Ozzy: “I was in agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life”

Ozzy Osbourne (Image credit: Sergei Bobylev\TASS - Getty)

In April this year, Ozzy Osbourne was forced to postpone all of his 2019 tour dates after he fell at home, aggravating an old injury sustained during his 2003 ATV accident.

His wife and manager Sharon later described the extent of Ozzy’s injuries (opens in new tab) and reported he'd injured his back, neck and shoulders, dislodging the metal rods that the vocalist had inserted following the 2013 incident in the process.

Now, Ozzy has spoken to Rolling Stone (opens in new tab) about the fall and talked about his long road to recovery.

He says: “I came down really, really hard. I went slam – on my face. For the first four months, I was absolutely in agony. I was in agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life. It was awful. 

"I’m taking physical and occupational therapy classes, but the progress is very slow. They say it’s going to take at least a year. I’m hoping that I’ll be OK and ready to go by January. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed.”

Ozzy also gives details about the surgery he had following the fall and how that’s affected him.

He says: “When they do surgery on your neck, they cut through all the nerves, and it fucked everything up. So I’m wobbling all over the place. And since they cut through the nerves, my right arm feels permanently cold.” 

While Ozzy is working with occupational therapists he admits that progress is slow – and reveals he’s now on blood thinners after developing blood clots in his legs.

Ozzy says: “I don’t know where they came from. The nurse told me I have to be careful if I bang myself, because there’s a blood clot and all that shit. 

“It’s scary stuff. From 40 years old to 70 was OK – and suddenly you get to 70 and everything caved in on me.”

Ozzy also reveals he’s recorded around nine ideas for songs and jokes that his next album will be called Recuperation.

The Prince Of Darkness is due to return to the stage across the UK and Europe at the end of January on his rescheduled No More Tours 2 shows (opens in new tab).

Scott Munro
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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.