Ozzy Osbourne on quitting touring: “I feel like a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest”

“The only thing I’ve got that keeps me going is making records.”

Ozzy Osbourne

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Touring is hard, but not touring is even harder for Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne.

In a recent conversation on SiriusXM’s Ozzy Speaks, Osbourne gave fans an update on his touring status and spoke of how much it frustrates him that he’s physically unable to ‘get out there’.

“Well, I’ve been working my guts out to try and get back on my feet,” he told co-host Billy Morrison. “I’ve come to the point where Sharon says to me, ‘you know what, the truth of the matter, you can’t keep booking tours and failing, cancelling.’”

“So, if I can ever get back to where I can tour again, fine. But right now, if you said to me, ‘can you go on the road in a month?’ I couldn’t say yes. I mean, if I could tour, I’d tour. But right now I can’t book tours because right now, I don’t think I could pull them off.”

That said, Ozzy made sure to emphasise that just because he can’t tour doesn’t mean he’s physically on death’s door. “This fucking press drive you nuts,” he lamented. “I mean, I looked in the magazine, ‘Ozzy’s on his last legs,’ I’m fucking not dying.”

“Come on, guys. Haven’t I had it bad enough already? If I get okay today. If the doctor said to me today, “oh, you can tour.” It would take another six months to get it together, you know?”

Morrison then reiterated that if the former Black Sabbath singer could get out there and play shows all over the world, he would, to which Ozzy replied, “You’ve got no idea. I feel like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.”

“The only thing I’ve got that keeps me going is making records,” he added. “But I can’t do that forever. I gotta get out there.”

Last month, Ozzy broke the news of his touring retirement to fans on social media, writing “I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required.”


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