Ozzy Osbourne has shared the bittersweet news of his retirement from touring, after facing challenges due to declining health. The 74-year-old Black Sabbath singer’s passion and commitment is proven evident in his four year struggle against spinal damage; undergoing multiple surgeries and treatments with a tireless effort to get back on stage. Despite intense recovery efforts he concluded that travel limitations precluded him continuing with plans for this year’s UK/Europe tour.
Official Statement from Ozzy Osbourne:
“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…”
After years of globe-trotting, he never expected his touring days to come to such an abrupt halt. But now, full of ingenuity and hope, his team is brainstorming ways for him to continue in the future.
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