He may be a doting grandfather these days, but don’t expect Ozzy Osbourne to stop touring anytime soon.
“You know the time when I will retire? When I can hear them nail a lid on my box. And then I’ll f*****g do an encore,” the rocker, 71, told Britain’s the Mirror. “I’m the Prince of Darkness.”
It hasn’t been an easy road for Osbourne, who rose to fame as the frontman for Black Sabbath, and went on to a thriving solo career. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in January, and it’s hindered his ability to walk as well as he used to.
“Well the one question from me was, ‘Is it a terminal illness?’, and the guy says, ‘No, but life is,’” Osbourne told the Mirror. “It’s just another thing on my plate I have got to deal with. I’m not in the slightest worried about it.”
He also suffered "a bad fall" after a show in December 2018, requiring neck surgery, “which screwed all my nerves,” he says.
But despite his health issues, Osbourne said the process of creating his 2020 album Ordinary Man, was “the best medication I’ve had in a long time.”
“Doing the record saved my life,” he shared. “I’m just a very fortunate man to be still here talking to you about my life. Life goes on. Right now, right here, today. I’m f*****g great.”
But of course, he’s eager to get back on stage to entertain stadiums filled with fans.
“When you feel that audience jumping, it’s a better feeling than orgasm. It is the best love affair of my life. The party is on, man. I feel honored people still want to see me,” Osbourne continued.
Naturally, the coronavirus pandemic has put touring on hold for Osbourne. But while he can’t headline a show anytime soon, he’s having a great time with his loved ones. In an Instagram post, Ozzy’s son, Jack Osbourne, shared a rare look at their family over the weekend.
“Vacation vibes!” Jack, 34, captioned the photo, which showed both of his parents, as well as his girlfriend Aree Gearhart and his three daughters, Pearl, 8, Andy, 5, and Minnie, 2, whom he shares with ex-wife Lisa Stelly.
Like his father, Jack Osbourne has had several health obstacles of his own to overcome. After suddenly losing vision in his right eye at age 26, an MRI determined that he had lesions in his brain and spine. He was soon diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. But he’s had several triumphs, as well. Back in April, Osbourne celebrated 17 years of continuous sobriety from drugs and alcohol.
“If someone would have told me 17 years ago I’d be celebrating my 17th year of sobriety locked down at home because of a global pandemic I’d of literally laughed in their face,” wrote Osbourne.
“The road map is simple but it doesn’t make it easy,” he continued. “For anyone who is struggling in this very strange time, there are plenty of resources available that can be accessed from the comfort of your home while we can’t leave. Don’t be afraid to reach out.”
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