Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Ozzy Osbourne announces retirement from touring

Ozzy Osbourne has announced his retirement from touring due to his ongoing health issues.

As part of sharing an update on his status with fans via social media, the iconic rocker revealed that he has cancelled his upcoming European tour, which was originally booked for early 2019 before it was first moved to 2020 and rescheduled to 2022 and then 2023.

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans,” Ozzy began. “As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.

"I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F***S ME UP, more than you will ever know."

"Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way,”
he continued. “My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country. I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.

"I love you all…"

Ticket refunds for the cancelled European tour are available at point of purchase.

Ozzy’s last public performance to date was when he rocked the halftime show at the Los Angeles Rams NFL season opener at Sofi Stadium last September 8; a month earlier, he reunited with his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi as part of the August 8 closing ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham, UK.

Ozzy has four 2023 Grammy Award nominations for his latest album, “Patient Number 9”; the event will be broadcast live from the Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5 starting at 8 pm ET on the CBS Network and streamed live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Get your copy of “Patient Number 9” here.

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