Ozzy says he rushed to reach the Motörhead frontman on the day he died
After receiving an award at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods, Osborne explained to Metal Hammer that he was one of the last people to speak to Lemmy before he passed away in 2015.
“I phoned him on the day he died. I knew he was dying. He didn’t even know it was me…I had to say to him: ‘It’s Ozzy, Lem.’ He just gurgled down the phone to me. I said Lemmy, for fuck[s] sake, stay there, I’m coming.”
Osborne described how he tried to rush to Lemmy with his wife Sharon, but it was too late.
“I said to Sharon, ‘Fuck it, get in the car, we’re going round to his apartment.’ And just as we were leaving she came up to me and said, ‘Don’t worry, he’s gone.'”
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Osborne toured with Motörhead on his first American tour. “That’s a memory I’ll take to my grave you know. Good times, they were all good guys, I miss them all to be honest.”
Osborne also wrote a string of hits with Lemmy including ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home,’ ‘I Don’t Want to Change the World’ and ‘See You on the Other Side.’
Soon after Lemmy’s death, Osborne wrote a emotive piece about Lemmy describing him as his “hero.”
- Listen to one of Lemmy’s final recordings here.
Osborne also told Metal Hammer how difficult he found the news to deal with. “I just sank. It hit me really hard, I’m not going to pretend it didn’t.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that the remaining members of Motörhead would reunite for a series of concerts in tribute to Lemmy.
Last weekend (11.06.18), Osborne performed at Download Festival.
- Buy tickets to see Ozzy Osborne here.
Osborne is due to play Norway’s Tons of Rock Festival later this month.