Veteran rock star Ozzy Osbourne has issued a statement on social media in which he has declared that his touring days are over, meaning he is unable to perform the shows on his much-postponed Europe and UK farewell tour.
In a post on Twitter, the former Black Sabbath frontman said he is too weak to perform because of ongoing issues following a spine injury sustained in 2019: “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.”
The 74-year-old’s No More Tours II, which started in the North America in 2018, was originally set to hit Europe the following year. After a series of postponements the arena show run was set to commence in Finland in May.
The heavy metal stalwart has suffered from a series of health problems in recent years, including Covid-19 and Parkinson’s Disease. He was injured in a fall four years ago, which heightened ongoing health issues resulting from a serious quad bike accident in 2003.
Osbourne, who performed at last year’s Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in his hometown of Birmingham, said he had come to the realisation that he is not physically capable of dealing with the travel involved in touring but that his management team is looking at ways in which he could be able to perform “without having to travel from city to city and country to country”.