Gary Graff of Billboard.com recently conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Billboard.com: How do you feel about the “Blizzard…” and “Diary…” reissues and the box set?
Ozzy Osbourne: They’ve done a good job, haven’t they? To be perfectly honest, my wife (manager Sharon Osbourne) is in the driver’s seat with this one. I had approval with what was used. What really surprised me is the quality’s so fucking good. I thought we wouldn’t have stuff left, and there’s a lot. I think it’s a fair package. We’ve done the best we can with it. There’s only a limited amount of stuff you can put over that they haven’t already got, but we tried to make it as interesting as possible.
Billboard.com: No Ozzfest, but you’ll be doing some live shows this summer, yes?
Ozzy Osbourne: I know that I’ll do some gigs in Europe and around England for the rest of the tour. I put all my irons in the fire, and whatever turns out the best I go for. I have the great thing of choice now; if I don’t want to do something, I don’t have to. Maybe I’ll do a reunion with BLACK SABBATH; I’m here if they want to call me.
Billboard.com: Could that really happy? Geezer (Butler) has said no way.
Ozzy Osbourne: Well, you know, it’s rumbling about. I’m sure eventually somebody will pop the question in a serious manner. I’m having such a good time in my band now, I don’t want to go back and have an unhappy time. I’d love to do another great BLACK SABBATH album to say, “Here we are. We can still do what we started out to do.” But the longer it goes on, the more pressure it is, ’cause I don’t want people to go, “We waited so many years for this and this is all you have to offer?” The pressure’s on if you’re gonna do that. You really have to be dedicated to what you do. If it’s meant to happen, it’ll happen; if it’s not meant to happen, it won’t.”
Billboard.com: How do you feel about the new documentary about you that your son, Jack, co-produced?
Ozzy Osbourne: I think he did a very good job. It’s very…honest. (chuckles) When Jack said he was gonna do it, I said, “All I want you to do is don’t make a film to make me happy. Make a film as you.” I didn’t say, “I don’t like that, take that out.” Whatever he felt he wanted to do in, I didn’t have anything to do with it whatsoever. I let him decide what to do with it, and it got received exceptionally well.