Ozzy Osbourne has told the Pasadena Star-News that the name of his current “farewell” trek, “No More Tours 2,” is misleading because he has no plans on “retiring” from music. Hard rock’s “Prince of Darkness” instead intends to ease up on his hectic tour schedule and spend more time at home.
Ozzy explained, “People have gotten that all wrong. The tour should have been the Ozzy Osbourne ‘Slowing Down Tour’ . . . I’ll still tour, but not as extensively like I have been for the last 50 years. I mean, I have grandchildren now and I’m 70 years old and I don’t want to be found dead in a hotel room somewhere. I’m going to do it at a more leisurely pace and do some shows in Vegas . . . but I’ll never stop.”
Ozzy told us something similar a while back when asked about his career plans: [“I don’t wanna stop, you know. It’s been the biggest love affair of my life. When you reach a certain age in rock ‘n’ roll, people think, ‘Well, this has got to be his last tour,’ or ‘This has got to be his last tour,’ or ‘You’ve got to come next Tuesday ’cause he ain’t gonna do it after that.’ You’ll know when I’ve come off the road permanently. I mean, you’ll know!”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . mean, you’ll know.)
Ozzy previously told Rolling Stone magazine that he wanted to “slow it down a little” and be there for his family. He admitted, “I enjoy being a grandfather. I don’t want to go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up.”
Ozzy said farewell to the road once before, in 1992, on a road trip dubbed the “No More Tours” trek. But he returned to action three years later and has been on the road ever since. His original band, Black Sabbath, did play its last gigs in 2017 after reuniting six years earlier.
Story source: Pasadena Star-News
- Ozzy is headlining a special one-night-only version of Ozzfest on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) at the Forum in Los Angeles, where he’ll be joined by Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and other acts.
- After that, he’ll resume the “No More Tours 2” itinerary, which is expected to last until 2020.