Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Rest of Final Tour as He Battles Infection
Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to cancel the final No More Tours 2 dates because of an ongoing medical issue with his hand.
"I'm so fucking bummed about canceling these shows," Osbourne said in an official release. "The tour had been going great, and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs."
Concerts at Mountain View (originally set for Oct. 6), Chula Vista (Oct. 9) and Los Angeles, Calif. (Oct. 11), as well as a stop in Las Vegas (Oct. 13), will be rescheduled in 2019. "We're hoping everyone will be patient," Osbourne added, "and we'll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year."
UPDATE 10/12/18: Sharon Osbourne said on The Talk that Ozzy's infection was caused by a cut on his thumb that he then hit on a door. “[He] had a little cut on his thumb," she said. "You know when you pull the side of your nail and he just left it. And then he hit it on a door. It started to get bigger and bigger, and then his middle finger, the same thing happened … and Saturday morning we took him into the emergency room and what had happened from a tiny thing here on the side of his nail, it had turned into two different infections in his hand. He had to have this operation where they cut the side of his thumb and this [middle] finger and they had to get rid of the infection. It’s been from something you think is absolutely nothing. It’s unbelievable.” You can watch the video below.
The three California shows had already been postponed, following an initial prognosis. At that time, Osbourne was set to spend "a couple of days" at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Doctors are now telling the Black Sabbath singer that his right hand will require additional surgery as he fights multiple infections.
Fans should keep their tickets, as they will be honored on the rescheduled dates. If you can't make this last round of shows, never fear: Refunds will be available at the point of purchase, if desired. Osbourne has also said he will continue to perform. He just won't be undertaking globe-trotting jaunts.
"I'm not going on tour for six months at a time anymore," Osbourne confirmed back in February. "I’d like to spend some time at home. ... I just need to slow it down a little."
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