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Ozzy Osbourne might be getting up there in age (turning 74 in 2022), but he'll always be The Prince of Darkness to all. The lovable, dark persona of being POD has brought him much fame since he left the powerhouse Black Sabbath more than 40 years ago. And he continues playing that musical role well to this day (his latest album Patient Number 9 is lauded by critics).
Goldmine was never afraid to ask Ozzy questions about things outside his musical bubble. He was always willing to answer them because he always had an opinion on ... well, just about everything. And some of his answers were classic. We give you a sample of some of them below.
Ozzy's daily routine when he's not out on the road
I like doodling. My biggest passion. So I get up in the morning, have a cup, big cup of coffee to get my old brain shoved into reality. And then I’ll sit down in my kitchen and I’ll do some doodling. When I’ve got the television, I’ll go with some World War II video, a Beatle video, or play some records.
On the perfect song
I find it hard to write about boy meets girl and they fall out and the rain comes down and the sun shines and they’re up in the cloud of bulls**t. I go for the melody. One thing I got from The Beatles: they always had great, great melodies and great harmonies. You’re like ‘what the f**k is that about?’ But it fits the song, you know.
My father used to say, ‘If you haven’t got a melody, you haven’t got a song.’ I mean, God bless his soul. But I think if he heard hip-hop now he’d be f**kin’ talking. The hip hop stuff, I mean, some of the lyrics are phenomenal, they really are. So if you’ve got a great lyric, why don’t you put a great vocal melody with it? Some of it, I don’t mind if you’ve got a bit of a song and some rap and then a melody with it, you know?
The best music he has released
I don’t have a favorite song per se. There are albums I like more than others. I mean Blizzard of Ozz with Randy Rhoads was special, a very special album. Bark at the Moon was OK, considering what I was going through emotionally. Then it was The Ultimate Sin, which was ‘I can take it or leave it.’ Some good songs, but I felt I could have recorded it better. The next big album for me was No More Tears. That’s still a great album. I still like hearing them songs.
Oh his longevity
I don’t know. I don’t particularly want to know. But I’m glad. I was thinking if somebody like Journey, or somebody like that ... I mean, they used to fill football stadiums. Some bands end up playing in small clubs. I can’t do that.
An event that shook his world
I remember where I was. Exactly where I was, when it was, what time of the day it was. I was in Wales. I was writing and rehearsing and Sharon calls me up and says, ‘You’ll never guess what happened.’ She says, ‘John Lennon got shot last night.’ My world just f**kin’ stopped. It was like when Kennedy got done, you know. But a f**kin’ guy like Lennon ... it just stopped my world.
I mean, I never saw [The Beatles] play. How great would it have been if they hadn’t shot Lennon and he hadn’t died such a horrible death? If they’d ever gotten back together, they would have taken over again.
How he judges himself as a person
I don’t smoke anymore. I don’t do drugs anymore. I don’t drink anymore. My kids do what they want, you know, as long as it’s not illegal or stupid. But, mind you, we’re all guilty of doing stupid things sometimes. My family is really cool. But that can change in a f**kin’ five-second blast.
I’m not a saint. Because, you know, you see some guy on the biography channel or something, and they’ll say how wonderful he is. Well, even Jesus Christ wasn’t always wonderful. Isn’t there one time when he goes ‘F**k, I don’t feel like giving a speech on this mountain.’?”