In support of Black Sabbath’s chart-topping comeback album 13, heavy metal’s living legend Ozzy Osbourne joined Chuck Nowlin on the phone to talk about the album, the band and his life & career to this point.
Despite all of Sabbath’s success in the 1970s and beyond, they never hit #1 on the charts with any of their albums, until 13.
“It’s only taken 45 years,” he joked about the band finally reaching the coveted achievement.
Ozzy also spoke in no uncertain terms as to what the record means to him as an artist: “To me, this was one of the most important albums of my career.”
“People still want to hear a band that knows their craft,” he added, referring to classic bands like Sabbath, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney that continue to perform at a high level.
He also acknowledged that his departure from Black Sabbath was in large part his fault due to being messed up with drugs and alcohol, and his pursuit of a solo career.
“I was more out of it than any of them,” he said. “Maybe the best thing at the time was the split.”
While Ozzy didn’t say Black Sabbath is done making new albums, he did say with the newest one he’d go out on a high note.
“If 13 is my final album with Sabbath, then I won’t be unhappy with it,” he said.
One thing that may keep Black Sabbath going, however, is convincing Bill Ward to return and play drums to truly have the original lineup back. Ozzy noted Ward’s absence as “the only sad thing” about 13.
Ozzy calls Boston “one of my favorite cities” because of all the great medical care he’s gotten from doctors in the city, for a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. Chuck also reminisced on Ozzy’s memorable performance of “Crazy Train” before the Patriots’ season opening game at Gillette Stadium.
“How many guys are on these teams?” he jokingly asked, in disbelief at the size of American football rosters.
Listen to the full interview with Ozzy Osbourne and Chuck Nowlin below.