Ozzy is Skeptical of Covid-19 Vaccine, Wants to Tour in 2022
Ozzy Osbourne’s solo farewell tour scheduled for 2018 and 2019 (following the same for Black Sabbath in 2017) was pushed back a number of times due to the singer contracting pneumonia and a nasty staph infection, suffering a slip-and-fall that saw him re-aggravate a spine injury originally sustained in an early ’00s ATV accident, and, of course, the Covid-19 panemic. The singer also revealed his Parkinson’s diagnosis earlier this year, which didn’t directly contribute to any concert cancelations but certainly didn’t help the cause.
Now, in a new chat on Apple Music’s Rock Classics Radio with Jenn celebrating the 40th anniversary of Blizzard of Ozz, Ozzy has said he hopes to back on the road by 2022, focusing mostly on the threat of Covid-19 as opposed to his health. He also expressed some skepticism with regards to an eventual vaccine for the coronavirus, although it’s difficult to tell if he’s serious or joking, aka just Ozzy being Ozzy:
“I never really thought about [if my opinion on COVID-19 matters]. I’m just Ozzy. My wife calls me Ozzy. I’m just Ozzy. I’m just here. The only good thing about this pandemic, I couldn’t work anyway, because of my injuries.
“I’m hoping that I’ll be booking 2022, I think. To be honest with you, I don’t think it’s gonna get ship shape until the end of next year. I think this winter is gonna be fucking bad, because you’re gonna have the flu.
“People are [like], ‘I’m not taking the flu shot.’ You know what? You can give me anything, but I’m not gonna be number one on that fucking new vaccine. I don’t want to be the first one to wake up with a set of fucking antlers in the morning.”
Ozzy recently said that even if he can’t handle the rigors of a full tour, he vows to come back for just one final send-off gig.
Photos of the Ozzman with long, gray hair grown out during his pandemic-related isolation recently made the rounds.
Earlier in September, A&E premiered a documentary on the Ozzman in its long-running Biography series titled The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne. You can watch a few clips from that right here.
[via Metal Injection]