Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee has disputed the truth of an incident portrayed in the Motley Crue biopic The Dirt, in which Ozzy reportedly snorted a line of ants off the ground while hanging out poolside with members of the Crue during a day off on tour.
In the film, a young Ozzy Osbourne — played by Tony Cavalero — holds an impromptu gross-out contest of sorts with Crue bassist Nikki Sixx at a Florida hotel swimming pool in 1984. After exposing himself to some hotel guests, Ozzy asks the Crue for cocaine. Sixx hands over a straw, and Ozzy kneels on the ground and snorts up a crawling line of ants.
Lee, who played guitar for Osbourne on the 1984 tour, told Tone-Talk about the incident, “I was there, and I never saw ants. I was right there. He snorted a little spider. There was a not a trail of f**king ants there. Tommy (Lee, Crue drummer) says it, Nikki says it, Ozzy says it — they were f**ked up. I was not . . . I don't care what the other guys say — there was no ants.”
The rest of the scene in the movie features Ozzy urinating on the ground and licking it up, challenging Sixx to do the same. But when Sixx relieves himself, Osbourne kneels down and laps it up first. As for that part of the story, Lee confirmed, “Oh, that was true.”
Ozzy told us a while back that what little he remembers of the '84 tour with the Crue was pretty wild: “The 1984 tour was the most craziest tour I think I've ever done in my life. I don't remember it, but I remember I used to wake up every morning or come around thinking, 'What the f*** went on last night?' I mean, everybody keeps asking me, 'Hey Ozzy, did you really snort a line of ants?' You know what, the answer to that is: I don't know, but it's very possible.”
Sixx recounted the ant-snorting incident in the Crue's 2001 autobiography, The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band, and has reconfirmed it in several recent interviews. The Netflix film based on the book arrived last month after being in development at several different studios for more than a decade.