Ozzy Osbourne told Australia's Rip It Up in a new interview that he would love to collaborate with British singing star Adele before he dies. Asked about the possibility of Black Sabbath producer Rick Rubin, who also produced Adele's last record, arranging some sort of session together, Ozzy replied, "I'd die a happy man, I think she's f***ing great. She's not f***ing botox-faced, she's a normal, healthy girl who speaks in her native accent."
Ozzy may not have time for many collaborations in the months ahead, as Sabbath gears up for the June release of 13, the first Sabbath effort in 35 years with Ozzy singing.
The band is preparing to tour the world in support of the new disc this year, although Ozzy said that guitarist Tony Iommi's recent battle with cancer has affected the way the group intends to hit the road.
Ozzy explained, "Tony's fine, but he can only go out on the road for six weeks at a time as he has to have infusions or some s*** for his immune system. I was amazed that during his chemotherapy he was still writing songs."
Sabbath will release 13 on June 11th, with Ozzy, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler joined on the CD by Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk. Sabbath will launch its world tour next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, with North American dates to follow in July and August.
Ozzy revealed to Rip It Up that he briefly went vegan in 2012, saying, "I tried it, but I didn't last more than a week or two . . . How can the guy who bit the head off several creatures suddenly turn full circle and now live on vegetables? That doesn't sound right. I was Satan last week, now I'm on some f***ing do-it-yourself gardening experience."
Ozzy also admitted that he has never allowed himself to forget his dirt-poor upbringing and childhood in England's West Midlands, explaining, "If I'm passing I frequently go back to my old house and sit on the doorstep for half an hour in the middle of the night. I'll be going from Liverpool down the M6 and I'll pull off in Aston for the memories. I can remember sitting on that step when I was a kid wondering what I'd be when I was a man."