Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath will wrap The End farewell tour in England this February. Ozzy tells Rolling Stone he’s not ready to retire just yet and he’ll start work on a new solo album as soon as he’s off the road. He was asked about his pal, Steven Tyler, doing country. His response:
A lot of rock singers, like Steven Tyler, are beginning to make country records. Would you—
[Interrupts] 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 & roller, not a f*cking country bumpkin.
You tried retirement once, in the early Nineties, and it didn’t take. Why was that?
I was still going out and breaking my body. But I’ve cleaned my act up immensely since then. I don’t drink anymore. I don’t do drugs anymore. And I’m still having fun at the age of 67.