OZZY OSBOURNE RETIRES FROM TOURING!
Legendary metal rocker and the "Prince of Darkness" Ozzy Osbourne has announced that his touring days are over.
In a statement to fans over social media, the pioneer metalhead opened up about his illnesses and injuries leading up to the decision to halt any further touring and cancel any remaining scheduled tour dates for his Europe and UK farewell tour, which was due to kick-off in Finland this May.
Ozzy went on to say:
“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 FUCKS 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…”
The statement followed that ticket refunds to any remaining shows are available at the point of purchase. The 74-year-old rocker also went on to say that he isn't throwing in the towel just yet stating that his team is trying to come up with ways that would allow him to "perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country" like last September when he performed during halftime of an NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams, which was broadcast.
As a long-time fan of Ozzy's word and avid Ozzfest enthusiast, I wish Ozzy all the best moving forward and can't wait to see what he does next!
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