According to The Pulse Of Radio, Ozzy Osbourne has no fears when it comes to performing, but there is one thing he worries about. He tells Kerrang! magazine: “I’m just hoping that my voice doesn’t blow out, you know? Like, if you’re playing a guitar and the guitar breaks, you can just get another one, but a singer’s only got one voice. People say that you can fix it with Pro Tools or whatever, but no, not me! I have every damn thing before I go on stage — tea, steam machines, throat sprays, lozenges, chewing gum. Everything!”
In a 2007 interview with The News Tribune, Ozzy spoke about the difficulty of reproducing his recorded performances live. He said: “I was listening to the demo tapes of ‘No More Tears’ today, which was recorded, like, 15 years ago. And I would go, ‘Fucking hell.’ My voice has a lot higher range, you know. And I was talking to Bob Seger a couple of years ago when I was out with him, and I asked him, ‘Can you still get up there? Like when you sing [‘Old Time Rock & Roll’.]’ He said, ‘I have problems.’ We all have problems. When it’s going great, I love it. When it’s going bad, I hate it. … There’s a lot of people doing a lot of trickery, with fucking machines and everything. Like a friend of mine went to see Madonna, and apparently she does the whole fucking thing lip-sync.”
Ozzy told BBC that he went into the recording sessions for BLACK SABBATH‘s comeback album, “13”, with the intention of being able to pull off all the material onstage. He said: “You’ll notice on the album that I’m not singing in a range that I can’t sing live. Like in the old days, I used [studio] trickery — I’d do a verse and then I’d take a break, then do a chorus — and when it was all mixed together, I couldn’t do it live. And I could do every one of these tracks live on stage. [But producer Rick Rubin] had me sing it in a range that was comfortable to sing.”
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