John Perry of the 95 WIIL Rock radio station conducted an interview with Ozzy Osbourne on July 16 at the Chicago Open Air festival in Bridgeview, Illinois. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
Asked about some people’s claim that “rock is dead,” Ozzy responded: “I’m still alive. [But] I never thought in my lifetime I’d see the demise of records. I never use the computer. It’s totally changed. A lot of people steal music now, so a lot of people can’t afford to do it anymore.”
Ozzy said that he has no plans to retire anytime soon. “I think I’ll do this till the day I die,” he predicted. “It’s not a job; it’s a passion. It’s great. It pays well.”
Ozzy‘s appearance at Chicago Open Air marked his second solo concert since the completion of BLACK SABBATH‘s “The End” tour.
The singer is joined on the current run of dates by guitarist Zakk Wylde, who was the SABBATH frontman’s regular axeman from 1988 to 2007, although they’ve often performed together since then. Osbourne‘s touring lineup also includes Rob “Blasko” Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.
Ozzy currently has only six more dates scheduled between now and early November. This month will see the singer play Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota, Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minnestoa and the Moonstock festival in Cartersville, Illinois. More shows will follow in September and October, with the final date take place at this year’s edition of the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 4 in San Bernadino, California.