In a statement released on Feb. 1, 2023, Ozzy Osbourne announced the cancellation of his upcoming shows and his retirement from touring, citing a difficult recovery from a spinal injury he suffered four years ago.
Osbourne, 74, released the following statement:
“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…
“Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.”
Osbourne rose to fame in the 1970s as the vocalist of Black Sabbath and went on to a successful solo career.
He started what was intended to be his final world tour, dubbed “No More Tours II,” in 2018. Shows in 2019 were postponed while he recovered from illness and his injury. Tour dates continued to be postponed from 2020 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Osbourne’s continued recovery.
His latest album, “Patient Number 9,” released in September 2022, features contributions from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde and many others. The record was a commercial and critical success, hitting the top 10 on charts around the world and scoring four Grammy nominations.