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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Why He Might Say ‘Farewell’ to Live Performances

Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Why He Might Say ‘Farewell’ to Live Performances

Ozzy Osbourne has been sidelined from live performances for years due to ongoing health issues, and as his condition worsens, he’s realizing he may never get back on stage. 

The former Black Sabbath frontman, 74, suffers from Parkinson’s disease and issues stemming from a 2019 spinal injury. As a result of both, Ozzy has undergone several surgeries. Nonetheless, he’s slowly losing his ability to walk, and he’s recently begun relying on a cane. 

Ozzy has always been an energetic entertainer. During live performances, he danced and darted around the stage. Now that he’s losing his mobility, he doesn’t want to get in front of a crowd and offer a different type of show. 

“I’m not going to get up there and do a half-hearted Ozzy looking for sympathy,” he told Rolling Stone UK in an article published on No.26. “What’s the f**king point in that? I’m not going up there in a fucking wheelchair. I’ve seen Phil Collins perform recently, and he’s got virtually the same problems as me. He gets up there in a wheelchair! But I couldn’t do that.”

Ozzy Osbourne is ‘Taking it One Day At a Time’

Ozzy Osbourne last performed a full set in 2018. In the years that followed, he has been forced to cancel several scheduled concerts. He has only gotten back on stage twice, one in Los Angeles and the other in Birmingham, England. Both performances took place in 2022 and both only included a couple of songs. 

The Grammy winner has gone under the knife four times since 2019. During his interview, he explained that his second left him “virtually crippled.” The third was intended to undo the damage and get him back on his feet, but it was unsuccessful. His last surgery threw him a curveball when doctors found a tumor in his spine. They had to “dig all that out.” Ozzy also ended up with a rod in his spine. 

Previously, Ozzy was hopeful about returning to live performances, but he’s beginning to understand that he may have to accept that his body might not rebound. 

“I’m taking it one day at a time,” he shared. “And if I can perform again, I will. But it’s been like saying farewell to the best relationship of my life. At the start of my illness, when I stopped touring, I was really pissed off with myself, the doctors, and the world. But as time has gone on, I’ve just gone, ‘Well, maybe I’ve just got to accept that fact.’”