Ozzy Osbourne Discusses Cutting Back Touring, Contemplates Hologram Future
At an event at his Los Angeles home, Ozzy Osbourne announced the dates of his farewell tour, a trek that will stretch through 2020. But given that there will surely be interest in him long after that, how would he feel about a sending an Ozzy hologram on the road? The late Ronnie James Dio -- who replaced Ozzy in Black Sabbath, before going on to his own solo career -- has been featured in hologram form onstage, as has Elvis Presley and there will soon be a Frank Zappa hologram as well. And, if rumors are to be believed, Justin Timberlake was considering duetting with a Prince hologram at this past weekend's Super Bowl Halftime show.
"If I'm gone, I don't have a say in the matter," remarked Osbourne, before turning the topic to discussion of the rumor there might have been a possible Prince hologram at the Super Bowl. "From what I know of Prince, he wouldn't have liked that. I don't think so," stated Osbourne. "I read an article about him and he would never do taped interviews because his voice was his income. And I know that from first hand because there was a time when people were pressing interviews on vinyl and I'm walking in the park one day and a guy had like 200 albums. I said, 'What's that?' and it was a bootleg interview."
But if Osbourne were to live on via hologram after his touring days are over, the musician said with a sense of humor, "I can't complain," before adding in a faux-ghostly voice, "I'm the Prince of Darkness, I will haunt you. Go fucking wild!"
During the roundtable chat at the tour announcement, Osbourne mentioned Timberlake's Super Bowl performance. Speaking about what it takes to make it in the music industry these days, Osbourne stated, “I’m glad I penetrated when I did. It’s nearly impossible. You have to have the whole package now – the look, the moves. Justin Timberlake on the Super Bowl, there was so much going on. I’m like, ‘What’s all this?’ There’s like a thousand people running around.”
While Osbourne's tour is being billed as the "No More Tours 2" run, the singer reiterates that this doesn't mean he's retiring, but rather scaling back on his touring. "I’m 70," said Osbourne during the press conference portion of his tour announcement. "I’ve missed my family over the years and I’ve been out on the road all of the time. I’ve had a few breaks here and there, but it’s time. I want to spend some time with my family." He later spoke of his Ozzy & Jack's World Detour show, adding, "What I’m doing with my son is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m getting to know him better and he’s getting to know me. I never saw him when he was little and he’s given us three beautiful grandchildren. One of ‘em just arrived." The proud grandpa later added, "I want to see them grow up a little bit. They’re so great to have roaming around.”
“I’m not retiring," said Osbourne. "People have to understand that. I don’t want someone coming up the road and saying, ‘You said you’re not going to do it anymore.’ I’m not retiring. I’m just taking it easier on myself." Taking it easier means that there may still be shows, but not the massive tours he's done in the past.
Sharon Osbourne confirmed that Ozzfest will continue beyond Ozzy's touring, and Ozzy himself addressed the possibility of doing a residency, stating, "I wouldn’t mind. I’m not saying I’m going to rush to Vegas to do it, but if it works out, I’d do it. I can fly back and forth, you know. But you’re not going to see me in a lounge drinking soft drinks."
Osbourne's touring starts April 27 with an appearance at Welcome to Rockville, but the crux of his touring really begins Aug. 30 in Allentown, Pa. See all of Osbourne's U.S. tour dates here.
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