When Ozzy Osbourne canceled his European tour earlier this month, whereas additionally indicating that his touring days are possible over, the worldwide steel neighborhood rallied across the residing legend, clearly wanting solely what’s finest for Ozzy and his household. That sentiment was shared by one other legend and Osbourne good friend, Rob Halford of Judas Priest. At 71 years outdated, Halford undoubtedly understands the tightrope of stroll of life on the highway and holding your personal self joyful and wholesome—mentally in addition to bodily.
“It was terrible for him to have to make that important — and, to be honest, right — decision,” Halford just lately advised Steel Hammer. “He made the right call. I don’t think he wanted to put himself through a thing where it’s, like, ‘Okay, we’ll have a go’ then have to cancel after a couple of shows….”
Halford continued, saying “I can only reinforce what all of Ozzy‘s fans, including us in Judas Priest, have said to him… which is that he has done so much for all of us in rock and metal. He’s done so much for his fans, and we all know how bad he feels about having to cancel because he lives for those fans. You can see that every time he goes onstage, he’s beaming and connecting with everybody…. Even though there’s a lot of love for him and a lot of care and understanding, I’ve seen what the British metal maniacs have been saying and it’s exactly how I feel too: put your feet up, [Ozzy]; you’ve earned it.”
Certainly he has. To this point, Ozzy Osbourne‘s whole album gross sales from his years in Black Sabbath, mixed together with his solo work, are well-over 100 million; He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame as a member of Black Sabbath, and the UK Music Corridor of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of Sabbath. His honours embody stars on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame and the Birmingham Stroll of Stars in his hometown of Birmingham, England. And on the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, he acquired the International Icon Award. Add within the mega-successful actuality collection The Osbournes (and it is latest reboot), and clearly, Osbourne has had a life well-lived to this point.
And do not depend him out simply but; simply this week Osbourne stated he nonetheless desires to tour sometime, noting that he is “not dying” and his workforce is presently attempting to give you a approach that Ozzy can return to the highway safely and keep wholesome. (In all seriousness, I believe they need to actually give Glenn Danzig a name; weary of full-scale touring for many years now, Danzig has made artwork out of the “6-date swing” and the “long weekend jaunt.”)
Just lately Osbourne advised Billy Morrison on SiriusXM, “Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country. So, if I can ever get back to where I can tour again, fine. But right now, if you said to me, ‘can you go on the road in a month?’ I couldn’t say yes. I mean, if I could tour I’d tour. But right now I can’t book tours because right now, I don’t think I could pull them off.”
With a lot discuss lately about backing tracks and efficiency “enhancements,” it is super-refreshing to listen to a legend—not some scrub—however a legend say, “You know what, guys? I can’t do it right now. I’ll let you know if that changes.” Good for him. Maintain the religion, Ozzy. The followers have gotten your again 1000 %!
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