Over the past year alone, much has been reported in regard to Ozzy Osbourne’s health. Along with updates pertaining to his spine issues and Parkinson’s disease, earlier this month, Osbourne announced that he had to cancel a tour due to health issues. Within his statement, he did say “Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.”
However, per a recent episode of SiriusXM’s Ozzy Speaks, Osbourne gave co-host Billy Morrison an update on his health and also talked about how some press has been exaggerating his health status.
In regard to his health, Osbourne told Morrison (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“You’ve got no idea. You got no idea what my… 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. But I can’t do that forever. I gotta get out there… [I’m] still in constant pain. I do to the best I can to stay away from the pain medication, but there are times when I go, ‘You know, I’ve gotta take something.’ I mean, last week I couldn’t… I’ve been sleeping great, and all of a sudden for two back-to-back nights. I never slept a wink. If you’re gonna torture me, just keep me awake for a couple of days. I’ll tell you whatever the fuck you want me to say.”
Prior to this, Osbourne provided an update on what the future of touring potentially looks like for him:
“Well, I’ve been working my guts out to try and get back on my feet. I’ve come to the point where Sharon [Ozzy’s wife and manager] says to me, ‘You know what? The truth of the matter is you can’t keep booking tours and failing, canceling. 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.”
Alongside this update, Osbourne also expressed frustration over how some media outlets have sensationalized his “retirement from touring”:
“The fucking press drive you nuts. I mean, I looked in the magazine, ‘Ozzy’s on his last legs.’ I’m fucking not dying… Come on, guys. Haven’t I’ve 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?”
It’s good to hear from Osbourne himself that touring is not completely off the table for him, and it’s more so a matter that he needs to rest up and make sure he’s in good enough physical shape to be on the road. With all this said, maybe there’s a chance that the heavy metal legend will tour once again.