Ozzy Was Feared Kidnapped Following Binge With David Lee Roth

Author Greg Renoff reveals in a new interview that police once feared that Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne had been kidnapped after he disappeared following a drug binge with Van Halen's David Lee Roth.

Renoff discussed the story while speaking to the Boston Herald about his new book on the early years of Roth's band, "Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal".

When asked for one of his favorite stories of decadence that he discovered while writing the book, Renoff responded, "I didn't discover the story, but I was able to really flesh out all of the details about the notorious Birmingham, Alabama 'Krell [Cocaine] War' between Ozzy and [Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth].

"In November 1978 in Birmingham hotel room, they both snorted enough coke to kill an elephant. After a bus ride to Nashville, Ozzy passed out for 24 hours in the wrong hotel room and in effect was missing.

"The police thought he'd been kidnapped. Let's face it, any story involving Ozzy, DLR, and drugs is going to be a fun one to tell." Read more of the interview here.

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