During a conversation with Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Black Sabbath, has talked about the passing of the legendary musicians, including Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, Alice in Chains‘ Layne Staley and Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, and praised them. Ozzy also expressed his astonishment.
“Why am I here,” Ozzy said. “Chris Cornell was a great, great singer.
“I’m not being funny and I’m not being cocky,” he added. “I can remember times when I’ve fucking woke up with puke down me. I’ve fucking woke up with a bed full of blood, when I’ve fallen down and banged my head or whatever. My friend John Bonham, I used to go drinking with him. He died. Bon Scott, he died. I don’t know what to fuckin’ say.
“People go, ‘You must have the Midas touch’ or whatever. I’m lucky. I wasn’t any better than any of them. I even fucking would go so far as to say I was worse in some cases. But it’s the luck of the draw. Seventy-one and I don’t fucking understand how I got there.”
“After my neck surgery, I was feeling pretty down so I was not going to write how happy I was being in agony,” he said. “So it wasn’t an intention to do that, it was mistaken as I am going to do another album next month.”