Ozzy Osbourne has postponed his entire UK and European tour due to illness.
The heavy metal star was due to kick off the UK and Ireland leg of his ‘No More Tours 2’ run in Dublin on Wednesday (January 30) but had to push back the start of the tour after contracting the flu.
Now, the rock icon has announced that all of the dates on the European leg will be rescheduled.
“I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour,” Ozzy said in a statement. “It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit. First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis. I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down.
He added:However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy.”
Osbourne recently confirmed that, despite the name of his latest tour, he was still planning to tour in the future. He assured fans the dates weren’t part of a farewell tour, saying: “People have gotten that all wrong. The tour should have been the ‘Ozzy Osbourne Slowing Down Tour’.”
Last week (January 21), the Black Sabbath singer announced the release of a unique piece of merchandise to mark 37 years since one of the most infamous moments in his career. In 1982, the star bit the head off of a bat during a gig in Des Moines, Iowa.
Now, fans are able to purchase an Ozzy Osbourne-branded plush toy bat that comes with a detachable head. A product description on Osbourne’s site read: “Bring the legendary moment in rock history to life with this soft toy Plush Bat, featuring the Ozzy Osbourne logo and a velcro detachable head.”