Illness Scuttles Ozzy's European Tour

Ozzy Osbourne is seeking treatment for Parkinson's Disease-like tremors and has postponed a fall European tour, the veteran rock artist said yesterday (Oct. 14) in a statement. "I have been in Boston

Ozzy Osbourne is seeking treatment for Parkinson's Disease-like tremors and has postponed a fall European tour, the veteran rock artist said yesterday (Oct. 14) in a statement. "I have been in Boston for the last three weeks, having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years," he said.

"It was at the point where it felt as if this problem was practically destroying my life along with my self-esteem," he continued. "I was no longer comfortable being around people, which, as you can imagine, is not the best trait for a performer."

Osbourne's doctor, Allan H. Ropper of Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, said Osbourne does not have Parkinson's but that "he does have a tremor, which is coming under control with medication. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the medication is dry mouth, which greatly impairs the voice. This problem usually subsides after three to four weeks, but the downside is that this will definitely affect Mr. Osbourne's ability to sing at this time."

The tour was set to kick off Oct. 22 in Dublin but will most likely not launch until next year. "I feel like I keep letting you all down, which breaks my heart, but you have my word that I will be over in the new year to complete my European tour," Osbourne said. "I ask that you please hang in there with me as I promise that you will definitely get the best Ozzy Osbourne show you've ever seen."