Guitarist Zakk Wylde Reacts To Heartbreaking Ozzy Osbourne Health Update

Guitarist Zakk Wylde Reacts To Heartbreaking Ozzy Osbourne Health Update
Original Photo Credits: Ozzy Osbourne - www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iZMPB13Lp8 | Zakk Wylde - Andreas Lawen, Fotandi, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week, iconic metal frontman Ozzy Osbourne took to social media to post an update on his health, and he shared the difficult announcement that his touring days are likely behind him. 

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans,” he 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.”

“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 F*CKS 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 …” 

Longtime Ozzy guitarist and Black Label Society mainman Zakk Wylde commented on Ozzy’s announcement saying he would re-join “The Prince Of Darkness” whenever he was “ready to roll.”

“Oz – keep hitting the iron, staying strong & positive,” Wylde wrote on social media. “Everybody is praying & rooting for you – your strength, resilience & heart of a lion is just one of the many reasons you’re a hero to me & millions around the world – when you are ready to roll – we roll. I love you Oz. Zakk XOXO.”

While Ozzy’s days on the road may have come to a close, he hasn’t retired altogether. Many fans are speculating he may try a Las Vegas residency or some other form of live shows to limit his travel. 

Ozzy has enjoyed a career resurgence of sorts by scoring his first-ever career back-to-back No. 1 singles at rock radio from his latest album, “Patient Number 9.” 

B.J. LISKO
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