Ozzy Osbourne retires from touring 4 years after spine accident
Ozzy Osbourne will no longer perform on the world’s stages.
The renowned artist has announced his retirement from touring and canceled all future concerts to focus on recovering from spinal surgery. The rocker’s fortunes have been on a downward spiral since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two decades ago while battling other health problems. Osbourne’s last tour was in December 2018 when he wowed fans at ‘Ozzfest’ in Inglewood as part of ‘No More Tours II’.
Ozzy Osbourne has backed out of the tour amid health issues
After rescheduling the European tour originally planned for 2019 three times, Osbourne has given up on treating his fans with a live show. In a statement shared with his 5.2 million followers, the 74-year-old officially backed out of the event and any future dates.
In the lengthy, heartfelt post, the Black Sabbath band member apologized for “letting down” his fans and admitted he “never thought” his “touring days would end up like this”.
Referring to the spinal surgery he underwent almost a year ago to save him from paralysis, Osbourne said: “This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you all know, four years ago this month I had a serious accident that injured my spine.” Then he wrote:
“During this time, my only goal was to return to the stage. My singing voice is good. However, after three surgeries, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions and the most recent groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) treatment, my body is still physically weak.”
The ‘Crazy Train’ artist stated that while he was “honestly humiliated” by his sick fans, he has “now come to the realization” that he is physically unable to do the “upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I would be able to” with travel.”
The post that he he concluded appreciating his family, band, friends and fans, he immediately received positive energy from his followers. “My grandfather says don’t burn the candle at both ends. This is a healthy decision for you, your family, and us, your fans,” one person wrote in the comments.
Another fan declared his undying love for the ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ rocker, while another told him to ‘Stay home and be our British Master of the Empire forever!’ The fourth person exclaimed:
“It’s okay, Ozzy!” You have given us so much more than you ever knew. Thanks. lots of love’, while a fifth sent: ‘Endless love and respect to the F**king Prince of Darkness’.
Meanwhile, another Instagram user admitted she was saddened by the news, especially after she promised to tour in September. As reported by The BlastOsbourne has committed to returning to the stage because it’s “where I belong”.
The “Shot in the Dark” hitmaker also called his relationship with his fans “the greatest love affair of his life.” Osbourne has been exciting his global fan base since 1970, when Black Sabbath released their first heavy metal album, ‘Paranoid’. During the project, he produced hits like “War Pigs” that etched his name in the hearts of listeners.
The “Dreamer” hitmaker was seen ailing during the market run
Last month, The Blast reported that the television personality was spotted buying groceries for himself and his wife Sharon at the well-known Erewhon Market near his home. Although the task didn’t seem daunting, Ozzy looked frail as he walked to the market, relying on a walking stick and a female assistant to navigate the store.
For the trip, the “Children of the Grave” singer wore a black tracksuit, matching sneakers and a long tartan coat. Ozzy was put on the market after Sharon made an emergency visit to a hospital in California.
The British-American star suffered an undisclosed medical emergency while filming at the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula. An insider then claimed the incident was “non-life-threatening”, while Sharon’s son Jack confirmed his mother had been released from hospital and was recovering well.
Although the 70-year-old eventually told her social media followers that she was back home and “doing very well,” she neglected to share what landed her in the hospital.