In a recent interview, Ozzy Osbourne opened up about why touring doesn’t interest him anymore and why some of those road experiences can be good and bad.
Speaking with host, Jose Mangin, on SiriusXM’s ‘Ozzy’s Boneyard’ channel 38, Ozzy said, “The road gets me homesick. That’s one of the lowlights. Especially when I phone home and I hear about how the grandchildren are doing, and that they’re doing something amazing, and I’m in a hotel room somewhere, going, ‘Why am I here?’
Ozzy was quick to point out that while the rigours of the road have become tiresome, touring does have its highlights: “There’s nothing like a great gig. When you do a great gig, it’s the best feeling in the world.”
For fans fearing that he might be getting ready to settle down and be a full-time grandfather, Ozzy emphasized that retirement is not in the picture: “I want to make this perfectly clear: I am not retiring. I am just not doing tours anymore. I’ll always do gigs, an Ozzfest or Vegas thing or festival or a one-off here and there. I am not retiring. I am just not going on tour anymore.” Ozzy indicated that Ozzfest will continue as an annual destination festival even if he doesn’t play.
Last year in Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath played their final show. Ozzy spoke about the gig and its significance: “I didn’t think I was going to get emotional, but I got emotional. I’ve been solo for 40 years. I’ve got to play with some great people in my career, and I’ve had a phenomenal career, thanks to the band.”
Ozzy’s final “No More Tears2” world tour kicks off this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe, coming to North America in August. It’s slated to last until 2020.
As far as new music goes, Ozzy said that he has “eight or nine” song ideas for a new album, which he may work on once the tour is completed.”