We knew Ozzy Osbourne was hurting, but we didn’t know how bad. Now the Prince of Darkness is opening up to Rolling Stone about the painful challenges he’s faced while recovering from a series of health issues that forced him off the road for what will end up being at least a year.
A string of bad luck started last October when Ozzy developed a staph infection after hand surgery, then he got the flu which morphed into pneumonia. But the knockout blow came in January when he fell in his home in the middle of the night. The violent, face-first fall dislodged some of the metal rods in his body that were a result of 2003 quad accident.
Ozzy’s injuries led to neck surgery, which he said resulted in pain like he’s never felt before.
“For the first, say, four months, I was absolutely in agony,” he said. “When they do surgery on your neck, they cut through all the nerves, and it f***** everything up. So I’m wobbling all over the place. And since they cut through the nerves, my right arm feels permanently cold.”
Ozzy says his recovery continues to be slow, but he’s optimistic he’ll be ready in time to go back on tour in January for the rescheduled tour dates. The “Crazy Train” singer is also still recording music and joked that his new album will be called Recuperation.
“The most depressing thing I’ve been thinking is, ‘Am I gonna walk properly again? Am I gonna be able to perform again?'” he said.
Hopefully it's good news that Ozzy recently tweeted his mood about wanting to get back on tour with a link to re-scheduled dates,.