Ozzy Osbourne has announced his retirement from touring amid health issues, and is canceling remaining shows

September 8, 2022;  Englewood, California, USA;  Recording artist Ozzy Osbourne performs during the game between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.  Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ozzy Osbourne — who was performing at the halftime show during the Los Angeles Rams’d season opener in September — has announced his retirement from touring amid health issues. (Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Ozzy OsbourneHis touring days ended amid health problems.

The British rock legend, best known for fronting Black Sabbath, canceled his 2023 tour dates of the UK and Europe on Wednesday, citing health issues. His health problems date back two decades after a quad bike accident, he It was recently detailed in an interview with YahooBut things got worse Four years ago after the fall At home, resulting in neck and spine problems. At that time, he was too He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with loyal fans,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee said in a statement on social media. “As you all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, in which I damaged my spine. My only goal during this time is to get back on stage. My singing voice is good. However, after three surgeries, stem cell treatments, and sessions Endless physical therapy, and recently pioneering Cybernics (HAL) therapy, my body is still weak physically.”

Ozzy, who has been performing since the 1960s, said he felt “humbled” that fans held onto their tickets when he had to postpone his world tour after fall 2019. While he remained hopeful of taking the stage again, “in good conscience, I now realize I’m not physically able to perform.” On my upcoming European/British tour dates.”

The Prince of Darkness said the travel required to tour is too much, noting “Believe me when I say the idea of ​​really disappointing my fans is F***S ME UP, more than you’ll ever know”.

At 74, the “Crazy Train” singer writes, “I never imagined my touring days would end this way.”

Ozzie said his team is trying to devise ways that allow him to “perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country”. For example, in September, she performed during halftime of an NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams, which was broadcast.

He ended his letter by thanking his family, his band, his crew, and the Judas Priest – who had been touring with him. He gave a special shout out to his fans “for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life I never dreamed of. I love you all…”

While Speaking to Yahoo in DecemberOzzy said his only hope for 2023 is to “get back to that stage”.

He said, “I am Must Go back to that stage. It drives me crazy, not being able to. I can’t relax. I always have to do something. …I mean me he could Say let’s call it a day, but I can’t stop. There’s no such thing as a good gig, and there’s no such thing as a bad gig – because a bad gig makes you want to do good, better than before! A great party is better than any sex or drug. There is nothing to compare it to.”

He also talked about how slowing down a few years ago would have been unimaginable.

He said, “I can remember when I was 69 and thinking, ‘I wonder when am I going to start feeling old, when am I going to start feeling everything?'” “And suddenly, when I turned 70, the floodgates opened. It was one thing after another. … This is the longest I’ve been sick in my life.”

Despite health setbacks that resulted in him needing a stick to get around, his album Patient number 9, released in September, earned him the number one spot on Billboard’s Top Albums sales chart. It also received four Grammy Award nominations – the most ever for a single album.

It’s been tough for both Ozzy and his wife of 40 years, Sharon own health emergency in December. She was shooting with their son, Jack, when she passed out for 20 minutes on December 13th and was rushed to the hospital. Earlier this month, Sharon – Ozzy’s manager – was asked to do just that Explain what happened And she said, “I wish I could, but I can’t. That was the strangest thing” and the tests showed no direct cause.

Last year, Ozzy and Sharon announced plans for it Back to Buckinghamshire, England for the last chapter of their lives. Sharon has been working there ever since shooting from the talk in 2021. The couple – Original Reality TV stars since appearing on MTV The Osborne In the 2000s – he said that the move will be depicted in a new reality show on the BBC channel, Home to RustAnd A network spokeswoman said final date on Wednesday that the new show will continue despite Ozzy announcing his retirement from touring. There will be 10 30-minute episodes – featuring the couple plus children Jack and Kelly Osbourne – and broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Although the couple has moved across the pond, it’s not farewell to the United States and their three children — also including Amy – They are based in Los Angeles, and that’s where the couple is, too five grandchildren Lives. Plus, they haven’t yet sold their Los Angeles home, which is It’s still on the market with the The asking price is $17.5 million.

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