The last few years have been rough on rock icon Ozzy Osbourne. However, during a recent interview, the Black Sabbath frontman shared how working on new music has helped him get through it all.
At 72 years old, “The Prince of Darkness” is still pumping out new material despite numerous health issues. Last year, Osbourne released 2020’s Ordinary Man, his 12th solo studio album. Now, the metal singer already has 15 new tracks he’s worked on for an upcoming, new album.
“I’ve done 15 tracks,” Ozzy Osbourne said to Metal Hammer. “It’s kept me alive you know. These past two years I’ve been in a terrible fucking state between the accident and then the pandemic. It’s kept me sane – I’ve needed the music.”
Ozzy Osbourne Hasn’t Let His Health Get In the Way of Creating New Music
Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t let his health issues slow him down. In fact, his recent work has been one of the most prolific periods of music production in his career. The rocker dealt with a terrible fall while battling pneumonia in 2019. Additionally, the fall was so bad at his Los Angeles home that he displaced the metal rods in his back.
Yet that’s not all of his health issues. He’s still dealing with onset Parkinson’s disease. Osbourne has also had multiple staph infections, the flu, and a burst blood vessel in his eye. Like we said, he’s had a tough few years. But Ozzy is still in the studio finishing another new album, as he puts it, “slowly but surely.”
“I struggle a bit, but slowly but surely we’re getting there,” Ozzy Osbourne says about the album’s progress. “My only concern right now is finishing the bloody thing. We’ve got the same production [team] as the last time, so there’s definitely going to be some similarities. But you’ll just have to wait and see what you think.”
The legendary musician’s health problems also forced him to postpone his solo tour on multiple occasions. Osbourne was initially set for the No More Tours II run back in 2019. After a second delay, the European leg of the tour is now scheduled to begin in January 2022. But the rescheduled North American dates have yet to be announced.
The British rocker hasn’t visited his home country in quite some time because of his health issues and the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that he’s missed his home and is looking forward to getting back there sooner rather than later.
“I’m missing home,” he admits. “Right now I can’t get on a plane but as soon as I can, I’m coming home!”