The Godfather of Heavy Metal, Ozzy Osbourne, has opened up about his hard-lived past, discussing his near-death experiences in a new interview.
Over the weekend, the 2019 edition of Download Festival Australia took place in Sydney and Melbourne. Sadly, the festival was without its previously-announced headliner, with Ozzy Osbourne forced to cancel due to illness.
Of course, this wasn’t the first health issue the rocker recently experienced, having been hospitalised for a staph infection, and complications from the flu.
However, in a new interview with Metal Hammer (via NME), Osbourne has revealed how he thought he would be “dead by 40″ due to his hard-living lifestyle.
Discussing his wild lifestyle and changed attitudes, the rocker noted how he felt his life had improved due to his decision to cast off drugs and alcohol.
“It was fun for a while but in the end, with all the chemicals, I’d nearly kill myself on a daily basis,” he explained. “I know what to do if I fancy a drink. I know how to get one of those. But right now I don’t want one.”
“If you’d said to me years ago, ‘How long do you think you’ll last?’ I would’ve said, ‘I’ll be dead by 40!’”
“Luck has shadowed me all the way. If you’d read a news story that said, ‘Ozzy Osbourne has been found dead in his hotel room!’, you wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, really?’ would you? You’d say, ‘Well, obviously!’”
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Discussing the impacts of his rather wild life, Ozzy Osbourne seems almost astounded that he’s managed to come out on top at every turn.
“I’ve fallen out of life shafts and windows. I broke my neck on a quad bike,” he recalled. “There was one time when I died twice on the way to hospital. I might be unsinkable!”
While Ozzy is yet to make any announcement in regards to some rescheduled Australian tour dates, the rocker remains adamant that his ‘No More Tours 2’ tour won’t see him putting his feet up from here on in.
“This is not my farewell tour!” Osbourne stated. “What I’m doing is that I’m not going to leave the house in January and come back in December any more.”
“I’d love to make an album, but it costs so much to make a record,” he noted in regards to future plans. “Then kids go, ‘OK, I’ll steal that,’ and that’s it. But I do want to make one. I’ve got 10 ideas for songs. And the thing is, I have to like it.”
Whatever the future holds for Ozzy Osbourne, it sounds as though he’s set to remain the irreverent rock icon that he has always been.