Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne: “I’ve Gotta Do More Gigs If I Have To Get Someone To Wheel Me Out There.”


Ozzy Osbourne is determined to play more live shows, despite announcing his retirement from full-scale touring earlier this year. The 74-year-old metal legend has been plagued by health woes in recent years, spurred by a fall which ruptured several steel rods previously surgically inserted into him from a prior accident.

The resulting injuries and surgeries left him with nerve damage and balance issues. Osbourne also suffers from PRKN 2 (a form or Parkinson’s Disease), having been diagnosed with the condition over two decades ago. Speaking to Tenacious D in the latest issue of Metal Hammer, Osbourne echoed his plans to return to the stage.

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While Osbourne played abbreviated live engagements at sporting events last year, he did so with the aid of a brace which helped keep him upright. Recently it was announced that he would be playing his first full-fledged concert since 2018 as part of this year’s first-ever ‘Power Trip‘ festival.

That event will be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA from October 06th to 08th and feature various heavyweights from the likes of AC/DC, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden and Tool.

The aforementioned interview found Osbourne once again communicating his determination to once again perform live:

“I mean, doing a live show is what I live for. I’ve had to cancel my [2023] European tour but I’m determined. I’ve gotta do more gigs if I have to get someone to wheel me out there. I mean, you can’t retire from this game. It’s not a job, it’s a fucking passion. I don’t know how to do anything else. The thought of sitting in my house all day… I’m a road dog, you know? I’ve been doing it fucking 55 years. It’s the best thing to have ever happened to me.”

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