Should Ozzy Call It A Career?
I have a simple question: Should Ozzy Osbourne call it a career?
Before I give my answer, just know this….I LOVE OZZY! He was the first concert I went to as a kid. I credit the song “Crazy Train” for changing my life and leading me down the path my life has taken. Many things in my life can be traced back the Madman himself. Hell, the yearly celebrity Christmas cards I make started with a picture of Ozzy and me on an airport runway in Cincinnati. As I write this, I have the “Ordinary Man” album on the turntable.
Now we’ve learned that the Prince of Darkness has pulled out of the Power Trip festival, four months in advance. This is not the first or 50th time in his vast career that he’s canceled, postponed or pulled out of a gig. In a statement he said “Unfortunately, my body is telling me that I’m just not ready yet and I am much too proud to have the first show that I do in nearly five years be half-assed.”
It was announced that Judas Priest will take Ozzy’s place at the fest.
My question is, when will he be ready to return? We all get older and our bodies don’t function like they use to, but Ozzy has suffered many setbacks in recent years, and it seems the pandemic did him no favors.
I was stoked to see him play in California this fall. I still plan and making the trek to see the other bands. That being said, the last time I saw him he wasn’t great. I believe it was in 2017, but could’ve been 2018. He didn’t sound very good and the band filled the gap while he took many breaks. I give him all the credit in the world, it’s a grind doing what he does. It’s not easy and I understand that.
This December, he’s going to be 75. Do you think he should drift off into the sunset? As much as it pains me, as a piece of my childhood will go with him, I think he should. I mean, Nick Lidstrom called it quits while many believed he was still better than most of the defensemen in the NHL. He decided that the fans should remember him at his best, not limping to the finish line. Ozzy’s best days are way behind him. That’s not a slam on him, it’s just the way this life goes.
Call it a day, Ozzy. Keep making music if that’s what drives you. Otherwise, sit on the throne of one only a heavy metal legend deserves. You’ve earned it.