Metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has suffered a stress fracture in his leg, forcing him to postpone 10 dates on his current Merry Mayhem tour.

Metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has suffered a stress fracture in his leg, forcing him to postpone 10 dates on his current Merry Mayhem tour, according to a statement on his official Web site. He received the injury after slipping while stepping out of the shower before the Oct. 31 tour opener in Tucson, Ariz. Osbourne then performed the first five nights of the tour before consulting a doctor who diagnosed the injury last Thursday (Nov. 8).

The tour, which also features Rob Zombie and Mudvayne, is expected to resume Nov. 29 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and run through the end of the year. The missed gigs, which include scheduled performances in Houston, Knoxville, Nashville, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Atlanta, will be rescheduled at a later date.

Osbourne is out on the road in support of his new Epic solo release "Down to Earth," which debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 earlier this month. The album features Osbourne backed by longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies), and ex-Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin. It's the artist's first solo set since 1997's "The Ozzman Cometh," which debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

Here are the postponed dates from the Merry Mayhem tour:

Nov. 9: Houston, Texas (Compaq Center)
Nov. 10: Bossier City, La. (Century Tel Center)
Nov. 12: Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boiling Arena)
Nov. 14: Cincinnati (Firstar Center)
Nov. 15: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Nov. 17: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center)
Nov. 19: Birmingham, Ala. (Convention Center)
Nov. 21: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
Nov. 23: Greensboro, N.C. (Coliseum)
Nov. 24: Atlanta (Philips Arena)

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