Interview: Ozzy Osbourne

By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010

Oh, I know, I didn't think you were bragging about it, but what I was gonna get to is saying that there's something so uniquely British about your sense of humor. What is it about the British that a guy can't be put under anesthesia and he just calmly sits there tossing out laugh lines? Because, if it was an American rock star, I can just picture him freaking out.
I mean, I could've gone to sleep and never woke up with my own drugs, you know. I'm amazed that Monty Python never took off in America. Because some of that stuff, I go, "What the fuck's that all about," you know? But, you know, I love Python. The Life of Brian I played before I go onstage forever. That's my thing before I go onstage. I play it all the time.

So many bands that started out at the same time as Sabbath didn't have the same kind of success that you did. What was it about Sabbath's ability that made it break out of the pack, and what would you be doing today if you hadn't had that kind of success?
Well, it's two questions that I really can't answer, because I don't know. When I did the Ozzfest, and young bands would come up to me and go, "Man, Sabbath was the best thing — they're like my bible," and all that, I'd listen to all these bands and then I'd go, "What the fuck's he on about?" Oh, and if it wasn't for me being who I am now, I don't know where I'd be. It's a good bet I'd probably be in jail . . . or under the ground.

Ah.
I don't know. It's like, saying, "If you're on the Titanic, where would you be," you know?

Right. Okay, last question for you. You've come to Boston twice to deal with serious medical issues that you mention in the book. Do you have any more poisitive or any other interesting memories of Boston in which you weren't — ?
Well, Boston's always been a great town of mine. They love my music, I love playing in Boston. It's one of my favorite gigs when I'm on tour to do Boston. They love rock-and-roll music, you know, it's a great rock town. And the doctors there are the best. And if I forget [unintelligible], they're not mine. [Laughs.]

Hey, well good luck with the book, it's really hysterically funny and very honest, and I really appreciate your time so much.
God bless you, sir.

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