Ozzy Osbourne Talks Painful Recovery From Neck Surgery, Working on New Music | Revolver

Ozzy Osbourne Talks Painful Recovery From Neck Surgery, Working on New Music

"I was in agony beyond anything I've experienced before in my life"
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Ozzy Osbourne, 2013
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It's been a nervy few months for Ozzy Osbourne. The Prince of Darkness has been in and out of hospitals for most of the year after taking an ugly fall in his Los Angeles home. That tumble led to a neck surgery to repair the dislodged metal rods that were previously put in his body after a 2003 ATV accident. All together, the rehabilitation forced Ozzy to postpone all of his 2019 tour dates into the following year. Rolling Stone recently caught up with Osbourne and got an update straight from the singer himself. As always, he did not hold back.

"For the first, say, four months, I was absolutely in agony," he says. "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."

Osbourne added that recovering from neck surgery felt incredibly strange: "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."

All that being said, Ozzy is keeping himself distracted during the long "fucking slow" recovery process by working on new music. He told the outlet that he has nine song ideas done for his next album, which he jokingly wants to title Recuperation, and he remains optimistic that he'll be back in performing shape soon. Read the entire article here.