Mick Wall Recalls The Frightening Experience With Ozzy Osbourne
Famous music journalist and author Mick Wall recently spoke to the In the Trenches podcast and reflected on his long-term acquaintance with Ozzy Osbourne. He also shared a frightening memory he had with the Black Sabbath icon.
Mick Wall is best known for his writings in rock and metal music. He has been working in the music industry since 1976 and is considered among one of the leading figures in this field. He worked with many notable magazines like Kerrang!, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Mojo, and Classic Rock. He also hosted various television and radio programs over the years.
Besides his tenure in different magazines, Mick Wall is also a well-known biographer and author. He has published several bestseller memoirs which reflect his time on the road with some famous bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Guns N’ Roses. Wall also wrote a biography of Ozzy Osbourne named ‘Ozzy Osbourne: Diary of a Madman,’ which was first released in 1985.
During the interview, the author reflected on the making process of Osbourne’s biography and revealed the frightening experience he had in the musician’s home. Whenever he tried to talk to Ozzy about the book, he was always in a bad condition as he was under the influence. Then, he invited Wall for a dinner in his home to apologize. However, Osbourne had been drinking too much during their time together, which led him to end up passing out.
Mike Wall was kind of surprised and frightened as he knew Osbourne for a short time, so he couldn’t know how to react and behave. He understood from the other people’s reactions at home that it was kind of a usual thing for them. Then, Osbourne finally woke up and his wife Sharon Osbourne took him to the bed. Wall recalled this incident and implied that the writing process was really difficult as it was almost impossible to talk to Osbourne while he was dealing with many issues regarding his substance addiction.
Mike Wall speaking on his experience with Ozzy Osbourne:
“They needed someone to come and finish it quickly because the thing was supposed to be coming out. I ended up writing the second half first and the first half second. I went through the albums and his career and I would drink beer, smoke weed, and laugh my ass off right in this crazy stuff. It was like a glorified magazine article for Kerrang! Every time they set up a meeting for me to talk to Ozzy for the book, he was ill, he was drunk.
He ended up cooking me a Sunday lunch as an apology. He cooked the whole thing, I was in the kitchen with him. He was opening bottles of wine and pouring them into big glasses. He’d give one to me and I’d be there and still be there the rest of the afternoon. He’d be in his third bottle, ‘Do you wanna top up?’ I said ‘No I’ve still got about a pint of wine, I’m good.’
We sit down, Sharon is there, the kids, the nanny. He literally does cartooning, he just literally goes straight to the plate. Potatoes, gravy and I’m looking thinking because I don’t know them that well. I’ve only known him for about six months. I looked at Sharon and said ‘Is he okay?’ We had to pass the peas over his head. We finished our lunch, he finally woke up. He sits up and it’s like an animal house. He calls Sharon and she takes him to bed.”
You can watch the full interview below.