Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ozzy Osbourne reunites with Zakk Wylde for 2017 tour

Ozzy Osbourne will reunite with guitarist Zakk Wylde for a 2017 tour as the singer relaunches his solo career following an extended reunion and farewell tour with Black Sabbath.

The pair first teamed up thirty years ago, when Osbourne hired the then-unknown 20-year axeman from New Jersey to replace Jake E. Lee in his lineup; Wylde would go on to record five studio and three live albums over the on-again/off-again stint before exiting in 2009.

Now, Wylde returns to help Ozzy restart his solo career with news of the first four festival dates of a summer US tour, including appearances at Rock USA, Chicago Open Air, Buffalo Chip and Moonstock; more dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Black Label Society rocker joins the lineup of longtime Ozzy members that features bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says Ozzy. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”

"I'm really looking forward to the hardcore powahlifting training sessions with Ozzy,” adds Wylde, "as well as playing music in between sets of heavy squats, benching and deadlifts."

Ozzy and Black Sabbath performed the final concert of their farewell tour at the Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham, UK on February 4, wrapping up a year-long world trek to wind down a legendary career that spanned five decades.

Osbourne is planning to release a new solo album next year, his first since 2010’s “Scream.”

Ozzy Osbourne
2017 tour

Jul 14 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
Jul 16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air Festival
Aug 09 – Sturgis, SD @ The Legendary Buffalo Chip
Aug 21 – Cartersville, IL @ Moonstock Festival

See also:

Black Sabbath may continue despite end of farewell tour
VIDEO: Black Sabbath perform final farewell concert
Former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls dead at 68
VIDEO: Black Sabbath play final German concert in Cologne
Search Black Sabbath at hennemusic