Ozzy Osbourne is looking forward to the return of OZZFest for six dates this summer. But he won’t hazard a guess about the long-term future of the headbanging package, which took 2009 off after holding just one show during 2008 in Dallas.
“We’re bringing it back, and…if it takes off again, fine. If it doesn’t, that’s also fine because it’s been great for us,” Osbourne tells Billboard.com. “I’m really happy we’ve been able to launch new bands into the arena; a good few many bands got success from the OZZFest. But since we didn’t do it, there have been a few other festivals pop up,” referring to the three-year-old Mayhem Festival and this year’s upstart Uproar tour. And, Osbourne adds, “There’s not that much dough around. People don’t have that much dough ’cause of the recession. But we’ll see what happens. You never know. It could go, and it could not.”
Osbourne is, however, pleased that Mötley Crüe will be part of OZZFest, which kicks off Aug. 14 in Devore, Calif., and reunites the two acts who last toured, memorably — and debauchedly — in 1984. “They’re good old friends of mine,” Osbourne says. “The 1984 tour…was the most fucking crazy tour I ever did in my life. I can’t remember it, but I remember I used to wake up every morning or come around and think, ‘What the fuck went on last night?’ And as the day went on I got informed about what the craziness was. Everyone keeps asking me, ‘Hey Ozzy, did you really snort a line of ants?’ Y’know what? The answer is that I don’t fucking know — but it’s very possible.
“But I can tell you right now I don’t think (OZZFest) will be a rerun of the 84 tour, ’cause we’ve all matured a bit.”
Osbourne is also looking at an 18-month world tour to promote his new album, “Scream,” which comes out on June 22. Meanwhile, he’s also focusing on literary pursuits; after the best-selling success of his autobiography, “I Am Ozzy,” earlier this year, Osbourne says ghost writer Chris Ayres told the singer he has enough material for a second book. A movie adaptation of “I Am Ozzy” is also in the works, and Osbourne says he hopes “an unknown guy from England” will get the role over an established actor.
Meanwhile, his son Jack is working on a documentary about Osbourne’s life and career. “He’s just in the process of editing,” Osbourne reports. “He won’t let me see anything yet, but he’s got some very interesting people he’s interviewed. The only thing I said to him was, ‘Jack, don’t be all nice. Put some people who don’t particularly care for me in there.’ I’m not afraid of that. I haven’t been mister fucking wonderful all the time. I’ve done some pretty fucking stupid things in my life — probably will continue to do stupid things. That’s what life’s about.”
On top of all this, Osbourne is raising eyebrows with a new weekly “Dr. Ozzy” health column for the Britain’s Sunday Times — which seems a stretch for someone who freely acknowledges “I’m lucky I’m not six feet under, pushing up daisies with all I’ve done to myself.”
“It’s not serious,” Osbourne says of the endeavor. “I mean, I’m the last fucking person to ask for help. I”m not a fucking doctor. I don’t know what I’m talking about most of the time…But a lot of what I talk about is basically common sense. I know when you’re in that hole you want somebody to help you out of it, and it’s very hard for a lot of people to ask for help. So if they fee like they can ask me and I can give somebody some sensible information, maybe I can help, you know?”