2002 NYROCK OZZY OSBOURNE INTERVIEW (The Godfather of metal) | The Official Ozzy Osbourne Site


Here is a part of a 2002 interview with Ozzy that I thought was interesting....

<cite>Interview by Gabriella</cite>


How did you get started with music? Was it always your dream to be a musician?


<cite>Music was always really important to me, but when I was a teenager things were different. Birmingham wasn't and isn't a very rich area. It was rather dreadful and everybody in my family worked in factories, really mindless jobs that were physically exhausting. My father, my mother, my sisters, they all worked in factories in Birmingham and my dad thought I should become a tradesman, to get a chance and better myself, get away from the factories, you know. So when I finished school I tried to become a plumber. It didn't work out; it wasn't for me. Then I tried to become a bricklayer. It didn't work out. Then I tried to be a construction worker – same story. Everything I tried seemed to be doomed. I hated it, got sick of it really quick. Shortly before I left school, the Beatles got popular and they were my first addiction. I could switch off, forget my surroundings and dive into the music. It was something magical, almost a spiritual experience for me. Of course, my dad hated it. Way back then, the Beatles were revolutionaries and their music was revolutionary music. You know, they were considered to be a bad influence because they gave the kids ideas, the ideas to do something else with their lives than waste it in factories or become plumbers. For adults, it was a dangerous thing. But for us, they were heroes.</cite>


It's a bit hard to imagine that Black Sabbath was inspired by the Beatles....


<cite>I used to play in a band called Rarebreed, but the guitarist really annoyed me. Tony, Bill and Geezer were playing in bands, but they kind of split around the same time and that is how we all came together. It was really funny; I vaguely knew Tony. We went to the same school, but he was older than I am. One day I went into a record store and put up a sign saying "Ozzy Zig seeks gig" – I used to call myself Ozzy Zig because I thought it sounded cool and I thought everybody would start asking who Ozzy Zig was. Anyway, Tony showed up and I thought he'd think I'm a complete idiot, but he ended up joining our band. Right across the road from our rehearsal room was a cinema that showed mainly horror movies. One day I thought that it seemed strange that a lot of people spend so much money to see scary movies. Nobody really wanted to listen to us, so we decided to play slightly scary music. We liked it and, yeah, that's how it all got started. That's the story of Black Sabbath.</cite>


Many bands consider you to be the father of rock 'n' roll or metal. How does it feel to be their dad?

I really don't feel like the father of metal or rock, more like a big brother. And, of course, I'm really not proud of everybody who claims to be a fan and thinks I influenced them. I remember some terrible '80s pop bands who considered me their inspiration. One of them wanted me to sign all his Black Sabbath albums. By chance we were playing the same festival and that guy Limahl (from the '80s pop band Kajagoogoo) wanted me to sign all his albums. I told him to get lost and that I wanted no part of his music and no responsibility for his taste in music. Well, you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your fans, unfortunately.


You seem to have a great sense of humor. A lot of stars tend to take themselves too seriously. Obviously, you're not one of them.

I love comedy. Comedy is great. I grew up with Monty Python, the Goodies and the Three Stooges. In a way, they all influenced me and I think an element of comedy is missing in the music business, especially in rock. A lot of the bands just take themselves too seriously. There are so many idiots in the music business and they all think their s*** doesn't stink, but smells of roses. You just can't take yourself too seriously. I don't take myself all that seriously. A little bit of comedy is healthy. You need to be able to laugh about yourself.


From what I've read, he was a plumber, tool maker, mortuary, mechanic, house painter, and he was rejected by the army. I also read that Tony Iommi was Ozzy's bully at school. <a href="http://www.akasya-duragi.com/zap-zup" title="zap zup">zap zup</a>

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From what I've read, he was a plumber, tool maker, mortuary, mechanic, house painter, and he was rejected by the army. I also read that Tony Iommi was Ozzy's bully at school.

thats a good interview!! i was surprised that he said, "I'm really not proud of everybody who claims to be a fan and thinks I influenced them." hahahah

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