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Speaking with Rolling Stone in a new and exclusive interview, OZZY OSBOURNE discussed his recovery from the neck injury that forced him to recshedule all of his 2019 tour dates. Following is an excerpt. When Ozzy Osbourne took a fall in January, he thought he broke his neck. "I came down really, really hard," he tells Rolling Stone from his Los Angeles home. "I went slam - on my face." He had gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and tripped in the dark. His wife, Sharon, took him to the hospital, where he'd spend the next two months recovering from neck surgery. "For the first, say, four months, I was absolutely in agony," he says. "I was in agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life. It was awful. I'm taking physical and occupational therapy classes, but the progress is very slow. They say it's going to take at least a year. I'm hoping that I'll be OK and ready to go by January [when the tour resumes]. I'm really keeping my fingers crossed." "When they do surgery on your neck, they cut through all the nerves, and it f**ked everything up," he says. "So I'm wobbling all over the place. And since they cut through the nerves, my right arm feels permanently cold." He likens the sensation to when he would play in the snow as a kid and then warm his hands up too fast: "You'd get a warm feeling in your hands. I wake up with it, and I go to bed with it." The doctors gave him medicine for nerve pain, which blew his mind. "I'd never heard of anyone needing nerve-pain medication," he says.
Venom Inc. singer and bassist TONY "DEMOLITION MAN" DOLAN underwent a hip surgery last week in a hospital in London. The singer had postponed the procedure for the last three years, due to the ongoing obligations with the band, causing him to be in constant pain, on and off stage. Dolan reports to Lords Of Metal that he is doing well and he had his first careful walk on crutches on the next morning. Says Tony: "The pain is not so bad, I just feel happy that it is done at last. I've had an accident as a 12 year old kid, when I was hit by a car and landed flat, after the car had thrown me 20 feet straight up in the air. The last ten years I've been attempting to get help and the last three years in Venom Inc there was always a reason why it couldn't happen, mostly due to rescheduling at the hospital. It came to the point I could wait no longer, I could barely walk after Wacken. So I am very happy it is finally done and I can look forward."
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