Ozzy Osbourne, battling Parkinson’s disease, cancels 2020 North American farewell tour


By George Varga - The San Diego Union-Tribune



Ozzy Osbourne, left, and his wife Sharon Osbourne appear in 2018 in London. The 71-year-old Grammy winner and former vocalist for the metal band Black Sabbath cancelled his North American farewell tour dates, in light of his planned treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Ozzy Osbourne, left, and his wife Sharon Osbourne appear in 2018 in London. The 71-year-old Grammy winner and former vocalist for the metal band Black Sabbath cancelled his North American farewell tour dates, in light of his planned treatment for Parkinson’s disease.


Vianney Le Caer | Invision/AP

Heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has canceled his entire 2020 North American “No More Tours 2” farewell tour.

All tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. No make-up dates are planned — at least not for now — by Osbourne, whose new album, “Ordinary Man,” is due out Feb. 21.

The reason for the cancellation, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning, is to enable the 71-year-old singer “to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year.”

Osbourne announced in January that he has Parkinson’s disease, although he more recently disclosed that he has been aware for years of his diagnosis.

“I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a (expletive) year,” Osbourne said in his statement. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six-eight weeks.

“I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans. I’d rather they get a refund now, and when I do the North American tour down the road, everyone who bought a ticket for these shows will be the first ones in line to purchase tickets at that time.”

In April 2019, Osbourne canceled all his tour dates for that year, in order for him to recover from an injury he sustained in a fall while recovering from a bout of pneumonia. The fall, which aggravated injuries he suffered in a 2003 ATV accident, required him to undergo surgery in March 2019.

Osbourne’s now-canceled 2020 North American tour had been scheduled to begin May 27 in Atlanta and conclude July 31 in Las Vegas.

To hear Osbourne tell it in a 2018 Union-Tribune interview, however, his farewell tour was not a farewell tour. Never mind that it was billed exactly that way at the time on his website and in press releases issued by his publicist.

“This is not a retirement tour!” Osbourne insisted at the time.

“I should have called this the ‘No More World Tours Tour.’ In the future, I’ll go out on the road and tour only in Europe, or only in South America, or only in North America. All I’m going to be doing differently is not doing world tours, and not going out on the road in January and not coming back until December. I have a family. I’m slowing down, but I’m not retiring. I’m (expletive) 70!”

Ozzy Osbourne, left, and his wife Sharon Osbourne appear in 2018 in London. The 71-year-old Grammy winner and former vocalist for the metal band Black Sabbath cancelled his North American farewell tour dates, in light of his planned treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/02/web1_124276277-081d18802a024660a0325b62f29ed5ab.jpgOzzy Osbourne, left, and his wife Sharon Osbourne appear in 2018 in London. The 71-year-old Grammy winner and former vocalist for the metal band Black Sabbath cancelled his North American farewell tour dates, in light of his planned treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Vianney Le Caer | Invision/AP

By George Varga

The San Diego Union-Tribune

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