This last month has been pretty rough for music fans. With the news that thrash-metal icons Slayer are breaking up, and that Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Paul Simon are now deciding to pull the plug on further touring. Now, it seems that Ozzy Osbourne has added his name to the latter list, but promising he’s not planning to retire any time soon.
As Loudwire notes, Ozzy Osbourne held an event at his Los Angeles home to announce the dates of his final tour. Dubbed the ‘No More Tours 2’ tour, in reference to his 1993 tour which was slated as his farewell tour, it’s set to see The Prince Of Darkness stay on the road for at least two years.
“I’ve been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers,” Ozzy explained in a statement. “I’m looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades.”
Of course, Ozzy is also referring to his first band there, Black Sabbath, who finally packed it in last year after finishing their well-received ‘The End’ tour.
Thankfully though, Osbourne made it clear that he’s not pulling the plug on this whole music thing just yet. “I’m not retiring,” he explained. “People have to understand that. I don’t want someone coming up the road and saying, ‘You said you’re not going to do it anymore.’ I’m not retiring. I’m just taking it easier on myself.”
“It’s ‘No More Tours,'” he explained to Rolling Stone. “So I’m just not doing world tours anymore. I’m still going to be doing gigs, but I’m not going on tour for six months at a time anymore. I’d like to spend some time at home.”
So far, Ozzy Osbourne has a bunch of South American, European, and North American tour dates announced, but nothing for our neck of the woods. Considering that this farewell tour is set to take him through to at least 2020, it looks as though we might have some hope about when we’ll be seeing some of Ozzy Osbourne’s final tour dates on our shores.