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Ozzy Osbourne says fun was banned at Black Sabbath farewell shows

By | Published on Thursday 1 November 2018

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne says he’s enjoying his farewell tour as a solo artist a lot more than the one with Black Sabbath. Mainly because there’s no one to tell him to stop messing about.

“[I wasn’t] allowed to have fucking fun with Sabbath”, he tells Rolling Stone. “It [was] too serious. Tony [Iommi] was trying to have a go at me, saying, ‘Don’t fucking talk over my solos’. I go, ‘OK, are you sure? Cos most of the fucking song is solos. The intro to the song is fuckin five minutes and then I sing for about two seconds and then it’s another one'”.

“With my own thing”, he went on, “I’m looking to have fun, and that’s what music’s about for me. I’m not a serious fucking singer. I’m just a frontman who’s trying to get the crowd going in front”.

Keeping the crowd down there in front of him at a safe distance is preferable now too. Osbourne was recently forced to postpone shows while he had surgery on his hand for a staph infection. This apparently reveals the dangers of meet-and-greets.

After receiving the diagnosis, Osbourne recalls: “The doctor said to me, ‘Can you remember talking to someone and shaking hands?’ Well, I do that meet-and-greet at the gig and I must shake fucking 200 hands a day. He said, ‘That explains it'”.

Maybe Avril Lavigne had the right idea, after all.



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