OZZY SAYS HE SHOULD CALLED HIS CURRENT TOUR THE “OZZY OSBOURNE SLOWING DOWN TOUR”
Kelli Skey Fadroski of the Pasadena Star-News reports:
It should really come as no surprise that the Prince of Darkness isn’t all that into Christmas.
Ozzy Osbourne, who fronted the legendary metal band Black Sabbath, said he’s not keen on all the surrounding hoopla. Bright, twinkling lights, holly jolly music, Rudolph and Santa Claus really don’t mesh well with the black clothing, dark eyeliner and horror and war-themed lyrical content of Sabbath and Osbourne’s extensive solo catalog.
“I’d been telling Sharon for years I want to work through Christmas because I don’t like it and it’s a waste of time,” the 70-year-old rocker said he told his wife, during a recent phone interview…
…[Although, Osbourne’s current tour is billed as No More Tours 2] Osbourne said it has been a bit misleading as he has no plans on “retiring” from music, just easing up on the hectic tour schedule that would have him constantly traveling from country to country, state to state and not spending nearly enough downtime at home…
…“People have gotten that all wrong,” he said. “The tour should have been the Ozzy Osbourne Slowing Down Tour. What I’m actually doing is not going out on Jan. 1st and coming back on Dec. 31st. I’ll still tour, but not as extensively like I have been for the last 50 years. I mean, I have grandchildren now and I’m 70 years old and I don’t want to be found dead in a hotel room somewhere. I’m going to do it at a more leisurely pace and do some shows in Vegas … but I’ll never stop. The whole lifestyle I have lived, it has all come down to the fact that there are people who want to hear me and as long as they want to hear me, I’m there…”
…Since he’ll have more time on his hands next year, Osbourne said he has one room in his house that’s completely his own where he’ll retreat from the day-to-day madness to hang out and reflect.
“I’ll put on some music and doodle on some sketch pads and just drift away,” he said. “I’m just enjoying life now to the fullest. I don’t drink alcohol anymore. I don’t smoke tobacco. I don’t use drugs … I’m doing good right now. I now think, how did I think going into a bar and getting (really) smashed and doing all that cocaine was (really) fun? I have come to think that if right now you had a gun, a bag of cocaine and a gallon of booze and you said ‘Take your pick,’ I’d pick up the gun. It’s not worth it. I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions, so I won’t be making one this year, I just hope that God keeps me alive.”
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