Ozzy Osbourne On Retirement: “I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Retire Completely”

Ozzy Osbourne previously announced that he will be heading out on a farewell tour next year that will extend into 2020. Despite this, it doesn’t appear that the singer will be hanging it up for good. He recently told US Weekly the following when asked if he would ever fully retire:

“Not until they put me in a pine box. I’ve just announced my final world tour, but I don’t think I’ll ever retire completely. I’ll still do shows here and there, just no full tours.”

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Ozzy Osbourne To Kickoff Farewell Tour Next Year

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he will head out on a farewell tour next year that will extend into 2020. This tour, initial dates for which can be found below, is expected to feature Osbourne’s current band, which includes guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos, and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. Osbourne commented:

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

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Tour Dates:

05/05 TBA, MEX – TBA
05/08 Santiago, CHL – TBA
05/11 Buenos Aires, ARG – TBA
05/13 São Paulo, BRA – TBA
05/16 Curitiba, BRA – TBA
05/18 Belo Horizonte, BRA – TBA
05/20 Rio de Janeiro, BRA – TBA
06/01 Moscow, RUS – Olympiisky
06/03 St. Petersburg, RUS – Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
06/06 TBA, Finland – TBA
06/08 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock Festival
06/10 Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/13 Prague, CZE – Airport Letnany
06/15 Paris, FRA -Download Festival
06/17 TBA, ITA – TBA
06/20 Halden, NOR – Tons of Rock Festival
06/22 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell Festival
06/24 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/26 Krakow, POL – Impact Festival
06/28 Oberhausen, GER – König-Pilsnet Arena
06/30 Madrid, SPA – Download Festival
07/02 Lisbon, POR – Meo Arena

Ozzy Osbourne Talks Changing Music Industry

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.

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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.”

Zakk Wylde On Possibility Of Recording A New Album With Ozzy Osbourne: “If Oz Wants To Do Another Record, Then We Knock It Out”

With Ozzy Osbourne set to reunite with Zakk Wylde for his 2017 touring, fans have been wondering if he would also appear on Osbourne’s upcoming album. Wylde recently told the Chicago Tribune the following, when asked if he was open to working on new music with Osbourne:

“My relationship with Ozzy and Mrs. O [Sharon Osbourne] is if they call me up and say, ‘Bring eggs and milk over and clean the dog run,’ I do it. If Oz wants to do another record, then we knock it out. We haven’t spoken yet about a record. Basically, right now it’s about the shows.”

Gus G. (Firewind) On Ozzy Osbourne & Zakk Wylde Reunion: “It’s Been Long Overdue”

Earlier today (April 28) Ozzy Osbourne announced that he will be reuniting with Zakk Wylde for his 2017 touring. Now Gus G. (Firewind), who has been handling the guitar for Osbourne’s solo band, has commented on the news, and said it is “great to see Ozzy & Zakk back together.”

Gus G. said the following:

“It’s been an honor & a privilege playing by your side since 2009. Nothing but great times & an experience of a lifetime.

To Ozzy & Sharon – thanks for everything, love ya!

To Blasko, Adam & Tommy – been a pleasure rocking with you!

As a fan, it’s great to see Ozzy & Zakk back together. It’s been long overdue.

Last but not least – thanks to all the fans that showed love & support all these years, see you out there soon!

Ozzy rules!

G.”

Ozzy Osbourne & Zakk Wylde Reunite For 2017 Touring

Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he will be reuniting with Zakk Wylde for his 2017 touring. With this news, Osbourne also confirmed that he will be releasing a new album in 2018.

The following statement was posted:

“Rock fans rejoice!

For the first time in more than a decade, OZZY OSBOURNE and Zakk Wylde are together again.

Known as one of rock’s most lethal singer and guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of OZZY headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below). While they’ve performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since 2006. These dates also mark OZZY’s first solo tour in the U.S. in years beyond one OZZY & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015.

OZZY and Zakk first teamed up 30 years ago when Zakk (who OZZY describes as “a f***ing absolutely amazing guitar player”) joined OZZY’s band in 1987; they last recorded in 2007 on OZZY’s acclaimed BLACK RAIN album.

In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, OZZY’s band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards). OZZY’s tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says OZZY OSBOURNE. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”

“I’m really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with OZZY as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS,” Zakk Wylde adds.

Next up for OZZY: prepping for a new solo album for 2018 on Epic.

OZZY’s initial 2017 tour dates are as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE

July
Fri, July 14 Oshkosh, WI Ozzy at Rock USA
Sun, July 16 Chicago, IL Chicago Open Air Festival
August
Wed, August 9 Sturgis, SD The Legendary Buffalo Chip
Mon, August 21 Cartersville, IL Moonstock 2017 Festival”