Ozzy Osbourne says ‘I know I can get back on stage’ ahead of NFL Halftime Performance Return

It’s been a tough few years for the heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne. Between surgeries to treat a staph infection in 2018, the revelation of his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in 2019, a bout with pneumonia that was followed by a fall at home in 2020, as well as a major neck surgery in June and a positive COVID-19 diagnosis this year the Blizzard of Ozz has been dogged by health issues.

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But on Thursday night (September 8), the metal master will make his first US appearance in more than two years when he plays on hiatus during NFL 2022-23 season kick-off game between Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills. In a new interview with Kerrang! magazine, Ozzy, 73, said he’s up for it cut an American stage again for the first time since collaborating with Travis Scott and Post Malone at the 2019 American Music Awards on “Take What You Want.”

“I’m going to put 110 percent into getting myself out there. Time is my most valuable asset now. I’m 73. I don’t think I’ll be here in another 25 years,” Ozzy told Hard Rock magazine. “I’ve a goal: The goal is to get back on stage. I had my last surgery in June, I can’t have any more. So whatever I make of it is entirely up to me now. Even if I make a show, fall over, [I’ll have done it]. But I know I will continue. I know I can beat it. I know I can get back on stage. It’s just that I have to get off my butt and go for it.”

The singer said he’s working on getting his “rhythm back,” admitting that “my balance is way off, but I’ve got to keep going. I mean, I’ll probably always limp. But I don’t mind, so as long as I can f-kin’ walk around without falling on my head. I have a goal: that next summer I’ll be on stage. If I put all my effort into it and I still can’t, at least I can’t say that I haven’t tried.” Osbourne’s No More Tours 2 outing has been repeatedly delayed due to the pandemic and Ozzy’s various medical issues and is currently scheduled to begin a European run in early 2023.

In the interview, Osbourne also discussed the warm, weird feeling of reuniting with one of his Black Sabbath bandmates to perform “Paranoid” at Commonwealth Games in his hometown of Birmingham, England. “Where I played must have been about a quarter of a mile from where [Birchfield Road] the school once stood,” he said of his childhood alma mater.

“There it is [Black Sabbath guitarist] Tony [Iommi] and I went like boys. If someone had told me then that I’d be over there playing at the Commonwealth Games when I was 73, I’d have gone, ‘What the hell are you talking about?!’ But it occurred to me while I was playing that if I had stood on the school steps and pointed in the right direction, I probably could have seen where I wanted to stand. It was amazing. It meant a lot more to me than Sabbath getting the bench in Birmingham, because when Tony and I went to that school, we were considered the f–kin’ outcasts!”

Ozzy’s 13th solo album, Patient number 9drops Friday (September 9) with a guest list that includes Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, among others.

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