Ozzy Osbourne Not Opposed To Hologram Of Himself
Ozzy Osbourne recently announced the first run of dates for his upcoming No More Tours 2 farewell tour, and despite his retirement from the road, the rocker has few qualms about being resurrected as a hologram after he's gone.
While the heavy metal icon says he's only planning to retire from large-scale touring, not from performing, the announcement does signal that the Ozzman is shifting his focus away from music. So when Osbourne was recently asked how he'd feel about continuing to tour, but as a hologram.
"If I'm gone, I don't have a say in the matter," he said, according to Loudwire. "I can't complain," he continued before saying in a ghostly voice, "I'm the Prince of Darkness, I will haunt you. Go f---ing wild!"
Osbourne does have some sympathy for performers who are opposed to holograms of themselves. Addressing a story that Justin Timberlake was considering performing with a Prince hologram as part of his Super Bowl halftime show.
"From what I know of Prince, he wouldn't have liked that. I don't think so," said Osbourne. "I read an article about him and he would never do taped interviews because his voice was his income."
Of course, you don't have to be dead in order to have someone create a hologram of you. Osbourne didn't mention whether he'd consider allowing a hologram go out and tour for him as a kind of Surrogate Ozzy.
The former Black Sabbath frontman says he's saying goodbye to touring so he can be a better grandfather to his eight grandchildren.
He says he doesn't want to "go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up," he told Rolling Stone.
No More Tours 2 will keep Osbourne busy through 2020, as he tours the world to say goodbye to his loyal fans. The first No More Tours tour was in 1993. Ozzy claimed at the time he was retiring, but he returned to touring and recording by 1995.
“It’s what I do. It's a passion for me. It's the greatest love affair I ever had, being in a rock band and playing for the people who come to the shows.”
See Osbourne's No More Tours 2 dates below:
April 27 - Jacksonville, FL, Welcome to Rockville
April 29 - Fort Lauderdale, FL, FortRock
May 5 - Mexico, Heaven & Hell Festival
May 8 - Santiago, Chile, Pista Atletica
May 11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Geba
May 13 - São Paulo, Brazil, Allianz Parque
May 16 - Curitiba, Brazil, Pedreira Paulo Leminski
May 18 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Esplanada Do Mineirao
May 20 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Apoteose
June 1 - Moscow, Russia, Olympiisky
June 3 - St. Petersburg, Russia, Ice Palace
June 6 - Finland, Rockfest
June 8 - Solvesborg, Sweden, Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 - Donington, UK, Download Festival
June 13 - Prague, Czech Republic, Prague Rocks Festival
June 15 - Paris, France, Download Festival
June 17 - Italy, Firenze Rocks Festival
June 20 - Halden, Norway, Tons of Rock Festival
June 22 - Copenhagen, Denmark, Copenhell Festival
June 24 - Dessel, Belgium, Graspop Metal Meeting
June 26 - Krakow, Poland, Impact Festival
June 28 - Oberhausen, Germany, König-Pilsner Arena
June 30 - Madrid, Spain, Download Festival
July 2 - Lisbon, Portugal, Altice Arena
July 5 - Barcelona, Spain, Rock Fest Barcelona
July 8 - Tel Aviv, Israel, Live Park
August 30 - Allentown, PA, PPL Center
September 1 - Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
September 4 - Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
September 6 - Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
September 8 - Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach Amphitheatre
September 10 - Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
September 12 - Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
September 14 - Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
September 16 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
September 19 - Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Center
September 21 - Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 23 - Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
September 26 - Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
September 28 - Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 30 - Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
October 2 - Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
October 4 - Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
October 6 - Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 9 - Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
October 11 - Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
October 13 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
Original article by Andrew Magnotta at iHeartRadio