Wednesday, October 15, 2014

VIDEO: Ozzy Osbourne discusses sobriety

Ozzy Osbourne sat down for an extended interview with his son, Jack, in the first of a three-part series for Noisey entitled Back & Forth.

The Black Sabbath frontman shares his thoughts on health, drugs, and how kids don’t know what “jamming” is.

Asked what advice he would give to his 21-year-old self, Ozzy replied: "Don't do drugs. [But I would tell a 30-year old Ozzy] take more drugs. [Laughs]"

"I did what I did when I was 21 and I did what I did when I was 30. But now, I feel better today than I've done in a long time. I'm 66,” says Ozzy. “I work out, I exercise a lot, I go for regular physicals. Call me a hypochondriac, and I don't care. I don't smoke anymore, I don't do drugs anymore, I don't drink booze anymore. And I think that says a lot for why I'm [still] here. There's no mysterious hex from Satan…"

"To be honest, I really love being sober,” he adds. “People who never smoked pot in their lives think, at my age, a joint wouldn't hurt. But it's the other way around. I've been doing dope and booze since I was about 14. To be clear-headed, and be okay with being okay."

Ozzy has just released a pair of career-spanning “Memoirs Of A Madman” collections.

The CD features 17 of Ozzy's hit singles compiled in one place for the first time, and is available in a single CD, 2-LP set and 2-LP picture disc set configurations.

The 2-disc DVD presents classic music videos, unreleased and out-of-print live performances, as well as interviews from his solo career.

Ozzy will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the 2014 MTV EMA (MTV Europe Music Awards) next month. Hosted by Nicki Minaj, the event will take place on Sunday, November 9 at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

See also:

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Black Sabbath to record new album and perform final world tour
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