‘This proves that we had something going for us’: Ozzy Osbourne on Black Sabbath blockbuster reunion

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Ozzy Osbourne, who left Black Sabbath in the 1970s after a storied bout with substance abuse, is still marveling over the amazing success of his long-awaited comeback with the band.

Having not recorded with Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi since Never Say Die in ’78, the trio reunited under the watchful eye of producer Rick Rubin to complete 13 — which shot to No. 1 in several countries, including the U.S., where Black Sabbath had never had such success before.

“I can’t believe it,” Osbourne says in this newly posted video. “It’s amazing. We were all in shock. I knew in the back of my mind that one day I wanted to do this. But it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to me, for us to break up all of those years ago. This proves that we had something going for us.”

That Black Sabbath, still famously doomy, made so many waves in the age of singing-contest TV shows and instant pop princesses may be the most amazing thing of all.

“I guess everybody’s gotten tired of that,” adds Osbourne, now back on the wagon. “Everything has become a game show. It’s sort of ‘Opportunity Knocks’ everywhere, you know? People get sick of that manufactured stuff.”

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