Ozzy Osbourne Details Life with Parkinson’s in New Guardian Chat: “You Learn to Live in the Moment”

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Back in early August, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi surprised the world with an unexpected Black Sabbath performance to close the Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham, England.

Given what Osbourne has dealt with over the past few years, health-wise, it was a massive surprise that he was able to take the stage and sing a song — in this case, a short medley combining “Paranoid” and “Iron Man”:

Despite all he’s been dealing with regarding his health, Ozzy cracked to the Guardian that at least this quick appearance wouldn’t be too much of a challenge for his first public singing performance since 2019:

“I said to Sharon: ‘I can’t fucking perform.’ She said: ‘Are you sure?’ And I thought about it, and I thought: ‘Fuck it, I’m gonna go for it.’ It’s one song – and I’ve sung it every fucking night for the last 55 years, so it’s not like I’m going to forget the fucking words!”

The above is one of many notable quotes given by Osbourne to The Guardian‘s Craig McLean in a new feature that finds Ozzy, 73, holding nothing back as it pertains to his myriad health concerns that endangered the iconic singer/pop culture icon‘s life — let alone ability to perform over the past few years.

As a recap, here’s how the Guardian breaks down Osbourne’s past few years:

The Parkinson’s disease that makes him unsteady on his feet. Surgery to fix his neck, after a bathroom fall in January 2019, already fragile after he broke it in a quad-bike accident on his Buckinghamshire estate in 2003. Two staph infections in his right hand (“After fucking shaking God knows how many hands, you’re gonna get something!”) Depression. Blood clots. Crippling nerve pain. Then, this June, yet more surgery.

As for his Parkinson’s diagnosis, it was first known by Osbourne and his family in 2019, before he went public with it in January of 2020. The Guardian notes his is considered a “milder” case in terms of symptoms and everyday maintenance, but that doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park. In fact, walking at all is a struggle:

“You think you’re lifting your feet, but your foot doesn’t move. I feel like I’m walking around in lead boots.

“You learn to live in the moment, because you don’t know [what’s going to happen],” Osbourne is quoted as saying in the piece. “You don’t know when you’re gonna wake up and you ain’t gonna be able to get out of bed. But you just don’t think about it.”

Elsewhere in the feature, Ozzy and Sharon explain why they’re moving back to the U.K. and leaving the United States, which they’ve called home for years.

Ozzy, in no uncertain terms, explains it like this:

“Everything’s fucking ridiculous there. I’m fed up with people getting killed every day. God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert … It’s fucking crazy.

“And I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to be buried in fucking Forest Lawn,” he says of the LA cemetery favoured by expired celebrities. “I’m English. I want to be back. But saying that, if my wife said we’ve got to go and live in Timbuktu, I’ll go.” Ozzy inhales deeply, gathers his vocal capabilities and concludes quietly. “But, no, it’s just time for me to come home.”

There’s much more worth reading in the full Guardian feature, as Ozzy and Sharon, too, grant McLean intimate details and honesty regarding all that’s been going on for quite some time now.

Ozzy also, meanwhile, is gearing up to release a new album, Patient Number 9, coming up on Sept. 9. It features a number of collaborations with several of Ozzy’s pals — including Iommi:

And Jeff Beck:

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Patient Number 9 will be the follow-up to 2020’s Ordinary Man, which scored Osbourne a No. 1 hit around the world. Like that record, the new one was produced by Andrew Watt and features a host of special guests accompanying Ozzy and his band in the studio.


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