Rock icon Ozzy Osbourne, renowned for his legendary music career, recently bared his soul during an interview with Rolling Stone. He shared his heartfelt wish to stage one last performance, expressing profound gratitude to his devoted fans as he navigates ongoing health challenges.
At 74 years old, Osbourne bid farewell to his touring career in February due to a series of health setbacks that have left him physically incapable of performing regularly. In July, he had to withdraw from a highly anticipated music festival appearance scheduled for October, highlighting the extent of his health struggles.
The ordeal began four years ago with a severe spinal injury, leading to multiple surgeries, each fraught with complications. His Parkinson's disease diagnosis in January 2020 added to his woes.
Osbourne's Health Struggles
Reflecting on his medical odyssey, Osbourne candidly stated, "The fall and subsequent surgeries really knocked me about.
The second surgery went drastically wrong and virtually left me crippled. I thought I'd be up and running after the second and third, but with the last one, they put a rod in my spine. They found a tumor in one of the vertebrae, so they had to dig all that out too.
It's been pretty rough, man." While Osbourne made sporadic appearances, including a performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, his stage presence has notably waned. Throughout his illustrious career, beginning with his role in the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, Osbourne achieved remarkable success.
He earned Grammy Awards for both his solo work and his contributions to Black Sabbath before departing the band in 1979. His music and eccentric stage antics, such as hurling raw meat into the audience and biting into an unsuspecting bat, made him an iconic figure in the 1980s music scene.
As Osbourne continues to grapple with his health, he remains resolute, stating, "I'm taking it one day at a time, and if I can perform again, I will. But it's been like saying farewell to the best relationship of my life. At the start of my illness, when I stopped touring, I was really upset with myself, the doctors, and the world.
But as time has gone on, I've just gone, 'Well, maybe I've just got to accept that fact.' " Osbourne firmly rules out delivering performances as "a half-hearted Ozzy looking for sympathy," emphasizing that he could never emulate the recent wheelchair-bound performance of fellow musician Phil Collins, who faces similar health challenges.