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Ozzy Osbourne’s Return to Stage on Hold: Tour With Judas Priest Postponed Until 2023

Fans will have to wait even longer for the metal legend's farewell outing to finally resume

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Ozzy Osbourne, photo by David Brendan Hall
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    Ozzy Osbourne’s long-awaited return to the road will have to wait even longer. The Prince of Darkness has postponed his European and UK tour with Judas Priest yet again, this time until 2023.

    It’s been almost three years since Ozzy played his last show, when he closed out 2018 with his Ozzfest New Year’s Eve concert in Los Angeles. The metal icon experienced a number of health setbacks in 2019, including a battle with pneumonia and a fall at home that dislodged metal rods that had been inserted into his body after his 2003 ATV accident. That forced him to cancel all of his 2019 dates. In early 2020, he revealed that he had been battling Parkinson’s disease for years. He postponed his rescheduled 2020 tour as he sought treatments for his various health conditions, and then the pandemic hit shortly thereafter.

    Up until today (November 24th), Ozzy had been scheduled to finally return to the stage in late January, when he was set to kick off the European and UK leg of his farewell tour with support from Judas Priest — an outing that was originally slated for 2019, but has been rescheduled multiple times due to the aforementioned reasons. This time, Ozzy has cited the pandemic — and not his health — as the reason for the latest postponement:

    “Due to the ongoing uncertainty with full capacity events and travel logistics in much of Europe, we have come to the difficult decision to postpone my 2022 tour to 2023. Original tickets remain valid for the new dates. I want to thank all of you and Judas Priest for your continued patience and support.”

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    The tour will now kick off May 3rd, 2023, in Helsinki, Finland, and run through a June 14th show in Ozzy’s hometown of Birmingham, England — with tickets available here. It just so happens that Ozzy’s legendary band Black Sabbath ended their farewell tour in Birmingham, but it remains to be seen if the June 2023 show will be Ozzy’s last-ever concert.

    Before all of his health setbacks and the pandemic, Ozzy had successfully kicked off the first North American leg of his “No More Tours 2” farewell trek, as Heavy Consequence witnessed his stellar show at New York’s Jones Beach in September 2018. As of now, his remaining North American dates have not yet been rescheduled.

    By the time Ozzy does return to the road, he will likely have yet another new album out, after releasing Ordinary Man in 2020. The metal singer recently recorded an as-yet-untitled new album with help from legendary guitarists Tony Iommi, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton, as well as his touring guitarist, Zakk Wylde. The backing band on the album also includes Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins on drums, and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo on bass.

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    See Ozzy’s new European and UK dates below, followed by our recent video interview with Zakk Wylde, in which he talks about Ozzy’s eventual return to the stage.

    Ozzy Osbourne’s 2023 Tour Dates with Judas Priest:
    05/03 – Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwall Arena
    05/05 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena
    05/07 – Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle
    05/10 – Madrid, Spain @ WiZink Center
    05/12 – Bologna, Italy @ Unipol Arena
    05/14 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
    05/17 – Budapest, Hungary @ Budapest Arena
    05/19 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
    05/21 – Zurich, Switzerland @ | Hallenstadion
    05/24 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
    05/26 – Mannheim, Germany @ SAP Arena
    05/28 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
    05/31 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
    06/02 – Newcastle, UK @ Utilita Arena
    06/04 – Glasgow, UK @ Ovo Hydro
    06/07 – Manchester, UK @ AO Arena
    06/10 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3 Arena
    06/12 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    06/14 – Birmingham, UK @ Resorts World Arena

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