as he is desperately trying to make the album's
September release date. His throat is much better and he is back in full form today.
Zakk put down a bitchin' guitar solo for the song "Back On Earth." The song was written by Ozzy,
Geezer and Taylor Rhodes
April 3rd 1995
Ozzy loves being back in New York. He says he's been away from America too long and always
enjoys his time here. The area in New York where the studio is full of Music Stores. Michael
Beinhorn and Ozzy have been spending time going to the shops looking for weird and wonderful
instruments to borrow to use on the album
Ozzy has completed vocals on three songs now, Says Ozzy, "Michael Beinhorn is such a
perfectionist. He made me sing "See You On The Other Side" 85 times before he was happy
with one take."
April 4th 1995
Things are starting to get very silly at the studio...........
Ozzy has taken to ordering large orders of take-out food and having them delivered to the
unsuspecting victims at the studio. Last week he had 20 large pizzas delivered to Michael Beinhorn
and this was after the record company had just taken them all out to dinner. Yesterday it was 10
three-foot party submarine sandwiches that were delivered to Zakk and today $400 worth of
Chinese Food came for the engineer. All three were unsuccessful in arguing their way out of paying
for the orders since there are few good restaurants in the area that deliver and all three restaurants
threatened to never deliver to the studio again if they didn't pay up. They've now decorated the studio with satanic pictures (devils and goats and things). In his spare
time Ozzy's been going around with a magic marker pen adding to the artwork by drawing glasses on
he faces of the pictures and cigars in their mouths, etc.
April 5th 1995
Ozzy sent a strip-o-gram to the studio for Zakk today. Ozzy ordered the oldest, fattest stripper they
had. She was in her mid-50's and must have weighed about 300 lbs.
Michael Beinhorn was at the dentist all morning having some new crown put in. When he got to the
studio, Ozzy had ordered spare ribs and corn on the cob for him for lunch. Recording ended early as
Michael's mouth was in terrible pain after eating. The guys stayed at the studio and played video
April 6th 1995
Things got even sillier today...
Ozzy had a male stripper sent to Zakk at the studio today. The poor guy ran out of the studio as
Zakk tried to punch him out. So far, Zakk has finished all the guitar parts, including solos, on 7 songs
Michael Goldstone, Ozzy's A&R person, come down to the studio today to listen to all the tracks
recorded so far. Ozzy has been writing new lyrics for the song "Back On Earth", Says Ozzy, "this
track's been driving me mad. I've already rewritten the middle section 4 times now."
When they were leaving the studio Michael Beinhorn got mugged. The guy walked away with his
watch and wallet. Said Michael, "I'd give him anything so long as he didn't touch my DAT of
today's work of what we did in the studio. I needed to listen to that on my way home."
April 7th 1995
The hotel that Ozzy's been staying at in New York stopped him from entering last night. Apparently,
King Hussian of Jordan was staying at the hotel and the place was swarming with Secret Service
type agents who thought Ozzy looked suspicious. They wanted to check his ID and questioned him
before they let him up to his room. Says Ozzy, "I've been accused of some things in my life, but a
terrorist!!" Ozzy checked out of that hotel this morning and moved to another. "I hated that hotel
anyway," said Ozzy, "they always complained that I played my music too loud ."
Ozzy's agent come by the studio with offers for Ozzy to tour. Ozzy is still undecided as to what he
should do on that subject. We'll have to wait and see what he does!
April 10th 1995
Ozzy has come up with a title for his new album...........OZMOSIS.
Everyone took off from the studio on Sunday, but Ozzy and Zakk were back on the old treadmill
today. Ozzy finished another vocal today and Zakk finished another guitar solo. Ozzy's vocals always
take awhile because his vocal technique is to double-track everything, so everything has to be done
twice. Michael Beinhorn says that he's never ever done a vocal this way and he's enthralled as to
how Ozzy gets his vocal sound.
The record company executives were coming down to the studio later this evening to listen to how
the album is progressing. Also, Ozzy's family will be arriving in New York this week for Easter
April 11th 1995
Record company executives are overjoyed with the progress of Ozzy's album and with how it's
Ozzy's assistant, Tony, slipped while carrying a tray of coffee and crashed through a glass door at the
studio today. He was OK, but needed a couple of stitches. That was the drama for the day.
The new hotel that Ozzy just moved to last week has been getting complaints from guests since he
arrived that he plays his music too loud late at night. See Ozzy likes to bring home tapes from the
studio every night to listen to how the album is progressing and he likes to turn up the volume to get
the proper effect. Ozzy said he wouldn't be surprised if he'll be packing his bags and looking for
another hotel by the end of the week
April 12th 1995
Steffan Chirazi from Kerrang! magazine is in town to do an update on the progress of Ozzy's album.
Kerrang! is doing a weekly series on the recording of the "OZMOSIS" album.
Ozzy's son, Jack, is in town visiting for the Easter Holiday. Producer, Michael Beinhorn, is getting
busy having Jack do some back-up vocals for the album. Sony is determined to make the release
date of the 2nd week of September for the release of "OZMOSIS."
Hotel update............Today Ozzy was asked to leave his hotel after they received more complaints
from the guests.
April 14th 1995
Kerrang! magazine journalist, Steffan Chirazi, spent all day yesterday listening and observing the
goings on in the studio. He was also able to squeeze in a long interview with Ozzy for his report. You
can read his review and observations on the recording of OZMOSIS now as the first part of the
series appears in this weeks Kerrang! Part 1 of the series details the recording of OZMOSIS in
Ozzy is now hard at work on harmonies as in the last few days Ozzy finished up leads vocals on five
I JUST WANT YOU
SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE
BACK ON EARTH
GHOST BEHIND MY EYES
April 17th 1995
Ozzy was working on a new song entitled "Thunder Underground" today. It's an up tempo rocker
and was one of the best songs that was written for the album. Ozzy, Zakk & Geezer wrote this song
in the studio right before they started recording basic tracks 0zzy & Geezer collaborated on the lyrics
Ozzy is now addicted to the movie "Dumb And Dumber." "I watched it three times today
before I came down to the studio," said Ozzy, "It's the goofiest movie I've ever seen."
April 18th 1995
Ozzy was due to put down a new vocal on the song "Ghost Behind My Eyes" which is a song he
wrote with Mark Hudson and Steve Dudas, but he walked out of the studio because there was a
backing track that was put down without his knowledge. Ozzy had a giant wobbler and threw a few
pieces of furniture and a few mics before he walked out. Said Ozzy, "I wrote this song with my
friends, Mark and Steve, this song means a lot to me and I don't like people messing with my
April 19th 1995
Ozzy worked on a track entitled "Denial" today which is another song that he wrote with Mark
Hudson and Steve Dudes. Mark has written songs with Aerosmith and Steve is a good friend of
Mark's who is a guitar teacher in Los Angeles. Says Ozzy, "this is my favorite track on the album
and I want this song to have the best vocal I can give, but Michael Beinhorn was cracking the
whip on this one." It took Ozzy 7 hours before he was able to satisfy Mr. Beinhorn with the right
April 20th 1995
Japanese press and film crew were in the studio today, so Ozzy did not record all day. He only did
press and TV interviews. It was just as well that Ozzy didn't have to sing today as his throat was
inflamed from singing 7 hours in the studio yesterday. His doctors have advised Ozzy that he should
not sing a note for the next two days.
April 21st 1995
Today was a day off. Not only does Ozzy still have a sore throat, but on top of that he now has a
Ozzy spent the day in his hotel room working on his paintings. He's miserable, he can't talk because
of his sore throat and he can't eat because of his toothache.
Ozzy will be back in the studio this weekend.
April 24th 1995
The studio was cencelled today as Ozzy is still in agony from his teeth. Recording sessions will
resume on Friday, April 28, so check back then for the next OZMOSIS Update.
April 28th 1995
The band are now in Woodstock, New York recording two songs ("Old LA Tonight" and "Back On
Earth"). Michael Beinhorn was not happy with how they how come out earlier and decided they
should be recorded again, so Geezer and Deen had to be flown back for more recording. They will
also be recording an extra song, "The Whole World's Falling Down," which will end up as a bonus
track for Japan. Ozzy is taking a break, but he will return to the studio next week to finish up his
May 1st 1995
Geezer, Deen and Zakk were in a Bearsville, New York recording studio this weekend re-recording
two songs for OZMOSIS. Everyone hated it there and worked 28 hours a day (or at least as many
hours as they could) and got out of there in two days. They said it smelled like rotten eggs there.
Everyone is now back in New York City and very happy again.
May 2nd 1995
Back at the studio in New York City today. Everyone's relieved to be out to "Hicksville" and back in
the city. Zakk's now laying down his guitar solos. Ozzy is really happy as his old friend, Rick
Wakeman (who played on Black Sabbath's album "Sabotage"), is coming to New York in a couple
of weeks to play keyboards on OZMOSIS.
May 3rd 1995
Ozzy flew back into New York today to start finishing his vocals for OZMOSIS. He's really excited
to be back in New York. The first vocal he'll be working on is for the song "Old LA Tonight."
May 4th 1995OZMOSIS Update...
It has now been four days that Ozzy has been away from the studio as he is still very sick from his
teeth. He's been recovering from dental surgery.
Zakk is finishing up his guitar parts. The mood in the studio is very sad as Zakk is now nearly finished
with his work on OZMOSIS. Deen was supposed to have gone home, but is being kept in New
York to do back-up vocals with Ozzy.
May 5th 1995
Zakk is now finishing up the guitars on the track "The Whole World's Falling Down" which will be
the bonus track for Japan. The mood at the studio has now grown even sadder as this will be Zakk's
last day working on OZMOSIS and working for Ozzy. As you all know, Ozzy has given Zakk his
freedom so that he can try to pursue his dream gig with Guns N Roses. So there's lots of good-byes
happening all around today. I hope you'll all join us in wishing Zakk good luck with his pursuit of the
second guitarist slot in Guns N' Roses.
May 8th 1995
Recording sessions are being cancelled for the week as Ozzy had dental surgery again today (he had
a tooth pulled) and was advised to take the week off and to let his mouth heal.
The recording of OZMOSIS is now coming down to the wire as there are only a few of Ozzy's
vocals left to record and some keyboards which are being recorded Monday of next week when
Rick Wakeman comes into New York to add his contributions to OZMOSIS.
May 15th 1995
Keyboard legend, Rick Wakeman, flew in from England to New York to play classical piano on the
track "Old LA Tonight." Rick literally got off the plan and went straight into the studio as he only
has two days to finish his parts being that he's in the middle of a project he's working on in England
John Christ from the band Danzig was recently given an assignment by RIP magazine to interview
Ozzy for the cover of their October issue. It had been very difficult scheduling this interview given
Ozzy's recording schedule and Danzig's touring schedule, but finally everything came together today
when Ozzy and John sat down together at Ozzy's hotel to talk. They got on really well and ended up
talking for five hours ( the interview had been scheduled for just two hours). You can read all the
details in the October issue of RIP.
May 16th 1995
Rick Wakeman was back in the studio again today putting keyboards down on the song "See You
On The Other Side." Afterwards Ozzy came down to the studio and Ozzy and Rick ended up
reminiscing for hours. Rick, as you might recall, played keyboards on the Black Sabbath album
Sabotage, which is when they first met. They hadn't seen each other in years and while they were
talking they kind of lost track of time causing Rick to almost miss his plane back to England that
May 17th 1995OZMOSIS Update...
Ozzy finally had the stitches removed from his mouth from his dental surgery last week. Ozzy was
feeling much better today. He ended up singing for five hours in the studio and finished up the vocals
on the song "Thunder Underground."
Ozzy is now back on track and singing great. Michael Beinhorn gave Ozzy some good news at the
end of recording today, he thinks they might finish tracking OZMOSIS by weeks end.
May 18th 1995
Ozzy finished another vocal today on one the newer songs, "Mr Jekyll Can't Hide." Richard
Griffiths and Michael Goldstone from Ozzy's record label, Epic Records, came down to the studio
again for another visit to listen to the new tracks and left very pleased.
At the end of today's recording, Michael Beinhorn predicted that if all goes well, OZMOSIS will be
finished tomorrow and they will be ready to start mixing the album.
May 19th 1995
In the studio today Ozzy sang another vocal for "See You On The Other Side" and finished up with
a few other vocal parts that were still undone.
After five months of recording, OZMOSIS is now finished and ready for mixing. Ozzy is relieved and
says he can't wait to get back home to England. The release date for OZMOSIS has been set for
October 10th. The following is the tracking list for OZMOSIS:
I JUST WANT YOU
GHOST BEHIND MY EYES
MY LITTLE MAN
BACK ON EARTH
MR JEKYLL CAN'T HIDE
SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE
OLD LA TONIGHT
20 JULY 1995
Flew from my home in England to Miami to do MTV Lation. I was
bummed out all day cause I had to leave my and the realization that I m
back on the road.
21 JULY 1995
Interview with MTV Latino in Miami. Flight to LA to start rehearsals.
22 JULY 1995
It s all a bit strange. First day of rehearsals with Joe, but it s also exciting
23 JULY 1995
Met with David Bianco to discuss album mixes
24 JULY 1995
Rehearsals at 3rd Encore.
25 JULY 1995
Rehearsals at 3rd Encore again. It s sounding great.
26 JULY 1995
Appointment at Beverly Hills Hearing Center for ear molds for his
wireless monitors. Rehearsals at 3rd Encore.
27 JULY 1995
Interview (with Joe Holmes) with Jeff Kitts for Guitar School magazine
cover story. Also, photos with Gene Kirkland to accompany article.
Rehearsals at 3rd Encore.
28 JULY 1995
Interview with Dave Schulps for MJI Broadcasting.
Interview with Mike Smith for Livewire magazinecover story.
Meeting with A&R person, Michael Goldstone, to discuss album.
Rehearsals at 3rd Encore.
29 JULY 1995
Interview with Jennifer Rose for Faces magazine.
30 JULY 1995
Meeting with Jeb & Monica to discuss tour film.
31 JULY 1995
Rehearsals at 3rd Encore. Joe and I are now working well together. I m
feeling more confident about him every day.
1 AUGUST 1995
Phoner with Daniel Renna/Rock de Primera (Uruguay)
Phoner with Hebe Blanco/Generacion X magazine (Buenos Aires).
Phoner with Ana Ban/Revista da Folha (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Phoner with Karen Walezuk/Rock & Pop Radio (Buenos Aires).
Interview with Don Kaye for Pure Concrete radio program.
Rehearsals at 3rd Encore.
2 AUGUST 1995
Phoner with Claudia Arellano/Radio Activo
Filming for Show intro film. It s very hard filming the intro film for my
tour as every time we try and a take, I crack up laughing. Once I start, the
whole crew starts. This is the goofiest thing I ve ever done.
3 AUGUST 1995
Filming for Tour Film.
4 AUGUST 1995
Reheasals at 3rd Encore.
5 AUGUST 1995
Band photo shoot and interviews with John Harrell for Burrn! magazine.
Last day of Rehearsals at 3rd Encore. Well, ready or not, rehearsals are
over. I can t say I m shitting myself, but it s like going into the unknown.
6 AUGUST 1995
Band photo shoot with Gene Kirkland.
Interview Andreas Schowe/Metal Hammer Germany.
7 AUGUST 1995
Band photo shoot and interviews with William Hames for Japanese press
8 AUGUST 1995
I finally get a day off!
9 AUGUST 1995
Phoner with Adriana Franco/La Nacion Newspaper (Buenos Aires).
Phoner with Fernando D Addario/Pagina 12 Newspaper (Buenos Aires).
Phoner with Pablo Marquez/Radio Concierto (Santiago, Chile).
Press Conference phoner with South American Print Media (newspapers
Press Conference phoner with South American Radio.
Phoner with Cesar Nemitz/Metal Head (Brazil).
Phoner with Gabriel Dvoskin/N.A. (Argentina).
10 AUGUST 1995
Phoner with Adolfo Morales/Telem News Agency (Buenos Aires).
Phoner with Pablo Flores/D-99 (Monterrey, Mexico).
Phoner with Xardiel Padilla (Monterrey, Mexico).
Phoner with Miguel Angel Arritola/El Diario de Monterrey (Monterrey,
Phoner with Juan Ramon Palacios/Desvelados TV (Monterrey, Mexico).
Phoner with Oscar Munoz/La Presna Newspaper (Buenos Aires).
Phoner with Augusto Tartufoli/La Razon Newspaper (Buenos Aires).
In-person interview with Chris Leibundgut/Rock Hard Germany.
Phoner with Mitch Joel/Foundations magazine.
11,12&13 AUGUST 1995
Took some time off to be with my kids before I leave for Austin, TX to
start the tour.
14 AUGUST 1995
Ozzy flight to Austin, TX. Ozzy holds press conference for Austin press.
15 AUGUST 1995
Phoner with Diego Cuneo/La Nacion Newspaper (Buenos Aires)
Phoner with Felipe Leon/La Prensa (Buenos Aires)
Phoner with Morris Kachani/VEJA Magazine (Brazil).
Rehearsals at Austin Music Hall.
16 AUGUST 1995
Phoner with Chelo Hinojosa/Stereo 7 Radio (Monterrey, Mexico).
Phoner with Juan Ramon Palacios/Desvelados TV (Monterrey, Mexico).withh Dolores Paillot/Gente Magazine (Buenos Aires)
Phoner with Morris Kachani/VEJI Magazine (Brazil).
Rehearsals at Austin Music Hall. Tickets for show at Austin Music
Hall sell out in 10 minutes.
17 AUGUST 1995
Phoner with Marcel Plasse/Folha de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Phoner with Jose Norberto Flesh/Folha de Tarde (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Phoner with Gabriel Bastos Jr./Estado de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Phoner with Christian Landaeta/Radio Futura (Santiago, Chile).
Phoner with Rafa/Channel 4 Top 30 & Hot Music (Santiago, Chile).
Rehearsals at Austin Music Hall.
18 AUGUST 1995
Phoner with Ayrton Seligman/Jornal da Tarde (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Phoner with Tom Leao/O Globo (Rio, Brazil).
Phoner with Jose Norberto Flesh/Folha de Tarde (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Phoner with Gerardo Sanchez/TV Grama (Santiago, Chile)
Rehearsals at Austin Music Hall.
19 AUGUST 1995
Warm-up show at Austin Music Hall. Considering this is the first gig that
my new band played, I was quite happy with the show. It feels great to be
back on stage. The show was 2 hours, but it felt like only a few minutes.
20 AUGUST 1995
Flight to Los Angeles.
21 AUGUST 1995
Another well-deserved day off!
22 AUGUST 1995
Phoner for The Daily Telegraph (London) with Caspar Smith re: 10th
Anniversary of Live-Aid.
Phoner with Steve Rosen for Player magazine.
23 AUGUST 1995
Flight to Mexico City. When I got through immigration there were
hundreds of fans waiting for me. It was craziness! I could not believe this
was happening. It was my first time in Mexico City and the greeting at the
airport blew me away.
24 AUGUST 1995
Mexico City Press Conference:
Quick photo session with members of the press.
Radio & TV interview with Pablo Flores/D-99.
Radio interview with Poncho Saldana/Stereo 7.
Recorded TV interview with Juan Ramon Palacios/Desvelados.
Radio interview with Inaki Manero/Rock 101.
Live TV interview with Pilar Islas/El Medio Del Espectaculo.
Recorded TV interview with A Primera Hora.
Radio interview with Carlos An Roman/WFM.
Live radio interview with Jose E. Fernandez/Radioactivo.
Radio interview with Jury Tavacoba/Coneccion Acustic Radio.
TV interview with Martha Carrillo/Al Despertar.
TV interview with Jorge Gie/Eco 24 Horas.
TV interview for Punto Por Punto.
I then went back to the hotel for some quick phone interviews and then at
the end of the day I had dinner with the Sony Music Executives from
25 AUGUST 1995
Today I went on a trip to visit the pyramids. This was truly a wonderful
experience. Usually when I m on tour in different countries, I only see the
hotel room and the gig, but this is the first time I ever went sightseeing.
The Pyramids were unbelievable. It was a very magical trip.
TV interview for En Vivo (Host - Ricardo Rocha).
Phoner (with Joe Holmes) with Music Life (Japan).
Phoner with Bounce (Japan).
26 AUGUST 1995Flight to Monterrey, Mexico
Show day at Amphitheatre, Monterrey, Mexico. It s the second show of
the tour with the new band. We re having a little problem with the new
drummer. All he seems to care about is where his limo was and how big
his hotel room is.
27 AUGUST 1995
Flight to Mexico City, Mexico.
28 AUGUST 1995
Show day at Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico. Third show in. The
crowd was amazing. I cannot believe the response. Everyone sings along
29 AUGUST 1995
Flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
30 AUGUST 1995
Still travelling. We arrive in Sao Paulo.
31 AUGUST 1995
I m in shock, I have a day off!!!
1 SEPTEMBER 1995
In-person interview with MTV News at MTV studios.
Interview with Norberto Verca & Laura Kalifornia/Rock & Pop Radio.
Interview with Fernando/Clarin Newspaper.
Photo session with Gene Kirkland.
2 SEPTEMBER 1995
Show day - Monsters Of Rock Festival (60,000 people). It was a fucking
unbelievable show! The crowd was brilliant. It was an almost perfect
night. The band played great, except for the drummer who thinks it s a
one man show. He was still playing when I was trying to talk to the audience
between songs. He s still looking for his limo. That night I chatted on the
Monsters Of Rock Internet Site that was set up by Global Artists. I
phoned my office afterwards and asked to go out and buy me a computer.
I m hooked!
3 SEPTEMBER 1995
4 SEPTEMBER 1995
Interview with Manchete Magazine
Phoner with Tom Leao/Rio Fanzine.
Interview with International Magazine.
Interview with Carlos Oliveira/Eckabe Press Agency.
Interview with Cidade???
5 SEPTEMBER 1995
Visit Corcovado Christ with MTV, Sony and contest winners.
6 SEPTEMBER 1995
Show day at Metropolitan, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Another great gig. The
crowds have all been amazing. Next stop Chile.
7 SEPTEMBER 1995
8 SEPTEMBER 1995
Show day at Estadio Chile, Santiago, Chile. I could honestly say that this
is the wildest crowd I have ever played to in my entire career. They were
physically hanging off the rafters while I was playing. They were brilliant
After the show I met all the Sony/Chile executives back at my hotel.
9 SEPTEMBER 1995
10 SEPTEMBER 1995
Show day at Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Monsters of Rock show. This was another amazing show. This whole
South American trip was a total education to me. I can t wait to go back
soon. I phoned my old drummer, Randy Castillo, today. He told me that
his band project had fallen apart, so I asked him if he wanted to come out
and join us on the tour. I think Limo Man should go get a gig with Jerry
Lewis or something.
11 SEPTEMBER 1995
Interview with Martin Desson & Tony Medley/Loaded Magazine (UK).
Buenos Aires Press Conference (55 radio stations, 25 press people, 7 TV
crews and contest winners).
Interview with Cesar F. Rodriguez/Much Music/Power 30.
Interview with Laura Kalifornia/Rock & Pop Radio.
Interview with Camilo/Music 21.
12 SEPTEMBER 1995
Show day at Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last show of the
tour. The band sounds better every night. Joe s really coming into his
own. Geezer, of course, is brilliant, but Limo Man is still looking for his
limo. I m bumming out that the tour s already over.
13 SEPTEMBER 1995
Flight to Los Angeles.
14 SEPTEMBER 1995
Arrived in Los Angeles.
15 SEPTEMBER 1995
I hate to fire anyone. It s a hard thing to do and I hate to see anyone
without a gig, even Limo Man, but it had to be done. I told Limo Man to
use his return plane ticket to go home.
16 SEPTEMBER 1995
Video shoot for Perry Mason in Van Nuys (Ralph Ziman directing). As
usual, I hate making fucking videos! The Video Director always say that
they need you at 7 in the morning. When you get there they put 10
pounds of shit on your face and then you sit and wait, and wait. I didn t
get back to the hotel until 3 in the morning. I was so pissed off!
17 SEPTEMBER 1995
2nd day of video shoot. Same thing, sitting in the fucking trailer waiting,
and waiting, and waiting. Didn t finish until midnight.
18 SEPTEMBER 1995
Travel to Japan with Joe Holmes for press tour.
19 SEPTEMBER 1995
Still travelling. Arrived in Tokyo today.
20 SEPTEMBER 1995
Interview with Ms. Saegusa for Music Life Magazine.
Interview with Junko Akisawa with TBS TV Pop 10".
Travel to Yokohama.
Interview with Masa Itoh for TVK Bang UP .
Travel back to Tokyo.
21 SEPTEMBER 1995
Interview with Mr. Kouji Kitai for What s In.
Interview for MTV In Control with Makoto Augai
Interview for Rockin F with Mr. Nagaoke.
Interview for J-Wave Prime Sheet for Lucy Kent.
Ozzy Night at Nakano Sun Plaza (Interviewer - Mr. Oyamada).
22 SEPTEMBER 1995
Travel to Osaka
Ozzy Night at MID Theatre.
Travel to Hard Rock Cafe Osaka for meet & greets.
The Japanese people are the most gracious people in the whole world. The
record company and press people really seem to love Joe.
23 SEPTEMBER 1995
Travel back to Tokyo.
24 SEPTEMBER 1995
The wife s coming in to Tokyo today from London.
Press for Sendai (TV purpose).
Press for Sapporo (Radio/TV purpose) with Mr. Wada.
Press for Nagoya (Radio purpose) - Interviewer - Contest Winner.
Press for Fukuoka (Radio/TV purpose) with Mr. Kana Bunya.
Press for Hiroshima (TV purpose) with Captain Nuts.
Travel to Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo.
Dinner with Ozzy at Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo (Presentation of Ozzmosis
drink and gifts).
25 SEPTEMBER 1995
Interview with FM Radio G1 Grouper.. (For radio purpose and
magazine) with Taichi Kokubun.
Interview with Masa Itoh.
Interview for Guitar Magazine with Mariko Kawahara.
Interview for Rockin On with Mr. Suzuki.
Interview with Mega Rock (radio purpose) with Brian Barton Lewis.
Interview at FM Fuji Radio Radio Viking with Cindy Suzuki.
26 SEPTEMBER 1995
Interview with B Z Beat Zone.
Interview and photo session with Mr. Makoto Wada (music critic).
Phoner with In-Rock. Mr. Shibata - Interviewer
Interview and photos with Guitar with Jun Kawai.
What a trip this has been. Everyone seems to love my new album. Can t
wait to come back to Japan to tour in March 96.
27 SEPTEMBER 1995
Flight to Paris for press.
28 SEPTEMBER 1995
Ozzy arrives in Paris.
29 SEPTEMBER 1995
Interview for AFP with Didier Salton
Interview and photos with 13 Magazine with Fred Burlet/Joseph Marie.
30 SEPTEMBER 1995
Day off today. It seems strange to have a day off. My Wife and kids and
my secretary, Kathy Sherry, came to Paris to visit me for the weekend. I
took the kids to the Effiel Tower. We had a great day.
1 OCTOBER 1995
Phoner for Music Review magazine with Allan Sculley.
Phoner for The Chicago Daily Herald with Dan Kening.
Phoner for Worchester Telgram & Gazette with Scott McLellan.
Phoner for Extreme magazine with Mark Bucci.
Phoner for The Island Ear for David Criblez.
2 OCTOBER 1995
Phoner for The New York Post with Lisa Robinson.
Phoner for The East Coast Rocker with Dan Davis.
Phoner for Cover Story with Phillip Zonkel.
3 OCTOBER 1995
Interview with Het Laaste Nieuws (Belgian/Flemish daily) with Luc
Interview with Het Nieuwsblad (Belgian/Flemish daily) with Gert van
Interview with La Derniere Heure (Belgian/French daily) with Luc
Interview and photos for Metal Hammer (Italy) with Carmel Giordano.
Interview with Repubblica Musica (Italy) with Laura Putti.
Interview and photos for Thunder (Italy) with Roberto Gandolfi.
Interview with Onda Caro Radio and Heavy Rock (Spainish network radio
and music magazine) with Mariscal Romero.
Interview for Oor (Dutch).
Interview for Aardschok (Dutch).
Interview and photos for Watt (Dutch)
Interview for Dutch National Radio.
Phoner for Aftonbladet (Swedish) with Ronny Olovsson.
Phoner with BT (Danish) with Henning Hoegh.
Phoner with NTB (Norwegian press agency) with Axel.
4 OCTOBER 1995
Flew to London for the day for English press. This is really sad for me as
I m only in England for the day and I have to do press all day. My son,
Jack, and my dog, Baldrick, came to the hotel and stayed with me all day
while I did interviews.
Interview with John Robinson for NME. Photographer - Martyn
Interview and photos with Ben Thompson for The Independent On
Interview with Johnnie Walker for Radio 1.
Interview for Radio One Rock Show .
Interview with Sylvie Simmons for Kerrang.
I was meant to fly out of London tonight, but I couldn t bear to leave so I
went home to stay the night.
5 OCTOBER 1995
I m really sad today as I had to leave my home and my family to go to
Germany to do more press. It s been a bad day for me because I m so
misarable. What made it worse is that I was interviewed today by this
bitch from hell, who I later found out runs the Black Sabbath fan club in
Germany. She is also a supposed journalist. She was a fucking witch!
So after leaving my family and then being interviewed by this witch, I m
feeling tired. It s the worst day in a long time for me. I d just rather shut
myself in hotel room by myself.
Interview & photos with Rock Hard with Hanno Kress.
Taped radio interview for SWF3 with Jurgen Brendel
Taped radio interview for HR3 with Christoph Habusta.
Interview for Kronenzeitung (Austrian daily) with Alex Haide.
Interview for Kurier (Austrian daily) with Guido Tattarotti.
Interview for Freak (Austrian magazine) with Christian Prenger.
Interview for Core & Fachblatt with Edgar Klusener.
Interview for Rheinpfalz and Breakout with Christian Jotter.
Phoner with Blick (Swiss daily).
Phoner with Nick Joyce (freelance journalist).
Interview for Rock City News with Alexander Gorischek.
Interview for Reflex (Czech) with Richard Unruh.
Interview for Blesk (Czech Weekly) with Honza Rychtsky.
Interview for Mlada Fronta (Czech Daily) with Alex Svamberk.
6 OCTOBER 1995
It s another bad day. I can t seem to face another day of being
interviewed. I m still really bummed out. I don t know how I m going to
get through the day.
Interview and photos for Fairlight (press agency).
Interview and photos for Public Address (press agency).
Interview for Metal Hammer with Jorg Staude.
Filmed interview and guest VJ spot for Viva TV.
Filmed interview for Viva TV Metalla show with Rudiger Henneke.
Viva TV Jam - 1 hour special.
Interview with Steffen Ruth (freelance journalist (Me/Sounds/Wom
Journal, daily press, etc.).
Interview with Visions with Michael Lorent.
7 OCTOBER 1995
Flight to Toronto to start North American tour.
8 OCTOBER 1995
Finally a day off again! I m beginning to feel better. That German bitch
from hell really destroyed my whole European press trip. I now hear she s
sending abusive mail to my office, but enough about that obsessive witch.
9 OCTOBER 1995
Canadian press day at hotel.Everyone from the record company in Canada
has been great.
Interview with Drew Masters for M.E.A.T. Magazine.
Taped radio interview with Q-107 for The Rock Report .
Taped TV interview with Much Music for Power 30".
Phoner with interview with HTZ-FM.
10 OCTOBER 1995
Showday at Warehouse, Toronto, Canada. I m really nervous. It s our
first show of the North American tour. It s been a long while since I ve
toured here. All these thoughts are running through my head. The
demons in my head are starting again. The show was brilliant. Everyone
played their asses of. It was like Randy had never been away. Joe is now
like my right arm and as time goes by we ve really bonded as people. Joe
and I now have a new addiction....COFFEE! Every morning we drink coffee
together and now we ve even been doing it after the show.
After the show we did a record signing at the HMV in Toronto. We stayed
until 3 in the morning, but the store would not stay open any longer and
the band and I were exhausted. The turnout was tremendous. 1,400 people
turned up. I m truly touched that my fans are still there.
11 OCTOBER 1995
Showday at Verdun Auditorium, Montreal, Canada. Another great show.
Afterwards, Joe & I sat up until 4 in the morning having coffee. Earlier in
the day we got a call from Don Law informing us that the show in
Worcester, MA might have to be cancelled, because they found a fault in
12 OCTOBER 1995
Another Canadian press day.
Interview with Kath Thompson for THE BEAR (Ottawa AOR station).
Interview with Serge Trudel for CHOI-FM (Quebec City AOR station).
Interview with John Griffin for The Gazette.
Interview with Alain Brunet for La Presse.
Interview with Patrick Gauthier for Journal de Montreal.
Interview with Laurent Saulinier for Voir.
In-studio interview with Neil Kushner for CHOM-FM (Montreal AOR
In-studio interview with Genevieve Borne for MUSIQUE PLUS (French
MTV). Co-hosted Solid Rock program.
Got the call saying that the gig in Worcester, MA in cancelled for
tomorrow night. The roof is caving in! It s a drag. Just in time for my
phoner with WAAF-FM (Worcester, MA) to inform them of the
cancellation and to let them know we re coming to Worcester January 20
to play the Centrum. We decide to fly to New York tonight as the we
have a show there Saturday. Arrived at 11:30 p.m. I m exhausted!
13 OCTOBER 1995
Tonight was to be the show in Worcester. I m taking the day off.
14 OCTOBER 1995
Showday at Roseland in New York City. I hate these shows where I feel
like I m on trial. I love performing in New York, but I hear everyone for
the record company is coming. All the big suits (executives) from New
York and LA and even the U.K., Australia and Japan are flying in for the
show. Also, lots of press and photographers will be in attendance.
The crowd is amazing tonight. It was a very emotional night for me.
After the show I was asked o drop by the Billboard Monitor Convention.
15 OCTOBER 1995
Phoner with with Ray Koob for the Friday Morning Quarterback.
Interview with Ann Kirk for Noisy Mothers (U.K.).
Show day at the Capitol Ballroom in Washington,
D.C. Same day as that "Million Man March." I
started off my day with a lunch time visit to
Q-104 in New York. Had a great laugh at the
radio station. Those guys up there are a fucking
blast! Later in the afternoon I flew to Washington
for the gig. It was a bad show for me. Early in the set I
started to get bad pain's in my chest. I
couldn't move well and every time I tried to
sing my lungs felt like they were collapsing.
I ended the show early. I apologize to every
one who attended the show and I promise I'll
make it up to you when I come back to D.C. in
'96. After the show I was able to gather up
enough energy for an interview for WIYY-FM.
I flew directly back to new York after the show
so that I could see a doctor first thing in the
TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER
Well, the doctor says that I have bronchitis. He pumped me up with antibiotics and
ordered me to bed. The next two shows in Chicago and Detroit are going to have to be
rescheduled. Unfortunately, they cannot be rescheduled for 6 months so my agents are
going to have to shuffle around some dates. I had about eight phone interviews
scheduled for today that I had to cancel. Sorry everyone!
We have now rescheduled some shows so hopefully everyone's happy. The show in
Chicago will now be on November 3, Detroit is now November 4, but the shows in
Tacoma and Portland will have to be moved to February 22 and February 23.
I can't believe they're making me do these phoners, don't they know I'm sick?
Phoner with G. Brown for THE DENVER POST
Phoner with Adrienne Collier for ROCK THE NATION
Phoner with Russell Trunk for ORBIT MAGAZINE
Phoner with Carolyn Foxx at WHJY-FM in Providence, RI
Phoner with Zena Burns for SPIN MAGAZINE - ONLINE
Phoner with Natasha Stouvall for THE NEW YORK TIMES
Phoner with Kira Bilik for the ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP)
THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER
I'm still sick. I only had one thing on the schedule for today. I filmed some ID's for my
new Web Site which starts in two weeks. I did them with my friend, Jeb Brien, who
directed the intro film that starts my show.
I'm still sick with Bronchitis. I'm stuck in New York today doing phoners all which had been arranged weeks ago and I feel really down and pissed off with myself for not being able to sing.
(Press) Phoner with WTPA-FM
Phoner with WHTF-FM
Phoner with WZXL-FM
Phoner with WRXL-FM
Phoner with WROV-FM
Phoner with WNOR-FM
Phoner with WZZO-FM
Phoner with WKLC-FM
Today I was meant to perform in Houston for KLOL-FMs anniversary show, but I can't sing. The show will go on without me though. There are some really great bands on the bill. I'm coming back to Houston on 7 January at the Summit. Everyone who had a ticket stub from today's show will get a discount for my show in January. All the proceeds from this show will be going to charity.
On top of that, there are no hotel rooms available in New York because of the UN conferences so I'm being thrown out of my hotel.
Traveled to LA today. Flight is long and my chest feels like Ive got a one ton weight resting on it. I hope to get some rest now. I've canceled all of my phone interviews for today and Im going to bed.
I got up at mid-day and went to the doctor. I went right back to the hotel
afterwards. I can't think about anything but sleep right now.
Went to the doctor again this morning. He told me to take a month off. I told him he was out of his mind. No way!
I then left on a flight to Kansas City. Vanessa Warwick from MTV Europe was waiting for me at the gig to interview me and film some of the show for broadcast in Europe this Saturday. The show was not one of my best, but I was there and I gave it all I had. It was good to see the band again as we'd been split up since last week.
After the show I did an in-store at a Best Buy and 1,500 people showed up to meet me. Didn't get to bed until 4:00 a.m.
Traveled to St. Louis to perform tonight at The American Theatre. This show
was originally supposed to be on Monday, but since I was still sick we're making up the show tonight. Its got to be a good show tonight as it's Geezer's hometown. The show went really well. I was feeling better tonight, but I'm still not back to my old self. I still had to cut the show down tonight. After the show we did another in store at Street Side Records. We finished at 3:30 a.m. and Im fucking exhausted.
We flew back to LA today as I'm playing here tomorrow night. Had a late
afternoon appointment with my doctor and he told me the same old
thing...."go home, go to bed, take a month off." Went back to the hotel
Got up late today. I'm feeling really uptight because I don't feel like I'm
at my best and I'm getting frustrated. I got down to the show early to do
sound check. My dear friend, Mike Inez, was there. It was great to see him.
In fact, during the show, Mike came out on stage and threw a bucket of water
into the audience.
After the show I did an interview with MTV and then I went off to do another
midnight in-store at Tower Records on Sunset Blvd. I was there until 3:45
a.m. and I didn't get to bed until 5:00 a.m.
I can't believe it's another day! I don't think I even slept. I flew to
San Diego early in the evening for the show tonight. Great show!
Great crowd! Unfortunately, things got a little out of hand. Most of
the crowd wanted to come up on stage and one thing lead to another. A
couple of fights broke out, no one was too badly hurt. I think a few
bruises and a couple of black eyes were the order of the night.
Flew back to Los Angeles and slept all day. It was heaven!
Flew into Phoenix for the show in Mesa, AZ tonight. My good friend
Steffan Chirazi came to the show and brought another friend,
photographer, Mark Leialoha with him. It was great to see them.
Steffan was there to oversee an interview I was to do with Burton Bell,
the singer from Fear Factory, for a cover story in Kerrang! After the
show I did an on-air interview with KUPD-FM.
Halloween, my favorite day of the year! We flew into Bakersfield during
the day for the show tonight at the Civic Auditorium. Around the middle
of the show I did one of my famous frog leaps. When I landed it felt like
a electrical shock went up my back. I had thrown my back out. Doing the
rest of the show was hell, but I got through it okay.
After the show, Ozzy's back in the hospital for x-rays! The doctor said I
sprained my back. Now I'm getting really pissed. I've always been accident
prone, but this is ridiculous! After I left the hospital I got on a plane
and flew to Seattle with an ice pack on my back.
flew to Seattle to be interviewed by Bob Rivers for his show Bobs Garage
on KISW-FM. Bob has the coolest radio show which he broadcasts from his
garage in his house. Bob's house has the most amazing view of Seattle
from his living room. It felt really great to be in someone's home as I've
only been in hotel rooms lately. I felt like I could've moved right in with
Bob. Afterwards I flew to Chicago.
Got up and saw an acupuncturist who was fantastic. He stuck needles in my
top lip to get rid of pain in my back. Don't laugh, it worked! The guy was
In the early evening we drove to a studio in downtown Chicago to do an
interview with my old friend Redbeard for his syndicated radio program. After
that I returned to the hotel where I had a scheduled chat with fans that was
setup on America Online. I love doing these chats, because I get such a kick
out of it. I could have gone on talking with everyone all night, but they
only gave me a limited amount of time before kicking me off. Thank you to
all the fans and everyone at America Online for setting this up.
It's another show day. But first I have to do a phone interview with a
writer by the name of David Dodd for a book he's writing called "Playing
It's beginning to get cold in Chicago. I'm glad we were able to make up
this show which was originally scheduled on 19 October (another victim of
my bronchitis). The crowd was great tonight. After the show I did a live
interview on WCRX-FM and a quick phoner for a rock and sports radio program
called "Forrell On the Bench." Then it was on to Rolling Stone Records for
another midnight in-store. It was a great turn out despite the cold weather.
I just want to thank everyone who came out in the cold to see me.
We flew into Detroit today for the gig tonight at the State Theatre. Again
this was another make-up show due to my bronchitis. This is also the last
show of the first leg of my American tour. It's kind of sad as it felt like
we were on a roll now. The crowd in Detroit was great, as usual. We're off
to Europe now.
We caught a flight to New York this morning. We'll then change planes for
our flight to London. It will sure feel strange to be home because I haven't
really been there since July.
My kids met me at the airport. It was sure great to see them. It was great
to be home!
I slept very little as I was so excited to be home. I got up early and
played with my dogs. I also rode my motorbike. By early evening my
jetlag had caught up with me and I was fast asleep on the couch in front
of the TV.
Big Breakfast" and we had to be there by 6:30 a.m. I had a real fun time
with my kids. Afterwards the kids went off to school and I was off to do
(Press) Interview for "Hotel Babylon"
Interview at "The Net" Radio 1
Interview with "Soundbites" at Confederate Broadcasting
Pre-recorded "Coca Cola Hit Mix" interview
Tonight I'm throwing a party for my record company and a few radio and TV
producers. About 100 people are coming and I've arranged a huge fireworks
display for everyone. The party was great. Everyone was cool and seemed
to be having a good time. I didn't get to bed until 2:00 a.m.
Today's the first show of my U.K. tour. We're in Ipswich tonight and I must
say I was in shock when I went on stage as the audience sat down in their
seats the entire show. They were so fucking polite! I don't think I've ever
seen such a polite bunch in my life. It was really scary.
At the end of the show Randy was having trouble with his arm. He came home
with me after the show.
We got up early and took Randy to see a doctor. The doctor said he has "Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome," or so you and I can understand, "Tennis Elbow." Randy can't
play tonight's show so we had to cancel our performance in Portsmouth.
Unfortunately, there's no possible way to re-schedule the show as the theatre
is booked up through the end of the year.
I went up to Birmingham, my old hometown, for a day of press today. Of
course when we arrived the sky was gray and it was raining. Just another
typical day in Birmingham!
It was really cool to go back home again. One of the news crew's took me
back to the home where I grew up and to my old school. I even sat down in
my old classroom.
(Press) Pre-recorded interview with "BRMB-FM"
Filmed interview for "BBV-TV Midlands Today"
Pre-recorded interview for "RADIO WM"
We drove up to Wolverhampton for tonight's show. The show was great and
the crowd was unbelievable. Im sure glad they were as it was my old
hometown being that Wolverhampton is so close to Birmingham. They didn't
disappoint me and I love them.
After the show we drove back home. When I go home after a show it actually
feels like I have a proper job, because I'm coming home every night.
Tonight's show is in Nottingham which is always a great gig. Its just a
great city for rock & roll. The band was really on tonight and the crowd
was amazing as usual. Another great gig!
After the show we drove up to Manchester. On the drive the fog was so thick
that the journey took 4 hours. Everyone was shiting themselves the whole way.
(Press) Pre-recorded interview for "BBC Radio Leicester"
No gig today, just press!
(Press) Pre-recorded interview for news program "Granada Tonight"
Pre-recorded interview for "City FM"
Pre-recorded interview for "Crash Radio"
Pre-recorded interview for "Piccadilly Key 103"
My wife spent the entire day with me. It was the first day we had spent
any time together in months and I thought we were set for a romantic evening
together. But it was not meant to be, instead we both just fell asleep.
Tonight's gig is in Sheffield. When we arrived we found that the entire town
was already decorated for Christmas. It was pretty cool.
The show tonight was fantastic! All the shows on this tour are bringing back
great memories for me as these were the same venues I played on some of the
early tours with Randy Rhoads and I haven't done them since 1981. After the
show I did a quick photo shoot for Metal Hammer.
I slept late today, but when I got up I could tell straight away that it was
going to be one of those days. I didn't feel great and nothing seemed to be
going right. I'm really depressed after the show because I felt my voice was
crap tonight. But I tried. I gave it all I had. We drove back home after
(Press) Phone interview with "Rock 'N' Reporter" (Pittsburgh, PA)
for December cover story.
I still don't feel great today, so I went to see my doctor again. He said
the same old line....."Ozzy, take a month off and rest your voice." By
evening I had very little speaking voice left and feared I was going to have
to pull tomorrow nights show.
I have to cancel tonights show in Newport. We were able to re-schedule it
on 20 December. I'm very depressed.
Later in the evening I did a phone interview with KISS-FM in San Antonio, TX.
They were having their "15th Annual Holiday Food Drive" and they asked me to
call in to help encourage the listeners to donate food. I got into the spirit
and ended up throwing in a few dollars myself to help out. It put me in a
FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER 1995
Next stop Brussels. I ve always found this to be a weird place, but I could neverquite make out why. I don t really like the venue. I ve been playing it for years, but I never feltcomfortable here. As it happens this was one of the best shows of the tour thusfar. The band was on tonight and I had a great time.I flew home to England after the show with the whole band.(Press)4:15 p.m. Phone interview for Blick Magazine (Hungary)
SATURDAY, 2 DECEMBER 1995
I spent the day at home walking through the forest with my dogs.
SUNDAY, 3 DECEMBER 1995
Oh shit! It s my birthday. The kids woke me up early with my presents andcards. In fact, it was still dark outside, that s how early it was! I would like tothank all of you for all the great birthday cards I received this year. I was reallytouched by all of them. It means a lot to me.The band are coming over to the house this evening for a birthday party that mywife arranged. They all got together and had a solid gold thumb ring made for mybirthday. It is now my new favorite piece of jewelry. It was a great birthday justspending it will all my family and friends.
MONDAY, 4 DECEMBER 1995
I woke early to leave for a gig in Bonn, Germany. I have a wicked pain in mychest and I can t seem to take in enough air to fill my lungs. We called a doctorto the house and he tells me I ve got bronchitis again! So he shoots me full ofantibiotics and B-12 and orders me back to bed. I feel bad about canceling theshow, but my agent is able to reschedule it at the end of the tour.
TUESDAY, 5 DECEMBER 1995
The doctor was back again this morning to check up on me. I still feel like shit! He tells me it s not helping me that I smoke 60 cigarettes a day. I did manage todo a couple of phone interviews and then moped around the house all day.(Press)11:00 p.m. Phone interview with WAXQ-FM (New York) 11:15 p.m. Phone interview with Nashville Radio Station.
WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER 1995
Left for Hannover, Germany around noon. When I arrived I went straight to thehotel for a radio interview. VIVA-TV are filming the show tonight for an hour-longspecial.It s good to be back with the guys again. I had some sound problems on stagetonight. I couldn t hear anything the band were playing, but I sure heard theaudience. They were phenomenal!(Press) 5:00 p.m. In-person interview with Energy Sachsen (Radio) Interviewer: Jorg Schulz
THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER 1995
Still in Germany. We re playing the Stadhalle in Offenbach tonight. By this timeof the tour, I m dreaming of sunshine. It s fucking freezing wherever I go! Hadinterviews, a press conference and a photo session scheduled upon my arrival.Joe played amazingly tonight. He s so cool. His technique just blows me awayand I m really happy with the reaction he s been receiving so far in Europe.(Press) 4:30 p.m. Phone interview for Pandemonium Magazine (U.S. monthly) Interviewer: Ray Woods 5:00 p.m. TV interview for AFN TV Interviewer: Rick Brown/Sgt. Larson 5:30 p.m. Round table Press Conference Interviewers: Arno Grettragor ( Totentanz ) Thomas Christ ( AZ) Olaf Korting ( Lahn Dill Kreis & 9 daily papers) 6:00 p.m. Photo Session for Fair Light Media-Pool Photographer: Dirk Lehberger
FRIDAY, 8 DECEMBER 1995
Today we travel to Prague. I m really looking forward to this weekend s shows inPrague. I ve never played here before, but have heard only great things about thecity and the crowds. The architecture here is just incredible and I can t wait to gowalk around the city tomorrow to check it out. But first things first, they vescheduled another press conference upon my arrival here.I have lots of friends flying into Prague for the weekend. My son, Jack; my friend,Stephen Rea from Belfast; my friend and booking agent, Rod MacSween; my longtime family friend, Lynn Seager; my naughty, tequila swigging and chain-smokingsecretary, Kathy Sherry; Jonathan Newman, my accountant s son who alsohappens to be a shit-hot guitar player; Vanessa Warwick from MTV Europe andLisa Bramley from Sony U.K. who, by the way, tells the filthiest and funniestjokes. So you can imagine that everyone here is ready to party in Prague.(Press) 5:00 p.m. Press Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel. *Cable Plus *TV Max *Studio 6 *CT1 News *TV Nova News *Slovak TV *TV Premiera 6:30 p.m. In-person interview and photo session for Reflex Magazine for 4 page cover story. Interviewer: Josef Rauvolf 6:50 p.m. Interview for Premiera TV 7:10 p.m. Interview with Bang & Spark Magazine 7:30 p.m. Interview for Stereo & Video Magazine and Tyden Magazine 7:50 p.m. Interview with Playboy Magazine (Czech version) Interviewer: Milos Skalka/Melodie 8:10 p.m. Interview for Mlday Svet Interviewer: Roman Lipeik
SATURDAY, 9 DECEMBER 1995
I was meant to go around the city with Vanessa from MTV today, but it s snowingso we re putting it off until tomorrow. I know everybody s walking round withsore heads today as they were all out partying last night. Jack and I are the oneswho feel good today.Went down to the gig early today as I wanted to check it out. The atmospherebackstage is just great. Everybody is in great spirits despite not havingrecovered from last night s fun. All 12,000 seats for the show are sold out. Thegig was fantastic!
SUNDAY, 10 DECEMBER 1995
I can t wait for the gig tonight. I spent the afternoon going around Prague withJack and Vanessa and the MTV film crew. It s really an incredible city, especiallythis time of year. Everything is Christmasy. We went to some fantastic church s. We also did a little shopping. I m really sad that the rest of my family couldn t behere, but my daughter, Aimee, has really bad bronchitis so they had to stay athome. Another great show! The crowds here are really enthusiastic. It s been so greatto be received so well in a country that I ve never performed in before. I mlooking forward to coming back in the summer of 96.(Press) 4:00 p.m. In-person interview for Antena 3" and Blitz Weekly Interviewer: Antonio Fretias 4:20 p.m. Photo session for Reflex Magazine (cover story)
MONDAY, 11 DECEMBER 1995
I m sad today because Jack has to go home. The weekend of fun is over and allmy friends are going home. Now I m off to Zurich, Switzerland. It s a day off, but,as usual, a full day of press was scheduled for me.(Press) 4:00 p.m. Interview with Radio DRS 3" (German speaking national radio) Interviewer: Mathias Erb 5:00 p.m. In-person for Ernst Of Tages Anzeiger (Major Daily, Switzerland) Interviewer: Lukas Ruettimann10:30 p.m. Phone interview with WRKR-FM (Kalamazoo, MI) Interviewer: Tom Hill10:40 p.m. Phone interview with WKLQ-FM (Grand Rapids, MI) Interviewer: Aris10:50 p.m. Phone interview with WTUE-FM (Dayton, OH) Interviewer: John Beaulieu11:00 p.m. Phone interview with K-ROCK (Syracuse, NY) Interviewer: Dirty Daren11:10 p.m. Phone interview with WRKT-FM (Erie, PA) Interviewer: The Boomer
TUESDAY, 12 DECEMBER 1995
My hotel room is freezing! I can t wait to get down to the venue to get warm. Well, the gig had its moments, that s all I can say. Done better, done worse. Because I wasn t feeling well and the bad weather, the meet & greet after theshow was canceled. Everyone s going to be snowed in if they stay any longeranyway.(Press)Soundcheck: Recorded video message for Lemmy s (Motorhead) 50th birthday bash in LA.Soundcheck: Introduced songs and Q&A for F Magazine CD
WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER 1995
I flew into Munich, Germany today. After last night s show in Zurich I wasexamined by a doctor who told me that I was suffering from extreme exhaustion,fatigue and some mild flu symptoms. He advised me that I should take a coupleof days off so tonight s gig was canceled.
THURSDAY, 14 DECEMBER 1995
Can t seem to think of anything but Christmas now. Flew into Munich, Germanyand went straight into a full schedule of press. After I finished doing press I wentto Chinese restaurant, drank three bottles of Saki, got loaded, then went to a stripbar, got into a fight, broke a table over a bouncers head before I got thrown out. Then I went back to my hotel and trashed my room. Actually this was only adream. Actually I went to bed with a cup of tea after my last interview, but I thinkmy dreams are a lot more exciting than the real thing.(Press) 5:00 p.m. Phone interview for Rolling Stone Interview: Anthony Bozza 5:30 p.m. In-person interview with Eva Boubek-Louis/Radio freelancer 5:50 p.m. In-person interview with Andreas Dietrich/Radio freelancer 6:10 p.m. Phone interview with Rock Inform Magazine (Monthly, Hungary) Interviewer: Sandor 6:25 p.m. Phone interview with Live (Monthly, Greater Erie, PA) Interviewer: Rich Peterman 6:40 p.m. Round Table Press Conference *Ralf Buxa (Troubadix) *Horst Odermann (Heavy Oder Was) *Margot Schichtl (Logo City News) *Martin Rompp (Heavy Oder Was) 7:10 p.m. Photo session for Bravo Photographer: Dirk
FRIDAY, 15 DECEMBER 1995
Slept late today. Did my usual two hour workout and then went to the gig. I havea reformed band out of the road this time. Randy spends his days off sightseeingand taking photos and Joe has a guitar welded around his neck. He s never everwithout his guitar. He can usually be found roaming the hotel hallways playinghis unplugged electric guitar. Geezer, of course, spends every spare minutesleeping. Geezer is known on the road as Rip Van Winkle. So between all of us,I think we re a bunch of pussy s. My daughter, Aimee, is here tonight and I m doing the show for her. I was reallyinto the show tonight. Another memorable gig!
SATURDAY, 16 DECEMBER 1995
The family flew with me to Milan today. We all had a great time on the planetogether. The pilot let Jack up in the cockpit for the take-off and landing. Another big gig tonight, 8,000 people and it s sold out! Show time....walking tothe gig smells like a fucking Italian restaurant. All I can smell is garlic bread. Thecrowd are really rowdy tonight, but I m pissed off. I m on stage for the first 10minutes and the crowd is going crazy when all of a sudden I get hit with a coin onmy right cheekbone. Five minutes later I get hit with a battery right in my lip. Now I m fuckin fuming!! Alright, joke s over. I m hit by another fucking coin laterin the show and it cuts my hand. Now I want to fucking hit somebody. Joe snow doing his guitar solo and I m offstage in my quick change room. Sharon isin there with the doctor. I kicked them both out and told them to fuck off! There sblood coming from my hand and lip. I want to pummel the bastard that s done it! After the show I m in big time trouble. Sharon left the venue after I threw her outof my quick change room. I m now in for trouble when I go back to the hotel. I llhave to do a lot of groveling. As I m leaving the venue the promoter tells me howmuch the crowd loved me. Well, if this is love, then I don t even want to thinkwhat would ve happened if they hated me.
SUNDAY, 17 DECEMBER 1995
Took the family to the cathedral in Milan today. We also did some Christmasshopping. I m still not feeling that great about being in Italy after last nightsshow. This weekend had been planned for a long while with my family. If theyhadn t been here with me then I think I would have gotten the hell out of thecountry after the show last night.
MONDAY, 18 DECEMBER 1995
Back in Germany again. I arrived into Essen and went straight to the venue as Ihad a TV interview scheduled at soundcheck. It s really odd touring Europe dayto day. I m country hopping, but it s always good to be back in Germany.The show was smokin !!! After the show we celebrated Randy s birthday. Ofcourse we had the mandatory cake in the face. During the show tonight I think Igot him in the face with about four buckets of cold water as well. (Press)Soundcheck: In-person interview for RTL TV (National TV, Germany)12:00 a.m. Phone interview with WXLP-FM (Moline, IL) Interviewer: Steve Gunner12:30 a.m. Phone interview with KEZO-FM (Omaha, NE) Interviewer: Barb Ilcuns
TUESDAY, 19 DECEMBER 1995
I m getting really excited now. I m going home for Christmas. I m afraid when I mlooking forward to going home the shows tend to go faster and get shorter. Theshow tonight was really quick. I couldn t help it, I was singing double speed.
WEDNESDAY, 20 DECEMBER 1995
This is very exciting! We re in Bonn, Germany tonight and this is the last date ofthe European tour. I m so fucking happy, I can t shit!! It s an early show tonight. We had a great pre-Christmas dinner with the band and crew before the show. We all exchanged gifts. As it happens the show was really a blast as everyonewas in a great mood because we re going home!
THURSDAY, 21 DECEMBER 1995
I arrived home in England during the early morning hours today. All theChristmas decorations are out. Slept all day on the couch until the early evening. Then I got up and ate and fell asleep again. It s great to be home!
FRIDAY, 22 DECEMBER 1995
Today Jack and I went into London to do some Christmas shopping. It was atotal nightmare with all the traffic and all the people.
SATURDAY, 23 DECEMBER 1995
Had to get up early today for a video shoot. We re doing a video for See You On
The Other Side. The concept for the video has now changed three times. It s
been very difficult to tie this one down. The concept basically is me doing the
performance with a little bit of concept, which is meant to be thought s going
through my head.
Typical video shoot. They get you there at 7 in the morning and then they don t
use you until 7 in the evening. I arrived at 7:00 a.m. ready for makeup. The
makeup girl tells me that I can t smoke near her as she suffers from asthma. The
only reason I wanted to smoke anyway was to stay awake. Meanwhile she
finishes my makeup and then lights up a fucking big Marlboro! Now I m really
Everybody on the video shoot is sick. Everyone has got a cold or a cough and
I m walking around with a Michael Jackson mask (panty liner) on so that I don t
get any germs. Get this, my cameraman who s meant to be the second coming of
Christ (he s supposed to the best) has a accident on the set, so we end up with
some goofball behind the camera now. Now I m shitting because I think I m
going to end up looking like Roseanne in this video.
By early evening I m really paranoid now. People are going down like flies with
the flu, so I decide to throw an Ozzy wobbler. I tell the director that they only
have me for one more hour and then I m leaving. Actually, I ended up staying 3
SUNDAY, 24 DECEMBER 1995
It s Christmas Eve and the house is full of excitement. We have our friend, Jeb
Brien, who directs some of my videos, with his little girls, Carly and Katie staying
with us. Jack also had two of his friends over, so the house is full of activity.
Sharon and I have been busy wrapping gifts all day. It s really nice and cold and
feeling very Christmasy. We went out for a late dinner and then went to midnight
mass at our local church.
MONDAY, 25 DECEMBER 1995
The children woke us up at 6:30 in the morning asking if they could go down and
open their gifts. Out comes the old video camera and we spent the next hour
opening gifts. We hired a couple of chefs to come in and cook us Christmas
lunch today. They made us a great big breakfast and then we all went for a walk
with the dogs in the forest. We invited some friends over, all in all, we had 17 of
us over at the house for lunch. We ate and had fun all day. By 9:00 p.m. we were
all ready for bed.
TUESDAY, 26 DECEMBER 1995
I didn t wake until lunch time and then out comes those dreadful suitcases. It s
time to pack to leave again. Every time my dog sees the suitcases he knows I m
leaving, so he s not talking to me today. He s pissed off with me. It was a lazy
day otherwise, I spent the rest of the day sleeping.
WEDNESDAY, 27 DECEMBER 1995
We caught an early flight to Denver, Colorado today. The whole family is coming
with me. We left the house early in the morning with 30 suitcases. It s a
nightmare when we all travel together.
It was a long flight. We traveled for almost 13 hours, but we got there finally and
THURSDAY, 28 DECEMBER 1995
We hate the hotel, we re moving! It s like sleeping in the middle of a freeway, so
myself, Sharon, the kids, my assistant, Tony and 30 suitcases are moving.
5:30 p.m. Phone interview with KILO-FM (Colorado Springs)
Interviewer: Gary Wolfe
5:45 p.m. Phone interview with KRFX-FM (Denver)
Interviewer: Alan Roach
FRIDAY, 29 DECEMBER 1995
I woke up and my chest doesn t feel so great. Jack has now got a cold. I called
my old friend from Denver, Dr. Buzz, to come over to see me at the hotel. He says
my chest doesn t sound too good and he wants me to have a X-Ray. Jack and I
went out and played in the snow later in the day.
In the evening we went to see a movie with the kids. It s about time to play a gig.
I miss the band.
SATURDAY, 30 DECEMBER 1995
The band flew into Denver today. I m really looking forward to spending time with
them. I m taking my inhalants for my chest, so I did a lot of sleeping today.
SUNDAY, 31 DECEMBER 1995
I m really excited about the show tonight. I got up early, I m too excited to sleep.
I want to get down to the gig!
It s exciting to start the year off with a new tour. The show was great, I feel
blessed that I m starting my 1996 off on stage doing what I love best in the world
and getting paid for it! I couldn t have thought of a better way to bring in the new
year. My band was great and the audience was great. I m the luckiest man alive
and I appreciate every fucking moment of it. Happy New Year to everyone!
After the show everyone went to a party at my dear friend, Barry Fey s, house.
He was the first promoter I ever worked for in America. We had a wonderful time.
It was the perfect end to my day.
MONDAY, 1 JANUARY 1996
Slept most of the day. My kids and my wife are leaving for Vail today to go
skiing. I m backing out on the trip. My chest isn t feeling too good. This is it. I
can t take the colds and the bronchitis anymore. The cigarettes have got to go.
This is my New Years resolution. I m a 3 pack a day man and I m flushing them
down the toilet. If I see one more fucking doctor, I m going to hang myself.
TUESDAY, 2 JANUARY 1996
I m climbing the fucking walls for a cigarette. This is harder than I thought it was
going to be, but I won t give in. I m staying in my room as much as I can,
because if I go out and see people smoking it s going to drive me nuts.
5:00 p.m. Phone interview with the San Antonio News Express
Interviewer: Jim Beal
WEDNESDAY, 3 JANUARY 1996
The kids and my wife arrived back from Vail this morning. We re all leaving for
Dallas today. I sat for 4 hours on the plane with Nicoderm patches all over my
face. This is no fucking joke now! It s the toughest thing I ve ever done. I was
biting my pillow because I wanted to smoke so bad.
Unbeknowst to me, there are two women sitting behind me on the plane who kept
talking about me the entire flight. My kids overheard them and got pissed off.
They found out where one of their coats were hanging and put their dinner in her
coat pocket. Shrimp tails, chicken bones, some half eaten mashed potatoes and
peas all went in the coat pocket.
THURSDAY, 4 JANUARY 1996
I got down to the gig early because I wanted to watch LIFE OF AGONY and KORN.
They are both really great bands and a great bunch of guys too. There s a great
vibe backstage. Everyone is getting along great. Great crowd and a great show
tonight. I m on lucky son-of-a-bitch!
FRIDAY, 5 JANUARY 1996
The wife and kids left today to go back home to England. There were lots of
tears. I m really climbing the walls for a cigarette. This has been harder for me
than coming off the drugs and the booze.
4:30 p.m. Phone interview with KISS-FM (San Antonio)
Contact: Tom Scheppke
5:00 p.m. Phone interview with KMJX-FM (Little Rock)
Contact: Tom Wood
SATURDAY, 6 JANUARY 1996
San Antonio today. A plaque was given to me by KISS-FM for donating money to
a local food bank during the Thanksgiving holiday, which apparantly inspired
others to donate as well. The radio station collected so much money that it took
them through the Christmas holiday. It made me feel great.
Jonathan, the singer from KORN, is really cool. In fact I went out in the audience
tonight and watched some of their set. Right now I m one happy motherfucker!
SUNDAY, 7 JANUARY 1996
Seven days without a cigarette. This is the longest I ve ever gone without a
cigarette in my life. I can t believe it! No more nicotine on my fingers, no more
smelling like an ashtray. Joe and I spent the afternoon writing today. He s
coming up with some brilliant new riffs. Can t wait to go into the studio with him.
The show was really happening tonight. It was really jelling great and the band
was having a great time. It was another great gig.
MONDAY, 8 JANUARY 1996
Day 8 and still not smoking. I was going to make a surprise visit to KLOL in
Houston today, so myself, Tony and Epic Records Rep, Gayle Miller, got a taxi
from the hotel. On the way to the station we were rear-ended on the freeway. It
was actually a 3 car collision. I cannot believe my luck. The 3 of us were thrown
forward in the car and all of us ended up with some wicked whiplash. I m
definitely accident prone. If there were 100 people in the street and a flock of
birds flew over, the shit would land on me. Later in the evening I made what I
think was my eleventh appearance on the syndicated radio program Rockline.
10:30 p.m. Rockline Broadcast
TUESDAY, 9 JANUARY 1996
There s no fucking way I ll be head banging tonight. I can t move my body. I feel
so fucking sore all over. I have to keep laughing because I can t believe my luck.
It gets to the point where you think that nothing else can happen, but it usually
We had to cancel the show tonight in Little Rock. We re going to try to
reschedule it for sometime in April.
THURSDAY, 11 JANUARY 1996
Eleven days of not smoking and I ve gained eleven pounds. When normally I d
pick up a cigarette, now I pick up food. On a good day I d smoke 60-80
cigarettes, but I m not going to smoke. I m determined!!!
We had some sad news today. Geezer is getting really homesick and my tour is
scheduled to run for a year. He knows he can t last out so I ve asked Mike Inez,
to come in at the end of the month. It will be great to see Mike, but I m so very
sad to see Geezer go. In fact, the closer it gets to the end of the month, the
sadder I ll be. I spent most of the day in my room watching TV.
7:00 p.m. Phone with KRZR-FM (Fresno) to announce my February 27 date
which goes on sale tomorrow morning.
DJ: Don De La Cruz
FRIDAY, 12 JANUARY 1996
We re in Lexington, Kentucky tonight. Another great show. One of the best
shows we re done in weeks. Everything was perfect.
3:00 p.m. Phone interview with KOMP-FM (Las Vegas) to promote March 3
show in Las Vegas.
DJ: Mike Kalada
SATURDAY, 13 JANUARY 1996
Thirteen days without a cigarette and I m thirteen pounds heavier. I stayed in my
room and read all day. I also did a little painting.
SUNDAY, 14 JANUARY 1996
Dayton, Ohio tonight. It was a terrific show. Unbelievable!! I really enjoyed
myself tonight and the audience were fucking nuts!
MONDAY, 15 JANUARY 1996
Day off. I slept most of the day. I got up late in the afternoon. I can t watch TV
because if I see anyone smoking I m going to go fucking crazy. I don t want to go
out, I don t want to do anything. I m just dreaming about cigarettes.
TUESDAY, 16 JANUARY 1996
Everyone on tour is getting on so well. It s a very comfortable situation
backstage. LIFE OF AGONY and KORN are all really cool. It s like we re all one
big family now.
The show tonight was good, not great. Every time I looked out at the audience
everyone looked like a cigarette to me. Just joking!
3:00 p.m. Phone interview with WKGB-FM (Binghamton, NY)
DJ: Scott Wells
3:15 p.m. Phone interview with WAAL-FM (Binghamton, NY)
DJ: Rick Kelly
WEDNESDAY, 17 JANUARY 1996
Traveled to New York City. Ah! the smell of New York is wonderful. Sharon is
flying in from England tonight to be with me.
THURSDAY, 18 JANUARY 1996
Oh shit, tonight s the big Meadowlands show. Everyone from my record
company and loads of my friends will be coming down tonight. Found out today
we re not using the video for See You On The Other Side that I shot in England
before Christmas. We re flushing it down the toilet.
FRIDAY, 19 JANUARY 1996
The show was great last night. The crowd was fucking unbelievable. I fucking
love New York!! I spent most of the day with my friends from Japan shooting a
piece for Japanese television.
12:00 p.m. Phone interview with the Albany Times Union
Interviewer: Greg Haymes
4:20 p.m. Phone interview with WHJY-FM
DJ: Carolyn Fox
4:30 p.m. Phone interview with WHCN-FM
DJ: Concert Kid
4:40 p.m. Phone interview with WCCC-FM
4:50 p.m. Phone interview with WPLR-FM
DJ: Mike Lapitino
5:00 p.m. Filming for Japanese TV show at hotel
6:00 p.m. Phone interview with Reuters Wire Service
Interviewer: Dean Goodman
6:30 p.m. Phone interview with Gannett New Service
Interviewer: Rex Rutkoski
SATURDAY, 20 JANUARY 1996
We played it in the round tonight at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts. It
was really different for me, but I loved every minute of it and the crowd loved
every minute of it.
11:00 p.m. Short in-person interview for TV program Deco Drive
(Entertainment Magazine) for feature story on Rock & Wrap It Up .
SUNDAY, 21 JANUARY 1996
New Haven tonight. Got on the plane early to do a quick radio interview at a club
called the Sports Haven. I did a 2 minute radio interview from the Sports Haven
and then did a quick meet and greet. I felt really bummed because there were a
lot of fans there to meet me, but I was whisked from one location to another and
didn t get a chance to talk to any of the fans.
My good friend, Ron Delsener, is the promoter for my show tonight. So we hung
out before the show. Whenever we get together we re the two biggest
hypochondriac s we know. We like to spend hours complaining how sick we
both are (not!).
Somebody from the crowd crashed through my quick change tent tonight. I think
he thought it was a solid object and not just a few curtains. He came flying
through the roof and ended up with a steam machine up his asshole.
It s no fun when the security guys are wearing plastic raincoats. I ve now got to
think of something else to get them with.
MONDAY, 22 JANUARY 1996
Day off in New York. I ve got a meet and greet scheduled today. Some kids are
coming from Philadelphia to meet me at my hotel. Read my review from the New
York show in today s New York Times. It was a good review, but the writer said
that I was fat. It s now 3 weeks today since I stopped smoking. My options are
either to go back to smoking or end up like Meatloaf. Which one should I choose.
6:00 p.m. Meet & greet with WYSP-FM (Philadelphia) contest winners.
7:00 p.m. Phone interview with Syracuse Post Standard & Herald Journal)
Interviewer: Mark Bilaczak
TUESDAY, 23 JANUARY 1996
I flew into Philadelphia during the afternoon with Sharon, Tony, Epic Records
Rep, Gayle Miller and Video Director, Nigel Dick. My good friends, Steve and
Nancy Barnett, were waiting for me (Steve manages AC/DC) as it's their
hometown. We had a great chat before the show. I had such a great laugh on
stage tonight. For some reason, and I don't know why, girls were throwing
their brassiere's at me tonight. The girls in Philly have awfully big tits
(of course I'm complaining). It might have something to do with those great
big Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches they eat here.
After the show I did a meet and greet with WPYX-FM. I saw over 100 people.
The whole night was great. On the way back to New York on the plane
everyone was eating those Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches. As I don't eat red
meat, I ate a bunch of grapes. I'm sitting there watching those gutsy
bastards pounding down those big steak sandwiches. When I got back to the
hotel room I was still wired and shaken from the show so I didn't get to bed
until 5:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, 24 JANUARY 1996
I had only one interview scheduled this afternoon. Afterwards I was to be at
the Sony Music building for 6:00 p.m. to presented with my platinum album for
"OZZMOSIS." Sony has the most incredible building. On the top floor they
have the Sony Club where they serve the best food. All my friends from the
company were there waiting for me when I arrived. It was a really great
evening. Very informal, very comfortable. After 16 years here, my record
company are definite like my extended family.
My platinum disc consisted of a giant cover of the album (it must be 3 feet
tall) and on the album cover the platinum disc was set in palm of my hand
like I was holding it. They couldn't have thought of a nicer way to present
me with my platinum album. The whole evening was perfect. At the end of the
night I was walked back to the hotel with my platinum album under my arm. I
would like to thank all of my family from Sony and, of course, without all of
my fans this disc would never have been possible. Now I'm getting emotional.
Alright, enough of this shit. I'm going to bed.
4:00 p.m. Interview for "Seconds Magazine" for major feature.
Interviewer: Steve Blush
THURSDAY, 25 JANUARY 1996
Bummer, bad day. Syracuse is freezing, the gig is freezing and Geezer is
leaving the tour today. All in all, it's a shitty day. Through the entire
show everyone was freezing up on stage. See, as we were playing, the opening
band, Korn, were loading out their equipment through the doors directly
behind the stage. So it was unbelievably cold on stage and everyone was
bumming out because it was Geezer's last show with us. I'd like to apologize
to the fans who bought tickets and came to the show in Syracuse, because the
whole band was down and miserable. I really hope it didn't show that much on
stage. But instinctively it did.
After the show we all hugged Geezer goodbye. I wish my friend much peace,
love and happiness and I'm sure he knows he could never be replaced. The
position will just be filled. I love you Geezer.
6:00 p.m. Interview with Z-Rock (Syracuse, NY) at venue.
FRIDAY, 26 JANUARY 1996
Today I'm re-shooting my video for "See You On The Other Side" with video
director, Nigel Dick. We're shooting it at Sony Studios in New York. I'm
back in video hell!!
Mike Inez arrived today and is rehearsing with the band in the studio next to
where we're filming the video. It's great to see him and I'm looking forward
to spending some time on the road with him. In fact, it feels like he's
never been away. I know how lucky I am to have a group of friends who are
great musicians around me who just seem to drop into my life. I'd like to
thank Alice In Chains and Susan Silver for letting me borrow Mike for the
next couple of months. I promise to send him back in the same condition I
The video shoot finished at around at 1:00 p.m. I had a good time doing it,
although every time I see myself on the monitor I wanted to puke, because as
of today I've put on 26 lbs.
SATURDAY, 27 JANUARY 1996
I didn't sleep much last night. I was debating all night. My dilemma,
cigarettes or the weight. Should I or shouldn't I. I even rolled a
cigarette at one stage, but I didn't smoke it. Sharon left for England
today. Every time she leaves it gets really quiet around here. The phone
stops ringing and the room seems very quiet.
I forget to tell you yesterday that Joe got a new haircut. He looks like
Pipi Longstocking now. The first show with Mike was unbelievable. He was
all over the stage. It seemed like we were having a party on stage.
3:00 p.m. Phoner with WPYX-FM (ALBANY) to promote tonight's show.
SUNDAY, 28 JANUARY 1996
Stayed at the hotel and slept. I did one interview and them went back to bed
as I have to get up at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow to do the Howard Stern show.
4:00 p.m. In-person interview for syndicated radio program "Up Close" (180
stations around the U.S.).
Interviewer: Dan Neer
MONDAY, 29 JANUARY 1996
I got up at 6:00 a.m. ready to go hang with Howard Stern. I had such a great
time with him that I kept forgetting that it was a radio show. I felt
totally at home. It was like having breakfast with a friend or something. I
just never shut the fuck up. I had verbal diarrhea this morning. Howard is
the coolest. It must be 8 years since I've done an interview with Howard. I
forgot how cool he really is. Why am I talking shit? I was probably so
stoned back then I couldn't remember much of it anyway. Afterwards I went back to the
hotel to do a phone interview and then I'm leaving for Rochester this
7:00 a.m. Howard Stern Radio Show.
3:00 p.m. Phoner with WTPA-FM (HERSHEY) to promote tomorrow nights show and
to ask fans coming to the show to bring clothes, blankets, food, etc. for
disaster victims in Harrisburg, PA.
DJ: Chris James
6:00 p.m. Live radio interview with WCMF-FM (Rochester, NY) at venue.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 1996
Today I have two phone interviews with radio stations in Phoenix, AZ. I Left
New York late this afternoon for Hershey, PA. We were running a fundraising
contest with WTPA-FM to raise money for the victims of the flood disaster in
Pennsylvania. The winner will get tickets and backstage passes to my show
tonight and will get to come on stage with me for one song. A listener by
the name of Eddie Bower phoned in and donated $1,800.00. God bless Eddie
Bower. He was a cool guy!
I decided to target Randy with my water gun tonight. When the band went into
"Crazy Train" I turned and sprayed Randy and knocked him right off his drum
stool. We must have missed half the song as we were all laughing so hard
when Randy was trying to get to his feet and he just kept slipping and
The set's getting much tighter now with this only being Mike's 3rd show with
us. My God....what a rock stud he's become. His side of the stage is
littered with Wonderbra's and all I get are a couple of pairs of old socks
and the occasional boot. After the show I did a meet and great with some
contest winners and then flew back to New York.
3:00 p.m. Phoner with KUPD-FM (Phoenix).
DJ: J.J. Jeffries
3:15 p.m. Phoner with KLPX-FM (Tucson)
DJ: Alex T
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 1996
A complete day off! I worked on some new sketch's today and then rode my
exercise bike for a couple of hours before I went back and did some more
sketching. I also started hand painting a new pair of boots. I hate wearing
new boots. I always feel like a right dickhead when I'm wearing a pair of
stiff clean boots.
It was a really good day for me. The phone never rang once. I was in my own
world all day.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 1996
Did some phone interviews around lunch time. This is my big move day. I've
been based out of New York for the past two weeks and now I'm moving on.
It's a nightmare to pack because when I'm out on the road for so long I
travel with around 15 suitcases.
I arrived in Cleveland just before soundcheck. I'm really looking forward to
tonight's show as I always like playing in Cleveland. I sang like a fucking
idiot tonight. I've still got loads of snot coming out from my chest.
Everyone tells me that when you give up smoking that loads of snot just
starts coming up from your chest for months. Every time I scream on stage or
use a lot of pressure on my throat, I choke on my own snot. I hope you are
all throwing up now, `cos I am.
12:30 p.m. Phoner with "WIOT-FM" (Toledo, OH)
DJ: Dave Doran
12:45 p.m. Phoner with "WBUZ-FM" (Toledo, OH)
DJ: Mike Davis
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 1996
My first phone interview of the day was for "Tower Pulse" magazine. I was
interviewed by Pete Steele from Type O Negative. Pete seems like a really
cool guy. He asked me some interesting questions. I'm looking forward to
meeting him someday. My second phoner was with Fred Shuster from the "LA
I'll now be basing myself out of Michigan for the next 9 days, but tonight's
show is in Toledo. It's really cold here! I watched the Deftones for the
first time tonight. Very interesting! They have the same vibe as Korn, but
the lucky fuckers are signed to Madonna's label. They seem like the vogueing
type to me.
Joe is finally retaliating. He got me with a bucket of water on stage
tonight so I told him "If you want to fuck with the Oz...you'd better
beware!" So I waited until the timing was right. Joe was in the middle of
his guitar solo in "Suicide Solution" and he was busy posing on top of the
video cubes. Throwing some wicked shapes. When you least expect
it......expect it! I got Joe with the gun. It must have went on for about
five minutes. I LOVE MY GUN! NOBODY FUCKS WITH THE OZ!!!
2:00 p.m. Phone interview for "Tower Pulse" magazine.
Interviewer: Pete Steele (of Type O Negative)
3:00 p.m. Phone interview for "Los Angeles Daily News".
Interviewer: Fred Schuster
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 1996
Day off. I slept until late afternoon. I'm actually venturing out of the
hotel today. I went to see Nicholas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas." He was
absolutely brilliant in the lead role. He's my new hero. The movie is real
depressing though. I was nearly crying a couple of times. When I came out
of the movie I was bummed, so I went back to the hotel and did some more
I couldn't sleep. Stayed up all night. I must have phoned home to the kids
about ten times. They were all bored with me by the end of the day so they
handed the phone over to the dogs.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 1996
I talked to my old friend Steffan Chirazi on the phone today. He's writing a
piece on me for the San Francisco Chronicle.
The show in Erie, PA tonight was great. Everyone had a great time. I think
I even sang "Perry Mason" and "No More Tears" tonight. I know a lot of you
guys have been pissed off with me because I haven't been singing a lot of
songs from my new album. The reason I don't sing more songs from "Ozzmosis"
is that the album is in such a high range that it's very difficult for me to
sing those songs live.
3:00 p.m. Phone interview for the "San Francisco Chronicle"
Interviewer: Steffan Chirazi
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 1996
It's another day off. Too many days off for me. I spent a couple of
hours looking over some fan mail. Today my keyboard player, John Sinclair,
travels with his own computer so he came over to my room and setup his
computer so that I could read my e-mail on America Online. I really enjoyed
just spending the day reading your mail. I'd like to thank everyone for
taking the time to send me some e-mail messages. This computer stuff can be
so addictive. Once you start you can't stop and with my addictive behavior,
if I traveled with my computer I'd probably become a recluse. I'd be
spending all day "surfing the net."
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 1996
It's another gig day, but first I have a few phoners to do during the
afternoon. I was really pumped for tonight's show in Detroit and I must say
it was one of the best shows of the tour so far. It was an outrageous show
from beginning to end. The band and I had the best time. It was fucking
I'm really beginning to feel like my old self again. After the show I was
so wired that I couldn't sleep.
3:00 p.m. Phoner with "WRIF-FM" (Detroit, MI)
DJ: Arthur Penhollow
3:15 p.m. Phoner with "WDZR-FM (Z-Rock)" (Detroit, MI)
DJ: Rick Elliott
3:30 p.m. Phoner with "WCSX-FM" (Detroit, MI)
DJ: Carl Coffey
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
I had four phoners today. Tonight's gig is in Kalamazoo. This place holds
many memories for me. I asked my wife to marry me in Kalamazoo. Also, I'll
never forget a gig we played here when Randy was alive, a guy tried to get
into the show with a skinned cows head perched on his shoulder. The blood
from the cows head was dripping down one side of his body. He was told very
politely that I only eat white meat (I'm so fucking funny I can't shit!).
Alright, I know you're not going to believe me because I said this about last
night's gig, but tonight's show was absolutely the best show so far. aI know
I've said this before, but I can't believe how lucky I am. I have so much
fun doing what I do and I get paid for it too!
4:00 p.m. Phoner with "KGGO-FM" (Des Moines, IA)
4:15 p.m. Phoner with "KHMH-FM" (St. Cloud, MN)
4:30 p.m. Phoner with "KQRS-FM" (Minneapolis, MN)
DJ: Mary Young
4:45 p.m. Phoner with "KFAN-FM" (Minneapolis, MN)
DJ: Chad Hartman
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 1996
I'm completely exhausted today. I tried to stay awake, but I keep hitting
the sack. I turned the phones off. I turned the telly off and I'm signing
off for the day.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 1996
Woke up late today and did my one phoner with WXLP-FM in Moline, IL. I'm
moving cities today. For the next week to 10 days I'll be based out of
Tonight's show is in Minneapolis at the Target Center. The show went great.
The band and I had a blast on stage tonight.
2:30 p.m. Phoner with "WXLP-FM" (Moline, IL)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 1996
Slept really late today. Had to fly Moline, IL for tonight's gig at The
Mark. I was still trying to wake up on the plane. I hate that feeling, when
I don't have the time to wake up.
So it's a Saturday night in Moline. It's definitely a wild bunch that lives
in Moline, Illinois!!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 1996
It's a day off. I'm in the middle of some new sketch's right now. All day
I've been back and forth sketching and painting some boots. I've just
ordered 8 pair of boots. Not that I can actually wear them all, I just enjoy
painting my boots. People are always asking me where I get my hand-painted
I must have eaten 10 snickers bars today. I'm now into buying box loads of
them and putting them in frig. They're great when there cold. This is my
new addiction of the month.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 1996
Spoke with Dave Backer (Pop Music Critic) for the Oakland Tribune today for a
feature about my upcoming show in Oakland on February 25.
Everything seems to be running on autopilot right now. It's the same old,
same old. The shows are all going great and the band's playing great, but I
feel like I've got a day job. I need some excitement!
I thought I'd seen everything, but tonight was definitely a first. During
the show Joe jumped into the audience from the stage to give a guitar pick to
a guy in a wheelchair, when a security guard decided to beat him up for no
reason at all. It's bad enough they beat up on my fans at the shows, but
they're beating up on my band. I'm fucked if I know what's going on in these
guys heads anyway. This security guard punched Joe in the nose and then
started beating on his chest. Joe's nose is big enough as it is. He didn't
need any help in that department.
I have to admit that I'm back on the cigarettes now. I just can't stand
looking at myself in the mirror. I'm so upset with the weight I've put on
since I stopped smoking. So I said "fuck it, I'm going to start smoking
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Oakland Tribune"
Interviewer: Dave Backer
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 1996
Busy press day. I have 4 phone interviews to do with radio stations around
Well, I've finally made it to Ames, Iowa! I had canceled Ames twice before
on prior tours. I can't believe I'm here. It's the first time I've played
Ames. As the plane was landing I couldn't believe how barren it was.
There's nothing here!
The show was going great. The crowd was fantastic. Everyone was having a
great time, when from out of nowhere the police started to come down the
aisles and the Building Manager turned the house lights on. Apparently, the
Building Manager thought that the crowd was getting too out of hand and sent
for the local police. These people are so fucking dumb! Don't they realize
that these kids were just having a good time? They weren't harming anyone
and there was absolutely no violence happening. It was a great atmosphere
and everyone was really enjoying themselves until they turned the house
lights on and the police started to hit everyone. I was so fucking depressed
and frustrated because you feel like you have no control when these fucking
idiots in suits make their minds up to ruin everyone's evening.
Apparently they wanted to arrest me for causing trouble in their building,
but I fucked them big time! When the show finished, my security guard got me
out the building, onto my plane and out of town in 10 minutes. I think the
suits are still looking for me.
3:00 p.m. Phoner with "KGGO-FM" (Des Moines, IL)
Interviewer: Jack Emerson
3:15 p.m. Phoner with "WWCT-FM" (Peoria, IL)
Interviewer: Jamie Markley
3:30 p.m. Phoner with "WBNQ-FM" (Bloomington, IL)
Interviewer: Rick Holberg
3:45 p.m. Phoner with "WIHN-FM" (Normal, IL)
Interviewer: Joe Mick
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 1996
Day off. I didn't sleep much last night as I was too wound up after the
show. I was awake most of the night. Stayed in my room all day. I'm really
angry today. I must have eaten 6 Snickers bars.
Did a scheduled computer chat on Prodigy during the evening. I always enjoy
doing stuff with the computer. After my online chat, John Sinclair came up
to my room with his computer and I read my e-mail for 4 or 5 hours until I
feel asleep on the couch.
8:30 p.m. Prodigy online computer chat.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 1996
I'm having to cancel my show in Normal, Illinois tonight. My back is locking
up again. When I was getting out of bed this morning my back locked up on me
again. So now I'm lying on the floor with the acupuncturist putting needles
all over my back. The show in Normal is being moved to April 22.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 1996
I went out today to the Mall of America in Minneapolis and bought my good
friend, Lemmy, 12 knives as he collects them.
I'm really excited today because my family are coming in tomorrow. The kids
are on mid-term break from school for a week.
Later, I flew into Omaha, Nebraska for my show tonight at the Civic
Auditorium. It was a great show. I always enjoy coming to Omaha.
4:30 p.m. Phoner with "KQWB-FM" (Fargo, ND)
Interviewer: David Osbourne (no relation!)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 1996
I stayed up all night. I never slept because I was so excited about seeing
my wife and kids. It was daylight when I finally feel asleep on the couch.
When I awoke Sharon and the kids had been there for 3 hours already. They
had decided not to disturb me on the couch since I was fast asleep. We were
all so exited to see one another. Jack and I stayed up late playing cards.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 1996
The kids were really looking forward to traveling with me on my plane. Jack
sat up with the pilot all the way to Fargo, North Dakota. When we arrived at
the venue we heard that the singer from Korn was not well so they weren't
playing tonight. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who gets sick.
The Deftones ended up playing a longer set tonight.
My show went very smoothly tonight. On the plane back to Minneapolis
everyone fell asleep, except for me, of course.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 1996
I'm moving out of Minneapolis today. Me, Sharon, the kids and are
over-crowded suitcases. The kids have only been here for 2 days and they
have already collected a suitcase full of new toys. My plane has now turned
into a mobile toy store. The plane only seats 8 and 4 of the seats are
crammed with toys. I spent the entire journey picking Lego's out of my ass.
The show was really fun tonight. I love it when my kids are on the road with
me and I look over during the show and see them on the side of the stage. I
always want to put a little extra into my performance when I know they're
After the show I flew on to Seattle. I'm really looking forward to spending
the next 2 days off with my children.
4:00 p.m. Phoner with "KRRO-FM" (Sioux Falls, SD)
Interviewer: Brian Wheeler
4:15 p.m. Phoner with "KSEZ-FM" (Sioux Falls, SD)
Interviewer: Tom Stevens
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 1996
I know it was too good to be true. The kids woke up this morning and they
all feel sick so we called a doctor over to the hotel. All 3 kids have strep
throat, but Kelly is the worst. She has a fever of 103 and she's really not
looking good at all. So there goes our 2 day vacation together.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 1996
We've had the doctor over twice today already. Now Aimee's complaining about
stomach cramps and Kelly is having trouble breathing.
I was playing submarines with Jack in the bath this morning. As I was
getting out of the bath tub I slipped on one of Jack's toys and pulled my
back again. This is ending up to be the tour from hell. If I see one more
doctor, one more acupuncturist or one more chiropractor, I'm going to throw
myself out of a window.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 1996
It's show day in Seattle. The kids are not back to normal yet, but so far
it's a good day because we haven't seen a doctor yet. I'm really looking
forward to the gig tonight as it's really been depressing sitting in my hotel
room with the kids being sick.
I really enjoyed tonight's show. I loved playing this venue as I had never
played here before. Tonight's show is being broadcast by RealAudio over the
Internet. People from all over the world were able to listen the concert as
it was happening live.
I really felt the need to put on a good show tonight so I didn't really
concentrate on the pain in my back, but afterwards I was lying on my dressing
room in agony.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 1996
The kids were meant to leave today, but they're too sick to travel. In fact,
we called the doctor out again last night at 2:30 in the morning for Aimee.
So Sharon and I never slept all at last night. With no sleep and with the
pain in my back we had to get Tony to sit with the kids while I tried to get
I was so messed up that I had to change tonight's show in Portland to
12:00 p.m. Phone interview with "New York Magazine."
Interviewer: David Handelman
2:30 p.m. Phone interview with "KUFO-FM" (Portland, OR).
Interviewer: Shannon (DJ)
3:00 p.m. Phone interview with "KRZR-FM" (Fresno, CA).
Interviewer: Jeff Freeman
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 1996
I flew into Portland during the afternoon. I'm feeling much better today.
My back feels fine today. As soon as I arrived in Portland I was taken to
radio station KUFO-FM for an on-air interview.
The show was phenomenal. It was definitely worth waiting for. I had the
best time. The band played great and it was like we were having a party on
5:00 p.m. Live radio station visit at "KUFO-FM" (Portland, OR).
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 1996
I'm moving out of Seattle today. Sharon and the kids are leaving for England
today as the children are finally well enough to travel now. I hate to see
them go. It was such a bummer that everyone got sick this time.
Our friend, Vanessa Warwick, from MTV Europe is joining us in Oakland
tonight. It's always great to see her. Steffan Chirazi and his son Zak came
to the show and spent some time with me in my dressing room. I must be
truthful, I was definitely not on tonight. My friends, of course, told me
that the show was fine, but I know in my heart that they're bullshitting me.
I felt like I let my fans down tonight. After the show I flew to LA to
begin my week long stay there.
6:00 p.m. Live in-person interview with "KSJO-FM" (Oakland, CA).
DJ: Tim Jeffries
6:30 p.m. Live in-person interview for "MTV Europe".
Interviewer: Vanessa Warwick
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 1996
Got up early and went to do the Mark & Brian radio show. After the show I
went back to the hotel and went to bed. I spent the rest of the day writing
in my journal and finished some sketch's.
9:00 a.m. "Mark & Brian" radio show (syndicated to 22 markets).
Interviewers: Mark & Brian
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 1996
Sharon arrived back from London today. It's been pissing down with rain all
day in LA. It's really depressing. Sharon's plane arrived late due to bad
weather. As soon as she arrived at the hotel we got in a van to go back to
the airport to fly to Fresno. As we arrived at the airport our captain was
waiting for us to tell us that the plane was having mechanical problems, but
that they would be fixed within the hour. Sharon and I looked at each other
said "no fucking way!" It's raining, it's foggy and the plane's got
problems, so we're not going. The vibe was not right. We were able to
reschedule the Fresno show for April 16.
3:30 p.m. Phone interview with "Spa" magazine (Japan).
Interviewer: Tomahawk Yamazaki
4:15 p.m. In-person interview for the "Album Network".
Interviewer: Cathy Faulkner
5:00 p.m. Phone interview with "KCAL-FM" (Riverside, CA).
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 1996
The phone started ringing early this morning as apparently there were all
these rumors flying around as to why I didn't perform last night in Fresno.
Everything from "I was seen drinking in a bar in Fresno" to "I had a bad
back. Sorry, but there's no great scandal or great stories other than I
didn't want to get up in the plane.
We held bass auditions today. Some really talented people turned up. I want
to thank everyone who took the time to come down to audition. Right now
we've narrowed it down to 2 people. We should be making a decision shortly.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29 1996
Everything in my professional life seems like I'm taking 2 steps forward and
5 steps back. I woke up today and I feel like shit. Also, Sharon's not
well, as well as, my assistant, Tony. So I went back to bed.
I woke up around 3:00 p.m. and went to see my doctor. I have a temperature
of 101. It's now 4:00 p.m. the day of the LA Forum show and my doctor is
informing me that if I do the show tonight I'll make myself worse and I'll
probably have to cancel even more dates. He's suggesting I cancel tonight's
show and get some rest. This is a fucking nightmare! More doctors, more
medication and more cancellations....I feel like someone's put a curse on me.
Of course I decided to do the show. Even though most of it was a blank, I
got through it. Being it's LA, I had so many friends turn up to see me. My
very special guest was Mrs. Rhoads and her family. It was really great to
see her and spend some time with her. After the show I went off to do a meet
& greet, but when I returned I was told Sharon had gone back to the hotel as
she was feeling really sick. This has now gone beyond being a joke. Now
everyone around me is sick. Why is this happening to me?
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 1996
Went to see my dear friend, Riki Rachtman, who's got a talk radio show in LA
on KLSX-FM during the afternoon. I was on the air with Riki for about an
hour and then went back to my hotel.
I don't know what's happening to me. Everyone who's always there for me are
now sick with this virus. Michael in my office now has it, Sharon, Tony,
even our chef on tour is sick. This freaks me out. I can cope with almost
anything....band members coming and going, tour dates changing, but when my
team, my support group, are sick, I get panicked.
2:00 p.m. Radio station visit to the "Riki Rachtman" show (broadcast on
KLSX- FM in Los Angeles, CA).
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 1996
This is beyond any worst nightmare now. Beyond the worst joke you can even
imagine. I had a fever all through the night. I am sweating and I have no
strength. It's not just my strength that's down, my morale is down. I feel
up shit creek with out a paddle. I am meant to be doing a live broadcast
from Phoenix today. I can't move. Harvey Leeds from my record company has
been fucking hounding me for the last 3 days as were the people from the
Album Network, who are doing the broadcast. It's not their fault, I
understand what's involved here, but what the fuck am I to do? I wanted this
broadcast to be the best ever for everyone involved, not just me. It's been
planned for the last month and everyone involved has put in so much work.
The doctor has just ordered me into the hospital. He's trying to bring down
my temperature and he said I'm dehydrated. If ever I felt like running away
from myself, it's now. I feel this amazing guilt the whole time. Guilty for
not being able to perform. Guilty for letting people down. Guilty for
getting sick. I hate myself right now.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3 1996
Came out of the hospital this afternoon. Sharon is still on her own, sick in
her hotel room and trying to deal with it and the show cancellations. I'm
actually feeling a lot stronger today physically, but mentally I still want
to hide from the world. They've now told me that the Phoenix show has been
rescheduled for April 13 (thank god it's not a Friday) and Las Vegas is being
rescheduled for April 14.
MONDAY, MARCH 4 1996
Stayed in bed all day. Got up to do the Tom Snyder show in the evening. It
was actually good to get out of the hotel room. I really enjoyed meeting
Tom, he was a real gentleman.
9:00 p.m. TV interview for "The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder"
Interviewer: Tom Snyder
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 1996
Unfucking believable! I did the Tom Snyder show and I get abuse for it.
Apparently all the radio stations who had booked the broadcast for March 2
were pissed. I did the Tom Snyder show yesterday, March 4. I think they'd
only have been happy if I were dead.
Left for Japan today. I had to leave Sharon behind as she is still too sick
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 1996
I Arrived in Tokyo. I'm now, more so than ever, committed to staying in my
room when I'm not doing a show. I have canceled all my meet & greets and
interviews in Japan as I don't want to get sick again. I won't speak to
anyone close to me unless they're in my crew. I feel I'll do something
desperate if I get sick again and I don't give a fuck what anyone thinks.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7 1996
Stayed in my room all day getting over my jet lag. I don't want to see any
FRIDAY, MARCH 8 1996
I didn't leave my room until show time. The first show is at the Budokan in
Tokyo. In Japan the shows are really early and there's no support bands.
The show went well. The crowd were amazing. The warmth I receive from the
people in Japan always amazes me.
10:00 p.m. Film segment for "Make A Deal" TV show which is also being
covered by "Focus" magazine.
10:30 p.m. In-person interview and photo shoot with "Yomiuri Shimbun."
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 1996
Today were traveling to Fukuoka. I've now taken to wearing a surgical mask
and gloves when I travel. I feel like Michael Jackson's ugly brother. It's
very frustrating to have to do this. I know it seems like ridiculous
measures to take, but I don't live a normal lifestyle. On any normal day for
me there could be anywhere from 50-200 people at my meet & greet. Shaking
hands and taking pictures with people. And if one of those people have got
the shits, or the flu, or bronchitis, or are on their period, or pregnant,
I'm gonna catch it off them. I'm not gonna let it happen again! So you can
all fucking laugh, I don't fucking care.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10 1996
Stayed in my room until show time again. The show was great tonight. Right
after the show I'm back in my room. Everybody else is out partying, but I
don't give a shit. I'm not going anywhere except my room. The room service
people at the hotel have to leave my food outside my door. God only knows
what these people think goes on in my room. Let me tell you.....nothing
MONDAY, MARCH 11 1996
Today were traveling on the Bullet Train to Osaka and, of course, all the
crew and the band were in fits of laughter with me in my surgical mask and
gloves sitting there for 2 hours. Let them all laugh. I still don't fucking
TUESDAY, MARCH 12 1996
Show day in Osaka. I slept late today. The hotel here is fantastic. I have
a view of the entire city from my hotel suite. Everyone here is spoiling me.
The venue here tonight has told me that I cannot use any water in my show as
the Japanese get very offended by it. Oh shit!! Even though I couldn't use
my squirt gun tonight I still had fun. In fact, there was one girl in the
crowd that kept holding up a sign that said "OZZY - FUCK ME". I think if my
wife had seen her she'd have fucked her with a brick. All night long my eyes
kept going over to her sign. At one point she even got out here perfect lily
white breasts. All through the show Mike Inez kept leaning down in front of
her saying "I'll fuck you." So tonight we all had a laugh.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 1996
I woke up early today as we're leaving on the Bullet Train for Nagoya. My
god! We're doing two shows back to back. The crew's going to be in shock!
When we got to the train station in Nagoya there were fans waiting to greet
us. It always amazes me how the Japanese fans always seem to find out their
favorite bands travel plans.
I was told again that I couldn't use my water gun in Nagoya either. Big
fucking deal! The fans really love Joe here. His reviews here have been
great. Our fans are really making a fuss of Joe. He's been really nervous
since he's got to Japan as his equipment never made it on the shipment over.
He's been playing on rental equipment and has been very frustrated. But
even with all of that happening he's been playing great.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 1996
Got up early and had breakfast with Joe, Tony and our new bass player, Robert
Trujillo, who was in Suicidal Tendencies. We then took the Bullet Train back
to Tokyo and I spent the rest of the day writing in my journal and reading my
Japanese fan mail.
Later I did an in-person interview with Masa Itoh. He is a very famous
Japanese Music Journalist/Radio Personality.
5:30 p.m. Interview with Masa Itch for various radio programs.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15 1996
Had breakfast again with the band. Today I have press interviews scheduled
for most of the day. Every interview went great except for one guy who
obviously hates Ozzy and he gave me a really hard time with the interview. I
was trying to keep my cool with him, but he was really pissing me off big
time. At one point I actually felt like taking a swing at him, but then he
might have taken that as a compliment. The rest of the day I was really
aggravated (have you ever been in a situation with someone when they really
aggravated or upset you and then later on you started obsessing about it and
thought "why the fuck didn't I do this or say that"?). I kept seeing his
face in my mind so I was pissed off the rest of the day.
1:15 p.m. In-person interview with "Burrn!" magazine and photo shoot.
2:00 p.m. TV interview with "Music Bazaar".
2:30 p.m. In-person with "INROCK" and photo shoot with Joe.
3:10 p.m. In-person with "Music Life" and photo shoot.
3:50 p.m. In-person interview with "What's In" magazine and photo shoot.
4:30 p.m. Recorded Japanese radio ID's.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16 1996
Had my usual band breakfast. This is really a change for me to get up in the
morning and actually leave my hotel room. I've really been enjoying the
We're back playing the Budokan in Tokyo today. This will be the last show of
the Japanese tour. I'm going to eat my last Japanese curry for lunch. All I
can think about right now is that I'm just a few days away from my holiday
with the kids and my wife.
The show tonight was definitely not one of my best. For some reason I
couldn't get into it. As I looked out into the audience I kept seeing that
prick that I had done the interview with yesterday. He, of course, wasn't
there, it was just my imagination. I felt angry with myself for not doing a
better show, but I just couldn't get into it for some reason or another.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17 1996
I'm leaving for New York today. I'd like to thank my Japanese fans for their
continued loyalty, also, my promoter, Mr. Udo, and his wonder staff and, of
course, Sony Records in Japan. As usual, everyone made me feel so welcome
and I thank you.
On the flight to New York I ended up sitting next to some guy who snored for
11 hours. He wore an eye mask and he had his shoes off and his feet stunk!
The flight was completely full so there was no where else for me to go.
This is unbelievable that Ozzy gets stuck next to some smelly, snoring twat.
As soon as I got to the hotel I took a long shower because I kept smelling
him. Ah luxury! I'm back in the good old U.S. of A.
MONDAY, MARCH 18 1996
Today I've got a photo shoot with Albert Watson for Details magazine. What a
great guy! The photo session went so quick and smooth and Albert was really
very pleasant to work with.
After the photo shoot I went for a walk, but I was severely lagging. I went
back to the hotel and laid down on my bed. The next thing I knew it was four
in the morning.
12:00 p.m. Photo shoot for "Details Magazine" with Photographer Albert Watson
TUESDAY, MARCH 19 1996
Went to my throat doctor for a check up before my vacation. My doctor said
that everything looked fine. I can't think about anything else other than
being on holiday with my family in Antigua. I'm going to be there 2 weeks
and I can't wait!
Did a couple of phoners in the early evening, then I stayed up the rest of
the night doing more work on my journal as I'm trying to finish my book.
I've been working on it now for the past 18 months.
6:45 p.m. Phone interview with "WWCT-FM" (Normal, IL).
DJ: Jamie Markley
7:00 p.m. Phone interview with "KRZR-FM" (Fresno, CA).
DJ: Jeff Freeman
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 1996
Left on a 7:35 a.m. flight for Antigua. I'll be signing off until April 11.
I wish everyone a great Easter. Do check in on April 11th as I've got some
news to share with all of you that I'm saving until then. God
THURSDAY, APRIL 11 1996
Welcome back! Had a great holiday with the family in Antigua. Today is the
first day of rehearsals for me with my new rhythm section. My new rhythm
section is........ Mike Bordin from "Faith No More" and Robert Trujillo from
"Infectious Grooves." I have known Mike for many years. We actually played
together at a RIP magazine anniversary party in 1990. Since then it's been
an ambition of mine to have him in my band. The opportunity arose and I went
Robert and I actually toured together in 1991 when he was in "Infectious
Grooves." So right now as with every new situation, it's great and we're all
enjoying working with each other. At rehearsals I seem to spend more time
telling old war stories than actually playing.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 1996
The band left for Phoenix this morning and I stayed back in LA where I had an
in-person interview with the Cathy Faulkner from the Album Network. I also
went to see my witch doctor to get checked out before my tour starts
tomorrow. I hate to admit it and I hope my wife and my agent don't read
this, but I really missed performing and being with the guys. I'm excited
about being back on the road.
12:00 p.m. In-person interview for "Album Network."
Interviewer: Cathy Faulkner
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 1996
I'm basing myself out of LA for the first 10 days of the tour. I left for
Phoenix early this afternoon. Tonight's the first show with my new band and
I'm wound up like a clock. Also it's a live broadcast, which was rescheduled
from March 2.
Life Of Agony are opening the show tonight followed by Sepultura. The guys
in Life Of Agony lost their equipment on the way to the show and then their
drummer got food poisoning this afternoon so they couldn't perform.
Sepultura played an extra long set and they were brilliant as usual. Seeing
as this was the first gig of the tour and we've never played together before,
I think we all did fucking great. I'm really proud of the band.
I just want to thank all of the guys at the Album Network and all the
stations across the country who picked up the broadcast. I know initially
when the broadcast was meant to go out to 164 stations. I know that some
stations were pissed with me so we ended up with about 160 stations. We had
a crowd of 16,500 people tonight. The show was just brilliant and I thank
god that the broadcast is done and over with.
12:00 p.m. Phoner with "KOMP-FM" (Las Vegas, NV).
DJ: Chris Davis
9:00 p.m. Live broadcast for "Album Network" on 160 radio stations.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14 1996
We flew into Las Vegas early in the day as the kids wanted to go and hang
out. This is another makeup show for me. During the day my wife went out
with a handful of cash gambling and I came back with a handful of shit.
Life Of Agony found their equipment and played tonight, as did Sepultura.
I'm the luckiest guy in the fucking world. I love my new band and I hope
this feeling last forever.
Question....how come all the girls in Vegas have great tits? I have never
seen so many topless girls at one show before. It was amazing! The stage
was showered with wonderbra's of every size and color. The crowd in Las
Vegas were phenomenal. The egged me on and I had the best time tonight.
VIVA LAS VEGAS!
MONDAY, APRIL 15 1996
I didn't sleep last night as I was really excited about my first 2 shows. I
had drank about 10 cups of coffee and I was walking around the house waiting
for someone to wake up this morning. I finally woke up Jack at 8:00 a.m. as
I wanted someone to talk to. By 9:00 a.m. we played a game of cards and were
now watching a war movie. Jack and I spent the rest of the day playing
TUESDAY, APRIL 16 1996
I had an early start as I'm doing a video for "I JUST WANT YOU." The video's
being directed by Dean Karr. Parts of the video are being done with still
photos so today was the photo session. The photo shoot was in downtown LA
and of course we got lost getting there. We must have driven around the same
block 5 fucking times. I never go to the downtown area of LA and now I know
why. It's fucking depressing and it's pissing down with rain just to make it
doubly depressing. The shoot went really well and we ended it outside in a
railway yard. There were people living in boxes, human excrement everywhere,
used bullets, syringes and it's still fucking raining. It's so depressing
and degrading for these people to live this way .
Dean was fantastic, but I couldn't wait to get out of the area. We were all
soaking wet and cold. As we were getting into the car to leave, Sharon
slipped on the running board of the Range Rover and as she got up she hit
here head on the corner of the door. Well, my old lady saw stars! What a
fucking scene. There was Tony and I trying to lift her up from the ground.
Now, my wife is a big lady and I have a bad back, so I'm trying to get one
of the guys who's living in a box in the railway yard to help my wife up into
the car. Well, Sharon finally came around and see's this strange man who
looks a little funky dragging her by her feet and she thinks she's being
mugged and has no idea what's going on so she starts screaming. The whole
thing was like a fucking comedy sketch.
Well, Sharon ends up in St. Johns Hospital having a X-Ray on her head. It's
unbelievable timing as we're all meant to be on a plane to Fresno. By the
time the doctors had finished examining Sharon it was around 8:30 p.m. We
were meant to have been on a plane to Fresno at 6:30 p.m. What is it about
Ozzy and Fresno? This was my 3rd attempt at playing Fresno. I have not made
a show there and now it's got to the point where it's embarrassing. God only
knows if I even have a fan left in Fresno now. It's just seems ironic the
sequence of events that involved me trying to do a gig there. Well at the
end of Sharon's saga she was fine, she just now has a lump the size of a golf
ball on her head. I think she'll live.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 1996
More work for my "I JUST WANT YOU" video. I had to got though this laborious
process of having plaster casts made of my head and body. This process took
9 hours. I had to sit in a chair and make different facial expressions while
they poured plaster over my face and chest. Each time they pulled the
plaster from my face it would take off a layer of skin with it. So at the
end of the day it looked like I'd been under a sun lamp a bit too long. I
looked like a right prat. I spent the whole day sat in a chair thinking
about why I can never get to Fresno.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 1996
Day off today. Joe came over and we spent the day working on riffs and ideas
for songs and drinking coffee. Joe came up with some great new riffs and
between the two of us we must have drank 20 cups of coffee. I was shaking.
Of course I was walking around the house again all night as I was wired.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19 1996
Flew into Salt Lake City. It's Type O Negative's first show with us tonight.
They'll be staying with us until May 25. So we now have Sepultura and Type
O Negative out with us. I'm playing 40 miles outside Salt Lake City as no
venue in Salt Lake would let me play as they think I'm a naughty boy.
Well the show was awesome. Everybody in the arena had a great time. Nobody
got hurt. I just converted 11,000 Mormans to Satanism......just joking. We
had a blast!
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 1996
Busy day today. It's the last day of work on my video. We started at around
8:00 a.m. Dean Karr is an absolutely phenomenal director. He's really easy
to work with, but more important he's a fucking lunatic, so I love him. He's
my new best friend.
Sharon and the kids are going back to England today as school starts on
Monday so there were loads of tears and hugs. I won't see the kids again
We finished with the video shoot at around 1:00 a.m. It's not finished
though as Dean is going to Prague next week to do 2 days of filming, without
me of course.
SUNDAY, APRIL 21 1996
I'm leaving the house in LA today as I'm moving to my new base, which will be
Austin, TX. The show tonight is in Cedar Rapids, IA.
I'm still on such a high about my new band. I feel like a whole new Ozzy. I
know Mike, Robert and Joe have all committed to staying with me until the end
of 96. After that, who knows, but right now I know it's the best it could
ever be for me with this band. I keep having to pinch myself to see that
this really is happening to me. I'M NOT DEPRESSED. I'M NOT MISERABLE. I'm
so fucking happy I could eat my own shit.
MONDAY, APRIL 22 1996
I'm playing in Normal, IL tonight. Well there's nothing fucking normal about
me! What a boring name for a town. In fact, what a stupid name for a town.
This was my makeup show from February when I had bronchitis. The show
definitely wasn't normal. It was outrageous!
2:00 p.m. Phoner with "WWCT-FM" (Normal, IL).
DJ: Jamie Markley
TUESDAY, APRIL 23 1996
Stayed up all night sketching. I never left my room all day. So I took a
handful of melatonin. I've read about these herbal pills in every magazine
I've picked up lately. They say it's the new wonder pill for helping you
sleep and that it will rejuvenate you. Well, I got news for you. They don't
fucking work on Ozzy. I took 2 like they tell you on the bottle. I then
took another 2 and then another 2 and I was still awake, so I threw the rest
of the fuckers out the window.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 1996
We're in Little Rock tonight. It's another makeup show. Remember I got into
a car accident and had to cancel this show? Well, it was worth waiting for.
I had a party on stage. I could've played all night.
Robert is a lunatic on stage. He makes the most extraordinary faces when he
plays. Every time I look his way on stage I crack up. He's a wild man and
he has this thing of not being able to play with his shoes on.
I want to say a big thank you to Gayle Miller who was been on the road with
me since October and is leaving the tour tonight. Thank you Gayle for all of
your hard work. It's appreciated and you will be missed. I'll miss your
little smiley face every night backstage. I love you......OZZY.
4:00 p.m. Phoner with "KMJX-FM" (Little Rock, AK).
DJ: Sam Reynolds
THURSDAY, APRIL 25 1996
Day off today. John Sinclair came over to visit me in my room today and he
brought his computer with him and we spent hours surfing the Net. It was an
early night for me. I was sleeping by 8:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 1996
Well we're playing the hometown of the king tonight.....Memphis, Tennessee.
All the guys went to visit Graceland today. The last time I went there was
in my drinking days and I got thrown out. I can't remember for what now
because it was so long ago, but I thought it was best to pass on the guided
I watched the guys in Type O Negative tonight. I must admit, I feel like a
munchkin standing next to Pete Steele. The show went great. Why do I always
think that everyone in Memphis just wants to listen to Garth Brooks? There's
some wild motherfuckers down in Memphis. It was a knee slapping, boot
stomping, shit kicking good time. YeeeeeeeeeeHa!
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 1996
Oh no, not another fucking day off! I watched TV most of the day, lying in
bed. I got out the old phone book and called some friends and that was
extent of my day.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28 1996
I was sad today knowing that I was coming to Oklahoma City. The driver that
picked me up from the airport took us past the sight of where the Federal
Building was. I was really depressed then. But it made me more determined
to want to do a great show for the people of Oklahoma City.
As it turned out everyone had a great time including me. There was a little
boy with his dad right at the front of the stage. He made me think of Jack.
I brought him on stage and gave him a big hug and then sat him on the drum
riser for a few songs.
MONDAY, APRIL 29 1996
I slept most of Monday away. I woke a couple of times to take a piss and
that was about it for me. I had the "Do Not Disturb" on my phone all day.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30 1996
It's fucking boiling in El Paso, Texas. What is it about El Paso that makes
everyone want to eat Mexican food? My assistant, Tony, was shoveling Mexican
in his mouth from the moment we got here. Every time Tony passed by me he
nearly gassed me to death. Between his farts and his breath I nearly passed
out. I think at one stage he must have farted and shit, `cos I saw steam
coming from his ass. Despite Tony's asshole and his breath, the show was
3:00 p.m. Phoner with "KLAQ-FM"
DJ: "Magic" Mike Ramsey
FRIDAY, MAY 3 1996
Show day in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sharon came in from England and Jennifer
came in from my LA office for the weekend. The show in Corpus was really
weird. It was set up in the middle of a field with no great facilities and
there was about a foot of mud backstage and a sea of mosquitos swarming
It was thundering all through the show which looked amazing. The crowd were
really up for the show and all of us had a great time on stage.
4:00 p.m Phone interview with the "Birmingham News"
Journalist: Shawyn Ryan
4:30 p.m. Phoned "I Just Want You" contest winner.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 1996
Another show day. Today we're in Austin, Texas. Half the crowd are from
military bases around Austin. We all watched Sepultura's set, which was
fantastic. During their song "Kaiowas" Mike, Robert and our Tour Manager,
Bob Thomson (who used to be Sepultura's Tour Manager) all got up and played
drums during the song. It was a blast! By the time we hit the stage the
audience was wild.
I couldn't believe how humid it was in Austin. I've never seen the Security
so quiet at a show. There was no way they were going to mess with thousands
of soldiers and airmen in the audience. It was a fucking great show and I
salute the U.S. military.
SUNDAY, MAY 5 1996
Stayed in bed until late. We had dinner with the band tonight. There were
16 of us. The hotel where we were staying is by the Congress Bridge which is
famous for the bats which live under the bridge. Just as the sun was setting
we all went out to the bridge to watch the bats leave as dusk is their time
to eat. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. There must have been
a million and a half bats flying into the sky and their high pitch squeal was
deafening. We all sat on the lawn for a good 45 minutes watching with
Afterwards everyone came back to my room to smoke cigars. It was a perfect
MONDAY, MAY 6 1996
It was a day off today. Sharon and Jennifer left for LA and I only had one
phoner to do. I woke up in a horrible mood so I spent the whole day sulking.
It was a crap day.
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Tampa Tribune" (Tampa, FL)
Interviewer: Philip Booth
TUESDAY, MAY 7 1996
Today we're in Shreveport, Louisiana. I was still in a bad mood when I woke
up. I don't know what's the matter with me, I must be having my period. I
stayed in my room `til it was time to leave for the show.
The crowd tonight were really enthusiastic! They had a great mosh pit going.
I spent a lot of time trying to cool them down with the guns. My voice was
fucked though. It wasn't a great gig for me.
7:30 p.m. Phone call to the "Howard Stern" radio show.
4:15 p.m. Phone call to "I Just Want You" contest winner.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 1996
Another day, another show. Today we're in Jackson, Mississippi. Joe went to
a shopping mall in Jackson today. He walked into a clothing store and they
asked him to leave. They said that they don't serve people like him. That
was the best laugh of the day.
We all enjoyed the show a lot. The gig went great until the end of the show
when someone through a crucifix on stage and hit Robert right above his eye.
He went to the hospital and had to have 3 stitches. He's also got a right
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "WSTZ-FM" (Jackson, MS).
DJ: Russ Allen
THURSDAY, MAY 9 1996
Day off. Woke up early to check up on how Robert was doing. He's fine. I
couldn't get back to sleep so I went for an early morning walk. I didn't get
too far as it's too bloody hot!
I'm still basing myself out of Austin, Texas. By 11:00 a.m. the humidity is
unbelievable. I want back to the hotel and watched some MTV. I worked out
for a couple hours and wrote some letters to the kids. The next thing I knew
I woke up on my bed and it was 10:00 p.m. at night.
FRIDAY, MAY 10 1996
Spoke to two contest winners on the phone before I left for Birmingham,
Alabama which is named after my hometown (Birmingham, England).
I had a load of fun on stage tonight. At one point during the show someone
threw a pair of girls knickers on stage. I put them all the way over Joe's
head while he was in the middle of a guitar solo. He was screaming the whole
time saying "I can smell shit, take them off!" But I wouldn't. When Joe
came offstage he insisted his hair smelled so he washed it three times. We
were all hysterical about this. Later I had snuck onto the tour bus and put
the knickers in his bunk on the pillow. I think he must have cursed me all
the way to Biloxi.
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Classic Rock 99" (Birmingham, AL) and "I Just
Want You" contest winner.
DJ: Tony Curry
4:15 p.m. Phone interview with the "St. Petersburg Times" (St. Petersburg,
Journalist: Eric Deggans
SATURDAY, MAY 11 1996
Really great venue tonight. It's right on the beach. There was a really
nice atmosphere backstage. All of the bands and crew are really happy.
There was a really great vibe during the show. The only bad thing was that
the police were really heavy at the show. It just felt they were looking for
trouble. I did manage to get a couple of them with the water gun in the back
of the head.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 1996
Really great venue tonight. It's right on the beach. There was a really
nice atmosphere backstage. All of the bands and crew are really happy.
There was a really great vibe during the show. The only bad thing was that
the police were really heavy at the show. It just felt they were looking for
trouble. I did manage to get a couple of them with the water gun in the back
of the head.
I moved today from Austin to Amelia Island which is in Florida. Well, I
thought it was humid in Austin, but here there is no fucking oxygen in the
air at all. It's fucking beautiful though as the hotel we're staying at is
right on the beach.
MONDAY, MAY 13 1996
I went for a walk on the beach and by the pool, but it was weird. I feel
really strange being in these places without my family. I look at all the
kids playing on the beach and I get homesick. So I went back to my room,
after all, it wouldn't be good for the image if I got a tan. So I drew the
curtains in my room and read a book all day.
TUESDAY, MAY 14 1996
I traveled to Charlotte, NC for tonight's gig. It's an outdoor show. It
was definitely an interesting night! I had a couple of bra's thrown up on
stage which I wrapped around my head. Sorry Joe, but my bra's smelled great!
Mike was sick all through the show. He had a bucket on stage which he kept
vomiting into. It looked like something out of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "WRFX-FM" (Charlotte, NC).
DJ: Jack Anthony
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 1996
Today we're in Knoxville, Tennessee. This gig's always a strange one for me.
too many memories. Not bad ones, but it's all so emotional. See this is
the last venue I ever played with Randy Rhoads. All the things you try to
block out just keep running back. I can't honestly comment on the show as I
have to be truthful in saying that my head was somewhere else.
THURSDAY, MAY 16 1996
Day off. I can't stand these days off. I feel like a caged animal. Now
let's face it, we're not going to see Ozzy surfing in the ocean, or Ozzy
swimming in the pool, or Ozzy horseback riding on the beach. It's really
getting to me now.
For the last few days I haven't been doing any sketches or painting. I must
have smoked 80 cigarettes. I'm even bored with moaning. Actually I've got
pains in my hips so I'm going to bed early. If I get to sleep early maybe
I'll be better tomorrow.
FRIDAY, MAY 17 1996
I woke up with terrible pains in my hips. My gamy leg is giving out on me
with the pain. Tony arranged to get me to a doctor. They took X-Rays and
the doctor told me I've got arthritis in my hip. Well with that, my bad leg
and my bad back, I'm a fuckin' wreck. But no fucker is going to stop me from
finishing my tour.
I got to the gig and told the guys in the band about the news. I know I'm a
hypochondriac, but honestly I feel like shit.
The sound on stage tonight was horrific. I don't know what the fuck was
going on, but it wasn't a good gig for anyone tonight.
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "WKLS-FM" and phone call to "I Just Want
You" contest winner.
DJ: Alan Aio
4:15 p.m. Phone interview with "WTKX-FM" (Pensecola, FL).
SATURDAY, MAY 18 1996
We're in Atlanta today. The doctors gave me some painkillers yesterday and
I've been floating through the day. I must say I feel great.
I had a blast on stage tonight. The atmosphere at the venue was great. I'm
in heaven not being in pain.
5:00 p.m. In-person interview for European Documentary on Hard Rock Music.
Director: Henning Lohner
SUNDAY, MAY 19 1996
I had to get out of my room today. So I looked in the Yellow Pages for a
tattoo artist and off I went for a new tattoo. I had them put it on my upper
right arm. I have no idea what the fuck it is, but it took him about 7 hours
the first day to get it started. I think I'm happy with it, but I'll have to
wait until it's finished.
MONDAY, MAY 20 1996
Tonights gig is in Pensacola, Florida. Sepultura are leaving the tour
tonight. They're going to Europe to do some big summer festivals. It's a
bummer that they're leaving. We wished them luck in Europe and I'm looking
forward to having them back with us in September.
Mike was so hot on stage tonight that I decided that I would cool him down
with the water gun, but I think I went a little too far. I blew him off his
stool a couple of times during the show.
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with the "Orlando Sentinel" (Orlando, FL).
Journalist: Parry Gettelman
TUESDAY, MAY 21 1996
Another day off. I went back to the tattoo shop to have them finish off my
new tattoo. It took them about another 5 hours. I've now decided I'm really
happy with it. The guy that's doing my tattoo happens to be a really cool
guy. He gave me some cream that is usually used on cows tits to stop them
from scabbing. He told me to put it on my tattoo to stop it from crusting.
I feel like a right geek with tit cream on my arm.
Sharon and the kids came in today. It was a complete surprise as I didn't
know they were coming in. At two o'clock in the morning someone started
knocking on my bedroom door. When I looked through the peephole I saw it was
Jack with his teddy bear in his hand.
6:00 p.m. Phone interview with "98 Rock" (St. Petersburg, FL).
DJ: Ron Michaels
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 1996
Show day - St. Petersburg, Florida. I woke up early as the kids were
watching Nickelodeon at 8 in the morning at about 120 decibels. It's the
first night Henry Rollins is joining us on the tour. I'm looking forward to
working with him.
The gig was huge tonight. It's in an indoor baseball stadium. It was a
weird vibe as this place was so huge. After the show Henry traveled back
with us on my plane to Amelia Island as he's interviewing me tomorrow for RIP
magazine. The flight back seemed so quick as the pair of us didn't stop
talking the entire time.
THURSDAY, MAY 23 1996
Our interview for RIP started at noon and went `til about 4:00 p.m. when
Henry had to leave for his gig in Jacksonville tonight. It was a great
interview. It was more like the two of us swapping old war stories. Henry's
a cool guy, who's amazingly bright and talented.
In the evening we ordered in pizza and all of us got into bed and watched TV.
It was Luxury.
1:00 p.m. In-person interview with "RIP" magazine.
Interviewer: Henry Rollins
FRIDAY, MAY 24 1996
Another show in Florida. Today it's Orlando. The girls are really jet
lagged so they didn't come to the show. I've now got my holiday head on as
I'm nearing the end of this leg of the tour.
The show was good wasn't one of the best, but it was good. I hope everyone
who came down enjoyed it.
4:20 p.m. Phone interview with "WDIZ-FM" (Orlando, FL) and contest winner.
SATURDAY, MAY 25 1996
Last show in Florida and it's the last gig before the break. Tonight it's
West Palm Beach. The weather reports are really bad for today. I'm
panicking about the kids coming on the plane with us, but the pilot has
assured us that the weather is going to be fine. Aimee stayed behind as she
didn't want to deal with the bad weather. Just as we landed in West Palm
Beach a huge thunderstorm started. I couldn't believe it. It pissed down
all night long. The lightning was spectacular though. I felt really bad for
everyone in the audience as the weather was a real bitch.
As always, just when you think it's the end of the tour and you can't give
any more, it turns out to be a great gig. Tonight I worked with one of my
favorite promoters, Jack Boyle. So it's no more gigs until June 6.
11:30 p.m. In-person interview with "Metal Hammer" magazine.
Journalist: Martin Colson
Photographer: Mick Hudson
12:00 p.m. In-person filmed interview for "South American Ozzy TV special"
Interviewer: Alredo Lewin
SUNDAY, MAY 26 1996
Flew to LA with my family.
TUESDAY, MAY 28 1996
Did a couple of phone interviews.
3:30 p.m. Phone interview with "Pulp" magazine (Colorado monthly).
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Vancouver Sun" (Daily newspaper).
Contact: Katherine Monk
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 1996
I worked all day on the new tour film. I was there at 11 in the morning and
didn't leave until 11 at night.
THURSDAY, MAY 30 1996
Working again shooting the new tour film. We had to finish it today so I
didn't finish until 1 in the morning. I'm knackered!
FRIDAY, MAY 31 1996
Press day at the hotel.
2:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Vancouver Province" (Daily newspaper).
Interviewer: Tom Harrison
2:30 p.m. In-person interview with "E! Entertainment" TV for Sam Kinison
4:00 p.m. In-person interview with "HITS" magazine.
Interviewer: Roy Trakin
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 1996
Spent the day with the family.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2 1996
Left LA for Vancouver. The record company needs me to start doing press for
the Canadian tour.
MONDAY, JUNE 3 1996
Press all day today!
TUESDAY, JUNE 4 1996
Press all day today!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 1996
3rd day of Canadian press. I can't believe it. I really didn't have a
break! The band arrived in Vancouver and we all joined up for dinner later.
4:00 p.m. Phone interview for "TV Guide Online".
Interviewer: Lisa Sindola
THURSDAY, JUNE 6 1996
Filter are joining us today for this leg of the tour. Unfortunately for
them, their equipment didn't arrive. It was impossible to hire them
equipment for one show, so they did not play tonight.
I went on stage and tried to sing tonight and nothing came out! I've never
been in that situation before. Even if I sing crap I can usually make it
through the entire show. My lungs were closing up and I couldn't breathe. I
stood up on stage for 2 songs, but I couldn't get air in. I just had to
leave the stage. I had an asthma attack which is caused through hay fever.
I was totally humiliated and I felt I let everybody down. I really can't
put it into words how I felt.
We've now rescheduled the show in Vancouver for July 29 and I'd like to
apologize to everyone who came out to see me.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 1996
I spent most of the day attached to an oxygen machine, doing press and dosing
up on Ventilin and Antihistamine.
3:30 p.m. Phone interview with the "Winnipeg Sun".
Interviewer: Bart Kives
3:45 p.m. Phone interview with the "Calgary Sun."
Interviewer: Lyn Cockburn
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with the "Edmonton Sun."
Interviewer: Mike Ross
4:15 p.m. Phone interview with "The Bear" (radio station in Edmonton).
DJ: Matt Cundill
SATURDAY, JUNE 8 1996
Edmonton....another show day! I'm really nervous as I never want to
experience what happened in Vancouver ever again. Thank god everything was
just great tonight. Everyone was just on, the crowd were deafening and I'm a
happy man again.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 1996
Today we're playing in Calgary. I got down to the gig early and went in with
the band. We had a band meeting which always goes like a Spinal Tap band
It was a good show tonight and I'm very proud of myself as I threw my
painkillers down the toilet today.
MONDAY, JUNE 10 1996
Day off! Did a few phoners in the afternoon and I spent the entire evening
checking out my web site and e-mail.
3:15 p.m. Phone interview with the "Milwaukee Journal."
Journalist: Paul Gargano
3:35 p.m. Phone interview with "CITI-FM" (radio station in Winnipeg).
DJ: Barry Taylor
3:45 p.m. Phone interview with the "Canadian Press."
Journalist: Betsey Powell
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Arena," "Brave Words" and "Access"
Journalist: Tim Henderson
TUESDAY, JUNE 11 1996
Tonight we're playing Winnipeg. It's Joe's birthday today and, of course, I
forgot. Nobody reminded me and I felt like a fucking idiot. Needless to
say, I didn't turn up at the gig with a gift for him. I made up for it
though as I got the entire crowd tonight to sing "Happy Birthday" to him.
The shows in Canada have been great. I really enjoyed being in Canada as
it's been years since I've done a tour here.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 1996
Today I'm moving my base from Vancouver to Toronto. I did a couple of
phoners during the afternoon and I actually ventured out today for a walk on
my own. Big mistake! I must have wandered around for a good hour and a
half, but I panicked because I couldn't remember what hotel I was staying in.
I not going to explain to you have I got back to the hotel....it's too
4:00 p.m. Phone interview with the "Buffalo News."
Journalist: Tony Vialanty
4:30 p.m. Phone interview with the "Hartford Courant."
Journalist: Roger Catlin
THURSDAY, JUNE 13 1996
Sharon came into Toronto today. As soon as she walked in the door she was on
the phone. I sat and watched her all afternoon working. I was pissed off as
we literally did not have a single minute together.
It seems bad weather is following us everywhere. It's pissing down with rain
and we're waiting to see if the show was going to be canceled. I went ahead
anyway and it turned out fine. The venue was great. It was right on the
water and you could see the boats going by. Great show!
6:30 p.m. In-person live interview with "Q-107" (Toronto radio station)
backstage at the Molson Amphitheatre.
DJ: Steve Warden
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 1996
I'm back in the U.S. again. I'm in New York and I'm doing the David
Letterman show tonight. This is the first time I have ever done a live TV
show and all last night I kept having nightmares that I was going to go up to
the microphone to sing and nothing would come out. I was freaking myself
We went over for a quick rehearsal at 4:00 p.m. as we had Paul Shaffer's band
playing with us. They were a great bunch of guys. Everyone in the studio
was so friendly. I must have taken about 20 hits of my Ventilin. Anyone who
takes Ventilin knows that it makes you shake and your heart pound. I was
shaking like a leaf by the time we were ready to go on stage. But I just
went for it! The audience was just great to me and so was David. He's a
After the show we all went out to dinner and it was a great warm New York
evening. In fact, we all walked back to the hotel after dinner. It was the
end to a perfect day.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 1996
Show day - Jones Beach, New York. They're filming the show tonight for a
program called "On Tour." We had "Stuttering John" from Howard Stern's show
open for us tonight.
I was feeling OK today, except I was hitting the Ventilin again. I was so
terrified I was going to have a repeat of the Vancouver show. So in true
Ozzy style (I can never do anything normally, it's all or nothing with me) I
must have taken 40-50 hits of Ventilin (normally I take two sprays a day).
I was so wired that Sharon threw all my inhalants out the window and
threatened to kick my ass if I ever took any more again. I thought my heart
was going to come out of my chest. After the show I was up all night.
6:00 p.m. Live in-person interview with "WBAB-FM" (Long Island radio station)
at Jones Beach.
DJ: Robin Lane
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 1996
Sharon and I never left the room all day. I'm still buzzing from the
Ventilin. I couldn't sleep Sunday night either.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18 1996
I'm still in New York City. Today I did a photo session and interview for
"Live" magazine which started at noon and went until 4:00 p.m. On the way
back from the session I stopped off at B. Dalton's book store and bought half
When I got back to the hotel I thought I was going to spend all night
reading, but of course I fell asleep while reading the first chapter.
12:00 p.m. Photo shoot and interview for "Live" magazine.
Photographer: Barron Claiborne
Interviewer: Mark Marvel