“The End” is nigh for Black Sabbath -- and apparently for Ozzy Osbourne, too, as far as his estranged wife and manager Sharon Osbourne sees it.
Following last week's press conference to announced the 2016 OZZFest, which Black Sabbath will headline, Sharon told Rolling Stone that she will continue to manage Ozzy's career despite their recent split -- and primarily because she doesn't expect him to be at it too much longer. She explained that, "I don't want Ozzy singing 'Crazy Train' at 75. I think it's best you go out before you hit 70 and go out on top."
Ozzy is 67, and Sharon said that his retirement is "not going to be within the next year, but it's coming up."
The final scheduled date of Black Sabbath's The End farewell tour is currently December 4 in Brazil, but there's the possibility of some more shows in 2017. Ozzy, meanwhile, is planning to return to his solo career after the group finally wraps things up.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.