Singer Ozzy Osbourne clarified the touring retirement announcement during a conversation with Loudwire.
Osbourne thinks that some people may have overreacted to his initial announcement, saying:
“Well, I’ve been working my guts out to try and get back on my feet. I’ve come to the point where Sharon says to me, ‘You know what, the truth of the marriage, you can’t keep booking tours and failing, canceling.’ 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.
“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.”
He went on:
“This f*cking press drive you nuts. I mean, I looked in the magazine, ‘Ozzy’s on his last legs,’ I’m f**king not dying. Come on, guys. Haven’t I’ve had it bad enough already? If I get okay today. If the doctor said to me today, ‘Oh, you can tour,’ it would take another six months to get it together, you know?
“You’ve got no idea. You got no idea what my, I feel like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.”
Ozzy…thanx sooooo much for sharing your talent, your songwriting and bands have affected metal music in huge ways..and have had the best guitarists behind you…thaaaank you man!! Love ya!!