Ozzy: ‘I’m Gonna Do Some More Gigs Before I’m Finished’
Podcast lovers heard it first! “The Osbournes” podcast is back, and in the 16th epsiode, Ozzy Osbourne blasted YouTube channels for creating death hoax videos.
Ozzy said, “‘People who have died today’. And they put it on that I died. The thing on YouTube, it’s got ‘celebrities who have died today’, and there’s a picture of me. And I go, ‘I’m not dead. I’m not really dead. Just a little flesh wound.’ I’m not going any-fucking-where. And I’m gonna go up and do some more gigs before I’m finished anyway.”
You may remember that last month Ozzy did an interview with Rolling Stone UK and talked about possibly returning to play live again, “I’m taking it one day at a time, and if I can perform again, I will. But it’s been like saying farewell to the best relationship of my life. At the start of my illness, when I stopped touring, I was really pissed off with myself, the doctors, and the world. But as time has gone on, I’ve just gone, ‘Well, maybe I’ve just got to accept that fact. I’m not going to get up there and do a half-hearted Ozzy looking for sympathy. What’s the fucking point in that? I’m not going up there in a fucking wheelchair. I’ve seen Phil Collins perform recently, and he’s got virtually the same problems as me. He gets up there in a wheelchair. But I couldn’t do that.”
And Ozzy thanked the fans, “That’s one of the things I’ve been the most fucking pissed off at: I never got the chance to say goodbye or thank you. Because my fans are what it’s all about. If I can just do a few gigs… They’ve been loyal to me for fucking years. They write to me, they know all about my dogs. It’s my extended family really, and they give us the lifestyle we have. For whatever reason, that’s my goal to work to. To do those shows. If it’s at Ozzfest or somewhere, or even a fucking gig at the Roundhouse [in London]. If I can’t continue doing shows on a regular basis, I just want to be well enough to do one show where I can say, ‘Hi guys, thanks so much for my life.’ That’s what I’m working towards, and if I drop down dead at the end of it, I’ll die a happy man.”
Osbourne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about four years ago. He also suffered a bad fall and dislodged metal rods placed in his spine following a quad-bike accident in 2003.
Don’t count Ozzy out. He has played a couple times in the last year and a bit; at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August ’22 and at the NFL halftime show at the season opener Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills game in September ’22.
Do you think Ozzy will play some concerts, or is that it for his career?