Ozzy Ozbourne Talks About Ozzfest, His Wife, and Black Sabbath
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Launch Radio Networks reports: Ozzy Osbourne is once again headlining Ozzfest this summer, only this time the tour is offering free admission to everyone who attends and no pay to the bands on the bill. Osbourne admits that he doesn't really know how the experiment will work out, but told Launch that he has absolute confidence in his wife, manager and tour co-founder, Sharon Osbourne: "With this 'Freefest,' I said, 'How does it work, Shar?' And she goes, 'Don't worry, it's all under control.'I always think of the bad thing that can happen, but she's so clever at what she does. You know what, I always end up getting the wrong end of the stick and I get yelled at, you know, so I just go, 'Okay, babe, I love you, and you haven't let me down so far. God bless you. I'll do whatever you want me to do.'"
This summer's "free" Ozzfest will start on July 12 in Seattle. Information on obtaining tickets is available at the festival web site.
Osbourne will release his new solo album, "Black Rain", on May 22. The first single from the disc is called "I Don't Wanna Stop".
The singer will perform on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" the evening of the album's release.
Osbourne is one of the artists being honoured this month on the second "VH1 Rock Honors". The singer will perform three songs at the event, including a track from "Black Rain". The show will be taped on May 12 in Las Vegas and premiere on VH1 on May 24.
In other Ozzy news:
"Ozzy Osbourne has told MTV.com that he be playing several songs from "Black Rain" at Ozzfest this summer but will of course dip into the archives to play some of his older solo material, as well as some BLACK SABBATH classics. But he can't take credit for this summer's gratis tickets.
"I'm the entertainer — my wife's the manager," he said. "I may be talking out of my ass, but what happened was, we always try to do a reasonable ticket. We have to alter it and ultimately put more on the ticket [as tour-related costs increase]. So last year, Sharon was getting pissed off at the bands who wanted more and more [money to play], so she goes, 'F--- this, I'm going to do it for nothing,' and bring it back down to earth. And people thought it would be a washout, that it wouldn't work.
"It's our way of saying, 'Eh, come along, have some fun,' " he continued. "The ticket prices don't ever go down. ... We're in hard times now. I'm just trying to bring a bit of fairness to the game, and Sharon is also, and keep people happy. If it wasn't for them — I'm [turning] 59 this year — I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am now. I wouldn't be living in these houses I have."
As for the reunion of BLACK SABBATH's 1980s lineup — guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice — which will be touring this year under the moniker HEAVEN AND HELL, Ozzy wishes them all the best but maintains the only true BLACK SABBATH is the band he fronts. And while he's not sure what HEAVEN AND HELL's future plans might be, his next order of business, so long as the rest of the guys are still up for it, is to record with SABBATH once again.
"I'm still on for an album and a tour with them, but we have no [new material written]," he said. "It would be so easy for us to get in and out of a studio and make an album. But if it's not up to the par of when I left, why do it? It will destroy the f---ing legacy of BLACK SABBATH, and the legend of BLACK SABBATH. I haven't dropped the idea, because Tony and I are talking alright about it. I haven't abandoned the idea — like, 'If my album does well, f--- BLACK SABBATH.' It's what I want to do. We have repaired some of the damage between each other, and now, I'd like to do a really good f---ing BLACK SABBATH album."
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