Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ozzy Osbourne illness postpones Black Sabbath farewell shows

Black Sabbath have postponed a pair of Canadian dates on their recently-launched farewell tour as frontman Ozzy Osbourne has taken ill.

“Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne, the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed,” announced the band and promoter Live Nation via social media. “Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available.”

The news came just hours before the group's January 30 show at Rexall Place in Edmonton, while Calgary’s February 1 concert has also been delayed.

The next scheduled date on Black Sabbath’s 6-week North American tour is scheduled for February 3 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.

The group launched its farewell tour – a.k.a. “The End” – in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20.

Osbourne’s voice was shaky on opening night, according to Kevin Coffey of

"Singer Ozzy Osbourne's voice wasn't great,” he writes. “It wasn't awful, really. It simply wasn't very good. On Wednesday, he was sometimes flat. He was sometimes pitchy, occasionally off-key. He almost never hit the notes he was looking for. It was the first show of the tour, so maybe his voice will warm up.”

The farewell tour sees three original Sabbath members – Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler – once again joined by Ozzy’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos as Bill Ward continues to sit out a reunion with his bandmates over various issues.

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