Ozzy Osbourne cancels all shows, says his touring career is over

Ozzy Osbourne announced the cancellation of his upcoming shows, and said his touring career is over because he “is not physically capable”.

The 74-year-old said despite three surgeries following a major accident four years ago, in which he damaged his spine, he can no longer cope with the travel required for a tour.

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans,” he said in the statement released on social media on Wednesday.

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Ozzy Osbourne performs during half-time of the 2022 NFL season opening game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Harry How/Getty Images)

“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, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.”

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He expressed his shock and sadness to call it a day, saying: “Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.” 

During his career – which began as a member of groundbreaking heavy metal band Black Sabbath – Osbourne won Grammy Awards for both his solo work and as part of the band, which he left in 1978.

Osbourne postponed his 2019 tour to recover from the initial spinal injury which happened after a fall at home.

He said on Wednesday, when he cancelled the tour, that he was “honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time.”

His farewell European and UK tour was set to begin in Helsinki, Finland in May.

Osbourne’s team, he added in the statement, 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.”

The heavy metal legend has suffered a series of health setbacks in recent years, revealing his Parkinson’s diagnosis in January 2020, contracting COVID-19 in April 2022 and undergoing surgery two months later.

He also broke a neck vertebrae in a quad bike accident in 2003.

Osbourne ended the statement by thanking his family, band, crew, friends, band Judas Priest and his fans “for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.”

Wife Sharon Osbourne hinted at the news hours earlier, sharing a picture of her blowing Ozzy a kiss as he performed on stage in a flashback photo.

“Pretty obvious who I’m watching. Still awestruck,” she captioned the post.

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