Black Sabbath Prohibited "Fun" on Final Tour, Says Ozzy Osbourne
By Andrew Magnotta
October 30, 2018
Though getting closure on the iconic band that sparked an entire genre of music was important, it all gets a bit too serious with Sabbath, Ozzy tells Rolling Stone.
His issues with Sabbath in 2018, are essentially a less-intoxicated version of why he was fired from the band in 1979. Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler apparently don't feel Ozzy's fun-loving, borderline comedic persona is appropriate for Black Sabbath.
"It's not allowed to have f---ing fun with Sabbath," Ozzy said. "It's too serious. Tony was trying to have a go at me, saying, 'Don't f---ing talk over my solos.' I go, 'Okay, are you sure? 'Cause most of the f---ing song is solos. The intro to the song is f---in' five minutes and then I sing for about two seconds and then it's another one.' With my own think, I'm looking to have fun, and that's what music's about for me. I'm not a serious f---ing singer. I'm just a front man who's trying to get the crowd going in front."
That's just Ozzy's personality, though; he's an entertainer. This is the same person who was cracking jokes while he was in the hospital with a near-fatal staph infection earlier this month.
The Prince of Darkness has said before that in Black Sabbath, he's just the singer; the band is mostly run by Iommi — the only member of the band to appear on every one of its 19 studio albums.
In September, Ozzy told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he "didn't have a great time" doing the final shows with Black Sabbath, in part, because of how restricted he was on stage.
It's unclear if Ozzy's feelings on Sabbath have changed since his No More Tours 2 farewell tour began or if he's simply comparing the complications of Black Sabbath to the ease and satisfaction of his solo band.
Iommi and Ozzy agreed in separate interviews earlier this year that they would consider bringing Black Sabbath out of retirement to perform at the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in their hometown of Birmingham, England, in 2022.
"I haven't spoken to Geezer about it, but I know Ozzy wants to do it and I'm up for that," Iommi told Planet Rock this summer. "I think it's great. We're from Birmingham and if we can represent Birmingham and they ask us, that's great. If we can still play by that time. And if we're still here."
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