OZZY OSBOURNE TO CELEBRATE FIVE DECADES OF PERFORMING WITH FAREWELL WORLD TOUR THAT WILL LAST INTO 2020
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 begin 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 start on June 1st 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.
For these dates, Ozzy will be joined by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (Guitar), Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards).
5/5 Mexico TBA
5/8 Santiago, Chile TBA
5/11 Buenos Aires, Argentina TBA
5/13 São Paulo, Brazil TBA
5/16 Curitiba, Brazil TBA
5/18 Belo Horizonte, Brazil TBA
5/20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil TBA
6/1 Moscow, Russia Olympiisky
6/3 St. Petersburg, Russia Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
6/6 Finland TBA
6/8 Solvesborg, Sweden* Sweden Rock Festival
6/10 Donington, UK* Download Festival
6/13 Prague, Czech Republic* Airport Letnany
6/15 Paris, France* Download Festival
6/17 Italy* TBA
6/20 Halden, Norway* Tons of Rock Festival
6/22 Copenhagen, Denmark* Copenhell Festival
6/24 Dessel, Belgium* Graspop Metal Meeting
6/26 Krakow, Poland* Impact Festival
6/28 Oberhausen, Germany* König-Pilsnet Arena
6/30 Madrid, Spain* Download Festival
7/2 Lisbon, Portugal Meo Arena
*Produced by Live Nation
Only God and Sharon know if it will be Ozzy’s last tour. If the Stones can continue to tour, despite their prior substance abuses, and draw attendance, what’s preventing Ozzy from doing the same? Health permitting, I see Ozzy continuing for as long as physically possible, or at least until Sharon has the chance to see if the Dio Hologram tour is successful…and if successful, we may disgustingly get an Ozzy hologram tour.
Time always wins and eventually Ozzy will call it a career. I haven’t seen Ozzy as a solo performer since the Ultimate Sin tour when Metallica, as the opening act in support of Master, blew Ozzy away. So if Ozzy tours (without a festival), and it stops by my area, I will try to see him one last time.
Ozzy helped me discover Randy Rhoads. Ozzy helped me discover Jake E Lee. Ozzy helped me discover Zakk Wylde. Ozzy helped launch the careers of these great guitarists and several other great musicians who played and performed with him. Ozzy has done a lot for our genre of music, not even counting the music he helped create as a solo performer and with Sabbath. Whenever that day comes that Ozzy stops being a performer, it will be a sad day for all us fans.
Totally agree, Rattlehead. Ozzy is a legend, and it will be a giant loss when he finally hangs it up. His work with Black Sabbath, as well as his solo career, has been a testament to his genius. I, personally, feel that he will hang it up sooner, rather than later. As he showed during “The End” tour with Black Sabbath, he can’t really move very well on stage anymore. As you say, time always wins.
Let me preface this by saying that I love Ozzy, and I think he is hysterical. However, I feel that much of his musical career, and influence (unless you count his actual “singing,”) came from the artistry around him. First in Sabbath (with Butler as the main lyricist) and then his solo career (thanks to luminaries such as: Rhoads, Dailsey, Kerslake, Wylde, etc.). If you think about it, Ozzy is really the forerunner to a Katy Perry or Pink. They also claim to co-write their music, but the truth is they contribute very little, if anything all. It is the real songwriters/producers who are the actual talent behind these artists.
Nevertheless, I will give Ozzy (or os it really Sharon?) credit for being able to spot the talent, which helped to propel his career light years beyond where it would have been, without these musicians.
Finally, I also have the feeling that he may be slowly morphing his career towards the small screen (such as Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour, as well as other history related subject matter). If so, this would be a great move, as it would highlight’s Ozzy’s natural sense of humor and his interest in world affairs.
But Dana, those melodies are his…Daisley said as much. He’s a phenomenal artist, comparing him to Pink and Katy Perry? (It’s Jim Mora again..) 🙂
Okay, then he is Christina Aguleria…oh wait… 😉
…also, he’s a great character actor….just a great talent all the way around…the way his brain works, I think if he’d become more schooled as a musician he would’ve lost what made him so special…Also, he composed “Am I Going Insane?” himself which is one the weirdest things I’ve ever heard..(Who Are You is his too I’m pretty sure).
..more like Kim Carnes actually who’s also great 🙂
The first 4 words of your post are the funniest and truest things about the situation.
I always said if, God forbid, Ozzy ever passed, Sharon would just send his corpse on tour. 😉
Well, as long as Ozzy still has the same old “Desire,” I say more power to him!
Wednesday, 11/8, A&E, Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour! Season 2, finally! Now that’s must-see-TV! 😉
– 10 p.m., EST!
I love that show.
…not sure about your take on the Ultimate Sin/Puppets tour…blew Ozzy away? I saw that tour twice, Johnson City, TN, and then a few months later in Knoxville where he just wanted to get it over with, he was not happy playing in that venue…seemed like something was bothering him…for apparent reasons apparently. That was also when James broke his arm so he didn’t play guitar. But the first one; sure, Metallica were unstoppable, but that’s really not a good comparison..Ozzy was great that night…even though he was a bit overweight he was busting his butt up there, Jake was great..
I don’t like the whole notion of making a show an “event” beyond what’s already there. Seeing Ozz close out Chicago Open Air was beautiful, after three days of explicit Devil worship, it was as though God had the last word. You look at Ozzy’s eyes and they’ve stared straight into the Devil’s soul….he’s wounded from it, but he also took it for us….that’s what an Ozzy performance is like…and it snuck up on me…I was not expecting to experience that kind of emotion. So…no, don’t need this extra selling point, and now worry I’ll be let down.
Ozzy has a really cool voice and I can’t think of another voice doing Sabbath.
Not even my beloved Ronnie ( on live evil) but,
all that one of a kind – never to be duplicated , Sabbath and solo work is not Ozzy .
He has no ability to write any form of the music.
Only the voice
I wonder if we never heard ozzy on those songs ever if it would have been the same ?
The songs still would be the songs – cool as hell
Interesting theory, Bigsled,
I don’t know (no pun intended) because we have been ingrained with Ozzy’s voice on those songs.