During a conversation with Zane Lowe, Ozzy Osbourne talked about his new album “Ordinary Man,” branding it the first record he ever made while fully sober.
“I thought it was the drugs and the alcohol that made it all work. But it’s not true. All I was doing for years is self-medicating ’cause I didn’t like the way I felt.
“But then this is the first album I’ve co-written and recorded f*cking completely sober.
“The last album [’13’], I wrote some of it stoned. I quite like being sober now. ‘Cause at least I can remember the f*cking thing I did yesterday.”
Reflecting on deaths of such rock legends as Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Ozzy said:
“But then, why am I here? Chris Cornell was a great, great singer… I’m not being funny and I’m not being c*cky; I can remember times when I’ve f*cking woke up with puke down me.
“I’ve f*cking woke up with a bed full of blood – when I’ve fallen down and banged my head or whatever. My friend John Bonham [of Led Zeppelin], I used to go drinking with him. He died. [AC/DC’s] Bon Scott, he died. I don’t know what to f*ckin’ say.”
“People go, ‘You must have the Midas touch’ or whatever. I’m lucky. I wasn’t any better than any of them. I even f*cking would go so far as to say I was worse in some cases. But it’s the luck of the draw. 71 and I don’t f*cking understand how I got there.”