Ozzy Osbourne recently spoke with Metal Hammer on his decision to cancel the European tour and his commitment to continue playing despite health issues. The Prince of Darkness revealed his ambitions to return to his life as a ‘road dog,’ as well as his determination to return to the stage for his fans. Ozzy Osbourne had previously announced his retirement from touring, which caused confusion over his entire exit from the music industry. He added, however, that his health concerns, including Parkinson’s disease, neck surgery, and mobility issues, have merely prompted him to contemplate touring and not retire as a musician. Why is he so determined to return to the stage? As Ozzy shared some personal experiences, that is the only way of life he knows. He recalls performing at New York’s Nassau Coliseum when his voice went up, but the audience still gave him a standing ovation. Ozzy’s fans’ support inspires him to keep playing, especially when faced with difficulties.
The following are Ozzy Osbourne’s words regarding performing live shows on the road: “I recall some good gigs and a fair share of f*cking bad gigs.” A guitarist can swap out his guitar. A drummer has the ability to modify the drum. If I lose my voice, I’m screwed. I once performed in the Nassau Coliseum in New York. My voice gave out on the way to the gig. The kids had already arrived, and I wondered, ‘What the f*ck am I going to do now?’ When I went out to sing, they gave me a standing ovation. The youngsters would rather watch you do something horrible than see you go home.”
He went on to say: “I mean, playing a live concert is my life. I had to cancel my  European tour, but I’m not giving up. If I have to be wheeled out there, I need to perform more gigs. You can’t walk away from this game. It’s a f*cking passion, not a job. I’m at a loss on what to do next. I’m a road dog, you know, and I can’t imagine sitting in my house all day. I’ve been doing it for the past 55 years. It’s the nicest thing that could have happened to me.” Ozzy is clearly determined to continue performing for his followers despite health problems. Ozzy proves that he is a ‘road dog’ who will do whatever it takes to be back on stage by sharing personal experiences and his passion for live events.