Ozzy Osbourne’s health issues won’t keep him down for long.
The 74-year-old rock legend said in a recent interview with Metal Hammer that he has done his “final surgery” and now wants to produce “one more album” and resume touring after undergoing a series of spinal operations connected to structural damage he got from a 2019 fall.
“I’ve had all the surgery now, thank God,” Osbourne told the outlet. “I’m feeling OK — it was just dragging on. I thought I’d be back on my feet months ago, I just couldn’t get used to this mode of living, constantly having something wrong. I can’t walk properly yet, but I’m not in any pain any more and the surgery on my spine went great.”
The “Crazy Train” artist then shared his 2024 professional goals. “I’m getting myself fit,” he said. “I’ve done two albums fairly recently [2020’s Ordinary Man and 2022’s Patient Number 9, both produced by Andrew Watt], but I want to do one more album and then go back on the road.”
Osbourne mentioned that he has a studio at his residence in England and hopes to work with Watt again on new tracks. “I’m just starting to work on it now, and we’ll be recording in the early part of next year,” he explained. “I want to take my time with this one!”
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The Black Sabbath rocker said on The Osbournes Podcast earlier this month that the surgery he was scheduled to have would be his final one.
“Tomorrow I have my final surgery on my neck,” he said. “Which it is gonna be the final surgery, because I can’t do it anymore. Regardless of the way it ends up after tomorrow, I’m not doing it anymore. I can’t.”
His son, Jack, then inquired as to how he was feeling as he prepared for the treatment.
“It’s alright. It’s just like going over for a f—ing haircut now,” Osbourne quipped. “But I have improved somewhat, I think.”
At the time, the Prince of Darkness acknowledged that he still had a ways to go. “My feet feel like I’ve got bricks tied to them when I’m walking,” he said.
“I walked upstairs today and downstairs for the first time in a while, and my feet feel like I’ve got diving boots on when I’m walking. I think it’s the nerves,” added Osbourne. “Then I was thinking, maybe I just need to get up off my ass and walk around the block a few times.”
He also told critics to “f— off” when it comes to his recent health battles, assuring that “I’m far from being on my last leg.”