OZZY OSBOURNE: 'I Don't Know How Long I'll Be Doing Music'

March 16, 2005

Muswell Hill Journal is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne's quad-biking accident in December 2003 changed his attitude to life. "I haven't fully recovered from my bike injuries — it's gonna take another six months before I get this metal rod taken out of my chest," said the 56-year-old.

"I don't know how long I'll be doing music, but what I tend to do now is live in the present, in the now, you know.

"It wasn't my idea to go on the quad bike and kill myself, but it happened and it threw me down a bit.

"I've had to change a lot of things in my life — I don't smoke, I don't drink and I don't do drugs any more. I used to be actively crazy, I still am a bit crazy, but now I think before I jump."

But Osbourne, best-known for spontaneous crowd-pleasing tactics like biting off a bat's head on stage, hasn't reached for his pipe and slippers just yet.

He is still dedicated to performing and will be touring with BLACK SABBATH again in June, appearing at the Download Festival in Donington Park. "It's the job, you know? I don't sit on the armchair and think, 'Woe is me, I'm f***ed'. I'd rather do a job that I love than sit there licking my wounds."

He adds: "Donington is the spiritual home of rock and I'm really happy to be playing there again. Download is going to be a fantastic show. I'm really looking forward to seeing those fans again."

As previously reported, BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN will co-headline this year's Ozzfest in the U.S. beginning on July 15 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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