Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath touring drummer Tommy Clufetos told Misplaced Straws in a new interview that Ozzy is very similar to Elvis Presley in a surprising way.
“I’ve never been in a band where there was three other guys like myself, and I’m not comparing, but I did rise to the occasion. We were all up there giving a hundred and ten percent. And when they go do a gig… A lot of the times when I tour with other guys, they’re on their phones or they’re taking pictures or they’re out with their buddies before or after or whatever; there’s all of these distractions, Two and a half hours before the show, I don’t talk to anybody. I’m in that dressing room getting ready for the gig, and so are they. And it makes me go, ‘Oh, I’m doing exactly the right thing. I’m not an idiot.’ I’m doing what to be great you’re supposed to do, and that’s supposed to give a hundred and ten percent all the time, and they do.
Ozzy is so professional. He does his vocal warm-ups. He’s one of the greatest frontmen — he’s the greatest frontman I’ve ever worked for. He can manipulate that audience like no other. I mean, he has the magnetism, to me, of an Elvis Presley in the heavy metal world. He really does. He walks out there and he smiles and he has ’em right there before he even says a word. And that’s not to take away from his amazing vocals that he doesn’t get enough credit for a lot of time too. Tony Iommi plays with such concentration that he’s just perspiring just from focusing. And Geezer Butler is one of the greatest bass players to ever walk the face of the Earth. It’s him, it’s John Paul Jones, it’s James Jamerson, and there’s only so many of those guys. And I got to play with those guys. So what a pleasure.” Ozzy Osbourne ‘Imitated’ The Beatles On Hit Song.