According to The Pulse Of Radio, Ozzy Osbourne has no fears when it comes to performing, but there is one thing he worries about. He tells Kerrang! magazine: "I'm just hoping that my voice doesn't blow out, you know? Like, if you're playing a guitar and the guitar breaks, you can just get another one, but a singer's only got one voice. People say that you can fix it with Pro Tools or whatever, but no, not me! I have every damn thing before I go on stage — tea, steam machines, throat sprays, lozenges, chewing gum. Everything!"
In a 2007 interview with The News Tribune, Ozzy spoke about the difficulty of reproducing his recorded performances live. He said: "I was listening to the demo tapes of 'No More Tears' today, which was recorded, like, 15 years ago. And I would go, 'Fucking hell.' My voice has a lot higher range, you know. And I was talking to Bob Seger a couple of years ago when I was out with him, and I asked him, 'Can you still get up there? Like when you sing ['Old Time Rock & Roll'.]' He said, 'I have problems.' We all have problems. When it's going great, I love it. When it's going bad, I hate it. … There's a lot of people doing a lot of trickery, with fucking machines and everything. Like a friend of mine went to see Madonna, and apparently she does the whole fucking thing lip-sync."
Ozzy told BBC that he went into the recording sessions for BLACK SABBATH's comeback album, "13", with the intention of being able to pull off all the material onstage. He said: "You'll notice on the album that I'm not singing in a range that I can't sing live. Like in the old days, I used [studio] trickery — I'd do a verse and then I'd take a break, then do a chorus — and when it was all mixed together, I couldn't do it live. And I could do every one of these tracks live on stage. [But producer Rick Rubin] had me sing it in a range that was comfortable to sing."
BLACK SABBATH has announced that it will play its last show ever in the U.S. on November 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The gig will take place nearly five years to the day that the legendary act announced its reunion.
San Antonio is also home of the Alamo which is a significant place in Ozzy Osbourne's legend since he was arrested for public urination and intoxication at the landmark in February 1982. He revisited it and apologized, again, for his upcoming series on History.
The group has also added two more headlining shows to its North American trek, on November 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and November 10 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
These dates and the previously announced headlining slot at at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest weekend event on Saturday, September 24 in San Bernardino, California come at the end of the band's North American tour, which kicks off on August 17 in Wantagh, New York.
SABBATH is currently on tour in Europe for a mix of summer headlining and festival performances. They will make their final visits to Mexico and South America at the end of the year as they wind down their farewell tour.
SABBATH will bring its storied career to a close in the band's native England, with seven shows booked there in January and February. The last two, on February 2 and February 4, will take place in SABBATH's hometown of Birmingham and will be their final shows.
The original lineup of SABBATH came together in 1969 with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums. That lineup recorded and toured through 1978, and periodically reformed through the '90s and 2000s for live work.
They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album and tour, although Ward dropped out after just a few months. The remaining trio issued the "13" album in 2013 and backed it with a successful world tour — despite Iommi being treated for lymphoma since 2012.