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At 71-years-old and facing a new Parkinson’s diagnosis, Ozzy Osbourne has no interest in slowing down anytime soon.
In a feisty interview with Radio.com in the comfort of his own home, the Prince of Darkness was asked about his recently cancelled North American tour due to his ongoing health struggles.
“I’ve known about Parkinson’s since 2003,” said a nonchalant Osbourne, “It’s not a death sentence. ‘Cuz, when I got diagnosed, I just went ‘Ah, okay.’”
He furthered, “It’s called P2. It’s a mild form of Parkinson’s at the moment. I’m not shaking.” To prove his point, he held out his left fist and steadily held it midair.
Osbourne also assured that the decision to “postpone” the tour, as he corrected, was the practical thing to do. “I cannot go out on the road, until I’m 100 percent confident that I can pull it off,” explained the “Crazy Train” singer. “If I go out now and I can’t carry on, people are gonna think I’ve lost the plot, ya know.”
Osbourne takes a pride in his performances and has repeatedly said his main objective is to give fans exactly what they paid for because, otherwise, “it’s not fair to them.”
The Grammy winner also humorously added, “I don’t want to go out and go” — he pauses to make a choking sound with wide eyes — “and fall over the first song, ya know.”
So, for ticket holders bummed about not being able to see Ozzy live in concert anytime soon can take comfort in knowing that he plans on coming back stronger than ever.
In the meantime, Osbourne’s new album Ordinary Man comes out on Friday.
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