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Ozzy Osbourne Blames Drinking Behavior for Not Performing in Israel

September 28, 2010 (4:40 am) GMT
The rocker denies speculation that political tensions in country prevented him from performing there, saying 'I guess I was drunk for so many years.'
Ozzy Osbourne

Rocker has denied speculation political tensions in the Middle East have prevented him from performing in Israel until this month, blaming his years of heavy drinking for keeping him away from the country.

The frontman will play his first ever show there when he headlines the Tel Aviv leg of his Ozzfest tour on Tuesday, September 28. Artists such as , and the have vowed to boycott concerts in Israel to in protest of its government's policy towards Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but Osbourne insists the long-running political feud has never been of concern to him.

When asked why he has never played a gig in Israel before, the former hellraiser says, "I guess I was drunk for so many years... I try to stay away from politics. They don't understand me and I don't understand them."

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