During a recent appearance on the C&F Podcast, ex-Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee talked about touring with Osbourne back in the day, saying (via Sleazeroxx):
“It was never fun to party with Ozzy… Ozzy, when he’s sober, is a sweet, funny guy. He’s like one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. He’s just fun to be around when he’s sober.
“And he is for a little bit, just a tiny bit of a window there, where he starts drinking – he’s still fun…
“Then he just – a switch goes off and he’s just, he’s not fun. He is not fun. He turns mean. And just ugly… If anything, seeing that made me cut back on the amount of partying I did. Yeah, it never was fun to party with Ozzy.”
Jake then recalled a series of nights when Ozzy demanded entry to his hotel room, saying:
“It would be like three or four in the morning – I’d be sleeping and I’d wake up ’cause he wouldn’t quit knocking until I opened the door… and he’d come in: ‘I got this idea for a song.’ ‘Ahhhh. OK. Let me get my guitar.'”
Lee added that once he was ready to start working, all Ozzy could do was make incomprehensible sounds. The guitarist said:
“I’d sit there trying and, oh god… After about the third time that it happened, I turned my tape recorder on so I could record all of it. And I’d play it back for him the next day, and he just looked at me and just said, ‘Oh, I am sorry. It will never happen again.’ And thank god it didn’t.”