Black Sabbath may be saying farewell, but Ozzy Osbourne promises he's not going anywhere.
The iconic frontman tells us that while he's committed to seeing his band's “The End” tour through to its end -- currently February 2 and 4 in Sabbath's home town of Birmingham, England -- he's already starting to look beyond that to a resumption of the solo career he began after his first departure from the group back in 1980:
"It's not me that wants to retire. It's Black Sabbath. I'm not Black Sabbath, so I'll be continuing my musical thing...My wife (and manager, Sharon Osbourne) is good at, like, telling me partial information, but what I know, I'm not hanging 'em up for awhile yet. I can't say being in Black Sabbath or being Ozzy Osbourne solo thing is a job. It's a passion. It's a love, the biggest, greatest love affair of my life."
Osbourne's last solo album, Scream, came out in 2010. He'll also be part of a new History Channel show, with son Jack Osbourne for Ozzy and Jack's World Detour, a travel show that premieres on July 27 and visits sites around the U.K., including the Alamo, Mount Rushmore, Stonehenge, Sun Studios in Memphis and more.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.