One of the most well-known heavy metal figures, Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne, has announced his retirement from touring.
This news shocked many fans who had been waiting for the No More Tours II tour, which was scheduled to begin in May of this year.
The legendary frontman has faced a number of health issues in recent years, including a spinal cord injury that flared up again in 2019.
The injury has had a negative impact on his physical health and made it harder for him to perform at the level for which he is known, despite his best efforts to make a full recovery.
In a statement posted on social media, Osbourne wrote, “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, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.”
He continued to express his disappointment with the decision, but stressed that it was for his health and well-being.
Fans around the world have expressed their support for Osbourne, who has been a staple in the music industry for over 50 years.
The rock legend has pledged to continue making music despite the news of his retirement from touring and that his legacy will endure thanks to his extensive discography.
What Life Brought Him
In 2003, he was in a serious ATV accident, sustaining multiple fractures, including a broken cervical spine. Although he recovered, his condition worsened after a severe fall in 2019 further damaged his cervical spine.
But Osbourne remains determined to perform for his fans. He has been through three surgeries, stem cell treatments, physical therapy, and lately, groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment. Despite all of these efforts, Osbourne’s body remains physically weak.
In a recent statement, Osbourne acknowledged that his one and only purpose is to perform on stage for his fans, and he is confident that his singing voice is still strong.
However, the physical demands of traveling for his upcoming European and UK tour dates have proven too much for his weakened body to handle.
“However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak,” he said. “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.”
Osbourne realized that he is not physically capable of performing the tour, and has had to cancel the dates to focus on his health. He hopes that with continued treatment and rehabilitation, he will be able to come back to the stage in the future.
“Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F—- ME UP, more than you will ever know,” he added.
“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.”
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Osbourne Remains Grateful
Despite the challenges he has faced in recent years, Ozzy Osbourne remains grateful for the support of his fans, family, band, and fellow metal legends Judas Priest. In his recent statement, he thanked them for their “endless dedication, loyalty, and support.”
No More Tours II, Osbourne’s farewell tour, was initially announced in 2017 but has been postponed multiple times due to his health and the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, his passion for music remains undiminished. He continues to make music and his latest album, Patient Number 9, was revealed in September and has received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.
The “Crazy Train” singer may not be performing live for the time being, but his music continues to rock the world. He closed his statement by expressing his love for his fans, saying “I love you all.”
Fans can be assured that the Prince of Darkness will return to the stage when the time is right, and in the meantime, they can enjoy his music and continue to show their support for one of heavy metal’s biggest legends.
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Several World Tours
He was born on December 3, 1948, in Birmingham, England. He is named one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal singers of all time.
Ozzy’s music career began in the late 1960s when he formed the band Black Sabbath. The band’s self-titled debut album was dropped in 1970 and was a huge success, establishing Black Sabbath as one of the bands pioneering heavy metal music.
His distinctive voice, combined with the band’s dark and heavy sound, quickly made him a popular figure in the world of rock music. He went on to drop several more albums with Black Sabbath before leaving the band in 1979 to pursue a solo career.
Osbourne’s solo career started in 1980 with the release of his debut album “Blizzard of Ozz”. The album was a commercial success, earning a spot in the top 20 in several countries.
Over the next few years, Osbourne continued to release hit albums, including “Diary of a Madman” and “Bark at the Moon”. He also went on several world tours, playing to sold-out crowds across the globe.
In 2002, he and his family starred in the reality TV show “The Osbournes”, which aired on MTV. The show was a huge hit, and it helped to introduce Osbourne to a new generation of fans. The show ran for four seasons and won several awards, including an Emmy.
Osbourne has influenced countless musicians and has been a major force in the world of rock music for over five decades.