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 Cough – don’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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