30 Incredible Stories About Rock 'n' Roll Survivor Ozzy Osbourne

By Sarah Norman | November 28, 2023

He Nearly Killed Sharon

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Tony Iommi shared a shocking story during his 2011 interview with the New York Post while promoting his book Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. According to Iommi, his bandmate Ozzy Osbourne took their drug-fueled antics to a new level when he hauled a shark into their hotel room, dismembered it, and covered the room in blood. Iommi portrayed this incident as just another day on tour for Black Sabbath, as drugs often lead to boredom and reckless behavior. The fact that Iommi provided no additional context and presented the story as normal behavior is both alarming and disturbing.

Osbourne Snorts Ants With Mötley Crüe And Lives To Tell The Tale

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In 1984, Mötley Crüe and Osbourne went on a tour filled with drug use and outrageous stunts. As part of a competition to outdo each other, Osbourne reportedly snorted a line of ants while at a hotel in Florida, cementing his reputation as the wildest member of the tour while maintaining his legend status. Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx writes of this experience in The Dirt:
 

I handed him the straw, and he walked over to a crack in the sidewalk and bent over it. I saw a long column of ants, marching to a little dugout built where the pavement met the dirt. And as I thought, 'No, he wouldn’t,' he did. He put the straw to his nose and... sent the entire line of ants tickling up his nose with a single, monstrous snort.