Black Sabbath have officially retired and we will soon see their film The End of the End. As far as Ozzy Osbourne is concerned, his career isn’t over just yet. Rolling Stone recently interviewed the Prince of Darkness discussing several subjects such as his wife, addictions and of course, his successful career.
Osbourne opened up expressing his favorite part of success:
“Not doing a job that you don’t really want to do. You can’t say what I do is a job – it’s a fucking gift from God. ”
Later, he was asked if he learned anything after saying good-bye to Black Sabbath:
“They’ve retired but I haven’t. It’s like I’m jumping off one boat onto another. People forget, I was with Sabbath from ’68 to ’79, but I’ve been on my own from ’79 ’til now. I’ve been on my own thing for a lot longer than when I was with Sabbath. I love what Sabbath did for me and I love what I did for Sabbath, but it’s not the be-all, end-all of my own whole career.”
Following this topic, Osbourne revealed whether or not he agrees with Gene Simmon’s belief that rock is dead:
“Live, good rock music is not dead. But I think the record industry is really suffering now. There are only about two fucking record companies left. And when I went to the Grammys a couple of years ago, there’d be artists who’d go from a fucking laptop straight to the charts and release a record. It’s really a sad thing for me. … It’s just changed so much. I said to Sharon, “It’s like when vaudeville ended and fucking modern music began. We’re the history now.” And no matter what gimmick – what color album, vinyl, whatever, the fact of the matter is people don’t want it. Why should people buy records when they can download it. You can get anything now online. And at the same time, I don’t know how to turn the fucking light on the monitor.”
This led to the singer to discuss the current state of the music industry:
“I would like to do another record. But it’s wasting money. Nobody’s buying. You don’t have to sell that many records anymore to get a Number One. Depending how many records you’ve sold. You can have 30 or 40 [laughs]. Nobody buys them.”
You can read the full interview here.