Frontman's sinusitis forces band to delay final tour shows
The band recently pushed back several tour dates in Canada as a result of Osbourne falling ill with sinusitis. Now they have postponed another in Vancouver, which was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday (February 3).
A statement posted to Facebook reads: “Due to continued severe sinusitis, Ozzy Osbourne will be unable to perform with Black Sabbath as scheduled. The Vancouver performance has been postponed. Details regarding the rescheduled date will be announced as soon as it is available. Please hold on to your tickets until further details are available.”
The shows are part of Black Sabbath’s farewell ‘The End Tour’ that runs until September.
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.”