In a new interview with GQ magazine, legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne revealed that he suffers from a respiratory disease which puts him at an increased risk of severe pneumonia and poor outcomes if he was to develop COVID-19.
I’ve got emphysema, so if I get this virus, I’m f*cked.” Ozzy says.
When asked how his health is at the moment, ‘Prince of Darkness‘ responded: “The surgery I had knocked the crap out of me. But I broke my neck in a quad bike accident [in 2003] and when that healed it squeezed my spinal column, so I was getting all kinds of weird things happening to me.
“I’d be on stage and I’d suddenly get a sharp shock down one side of my body. Then one night 18 months ago I went to the bathroom in the dark and just hit the ground. I said [to my wife], ‘Sharon, I’m on the floor,’ and she said, ‘Well, get up then!’ But I couldn’t. Once you’re 70, the floodgates open and everything goes downhill. Mind you, I’ve got away with it for a long time.”
“If I go out, I wear a mask, but I don’t like wearing a mask, so I don’t go out much,” Ozzy continued. “The producer on my album [Andrew Watt] got the virus. I’d phone him up every day and he said he couldn’t sleep, because as soon as he went to sleep, he’d stop breathing. He’s not the same person now… It’s like anyone who’s had a near-death experience: he’s become a bit careful with life. But my two granddaughters caught it and you wouldn’t think they had anything wrong with them. It just bounced off them.”
Ozzy Osbourne has once again announced the rescheduled dates for the European leg of his “No More Tours 2” with British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST.
The trek will kick off on January 26, 2022 in Berlin, and includes a brand new date in Hungary, at the Budapest Arena, which will not include JUDAS PRIEST. Fans should hold on to their tickets as they remain valid for all rescheduled tour dates, and refunds must be sought at point of purchase.
Ozzy said: “I really want to thank my fans for their loyalty and for waiting for me. Believe me, I can’t wait to see you all again. Please stay safe in these uncertain times. God bless you all! Love Ozzy.”
New dates can be found here.
Ozzy released his latest studio album, Ordinary Man, on 21 February 2020 through Epic Records.