In a recent interview with Heavy from Australia, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford has revealed the importance of Ozzy Osbourne for rock and metal music.

Here’s the statement:

“We love Ozzy to death. Oh my God! When you say ‘Ozzy,’ your head is full of this remarkable man’s career and all the wonderful things he’s done for rock and roll, for metal.

He’s touched so many millions of people’s lives, and we’re really, really happy that he’s recovering. It’s gonna be fantastic — isn’t it? — when we’re all together again.”

He continued:

“Life is life. And you do what you can to deal with the adversity that puts itself in your path. We’re going through that with Glenn [Tipton, Judas Priest guitarist]. Let me just rephrase that — Glenn’s going through that himself with his great battle against Parkinson’s [disease] that he’s dealing with.

And he’s a wonderful example — a really, really strong, powerful example — of somebody that’s fighting back and pushing back and still living an active life with this challenge.”

On Glenn Tipton’s current connection with the band, he said:

Glenn comes out and joins us when he can. He’s still an active, full member of Judas Priest. If he’s not able to make [the upcoming] Download [festival appearances in Australia], he’s with us in spirit, in the songs that he’s written, and he’s up on the big screen.

So, yeah, it is what it is. We’re all getting on. But we’re absolutely determined to keep going and live our lives in metal and share it with our fans.”

Listen to the entire interview below. Click here to source of the statement.