Ozzy Osbourne has once again postponed his European tour.
In early April, Ozzy scrapped all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery. The European leg of his “No More Tours 2” trek was then rescheduled for January-March 2020, with the North American dates set to follow on May 2020.
Earlier today, Ozzy‘s social media updated with a video message from the BLACK SABBATH legend in which he announced the postponement of the 2020 European tour and addressed his health status.
He said: “I’m here to give you an update on my condition. As you probably know, or you may not know, at the beginning of this year, I had a bad fall. I screwed all the vertebrae in my neck and had to have surgery. I’ve got a lot more nuts and bolts in my neck now than in my car. I’m not dying; I am recovering — it’s just taking a little bit longer than everyone thought it would. I’m bored stiff of being stuck on a fucking bed all day. I can’t wait to get off my ass and get going again. But you’re just going to have to be a little bit more patient. I’m postponing the European tour because I’m not ready. I’m not retiring — I’ve still got gigs to do — but when I do come back on an American tour, I want to be one hundred percent ready to come out and knock your fucking socks off. And also, there’s a new album on the way.”
“I wanna say one thing to the fans: I sincerely thank you for your patience and your loyalty. I love you. Now, will you fuck off and let me get better.”
According to Live Nation Sweden, the new European tour dates will now take place “in the first half of 2021.”
Ozzy previously admitted that he thought he was “done” and was “scared” that his latest illness was going to be the end for him. Speaking to The Sun, he said: “Sharon [Ozzy‘s wife and manager] was saying, ‘You’ve got to get out of bed.’ I would say, ‘What’s the point? I’m dying.’ There were many times I thought: ‘I’m done.’ I was scared. I thought that was it.”
Last month, Ozzy told U.K. tabloid The Sun that he has completed work on a new solo album, his first since 2010’s “Scream.”
Ozzy confirmed that he took just four weeks to record the new disc, saying: “This is my first [solo] recording in a studio for ten years, so I do feel a bit out of touch.” He told the Boston Herald last year that he had “a bunch of songs written” but was unsure when or how he would end up recording them.
Ozzy will release a box set featuring his entire catalog of solo material on vinyl later this year. The 16-disc, 173-song limited edition package is titled “See You On The Other Side,” and it will arrive on November 29.