Ozzy Osbourne on Black Sabbath’s Early Years: ‘We Were Ripped Off’
Ozzy Osbourne is well aware that Black Sabbath overcame tremendous odds to achieve the level of success they've enjoyed — including more than a few obstacles created by people who were supposed to be looking out for their best interests.
"We started off as four guys from Aston who had a dream, and it became true beyond our wildest dreams," Osbourne told Billboard. "And then we were manipulated, we were ripped off, we were conned, all of the above. We lost each other within each other, if you like. But it's great to have got this back just to end on a high note."
The real subject of Osbourne's Billboard interview was Sabbath's farewell tour, which he promised won't mean the end of his solo career. Although he stopped short of offering much in the way of details regarding his post-Sabbath plans, he pointed out, "It's not me that wants to retire; it's Black Sabbath ... I know I'm not hanging 'em up for awhile. 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."
And as for the chances of Sabbath's final tour simply being extended into infinity? "Tony Iommi wants to do 80 shows. We're doing 80 shows. It's good enough. 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," said Osbourne. "Right now I'm okay with it. I'm sure as it starts counting down to five shows left or something, it's gonna be kind of emotional, I think."
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