"I’m feeling OK – it was just dragging on," the rocker told Metal Hammer, noting that he's looking to get himself "fit" before returning to work
Health struggles aren't going to keep Ozzy Osbourne down for long.
Following a series of spinal operations related to structural damage he sustained from a 2019 fall, the 74-year-old rock icon told Metal Hammer in a new interview that he's undergone his "final surgery" and now wants to make "one more album" and return to touring.
"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" performer then revealed his career plans for 2024. "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 noted that he has a studio at his England home and looks to reconnect with Watt for more music. "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!"
Earlier this month, the Black Sabbath musician confirmed on The Osbournes Podcast that his then-upcoming surgery would be his last.
"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 asked how he’s feeling as he prepares for the procedure.
"It's alright. It's just like going over for a f---ing haircut now,” Osbourne quipped. “But I have improved somewhat, I think.”
The Prince of Darkness admitted at the time 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.”
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