Ozzy Osbourne discussed former Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi losing his fingertips in an accident in a new Kerrang interview.
“We text each other from time to time. Tony and I might not always see eye to eye on some things, but I can’t take it away from the guy, he’s fucking good on that guitar. What he’s achieved since losing his fingertips [Tony lost the tips of his middle and ring fingers on his right hand in an industrial accident, while working in a factory at the age of 17] is pretty awesome, when you think about it. A lot of guitar players owe him a huge debt of thanks.”
Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde told Revolver advice he’d give his younger self if he could in a new interview.
“I would give the advice I give all kids. Make the band your job. Be all in. Obviously the playing and everything is the most important thing. The foundation of the whole thing is loving the instrument and practicing and getting better, the whole nine yards. But I mean, if you opened up a pub, your whole life would revolve around the pub and making it successful. You know what I mean? So if you’re not practicing or playing, you’re working on the merchandise, you’re working on art ideas, you’re working on the album cover, you’re working on everything. Promoting the band and everything.
Younger kids nowadays have social media, which is great. So you can be your own boss. You’re not at anyone’s control by going ‘Oh, boy. I need to get a record deal. If I don’t have one by the time I’m 30 the dream is over.’ Like, no. Be your own boss. Be accountable and responsible for your own success.”