Late last year, Ozzy Osbourne put his future touring plans in doubt when he revealed that he was still struggling to walk following major neck surgery. Osbourne told Consequence: “It’s a very slow recovery. I’m not good at being sick anyway, and it’s too f*cking slow for me. I’ve never been this laid up in my life.”
Late Tuesday night, “The Prince of Darkness” took to social media to post an update on his health, and he shared the heartbreaking announcement that his touring days are 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 …”
While Ozzy’s days on the road 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.”
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