Ozzy Osbourne On Black Sabbath’s Farewell Tour: “It’s Not Me That Wants to Retire”

by Alisha Jackson

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that Black Sabbath‘s The End tour truly is the end for the band, but not because of him. “[Guitarist] Tony Iommi wants to do 80 shows. We’re doing 80 shows. It’s good enough,” Ozzy tells Billboard. “I wouldn’t mind extending the tour for another few gigs. There’s a lot of people who won’t get to see us, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Ozzy reiterated that the band isn’t retiring because of him. “It’s not me that wants to retire; it’s Black Sabbath. I’ll be continuing my own musical thing,” he assures. But he is grateful that the band is ending on a high note.

“It’s great. I’m having a blast with it,” Osbourne says about touring, however, he expects to feel emotional as it nears its end. “I’m sure as it starts counting down to five shows left or something, it’s gonna be kind of emotional, I think. I mean, we started off as four guys from Aston who had a dream and it became true beyond our wildest dreams. And then we were manipulated, we were ripped off, we were conned, all of the above. We lost each other within each other, if you like. But it’s great to have got this back just to end on a high note, y’know?”

Black Sabbath is saying goodbye to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on August 25th, 2016. For your chance to win tickets, click here!

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