Time keeps ticking and the years pass by. Sooner or later, often dependant on well or not we took care of ourselves, age catches up with us. At some point, we all must face the end. The end of doing that thing we love. It wasn’t a surprise to me to hear that Ozzy Osbourne canceled his 2020 “No More Tours 2” shows. Even “The Great And Powerful Oz” has succumbed to health issues and old age.
Ozzy hasn’t been right for a while. He’s been in and out of the hospital for the last couple of years. In October 2018, he was treated for a staph infection. Then he had the flu and bronchitis. That illness forced the postponement of the European leg of the “No More Tours 2.” A tour that had already been postponed once before. That’s not all. He also fell and injured his neck requiring surgery. While in the hospital for that procedure, he was diagnosed with a “mild form” of Parkinson’s disease.
If you bought tickets for the Ozzy show in St. Paul on July 3rd, you can get your money back at the point of purchase. All refunds will be credited back to the credit card used. Those that purchased tickets will be at the head of the line when the rescheduled tour is announced. I don’t see it happening.
I thought this solo tour was pushing it anyway. When Ozzy reunited with his Black Sabbath buddies Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi for “The End” tour in 2016 he should have retired after that tour ended in early 2017. There’s no way you’re going to top that anyway! Go out with the guys that got you there! I’m glad I caught that show at The Sprint Center in Kansas City. It was great! I set my expectations low. I had seen Ozzy several times before from the 80’s, more recently on “Ozzfest” tours, “Black Rain” in 2007-08, and “Ozzy & Friends” in 2012. I witnessed first-hand as his mobility deteriorated and his increased dependence on a monitor for help with the lyrics. I was hoping that the Black Sabbath show would do the music justice. It did much more! The guys killed it and Ozzy seemed to have extra energy singing those old Sabbath songs.
I know Sharon would like to see you out there earing but Ozzy, it’s time. Retire. Spend your remaining days with some wine and cussing at Sharon and the family pets. You’re cemented your place as one of the biggest rockstars of all time. Don’t hurt your legacy but forcing “one more tour.” We don’t want our last Ozzy show being one where we’re walking out shaking out heads.