Ozzy Osbourne, the frontman of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, has revealed the fact that he has become closer than ever before with his old bandmate and successful producer, Tony Iommi, during the last 18 months, the toughest times within Osbourne’s whole life.
During his recent conversation with Matt Pinfield on the one-hour special show celebrating the 40th anniversary of his debut solo album, ‘Blizzard Of Ozz,’ Ozzy Osbourne has opened up about his former bandmates and unveiled if he received any support from them while struggling with the serious health issues.
As you may remember, the iconic musician was hospitalized in an undisclosed location on his doctor’s advice due to flu complications, postponing the European leg of his ‘No More Tours 2’ tour on 6 February 2019.
The issue was described as a ‘severe upper-respiratory infection’ following a bout with the flu which his doctor feared could develop into pneumonia, given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions.
By 12 February 2019, Osbourne had been moved to intensive care. He later canceled the tour entirely, and ultimately all shows scheduled for 2019, after sustaining serious injuries from a fall in his Los Angeles home while still recovering from pneumonia. He was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in February 2019, which he publicly revealed in January 2020.
Within the latest interview he gave, Osbourne recalled those days and said that, since he’s been laid up these last 18 months, Tony Iommi has been such a support for him. Though they never got on for years, the two have become the closest for a couple of months.
Here’s what Ozzy Osbourne said about Tony Iommi:
“Since I’ve been laid up these last 18 months, Tony Iommi has been such a support for me, so supportive. I’ve been closer to him in the last 18 months than I ever have been.
We never got on for years. But whatever he did before and whatever I did before…”
You can check out the rest of the conversation below.