This rock reporter had a bad morning. Jack Osbourne was due to come on the phone with me today at 6:30am my time. I had a bad feeling about this for some reason, but set my alarm for 5:30am to get up, get to work and get on the phone with… THE SPAWN OF OZZY AND SHARON.
The premise of the interview was to talk about his new job with Fuse News – and to tell us what shows and music festivals to get out and see this summer. That was my first question. Jack seemed surprised by that one, but when asked again what we should see in the great state of Washington, he did say that Sabbath was coming to town.
Then some of his engineers jumped in a few times and said engineer-y things like “Mix Minus,” and, “Can you give us Mix Minus?” Then they were gone.
Back to Black Sabbath, and how the gang, lead by Ozzy, did together in making ‘13’ after all these years apart.
“Ah, I think they did pretty well, and Rick Rubin is a fantastic producer and I think he brought the best out of them. The proof is in the punch. They have a number 1 album out in 50 countries.”
Why the successful comeback? Is it because everyone loves Ozzy so much, or is it the music?
“It’s very much the music. I think people are excited about having most of the original line up there, and they all still have the ability to make really good music.”
Jack Osbourne produced a documentary in 2011 about his father called God Bless Ozzy Osbourne. It’s supposedly the first to tell the story of Ozzy’s tortured and emotionally fraught journey to sobriety. Since Jack was willing to make a movie about this subject, I thought he’d be willing to talk about how Ozzy had fared through his latest drug relapse and subsequent recovery. I was wrong.
“Well, I don’t really want to discuss his business, but he is doing very well, and no one is impervious to the dilemma of addiction, is what it comes down to.”
Back in 2006, a younger Jack Osbourne wrote Twenty One Years Gone. He was incredibly honest about his life throughout as he discussed the highs, the lows, his descent into addiction, his redemption and his passion for extreme sports. I asked Jack if this passion was a replacement high. I giggled a bit to try to let him know I wasn’t that serious. He was. It was early, remember. And the answer to that was no, not a replacement high.
There was one sweet moment when I told him about a Facebook fan – and a fellow sufferer – who wished him the best in his dealing with his newly diagnosed disease of MS. Jack was touched.
Not too much more was said that is worth transcribing, and just as I was trying to get this young celebrity on my side once and for all, the call was lost and he was gone, before we could say good-bye, and before I could further alienate him by asking him for a radio liner. So from now on, you will not be hearing this on Jack FM: “ Hey Jack, this is Jack… Osbourne. Play some of my Dad, now!” Good thing that never happened, since we don’t take requests.
If you want a good laugh, especially at the end, give this a listen: