OzzyOsbourne400 Sam Kelton of News Corp Australia Network spoke with Ozzy Osbourne. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

News Corp Australia Network: Ozzy, this is the final Black Sabbath tour — it’s a dark day for the fans …

Ozzy Osbourne: It’s the end of Sabbath and people have been asking “Well, I thought you were doing an album.” But the things we’ve discovered are — number one: People aren’t really interested in hearing new stuff and number two: If we were to do an album before the tour — it would take three or four years to complete the album. We want to end it on a high note.

News Corp Australia Network: It’s not the end for you though?

Ozzy Osbourne: Well I did pretty well for 35 years — and I’m not retiring. I’m going to do a solo album and a solo tour. I mean my wife’s a shop-a-holic always off buying f—g shoes or something so I’ve got to keep the money coming somehow.

News Corp Australia Network: How do you see the Black Sabbath legacy and how will you manage it?

Ozzy Osbourne: Just to be remembered is enough for me. I thought no one would remember me when we first started playing music. I’d rather end it now though than drag it out for another five albums. I mean I’m 67 in December. When we started out I thought — this thing will be all right for a year or two. One of my greatest memories of anything Sabbath was that we were a band that weren’t created by some London f—ing business d—head. We were four guys in different bands and we all got together and made a record. I remember being in a pub in Birmingham and the manager at the time said to me “I have some news for you — your album is entering the British charts at number 17 next week” I went “f — off you’re winding me up.” It remained in the top ten for over a year and none of us have looked back since.

News Corp Australia Network: What’s going on with the drumming situation given the issues with original drummer Bill Ward?

Ozzy Osbourne: It’s nearly Black Sabbath. Every time I talk about him I get into trouble — so I don’t know — I don’t think so.

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33 Responses

  1. I personally felt that Gus’s guitar had a little too much effects on it, on the last record. I couldn’t hear the lead notes cutting through the same way that Zakk’s guitar leads did on previous recordings. I hope that will get cleared up on the next record. Ozzy, DLR, Coverdale, and now Rob Zombie all usually know how to find the next great guitarists.

  2. Sharon aside, I do think that “13” summed things up nicely, and that one more Ozzy solo album is a better idea. BTW, I’ve got my tickets for the last of the Sabs in 9/16

  3. Tony’s stated in an interview already that when they talked about making new music, Geezer didn’t want to do it. If Geezer doesn’t want to do another album, then that’s that. No Geezer, no lyrics. Plus, I wouldn’t want to hear another bass player try to play on a Sabbath album. He’s without a doubt my favorite bass player of all time. And why would it take 3-4 years to do a new album? Tony’s full of riffs, they know he can pull off an album’s worth in no time. This is coming from the band that recorded and released their first five albums in three years.

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