Ozzy on Starting Ozzfest: “Sharon tried to get me on Lollapalooza, and they told her they didn’t think I was relevant” 2022
Ozzfest really took off in the late ’90s. You must be proud of that.
Oh yeah. I mean, that was a Sharon department, not me. Sharon tried to get me on Lollapalooza, and they told her they didn’t think I was relevant anymore, that I was a dinosaur. So she said fuck them, we’ll do our own thing. Ozzfest gave new bands a stage. There’s no platform now for new bands to play.
Your most recent album, Ordinary Man, scored eight out of ten in Classic Rock. You must have bee pleased with it?
Yeah, it was alright. I’ve just finished another one. I’ve got Jeff Beck on it, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Eric Clapton, the guitar player from Pearl Jam. It’s coming out as soon as it’s been mixed.
Do you think streaming has been good or bad for rock music?
Spotify is a fucking joke. The royalty aspect of making music has gone right down the toilet.
Do you think about mortality?
At fucking seventy-three I’ve done pretty well. I don’t plan on going anywhere, but my time’s going to come.
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