Jacoby of Papa Roach once got destroyed by Sharon Osbourne for starting Ozzfest riot

Jacoby Shaddix
Sharon photo via Wiki edit Jonny on Wikipedia. Jacoby photo via Andreas Lawen, Fotandi- Wikimedia commons.

If there’s one hard and fast truth in the metal music business, it’s that you do not fuck with Sharon Osbourne. Ever. Not under any circumstances.

I mean, you can try. But history has proven again and again that it does not end well for the aggressor. Cough Sid Wilson Coughdon’t piss off the new grandma to be, ever.

Now, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach fame has regaled us with his own tales of woe with Sharon Osbourne.

Per a recent chat with Metal Hammer, Jacoby was asked about the time that he started a riot onstage at Ozzfest in 2001 (whoops).

Sharon, as one might imagine, was none too pleased. Jacoby went on to share:

“She cursed me out. Rightfully she was pissed as fuck because the fans destroyed the venue, it was a fucking disaster. Slipknot and Ozzy still had to play and the place was in a shambles. I tried to leave in the trunk of a car, but they found out and I had to turn myself into the cops. Then I had to go sit with Sharon in the office and she just cursed me and I was just like, ‘I am so sorry, I will never do this again.’ I think if I’d just dealt with the cops and paid the money off, I’d have been like, ‘Fuck it, whatever.’ I would have carried on just numb-skulling. But I had this verbal assassination from Mrs Osbourne. Don’t fuck with Sharon.”

Jacoby also elaborated on the event to The PRP, stating:

I got reprimanded by Sharon Osbourne one night. I started a riot in New Jersey on Ozzfest. And I attempted to escape the grounds with my A&R in the trunk of his Town Car. I came back to the site and I got arrested for inciting a riot. The cops detained me and then they let me go.

That was all fine and dandy until I had to go into Sharon Osbourne’s office. And she laid down the law. I left like a scared child. I was like, ‘Alright, cool don’t think I’ll ever start a riot again at a festival.’ It was a valuable lesson for me to learn as a young artist, because we were on the way to the top at that point. I needed for somebody to put me in a check because I was out of control.

Let the sins of hard rock and metal artist’s past serve as a cautionary tale- be extremely nice to Sharon or you will feel the pain.

Words by: The Pit Staff

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