The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, is thrilled about the online campaign set up by some of his fans to have him knighted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

The 65-year-old rocker said it would be "pretty cool" for his wife Sharon to be given the title 'Lady'.

He told Time Out magazine: "I've heard about that campaign. Getting knighted? I can't imagine anything better. And my wife would become a Lady, which would be pretty cool."

He added: "But I'm not gonna get upset if it doesn't happen. I never thought I'd get further than [hometown Birmingham suburb] Aston."

The Black Sabbath frontman also admitted that he is surprised his career has lasted so long, adding: "I don't [look back], but I guess I should a bit more. Because I know when I had my first successful album with Sabbath I thought, 'Oh this is great, this will last a couple of years. I'll just get drunk every night and have a few chicks in my room'.

"And here I am, 45 years down the road and I'm doing better than ever. I haven't always been on top of the world - there have been bad times as well - but you don't just give up at the first sign of choppy waters: you carry on rowing."