The hard rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne, announced on Wednesday that his 2023 European tour has been cancelled due to a spinal injury. In 2019, Osbourne fell in his home in Los Angeles while having pneumonia that damaged his spine and in was eventually diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
"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," Osbourne said in his Twitter statement. His accident resulted in Osbourne enduring three operations, stem cell treatment, physical therapy, and Cybernics treatment. The Hybrid Assisted Limb treatment at Cybernics involves a robotic exoskeleton which is meant to help a person walk and balance.
The 74-year-old Grammy winner mentioned that he is humbled by his fans keeping his tickets for so long, but he cannot in good conscience perform on the world tour in his physical condition.
The musician assures his fans that his singing voice is fine, but he is still physically weak. Osbourne remains passionate and hopeful that he will be able to perform again. He added that his team is working on new ideas so that would enable him to perform without travelling.
Osbourne began his career as the lead vocalist in the heavy metal band, Black Sabbath, before he became a solo artist in 1978. He has won Grammys with Black Sabbath but also for his solo career.
He thanked his family, friends, his tour support act Judas Priest and his own band for giving him the life he "never ever would have dreamed" of having.