One of the most outrageous live performers in rock-and-roll history has been forced to postpone upcoming stops on his 'No More Tours 2' tour as he faces a series of health scares that put him under doctor's orders to REST.
He will miss upcoming shows in the UK and Europe but plans to reschedule every one of them for a future date.
70-year-old British heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne has fallen ill with the flu and bronchitis and will be unable to perform for an unspecified period of time. Osbourne issued a statement regarding his health.
“I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down. However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy.”
“Coughed so hard I burst a blood vessel in my eye”
“I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour,” Osbourne says in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to s—.”
But this most recent development is not the worst of what Ozzy has had to face where his health is concerned. Ever since October, he has been battling an aggressive bacterial infection in his hand and has had to undergo multiple surgeries to treat it.
Back in October, the legendary rocker faced surgery on his hand after contracting a potentially deadly staph infection after it swelled up to ten times its normal size.
“I didn’t feel sick, so I was cracking jokes,” he recently told Rolling Stone about his trip to the emergency room due to three separate staph infections in his thumb, one of which spread to his middle finger."
That’s when the doctor wiped the smile right off the singer’s face.
“The doctor said, ‘I don’t know if you realize, Mr. Osbourne, this is a very serious problem you have.’ [Wife] Sharon said, ‘Would you stop f—ing making jokes?’”
What followed was a series of operations to cut away the infected tissue and prevent the deadly bacteria from entering his bloodstream, which would likely kill him.
After a week in a Los Angeles hospital, Osbourne was discharged and taken with caring for his hand at home. Concert dates were postponed so he could concentrate on his recovery.
In November 2017, Osbourne announced his global “farewell world tour” from 2018 to 2020. “People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” he said in a statement. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”
“I’ve been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers,” Osbourne said in a release. “I’m looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades.”
Now with Ozzy’s contracting the flu, it’s anybody’s guess when the rock legend will turn to the stage. But, for now, we’re just glad he is getting the care needs for a full recovery.
And Ozzy is rather philosophical about his disappointing his fans, but remains grateful to still have his health…and LIFE! “I’m going to make those shows up next year,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse. I could have been dead.”
Please join us in wishing Ozzy a speedy recovery and many more years of rocking’ his famous songs.