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Ozzy Osbourne talks Black Sabbath's reunion, preserving his voice and Christian protesters and more



This is Ozzy Osbourne at 64 years old: unfailingly polite, mildly profane and not nearly as fumbling and dunderheaded and downright lost as his “Sharon!”-screaming reality show alter ego.

Over the course of a recent conference call, the metal lord is thoughtful, well-spoken, calm for long stretches. He talks about being a man of faith. God is “a good guy.” And yet he also has no problem playing the part of the spiritually unhinged, the lunatic with the cross around his neck and madness in his eyes.

“I didn’t wake up one day and say, 'I’m going to call myself the Prince of Darkness,’ ” says the Brit born John Michael Osbourne, whose seminal rock band, Black Sabbath, will play Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Monday. “I’m okay with it. Better than being called an asshole!"

You can see Osbourne, Geezer Butler (above, at left) and Tony Iommi at 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $31-$125. Click here to get them.

To read more of Sean Daly's profile of Ozzy Osbourne, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10:08pm]


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