The guitarist, who was a founding member of the heavy metal legends and recently revealed that he’d been rehearsing with the band ahead of a possible reunion, told the New York Post that Ozzy had dismembered a shark and soaked a hotel room with its blood.
He also explained that the frontman’s antics were inspired by the band’s boredom with taking drugs and their need to find alternative forms of entertainment.
With drugs always you get bored, so you must do something to one another. Like Ozzy hauling a shark through a window, dismembering it and soaking our room in blood.
He also spoke of his friendship with the singer, adding: “I talk to Ozzy a couple of times a week. He’s up, down. I love him, although his attention span lasts three seconds.”
The four original members of the band, Osbourne, Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, will all be in attendance at the press conference, which will take place on Friday November 11 at 11.11am (PST) in Los Angeles.
They formed in Birmingham in 1968, but Osbourne was fired in 1979 because of his drug and alcohol addiction and replaced by the late Ronnie James Dio.
The original line-up reunited in 1997 to headline the Ozzfest festival and released the live album ‘Reunion’ in 1998. The band also entered a recording studio with producer Rick Rubin in 2001, but the sessions came to an end with no material seeing the light of day. They headlined Ozzfest again in 2004/2005.
The original line-up have been inactive since, but in 2006 were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.