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. Some of the entries are written like Ozzy personally typed it himself but I highly doubt he did. Read on!!!!February 28th,1995Ozzy Osbourne started recording his new album in Paris today. Zakk Wylde isplaying guitar and he is really psyched about having his old mate, GeezerButler, back on bass. New recruit, Deen Castronovo, is playing drums on thealbum. Deen comes by way of Portland, Oregon. Ozzy's album is being producedby Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Michael says "I thought my album with Soundgarden was heavy, but I have halfof Black Sabbath in the studio with me. If I can't get a heavy soundingalbum 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, Idon't give a shit." Pre-production on the album ended last week in New York. All went well. Zakk only knocked onehole in his hotel room wall. "He must be a little off-color" says Ozzy, "Last time Zakk knockedfour holes in the walls of his room." Zakk was, as usual, in great form. It was ten days intopre-production before he decided to bathe. It wasn't by his own choice when Zakk finally took ashower. He had been banned from the studio until he washed his armpits and hair.
March 1st,1995Ozzy walked into the studio in Paris and shit. "My producer has got more equipment in therethan the Space Shuttle. He's got to be a fucking wizard! He's recording the drums through ahuge PA system that would be big enough to do a gig with at Madison Square Garden. I lovethe studio that we're recording at, it's so big. It's an old cinema that's been converted into arecording studio.""I hate being in Paris," says Ozzy, "Because I don't speak a fucking word of French! But I likethe studio." Zakk Wylde has a remedy for eternal youth, he drinks his own urine. Says Ozzy, "big deal, I have awife who craps in Tiffany boxes and has them hand-delivered to her enemies. Zakk has a longway to go before he can beat that one."
March 2nd,1995"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. Ithink 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'tGet Up." Ozzy is really tired as they are working into the early hours of the morning each day. Heusually starts in the studio during the early afternoon and doesn't finish until the early morning. SaysOzzy, "as I'm telling you this, I've just been told by my producer that I'll have to work all daySunday." Ozzy wakes up and works out for two hours every morning. He's been going around Paris withGeezer, who's addicted to finding antique toys. Says Ozzy, "he's got more toys than my kids. He'sout of his mind, that's why I love him. When we were in New York doing pre-production, assoon 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 hasbeen tracking he plays with his mouth open. When he plays I've been trying to throw the tabletennis balls into his mouth. I've got four in, so far. We had a celebration in the studio onThursday, 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, soI'll have to let you know what happened over Saturday and Sunday on Monday's entry. Have agood weekend God Bless ...Ozzy."
March 6th 1995Says Ozzy, "Things are really slowing down in the studio. Over the weekend we only trackedthree new songs. We are planning on recording 17 songs and we'll then choose 11 for thealbum. For this album I've written 30 songs, so there's plenty in hand. So far we've recordedthe following songs:" FALLIN' UP SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE I JUST WANT YOU TOMORROW DENIAL THE WHOLE WORLDS FALLING DOWN RASPUTIN OLD LA MOTHERS CRYING
March 7th 1995Bonjour... It's pissing down with rain in Paris for the eighth day. The studio is situated near the river banks. Theysay that if it rains for two more days the river may overflow. If so, Ozzy will be seen being airliftedout 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 deathwith that now. That was 18 months ago. It didn't pass the test of time, so I'm coming up with anew 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 forbrief interview. However, the journalists interpreter got arrested in Paris for indecent exposure andspent the weekend in jail. The journalist couldn't speak a word of English and Ozzy doesn't speakJapanese, so they end up bowing at each other all day Ozzy said, "I've got a bad back, willsomeone please tell him to stop bowing to me."
March 8th 1995Good morning.... We wrote a brand new song today in the studio... no title yet! Michael Beinhorn gave Ozzy a presentyesterday. It was a classic old microphone. The same microphone as Adolf Hitler used at theN?rnberg rallies. Say Ozzy, "It's around 14 inches wide. It's the biggest microphone I've eversung 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 ofgarlic," says Ozzy "and he smells like a French whore! I've given him a toilet brush to cleanout his mouth with."
March 9th 19950zzy 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 thefucking 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 14pounds 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 thenoise 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, comingover 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 1995Helloooooo... The studio is now a desert island theme. We have palm trees, lounge chairs and tropical drinks beingServed. Still trying to break up the monotony. Ozzy sneaked off from the studio yesterday and spent the whole day at the Virgin Mega Store inParis. 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 nowso Ozzy wasn't really needed. Geezer says he thinks this is the heaviest album Ozzy has ever done. Geezer is also doing a soloproject which is very heavy with an industrial cutting edge. Ozzy says, "Geezer's music is thehardest stuff I have ever heard in my life. It's scary."
March 13th 1995Greetings from Paris......... Ozzy had a surprise visitor at the studio on Saturday. It was his son, Jack! Jack had flown in withGeezer'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 roomsuntil 6:30 in the morning. Zakk was locked out of his room so he did his usual trick of punching ahole 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 Vaiand "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: FALLIN' UP SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE I JUST WANT YOU TOMORROW DENIAL THE WHOLE WORLD'S FALLING DOWN RASPUTIN OLD LA MOTHERS CRYING BECAUSE OF YOU WALK ON WATER MAD WORLD GOOD TO BE BAD GHOST BEHIND MY EYES PERRY MASON MY LITTLE MAN Theres's also one more new track which is still untitled at the moment.
March 15th 1995Deen 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 casualshots and Michael Beinhorn is really getting pissed off. He's already thrown him out a couple oftimes.Ozzy is doing vocals in the studio and is still busy finishing up some lyrics, so the atmosphere is veryintense. They've posted a sign on the studio door that says "IF YOU'RE NOT WORKING INTHIS 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 playspiano and at another he plays acoustic guitar. While playing at the piano bar on Saturday night, oneof the patrons gave him a 100 Franc bill and said "keep up the good work."
March 16th 1995Bonjour.... There was a shipment of fifteen bass guitars that arrived at the studio today for Geezer. He wants touse a different bass on every track. Geezer is busy experimenting getting a different bass sound onevery track. He already has 20 basses there. Says Ozzy, "the studio looks like a House ofGuitars." Photographer, Gene Kirkland arrived from LA today to take more pictures of Ozzy. Says Ozzy, "Ihaven't done a photo session in nearly 3 years. I have all this work, but I've done nothing buthave 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 andmoving 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 nextmorning."
March 17th 1995The Suits (that's what Ozzy calls the executives from his record company) are arriving FromSony/New York today. They'll be spending the weekend at the studio listening to how the album isprogressing .This week we were notified that the hotel that the band is staying in in Paris has gone bankrupt. Theyare no longer working phones in the rooms, there's no maid service and any minute now they'rewaiting to get turned out on the street. Says Zakk "Now I know why they didn't bother fixing mydoor. 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 departedParis over the weekend en route to their respective homes. Everyone will take a break for the nextweek and they will begin working again on March 27th in New York.
March 29th 1995Welcome 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 willhave a full update tomorrow.
March 30th 1995Everything is moving along great. The WWII German machine gun is now in New York City alongwith 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 studioyesterday. Says Ozzy, "I'll just smoke 100 cigarettes and gargle with some broken glass and I'llbe fine tomorrow."
March 31st 1995Ozzy will be working seven days a week now as he is desperately trying to make the album'sSeptember 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 alwaysenjoys his time here. The area in New York where the studio is full of Music Stores. MichaelBeinhorn and Ozzy have been spending time going to the shops looking for weird and wonderfulinstruments to borrow to use on the album Ozzy has completed vocals on three songs now, Says Ozzy, "Michael Beinhorn is such aperfectionist. He made me sing "See You On The Other Side" 85 times before he was happywith 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 theunsuspecting victims at the studio. Last week he had 20 large pizzas delivered to Michael Beinhornand this was after the record company had just taken them all out to dinner. Yesterday it was 10three-foot party submarine sandwiches that were delivered to Zakk and today $400 worth ofChinese Food came for the engineer. All three were unsuccessful in arguing their way out of payingfor the orders since there are few good restaurants in the area that deliver and all three restaurantsthreatened 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 sparetime Ozzy's been going around with a magic marker pen adding to the artwork by drawing glasses onhe 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 theyhad. 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 thestudio, Ozzy had ordered spare ribs and corn on the cob for him for lunch. Recording ended early asMichael's mouth was in terrible pain after eating. The guys stayed at the studio and played videogames.
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 asZakk tried to punch him out. So far, Zakk has finished all the guitar parts, including solos, on 7 songsnow. Michael Goldstone, Ozzy's A&R person, come down to the studio today to listen to all the tracksrecorded so far. Ozzy has been writing new lyrics for the song "Back On Earth", Says Ozzy, "thistrack'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 hiswatch and wallet. Said Michael, "I'd give him anything so long as he didn't touch my DAT oftoday'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 Servicetype agents who thought Ozzy looked suspicious. They wanted to check his ID and questioned himbefore they let him up to his room. Says Ozzy, "I've been accused of some things in my life, but aterrorist!!" Ozzy checked out of that hotel this morning and moved to another. "I hated that hotelanyway," 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 heshould 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 treadmilltoday. Ozzy finished another vocal today and Zakk finished another guitar solo. Ozzy's vocals alwaystake awhile because his vocal technique is to double-track everything, so everything has to be donetwice. Michael Beinhorn says that he's never ever done a vocal this way and he's enthralled as tohow Ozzy gets his vocal sound. The record company executives were coming down to the studio later this evening to listen to howthe album is progressing. Also, Ozzy's family will be arriving in New York this week for Easter
April 11th 1995Record company executives are overjoyed with the progress of Ozzy's album and with how it'ssounding. Ozzy's assistant, Tony, slipped while carrying a tray of coffee and crashed through a glass door at thestudio 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 hearrived that he plays his music too loud late at night. See Ozzy likes to bring home tapes from thestudio every night to listen to how the album is progressing and he likes to turn up the volume to getthe proper effect. Ozzy said he wouldn't be surprised if he'll be packing his bags and looking foranother hotel by the end of the week
April 12th 1995OZMOSIS UPDATE.............. 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 gettingbusy having Jack do some back-up vocals for the album. Sony is determined to make the releasedate 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 complaintsfrom the guests.
April 14th 1995OZMOSIS UPDATE........... Kerrang! magazine journalist, Steffan Chirazi, spent all day yesterday listening and observing thegoings on in the studio. He was also able to squeeze in a long interview with Ozzy for his report. Youcan read his review and observations on the recording of OZMOSIS now as the first part of theseries appears in this weeks Kerrang! Part 1 of the series details the recording of OZMOSIS inParis. Ozzy is now hard at work on harmonies as in the last few days Ozzy finished up leads vocals on fivemore songs: I JUST WANT YOU TOMORROW SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE BACK ON EARTH GHOST BEHIND MY EYES
April 17th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Ozzy was working on a new song entitled "Thunder Underground" today. It's an up tempo rockerand was one of the best songs that was written for the album. Ozzy, Zakk & Geezer wrote this songin the studio right before they started recording basic tracks 0zzy & Geezer collaborated on the lyricstogether. Ozzy is now addicted to the movie "Dumb And Dumber." "I watched it three times todaybefore I came down to the studio," said Ozzy, "It's the goofiest movie I've ever seen."
April 18th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Ozzy was due to put down a new vocal on the song "Ghost Behind My Eyes" which is a song hewrote with Mark Hudson and Steve Dudas, but he walked out of the studio because there was abacking track that was put down without his knowledge. Ozzy had a giant wobbler and threw a fewpieces of furniture and a few mics before he walked out. Said Ozzy, "I wrote this song with myfriends, Mark and Steve, this song means a lot to me and I don't like people messing with mywork."
April 19th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Ozzy worked on a track entitled "Denial" today which is another song that he wrote with MarkHudson and Steve Dudes. Mark has written songs with Aerosmith and Steve is a good friend ofMark's who is a guitar teacher in Los Angeles. Says Ozzy, "this is my favorite track on the albumand I want this song to have the best vocal I can give, but Michael Beinhorn was cracking thewhip on this one." It took Ozzy 7 hours before he was able to satisfy Mr. Beinhorn with the rightvocal.
April 20th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Japanese press and film crew were in the studio today, so Ozzy did not record all day. He only didpress and TV interviews. It was just as well that Ozzy didn't have to sing today as his throat wasinflamed from singing 7 hours in the studio yesterday. His doctors have advised Ozzy that he shouldnot sing a note for the next two days.
April 21st 1995OZMOSIS Update... Today was a day off. Not only does Ozzy still have a sore throat, but on top of that he now has awicked toothache. Ozzy spent the day in his hotel room working on his paintings. He's miserable, he can't talk becauseof his sore throat and he can't eat because of his toothache. Ozzy will be back in the studio this weekend.
April 24th 1995OZMOSIS Update... The studio was cencelled today as Ozzy is still in agony from his teeth. Recording sessions willresume on Friday, April 28, so check back then for the next OZMOSIS Update.
April 28th 1995The band are now in Woodstock, New York recording two songs ("Old LA Tonight" and "Back OnEarth"). Michael Beinhorn was not happy with how they how come out earlier and decided theyshould be recorded again, so Geezer and Deen had to be flown back for more recording. They willalso be recording an extra song, "The Whole World's Falling Down," which will end up as a bonustrack for Japan. Ozzy is taking a break, but he will return to the studio next week to finish up hisvocals.
May 1st 1995OZMOSIS Update... Geezer, Deen and Zakk were in a Bearsville, New York recording studio this weekend re-recordingtwo songs for OZMOSIS. Everyone hated it there and worked 28 hours a day (or at least as manyhours 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 1995OZMOSIS Update... Back at the studio in New York City today. Everyone's relieved to be out to "Hicksville" and back inthe city. Zakk's now laying down his guitar solos. Ozzy is really happy as his old friend, RickWakeman (who played on Black Sabbath's album "Sabotage"), is coming to New York in a coupleof weeks to play keyboards on OZMOSIS.
May 3rd 1995OZMOSIS Update... Ozzy flew back into New York today to start finishing his vocals for OZMOSIS. He's really excitedto 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 histeeth. 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 finishedwith his work on OZMOSIS. Deen was supposed to have gone home, but is being kept in NewYork to do back-up vocals with Ozzy.
May 5th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Zakk is now finishing up the guitars on the track "The Whole World's Falling Down" which will bethe bonus track for Japan. The mood at the studio has now grown even sadder as this will be Zakk'slast day working on OZMOSIS and working for Ozzy. As you all know, Ozzy has given Zakk hisfreedom so that he can try to pursue his dream gig with Guns N Roses. So there's lots of good-byeshappening all around today. I hope you'll all join us in wishing Zakk good luck with his pursuit of thesecond guitarist slot in Guns N' Roses.
May 8th 1995Recording sessions are being cancelled for the week as Ozzy had dental surgery again today (he hada 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'svocals left to record and some keyboards which are being recorded Monday of next week whenRick Wakeman comes into New York to add his contributions to OZMOSIS.
May 15th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Keyboard legend, Rick Wakeman, flew in from England to New York to play classical piano on thetrack "Old LA Tonight." Rick literally got off the plan and went straight into the studio as he onlyhas two days to finish his parts being that he's in the middle of a project he's working on in Englandright now. John Christ from the band Danzig was recently given an assignment by RIP magazine to interviewOzzy for the cover of their October issue. It had been very difficult scheduling this interview givenOzzy's recording schedule and Danzig's touring schedule, but finally everything came together todaywhen Ozzy and John sat down together at Ozzy's hotel to talk. They got on really well and ended uptalking for five hours ( the interview had been scheduled for just two hours). You can read all thedetails in the October issue of RIP.
May 16th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Rick Wakeman was back in the studio again today putting keyboards down on the song "See YouOn The Other Side." Afterwards Ozzy came down to the studio and Ozzy and Rick ended upreminiscing for hours. Rick, as you might recall, played keyboards on the Black Sabbath albumSabotage, which is when they first met. They hadn't seen each other in years and while they weretalking they kind of lost track of time causing Rick to almost miss his plane back to England thatnight.
May 17th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Ozzy finally had the stitches removed from his mouth from his dental surgery last week. Ozzy wasfeeling much better today. He ended up singing for five hours in the studio and finished up the vocalson the song "Thunder Underground." Ozzy is now back on track and singing great. Michael Beinhorn gave Ozzy some good news at theend of recording today, he thinks they might finish tracking OZMOSIS by weeks end.
May 18th 1995OZMOSIS Update... Ozzy finished another vocal today on one the newer songs, "Mr Jekyll Can't Hide." RichardGriffiths and Michael Goldstone from Ozzy's record label, Epic Records, came down to the studioagain 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 befinished tomorrow and they will be ready to start mixing the album.
May 19th 1995OZMOSIS Update... In the studio today Ozzy sang another vocal for "See You On The Other Side" and finished up witha few other vocal parts that were still undone. After five months of recording, OZMOSIS is now finished and ready for mixing. Ozzy is relieved andsays he can't wait to get back home to England. The release date for OZMOSIS has been set forOctober 10th. The following is the tracking list for OZMOSIS: I JUST WANT YOUDENIALGHOST BEHIND MY EYESMY LITTLE MANTHUNDER UNDERGROUNDBACK ON EARTHMR JEKYLL CAN'T HIDESEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDEPERRY MASONOLD LA TONIGHTTOMORROW
20 JULY 1995Flew from my home in England to Miami to do MTV Lation. I wasbummed out all day cause I had to leave my and the realization that I mback on the road.
21 JULY 1995Interview with MTV Latino in Miami. Flight to LA to start rehearsals.
22 JULY 1995It s all a bit strange. First day of rehearsals with Joe, but it s also excitingfor me.
23 JULY 1995Met with David Bianco to discuss album mixes
24 JULY 1995Rehearsals at 3rd Encore.
25 JULY 1995Rehearsals at 3rd Encore again. It s sounding great.
26 JULY 1995Appointment at Beverly Hills Hearing Center for ear molds for hiswireless monitors. Rehearsals at 3rd Encore.
27 JULY 1995Interview (with Joe Holmes) with Jeff Kitts for Guitar School magazinecover story. Also, photos with Gene Kirkland to accompany article.Rehearsals at 3rd Encore.
28 JULY 1995Interview 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 1995Interview with Jennifer Rose for Faces magazine.
30 JULY 1995Meeting with Jeb & Monica to discuss tour film.
31 JULY 1995Rehearsals at 3rd Encore. Joe and I are now working well together. I mfeeling more confident about him every day.
1 AUGUST 1995Phoner 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 1995Phoner with Claudia Arellano/Radio ActivoFilming for Show intro film. It s very hard filming the intro film for mytour as every time we try and a take, I crack up laughing. Once I start, thewhole crew starts. This is the goofiest thing I ve ever done.
3 AUGUST 1995Filming for Tour Film.
4 AUGUST 1995Reheasals at 3rd Encore.
5 AUGUST 1995Band photo shoot and interviews with John Harrell for Burrn! magazine.Last day of Rehearsals at 3rd Encore. Well, ready or not, rehearsals areover. I can t say I m shitting myself, but it s like going into the unknown.
6 AUGUST 1995Band photo shoot with Gene Kirkland.Interview Andreas Schowe/Metal Hammer Germany.
7 AUGUST 1995Band photo shoot and interviews with William Hames for Japanese press
8 AUGUST 1995I finally get a day off!
9 AUGUST 1995Phoner 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 (newspapersand magazines).Press Conference phoner with South American Radio.Phoner with Cesar Nemitz/Metal Head (Brazil).Phoner with Gabriel Dvoskin/N.A. (Argentina).
10 AUGUST 1995Phoner 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,Mexico).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 1995Took some time off to be with my kids before I leave for Austin, TX tostart the tour.
14 AUGUST 1995Ozzy flight to Austin, TX. Ozzy holds press conference for Austin press.
15 AUGUST 1995Phoner 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 1995Phoner 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 MusicHall sell out in 10 minutes.
17 AUGUST 1995Phoner 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 1995Phoner 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 1995Warm-up show at Austin Music Hall. Considering this is the first gig thatmy new band played, I was quite happy with the show. It feels great to beback on stage. The show was 2 hours, but it felt like only a few minutes.
20 AUGUST 1995Flight to Los Angeles.
21 AUGUST 1995Another well-deserved day off!
22 AUGUST 1995Phoner for The Daily Telegraph (London) with Caspar Smith re: 10thAnniversary of Live-Aid.Phoner with Steve Rosen for Player magazine.
23 AUGUST 1995Flight to Mexico City. When I got through immigration there werehundreds of fans waiting for me. It was craziness! I could not believe thiswas happening. It was my first time in Mexico City and the greeting at theairport blew me away.
24 AUGUST 1995Mexico 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 atthe end of the day I had dinner with the Sony Music Executives fromMexico.
25 AUGUST 1995Today I went on a trip to visit the pyramids. This was truly a wonderfulexperience. Usually when I m on tour in different countries, I only see thehotel 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, MexicoShow day at Amphitheatre, Monterrey, Mexico. It s the second show ofthe tour with the new band. We re having a little problem with the newdrummer. All he seems to care about is where his limo was and how bighis hotel room is.
27 AUGUST 1995Flight to Mexico City, Mexico.
28 AUGUST 1995Show day at Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico. Third show in. Thecrowd was amazing. I cannot believe the response. Everyone sings alongin English.
29 AUGUST 1995Flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
30 AUGUST 1995Still travelling. We arrive in Sao Paulo.
31 AUGUST 1995I m in shock, I have a day off!!!
1 SEPTEMBER 1995In-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 1995Show day - Monsters Of Rock Festival (60,000 people). It was a fuckingunbelievable show! The crowd was brilliant. It was an almost perfectnight. The band played great, except for the drummer who thinks it s aone man show. He was still playing when I was trying to talk to the audiencebetween songs. He s still looking for his limo. That night I chatted on theMonsters Of Rock Internet Site that was set up by Global Artists. Iphoned my office afterwards and asked to go out and buy me a computer. I m hooked!
3 SEPTEMBER 1995Travel day.
4 SEPTEMBER 1995Interview with Manchete MagazinePhoner with Tom Leao/Rio Fanzine.Interview with International Magazine.Interview with Carlos Oliveira/Eckabe Press Agency.Interview with Cidade???
5 SEPTEMBER 1995Visit Corcovado Christ with MTV, Sony and contest winners.
6 SEPTEMBER 1995Show day at Metropolitan, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Another great gig. Thecrowds have all been amazing. Next stop Chile.
7 SEPTEMBER 1995Travel day.
8 SEPTEMBER 1995Show day at Estadio Chile, Santiago, Chile. I could honestly say that thisis the wildest crowd I have ever played to in my entire career. They werephysically hanging off the rafters while I was playing. They were brilliantAfter the show I met all the Sony/Chile executives back at my hotel.
9 SEPTEMBER 1995Travel day.
10 SEPTEMBER 1995Show day at Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina Monsters of Rock show. This was another amazing show. This wholeSouth American trip was a total education to me. I can t wait to go backsoon. I phoned my old drummer, Randy Castillo, today. He told me thathis band project had fallen apart, so I asked him if he wanted to come outand join us on the tour. I think Limo Man should go get a gig with JerryLewis or something.
11 SEPTEMBER 1995Interview with Martin Desson & Tony Medley/Loaded Magazine (UK).Buenos Aires Press Conference (55 radio stations, 25 press people, 7 TVcrews 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 1995Show day at Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last show of thetour. The band sounds better every night. Joe s really coming into hisown. Geezer, of course, is brilliant, but Limo Man is still looking for hislimo. I m bumming out that the tour s already over.
13 SEPTEMBER 1995Flight to Los Angeles.
14 SEPTEMBER 1995Arrived in Los Angeles.
15 SEPTEMBER 1995I hate to fire anyone. It s a hard thing to do and I hate to see anyonewithout a gig, even Limo Man, but it had to be done. I told Limo Man touse his return plane ticket to go home.
16 SEPTEMBER 1995Video shoot for Perry Mason in Van Nuys (Ralph Ziman directing). Asusual, I hate making fucking videos! The Video Director always say thatthey need you at 7 in the morning. When you get there they put 10pounds of shit on your face and then you sit and wait, and wait. I didn tget back to the hotel until 3 in the morning. I was so pissed off!
17 SEPTEMBER 19952nd day of video shoot. Same thing, sitting in the fucking trailer waiting,and waiting, and waiting. Didn t finish until midnight.
18 SEPTEMBER 1995Travel to Japan with Joe Holmes for press tour.
19 SEPTEMBER 1995Still travelling. Arrived in Tokyo today.
20 SEPTEMBER 1995Interview 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 1995Interview with Mr. Kouji Kitai for What s In. Interview for MTV In Control with Makoto AugaiInterview 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 1995Travel to OsakaOzzy 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. Therecord company and press people really seem to love Joe.
23 SEPTEMBER 1995Travel back to Tokyo.Sony Dinner.
24 SEPTEMBER 1995The 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 1995Interview 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 1995Interview with B Z Beat Zone.Interview and photo session with Mr. Makoto Wada (music critic).Phoner with In-Rock. Mr. Shibata - InterviewerInterview and photos with Guitar with Jun Kawai.What a trip this has been. Everyone seems to love my new album. Can twait to come back to Japan to tour in March 96.
27 SEPTEMBER 1995Flight to Paris for press.
28 SEPTEMBER 1995Ozzy arrives in Paris.
29 SEPTEMBER 1995Interview for AFP with Didier SaltonInterview and photos with 13 Magazine with Fred Burlet/Joseph Marie.
30 SEPTEMBER 1995Day off today. It seems strange to have a day off. My Wife and kids andmy secretary, Kathy Sherry, came to Paris to visit me for the weekend. Itook the kids to the Effiel Tower. We had a great day.
1 OCTOBER 1995Phoner 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 1995Phoner 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 1995Interview with Het Laaste Nieuws (Belgian/Flemish daily) with LucDujouri.Interview with Het Nieuwsblad (Belgian/Flemish daily) with Gert vanNieuwenhove.Interview with La Derniere Heure (Belgian/French daily) with LucL Orfevre.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 radioand 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 1995Flew to London for the day for English press. This is really sad for me asI 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 daywhile I did interviews. Interview with John Robinson for NME. Photographer - Martyn Goodacre.Interview and photos with Ben Thompson for The Independent OnSunday.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 Iwent home to stay the night.
5 OCTOBER 1995I m really sad today as I had to leave my home and my family to go toGermany to do more press. It s been a bad day for me because I m somisarable. What made it worse is that I was interviewed today by thisbitch from hell, who I later found out runs the Black Sabbath fan club inGermany. She is also a supposed journalist. She was a fucking witch! So after leaving my family and then being interviewed by this witch, I mfeeling tired. It s the worst day in a long time for me. I d just rather shutmyself in hotel room by myself.Interview & photos with Rock Hard with Hanno Kress.Taped radio interview for SWF3 with Jurgen BrendelTaped 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 1995It 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 toget 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/WomJournal, daily press, etc.).Interview with Visions with Michael Lorent.
7 OCTOBER 1995Flight to Toronto to start North American tour.
8 OCTOBER 1995Finally a day off again! I m beginning to feel better. That German bitchfrom hell really destroyed my whole European press trip. I now hear she ssending abusive mail to my office, but enough about that obsessive witch.
9 OCTOBER 1995Canadian press day at hotel.Everyone from the record company in Canadahas 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 1995Showday at Warehouse, Toronto, Canada. I m really nervous. It s ourfirst show of the North American tour. It s been a long while since I vetoured here. All these thoughts are running through my head. Thedemons in my head are starting again. The show was brilliant. Everyoneplayed their asses of. It was like Randy had never been away. Joe is nowlike my right arm and as time goes by we ve really bonded as people. Joeand I now have a new addiction....COFFEE! Every morning we drink coffeetogether 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 stayeduntil 3 in the morning, but the store would not stay open any longer andthe band and I were exhausted. The turnout was tremendous. 1,400 peopleturned up. I m truly touched that my fans are still there.
11 OCTOBER 1995Showday at Verdun Auditorium, Montreal, Canada. Another great show. Afterwards, Joe & I sat up until 4 in the morning having coffee. Earlier inthe day we got a call from Don Law informing us that the show inWorcester, MA might have to be cancelled, because they found a fault inthe roof.
12 OCTOBER 1995Another 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 AORstation).In-studio interview with Genevieve Borne for MUSIQUE PLUS (FrenchMTV). 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 myphoner with WAAF-FM (Worcester, MA) to inform them of the cancellation and to let them know we re coming to Worcester January 20to play the Centrum. We decide to fly to New York tonight as the wehave a show there Saturday. Arrived at 11:30 p.m. I m exhausted!
13 OCTOBER 1995Tonight was to be the show in Worcester. I m taking the day off.
14 OCTOBER 1995Showday at Roseland in New York City. I hate these shows where I feellike I m on trial. I love performing in New York, but I hear everyone forthe record company is coming. All the big suits (executives) from NewYork and LA and even the U.K., Australia and Japan are flying in for theshow. 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 1995Phoner with with Ray Koob for the Friday Morning Quarterback.Interview with Ann Kirk for Noisy Mothers (U.K.).
OCTOBER 16,1995 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 morning.
TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBERWell, the doctor says that I have bronchitis. He pumped me up with antibiotics andordered me to bed. The next two shows in Chicago and Detroit are going to have to berescheduled. Unfortunately, they cannot be rescheduled for 6 months so my agents aregoing to have to shuffle around some dates. I had about eight phone interviewsscheduled for today that I had to cancel. Sorry everyone!
WEDNESDAY,18 OCTOBERWe have now rescheduled some shows so hopefully everyone's happy. The show inChicago will now be on November 3, Detroit is now November 4, but the shows inTacoma 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 OCTOBERI'm still sick. I only had one thing on the schedule for today. I filmed some ID's for mynew Web Site which starts in two weeks. I did them with my friend, Jeb Brien, whodirected the intro film that starts my show.
OCTOBER 20,1995 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
OCTOBER 21,1995 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.
OCTOBER 22,1995 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.
OCTOBER 23,1995 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.
OCTOBER 24,1995 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.
OCTOBER 25,1995 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.
OCTOBER 26,1995 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 and slept.
OCTOBER 27,1995 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.
OCTOBER 28,1995 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.
OCTOBER 29,1995 Flew back to Los Angeles and slept all day. It was heaven!
OCTOBER 30,1995 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.
OCTOBER 31,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 1,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 2,1995 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 amazing.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.
NOVEMBER 3,1995 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 Straight."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.
NOVEMBER 4,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 5,1995 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!
NOVEMBER 6,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 7,1995 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. (Press) Interview for "Hotel Babylon" Interview at "The Net" Radio 1 Interview with "Soundbites" at Confederate Broadcasting Pre-recorded "Coca Cola Hit Mix" interviewTonight 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.
NOVEMBER 8,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 9,1995 We got up early and took Randy to see a doctor. The doctor said he has "CarpalTunnel 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.
NOVEMBER 10,1995 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"
NOVEMBER 11,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 12,1995 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"
NOVEMBER 13,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 14,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 15,1995 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 the show. (Press) Phone interview with "Rock 'N' Reporter" (Pittsburgh, PA) for December cover story.
NOVEMBER 16,1995 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.
NOVEMBER 17,1995 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 better mood.
FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER 1995Next 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 1995I spent the day at home walking through the forest with my dogs.
SUNDAY, 3 DECEMBER 1995Oh 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 1995I 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 1995The 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 1995Left 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 1995Still 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 1995Today 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 1995I 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 1995I 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 1995I 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 1995My 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 1995I 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 1995Can 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 1995Slept 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 1995The 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 1995Took 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 1995Back 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 1995I 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 1995This 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 1995I 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 1995Today 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 1995Had to get up early today for a video shoot. We re doing a video for See You OnThe Other Side. The concept for the video has now changed three times. It sbeen very difficult to tie this one down. The concept basically is me doing theperformance with a little bit of concept, which is meant to be thought s goingthrough my head. Typical video shoot. They get you there at 7 in the morning and then they don tuse you until 7 in the evening. I arrived at 7:00 a.m. ready for makeup. Themakeup girl tells me that I can t smoke near her as she suffers from asthma. Theonly reason I wanted to smoke anyway was to stay awake. Meanwhile shefinishes my makeup and then lights up a fucking big Marlboro! Now I m reallyconfused.Everybody on the video shoot is sick. Everyone has got a cold or a cough andI m walking around with a Michael Jackson mask (panty liner) on so that I don tget any germs. Get this, my cameraman who s meant to be the second coming ofChrist (he s supposed to the best) has a accident on the set, so we end up withsome goofball behind the camera now. Now I m shitting because I think I mgoing to end up looking like Roseanne in this video.By early evening I m really paranoid now. People are going down like flies withthe flu, so I decide to throw an Ozzy wobbler. I tell the director that they onlyhave me for one more hour and then I m leaving. Actually, I ended up staying 3more hours.
SUNDAY, 24 DECEMBER 1995It s Christmas Eve and the house is full of excitement. We have our friend, JebBrien, who directs some of my videos, with his little girls, Carly and Katie stayingwith 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 andfeeling very Christmasy. We went out for a late dinner and then went to midnightmass at our local church.
MONDAY, 25 DECEMBER 1995The children woke us up at 6:30 in the morning asking if they could go down andopen their gifts. Out comes the old video camera and we spent the next houropening gifts. We hired a couple of chefs to come in and cook us Christmaslunch today. They made us a great big breakfast and then we all went for a walkwith the dogs in the forest. We invited some friends over, all in all, we had 17 ofus over at the house for lunch. We ate and had fun all day. By 9:00 p.m. we wereall ready for bed.
TUESDAY, 26 DECEMBER 1995I didn t wake until lunch time and then out comes those dreadful suitcases. It stime to pack to leave again. Every time my dog sees the suitcases he knows I mleaving, so he s not talking to me today. He s pissed off with me. It was a lazyday otherwise, I spent the rest of the day sleeping.
WEDNESDAY, 27 DECEMBER 1995We caught an early flight to Denver, Colorado today. The whole family is comingwith me. We left the house early in the morning with 30 suitcases. It s anightmare when we all travel together. It was a long flight. We traveled for almost 13 hours, but we got there finally andsafely.
THURSDAY, 28 DECEMBER 1995We hate the hotel, we re moving! It s like sleeping in the middle of a freeway, somyself, Sharon, the kids, my assistant, Tony and 30 suitcases are moving. (Press)5:30 p.m. Phone interview with KILO-FM (Colorado Springs) Interviewer: Gary Wolfe5:45 p.m. Phone interview with KRFX-FM (Denver) Interviewer: Alan Roach
FRIDAY, 29 DECEMBER 1995I woke up and my chest doesn t feel so great. Jack has now got a cold. I calledmy old friend from Denver, Dr. Buzz, to come over to see me at the hotel. He saysmy chest doesn t sound too good and he wants me to have a X-Ray. Jack and Iwent 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 1995The band flew into Denver today. I m really looking forward to spending time withthem. I m taking my inhalants for my chest, so I did a lot of sleeping today.
SUNDAY, 31 DECEMBER 1995I 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 feelblessed that I m starting my 1996 off on stage doing what I love best in the worldand getting paid for it! I couldn t have thought of a better way to bring in the newyear. My band was great and the audience was great. I m the luckiest man aliveand 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 1996Slept most of the day. My kids and my wife are leaving for Vail today to goskiing. I m backing out on the trip. My chest isn t feeling too good. This is it. Ican 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 themdown the toilet. If I see one more fucking doctor, I m going to hang myself.
TUESDAY, 2 JANUARY 1996I m climbing the fucking walls for a cigarette. This is harder than I thought it wasgoing 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.(Press)5:00 p.m. Phone interview with the San Antonio News Express Interviewer: Jim Beal
WEDNESDAY, 3 JANUARY 1996The kids and my wife arrived back from Vail this morning. We re all leaving forDallas today. I sat for 4 hours on the plane with Nicoderm patches all over myface. This is no fucking joke now! It s the toughest thing I ve ever done. I wasbiting my pillow because I wanted to smoke so bad.Unbeknowst to me, there are two women sitting behind me on the plane who kepttalking 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 hercoat pocket. Shrimp tails, chicken bones, some half eaten mashed potatoes andpeas all went in the coat pocket.
THURSDAY, 4 JANUARY 1996I 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 greatvibe backstage. Everyone is getting along great. Great crowd and a great showtonight. I m on lucky son-of-a-bitch!
FRIDAY, 5 JANUARY 1996The wife and kids left today to go back home to England. There were lots oftears. I m really climbing the walls for a cigarette. This has been harder for methan coming off the drugs and the booze.(Press)4:30 p.m. Phone interview with KISS-FM (San Antonio) Contact: Tom Scheppke5:00 p.m. Phone interview with KMJX-FM (Little Rock) Contact: Tom Wood
SATURDAY, 6 JANUARY 1996San Antonio today. A plaque was given to me by KISS-FM for donating money toa local food bank during the Thanksgiving holiday, which apparantly inspiredothers to donate as well. The radio station collected so much money that it tookthem through the Christmas holiday. It made me feel great. Jonathan, the singer from KORN, is really cool. In fact I went out in the audiencetonight and watched some of their set. Right now I m one happy motherfucker!
SUNDAY, 7 JANUARY 1996Seven days without a cigarette. This is the longest I ve ever gone without acigarette in my life. I can t believe it! No more nicotine on my fingers, no moresmelling like an ashtray. Joe and I spent the afternoon writing today. He scoming 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 bandwas having a great time. It was another great gig.
MONDAY, 8 JANUARY 1996Day 8 and still not smoking. I was going to make a surprise visit to KLOL inHouston today, so myself, Tony and Epic Records Rep, Gayle Miller, got a taxifrom the hotel. On the way to the station we were rear-ended on the freeway. Itwas actually a 3 car collision. I cannot believe my luck. The 3 of us were thrownforward in the car and all of us ended up with some wicked whiplash. I mdefinitely accident prone. If there were 100 people in the street and a flock ofbirds flew over, the shit would land on me. Later in the evening I made what Ithink was my eleventh appearance on the syndicated radio program Rockline. (Press)10:30 p.m. Rockline Broadcast
TUESDAY, 9 JANUARY 1996There s no fucking way I ll be head banging tonight. I can t move my body. I feelso 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 usuallydoes. We had to cancel the show tonight in Little Rock. We re going to try toreschedule it for sometime in April.
THURSDAY, 11 JANUARY 1996Eleven days of not smoking and I ve gained eleven pounds. When normally I dpick up a cigarette, now I pick up food. On a good day I d smoke 60-80cigarettes, but I m not going to smoke. I m determined!!!We had some sad news today. Geezer is getting really homesick and my tour isscheduled 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 verysad to see Geezer go. In fact, the closer it gets to the end of the month, thesadder I ll be. I spent most of the day in my room watching TV.(Press) 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 1996We re in Lexington, Kentucky tonight. Another great show. One of the bestshows we re done in weeks. Everything was perfect.(Press) 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 1996Thirteen days without a cigarette and I m thirteen pounds heavier. I stayed in myroom and read all day. I also did a little painting.
SUNDAY, 14 JANUARY 1996Dayton, Ohio tonight. It was a terrific show. Unbelievable!! I really enjoyedmyself tonight and the audience were fucking nuts!
MONDAY, 15 JANUARY 1996Day off. I slept most of the day. I got up late in the afternoon. I can t watch TVbecause if I see anyone smoking I m going to go fucking crazy. I don t want to goout, I don t want to do anything. I m just dreaming about cigarettes.
TUESDAY, 16 JANUARY 1996Everyone on tour is getting on so well. It s a very comfortable situationbackstage. LIFE OF AGONY and KORN are all really cool. It s like we re all onebig family now. The show tonight was good, not great. Every time I looked out at the audienceeveryone looked like a cigarette to me. Just joking!(Press) 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 1996Traveled to New York City. Ah! the smell of New York is wonderful. Sharon isflying in from England tonight to be with me.
THURSDAY, 18 JANUARY 1996Oh shit, tonight s the big Meadowlands show. Everyone from my recordcompany and loads of my friends will be coming down tonight. Found out todaywe re not using the video for See You On The Other Side that I shot in Englandbefore Christmas. We re flushing it down the toilet.
FRIDAY, 19 JANUARY 1996The show was great last night. The crowd was fucking unbelievable. I fuckinglove New York!! I spent most of the day with my friends from Japan shooting apiece for Japanese television.(Press)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 DJ: Mike 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 1996We played it in the round tonight at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts. Itwas really different for me, but I loved every minute of it and the crowd lovedevery minute of it.(Press)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 1996New 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 Havenand then did a quick meet and greet. I felt really bummed because there were alot of fans there to meet me, but I was whisked from one location to another anddidn 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 hungout before the show. Whenever we get together we re the two biggesthypochondriac s we know. We like to spend hours complaining how sick weboth are (not!). Somebody from the crowd crashed through my quick change tent tonight. I thinkhe thought it was a solid object and not just a few curtains. He came flyingthrough 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 tothink of something else to get them with.
MONDAY, 22 JANUARY 1996Day off in New York. I ve got a meet and greet scheduled today. Some kids arecoming from Philadelphia to meet me at my hotel. Read my review from the NewYork show in today s New York Times. It was a good review, but the writer saidthat 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. Stay tuned.(Press)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 1996I flew into Philadelphia during the afternoon with Sharon, Tony, Epic RecordsRep, Gayle Miller and Video Director, Nigel Dick. My good friends, Steve andNancy Barnett, were waiting for me (Steve manages AC/DC) as it's theirhometown. We had a great chat before the show. I had such a great laugh onstage tonight. For some reason, and I don't know why, girls were throwingtheir 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 greatbig 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 planeeveryone was eating those Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches. As I don't eat redmeat, I ate a bunch of grapes. I'm sitting there watching those gutsybastards pounding down those big steak sandwiches. When I got back to thehotel room I was still wired and shaken from the show so I didn't get to beduntil 5:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, 24 JANUARY 1996I had only one interview scheduled this afternoon. Afterwards I was to be atthe 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 theyhave the Sony Club where they serve the best food. All my friends from thecompany were there waiting for me when I arrived. It was a really greatevening. Very informal, very comfortable. After 16 years here, my recordcompany are definite like my extended family. My platinum disc consisted of a giant cover of the album (it must be 3 feettall) and on the album cover the platinum disc was set in palm of my handlike I was holding it. They couldn't have thought of a nicer way to presentme with my platinum album. The whole evening was perfect. At the end of thenight I was walked back to the hotel with my platinum album under my arm. Iwould like to thank all of my family from Sony and, of course, without all ofmy fans this disc would never have been possible. Now I'm getting emotional. Alright, enough of this shit. I'm going to bed.(Press)4:00 p.m. Interview for "Seconds Magazine" for major feature. Interviewer: Steve Blush
THURSDAY, 25 JANUARY 1996Bummer, bad day. Syracuse is freezing, the gig is freezing and Geezer isleaving the tour today. All in all, it's a shitty day. Through the entireshow everyone was freezing up on stage. See, as we were playing, the openingband, Korn, were loading out their equipment through the doors directlybehind the stage. So it was unbelievably cold on stage and everyone wasbumming out because it was Geezer's last show with us. I'd like to apologizeto the fans who bought tickets and came to the show in Syracuse, because thewhole band was down and miserable. I really hope it didn't show that much onstage. 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. Theposition will just be filled. I love you Geezer.(Press)6:00 p.m. Interview with Z-Rock (Syracuse, NY) at venue.
FRIDAY, 26 JANUARY 1996Today I'm re-shooting my video for "See You On The Other Side" with videodirector, Nigel Dick. We're shooting it at Sony Studios in New York. I'mback in video hell!! Mike Inez arrived today and is rehearsing with the band in the studio next towhere we're filming the video. It's great to see him and I'm looking forwardto spending some time on the road with him. In fact, it feels like he'snever been away. I know how lucky I am to have a group of friends who aregreat musicians around me who just seem to drop into my life. I'd like tothank Alice In Chains and Susan Silver for letting me borrow Mike for thenext couple of months. I promise to send him back in the same condition Igot him. 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 asof today I've put on 26 lbs.
SATURDAY, 27 JANUARY 1996I 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 acigarette at one stage, but I didn't smoke it. Sharon left for Englandtoday. Every time she leaves it gets really quiet around here. The phonestops ringing and the room seems very quiet. I forget to tell you yesterday that Joe got a new haircut. He looks likePipi Longstocking now. The first show with Mike was unbelievable. He wasall over the stage. It seemed like we were having a party on stage.(Press)3:00 p.m. Phoner with WPYX-FM (ALBANY) to promote tonight's show. DJ: Paulie
SUNDAY, 28 JANUARY 1996Stayed at the hotel and slept. I did one interview and them went back to bedas I have to get up at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow to do the Howard Stern show.(Press)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 1996I got up at 6:00 a.m. ready to go hang with Howard Stern. I had such a greattime with him that I kept forgetting that it was a radio show. I felttotally at home. It was like having breakfast with a friend or something. Ijust never shut the fuck up. I had verbal diarrhea this morning. Howard isthe coolest. It must be 8 years since I've done an interview with Howard. Iforgot how cool he really is. Why am I talking shit? I was probably sostoned back then I couldn't remember much of it anyway. Afterwards I went back to thehotel to do a phone interview and then I'm leaving for Rochester thisafternoon.(Press)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 James6:00 p.m. Live radio interview with WCMF-FM (Rochester, NY) at venue.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 1996Today I have two phone interviews with radio stations in Phoenix, AZ. I LeftNew York late this afternoon for Hershey, PA. We were running a fundraisingcontest with WTPA-FM to raise money for the victims of the flood disaster inPennsylvania. The winner will get tickets and backstage passes to my showtonight and will get to come on stage with me for one song. A listener bythe name of Eddie Bower phoned in and donated $1,800.00. God bless EddieBower. 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 drumstool. We must have missed half the song as we were all laughing so hardwhen Randy was trying to get to his feet and he just kept slipping andsliding.The set's getting much tighter now with this only being Mike's 3rd show withus. My God....what a rock stud he's become. His side of the stage islittered with Wonderbra's and all I get are a couple of pairs of old socksand the occasional boot. After the show I did a meet and great with somecontest winners and then flew back to New York.(Press)3:00 p.m. Phoner with KUPD-FM (Phoenix). DJ: J.J. Jeffries3:15 p.m. Phoner with KLPX-FM (Tucson) DJ: Alex T
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 1996A complete day off! I worked on some new sketch's today and then rode myexercise bike for a couple of hours before I went back and did some moresketching. I also started hand painting a new pair of boots. I hate wearingnew boots. I always feel like a right dickhead when I'm wearing a pair ofstiff clean boots. It was a really good day for me. The phone never rang once. I was in my ownworld all day.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 1996Did some phone interviews around lunch time. This is my big move day. I'vebeen 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 Itravel with around 15 suitcases. I arrived in Cleveland just before soundcheck. I'm really looking forward totonight's show as I always like playing in Cleveland. I sang like a fuckingidiot 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 juststarts coming up from your chest for months. Every time I scream on stage oruse a lot of pressure on my throat, I choke on my own snot. I hope you areall throwing up now, `cos I am.(Press)12:30 p.m. Phoner with "WIOT-FM" (Toledo, OH) DJ: Dave Doran12:45 p.m. Phoner with "WBUZ-FM" (Toledo, OH) DJ: Mike Davis
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 1996My first phone interview of the day was for "Tower Pulse" magazine. I wasinterviewed by Pete Steele from Type O Negative. Pete seems like a reallycool guy. He asked me some interesting questions. I'm looking forward tomeeting him someday. My second phoner was with Fred Shuster from the "LADaily News."I'll now be basing myself out of Michigan for the next 9 days, but tonight'sshow is in Toledo. It's really cold here! I watched the Deftones for thefirst time tonight. Very interesting! They have the same vibe as Korn, butthe lucky fuckers are signed to Madonna's label. They seem like the vogueingtype to me.Joe is finally retaliating. He got me with a bucket of water on stagetonight so I told him "If you want to fuck with the Oz...you'd betterbeware!" So I waited until the timing was right. Joe was in the middle ofhis guitar solo in "Suicide Solution" and he was busy posing on top of thevideo cubes. Throwing some wicked shapes. When you least expectit......expect it! I got Joe with the gun. It must have went on for aboutfive minutes. I LOVE MY GUN! NOBODY FUCKS WITH THE OZ!!!(Press)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 1996Day off. I slept until late afternoon. I'm actually venturing out of thehotel today. I went to see Nicholas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas." He wasabsolutely brilliant in the lead role. He's my new hero. The movie is realdepressing though. I was nearly crying a couple of times. When I came outof the movie I was bummed, so I went back to the hotel and did some moresketching. I couldn't sleep. Stayed up all night. I must have phoned home to the kidsabout ten times. They were all bored with me by the end of the day so theyhanded the phone over to the dogs.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 1996I talked to my old friend Steffan Chirazi on the phone today. He's writing apiece on me for the San Francisco Chronicle. The show in Erie, PA tonight was great. Everyone had a great time. I thinkI even sang "Perry Mason" and "No More Tears" tonight. I know a lot of youguys have been pissed off with me because I haven't been singing a lot ofsongs 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 tosing those songs live.(Press)3:00 p.m. Phone interview for the "San Francisco Chronicle" Interviewer: Steffan Chirazi
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 1996It's another day off. Too many days off for me. I spent a couple ofhours 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 hiscomputer so that I could read my e-mail on America Online. I really enjoyedjust spending the day reading your mail. I'd like to thank everyone fortaking the time to send me some e-mail messages. This computer stuff can beso 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 bespending all day "surfing the net."
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 1996It's another gig day, but first I have a few phoners to do during theafternoon. I was really pumped for tonight's show in Detroit and I must sayit was one of the best shows of the tour so far. It was an outrageous showfrom beginning to end. The band and I had the best time. It was fuckinggreat! I'm really beginning to feel like my old self again. After the show I wasso wired that I couldn't sleep.(Press)3:00 p.m. Phoner with "WRIF-FM" (Detroit, MI) DJ: Arthur Penhollow3:15 p.m. Phoner with "WDZR-FM (Z-Rock)" (Detroit, MI) DJ: Rick Elliott3:30 p.m. Phoner with "WCSX-FM" (Detroit, MI) DJ: Carl Coffey
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7I had four phoners today. Tonight's gig is in Kalamazoo. This place holdsmany memories for me. I asked my wife to marry me in Kalamazoo. Also, I'llnever forget a gig we played here when Randy was alive, a guy tried to getinto the show with a skinned cows head perched on his shoulder. The bloodfrom the cows head was dripping down one side of his body. He was told verypolitely 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 lastnight's gig, but tonight's show was absolutely the best show so far. aI knowI've said this before, but I can't believe how lucky I am. I have so muchfun doing what I do and I get paid for it too!(Press)4:00 p.m. Phoner with "KGGO-FM" (Des Moines, IA) DJ: Jack4:15 p.m. Phoner with "KHMH-FM" (St. Cloud, MN) DJ: Scott4:30 p.m. Phoner with "KQRS-FM" (Minneapolis, MN) DJ: Mary Young4:45 p.m. Phoner with "KFAN-FM" (Minneapolis, MN) DJ: Chad Hartman
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 1996I'm completely exhausted today. I tried to stay awake, but I keep hittingthe sack. I turned the phones off. I turned the telly off and I'm signingoff for the day.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 1996Woke up late today and did my one phoner with WXLP-FM in Moline, IL. I'mmoving cities today. For the next week to 10 days I'll be based out ofMinneapolis.Tonight's show is in Minneapolis at the Target Center. The show went great. The band and I had a blast on stage tonight.(Press)2:30 p.m. Phoner with "WXLP-FM" (Moline, IL) Interviewer: Guy
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 1996Slept really late today. Had to fly Moline, IL for tonight's gig at TheMark. I was still trying to wake up on the plane. I hate that feeling, whenI don't have the time to wake up.So it's a Saturday night in Moline. It's definitely a wild bunch that livesin Moline, Illinois!!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 1996It's a day off. I'm in the middle of some new sketch's right now. All dayI've been back and forth sketching and painting some boots. I've justordered 8 pair of boots. Not that I can actually wear them all, I just enjoypainting my boots. People are always asking me where I get my hand-paintedboots from.I must have eaten 10 snickers bars today. I'm now into buying box loads ofthem and putting them in frig. They're great when there cold. This is mynew addiction of the month.MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 1996Spoke with Dave Backer (Pop Music Critic) for the Oakland Tribune today for afeature 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 Ifeel like I've got a day job. I need some excitement! I thought I'd seen everything, but tonight was definitely a first. Duringthe show Joe jumped into the audience from the stage to give a guitar pick toa guy in a wheelchair, when a security guard decided to beat him up for noreason at all. It's bad enough they beat up on my fans at the shows, butthey're beating up on my band. I'm fucked if I know what's going on in theseguys heads anyway. This security guard punched Joe in the nose and thenstarted beating on his chest. Joe's nose is big enough as it is. He didn'tneed any help in that department.I have to admit that I'm back on the cigarettes now. I just can't standlooking at myself in the mirror. I'm so upset with the weight I've put onsince I stopped smoking. So I said "fuck it, I'm going to start smokingagain."(Press)4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Oakland Tribune" Interviewer: Dave Backer
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 1996Busy press day. I have 4 phone interviews to do with radio stations aroundthe country. Well, I've finally made it to Ames, Iowa! I had canceled Ames twice beforeon prior tours. I can't believe I'm here. It's the first time I've playedAmes. 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 agreat time, when from out of nowhere the police started to come down theaisles and the Building Manager turned the house lights on. Apparently, theBuilding Manager thought that the crowd was getting too out of hand and sentfor the local police. These people are so fucking dumb! Don't they realizethat these kids were just having a good time? They weren't harming anyoneand there was absolutely no violence happening. It was a great atmosphereand everyone was really enjoying themselves until they turned the houselights on and the police started to hit everyone. I was so fucking depressedand frustrated because you feel like you have no control when these fuckingidiots 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 meout the building, onto my plane and out of town in 10 minutes. I think thesuits are still looking for me.(Press)3:00 p.m. Phoner with "KGGO-FM" (Des Moines, IL) Interviewer: Jack Emerson3:15 p.m. Phoner with "WWCT-FM" (Peoria, IL) Interviewer: Jamie Markley3:30 p.m. Phoner with "WBNQ-FM" (Bloomington, IL) Interviewer: Rick Holberg3:45 p.m. Phoner with "WIHN-FM" (Normal, IL) Interviewer: Joe Mick
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 1996Day off. I didn't sleep much last night as I was too wound up after theshow. I was awake most of the night. Stayed in my room all day. I'm reallyangry today. I must have eaten 6 Snickers bars.Did a scheduled computer chat on Prodigy during the evening. I always enjoydoing stuff with the computer. After my online chat, John Sinclair came upto my room with his computer and I read my e-mail for 4 or 5 hours until Ifeel asleep on the couch.(Press)8:30 p.m. Prodigy online computer chat.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 1996I'm having to cancel my show in Normal, Illinois tonight. My back is lockingup again. When I was getting out of bed this morning my back locked up on meagain. So now I'm lying on the floor with the acupuncturist putting needlesall over my back. The show in Normal is being moved to April 22.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 1996I went out today to the Mall of America in Minneapolis and bought my goodfriend, Lemmy, 12 knives as he collects them.I'm really excited today because my family are coming in tomorrow. The kidsare on mid-term break from school for a week.Later, I flew into Omaha, Nebraska for my show tonight at the CivicAuditorium. It was a great show. I always enjoy coming to Omaha.(Press)4:30 p.m. Phoner with "KQWB-FM" (Fargo, ND) Interviewer: David Osbourne (no relation!)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 1996I stayed up all night. I never slept because I was so excited about seeingmy 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. Theyhad decided not to disturb me on the couch since I was fast asleep. We wereall so exited to see one another. Jack and I stayed up late playing cards.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 1996The kids were really looking forward to traveling with me on my plane. Jacksat up with the pilot all the way to Fargo, North Dakota. When we arrived atthe venue we heard that the singer from Korn was not well so they weren'tplaying 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 Minneapoliseveryone fell asleep, except for me, of course.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 1996I'm moving out of Minneapolis today. Me, Sharon, the kids and areover-crowded suitcases. The kids have only been here for 2 days and theyhave already collected a suitcase full of new toys. My plane has now turnedinto a mobile toy store. The plane only seats 8 and 4 of the seats arecrammed 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 withme and I look over during the show and see them on the side of the stage. Ialways want to put a little extra into my performance when I know they'rewatching me.After the show I flew on to Seattle. I'm really looking forward to spendingthe next 2 days off with my children.(Press)4:00 p.m. Phoner with "KRRO-FM" (Sioux Falls, SD) Interviewer: Brian Wheeler4:15 p.m. Phoner with "KSEZ-FM" (Sioux Falls, SD) Interviewer: Tom Stevens
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 1996I know it was too good to be true. The kids woke up this morning and theyall feel sick so we called a doctor over to the hotel. All 3 kids have strepthroat, but Kelly is the worst. She has a fever of 103 and she's really notlooking good at all. So there goes our 2 day vacation together.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 1996We've had the doctor over twice today already. Now Aimee's complaining aboutstomach cramps and Kelly is having trouble breathing. I was playing submarines with Jack in the bath this morning. As I wasgetting out of the bath tub I slipped on one of Jack's toys and pulled myback again. This is ending up to be the tour from hell. If I see one moredoctor, one more acupuncturist or one more chiropractor, I'm going to throwmyself out of a window.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 1996It's show day in Seattle. The kids are not back to normal yet, but so farit's a good day because we haven't seen a doctor yet. I'm really lookingforward to the gig tonight as it's really been depressing sitting in my hotelroom with the kids being sick.I really enjoyed tonight's show. I loved playing this venue as I had neverplayed here before. Tonight's show is being broadcast by RealAudio over theInternet. People from all over the world were able to listen the concert asit was happening live.I really felt the need to put on a good show tonight so I didn't reallyconcentrate on the pain in my back, but afterwards I was lying on my dressing room in agony.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 1996The 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 thepain in my back we had to get Tony to sit with the kids while I tried to getsome rest. I was so messed up that I had to change tonight's show in Portland totomorrow night.(Press)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 1996I 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 toradio station KUFO-FM for an on-air interview.The show was phenomenal. It was definitely worth waiting for. I had thebest time. The band played great and it was like we were having a party onstage.(Press)5:00 p.m. Live radio station visit at "KUFO-FM" (Portland, OR). DJ: KC
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 1996I'm moving out of Seattle today. Sharon and the kids are leaving for Englandtoday as the children are finally well enough to travel now. I hate to seethem go. It was such a bummer that everyone got sick this time.Our friend, Vanessa Warwick, from MTV Europe is joining us in Oaklandtonight. It's always great to see her. Steffan Chirazi and his son Zak cameto the show and spent some time with me in my dressing room. I must betruthful, I was definitely not on tonight. My friends, of course, told methat 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 tobegin my week long stay there.(Press)6:00 p.m. Live in-person interview with "KSJO-FM" (Oakland, CA). DJ: Tim Jeffries6:30 p.m. Live in-person interview for "MTV Europe". Interviewer: Vanessa Warwick
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 1996Got up early and went to do the Mark & Brian radio show. After the show Iwent back to the hotel and went to bed. I spent the rest of the day writingin my journal and finished some sketch's.(Press)9:00 a.m. "Mark & Brian" radio show (syndicated to 22 markets). Interviewers: Mark & Brian
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 1996Sharon arrived back from London today. It's been pissing down with rain allday in LA. It's really depressing. Sharon's plane arrived late due to badweather. As soon as she arrived at the hotel we got in a van to go back tothe airport to fly to Fresno. As we arrived at the airport our captain waswaiting for us to tell us that the plane was having mechanical problems, butthat they would be fixed within the hour. Sharon and I looked at each othersaid "no fucking way!" It's raining, it's foggy and the plane's gotproblems, so we're not going. The vibe was not right. We were able toreschedule the Fresno show for April 16.(Press)3:30 p.m. Phone interview with "Spa" magazine (Japan). Interviewer: Tomahawk Yamazaki4:15 p.m. In-person interview for the "Album Network". Interviewer: Cathy Faulkner5:00 p.m. Phone interview with "KCAL-FM" (Riverside, CA). Interviewer: Gonzo
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 1996The phone started ringing early this morning as apparently there were allthese 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 badback. Sorry, but there's no great scandal or great stories other than Ididn't want to get up in the plane. We held bass auditions today. Some really talented people turned up. I wantto thank everyone who took the time to come down to audition. Right nowwe've narrowed it down to 2 people. We should be making a decision shortly.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29 1996Everything in my professional life seems like I'm taking 2 steps forward and5 steps back. I woke up today and I feel like shit. Also, Sharon's notwell, 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 temperatureof 101. It's now 4:00 p.m. the day of the LA Forum show and my doctor isinforming me that if I do the show tonight I'll make myself worse and I'llprobably have to cancel even more dates. He's suggesting I cancel tonight'sshow and get some rest. This is a fucking nightmare! More doctors, moremedication 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, Igot through it. Being it's LA, I had so many friends turn up to see me. Myvery special guest was Mrs. Rhoads and her family. It was really great tosee 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 asshe was feeling really sick. This has now gone beyond being a joke. Noweveryone around me is sick. Why is this happening to me?
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 1996Went to see my dear friend, Riki Rachtman, who's got a talk radio show in LAon KLSX-FM during the afternoon. I was on the air with Riki for about anhour and then went back to my hotel.I don't know what's happening to me. Everyone who's always there for me arenow 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 almostanything....band members coming and going, tour dates changing, but when myteam, my support group, are sick, I get panicked.(Press)2:00 p.m. Radio station visit to the "Riki Rachtman" show (broadcast onKLSX- FM in Los Angeles, CA).
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 1996This is beyond any worst nightmare now. Beyond the worst joke you can evenimagine. I had a fever all through the night. I am sweating and I have nostrength. It's not just my strength that's down, my morale is down. I feelup shit creek with out a paddle. I am meant to be doing a live broadcastfrom Phoenix today. I can't move. Harvey Leeds from my record company hasbeen fucking hounding me for the last 3 days as were the people from theAlbum Network, who are doing the broadcast. It's not their fault, Iunderstand what's involved here, but what the fuck am I to do? I wanted thisbroadcast to be the best ever for everyone involved, not just me. It's beenplanned 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 downmy temperature and he said I'm dehydrated. If ever I felt like running awayfrom myself, it's now. I feel this amazing guilt the whole time. Guilty fornot being able to perform. Guilty for letting people down. Guilty forgetting sick. I hate myself right now.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3 1996Came out of the hospital this afternoon. Sharon is still on her own, sick inher hotel room and trying to deal with it and the show cancellations. I'mactually feeling a lot stronger today physically, but mentally I still wantto hide from the world. They've now told me that the Phoenix show has beenrescheduled for April 13 (thank god it's not a Friday) and Las Vegas is beingrescheduled for April 14.
MONDAY, MARCH 4 1996Stayed in bed all day. Got up to do the Tom Snyder show in the evening. Itwas actually good to get out of the hotel room. I really enjoyed meetingTom, he was a real gentleman.(Press)9:00 p.m. TV interview for "The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder" Interviewer: Tom Snyder
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 1996Unfucking 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 2were pissed. I did the Tom Snyder show yesterday, March 4. I think they'donly have been happy if I were dead.Left for Japan today. I had to leave Sharon behind as she is still too sickto travel.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 1996I Arrived in Tokyo. I'm now, more so than ever, committed to staying in myroom when I'm not doing a show. I have canceled all my meet & greets andinterviews in Japan as I don't want to get sick again. I won't speak toanyone close to me unless they're in my crew. I feel I'll do somethingdesperate if I get sick again and I don't give a fuck what anyone thinks.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7 1996Stayed in my room all day getting over my jet lag. I don't want to see anyfucker.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8 1996I didn't leave my room until show time. The first show is at the Budokan inTokyo. 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 thepeople in Japan always amazes me.(Press)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 1996Today were traveling to Fukuoka. I've now taken to wearing a surgical maskand gloves when I travel. I feel like Michael Jackson's ugly brother. It'svery frustrating to have to do this. I know it seems like ridiculousmeasures to take, but I don't live a normal lifestyle. On any normal day forme there could be anywhere from 50-200 people at my meet & greet. Shakinghands and taking pictures with people. And if one of those people have gotthe 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 canall fucking laugh, I don't fucking care.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10 1996Stayed in my room until show time again. The show was great tonight. Rightafter the show I'm back in my room. Everybody else is out partying, but Idon't give a shit. I'm not going anywhere except my room. The room servicepeople at the hotel have to leave my food outside my door. God only knowswhat these people think goes on in my room. Let me tell you.....nothingexciting!
MONDAY, MARCH 11 1996Today were traveling on the Bullet Train to Osaka and, of course, all thecrew and the band were in fits of laughter with me in my surgical mask andgloves sitting there for 2 hours. Let them all laugh. I still don't fuckingcare.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12 1996Show day in Osaka. I slept late today. The hotel here is fantastic. I havea 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 asthe Japanese get very offended by it. Oh shit!! Even though I couldn't usemy squirt gun tonight I still had fun. In fact, there was one girl in thecrowd that kept holding up a sign that said "OZZY - FUCK ME". I think if mywife had seen her she'd have fucked her with a brick. All night long my eyeskept going over to her sign. At one point she even got out here perfect lilywhite breasts. All through the show Mike Inez kept leaning down in front ofher saying "I'll fuck you." So tonight we all had a laugh.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 1996I woke up early today as we're leaving on the Bullet Train for Nagoya. Mygod! 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 greetus. It always amazes me how the Japanese fans always seem to find out theirfavorite bands travel plans. I was told again that I couldn't use my water gun in Nagoya either. Bigfucking deal! The fans really love Joe here. His reviews here have beengreat. Our fans are really making a fuss of Joe. He's been really nervoussince 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. Buteven with all of that happening he's been playing great.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 1996Got up early and had breakfast with Joe, Tony and our new bass player, RobertTrujillo, who was in Suicidal Tendencies. We then took the Bullet Train backto Tokyo and I spent the rest of the day writing in my journal and reading myJapanese fan mail. Later I did an in-person interview with Masa Itoh. He is a very famousJapanese Music Journalist/Radio Personality.(Press)5:30 p.m. Interview with Masa Itch for various radio programs.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15 1996Had breakfast again with the band. Today I have press interviews scheduledfor most of the day. Every interview went great except for one guy whoobviously hates Ozzy and he gave me a really hard time with the interview. Iwas trying to keep my cool with him, but he was really pissing me off bigtime. At one point I actually felt like taking a swing at him, but then hemight have taken that as a compliment. The rest of the day I was reallyaggravated (have you ever been in a situation with someone when they reallyaggravated or upset you and then later on you started obsessing about it andthought "why the fuck didn't I do this or say that"?). I kept seeing hisface in my mind so I was pissed off the rest of the day.(Press)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 1996Had my usual band breakfast. This is really a change for me to get up in themorning and actually leave my hotel room. I've really been enjoying thecompany. We're back playing the Budokan in Tokyo today. This will be the last show ofthe Japanese tour. I'm going to eat my last Japanese curry for lunch. All Ican think about right now is that I'm just a few days away from my holidaywith the kids and my wife.The show tonight was definitely not one of my best. For some reason Icouldn't get into it. As I looked out into the audience I kept seeing thatprick that I had done the interview with yesterday. He, of course, wasn'tthere, it was just my imagination. I felt angry with myself for not doing abetter show, but I just couldn't get into it for some reason or another.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17 1996I'm leaving for New York today. I'd like to thank my Japanese fans for theircontinued loyalty, also, my promoter, Mr. Udo, and his wonder staff and, ofcourse, Sony Records in Japan. As usual, everyone made me feel so welcomeand I thank you. On the flight to New York I ended up sitting next to some guy who snored for11 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 smellinghim. Ah luxury! I'm back in the good old U.S. of A.
MONDAY, MARCH 18 1996Today I've got a photo shoot with Albert Watson for Details magazine. What agreat guy! The photo session went so quick and smooth and Albert was reallyvery pleasant to work with. After the photo shoot I went for a walk, but I was severely lagging. I wentback to the hotel and laid down on my bed. The next thing I knew it was fourin the morning.(Press)12:00 p.m. Photo shoot for "Details Magazine" with Photographer Albert Watson
TUESDAY, MARCH 19 1996Went to my throat doctor for a check up before my vacation. My doctor saidthat everything looked fine. I can't think about anything else other thanbeing on holiday with my family in Antigua. I'm going to be there 2 weeksand I can't wait!Did a couple of phoners in the early evening, then I stayed up the rest ofthe 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.(Press)6:45 p.m. Phone interview with "WWCT-FM" (Normal, IL). DJ: Jamie Markley7:00 p.m. Phone interview with "KRZR-FM" (Fresno, CA). DJ: Jeff Freeman
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 1996Left 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 somenews to share with all of you that I'm saving until then. Godbless.....Ozzy.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11 1996Welcome back! Had a great holiday with the family in Antigua. Today is thefirst day of rehearsals for me with my new rhythm section. My new rhythmsection is........ Mike Bordin from "Faith No More" and Robert Trujillo from"Infectious Grooves." I have known Mike for many years. We actually playedtogether at a RIP magazine anniversary party in 1990. Since then it's beenan ambition of mine to have him in my band. The opportunity arose and I wentfor it.Robert and I actually toured together in 1991 when he was in "InfectiousGrooves." So right now as with every new situation, it's great and we're allenjoying working with each other. At rehearsals I seem to spend more timetelling old war stories than actually playing.FRIDAY, APRIL 12 1996The band left for Phoenix this morning and I stayed back in LA where I had anin-person interview with the Cathy Faulkner from the Album Network. I alsowent to see my witch doctor to get checked out before my tour startstomorrow. I hate to admit it and I hope my wife and my agent don't readthis, but I really missed performing and being with the guys. I'm excitedabout being back on the road.Press12:00 p.m. In-person interview for "Album Network." Interviewer: Cathy Faulkner
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 1996I'm basing myself out of LA for the first 10 days of the tour. I left forPhoenix early this afternoon. Tonight's the first show with my new band andI'm wound up like a clock. Also it's a live broadcast, which was rescheduledfrom March 2. Life Of Agony are opening the show tonight followed by Sepultura. The guysin Life Of Agony lost their equipment on the way to the show and then theirdrummer got food poisoning this afternoon so they couldn't perform. Sepultura played an extra long set and they were brilliant as usual. Seeingas 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 thestations across the country who picked up the broadcast. I know initiallywhen the broadcast was meant to go out to 164 stations. I know that somestations were pissed with me so we ended up with about 160 stations. We hada crowd of 16,500 people tonight. The show was just brilliant and I thankgod that the broadcast is done and over with.Press 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 1996We flew into Las Vegas early in the day as the kids wanted to go and hangout. This is another makeup show for me. During the day my wife went outwith 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 hopethis feeling last forever. Question....how come all the girls in Vegas have great tits? I have neverseen so many topless girls at one show before. It was amazing! The stagewas showered with wonderbra's of every size and color. The crowd in LasVegas were phenomenal. The egged me on and I had the best time tonight. VIVA LAS VEGAS!
MONDAY, APRIL 15 1996I didn't sleep last night as I was really excited about my first 2 shows. Ihad drank about 10 cups of coffee and I was walking around the house waitingfor someone to wake up this morning. I finally woke up Jack at 8:00 a.m. asI wanted someone to talk to. By 9:00 a.m. we played a game of cards and werenow watching a war movie. Jack and I spent the rest of the day playing"Battleships."
TUESDAY, APRIL 16 1996I had an early start as I'm doing a video for "I JUST WANT YOU." The video'sbeing directed by Dean Karr. Parts of the video are being done with stillphotos so today was the photo session. The photo shoot was in downtown LAand of course we got lost getting there. We must have driven around the sameblock 5 fucking times. I never go to the downtown area of LA and now I knowwhy. It's fucking depressing and it's pissing down with rain just to make itdoubly depressing. The shoot went really well and we ended it outside in arailway yard. There were people living in boxes, human excrement everywhere,used bullets, syringes and it's still fucking raining. It's so depressingand degrading for these people to live this way . Dean was fantastic, but I couldn't wait to get out of the area. We were allsoaking wet and cold. As we were getting into the car to leave, Sharonslipped on the running board of the Range Rover and as she got up she hithere head on the corner of the door. Well, my old lady saw stars! What afucking 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 oneof the guys who's living in a box in the railway yard to help my wife up intothe car. Well, Sharon finally came around and see's this strange man wholooks a little funky dragging her by her feet and she thinks she's beingmugged and has no idea what's going on so she starts screaming. The wholething was like a fucking comedy sketch.Well, Sharon ends up in St. Johns Hospital having a X-Ray on her head. It'sunbelievable timing as we're all meant to be on a plane to Fresno. By thetime the doctors had finished examining Sharon it was around 8:30 p.m. Wewere meant to have been on a plane to Fresno at 6:30 p.m. What is it aboutOzzy and Fresno? This was my 3rd attempt at playing Fresno. I have not madea show there and now it's got to the point where it's embarrassing. God onlyknows if I even have a fan left in Fresno now. It's just seems ironic thesequence of events that involved me trying to do a gig there. Well at theend of Sharon's saga she was fine, she just now has a lump the size of a golfball on her head. I think she'll live.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 1996More work for my "I JUST WANT YOU" video. I had to got though this laboriousprocess of having plaster casts made of my head and body. This process took9 hours. I had to sit in a chair and make different facial expressions whilethey poured plaster over my face and chest. Each time they pulled theplaster from my face it would take off a layer of skin with it. So at theend of the day it looked like I'd been under a sun lamp a bit too long. Ilooked like a right prat. I spent the whole day sat in a chair thinkingabout why I can never get to Fresno.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 1996Day off today. Joe came over and we spent the day working on riffs and ideasfor songs and drinking coffee. Joe came up with some great new riffs andbetween 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 1996Flew 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 TypeO Negative out with us. I'm playing 40 miles outside Salt Lake City as novenue 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. Nobodygot hurt. I just converted 11,000 Mormans to Satanism......just joking. Wehad a blast!
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 1996Busy day today. It's the last day of work on my video. We started at around8:00 a.m. Dean Karr is an absolutely phenomenal director. He's really easyto work with, but more important he's a fucking lunatic, so I love him. He'smy new best friend. Sharon and the kids are going back to England today as school starts onMonday so there were loads of tears and hugs. I won't see the kids againuntil summer. We finished with the video shoot at around 1:00 a.m. It's not finishedthough as Dean is going to Prague next week to do 2 days of filming, withoutme of course.
SUNDAY, APRIL 21 1996I'm leaving the house in LA today as I'm moving to my new base, which will beAustin, 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. Iknow Mike, Robert and Joe have all committed to staying with me until the endof 96. After that, who knows, but right now I know it's the best it couldever be for me with this band. I keep having to pinch myself to see thatthis really is happening to me. I'M NOT DEPRESSED. I'M NOT MISERABLE. I'mso fucking happy I could eat my own shit.
MONDAY, APRIL 22 1996I'm playing in Normal, IL tonight. Well there's nothing fucking normal aboutme! 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 showdefinitely wasn't normal. It was outrageous!Press2:00 p.m. Phoner with "WWCT-FM" (Normal, IL). DJ: Jamie Markley
TUESDAY, APRIL 23 1996Stayed up all night sketching. I never left my room all day. So I took ahandful of melatonin. I've read about these herbal pills in every magazineI've picked up lately. They say it's the new wonder pill for helping yousleep and that it will rejuvenate you. Well, I got news for you. They don'tfucking work on Ozzy. I took 2 like they tell you on the bottle. I thentook another 2 and then another 2 and I was still awake, so I threw the restof the fuckers out the window.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 1996We're in Little Rock tonight. It's another makeup show. Remember I got intoa 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 heplays. Every time I look his way on stage I crack up. He's a wild man andhe 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 withme since October and is leaving the tour tonight. Thank you Gayle for all ofyour hard work. It's appreciated and you will be missed. I'll miss yourlittle smiley face every night backstage. I love you......OZZY.Press4:00 p.m. Phoner with "KMJX-FM" (Little Rock, AK). DJ: Sam Reynolds
THURSDAY, APRIL 25 1996Day off today. John Sinclair came over to visit me in my room today and hebrought his computer with him and we spent hours surfing the Net. It was anearly 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 wasin my drinking days and I got thrown out. I can't remember for what nowbecause it was so long ago, but I thought it was best to pass on the guidedtour. I watched the guys in Type O Negative tonight. I must admit, I feel like amunchkin standing next to Pete Steele. The show went great. Why do I alwaysthink that everyone in Memphis just wants to listen to Garth Brooks? There'ssome wild motherfuckers down in Memphis. It was a knee slapping, bootstomping, shit kicking good time. YeeeeeeeeeeHa!
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 1996Oh no, not another fucking day off! I watched TV most of the day, lying inbed. I got out the old phone book and called some friends and that wasextent of my day.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28 1996I was sad today knowing that I was coming to Oklahoma City. The driver thatpicked me up from the airport took us past the sight of where the FederalBuilding was. I was really depressed then. But it made me more determinedto 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 littleboy 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 drumriser for a few songs.
MONDAY, APRIL 29 1996I slept most of Monday away. I woke a couple of times to take a piss andthat was about it for me. I had the "Do Not Disturb" on my phone all day.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30 1996It's fucking boiling in El Paso, Texas. What is it about El Paso that makeseveryone want to eat Mexican food? My assistant, Tony, was shoveling Mexicanin his mouth from the moment we got here. Every time Tony passed by me henearly gassed me to death. Between his farts and his breath I nearly passedout. I think at one stage he must have farted and shit, `cos I saw steamcoming from his ass. Despite Tony's asshole and his breath, the show wasfantastic.Press3:00 p.m. Phoner with "KLAQ-FM" DJ: "Magic" Mike Ramsey
FRIDAY, MAY 3 1996Show day in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sharon came in from England and Jennifercame in from my LA office for the weekend. The show in Corpus was reallyweird. It was set up in the middle of a field with no great facilities andthere was about a foot of mud backstage and a sea of mosquitos swarmingaround.It was thundering all through the show which looked amazing. The crowd werereally up for the show and all of us had a great time on stage.Press4:00 p.m Phone interview with the "Birmingham News" Journalist: Shawyn Ryan4:30 p.m. Phoned "I Just Want You" contest winner.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 1996Another show day. Today we're in Austin, Texas. Half the crowd are frommilitary bases around Austin. We all watched Sepultura's set, which wasfantastic. During their song "Kaiowas" Mike, Robert and our Tour Manager,Bob Thomson (who used to be Sepultura's Tour Manager) all got up and playeddrums during the song. It was a blast! By the time we hit the stage theaudience was wild. I couldn't believe how humid it was in Austin. I've never seen the Securityso quiet at a show. There was no way they were going to mess with thousandsof soldiers and airmen in the audience. It was a fucking great show and Isalute the U.S. military.
SUNDAY, MAY 5 1996Stayed in bed until late. We had dinner with the band tonight. There were16 of us. The hotel where we were staying is by the Congress Bridge which isfamous for the bats which live under the bridge. Just as the sun was settingwe all went out to the bridge to watch the bats leave as dusk is their timeto eat. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. There must have beena million and a half bats flying into the sky and their high pitch squeal wasdeafening. We all sat on the lawn for a good 45 minutes watching withamazement.Afterwards everyone came back to my room to smoke cigars. It was a perfectday.
MONDAY, MAY 6 1996It was a day off today. Sharon and Jennifer left for LA and I only had onephoner to do. I woke up in a horrible mood so I spent the whole day sulking.It was a crap day.Press4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Tampa Tribune" (Tampa, FL) Interviewer: Philip Booth
TUESDAY, MAY 7 1996Today we're in Shreveport, Louisiana. I was still in a bad mood when I wokeup. I don't know what's the matter with me, I must be having my period. Istayed 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 wasfucked though. It wasn't a great gig for me.Press7:30 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 1996Another day, another show. Today we're in Jackson, Mississippi. Joe went toa shopping mall in Jackson today. He walked into a clothing store and theyasked him to leave. They said that they don't serve people like him. Thatwas the best laugh of the day.We all enjoyed the show a lot. The gig went great until the end of the showwhen 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 rightshiner.Press4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "WSTZ-FM" (Jackson, MS). DJ: Russ Allen
THURSDAY, MAY 9 1996Day off. Woke up early to check up on how Robert was doing. He's fine. Icouldn't get back to sleep so I went for an early morning walk. I didn't gettoo far as it's too bloody hot!I'm still basing myself out of Austin, Texas. By 11:00 a.m. the humidity isunbelievable. I want back to the hotel and watched some MTV. I worked outfor a couple hours and wrote some letters to the kids. The next thing I knewI woke up on my bed and it was 10:00 p.m. at night.
FRIDAY, MAY 10 1996Spoke 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 someonethrew a pair of girls knickers on stage. I put them all the way over Joe'shead while he was in the middle of a guitar solo. He was screaming the wholetime saying "I can smell shit, take them off!" But I wouldn't. When Joecame offstage he insisted his hair smelled so he washed it three times. Wewere all hysterical about this. Later I had snuck onto the tour bus and putthe knickers in his bunk on the pillow. I think he must have cursed me allthe way to Biloxi.Press4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Classic Rock 99" (Birmingham, AL) and "I Just Want You" contest winner. DJ: Tony Curry4:15 p.m. Phone interview with the "St. Petersburg Times" (St. Petersburg,FL). Journalist: Eric Deggans
SATURDAY, MAY 11 1996Really great venue tonight. It's right on the beach. There was a reallynice 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 thatthe police were really heavy at the show. It just felt they were looking fortrouble. I did manage to get a couple of them with the water gun in the backof the head.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 1996Really great venue tonight. It's right on the beach. There was a reallynice 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 thatthe police were really heavy at the show. It just felt they were looking fortrouble. I did manage to get a couple of them with the water gun in the backof the head.I moved today from Austin to Amelia Island which is in Florida. Well, Ithought it was humid in Austin, but here there is no fucking oxygen in theair at all. It's fucking beautiful though as the hotel we're staying at isright on the beach.
MONDAY, MAY 13 1996I went for a walk on the beach and by the pool, but it was weird. I feelreally strange being in these places without my family. I look at all thekids 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 thecurtains in my room and read a book all day.
TUESDAY, MAY 14 1996I traveled to Charlotte, NC for tonight's gig. It's an outdoor show. Itwas definitely an interesting night! I had a couple of bra's thrown up onstage 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 keptvomiting into. It looked like something out of Monty Python's Flying Circus.Phone4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "WRFX-FM" (Charlotte, NC). DJ: Jack Anthony
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 1996Today 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 isthe last venue I ever played with Randy Rhoads. All the things you try toblock out just keep running back. I can't honestly comment on the show as Ihave to be truthful in saying that my head was somewhere else.
THURSDAY, MAY 16 1996Day off. I can't stand these days off. I feel like a caged animal. Nowlet's face it, we're not going to see Ozzy surfing in the ocean, or Ozzyswimming in the pool, or Ozzy horseback riding on the beach. It's reallygetting to me now.For the last few days I haven't been doing any sketches or painting. I musthave smoked 80 cigarettes. I'm even bored with moaning. Actually I've gotpains in my hips so I'm going to bed early. If I get to sleep early maybeI'll be better tomorrow.
FRIDAY, MAY 17 1996I woke up with terrible pains in my hips. My gamy leg is giving out on mewith the pain. Tony arranged to get me to a doctor. They took X-Rays andthe doctor told me I've got arthritis in my hip. Well with that, my bad legand my bad back, I'm a fuckin' wreck. But no fucker is going to stop me fromfinishing my tour.I got to the gig and told the guys in the band about the news. I know I'm ahypochondriac, but honestly I feel like shit.The sound on stage tonight was horrific. I don't know what the fuck wasgoing on, but it wasn't a good gig for anyone tonight.Press4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "WKLS-FM" and phone call to "I Just Want You" contest winner. DJ: Alan Aio4:15 p.m. Phone interview with "WTKX-FM" (Pensecola, FL). DJ: Strummer
SATURDAY, MAY 18 1996We're in Atlanta today. The doctors gave me some painkillers yesterday andI'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'min heaven not being in pain.Press5:00 p.m. In-person interview for European Documentary on Hard Rock Music. Director: Henning Lohner
SUNDAY, MAY 19 1996I had to get out of my room today. So I looked in the Yellow Pages for atattoo artist and off I went for a new tattoo. I had them put it on my upperright arm. I have no idea what the fuck it is, but it took him about 7 hoursthe first day to get it started. I think I'm happy with it, but I'll have towait until it's finished.
MONDAY, MAY 20 1996Tonights gig is in Pensacola, Florida. Sepultura are leaving the tourtonight. They're going to Europe to do some big summer festivals. It's abummer that they're leaving. We wished them luck in Europe and I'm lookingforward to having them back with us in September.Mike was so hot on stage tonight that I decided that I would cool him downwith the water gun, but I think I went a little too far. I blew him off hisstool a couple of times during the show.Press4:00 p.m. Phone interview with the "Orlando Sentinel" (Orlando, FL). Journalist: Parry Gettelman
TUESDAY, MAY 21 1996Another day off. I went back to the tattoo shop to have them finish off mynew tattoo. It took them about another 5 hours. I've now decided I'm reallyhappy with it. The guy that's doing my tattoo happens to be a really coolguy. He gave me some cream that is usually used on cows tits to stop themfrom 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'tknow they were coming in. At two o'clock in the morning someone startedknocking on my bedroom door. When I looked through the peephole I saw it wasJack with his teddy bear in his hand. Press6:00 p.m. Phone interview with "98 Rock" (St. Petersburg, FL). DJ: Ron Michaels
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 1996Show day - St. Petersburg, Florida. I woke up early as the kids werewatching Nickelodeon at 8 in the morning at about 120 decibels. It's thefirst night Henry Rollins is joining us on the tour. I'm looking forward toworking with him.The gig was huge tonight. It's in an indoor baseball stadium. It was aweird vibe as this place was so huge. After the show Henry traveled backwith us on my plane to Amelia Island as he's interviewing me tomorrow for RIPmagazine. The flight back seemed so quick as the pair of us didn't stoptalking the entire time.
THURSDAY, MAY 23 1996Our interview for RIP started at noon and went `til about 4:00 p.m. whenHenry had to leave for his gig in Jacksonville tonight. It was a greatinterview. It was more like the two of us swapping old war stories. Henry'sa 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.Press1:00 p.m. In-person interview with "RIP" magazine. Interviewer: Henry Rollins
FRIDAY, MAY 24 1996Another show in Florida. Today it's Orlando. The girls are really jetlagged so they didn't come to the show. I've now got my holiday head on asI'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 everyonewho came down enjoyed it.Press4:20 p.m. Phone interview with "WDIZ-FM" (Orlando, FL) and contest winner. DJ: Crash
SATURDAY, MAY 25 1996Last show in Florida and it's the last gig before the break. Tonight it'sWest Palm Beach. The weather reports are really bad for today. I'mpanicking about the kids coming on the plane with us, but the pilot hasassured us that the weather is going to be fine. Aimee stayed behind as shedidn't want to deal with the bad weather. Just as we landed in West PalmBeach a huge thunderstorm started. I couldn't believe it. It pissed downall night long. The lightning was spectacular though. I felt really bad foreveryone 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 giveany more, it turns out to be a great gig. Tonight I worked with one of myfavorite promoters, Jack Boyle. So it's no more gigs until June 6.Press11:30 p.m. In-person interview with "Metal Hammer" magazine. Journalist: Martin Colson Photographer: Mick Hudson12:00 p.m. In-person filmed interview for "South American Ozzy TV special" Interviewer: Alredo Lewin
SUNDAY, MAY 26 1996Flew to LA with my family.
TUESDAY, MAY 28 1996Did a couple of phone interviews.Press3:30 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 1996I worked all day on the new tour film. I was there at 11 in the morning anddidn't leave until 11 at night.
THURSDAY, MAY 30 1996Working again shooting the new tour film. We had to finish it today so Ididn't finish until 1 in the morning. I'm knackered!
FRIDAY, MAY 31 1996Press day at the hotel.Press2:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Vancouver Province" (Daily newspaper). Interviewer: Tom Harrison2:30 p.m. In-person interview with "E! Entertainment" TV for Sam Kinison special.4:00 p.m. In-person interview with "HITS" magazine. Interviewer: Roy Trakin
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 1996Spent the day with the family.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2 1996Left LA for Vancouver. The record company needs me to start doing press forthe Canadian tour.
MONDAY, JUNE 3 1996Press all day today!
TUESDAY, JUNE 4 1996Press all day today!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 19963rd day of Canadian press. I can't believe it. I really didn't have abreak! The band arrived in Vancouver and we all joined up for dinner later.Press4:00 p.m. Phone interview for "TV Guide Online". Interviewer: Lisa Sindola
THURSDAY, JUNE 6 1996Filter are joining us today for this leg of the tour. Unfortunately forthem, their equipment didn't arrive. It was impossible to hire themequipment for one show, so they did not play tonight.I went on stage and tried to sing tonight and nothing came out! I've neverbeen in that situation before. Even if I sing crap I can usually make itthrough the entire show. My lungs were closing up and I couldn't breathe. Istood up on stage for 2 songs, but I couldn't get air in. I just had toleave 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'tput it into words how I felt. We've now rescheduled the show in Vancouver for July 29 and I'd like toapologize to everyone who came out to see me.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 1996I spent most of the day attached to an oxygen machine, doing press and dosingup on Ventilin and Antihistamine.Press3:30 p.m. Phone interview with the "Winnipeg Sun". Interviewer: Bart Kives3:45 p.m. Phone interview with the "Calgary Sun." Interviewer: Lyn Cockburn4:00 p.m. Phone interview with the "Edmonton Sun." Interviewer: Mike Ross4:15 p.m. Phone interview with "The Bear" (radio station in Edmonton). DJ: Matt Cundill
SATURDAY, JUNE 8 1996Edmonton....another show day! I'm really nervous as I never want toexperience what happened in Vancouver ever again. Thank god everything wasjust great tonight. Everyone was just on, the crowd were deafening and I'm ahappy man again.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 1996Today we're playing in Calgary. I got down to the gig early and went in withthe band. We had a band meeting which always goes like a Spinal Tap bandmeeting.It was a good show tonight and I'm very proud of myself as I threw mypainkillers down the toilet today.
MONDAY, JUNE 10 1996Day off! Did a few phoners in the afternoon and I spent the entire eveningchecking out my web site and e-mail.Press3:15 p.m. Phone interview with the "Milwaukee Journal." Journalist: Paul Gargano3:35 p.m. Phone interview with "CITI-FM" (radio station in Winnipeg). DJ: Barry Taylor3:45 p.m. Phone interview with the "Canadian Press." Journalist: Betsey Powell4:00 p.m. Phone interview with "Arena," "Brave Words" and "Access" magazines. Journalist: Tim Henderson
TUESDAY, JUNE 11 1996Tonight we're playing Winnipeg. It's Joe's birthday today and, of course, Iforgot. Nobody reminded me and I felt like a fucking idiot. Needless tosay, I didn't turn up at the gig with a gift for him. I made up for itthough 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 asit's been years since I've done a tour here.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 1996Today I'm moving my base from Vancouver to Toronto. I did a couple ofphoners during the afternoon and I actually ventured out today for a walk onmy own. Big mistake! I must have wandered around for a good hour and ahalf, 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 tooembarrassing.Press4:00 p.m. Phone interview with the "Buffalo News." Journalist: Tony Vialanty4:30 p.m. Phone interview with the "Hartford Courant." Journalist: Roger Catlin
THURSDAY, JUNE 13 1996Sharon came into Toronto today. As soon as she walked in the door she was onthe phone. I sat and watched her all afternoon working. I was pissed off aswe literally did not have a single minute together.It seems bad weather is following us everywhere. It's pissing down with rainand we're waiting to see if the show was going to be canceled. I went aheadanyway and it turned out fine. The venue was great. It was right on thewater and you could see the boats going by. Great show!Press6:30 p.m. In-person live interview with "Q-107" (Toronto radio station) backstage at the Molson Amphitheatre. DJ: Steve Warden
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 1996I'm back in the U.S. again. I'm in New York and I'm doing the DavidLetterman show tonight. This is the first time I have ever done a live TVshow and all last night I kept having nightmares that I was going to go up tothe microphone to sing and nothing would come out. I was freaking myselfout.We went over for a quick rehearsal at 4:00 p.m. as we had Paul Shaffer's bandplaying with us. They were a great bunch of guys. Everyone in the studiowas so friendly. I must have taken about 20 hits of my Ventilin. Anyone whotakes Ventilin knows that it makes you shake and your heart pound. I wasshaking like a leaf by the time we were ready to go on stage. But I justwent for it! The audience was just great to me and so was David. He's atrue gentleman. After the show we all went out to dinner and it was a great warm New Yorkevening. In fact, we all walked back to the hotel after dinner. It was theend to a perfect day.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 1996Show day - Jones Beach, New York. They're filming the show tonight for aprogram called "On Tour." We had "Stuttering John" from Howard Stern's showopen for us tonight. I was feeling OK today, except I was hitting the Ventilin again. I was soterrified I was going to have a repeat of the Vancouver show. So in trueOzzy style (I can never do anything normally, it's all or nothing with me) Imust 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 andthreatened to kick my ass if I ever took any more again. I thought my heartwas going to come out of my chest. After the show I was up all night.Press6:00 p.m. Live in-person interview with "WBAB-FM" (Long Island radio station) at Jones Beach. DJ: Robin Lane
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 1996Sharon and I never left the room all day. I'm still buzzing from theVentilin. I couldn't sleep Sunday night either.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18 1996I'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 wayback from the session I stopped off at B. Dalton's book store and bought halfthe store. When I got back to the hotel I thought I was going to spend all nightreading, but of course I fell asleep while reading the first chapter.Press12:00 p.m. Photo shoot and interview for "Live" magazine. Photographer: Barron Claiborne Interviewer: Mark Marvel