30 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested in Memphis
A night of barking at the moon following his May 15, 1984 tour stop at Memphis’ Mid-South Coliseum ended with Ozzy Osbourne in the drunk tank. He was arrested at 12:30 a.m. on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, after the cops said they found the former Black Sabbath frontman “staggering drunk” in Memphis’ Beale Street entertainment district.
“See, I can’t have a casual line of coke — that doesn’t equate in my head,” Osbourne later admitted. “I never went to the bar for a drink, I never smoked a joint. I used to go into a bar to get absolutely s–faced. It didn’t really occur to me that other people were going there for a drink.”
Osbourne was released from the Memphis jail some five hours later, after drying out, and was not required to return for a court appearance. He continued on with a tour in support of 1983′s ‘Bark at the Moon,’ visiting Nashville, Tennessee and Jacksonville, Florida, over the following days.
He also, unfortunately, continued ingesting a prodigious amount of intoxicants into the new millenium.
Sharon, who is also Osbourne’s manager, said Ozzy was stoned through the entire early-2000s run of their reality television series, ‘The Osbournes.’ He then relapsed during the most recent Black Sabbath reunion.
“Alcoholism and drug dependency is a killer disease,” Osbourne admits. “I went to two rehab places and then I still went out again. And then I stopped again and then I started. I have accepted I have a problem with drugs and alcohol. That’s a big stepping stone, you know. I’m very lucky that I’m still alive and I’m also very lucky I can still put two words together.”