Ozzy Osbourne is relishing his status as one of rock and roll’s greatest survivors. He recently spoke to Kerrang! About how fortunate he feels to be alive.

“If a cat’s got nine lives then I’ve used all of those,” he said. “I’ve used all of your lives as well. And a lot of other people’s lives, too.”

The metal legend went on to discuss the lowest moment in his life, in the early ’80s.

“When I couldn’t stop drinking. Alcoholism is ruthless,” he said. “I could not stop drinking. Sharon [Osbourne, his wife] would have parties and I’d have to be the only one not invited. At the end of the day I was a miserable [expletive] [expletive].”

Although Ozzy recently announced that there would be no Ozzfest this summer, he will be on tour with his band in Europe in June and August.