Ozzy Osbourne‘s has canceled the North American leg of his tour, citing health reasons.
The singer, who was scheduled to play his “No More Tours 2” tour throughout the United States and Canada from May through July, said in a statement Monday he will instead spend the time recovering from various medical issues and traveling to Europe for treatment.
“I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a (expletive) year,” Osbourne said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six (to) eight weeks.”
The announcement comes about a month after the Prince of Darkness revealed his Parkinson’s diagnosis in a “Good Morning America” interview with his wife Sharon in January.
“It’s Parkin’s II, which is a form of Parkinson’s,” Sharon said. “There’s so many different type of Parkinson’s. It’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body.”
On Monday, Osbourne further explained the tour cancellation, saying: “I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans. I’d rather they get a refund now and when I do the North American tour down the road, everyone who bought a ticket for these shows will be the first ones in line to purchase tickets at that time.”
Fans who purchased tickets to the tour can receive refunds from their original point of purchase and will have first access to tickets for Osbourne’s next tour.
Although fans have known Osbourne suffered from tremors and was diagnosed with Parkin symptoms in the early 2000s, the former Black Sabbath frontman said he didn’t find out about his diagnosis until 2019.
“I’m not good at secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore,” he said on “GMA” in January. “I feel better now of owning up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s.”
Last year “has been terribly challenging for us all,” Osbourne continued on the television show, recalling his “bad fall” in February 2019.
“I had to have surgery on my neck which screwed all my nerves in,” he said. “I’ve got numbness down this arm from the surgery. My legs feel going cold. I don’t know if that’s Parkinson’s or what…. It’s a weird feeling.”
During the “GMA” interview, Sharon said it’s hard for doctors to determine which of her husband’s symptoms are coming from his surgery and which are from his diagnosis.
“We’ve kind of reached a point here, in this country, where we can’t go any further because we’ve got all the answer we can get here,” she said. “So in April, we’re going to a professor in Switzerland.”
Osbourne still has European tour dates scheduled from October through December.
Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko