Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne on the Themes Within ‘God Is Dead?’ – Exclusive Interview
What would you do if you were given the opportunity to ask Ozzy Osbourne one question?
Shortly before Black Sabbath‘s New York City Town Hall celebration for their latest full-length album, ’13,’ the press was suddenly whisked away into the venue’s basement so Ozzy and bassist Geezer Butler could pose for a photo op. As the three icons were being photographed, it was suddenly confirmed that Ozzy Osbourne would be taking a small number of questions before getting ready for the event — and that’s when the panic struck.
Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde had visited our studio for an interview earlier that day (June 11), so naturally, the topic of Ozzy was already in the air. After the awesomely hilarious interview with Wylde, we joked around about getting the Sabbath singer himself to come visit and how insane it would be to score an interview with the icon. After pining like schoolgirls at the thought of Ozzy’s presence, we found ourselves face to face with the Black Sabbath mainman only hours later.
Ozzy was kind enough to offer his time for roughly five minutes, leading the press to converge around the singer like an athlete in a locker room. After an emergency brainstorming session on our part, it felt like almost no time had passed. However, we were quickly informed that Ozzy would return backstage in just one minute. This was our last shot to jump in, so when the first millisecond of silence presented itself, we captured Ozzy’s attention and asked him about ‘God Is Dead?’, Black Sabbath’s first single from ’13.’
“I was in a doctor’s waiting room and [I saw] a magazine which said, ‘God Is Dead'”, begins Ozzy, “and I thought, ‘F—ing hell, they flew planes into the World Trade Center and they’re always blowing themselves up in market places, killing innocent people in the name of their god.’ If you listen to the twist at the end of the song, it says, ‘I don’t believe that God is dead.’ Geezer said he wrote [the lyrics] about someone who is in search for the fact if God is still there or he’s not, you know?”
We went on to ask if the character in ‘God Is Dead?’ finds redemption at the end of the song and the singer replied in true Ozzy fashion with, “I don’t know. Whatever you want to make it.”
Check above for our exclusive video interview with the one and only Ozzy Osbourne, and see our full recap of the Black Sabbath ’13’ Town Hall Celebration here.