Ozzy Osbourne has announced his retirement from touring and canceled all his upcoming tour dates. In a statement shared on social media, the Prince of Darkness explained that he’s “physically weak” and “not physically capable” of handling the travel necessary for touring.
“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans,” Osbourne wrote. “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.” He continued:
I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patently 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 dreamed I would have.
I love you all…
Osbourne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in early 2003, but didn’t announce it publicly until 2020. His farewell tour, No More Tours II, was pushed back several times amid health concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Black Sabbath frontman released his latest album, Patient Number 9, last year.
This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans… pic.twitter.com/aXGw3fjImo
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) February 1, 2023