Ozzy Osbourne planning final farewell shows amid health battle

The Black Sabbath frontman hopes to perform two 'goodbye' shows in home town after cancelling last tour due to health problems.

Ozzy Osbourne performs on stage during the Closing Ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Picture date: Monday August 8, 2022. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ozzy Osbourne is planning two farewell shows at Aston Villa Stadium. (Getty Images)

Ozzy Osbourne is planning to perform two final farewell shows after cancelling his last tour due to health problems.

The 75-year-old Black Sabbath frontman previously confessed he could no longer travel from city to city to perform live on stage when he announced his retirement from touring. But his wife and music manager Sharon Osbourne has revealed that Ozzy is now planning to bow out with two special goodbye concerts in his home town of Birmingham.

Sharon told the Mirror: "He won't tour again but we are planning on doing two more shows to say goodbye as he feels like 'I have never said goodbye to my fans and I want to say goodbye properly'. We will do it in Aston Villa where Ozzy is from."

Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne speak onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )
Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon Osbourne said the Black Sabbath rocker's singing voice is still in perfect condition. (Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

The rock star grew up in the Aston area of Birmingham in the West Midlands, where Aston Villa football stadium Villa Park is located.

Ozzy revealed in January 2002 he had been diagnosed with degenerative disease Parkinson’s. He also underwent major spinal surgery in 2022. These combined health issues have made him physically weak. But Sharon his singing voice has not been affected.

She said: "His voice is still absolutely perfect. And all the time he has been off he still does his singing lessons so his voice is perfect. And he can joke yeah. He has all these melodies in his head. Even if you don't like his music you can't not like Ozzy, he just draws you in."

Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony at Alexander Stadium on August 08, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Ozzy Osbourne loves singing and wants to say goodbye to his fans. (Getty Images)

Ozzy made a surprise appearance at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in August 2022 at the city's newly-redeveloped Alexander Stadium. He sang Black Sabbath's 1970 hit Paranoid with members of the band, which was formed in Birmingham in 1968.

The Black Sabbath star announced his retirement from touring in February 2023, cancelling the European leg of his No More Tours 2 tour.

He said at the time: “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."

English singer Ozzy Osbourne performs at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 1984 in New York, New York. (Photo By Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Ozzy Osbourne formed Black Sabbath in Birmingham were he grew up. (Getty Images)

A month later he said he was desperate to perform again, despite being in "constant pain" because music was the only thing keeping him going.

In September 2023 he revealed he was feeling fit and working on a new album. He said: “I’m getting myself fit. I’ve done two albums fairly recently, but I want to do one more album and then go back on the road.”

I’ve come to the point where Sharon says to me, 'You know what, the truth of the matter is, you can't keep booking tours and failing, cancelling.' The only thing I've got that keeps me going is making records. But I can't do that forever. I gotta get out there."

Ozzy had an operation to remove and realign the pins in his neck and back that were inserted following a quad-biking accident in 2003. Pins were fitted to realign his back and neck following the injury. But these were then knocked out of place when he suffered a fall at his Los Angeles home in 2019 and he underwent another operation.

Ozzy Osbourne signs copies of his album
Ozzy Osbourne has battled a series of health problems in recent years. (Getty Images)

After being plagued by health problems he revealed in an emotional interview with Good Morning America in January 2020 that he had been diagnosed with degenerative disease Parkinson’s, which affects the nervous system and can cause depression.

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