Ozzy amazed at Iommi willpower
Ozzy Osbourne has professed himself “amazed” at the willpower of bandmate Tony Iommi during his cancer fight.
The Black Sabbath vocalist reveals that the guitarist’s continuing health issues will limit their touring ability for the foreseeable future – but he’s still fared better than wife Sharon during her own illness.
Osbourne tells Rip It Up: “Tony’s fine, but he can only go out on the road for six weeks at a time. He has to have infusions or some shit for his immune system.
“I was amazed that during his chemotherapy he was still writing songs. My heart goes out to him, because when Sharon had cancer a few years back, she was so sick from chemotherapy she could barely get out of bed. It’s like having a football kick to the nuts.
“The chemotherapy is worse than the cancer. Sharon was having seizures all the time. Tony is doing really well though.”
“Every time I’ve seen him for the past 15 or 20 years, Rick’s always said to me that if Sabbath ever got back together, he wanted to produce us,” Osbourne says.
“Before we went into the studio, people were telling us that he’s always got five things going on at the same time, so he’ll be in there one day and then you won’t see him for three weeks. All I can say is that whenever I was in the studio he was there. Rick Rubin is the producer and he knows what he’s doing.”
Many fans were disappointed when drummer Bill Ward announced he wouldn’t take part in the reunion. Osbourne simply says: “I haven’t spoken to him in maybe six months, but I don’t want to slag him since he’s my buddy, and I wish him well.”
The ‘Prince of Darkness’ has enjoyed a career much longer than many might have expected, and he remains grateful to this day for his success. It all started for him at his childhood home in Aston, West Midlands – and he reveals that he takes a trip down memory lane whenever he can.
“You’re not going to believe it, but if I’m passing I frequently go back to my old house and sit on the doorstep for half an hour in the middle of the night,” he says. “I’ll be going from Liverpool down the M6 and I’ll pull off in Aston for the memories.
“I can remember sitting on that step when I was a kid wondering what I’d be when I was a man.”
13, which Osbourne recently described as his most important album ever, is released on June 10. Meanwhile, Iommi has co-written a track for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.