Ozzy Osbourne declares ‘I’m gonna f***ing get back on stage’ as he shares plans
Ozzy Osbourne is determined to come out of retirement and get back on stage, even if he has to perform in a wheelchair.
The 74-year-old rocker, who has been battling Parkinson's disease, cancelled his No More Tours 2 run last month, citing physical incapacity.
However, according to insiders, he is "so upset and annoyed" at being unable to play live that he is already considering a comeback.
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"Ozzy is refusing to give up on his hope of getting on stage despite his statement last month," said a source close to the Brummie singer.
Ozzy has declared: “I am gonna f***ing get back on stage.”
The source added: “He still has issues with his balance and cannot stand unaided for long periods of time on his legs. It frustrates him that doing a full 90-minute show, filled with his famous stage stomping and crowd interactive moves, is off the table.
“But he is considering doing gigs in a throne, like what Axl did in 2016 with Guns’N’Roses. He was really impressed by that move. And he feels Phil [Collins] showed that audiences do resonate with you."
Ozzy has his sights set on a short run in Las Vegas or at a Los Angeles venue and is taking advice from his friend Axl Rose, who famously performed on tour with a damaged foot on a throne.
Ozzy is also reportedly open to using special effects and stage machinery to make the chair move around.
However, wife Sharon is concerned about her husband being put through a heavy duty work load around gigs.
"Firstly she has deep concerns about his balance and wants him to get back to walking properly, before even discussing comebacks. And she is particularly worried about him losing his balance and suffering injuries.”
The rock icon's desire to return to the stage reportedly stems in part from his unhappiness with being filmed fighting his medical woes on his new BBC reality show, Home To Roost.
"Ozzy had reservations about doing a reality show again after so many years," said the source.
"But some of the content has focused on his health battle, which has been hard enough for him to deal with alone, let alone in front of cameras. He has become very frustrated and agitated at times."
Earlier this month, Ozzy attempted to clarify his retirement comments and addressed concerns about his health.
During an interview on SiriusXM, he said: "I'm f***ing not dying, I am still in constant pain. I do my best to stay away from pain medication, but there are times when I go, 'You know, I've gotta take something.' Come on, guys. Haven't I had it bad enough already?"
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