Ozzy Osbourne was recently asked by Rolling Stone on why he never played an instrument, to which he replied:
“That’s one of my biggest regrets.
“I can play a little bit of harmonica, and that’s about it. But I have an ear for melody.
“I once talked to a writer and he said, ‘You can learn the piano but you most probably will lose your natural instinct for melody.’ And I said, ‘That’s too much of a gamble.’
“It’s been interesting, because I can’t communicate on a musical level with other musicians. I just like what’s in my head.
“Musicians tend to go, ‘Oh, I can transcribe whatever you write.’ But they’ll make it their song and then it’s this f*cking political side of it – ‘I wrote this, you wrote that.’
“Then Sharon gets pissed off and goes, ‘Hey, wait a minute. It was Ozzy’s idea,’ or whatever.”
During the rest of the chat, Ozzy talked about the death of Randy Rhoads, saying:
“I felt somewhat responsible. If he wasn’t in my band, he would probably be alive.
“Also, at the same time, I thought if I had been awake, I know I would have been on the plane with him. So it’s a weird feeling for me. It really f*cked me up for a long while.
“Sharon took it harder than anybody. She was the organizer of the band at that point. It was just one of them f*cking things. It was a freak accident and all that.
“But Sharon said, ‘You’ve got to get back on the horse.’ I said, ‘You must be f*cking joking. Who’s gonna replace Randy? He’s unreplacable.’ She says, ‘We’ve got to go.’
“I remember doing Madison Square Garden with this [guitarist] Bernie Torme. It was such a surreal thing. It takes a while to get over something so traumatic.”