OZZY OSBOURNE On His Public Persona, Touring And Impact Of Digital Technology

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Michael Schreiber of Mainstreet.com recently conducted an interview with Ozzy Osbourne. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On his current public persona, compared to his image during his rock 'n' roll heyday with his band BLACK SABBATH and going solo thereafter:

"What you get up from me is what I am. Believe me. My antics weren't for anything but the antics. It wasn't like I thought, 'I'll bite the heads off these things and then I'll be on the front page tomorrow.' If I had the trick of doing that I'd have made a zillion dollars."

On how the music business has changed:

"The days of the bohemian rock and roller who tours once in a blue moon and just makes records and sells records are long gone. The royalty train is broken forever."

On how many bands are shooting themselves in the foot by charging too much for tickets:

"They get away with it one time, these big tours, and then the bands want to go again but… no one wants to go back. It's pure unadulterated greed. You can't do that."

On the impact of digital technology when it comes organizing and producing a show:

"In the '70s and early '80s we never had cell phones. I have a cell phone now but I don't use it. I don't know how to work a computer and I don't want to particularly. In the old days all the manager would do is give you a piece of paper the time of arrival, the time we go on stage, and if you get lost, all you do is stop and ask someone. And now you've got electronic wires and computers. If the system breaks down, it'll be chaotic."

Read the entire interview from Mainstreet.com.

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