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Sep 27, 2010 11:47 AM

Alcohol, Not Politics, Has Stopped Ozzy From Playing In Israel Until Now

JERUSALEM (AP) - Ozzy Osbourne said Monday that alcohol, not
politics, has stopped him from playing in Israel until now.
Osbourne is in Israel this week as part of this year's
international Ozzfest tour, along with Soulfly and Korn. Tuesday's
performance will be his first ever in the Holy Land.
Asked why he hadn't played in Israel before, the heavy metal
rocker, known for decades of decadence and substance abuse, told
reporters in Tel Aviv on Sunday: "I guess I was drunk for so many
years."
He said politics had nothing to do with it. "I try to stay away
from politics. They don't understand me and I don't understand
them," he said, sitting next to his wife Sharon.
Pro-Palestinian activists in Europe and the U.S. have urged
artists to boycott Israel to protest the country's policies toward
the Palestinians.
A number of performers, Elvis Costello and the Pixies, recently
canceled shows here, angering local fans. Other artists, including
Metallica, Elton John and Rihanna, have resisted boycott calls and
played in Israel this year.
Osbourne, 61, pioneered heavy metal as front man for the band
Black Sabbath.
Songs like "Paranoid," and "War Pigs," with their dark
lyrics and heavy guitar riffs changed rock and roll and inspired
many bands. Ozzy left the band in the late 1970s and has been
performing solo since.

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