Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Truth Behind This Year’s Surgery, Recalls What Taylor Hawkins Was Like in Studio

In a recent cover story for Consequence of Sound, Ozzy Osbourne gave an update on his health. Earlier this year, he underwent surgery and is still taking time to recover. As he explains, this is all due to one of the previous surgeries not going as planned. Ozzy explained:

“It’s a slow recovery. The surgery [I had earlier this year] in my spine, my neck, the first surgeon who did it, he fucked it all up, and I had to have other surgeries to put things back again as normal as possible. And when they go into your spine, they cut nerves, so it’s taken a while for the nerves to react to anything.

OZZY w Zakk Wylde Full HD Concert Live @ Fort Rock 2018, Sunrise, FL 04/29/2018

“I am getting there. It’s a very slow recovery. I’m not good at being sick anyway, and it’s too fucking slow for me. I’ve never been this laid up in my life.”

 He also adds:

“I’m determined to get back on the stage again. I don’t think I’ll be doing fucking nine-month tours anymore. But I don’t even know myself. Right now, I’m still in recovery, and I have a goal. And my goal is to get back onstage. It’s the driving force in me. I miss my audience. I miss doing gigs. I miss my crew. I miss my band. I miss the whole thing.”

Ozzy Osbourne - Patient Number 9 (Official Music Video) ft. Jeff Beck

Elsewhere in the interview, the former Black Sabbath singer looked back to his latest album “Patient Number 9” which featured various musicians of different backgrounds. One of them was Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters who tragically passed away earlier this year. Asked about what it was like to work with the man in the studio, Ozzy replied:

“I met Taylor for about an hour and a half one day at the studio. He seemed a very nice man. Apart from that, I don’t feel it’s my place to say anything. What I did see of him, I liked… It was very sad.”

At the moment, Ozzy is resting and slowly preparing for the next year’s dates of his “No More Tours 2” run. The planned dates kick off in early May and go to mid-June, covering Europe and UK. You can find more info here.  

Photos: Alberto Cabello (Ozzy Osbourne Azkena Rock festival 2011), Raphael Pour-Hashemi (FoosLollBerlin190917-21 (cropped))

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