We may not know exactly what is going on inside their marriage at the moment, but otherwise it seems like it’s business as usual for Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Following last Thursday’s (May 12th) press conference announcing the massive Ozzfest Meets Knotfest double festival starring Black Sabbath and Slipknot, Sharon confirmed to Rolling Stone that she will continue to manage Ozzy’s career, which she claims only has a few years left to go.
Sharon revealed that the 67-year-old Ozzy will carry on as a solo artist after Black Sabbath plays its final show later this year, but that his own retirement is looming. Sharon explained, “We’ll continue until Ozzy finishes, and Ozzy won’t be long behind (Sabbath) when he calls it a day. It’s not going to be within the next year, but it’s coming up. I don’t want Ozzy singing ‘Crazy Train’ at 75. I think it’s best you go out before you hit that 70 and go out on top.”
Ozzy told us a while back that he wanted to keep performing for fans as long as he could: [“I don’t wanna stop, you know. It’s been the biggest love affair of my life. When you reach a certain age in rock ‘n’ roll, people think, ‘Well, this has got to be his last tour,’ or ‘This has got to be his last tour,’ or ‘You’ve got to come next Tuesday ’cause he ain’t gonna do it after that.’ You’ll know when I’ve come off the road permanently. I mean, you’ll know!”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . mean, you’ll know.)
- Ozzfest Meets Knotfest will take place on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California.
- Sabbath will top the Ozzfest bill on the 24th, while Slipknot will lead the Knotfest lineup the next day. Also on the Ozzfest portion are Disturbed, Opeth, Black Label Society and others, while the Knotfest lineup includes Slayer, Trivium, Anthrax, Suicide Silence and many more.
- The show will serve as Sabbath’s final appearance in California as the band begins winding down its year-long farewell tour.
- Both days will feature three stages, with one of them named after late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
- Tickets for the doubleheader go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m. PT at Ozzfest.com and Knotfest.com.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Sharon and Ozzy talking to E! News about Ozzfest:
- Is it weird that Sharon is going to continue to manage Ozzy’s career?
- Do you think they’ll reconcile and get back together?
- What do you think about Ozzy retiring at 70? Does that sound like the right time for him to go out? Should he have wrapped things up earlier?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
HeavyMetalCowboy wrote: “Ian Gillan of Deep Purple and Brian May of Queen have both hit 70 and still gig. Willie Nelson is 83, Chuck Berry is 89. Sure, the touring schedules aren’t as gruelling as they used to be. But if you can still do it and you’re still having fun doing it, then why stop?”
Yup Yup wrote: “Retire if you want to and believe it in your heart or if your health is a concern. But otherwise keep going until you drop and that’s ok w/me.”
John Rhoderick wrote: “Asked if she’s ‘still the boss,’ Ozzy replied, Oh, yeah.’ Pretty much sums it up, right there.”
Glenn Cummings wrote: “Determined to suck every last penny out of the guy as long as he is alive.”
Kenny Baxter wrote: “Ozzy would be well advised to seek new management if they are actually getting divorced.”
Jeremy Ferrell wrote: “I don’t think Ozzy really knows how to call it a day, any more than Lemmy did. He’ll perform as long as he is physically able.”