Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rock & Roll in the NEWS: Where New Rock Meets Old Rock...February 7, 2018 (Ozzy Osbourne - Farewell Tour)

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces North American Farewell Tour Dates, Insists He Isn't Retiring

Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs onstage on 'The End Tour' at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 17, 2016 in Wantagh, New York

At a press conference at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Feb. 6), Ozzy Osbourne, along with wife Sharon, announced the first North American leg of his farewell tour. Scheduled to begin April 27 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, No More Tours 2 will send the Prince of Darkness out on the road until 2020.     
"I'm 70-something. I've missed my family over the years," Ozzy said. "I've always been out on the road the whole time with a few breaks here and there. It's just time."    
The grandfather, who recently welcomed his eighth grandchild, is looking to slow down after his final tour but insists it isn't the end for his music career. 
"I'm not retiring from the music business; I'm just not doing world tours anymore. I'll be doing gigs," Ozzy says.   
When questioned about what kind of shows fans can expect from the heavy metal musician, his wife Sharon responded, "Anything but Coachella."   
While the tour will be Ozzy's final extensive trip around the world, the Black Sabbath singer confirmed that Ozzfest -- the touring heavy metal and hard rock festival he, his wife and son Jack put together -- will continue.
In February 2017, Ozzy and the rest of his first band Black Sabbath played their final shows together. The three-year The End Tour concluded in their hometown of Birmingham in the U.K. with original members Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.
"With the Sabbath thing, I didn't think I would get emotional, but at the last gig in Birmingham, where we started, I got all emotional," Ozzy said Tuesday. "It is the greatest love affair I've ever had in my life."
Ozzy had announced the first No More Tours dates in 1992, when he was incorrectly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The stops announced Tuesday for the No More Tours 2 join the previously announced overseas leg. From May 5 to July 8, Ozzy will head to Central and South America, Europe and close out in Tel Aviv, Israel. 
Backing Ozzy on tour will be longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, Feb. 17, through at 10 a.m. local time.

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