Black Sabbath postpone tour dates due to Ozzy Osbourne’s illness

Frontman's sinusitis forces band to delay gigs

Black Sabbath have called off several tour dates in Canada as a result of their lead singer Ozzy Osbourne falling ill with sinusitis.

An inflammation of the sinuses, caused by an infection, has forced the heavy metal rockers from Birmingham to cancel gigs in Edmonton and Calgary (Jan 30 and February 1). The band has assured fans that the dates will be rescheduled for later this year.

The shows are part of Black Sabbath’s farewell ‘The End Tour’ that runs until September.

In a statement posted on their official Twitter page, the British group said, “Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy the shows in Edmonton & Calgary have been postponed. Rescheduled dates will be announced soon.”

In addition to performing shows on their final live run, Black Sabbath have also announced that their new album will only be available to buy at the special gigs.

The eight-track release will comprise tracks recorded during the sessions for their 2013 chart-topping album ’13’ as well as live versions of past songs.

Confusion over whether the band would release a final record arose after Osbourne had stated that the band would record “one more album” with producer Rick Rubin before later denying it.

“I’m not saying I won’t ever get on stage with Geezer or Tony or any of them again, but officially, as Sabbath, we’re done, and I’ll go back to doing my own thing,” Osbourne said recently.

He added: “We were gonna do one [other album] before the tour, but it would take three or four years to write and record an album, by which time I’ll be fucking 73 or 72 or something, so we decided just to do a farewell tour.”