Ozzy Osbourne's latest farewell tour — seriously, it's his "No More Tours 2" tour — was supposed to come to Riverbend Music Center on June 6 with special guest Megadeth. But "as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia," according to a press release, the Prince of Darkness has cancelled his entire world tour and is rescheduling the dates for 2020.
Osbourne will now be performing at Riverbend almost exactly a year from when he was initially supposed to — on June 4, 2020. Tickets to the 2019 show will be honored at the 2020 make-up date.
Osbourne, the release continues, "fell at his Los Angeles home aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required surgery last month. Osbourne will remain under doctor’s care in Los Angeles as he recovers."
“I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates," Osbourne says. "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!”
Here's our original post announcing the Riverbend show:
KISS's farewell tour may not be coming to Cincinnati, but Hard Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will be giving his Queen City fans a proper goodbye next year. Osbourne's "No More Tours 2" tour will visit Riverbend Music Center on June 6. Megadeth is the opening act on the tour's 2019 North American run.
Tickets for the concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9 through Ticketmaster (here). Ticket prices range from $19-$571.50. The "official presale credit card" of the tour is Citi; that means if you have one of those, you can buy tickets Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. (click here for info).
Osbourne's group for the tour will feature longtime bandmates Zakk Wylde (guitar), Blasko (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).
Ozzy's current jaunt will run through 2020 and is his final world tour, though he may still play one-off shows from time to time. The tour is called "No More Tours 2" because in the early ’90s he'd done a farewell tour after being incorrectly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Between that and the fact that so many other artists have done multiple "farewell" tours on the regular (The Who were the trailblazers on that front), it's hard to completely rule out a "No More Tours 3" somewhere down the line. But given Osbourne's age (he'll be 70 by the time he performs in Cincinnati), if you want to see him live — for the first time or one last time — you should probably get tickets.
Osbourne is one of the most influential figures in Rock & Roll, beginning with his stint fronting the pioneering Black Sabbath, which formed 50 years ago this year. His place in the pop culture zeitgeist was escalated by his family's reality show, The Osbournes, which was to reality TV what Sabbath was to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
Ozzy's farewell tour kicked off earlier this year and the shows have received positive notices from the press.