Ozzy Osbourne relects on his 'amazing' year as Black Sabbath accept a Living Legend award before continuing their world tour. Edward Baran reports.
Heavy metal icons Black Sabbath triumphed at this year's Classic Rock awards in London on Thursday (November 14), picking up three prizes including the living legend award. The band also won album of the year for 13 and event of the year, after their new release topped album charts across the world and scored them their biggest US hit. SOUNDBITE, Ozzy Osbourne, singer, saying (English): "It's been a great journey, this year has been amazing for us. I keep thinking I will wake up and find out it's all been a f***ing dream. It's just amazing." The band's reunion tour is set to continue in 2014 with a series of shows in North America and Europe. Ozzy said he was 'fit as a fiddle', but admitted problems remembering his lyrics. SOUNDBITE, Ozzy Osbourne, singer, saying (English): "My short term memory's f***ed, I will read a lyric and I will forget it by the time it comes out of my f***ing mouth . I mean I have been singing these songs for like 45 years." Guitarist Wilko Johnson took the 'innovation' prize, He announced he has terminal cancer earlier this year, but refused chemotherapy and has defied doctors' predictions. SOUNDBITE, Wilko Johnson, guitarist, saying (English): "The doctors told me I could expect eight months of feeling ok and that I would be dead in ten months. Well that's gone by now and I'm still standing but how long this can go on we don't know." Other winners at the event included British band The Darkness, who took the showmen award, and performed a brief set of songs.