In an interview with Metal Hammer magazine, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford expressed his encouragement for another metal music legend, Ozzy Osbourne, after Ozzy declared he would be stopping touring.
“I haven’t spoken to Ozzy in person, but I sent him a text the other day congratulating him on his two Grammys – ‘well done bab, love ya!'” Rob says.
JUDAS PRIEST had been scheduled to be the opening act for Ozzy Osbourne‘s No More Tours 2 tour, but the concerts were delayed and eventually scrapped due to Ozzy‘s continuing health problems.
“I can only reinforce what all of Ozzy’s fans, including us in JUDAS PRIEST, have said to him though, which is that he has done so much for all of us in rock and metal,” Halford continues. “He’s done so much for his fans, and we all know how bad he feels about having to cancel because he lives for those fans. You can see that every time he goes onstage, he’s beaming and connecting with everybody.
“It was terrible for him to have to make that important – and, to be honest, right – decision. He made the right call. I don’t think he wanted to put himself through a thing where it’s like ‘Okay, we’ll have a go’ then have to cancel after a couple of shows. Even though there’s a lot of love for him and a lot of care and understanding, I’ve seen what the British metal maniacs have been saying and it’s exactly how I feel too – put your feet up, you’ve earned it!”
On the most recent installment of SiriusXM’s “Ozzy Speaks”, Ozzy Osbourne shared a few words with co-host Billy Morrison and gave an account of his tour status.
“Well, I’ve been working my guts out to try and get back on my feet. I’ve come to the point where Sharon [Ozzy‘s wife] says to me, ‘You know what? The truth of the matter is you can’t keep booking tours and failing, canceling. So, if I can ever get back to where I can tour again, fine. But right now, if you said to me, ‘Can you go on the road in a month?’ I couldn’t say yes. I mean, if I could tour, I’d tour. But right now I can’t book tours because right now I don’t think I could pull them off.”
Osbourne addressed the reports that he was retiring from touring after he revealed his decision to cancel his tour earlier this month due to a spinal injury he suffered four years ago and other health issues.
“The f**king press drive you nuts,” he said. “I mean, I looked in the magazine, ‘Ozzy‘s on his last legs.’ I’m f**king not dying… Come on, guys. Haven’t I’ve had it bad enough already? If I get okay today, if the doctor said to me today, ‘Oh, you can tour, it would take another six months to get it together, you know?”
“You’ve got no idea. You got no idea what my… I feel like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest,” Ozzy continued. “The only thing I’ve got that keeps me going is making records. But I can’t do that forever. I gotta get out there… [I’m] still in constant pain. I do to the best I can to stay away from the pain medication, but there are times when I go, ‘You know, I’ve gotta take something.’ I mean, last week I couldn’t… I’ve been sleeping great, and all of a sudden for two back-to-back nights. I never slept a wink. If you’re gonna torture me, just keep me awake for a couple of days. I’ll tell you whatever the f**k you want me to say.”