Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that this will be his final year headlining his Ozzfest festival. The almost 10-year-old hard rock trek, which launched in 1996, has always included Osbourne as a show closer either with Black Sabbath or with his solo band.
Next year, Osbourne will still participate in Ozzfest, though only at a few of the tour’s stops. “After 10 years, the Ozzfest’s name and reputation has been established,” the artist said in a statement. “It’s time for me to move on and do other things.”
Osbourne has suffered from unspecified throat problems during this year’s tour, requiring Black Sabbath to skip three appearances and Iron Maiden to step in as the headliner.
Another show originally planned for Aug. 7 at the Float-Rite Amphitheater in Somerset, Wis., was rescheduled for Sept. 10 and will now serve as the last date of the tour.