Ozzy Osbourne vows to return to stage after cancelling upcoming tour
The Black Sabbath star is recovering from spinal surgery
Ozzy Osbourne has vowed to return to performing as soon as possible after cancelling his UK and European tour.
The Black Sabbath rocker, 74, announced on Wednesday, 1 February he was "physically incapable" of going on his upcoming No More Tours II Tour after a spinal operation.
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But in a new interview with Billboard, Osbourne has vowed he's not given up hope of getting back on stage in the future.
"My fans - that's the thing that I really miss about not doing gigs," he said.
"I'm a hands-on guy. I like talking to my fans. I miss them terribly. My goal is to get back on stage as soon as possible."
Osbourne had previously said he would perform on the tour "if it killed him" but his ailing health has proven too much for the famed rocker to fight against.
The tour was due to kick off in Finland on May 3rd, and continue around the continent before ending in his native Birmingham on June 14th.
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The star – who confirmed in 2020 he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease – has suffered a number of accidents over the years which ultimately contributed towards his need for an operation.
The most prominent of which happened in 2019, when he fell down the stairs of his Los Angeles mansion.
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Osbourne has been needing assistance ever since, walking with a cane, and has since relocated his family home to Buckinghamshire in England.
In the official statement cancelling his tour, Osbourne wrote on Instagram: "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.
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"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.
"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 F**KS ME UP, more than you will ever know."
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"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," he continued.
"I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, , 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…"
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