Ozzy Osbourne recently spoke to Kara A. Medalis of WWE.com about his upcoming appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment's "SmackDown" and his new album, "Black Rain". A few excerpts follow:
On his involvement with WWE:
"Working with WWE, it's fun, you know. I'm not new to wrestling. I started doing some stuff with the British Bulldogs many, many years ago. I became a very good friend of Andre the Giant when he was alive. I used to go drinking with him, and he was such a lovely man."
On this year's Ozzfest:
"Why's it free? You better ask my wife about that, I don't know. That's her job! I'm glad she's doing it that way though. Ultimately it comes back to the kids. Normally they have to pay a couple hundred bucks a ticket, I'm guessing. I hope we can give them a good show. I'm doing the biggest tour of my life."
On addressing the state of the world and its effect on his life on "Black Rain":
"People are saying to me that I've gotten very political. I haven't got very political, but I watch a lot of documentaries, like on the History Channel, Discovery, A&E and so on. What I get interested in, in the news is this f****** war that's going on. If it gets in my head and has an effect, it's going to come out in my music I suppose.
“There's quite a bit of anti-war and questionary lyrics there, which is not a new thing for me. People just think that when I was singing with BLACK SABBATH, all we ever sang about was the devil and the dark forces or whatever, but it's not true. There were a lot of political things, a lot of anti-war things there."
On his new single, "I Don't Wanna Stop", which holds special meaning to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer:
"I'm 59 this year. People keep saying to me, 'You'll be quitting soon, retiring.' I don't wanna stop! You'll know when I want to stop because I won't be doing it anymore. I've tried not doing it, but it's not like I've got a job. I'd miss the fans. I'd miss the buzz, seeing the crowd going crazy."
On wrestling fans:
"I've been doing arenas and gigs and festivals for the best part of 30, 40 years. The f******* fans of wrestling go absolutely crazy. I thought nobody could get louder than a rock concert, but was I ever wrong!"