It’s not surprising news, but still sad now that it’s official: Ozzy Osbourne has announced the cancelation of all his upcoming shows, and said his touring career is over because he “is not physically capable.”
In a statement released today (February 1st), the 74-year-old former Black Sabbath frontman and all-around heavy-metal and pop-cultural icon explained that he’s no longer able to cope with the rigors of touring due to a major accident four years ago that damaged his spine.
“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage,” he said in the heartfelt message. “My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.”
Originally scheduled for 2019, Ozzy’s comeback tour had been postponed many times over the last four years, due to the singer’s many health issues — which have also included Parkinson’s disease, with which he was diagnosed in January 2020, and COVID-19, which he contracted in April 2022 — as well as the pandemic. In his message finally calling off the shows, Ozzy said that he was “honestly humbled by the way [fans have] all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time.”
He added that his 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.”
Closing his statement, Ozzy thanked his family and friends, his band and crew, his intended tour mates Judas Priest and, of course, his many fans “for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.”
Read the full message below.