Ozzy Osbourne has canceled his 2023 UK/European tour citing health issues. The Prince of Darkness also hinted that his touring days are over.
Osbourne dropped the heartbreaking news in a statement where he details his physical limitations.
“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.”
He continues: “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.”
He ends his statement with a heartfelt thank you to his band, crew, family, Judas Priest, and the fans.
Read his full statement below.
Osbourne was originally set to head out on the UK/European tour with Judas Priest in 2019 as part of his “No More Tours 2.” The tour ended up being pushed back when he suffered a serious fall at home at the beginning of 2019 that dislodge metal rods that had been inserted into his body following a 2003 ATV accident.
Since then, he’s undergone multiple surgeries, while also revealing in 2020 that he’s been battling Parkinson’s disease. He canceled a second North American leg, while the UK/Europe run had been postponed multiple times, and had last been rescheduled for May and June of 2023.
Osbourne previous expressed uncertainty regarding touring in the future during an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment where he revealed struggling to walk six months after surgery.