Alex Skolnick Reveals How Sharon Osbourne Rejected Him When He Auditioned For Ozzy’s Band
Testament lead guitarist Alex Skolnick opened up about the time when he auditioned for Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne during an appearance on ‘Waste Some Time With Jason Green,’ and apparently, Skolnick was rejected only by the Sharon Osbourne herself.
As some of you might remember, Ozzy Osbourne released his seventh solo studio album, ‘Ozzmosis‘ back on October 23, 1995, with a line-up including lead guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Steve Vai, and drummer Deen Castronovo. The album was a success, reaching number four on the US Billboard 200 with favorable singles such as ‘Perry Mason,’ ‘See You on the Other Side,’ and ‘I Just Want You.’
For the album’s tour, there was a decision to make about line-up since lead guitarist Wylde was considering an offer to join Guns N’ Roses at that time which made Osbourne impatient, therefore, he decided to replace him, the problem was with whom.
For the auditioning, there have been numerous iconic guitarists who wanted to work with the legend himself, Ozzy Osbourne, however, former David Lee Roth guitarist Joe Holmes got the part as Osbourne’s lead guitarist and worked with him for straight six years.
During a recent interview, Alex Skolnick revealed that he was one of those guitarists who auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne back in 1995 and stated that he performed a show with him which went great since everybody in the crew congratulated Skolnick right after the show stating that Osbourne was happy with his performance.
While Skolnick himself thought his performance brought success since Ozzy himself even told him he got the job, the person who is supposed to tell him he’s not the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne actually didn’t say anything, that’s of course Sharon Osbourne. That’s when the guitarist realized he couldn’t get the job, being sure after waiting for a long time, learning that Joe Holmes was hired.
Here is what Skolnick said:
“They were not doing a public audition, they were trying a few different players. I know Richie Kotzen auditioned – great player, by the way – some others as well. But for some reason, they hadn’t found the right fit. I ended up flying to London and auditioning with Ozzy in a dingy rehearsal place in London, and I was basically there for about a week. We ended up doing an unannounced show, and it seemed to go well, he seemed really happy.
Everybody in the crew said, ‘This is the happiest we’ve seen him. This feels right. I’m sure you’ve got this.’ Ozzy basically told me I’ve got this. But then the one person who didn’t congratulate me was the one who was supposed to let you know if you’re hired or not.
She didn’t seem disappointed, but I kind of got the sense of, ‘Alright. It’s not decided.’ Anyway, a bunch of time goes by and I don’t hear anything, so I kind of assume nothing’s happening. And then I find out they got the guitarist Joe Holmes, who had auditioned for them earlier on. He had been a candidate at the time Zakk Wylde had tried out.”
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