This week, the iconic Ozzy Osbourne revealed his retirement from touring extensively. As a result, his team had to cancel a planned UK tour with JUDAS PRIEST. Ozzy hopes to perform at some point in the future, but due to his spinal issues, he is unable to commit to a rigorous tour schedule.
In January 2019, he 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.
Ozzy 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…”
Ozzy‘s longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde has issued a statement on legendary BLACK SABBATH singer’s retirement, writing in a social media post: “OZ – KEEP HITTING THE IRON,STAYING STRONG & POSITIVE • EVERYBODY IS PRAYING & ROOTING FOR YOU – YOUR STRENGTH,RESILIENCE & HEART OF A LION IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY REASONS YOU’RE A HERO TO ME & MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD – WHEN YOU ARE READY TO ROLL – WE ROLL •
I LOVE YOU OZ