Earlier this year, “The Prince Of Darkness” Ozzy Osbourne sadly had to cancel his European tour. The 74-year-old heavy metal legend also revealed that his days on the road were likely finished.
His longtime guitarist, Zakk Wylde, offered his support saying he would rejoin Ozzy whenever he was “ready to roll,” and according to The Sun, rolling is what Ozzy is considering to get back on stage.
Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl previously performed shows from a throne after breaking his leg while on tour. Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose also previously performed gigs from a similar throne with both GNR and AC/DC. Genesis singer Phil Collins also more recently sang concerts while sitting in a chair.
A friend of Ozzy apparently told The Sun: “Ozzy is refusing to give up on his hope of getting on stage despite his statement last month. He has declared: ‘I am gonna f*cking get back on stage.’ He still has issues with his balance and cannot stand unaided for long periods of time on his legs. It frustrates him that doing a full-90 minute show, filled with his famous stage stomping and crowd interactive moves, is off the table. But he is considering doing gigs in a throne, like what Axl did in 2016 with Guns N’ Roses. He was really impressed by that move. And he feels Phil showed that audiences do resonate with you.”
The friend continued: “Ozzy worries that he may not be able to sit still, which could be challenging. But there is talk of bringing in some special effects and even stage machinery to have the chair move around. He feels a lot of options are on the table, but Oz is not ruling out Vegas or L.A. runs.”
The source added that Sharon Osbourne isn’t as keen on the idea.
“That is Ozzy’s determination. However, Sharon is concerned about her husband being put through a heavy duty work load around gigs. Firstly, she has deep concerns about his balance and wants him to get back to walking properly, before even discussing comebacks. And she is particularly worried about him losing his balance and suffering injuries. Oz has spoken too about Sharon’s fears of his Parkinson’s condition prompting him to suffer falls like Michael J Fox.”
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