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Continued: Black Sabbath has a winner with '13'

  • Article by: JOHN J. MOSER , Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
  • Last update: September 9, 2013 - 2:31 PM

He added, “I’ve stopped smoking cigarettes. I’ve stopped smoking dope. I’ve stopped taking drugs. I’ve stopped drinking alcohol. Before I go on the road now, I try and warm my voice up, and before a show, I warm my voice up.”

He said, “I’ve got one instrument, and that’s my voice that’s given by God, and I’ve got to start taking care of it, because it ain’t going to last very long, because I was abusing it.”

What about his April revelation on Facebook that he had used drugs and alcohol in the past year and a half and “was in a very dark place” before becoming sober again since early March? On his post, he apologized to his wife, Sharon, and friends and family members for his “insane” behavior.

He sidestepped an answer. “I’m in the Osbournes,” he said with a laugh. “I’m always apologizing for something.”

The Black Sabbath reunion hasn’t been without drama. Shortly after the four band members announced that they were getting back together, Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2012. Osbourne said it was he who persuaded Iommi to get checked for a lump.

Then in February 2012, drummer Ward announced that he would not participate until he was offered a “signable contract.” The band eventually replaced him, but Osbourne said, “We would love to have Bill back in the fold.” He said he hasn’t spoken with Ward since the dispute.

As to how long Black Sabbath will continue, Osbourne said he’s open but noncommittal. “You know what? It’s taken us 35 years to get to this point. Let’s see how we get on with this,” he said. “I’m sure — let me put it this way — I’m up for it if the guys are up for it and we got the goods.”

As for what has made Black Sabbath’s sound still so attractive after all these years, Osbourne laughed.

“You know what? I don’t know, and I don’t want to go, ‘Oh, it’s that,’ you know? I don’t know. It never ceases to amaze me and surprise me, this business.”

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