Ozzy Osbourne was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, and touched on a variety of topics. You can see some excerpts, including his thoughts on the changing music industry below.
Osbourne on Gene Simmons‘ infamous “rock is dead” statement:
“Live, good rock music is not dead. But I think the record industry is really suffering now. There are only about two fucking record companies left. And when I went to the Grammys a couple of years ago, there’d be artists who’d go from a fucking laptop straight to the charts and release a record.
It’s really a sad thing for me. … It’s just changed so much. I said to Sharon, “It’s like when vaudeville ended and fucking modern music began. We’re the history now.” And no matter what gimmick – what color album, vinyl, whatever, the fact of the matter is people don’t want it. Why should people buy records when they can download it. You can get anything now online. And at the same time, I don’t know how to turn the fucking light on the monitor.”
He also added the following when asked if he would make a new album:
“I would like to do another record. But it’s wasting money. Nobody’s buying. You don’t have to sell that many records anymore to get a Number One. Depending how many records you’ve sold. You can have 30 or 40 [laughs]. Nobody buys them.”
Even if we don’t get new music, the good news is Osbourne also said he doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon:
“People around my age go, ‘I’m 65 now. I’m retired.’ Then they fucking die. My father got a bit of cash from the job he had, did the garden and died. And I’m going, ‘That’s a bit of an anticlimax after working so many years in a factory.’ I ain’t retiring. People still want to see me, so what’s there to retire from?”
“[Black Sabbath] retired but I haven’t. It’s like I’m jumping off one boat onto another. People forget, I was with Sabbath from ’68 to ’79, but I’ve been on my own from ’79 ’til now. I’ve been on my own thing for a lot longer than when I was with Sabbath. I love what Sabbath did for me and I love what I did for Sabbath, but it’s not the be-all, end-all of my own whole career.”