Ozzy Osbournepreviously announced European tour with guests JUDAS PRIESToriginally scheduled for 2019 and then rescheduled three times, has been officially canceled.
Late at night on Tuesday (January 31),ozy released the following statement, “This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you all may know, four years ago this month- here I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine. My one and only goal during this period was to get back on stage. My voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments , endless physiotherapy sessions and most recently a revolutionary Cybernics (HAL) treatment, my body is still physically weak.
“I’m honestly touched by how you’ve all patiently held on to your tickets this whole time, but in good conscience I’ve now realized that I’m not physically able to do my upcoming European/UK tour dates, because I know I couldn’t cope with the necessary travel Believe me when I say the idea of disappointing my fans really FUCKS ME, more than you will ever know.
“I never imagined that my touring days would end like this. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I can perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.
“I want to thank my family… my group… my team… my long-time friends, JUDAS PRIESTand of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty and support, and for giving me the life I never dreamed of.
“I love you all…”
Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.
ozy initially scrapped his entire 2019 schedule while recovering from surgery to repair an injury sustained during a bout of pneumonia. The tour was postponed a second time after ozy continued to deal with health issues after a fall at his Los Angeles home. This fall “aggravated the injuries of several years” following an ATV accident in 2003. The tour was postponed for a third time in October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Had ozyEuropean tour with JUDAS PRIEST tour took place in May 2023, that would have been more than four years later than originally planned, and nearly five years after tickets first went on sale in September 2018.
In December, ozy was spotted leaning on a cane while shopping at the luxury supermarket Erewhon Market in Los Angeles. An assistant helped him maneuver his shopping cart around the store. The 74-year-old continues to struggle with health issues, including a serious spinal injury that left him unable to walk even six months after another surgery.
But he said SiriusXM: “I still have a lot in the tank. I’m determined to get back on stage. I’m still recovering, and I have a goal. And my goal is to get back on stage. It’s the engine In me, I miss my audience, I miss concerts, I miss my team, I miss my band, I miss everything.
“My family has been so good,” he added. “I’m the family man, but I’ve never been so laid back in my life.”
Three years ago, ozy publicly revealed his battle with Parkinson’s disease. The singer was first diagnosed with the neurological disorder in 2003, but he didn’t reveal he had the condition until a January 2020 appearance on “Hello America”.
Eighteen years ago, ozy said he had been diagnosed with Parkin syndrome, a genetic condition that has symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease, such as body tremors. At the time, he said he was relieved that his debilitating body tremors were due to Parkin and not his life of drug addiction.