Ozzy Osbourne: I’m not healthy enough to tour after major surgery
Ozzy Osbourne has said that after extensive spinal surgery he is not “physically able” to do his tour dates in Europe and the UK.
He, the 74-year-old former Black Sabbath singer, fell at his home in 2019, making his injuries worse after a near-fatal quad bike crash in 2003.
Since that time, Osbourne has performed at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and an NFL game in the United States in September.
He told his fans on Instagram on Wednesday: “This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans.
“As you may know, four years ago this month, I had a serious accident that damaged my spine. My only purpose for the time being is to get back on stage.”
Osbourne said his voice is “fine” but after three surgeries, stem cell treatments, physical therapy sessions and Cybernics Treatment (HAL), his body “remains weak” “.
He added: “Honestly, I am humbled by how patiently all of you have kept your tickets all this time, but with all clear conscience I now realize that I am not physically able to attend the upcoming European tournament. /day touring in the UK, as I know I cannot handle the necessary trips.”
Osbourne continued: “I never imagined my touring days would end this way.
“My team is currently brainstorming where I can perform without having to move from city to city and country to country.”
He also thanked the fans, crew, family and Judas Priest band “for their endless dedication, loyalty and support”.
Osbourne, whose real name is John Osbourne, was known throughout his heavy metal career as the “Dark Prince”.
He is the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, which he formed in 1969 with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.
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The singer-songwriter also starred in the television show The Osbournes, which chronicled family life in Los Angeles.
Last year, Osbourne said he and his 70-year-old wife, Sharon, a former judge on America’s Got Talent and The X Factor, would move from the US to their Class II listed 120-year-old establishment, Welders. The house, in Buckinghamshire.
The couple met when Sharon was 18 and they were married on July 4, 1982 in Hawaii.
They have three children together – Aimee, Jack and singer Kelly, who duet with her father on UK number one single Changes in 2003.
Osbourne’s last album, Patient Number 9, was released in September and peaked at number two in the UK charts.
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