Ozzy Osbourne slams retirement talk and claims ‘Black Sabbath want to retire, not me’

Frontman says he wanted to continue touring with the band

Ozzy Osbourne has admitted he’s disappointed Black Sabbath’s final tour is coming to an end and says he wanted to continue playing with the band.

Black Sabbath are on a tour billed as ‘The End’, which is due to finish with a homecoming show in Birmingham in February.

But Osbourne has revealed that he couldn’t persuade guitarist Tony Iommi to continue the tour beyond its contracted 80 shows. Osbourne told Billboard: “Tony wants to do 80 shows and we’re doing 80 shows. It’s good enough, but 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.”

Osbourne stated that he’ll continue with his solo career once the Sabbath tour is finished, though he admitted that his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne may have other plans for his career.

Osbourne said: “It’s not me that wants to retire, it’s Black Sabbath. I’ll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife is good at telling me partial information, but I know I’m not hanging my boots up for a while.”

Black Sabbath will play:
Manchester Arena (January 22)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (24)
Leeds First Direct Arena (26)
London O2 (29, 31)
Birmingham Genting Arena (February 2, 4)