Legendary rock star Ozzy Osbourne has declared retirement from touring and will cancel all remaining concerts.
The 74-year-old former frontman of Black Sabbath had planned multiple performances in the UK and Europe for the rest of the year. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation following spinal surgery.
Osbourne made the official announcement on social media, expressing gratitude to his loyal fans. He stated that his "singing voice is intact", but he is unable to physically handle touring and performing.
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
“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,” Osbourne wrote.
“Never would I have imagined my touring days would end this way,” Osbourne continued. “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.”
The legendary rocker underwent a major surgery last summer, involving the adjustment of pins in his neck and back. His wife Sharon stated that the "major procedure" would impact the rest of his life.
In September, Osbourne expressed that he wasn't ready to retire and end touring, saying "That's where I belong." He told People magazine that the bond with his audience was the greatest love of his life.
“I am determined to get back on stage even if I have to be nailed to a board and wheeled on,” Osbourne stated. “Survival is my legacy.”
Throughout his career, the rockstar has faced numerous difficulties including struggles with substance abuse and numerous hospitalizations. His current physical problems stem from a near-fatal ATV accident in 2003 and he has undergone several surgeries since.
Osbourne has candidly discussed the difficulties of his recovery, stating that he has undergone "agony" post-surgery.
“It got so bad that at one point I thought: ‘Oh God, please don’t let me wake up tomorrow morning’” he once said to The Guardian.
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