Ozzy Osbourne has opened up about his decision to move from Los Angeles to the UK
The Legendary BLACK SABBATH frontman, who turned 73 last December, told the Observer he was “tired” by the number of mass shootings in the US. He also said he does not want to die in the US and wants to be among the many stars buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
Ozzy and his wife and manager Sharonwho celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in July, plan to spend most of their time at their Buckinghamshire, UK estate.
When asked by Observer why they come home after so long in california, Sharon insisted it had nothing to do with it Ozzyhealth. (Ozzy underwent surgery in June to remove and realign pins in his neck and back when he relapsed in 2019.) “I knew people would think that,” she said. “It’s not. It’s just time. America has changed so drastically. It’s not the United States of America at all. Nothing is united. It’s a very weird place to live right now.”
Ozzy added: “Everything there is fucking ridiculous. I’m sick of people getting killed every day. God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert… It’s fucking crazy.
“And I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to be buried in fucking Forest Lawn. I’m English. I want to be back. But if my wife said we should go and live in Timbuktu, I’ll go. But no, it it’s just time for me to come home.’
Ozzy, who revealed two and a half years ago that he was struggling with Parkinson’s disease, has reportedly sought permission for a “rehabilitation” wing at his historic Grade II listed Buckinghamshire home. According to the Daily mail, the expansion will feature “an abundance of stopping and seating areas,” “discreet handles and aids,” and “soft, non-slip surfaces,” as well as a self-contained nurse’s flat. There is also a “pool house orangerie”, “garden room” and a “health and wellness practice studio”.
Architect Lynne Walker wrote in the plans that “the ambition is for the design to create a transition from flowing interior gardens to the outdoors, largely lit by natural light with folding doors providing views.”
In March, Mirror reported that Ozzy and Sharon left Los Angeles and returned to their native United Kingdom because of rising taxes in California.
“We’re leaving LA,” he said. “We’re a little sad. But the tax is getting too much. I’m sad because I really, really like to stay and live there.”
He added: “If they do better taxes then maybe I’ll come back. I don’t know. I’m taking my recording studio with me. I’m going to build a shed there and make my own studio at Welders. I’ll still be making music and my band comes along.”
Ozzy and Sharon reportedly bought Welders House from two-time Academy Award-winning special effects legend John Stears in 1993. In her 2013 autobiography “Extreme: My Autobiography”, Sharon said she bought the house because of the “extreme” distance from all the cafes in the area.
In July 2020, Ozzy said he was still “not back to 100 percent” after suffering several medical problems, including a fall, neck surgery and hospitalization for the flu. Ozzy also said he was looking forward to performing again once he is healthy and the coronavirus pandemic is over.
last Nov, Ozzy‘s previously announced European tour with guests JUDAS PRIEST, originally scheduled for 2019 and then rescheduled three times, was postponed again. The new dates now take place in May and June 2023.
Ozzy initially scrapped his entire schedule for 2019 when he was recovering from surgery to repair an injury sustained during a bout of pneumonia. The tour was then postponed for the second time Ozzy continued to deal with health issues after a fall at his Los Angeles home. That fall “aggravated years-old injuries” from an ATV accident that occurred in 2003. The tour was pushed back for a third time in October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ozzy‘s European tour with JUDAS PRIEST tour will now take place more than four years later than originally planned, and nearly five years after tickets first went on sale in September 2018.
In May 2020, Ozzyhis son Jack said his father will “probably” retire “within the next five to 10 years.” But Ozzy has repeatedly said that he will not stop, despite the fact that his “No More Tours 2” – whenever it happens – is billed as his last major global trek.
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