The legendary Ozzy Osbourne is retiring from touring

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share” Ozzy Osbourne states as he announces his retirement from touring.

Today a dark cloud has shrouded the rock and metal community, as Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne shares an emotional statement about retiring from touring. Ozzy posted his statement on his social media to announce that he is cancelling his UK and European tour with Judas Priest.

“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans,” Osbourne begins. “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.”

Ozzy Osbourne
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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 realisation 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…”

Despite the devastating news, we thank him for his service and the legacy he will leave behind. For a man who paved a path for generations to come, we salute you.