The Prince of Darkness has high hopes that he will be able to have a last hurrah, in spite of his unstable health status.
In February, Ozzy Osbourne canceled his spring tour stops in Europe while marking four years since a major accident that damaged his spine and resulted in a life-altering operation last year that removed and realigned pins in his neck and back. The former Black Sabbath frontman said that he was “not physically capable” of dealing with the grueling travel that touring entails.
Osbourne announced in July that he was pulling out of headlining the Power Trip Festival, which would have seen him performing alongside co-headliners AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.
He revealed in 2020 that he had Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that can cause slow movement, stiffness and loss of balance, among other issues. He told The Times in 2020 that he had been diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and that he was on medication.
“I’m getting pissed off reading the papers, and they’re saying things like, ‘Ozzy is fighting his last battle.’ He’s sung his last ‘Paranoid,’” Osbourne told Rolling Stone UK in a recent interview. “You know, I don’t even think about Parkinson’s that much.”
The 74-year-old said he’s now taking it “one day at a time” and hoping that he will one day be able to perform again, but has accepted the fact that he may never step on the stage again. Osbourne clarified that he’d only get back on the stage if he could be his full self up there.
“I’m not going to get up there and do a half-hearted Ozzy looking for sympathy. What’s the f— point in that? I’m not going up there in a f— wheelchair.”