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No more tours? Ozzy Osbourne says he means it

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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As his No More Tours 2 tour makes its way around the country, and heads to the DTE Energy Music Theatre this week, Ozzy Osbourne took a minute to howl over the phone line and answer a few pressing questions.

Q: So, is this really the last tour? We've been here before.

Osbourne: This is the last big world tour. I would still like to do one-off shows or a string of shows in the future, but as for long world tours, this is it.

Q: How come?

Osbourne: I am turning 70 later this year and I want to slow down and spend some more time with my family. I still love performing, which will make it really hard to retire completely.

Q: What will you miss most about being on tour?

Osbourne: I'll miss the fans and the vibe of the shows. Being on tour gives you the opportunity to see and play for all of the people who love my music. I am an entertainer, so when I see people having fun in the crowd, it's an incredible feeling. I always try to do the best show possible. When all the elements come together, you can't beat the feeling.

Q: How have you grown as a live performer over the years?

Osbourne: As they say, practice makes perfect. I'm not perfect, but I still have that passion to be on stage and I never rest on my laurels. I keep trying to give a better show every night.

Q: What will you do in lieu of touring? What kind of projects are on tap?

Osbourne: I want to record an album. I have a few ideas for songs I am playing around with. I also want to spend time with my family. I'm honestly open to anything that comes my way.

Q: Tony Iommi has spoken about Black Sabbath playing again for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, your hometown. Are you in?

Osbourne: I devoted myself to Sabbath for a full five years years until we played our final shows in Birmingham last February. Right now I'm focused on my own tour, so the answer is no.

If You Go: Ozzy Osbourne and Stone Sour perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 in DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets start at $35. Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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