Ozzy will be taking out Judas Priest, as originally planned, for a run of dates in Europe. Here is the routing:
Jan. 26 – Germany – Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena
Jan. 28 – Czech Republic – Prague O2 Arena
Jan. 31 – Switzerland – Zurich Hallenstadion
Feb. 02 – Hungary – Budapest Budapest Arena (no Judas Priest)
Feb. 05 – Spain – Madrid WiZink Center
Feb. 08 – Italy – Bologna Unipol Arena
Feb. 11 – Germany – Mannheim SAP Arena
Feb. 14 – Germany – Hamburg Barclaycard Arena
Feb. 17 – Finland – Helsinki Hartwall Arena
Feb. 19 – Sweden – Stockholm Friends Arena
Feb. 21 – Germany – Dortmund Westfalenhalle
Feb. 24 – Germany – Munich Olympiahalle
Feb. 27 – UK – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Mar. 01 – Ireland – Dublin 3Arena
Mar. 04 – UK – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
Mar. 07 – UK – London The O2
Mar. 09 – UK – Manchester AO Arena
Mar. 12 – UK – Newcastle Utilita Arena
Mar. 14 – UK – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
During a recent SiriusXM special, Ozzy noted he doesn't see himself hitting the road again until 2022. Osbourne attributed the delay not to his health, but to the world's inability to get a grip on the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I never really thought about [if my opinion on COVID-19 matters]. I'm just Ozzy. My wife calls me Ozzy. I'm just Ozzy. I'm just here. The only good thing about this pandemic, I couldn't work anyway, because of my injuries. I'm hoping that I'll be booking 2022, I think. To be honest with you, I don't think it's gonna get ship shape until the end of next year. I think this winter is gonna be fucking bad, because you're gonna have the flu. People are, 'I'm not taking the flu shot.' You know what? You can give me anything, but I'm not gonna be number one on that fucking new vaccine. I don't know want to be the first one to wake up with a set of fucking antlers in the morning."
Ozzy revealed he'd been battling Parkin's II, a form of Parkinson's Disease, back in 2019. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Ozzy revealed he was first diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2003.
"I'm not dying from Parkinson's. I've been working with it most of my life," Ozzy told The Times. "I've cheated death so many times. If tomorrow you read 'Ozzy Osbourne never woke up this morning,' you wouldn't go, 'Oh, my God!' You'd go, 'Well, it finally caught up with him.'" Ozzy noted that the medication he takes for his tremors results in short term memory loss.
Ozzy was struggling with his health overall in 2019, as he suffered from both a bad bout of pneumonia and then re-awakened some old (and serious) injuries during a bad fall. Ozzy called 2019 "one of the most fucked-up years of my life."
Everybody here at Metal Injection hopes nothing but the best for Ozzy, and we hope Ozzy does return to the stage again once it's safe to do so.