Ozzy Osbourne has announced details of his rescheduled UK and European tour dates, after health issues forced him to postpone the shows for the second time.
The rock icon was forced to shelve arena dates in February 2020 as he continues to recover from surgery he required after suffering a fall in his LA home in January. The injury and subsequent surgery had already forced Osbourne to reschedule all of his 2019 live dates on the No More Tours 2 Tour.
Now, it’s been confirmed that he’ll return to the road in October 2020 for a string of UK arena shows.
“I can’t wait to get off my ass and get going again, but you’re just going to have to be a bit more patient. I want to be 100% ready to come out and knock your fucking socks off,” said Osbourne.
“I’m not retiring, I’ve still got gigs to do and also there’s a new album on the way. To the fans, I sincerely thank you for your patience, your loyalty, I love you.”
Original tickets for the shows remain valid and you can check out the new dates in full below.
23, Utilita Arena, Newcastle
25, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
28, The O2, London
31, Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
2, Manchester Arena, Manchester
8, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Judas Priest remain as support, with frontman Rob Halford commenting: “We are very grateful for the rock solid support from our wonderful UK & European fans as Ozzy gets well and strong.
“The UK/European tour will showcase the very best British Metal from the ones that started it all and we proudly look forward to celebrating our 50 Heavy Metal Years together with you!”
“It all started when [his daughter] Kelly comes in and says ‘do you want to work on a Post Malone song?’” said Ozzy. “My first thing was ‘who the fuck is Post Malone?!’ I went to Andrew’s [Watt] house and he said we will work really quick. After we finished that song, he said ‘would you be interested in starting an album.’ I said ‘that would be fucking great, but now I am thinking I don’t want to be working in a basement studio for six months! And in just a short time, we had the album done.
“Duff [McKagan] and Chad [Smith] came in and we would go in and jam during the day and I would go work out the songs in the evenings. I previously had said to Sharon I should be doing an album, but in the back of my mind I was going ‘I haven’t got the fucking strength…’ but Andrew pulled it out of me. I really hope people listen to it and enjoy it, because I put my heart and soul into this album.”