In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne was asked if he would ever consider making a country album, like other rockers — including AEROSMITH‘s Steven Tyler and STAIND‘s Aaron Lewis — have done. He said: “Not me, thank you. Personally, I think you should stick to what you know best. If Steven‘s having a good time with it, who am I to complain? But it would be absurd for me to do that. I don’t mind country, but the ‘Prince Of Darkness’ with a cowboy hat? I’m a rock and roller, not a fucking country bumpkin.”
Ozzy recently told Metro that his plans following the end of BLACK SABBATH‘s current farewell tour include getting to work on a new solo album.
Ozzy and his wife/manager Sharon have both said that Ozzy will carry on with his solo career after SABBATH plays its final shows in February 2017, although Sharon has hinted that the 67-year-old Ozzy may retire completely by the age of 70.
Asked by Rolling Stone if he wants to hang up his microphone for good, Ozzy said: “I’m going to continue solo. I don’t know if I want to tour extensively much more, but I will still keep my fingers in the pie. As for singing ‘Crazy Train’ at 75, we’ll see.”
Ozzy has not released an all-new solo album since 2010’s “Scream”, having spent the last few years touring with SABBATH and recording that band’s “13” album.
Ozzy and SABBATH are currently on the final North American leg of their “The End” tour, which stops in Clarkston, Michigan on Wednesday (August 31). The band’s final shows will take place in its hometown of Birmingham, England early next February.