That’s it. Ozzy is retiring from touring. For good this time.

Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t been well for…well, a long time. The Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, the spine issues, the–well, god knows what.

A European tour was canceled this week. Fine. But if you read through the statement, you’ll see that this isn’t just any regular cancellation. It reads “Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.” He was referencing is back problems.

Ozzy has retired before, including the No More Tours tour 30 years ago, which happened just after he was diagnosed with MS. Black Sabbath went on a couple of farewell tours, too. He doesn’t rule out playing one-off shows, but as for going on the road? He’s done.

Here’s his full statement.

This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. 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 FUCKS 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…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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