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.”

Read more at the Pasadena Star-News

Ozzy will be playing a special one night, New Years Eve Ozzfest at The Forum in Los Angeles, go here, for more details about this special event.

source: pasadenastarnews.com

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  • Dana on

    I know I am dating myself, but I remember the first tour originally being called the No More Beers tour.

    I wanted to buy the tour shirt with Ozzy sitting on the porcelain throne, and I was told to wait to get it elsewhere cheaper, and I never saw it again. If anyone knows where I can get that shirt, please let me know. 🙂

    • Dana on

      Thank you for thinking of me, Charles,

      No porcelain throne tee, though. 🙁 I am still kicking myself for not buying it at the time, it was so funny. I still have my “Ozzy for President” shirt, though.

      D 🙂

  • Doug R. on

    Bah! Humbug! Ozzy “Ebenezer Scrooge” Osbourne wouldn’t like my house, I have thousands of twinkling lights outside (and inside as well) and a lot of holly jolly music! Ozzy “Mr. Grinch” Osbourne won’t damper my spirit! I hope God keeps you alive as well, Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year! Cheers!!

    • Rattlehead on

      Brother Doug! Merry KI$$mas to you and all. Let’s always remember the Reason for the Season, just like Stryper reminds us in song

    • Taskerofpuppets on

      ” To Hell , with the Devil!”

    • Doug R. on

      Absolutely, brother Rattle! Jesus IS the Reason For The Season! Perfect song for this time of year, or anytime of the year!
      We all know it’s better to give that receive, his gift is for those who beleive!
      Yesterday was probably the greatest KISSmas Rock And Roll Party I ever had! Almost had to call the Firehouse, cause it was Hotter Than Hell! I think everybody in my neighborhood was at my house last night, including Santa Claus! 😉 Oy, I think I might have had 1 too many Red Rocket Rides last night! Okay, Paul… hit it! – “The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup!” LOL!!! Cheers.

  • Charles Clinchot on

    Dana if talking about the shirt that sitting on the t—let reading a magazine with Ozzy on the side red letter Ozzy
    I did see it google OZZY OSBOURNE Shirt Rare Vintage 1992 No More Tours North American Tour

    • Dana on

      Found it, C,

      Thank you so much. 🙂

      D 🙂

  • Charles Clinchot on

    Glad to have helped

    • Dana on


  • Rattlehead on

    Shannon will never let Ozzy stop touring. And when Ozzy meets his Maker, Shannon will sure as hell break out the hologram.

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