Ozzy Osbourne, 74, says he’s determined to get back on stage after announcing his retirement from touring due to spinal surgery amid Parkinson’s battle
Ozzy Osbourne recently retired from touring and cancelled all his upcoming shows while he recovered from spinal surgery.
The 74-year-old rocker was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago and has been battling various health problems recently.
However, the rock star insisted he plans to not give up and wants to get back on stage as soon as possible.
Ozzy vowed that this would not be the last time we see him perform as he thanked fans for their support after he was left with no choice but to retire from touring.
Recovery: Ozzy Osbourne recently retired from touring and cancelled all his upcoming shows while he’s recovering from spinal surgery
He told Billboard: ‘My fans. That’s the thing that I really miss about not doing gigs.
‘I’m a hands-on guy. I like talking to my fans. I miss them terribly. My goal is to get back on stage as soon as possible.’
During the interview, he also hinted that his children Kelly, Jack, and Amy Osbourne might follow him and his wife Sharon back to the UK.
He said, ‘Our kids are over here (in America) at the moment, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they follow us back at some point.’
It comes after Ozzy had been due to kick off his tour European tour in May, initially set for 2019 and then rescheduled three times, but it has now officially been cancelled along with any more dates in the future.
Ozzy’s last tour show was in December 2018, where he performed at Ozzfest in Inglewood as part of a farewell tour, No More Tours II.
However, on a heartfelt Instagram post, the Black Sabbath rocker apologised for ‘disappointing’ his fans and admitted ‘never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.’
Bourne performer: However, the rock star recently had an interview where the star insisted that he plans to not give up and wants to get back on stage as soon as possible
Health: After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago and battling various health problems recently
He confessed he was still struggling with health problems seven months after undergoing spinal surgery that saved him from paralysis amid his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He explained: ‘This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.
‘My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.’
Sad news: Ozzy had been due to kick off his tour European tour in May, initially set for 2019 and then rescheduled three times, but it has now officially been cancelled
Ozzy continued: ‘I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F***S ME UP, more than you will ever know.’
He continued: ‘Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.
‘I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, @JudasPriest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.
‘I love you all… Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.’
WHAT IS PARKINSON’S DISEASE?
Parkinson’s disease affects one in 500 people, and around 127,000 people in the UK live with the condition.
Figures also suggest one million Americans also suffer.
It causes muscle stiffness, slowness of movement, tremors, sleep disturbance, chronic fatigue, an impaired quality of life and can lead to severe disability.
It is a progressive neurological condition that destroys cells in the part of the brain that controls movement.
Sufferers are known to have diminished supplies of dopamine because nerve cells that make it have died.
There is currently no cure and no way of stopping the progression of the disease, but hundreds of scientific trials are underway to try and change that.