Ozzy Osbourne cancels US tour to undergo treatment for Parkinson's

Ozzy Osbourne arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)
Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his US tour (AP)

Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his Northern American tour, saying he will not be fit to perform.

The 71-year-old rocker - who announced in January that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - has cancelled all US dates on his 2020 No More Tours 2 while he seeks treatment in Switzerland.

Osbourne said in a statement: “I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a s*** year.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six-eight weeks.

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Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs during night one of Ozzfest meets Knotfest at San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in San Bernardino, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Ozzy Osbourne had already postponed the tour from 2019 due to ill health (AP)

“I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans. I’d rather they get a refund now and when I do the North American tour down the road, everyone who bought a ticket for these shows will be the first ones in line to purchase tickets at that time.”

Refunds, including fees, are available at the original point of purchase.Those who bought tickets to No More Tours 2 are promised first access to tickets when Osbourne’s next tour is announced.

The tour had been due to start in Atlanta on May 27 with 26 concerts scheduled throughout June and July. Those have all been cancelled.

The former Black Sabbath frontman is now due to begin the tour in the UK on October 23 2020.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Ozzy Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne attend the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Ozzy Osbourne attended the 2020 Grammy Awards in January supported by daughter Kelly Osbourne (Getty Images)

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Osbourne had already rescheduled the tour, which was originally due to take place in 2019.

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

Osbourne said: "I had to have surgery on my neck which screwed all my nerves in. I've got numbness down this arm from the surgery. My legs feel going cold, I don't know if that's Parkinson's or what... It's a weird feeling."