August 29, 2013 13:24
Ozzy Osbourne starts house fire making bacon sandwich
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath say they refused proposal for Cream's Ginger Baker to drum on '13'
The Black Sabbath frontman's desire for a late-night snack caused problems when, according to WENN, a fire broke out in his home in California. Firefighters were called out to tackle the blaze, with the singer's wife Sharon later commenting on Twitter: "I'm in London, @OfficialOzzy is in LA making a bacon sandwich last night and the fire brigade ended up at our house!!"
The incident marks the second time the Osbournes have requested the services of the fire brigade in the past year. In January, Ozzy was injured and had to receive medical treatment after Sharon Osbourne left a candle lit overnight and it exploded in its glass vase, sparking a fire which took over the living room of their home.
Speaking about the incident, she said: "His eyebrows are gone... he’s got, like, skinned cheeks. We are, like, two idiots, it was like The Three Stooges. Everything you are not meant to do, go to bed with candles alight, open the doors and put water on, we did it all."
"The firemen come up, they give us a lecture, and Ozzy’s like: 'She’s been doing this to me for 32 years! You tell her, you tell her, no more candles!'"
Meanwhile, Osbourne's Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi has revealed that the group vetoed producer Rick Rubin's suggestion that they rope in iconic drummer Ginger Baker to work on their '13' album. With original drummer Bill Ward unable to take part, Rubin put forward the Cream sticksman as a stand-in, but Iommi told WWeek: "We put a stop on. We didn't think Ginger would have been… we didn't want to go into the studio and have, um, problems."
Speaking about how they eventually landed upon Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Walk as a replacement, he added: "We did try some big name drummers – some very big name drummers. They were great, but Rick particularly suggested Brad. He did work hard; he was thrown into the deep end and he was very nervous. He got used to us, our jokes, the way we prank around."
Earlier this month, Ozzy Osbourne claimed that original drummer Ward had been "too overweight" to join them on their reunion tour. Bassist Geezer Butler also recently hinted that the band's current tour will "probably be the last" they play.
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