Ozzy Osbourne is urging fans not to write him off just because Black Sabbath are calling it a day. Ozzy is disappointed his band-mates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi don’t want to continue after their current farewell tour, which will end with a show in the rockers’ native Birmingham, England on February 17.
He tells Billboard.com, “Tony wants to do 80 shows and we’re doing 80 shows. It’s good enough, but I wouldn’t mind extending the tour for another few gigs. There’s a lot of people who won’t get to see us, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Sharon Osbourne recently hinted her husband would step away from the spotlight before he hits 70 in three years, but Ozzy dismissed her retirement chatter, adding, “It’s not me that wants to retire, it’s Black Sabbath. I’ll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife is good at telling me partial information, but I know I’m not hanging my boots up for a while.
“Being Ozzy Osbourne solo again is not a job. It’s a passion. It’s a love. It’s the biggest, greatest love affair of my life.”