“Everything’s fucking ridiculous there,” Ozzy Osbourne said about the United States, his primary residence for decades, in an interview published on Sunday in The Observer. “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,” he further explained in an interview with the British newspaper.
The 73-year-old heavy metal icon and Prince of Darkness currently suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and a number of other medical woes, but his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne said the decision to leave for their property Welders House in Buckinghamshire is not due to the Black Sabbath co-founder’s health. “It’s just time. America has changed so drastically. It isn’t the United States of America at all. Nothing’s united about it. It’s a very weird place to live right now,” she said. The couple will finalize their move in February.
Ozzy continued, “I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to be buried in fucking Forest Lawn. I’m English. I want to be back.”
But as fans of the O.G. celebrity reality series The Osbournes already know, the decision is really up to Sharon. “If my wife said we’ve got to go and live in Timbuktu, I’ll go,” he added.
He also expressed some disapproval of Southern California living when the topic of his daughter, Aimee Osbourne, being anti-vax came up. “Live in L.A. for a few years,” he said with a shrug.
Despite his feeble condition, Osbourne is still somewhat able to perform, albeit briefly and with some constraints. The Observer’s interview details how his recent appearance in Birmingham saw him elevated through a platform, clutching his microphone, and wedged into place. “Sharon had them put in a bracket at the back, to hold me up,” he explained. With Tony Iommi at his side, the pair tore through their hit “Paranoid” (after a dramatic entrance to the into of “Iron Man”) to close out the Birmingham Commonwealth Games earlier this month.
Ozzy Osbourne’s work as a solo performer and as lead vocalist of Black Sabbath has sold over 100 million albums. Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut album Black Sabbath (which featured the opening track “Black Sabbath”) is as good a candidate as any to be considered “the first heavy metal record.” It is the belief of this writer that nothing ever rocked harder than “Supernaut” from Black Sabbath Vol. 4, but “Mr. Crowley” from Ozzy’s 5x-Platinum solo debut Blizzard of Oz might be more fun to sing along to in the shower.