Ozzy Osbourne Talks About Making His First Album "100 Percent" Sober
In a new Reddit AMA, Ozzy Osbourne talked candidly about his sobriety and making music sober.
Ozzy Osbourne might be as legendary for his hard-partying as he is for his music. After all, he didn't get the nicknames the "Prince of Darkness" and "the Godfather of Heavy Metal" for nothing. But in a revealing Reddit AMA on Tuesday—in honor of the release of his new studio album, Ordinary Man—the 71-year-old rock legend talked about his life and his career now that he's been sober for seven years.
When a Reddit user asked whether being sober made the creative process easier or harder, Osbourne replied, "I didn't really think about it. I just did it. Drinking is not on my mind anymore. It's taken a back seat in my mind."
Osbourne also gave some advice for anyone looking for motivation to stop drinking and doing drugs. "I'm lucky. Everyone I used to do drugs with is dead," he said. "If you want a long life, don't do drugs."
Earlier this week, Osbourne did an Apple Music interview in which he told Zane Lowe that Ordinary Man—his first studio album in almost a decade—is the first album he's ever recorded "100 percent" sober.
"I thought it was the drugs and the alcohol that made it all work," Osbourne said. "But it's not true. All I was doing for years is self-medicating 'cause I didn't like the way I felt."
He also seemed humbled by the fact that he had made it to his 70s in spite of his storied history with substance abuse.
"My friend John Bonham, I used to go drinking with him. He died," Osbourne told Lowe. "Bon Scott, he died. I don't know what to f*****' say. People go, 'You must have the Midas touch' or whatever. I'm lucky. I wasn't any better than any of them. I even f*****' would go so far as to say I was worse in some cases. But it's the luck of the draw. Seventy-one and I don't f*****' understand how I got there."
Osbourne joins a wave of celebrities who have opened up about getting sober recently. In late January, Jessica Simpson got candid about conquering alcoholism in 2017. Punk rock icon Courtney Love announced that she was 18 months sober at the NME Awards in February. And Amanda Bynes recently revealed she'd been "sober for over a year" on Instagram.
During the recent Reddit AMA, one user asked Osbourne what the biggest impact of his sobriety was. He cheekily replied: "I can remember what I did yesterday."