Ozzy Osbourne Battling Parkinson’s Disease

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Ozzy Osbourne, appearing on Good Morning America, on Jan. 21, 2020

Ozzy Osbourne revealed today (Jan. 21) that he is battling Parkinson’s Disease. Appearing on a taped interview on ABC TV’s Good Morning America, the Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, shared the news in an emotional interview with host Robin Roberts of his diagnosis of Parkin 2, a form of Parkinson’s.

The classic rock legend has had a slew of well documented medical issues in the past year and a half, including a fall, broken bones and pneumonia, that have caused him to postpone his “No More Tours 2” tour.

“I just can’t wait to get well and get back on the road again,” he said. “That’s what’s killing me. I need it, you know.”

Parkinson’s is a neuro-degenerative disorder that progresses slowly in most people and has no cure.

Several hours after the taped interview with GMA aired, Ozzy posted on his social media platforms, “Thank you all so much for your well wishes. It means the absolute world to me. All my love, Ozzy.”‬

Osbourne announced last Nov. 11 the rescheduled dates for his U.K. and European dates of his “No More Tours 2” tour with Judas Priest. He had postponed the concerts – for a second time – on Oct. 9. His North American dates, with Marilyn Manson, are scheduled to begin in May. Tickets are available here.

You can watch the GMA interview by clicking on the tweet.

On Nov. 8, Osbourne released “Under the Graveyard,” the first single from his forthcoming album, Ordinary Man. Recorded in Los Angeles, the album features producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) on bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. Listen to the song below.

At the time of the Oct. 9 postponement announcement, he posted a video on his Facebook page and on YouTube, Osbourne said: “As you may know, at the beginning of this year, I had a bad fall and screwed up all the vertebrae in my neck and had to have surgery.

“I’m not dying,” he added, “I am recovering. It’s just taking a little bit longer than everyone thought it would.” Watch the complete message below.

The affected dates were scheduled to begin January 31, 2020 in Nottingham, U.K. and end March 16 in Zurich, Switzerland. The six-week tour with Judas Priest, now begins Oct. 23 in Newcastle, U.K. and end Dec. 7 in Helsinki, Finland. The North American tour begins May 27 in Atlanta, Ga.

Watch Osbourne’s Oct. 9 colorful message to his fans

Last April 4, he announced the postponement of all his 2019 tour dates, inclusive of shows in North America and Europe, as he recovered from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter and 2019 Grammy® Special Merit Award recipient fell at his Los Angeles home aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required surgery last month.

Osbourne has been under doctor’s care in Los Angeles as he recovered.

Listen to “Under the Graveyard” from his upcoming album

Ironically, the tour, originally planned for 2018-2019 had been named “No More Tours 2.”

In the April 4 announcement, Osbourne said: “I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates. Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now. I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans, it’s really what’s keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better every day…I will fully recover…I will finish my tour…I will be back!”

Osbourne turned 71 on December 3, 2019.

Ozzy Osbourne 2020 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here)

May 27 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
May 29 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
May 31 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union
Jun 02 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Jun 04 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Jun 06 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Stadium
Jun 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Jun 13 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Jun 16 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Jun 18 – Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre
Jun 20 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jun 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Jun 24 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jun 26 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Jun 28 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Jul 01 – Milwaukee, WI – Amer. Family Ins. Amp – Summerfest
Jul 03 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Jul 07 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Jul 09 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Jul 11 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Jul 15 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Jul 17 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Jul 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jul 25 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Jul 29 – San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Amphitheatre
Jul 31 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

Ozzy Osbourne – Rescheduled U.K. and European 2020 Tour Dates

Ozzy announced on January 29 that he had been forced to postpone the entire U.K. and European leg of his “No More Tours 2” tour with Judas Priest on doctors’ orders. In February, Osbourne cancelled dates in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. His 2019 North American tour with Megadeth was scheduled to begin May 25.

In October 2018, Osbourne canceled the remaining four shows of his 2018 tour due to a serious infection in his right hand that required surgery.

His last performance was on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2018, at Ozzfest. The final song of the set was a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid.”

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