“Do I like working with him? Not really. Do I like him as a person? Yeah, I love him as a person,” Osbourne said. “But if people was to say to me, ‘Was there a leader of BLACK SABBATH?’ I’d have to say it was Tony Iommi, because without his guitar riffs, we’d be still sitting in f*cking rehearsal with our thumbs up our arses going, ‘What do we do now?'”
Osbourne also claimed that he has “moved on” from the band, and compared his relationship to the rest of SABBATH on their recent tour to reconnecting with a former girlfriend after several decades.
“I’ll tell you what it was like. It’s like when you’re younger and you met a girl, Susie, and you break up and you don’t see her for 30 years,” he said. “Then she’s in town and you go, ‘Oh, I’ll give Susie a call,’ because your memory only remembers the good parts and you can narrow it then to a week and you go, ‘I remember that week and it was lovely.’ But then you go back and you go, ‘I forgot the f*cking four and three-quarter years I was f*cking miserable.'”
Osbourne, who is currently on the road on his own farewell tour as a solo artist, described his current trek as “great fun.” He explained: “I’m in control and it’s so much better. I get more pleasure out of doing the gigs now.”