Ozzy Osbourne, the 74-year-old BLACK SABBATH frontman, made his first public appearance since revealing that he is no longer touring due to his deteriorating health.
As a result of his retirement, Ozzy had to cancel a planned UK tour with JUDAS PRIEST, which has already been cancelled on three occasions.
Fox News reported that he was seen entering a medical facility in Los Angeles on Wednesday (February 1) while relying on a cane for support. Despite his condition, Ozzy had a positive attitude as he gave the peace sign to the press photographers.
Ozzy previously said in a statement: “This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. 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*CKS ME UP, more than you will ever know.
“Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. 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…”
In January 2019, Ozzy experienced an unfortunate fall at home that caused rods to dislodge in his back and neck, which has been part of his recovery process since then.
His physical condition has worsened after the accident he had in 2019, and the medical treatments he tried haven’t succeeded in restoring his mobility and wellbeing. The 74-year-old heavy metal musician, who is also living with a form of Parkinson’s Disease, made the heartbreaking choice to end his days of touring.