Ozzy Osbourne to retire from global touring after last world tour that will go into 2020
The legendary Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he will be retiring from global touring once again and this time after one last world tour that will go into year 2020. Osbourne recently reunited with his long-time guitarist Zakk Wylde.
The following message was posted on Osbourne‘s Facebook page about 24 hours ago:
“Five decades. 18,262 days. More than 2,500 shows.
On his upcoming farewell world tour, OZZY OSBOURNE–Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy® winning singer and songwriter–will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968). This tour, expected to take OZZY around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows.
“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” OZZY says. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”
The tour will kick off in 2018 with a show in Mexico, before heading to South America for OZZY solo shows in three countries. Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to launch Friday, June 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia The beloved rock icon will subsequently headline a North American concert tour produced by Live Nation, details of which will be revealed in 2018.”
Wikipedia states the following about Osbourne‘s first “attempt” at retiring from touring (with slight edits): “[Michael] Wagener also mixed the live album Live & Loud released on 28 June 1993. At the time, it was to be Osbourne‘s final album. The album went platinum four times over, and ranked at number 10 on that year’s Billboard rock charts. At this point Osbourne expressed his fatigue with the process of touring, and proclaimed his “retirement tour” (which was to be short-lived). It was called “No More Tours“, a pun on his No More Tears album. Prior to the tour Alice in Chains‘ Mike Inez took over on bass and Kevin Jones on keyboards as [John] Sinclair was touring with The Cult. Osbourne‘s entire CD catalogue was remastered and reissued in 1995.
In 1995, Osbourne released Ozzmosis and returned to touring, dubbing his concert performances “The Retirement Sucks Tour“. The album reached number 4 on the US Billboard 200. The RIAA certified the album gold and platinum in that same year, and double platinum in April 1999.”