Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to cancel his upcoming UK and European tour dates due to ill health.
The former Black Sabbath star was due to make his return to the UK in June, but has told fans he's 'not physically capable' to fulfil the scheduled dates since he 'couldn’t deal with the travel required.'
Taking to social media, Ozzy wrote: "This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. 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."
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Ozzy continued: "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 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.
"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.
Ozzy added: "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, @JudasPriest, 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…"
Ozzy boasts 16 UK Top 40 albums as a solo artist; his highest-charting being 2022's Patient Number 9. As a member of Black Sabbath, he scored a further 23 Top 40 LPs, including two Number 1s (1970's Paranoid and 2013 release 13).
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