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Ozzy Osbourne: "I Hit (A Teacher) Over The Head With An Iron Bar" (7/15/2005)

Ozzy Osbourne spoke this week to Steve Morse of the Boston Globe about the 10th anniversary of Ozzfest, which is scheduled to kick off today in Mansfield, MA. Several excerpts from the interview follow:

''I was saying to my wife Sharon, 'How long is Ozzfest going to go on?' And Sharon said, 'Darling, believe me, we'll know.' But why end something that people still want to see? It's not like there's just three people in the audience."

On whether he chooses the bands:

''My son and wife do all that. I just go out and play. And as I'm getting older, my stage fright is getting worse. But I just have a cup of coffee before I go on stage. I have no choice but to get on with it and give my best."

On the accident in his all-terrain vehicle at his English estate last year:

"I was in a coma . . . and also severed nerves in my left shoulder. They put me back together again, and it's a [expletive] miracle that I'm talking to you. I used to think I was invincible, but I don't think that anymore."

On quitting drinking alcohol the spring of last year:

"[It] just didn't work for me anymore. I never liked the taste of booze. I just liked the effect. But I'm not a goody-two-shoes now. I'm still [expletive] crazy."

On the end of his family's MTV reality show, "The Osbournes", after a four-year run:

"So much happened good and bad with that. My kids ended up junkies, and my drug and alcohol intake was worse than ever for a while, and my wife got cancer. Yet it was still the highest rated show (on MTV). But it was hard."

Ozzy also was recently interviewed by Risen magazine (which I suggest you pick up!), three excerpts from the interview follow:

Ozzy On Writing Lyrics:

I donít write all the lyrics. In Black Sabbath the main writer was Geezer Butler. I have help from a lot of other people; Lemmy Kilmister gives me a hand. Iím just currently finishing off a musical, hopefully, for Broadway on the life and times of Rasputin the mad monk. Itís the traditional Fiddler on the Roof type of music, plus the kind of Beatley kind of influence. Thereís this wonderful song that goes, How dark it is before the dawn, the day begins, a child is born. Itís beautiful. Iím really happy about it. I hope the rest of the world is. I spent 10 years of my fóking life in this thing.

Ozzy On The Last Time He Had Alcohol:

Thirteen months ago. On the 20th of this month it will be 13 months.

Ozzy On Getting Along With Childhood Teachers:

I had problems with teachers. I hit one over the head with an iron bar one time. He kept picking one me. I wasnít a great fighter, but if you fóked me over, Iíd wait ítil you werenít expecting it and then something would land on your fóking head.

Source: Boston Globe / Risen Magazine / Blabbermouth

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