Peter Larsen of The Orange County Register recently conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On his new book, “Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice From Rock’s Ultimate Survivor”, in which he offers advice as only he can and shed light on his seemingly superhuman ability to stay alive:
Ozzy: “It’s a spin-off from my ‘I Am Ozzy’ book, you see. Because what happened is, part of that book, I list all the drugs I had in my lifetime. And then the Times newspaper in London, which is a very sophisticated newspaper, they were doing this thing, genomics, where it maps out your blood and tells you what you’re allergic too, your family history, whatever people are in your bloodline.”
“There’s a disclaimer that I’m not medically trained. I don’t go, ‘Take four aspirins and go to bed.’ Basically it was common sense. Because of my lifestyle if I haven’t experienced a lot of these things I’ll probably know someone who has.”
“They always expect that it’s Ozzy, so I’m going to say take aspirin and a joint, or take aspirin and listen to BLACK SABBATH backwards, which I’m not going to do. They all think I’m (bleepin’) mad anyway, so if they ask, ‘I’ve got this pimple on my (body part), what should I do?’ they expect me to say, ‘Have it tattooed.’ I’m not going to say that, though.”
“A guy wrote in and said: ‘My sex life’s taken a turn for the worse. My wife and I enjoyed sex up to six days a week for many, many years. Now it’s dropped down to four times a week. I’m concerned she’s gone off me. I’m 64 years old.’ I wrote back, ‘Don’t (bleepin’) complain.'”
On “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, the documentary on his life co-produced by his son Jack Osbourne, which played theaters briefly a month or so ago and comes out on DVD in November:
Ozzy: “I said, ‘Whatever you want to do, but don’t make me something I’m not. Don’t make me look like the sun shines out of my (rear end).’ I’ve seen this kind of things where it’s all, ‘Oh, poor guy, he had such a hard life.’ I’ve had a charmed life and the bad stuff is all my doing. ‘Don’t make me look like sugar when I’m (dirt).”
“Some of it was cringing because it’s truth, and when you’re watching with a bunch of other people, you do tend to go, ‘(Bleep),’ you know? But that’s what it’s all about. I’ve been honest about what I’ve been up to.”
“I’m proud of [Jack]. He’s a good kid, he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t do any drugs anymore.”
On getting his driver’s license and driving himself alone for the first time in his life:
Ozzy: “It was freedom. I got a Ferrari but I don’t go very far. Around here there’s paparazzi, you attract them swarms of (bleepin’) cameramen, you know. They’re like (bleepin’) gangsters.”
Read the entire interview from The Orange County Register.