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Ozzy Osbourne Announces Retirement from Touring Due to Health Challenges

Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness – one of the most recognizable faces in the heavy metal genre, has announced that he is retiring from touring. 

This news comes as a shock to many fans who have eagerly been awaiting his upcoming No More Tours II tour, which was scheduled to kick off in May of this year.

The legendary frontman has been facing a number of health challenges in recent years, including a spinal injury that he re-aggravated in 2019. 

Despite his efforts to make a full recovery, the injury has taken a toll on his physical wellbeing and has made it increasingly difficult for him to perform at the level that he is known for.

In a statement posted on social media, Osbourne wrote, “This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you all may know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.” 

He went on to express his disappointment about the decision, but emphasized that it was the best thing for his health and well-being.

Fans around the world are expressing their support for Osbourne, who has been a staple in the music industry for over five decades. 

Despite the news of his retirement from touring, the rock icon has promised that he will continue to create music and that his legacy will continue to live on through his extensive discography.

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Illness Setback

In 2003, he suffered a severe ATV accident that left him with multiple fractures, including a broken neck vertebra. Despite his recovery, his condition worsened in 2019 after a bad fall that further damaged his neck vertebrae.

But Osbourne remains determined to perform for his fans. He has been through three surgeries, stem cell treatments, physical therapy, and lately, groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment. Despite all of these efforts, Osbourne’s body remains physically weak.

In a recent statement, Osbourne acknowledged that his one and only purpose is to perform on stage for his fans, and he is confident that his singing voice is still strong. 

However, the physical demands of traveling for his upcoming European and UK tour dates have proven too much for his weakened body to handle.

“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 said. “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.”

Osbourne realized that he is not physically capable of performing the tour, and has had to cancel the dates to focus on his health. He hopes that with continued treatment and rehabilitation, he will be able to come back to the stage in the future.

“Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F—- ME UP, more than you will ever know,” he added. 

“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.” 

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Despite the challenges he has faced in recent years, Ozzy Osbourne remains grateful for the support of his fans, family, band, and fellow metal legends Judas Priest. In his recent statement, he thanked them for their “endless dedication, loyalty, and support.”

No More Tours II, Osbourne’s farewell tour, was initially announced in 2017 but has been postponed multiple times due to his health and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, his passion for music remains undiminished. He continues to make music and his latest album, Patient Number 9, was revealed in September and has received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.

The “Crazy Train” singer may not be performing live for the time being, but his music continues to rock the world. He closed his statement by expressing his love for his fans, saying “I love you all.”

Fans can be assured that the Prince of Darkness will return to the stage when the time is right, and in the meantime, they can enjoy his music and continue to show their support for one of heavy metal’s biggest legends.

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Band Career and Solo Career

He was born on December 3, 1948, in Birmingham, England. He is named one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal singers of all time.

Ozzy’s music career began in the late 1960s when he formed the band Black Sabbath. The band’s self-titled debut album was dropped in 1970 and was a huge success, establishing Black Sabbath as one of the bands pinoeering heavy metal music. 

His distinctive voice, combined with the band’s dark and heavy sound, quickly made him a popular figure in the world of rock music. He went on to drop several more albums with Black Sabbath before leaving the band in 1979 to pursue a solo career.

Osbourne’s solo career started in 1980 with the release of his debut album “Blizzard of Ozz”. The album was a commercial success, earning a spot in the top 20 in several countries. 

Over the next few years, Osbourne continued to release hit albums, including “Diary of a Madman” and “Bark at the Moon”. He also went on several world tours, playing to sold-out crowds across the globe.

In 2002, he and his family starred in the reality TV show “The Osbournes”, which aired on MTV. The show was a huge hit, and it helped to introduce Osbourne to a new generation of fans. The show ran for four seasons and won several awards, including an Emmy.

Osbourne has influenced countless musicians and has been a major force in the world of rock music for over five decades. 

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