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Ozzy Osbourne postpones farewell dates (for the third time) to 2022

By | Published on Friday 23 October 2020

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne has postponed his European tour dates. Not news it’s unusual to hear in current circumstances. Although that tour was supposed to begin in Newcastle tonight and was only postponed yesterday.

This is actually the third time these shows – intended to be part of Osbourne’s farewell tour – have been pushed back, though it’s the first COVID-caused postponement.

The dates were originally delayed in April 2019, after Osbourne sustained two injuries that required surgery and then he caught the flu. A year ago it was announced that they were being pushed back again, due to ongoing issues with a neck injury.

In January this year, Osbourne revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which led to the cancellation of US dates. The UK shows stayed in the schedule, though. And were not pulled, even as the pandemic led to the shutdown of the live industry.

Understandably, fans with tickets were keen for information about the shows, and many were left angry that this only arrived at the last minute.

In a statement, fans were told that the shows were being postponed now due to “the unprecedented and ever-changing situation”. Though – while things are definitely unprecedented and ever-changing at the moment – it has arguably been clear for months that these European shows would not be able to go ahead.

Osbourne himself said: “I really want to thank my fans for their loyalty and for waiting for me. Believe me, I can’t wait to see you all again. Please stay safe in these uncertain times”.

The shows are now set to begin in Berlin in January 2022. Which, yes, is quite a long way off. UK and Ireland dates are scheduled for late February and early March of that year, by which time some fans will have had their tickets for nearly four years. Those tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled shows and Judas Priest are still on board to support.