Minimation: Ozzy Osbourne in ’92: ‘There’s No Chance of Me Rejoining Black Sabbath’

By "there's no chance," he meant "Actually, there's a very good chance."

On Minimation, we comb through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists. In this interview from 1992, Ozzy Osbourne says that he would never join Black Sabbath again. 

To paraphrase the 1983 James Bond film, “Never Say Never Again.” Or, to paraphrase the mighty Black Sabbath, “Never Say Die.”

For years, the band’s iconic frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, was continuously asked whether or not he’d rejoin the legendary group, despite the fact that he’d sold millions of albums and headlined arenas as a solo artist.

But in this 1992 radio interview, a fan called in and asked the question again. Ozzy’s answer? “There’s no chance of me ever joining Black Sabbath again.”

As we all know, such grand pronouncements usually have a way of coming back to haunt those who utter them. In fact, even that very year (1992), Ozzy ended up reuniting with his former bandmates for a few songs at two concerts, which were billed as his final shows ever. More famous last words!

Sabbath would come together for a full-on tour in 1997 and would perform together in subsequent years. But in 2013, Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler got back together (sadly, without drummer Bill Ward) for their first album together in 35 years, 13. It even debuted at #1 on the charts. These days, Sabbath is said to be eyeing one more album with Ozzy.

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