Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he is to retire from touring and cancel the rest of his UK dates as he is too “psychically weak” to perform.
The legendary Birmingham-born rockstar was due to stop off at the AO Arena here in Manchester this summer on 7 June as part of the ‘No More Tours 2’ tour – which had been rescheduled several times since 2020 – but the former Black Sabbath frontman shared with his loyal fans this morning that he is having to cancel all upcoming shows due to deteriorating health.
The 74-year-old was notably diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease back in 2003, but didn’t announce this publicly until 2020, and also suffered a fall at his Los Angeles home in August 2019, which required him to undergo neck surgery.
“Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way,” he added.
In the statement, Ozzy told fans: “As you may know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.
“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.
“I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realisation that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required.
“Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F***S ME UP, more than you will ever know.”
The musician added that he “never would have imagined” his touring days would end in this way, and that his team is “currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country”.
Ozzy closed out his statement by thanking his family, band, crew, and longtime friends.
He also thanks his fans for their “endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have”.
The ‘No More Tours 2’ UK and European shows were postponed on several occasions due to Ozzy’s poor health and the COVID-19 pandemic, before they were eventually rescheduled for May and June 2023.
He was due to perform shows in Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Dublin, London, and Birmingham, as well as Manchester, all of which have been cancelled.
All ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.
Featured Image – Ozzy Osbourne (via Facebook)
Rudy’s is opening a new pizzeria and pizza school in the former Dawson’s Music site
A year on from the initial news that Rudy’s would be taking over the old Dawson’s Music site on Portland Street, bosses behind the chain of neighbourhood pizzerias have finally hinted towards the new site’s opening date.
Revealing it is set to open in Manchester city centre this spring, they also shared the news that the new 8,000sqft location will be home, not just to another restaurant, but also to Rudy’s very own pizza school.
Billed as a ‘world-class destination for pizzaiolo talent’, the new pizza academy will take just over half the space – providing a structured training programme to both experienced pizza chefs and novices. It is set to welcome over 100 pizza chefs in this first year.
The restaurant, meanwhile, will span the rest with room for 120 covers. It will be Rudy’s sixth pizza restaurant in Manchester.
The new location at Portland Street will also be the HQ for Rudy’s Bake at Home, back by popular demand.
Serving the perfect and classic Neapolitan pizza since 2015 from its original Rudy’s in Ancoats, the acclaimed pizzeria has since opened 16 sites across the UK, with the new 120-cover pizzeria in Portland Street being its sixth location in Manchester.
Born out of passion for pizza, Rudy’s follows the authentic Neapolitan tradition of pizza making, serving classic recipes such as Marinara, Margherita and Calabrese – all originating from Naples, the birthplace of pizza.
Rudy’s has been praised by many as one of the best pizzerias in the UK, it is renowned for its consistency and quality in Neapolitan pizza making. On a mission to pave the way in pizza making all accordance to a truly authentic Neapolitan technique, Rudy’s is proud to open Rudy’s Pizza Academy at the new Portland Street location.
Jos Goncalves, manager at Rudy’s Portland Street, said: “We are delighted to announce that our next Rudy’s pizzeria will be located on Manchester’s bustling Portland Street.
Manchester has been home to the Rudy’s famiglia since we first opened in Ancoats in 2015, and we can’t wait to open our latest pizzeria, with the addition of our first Pizza Academy in the city this spring”.
Featured image – Rudy’s
Watch as Ed Sheeran debuts new music for the first time ever at ‘intimate’ Manchester gig
Now normally, when an artist chooses to take some brand new material out on tour for the first time, they’ll test the waters with a few intimate shows.
Just recently, we’ve had both Fall Out Boy and Blossoms at Band on the Wall, The 1975 at Gorilla, and Jason Manford in a beer garden.
But for Ed Sheeran, his idea of ‘intimate’ is… the AO Arena. That super cosy 21,000-capacity venue. Ah.
After selling out FOUR nights at the Etihad Stadium last summer, though, the chance to see Ed on stage in an arena again is a novel one, and it sold out the venue in minutes.
The ‘Shape of You’ singer announced this surprise arena tour just weeks before he took to the stage, in support of his upcoming sixth album Subtract.
This mini tour kicked off in Manchester last night – meaning our city got to hear new track ‘Eyes Closed’ live for the first time ever.
You can watch the highlights from Ed Sheeran at the AO Arena in the video below