Ozzy Osbourne Confirms His Farewell Plan: ‘I Will Do It Properly’
In a recent exclusive interview with The Mirror, Sharon Osbourne revealed plans for Ozzy Osbourne to bid a proper farewell to his fans.
Despite retiring from touring, the Prince of Darkness is not ready to step away without a final goodbye, as Sharon discussed:
“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.'”
These special performances seem set to take place at a venue close to Osbourne’s roots. She added:
“We will do it in Aston Villa, where Ozzy is from.”
Ozzy’s Undiminished Skills
Despite the challenges he has faced, Ozzy’s musical abilities remain unaffected, as Sharon continued:
“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.”
Battling Health Issues
Ozzy has taken a step back from his hectic touring schedule, largely due to his battle with Parkinson’s and recovery from a serious fall in 2019. This fall aggravated previous injuries from a near-fatal quad bike crash in 2003. Despite these setbacks, Osbourne has made appearances at significant events, including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and an NFL game in the US in September of the same year.
The singer officially quit touring last year, canceling planned dates. In a message to his fans in February 2023, he expressed his difficulties and the realization of his physical limitations, noting:
“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. My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage.”
Curtains Close On Touring
“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 realized 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 f*cks me up more than you will ever know.”
In October 2023, during an episode of The Osbournes podcast, Ozzy shared updates on his health and recovery efforts. He spoke about overcoming a blood clot and his plans to engage in physical therapy and try tai chi, a practice he believes might aid his balance and facilitate his return to performing.