Greg Doherty / Getty Images
After a second visit with his doctor, Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to postpone the entire UK and European leg of his No More Tours 2 tour due to a “severe upper-respiratory infection”.
The news comes one day after it was announced that Ozzy would be postponing the tour’s first four dates to allow him time to recover from the flu, but his recent diagnosis left his doctor fearful that his upper-respiratory infection could turn into pneumonia – not a far fetched possibility given how intense his shows are, paired with the cold weather currently hitting Europe.
A statement was issued just a little while ago on Ozzy’s behalf:
Ozzy offered his own disappointment and frustration, saying:
“I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour. 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. 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.”
As we reported yesterday, Osbourne, 70, announced the postponement of the first four dates of the tour’s long awaited UK leg, citing a bout of the flu. The news was first announced via the website of a Dublin concert promoter and read:
“Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming 3Arena date this Wednesday 30 January is postponed due to illness. Details for the rescheduled date will be announced within the next 48 hours on www.mcd.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie. All tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date.”
Not long after, support act Judas Priest issued a similar announcement, apologizing to fans who purchased tickets for the tour’s first four dates and promised that rescheduled dates would come at a later date.
“It is with great regret we have to announce that the first four UK shows on the Ozzy Osbourne/Judas Priest tour have been postponed due to Ozzy having a very bad case of the flu – therefore Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle will be rescheduled at a later date – details to follow once finalized – we are very sorry that this has happened and to disappoint so many fans – we wish Ozzy well and look forward to the Glasgow, Birmingham and London shows together – and to the rescheduled ones in the future.
JUDAS PRIEST – 28th January 2019″
From the looks of it, the flu’s got Ozzy in pretty bad shape. He shared a photo to Twitter a few days ago of himself with a burst blood vessel in his eye – the result of coughing too hard.
Ouch! Here’s hoping that Ozzy gets to feeling better soon – the flu is no joke, and when you’re Ozzy’s age it can be even more dangerous. This isn’t the first time in recent months that Ozzy’s been sidelined by illness; late last year a staph infection forced the cancellation of several North American dates on the tour as Ozzy underwent surgery to remove the infection from his hand.
Dates for No More Tours 2 are set to resume on March 9th in Australia, with the corresponding Judas Priest dates tentatively scheduled for September.
Get well soon, Ozzy!
Interested in becoming a partner?
Contact us for more info.