Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to take a break from his No More Tours 2 outing.
A spokesperson for the 70 year-old metal icon announced on Tuesday that after initially postponing the first four dates of the upcoming European leg of the tour because of the flu, a follow-up doctor’s visit revealed a diagnosis of a severe upper-respiratory infection. As a result on doctor’s orders, Osbourne has been forced to postpone the tour’s entire UK and European swing.
According to a statement announcing the postponement, Osbourne’s doctor feared that the infection could “develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and the extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions.”
In a statement about the postponement of the tour — which was slated to kick off on Wednesday (Jan. 30) at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, Osbourne said, “I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour. It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit. First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis. I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down. However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone.”
Concertgoers who held tickets for the 16 postponed European dates are encouraged to hold on to their tickets, which will be honored at rescheduled dates, which will be announced in the next few months; refunds are also available at the point of purchase. Current plans call for the tour to resume on March 9 with a show at the Download Festival in Sydney, Australia. The North American leg — featuring Megadeth — will kick off at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 25.