“He knew what he was doing. I miss him being around,” the Black Sabbath singer says.
During a conversation with Metal Hammer, Ozzy Osbourne remembered what late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister told him shortly before he left us back in December 2015.
“Before he died, he said to me, ‘Well, I could have had 10 more years if I did all the proper things, but I did things my way…’ He knew what he was doing. I miss him being around.”
Focusing on himself, Osbourne added:
“If you’d said to me years ago, ‘How long do you think you’ll last?’, I would’ve said, ‘I’ll be dead by 40!’ Luck has shadowed me all the way.
“If you’d read a news story that said, ‘Ozzy Osbourne has been found dead in his hotel room!’, you wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, really?’ would you? You’d say, ‘Well, obviously!'”
He also said:
“I’ve fallen out of life shafts and windows. I broke my neck on a quad bike. There was one time when I died twice on the way to the hospital. I might be unsinkable!”
Ozzy later concluded:
“We all have regrets. I wouldn’t change any of it because it was all my destiny. I believe in fate. One day you’re down on your luck and the next you’re flying high. If I hadn’t done things the way I did, it would be a different story.”
During the rest of the conversation, the singer said about sobering up:
“I don’t drink any more, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs… and I like it! I never thought I’d see the day where Ozzy Osbourne says he prefers being clean and sober, but so far, so good! I’m definitely singing better than I have been.”
Asked about his future plans, Ozzy replied:
“I’d love to make an album, but it costs so much to make a record. Then kids go, ‘OK, I’ll steal that,’ and that’s it. But I do want to make one. I’ve got 10 ideas for songs. And the thing is, I have to like it. …
“This tour has been great and we’re having a fucking blast. If listening to my music or watching a show has given someone a better day, that’s a great feeling.”