Ozzy Osbourne Details “Agony” of Recovering From Injury That Derailed World Tour

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“Everything I touch has turned to shit,” said Ozzy Osbourne during a recent interview with Rolling Stone. The Prince of Darkness was detailing the series of unfortunate events that derailed his No More Tours 2 Tour, in particular a painful surgery and intense physical therapy in the wake of a nasty fall.

The accident came in January just a few short months after Osbourne’s No More Tours 2 Tour was put on hold when the former Black Sabbath singer caught a nasty strain of staph infection in his right hand, which required surgery and the postponement of his final tour dates. After that, the punches kept coming when he contracted the flu, which then mutated into pneumonia and landed him in the intensive care unit. When all that was topped off by the fall, Ozzy’s already-weakened state was made worse by several metal rods dislodging in his body–they’d been placed there years before when he wrecked his quad-bike in 2003.

“He fell in the middle of the night,” his wife Sharon explained through tears on The Talk shortly after the accident. His performances for the remainder of the year had already been postponed, but Sharon confirmed then that they were cancelled until further notice.

Unfortunately, things haven’t been much better for the rock royalty since. “I was in agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life,” he explains to the magazine. “It was awful. I’m taking physical and occupational therapy classes, but the progress is very slow.” A full recovery could take up to a year, and the surgery he had to undergo required cutting through nerves that left him “wobbling all over the place” and his right arm feeling “permanently cold.”

Ozzy doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to discussing his frustration with the circumstances, answering “not that much” when pressed on what is giving him hope these days. He’s keeping busy with television and family visits, though, and even receiving support from his old bandmate Tony Iommi and Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. In addition, the singer has recorded nine ideas for songs and joked he may make an album called Recuperation once he’s finally in the clear. Aiming for his January rescheduled dates, Ozzy hopes to be fully better by then or else he might “go fucking nuts.” Read the full interview at RollingStone.com.