LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Ozzy Osbourne, while doing pre-show press for his New Year’s Eve show at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., casually mentioned in an interview what appears to be a Las Vegas residency.
Ozzfest is coming to the Los Angeles-area venue Dec. 31 with acts like Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson on the inside and acts like Zakk Sabbath in the parking lot. While talking to the Orange County Register, Osbourne said that the the tour has been unfairly billed as his farewell, saying he will continue to tour and will do “some shows” in Vegas.
“People have gotten that all wrong,” he said. “The tour should have been the Ozzy Osbourne Slowing Down Tour. What I’m actually doing is not going out on Jan. 1 and coming back on Dec. 31,” Osbourne told the paper. “I’ll still tour, but not as extensively like I have been for the last 50 years. I mean, I have grandchildren now and I’m 70 years old and I don’t want to be found dead in a hotel room somewhere. I’m going to do it at a more leisurely pace and do some shows in Vegas … but I’ll never stop. The whole lifestyle I have lived, it has all come down to the fact that there are people who want to hear me and as long as they want to hear me, I’m there.”
Osbourne added that sobriety, as well as being a non-smoker, suits him just fine.
“I’ll put on some music and doodle on some sketch pads and just drift away,” he said. “I’m just enjoying life now to the fullest. I don’t drink alcohol anymore. I don’t smoke tobacco. I don’t use drugs … I’m doing good right now. I now think, how did I think going into a bar and getting (really) smashed and doing all that cocaine was (really) fun? I have come to think that if right now you had a gun, a bag of cocaine and a gallon of booze and you said ‘Take your pick,’ I’d pick up the gun. It’s not worth it. I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions, so I won’t be making one this year, I just hope that God keeps me alive.”
The flippin’ Prince of Darkness had to postpone some shows earlier this year and explained how it can all be blamed on his thumb.
“My right thumb, it had swollen up like a light bulb,” Osbourne said. “Sharon said, ‘Get in the car, we’re going right now to the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai.’ It just so happened, the guy who deals with infectious diseases was in his office and they put me straight into the hospital and did surgery on the spot to get all of the bad stuff out. I was baffled. It turned out I had three separate staph infections in the same area. I was in the hospital for three days on a drip, but it’s totally gone now.”