Ozzy Osbourne’s Brutal Audition of Skid Row’s Ex Phil Varone

Former Skid Row drummer Phil Varone recalled his “rough” audition for Ozzy Osbourne’s band, saying it was so bad Sharon Osbourne thought it was a joke.

The incident took place in 2000, shortly after he moved to Los Angeles in an effort to secure his future as a musician and before he joined Skid Row. In a recent interview with WRIF (video below), he said he was living with former Motley Crue frontman John Corabi at the time.

“I heard that Ozzy was auditioning drummers, so I called Vinnie Paul – the late great Vinnie Paul of Pantera – and I was like, ‘Vin, can you get me on this audition?'” remembers Varone. “And Vinnie calls Sharon Osbourne and auditions me.

The drummer asked Corabi to come with him for moral support, but broke down when the audition started. “I don’t know what happened, but it was like I had never played drums before in my life. It was amazing: I had Popeye’s arms, which means I I was so tense I couldn’t hold the chopsticks,” he admitted. “I couldn’t play. And it was all the good songs, ‘Crazy Train’ and all the stuff we used to play when we were kids.

According to Varone, Corabi was never able to say anything good about the “brutal” experience, while Paul exploited the story for years. “Until the day Vinnie died… he kicked my ass about that fucking audition,” the drummer noted. “Every time I saw him he was like, ‘Man, what happened with that? … Sharon Osbourne called him up and said, ‘Vinnie, what is it? A joke? This guy can’t play for nothing! She got mad at him because she thought he was playing a joke on her… That’s how mean I was.

Varone explained that this wasn’t his first big mistake, saying he left the music industry a few years before Osbourne’s audition. “I decided I was just going to stop and buy a restaurant… It was the worst decision ever. [I] lost everything because of it. I took every penny I had and put it in this restaurant and it sank because I didn’t know what I was doing. It’s like life lesson after life lesson. Yet, soon after his bad audition, Varone got hooked on Skid Row. “So everything went well.”

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