In an intimate interview with Rolling Stone UK on November 26, 2023, Ozzy Osbourne provided an unfiltered glimpse into his two-decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease and the aftereffects of multiple spinal surgeries.
The British rock veteran, aged 74, spoke candidly about the toll these health challenges have taken on his physical capabilities, particularly after a significant surgery in September to excise a spinal tumor. Osbourne, typically known for his vigorous performances, now faces a sobering assessment of his abilities and concedes he may have around ten years remaining.
Osbourne, ever the defiant showman, expressed his hesitancy to appear less than able-bodied before his audience, citing a contrast in approach to fellow musician Phil Collins who has publicly performed despite similar health concerns. He articulated his wish to have one more moment on stage, a proper send-off to his fans, a sentiment that betrays none of his former onstage brashness.
Reflecting on the years of hard living that often accompany rock fame, Osbourne expressed surprise at surviving many of his contemporaries. Sharon Osbourne also added her thoughts, detailing the difficult emotional journey as she witnessed her husband’s physical decline and the consequent forced retreat from his lifelong passion for performing.