Ozzy Osbourne cancels Manchester show and rest of UK tour as he’s too ‘weak’ to perform

"Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way."

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 1st February 2023

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.

Ozzy said in a statement shared to social media this morning that retiring from touring is “probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share”.

“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.”

Ozzy Osbourne cancels Manchester show and rest of UK tour as he’s too ‘weak’ to perform / Credit: Flickr

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.

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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)