Ozzy Osbourne has said that he no longer drinks or takes drugs in a new interview where he opens up about his drink and drug-taking past.
Speaking to the Orange County Register whilst promoting Ozzfest, an event he is due to headline on New Year’s Eve in California, Osbourne says “I don’t drink alcohol anymore…I don’t smoke tobacco. I don’t use drugs…I’m doing good right now.
“I now think, ‘how did I think going into a bar and getting smashed and doing all that cocaine was fun?”
Osbourne went on: “I have come to think that if right now you had a gun, a bag of cocaine and a gallon of booze and you said ‘Take your pick’, I’d pick up the gun. It’s not worth it. I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions, so I won’t be making one this year, I just hope that God keeps me alive.”
Osbourne, now 70, also added that his current tour is not a “farewell” tour, despite promotion which suggests otherwise.
Osborne said: “People have gotten that all wrong… the tour should have been the ‘Ozzy Osbourne Slowing Down Tour’. What I’m actually doing is not going out on January 1 and coming back on December 31. I’ll still tour, but not as extensively like I have been for the last 50 years.
“I mean, I have grandchildren now and I’m 70-years-old and I don’t want to be found dead in a hotel room somewhere. I’m going to do it at a more leisurely pace and do some shows in Vegas… but I’ll never stop. The whole lifestyle I have lived, it has all come down to the fact that there are people who want to hear me and as long as they want to hear me, I’m there.”
Recently, Osbourne finally met the McDonalds-themed Black Sabbath tribute band, Mac Sabbath. Speaking about the moment, frontman Ronald Osbourne told Rolling Stone: “Being Ronald Osbourne, the front-clown for Mac Sabbath, isn’t easy.
“I have to meet all these fry-by-night ‘Drive-through metal’ icons like Burger King Diamond, Cinnibon Jovi and KFCC DeVille, look them in the eye and pretend like my indigestion is not acting up. Today is quite different. Today I met Ozzy Freaking Osbourne. Some big clown shoes to fill.”
He added: “You might not believe this, but without Black Sabbath, Mac Sabbath would not exist.”