Ozzy Osbourne is one of the top names in the world of metal genre. He started his metal career with Black Sabbath in 1968. He recently talked about having a conversation with the late Motorhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister.
Ozzy Osbourne reveals the last interaction with Lemmy
In an interview with Classic Rock, Ozzy also recalled his last interaction with Motorhead’s Lemmy, another true rock n’ roll icon who sadly passed away in 2015:
“He was a good man, Lemmy was. All the guys from Motorhead have gone now, from the original band. It’s hard to lose anyone you love. I was talking to Lemmy on the morning that he died, but I couldn’t understand what he was talking about. I wanted to talk to someone else who was there, but they kept giving the phone to Lemmy.”
Lemmy had dealt with several health issues in the few years before his death, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking and Jack Daniel’s habits.
The band was forced to cancel a number of shows in 2015 due to Lemmy’s failing health, although they did manage to complete one final European tour just two weeks prior to his passing.
During the same interview, Ozzy shared his take on why it’s a tough game to be a young musician nowadays:
“It’s a completely different world now. Before, you could do gigs and get spotted. Now, you buy a book on how to be a rock star, read it and go from there.”
One of the biggest platforms in alternative culture to launch young bands in the late ’90s was the Ozzfest, launched by Ozzy and his wife Sharon, which the singer recalled:
“I mean, that was a Sharon department, not me. Sharon tried to get me on Lollapalooza, and they told her they didn’t think I was relevant anymore, that I was a dinosaur. So she said fuck them, we’ll do our own thing. Ozzfest gave new bands a stage. There’s no platform now for new bands to play.”
“People would see the crowds at Ozzfest and they looked quite wild. But they’re nice people. You know the old saying: you should never judge a book by its cover. We look worse than we are.”