As music evolves over time, there are pros and cons to be had and Ozzy Osbourne addressed the evolution of metal in this video interview hosted by his son Jack for Noisey.com
The legendary rocker praised the fact that heavy metal has changed with each decade he’s been in the business and that it’s not stayed stagnant over the years. But on the flip side, he’s not exactly a fan of what computers have added to the process.
“I think the computer age has taken over and there’s a lot of trickery you can do now. I’ve actually had guys in bands where I go, ‘Do you want to jam?’ and they go, ‘Jam? What’s that?’ You just play anything together, and they can’t do it. They go, ‘No I have to consult my computer first,’ says Osbourne, who adds, “The art of being in a band is dying.”
But in the end, Osbourne says that it’s the message and the attitude that is most important. Speaking of his own approach over the years, The Prince of Darkness concluded, “If you want me to do something, tell me not to, cause I’ve never played by any rules. My sole concern is to get on that stage and give the audiences a great day out. That’s all I am. I don’t want to get up and ‘Ban the Bomb.’ That’s been done and that’s for other people. But me, when I hit the stage I want to give them my heart on a plate. That’s the God’s honest truth.”
Ozzy also addressed his past drug use, stating that if he could tell his younger self one thing it would be not to do drugs. “I did what I did when I was 21 and I did what I did when I was 30, but now I feel better today than I did in a long time and I’m 66,” says Osbourne, who credits exercise and a clean lifestyle for his current health status. “There’s no mysterious fucking hex from Satan,” adds the rocker. “To be honest with you, I just really like being sober.”