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Ozzy Osbourne to Retire From Touring

by VVN Music

The end is nigh for Ozzy Osbourne, at least for touring.

Ozzy announced on Monday that he will be mounting a farewell tour starting in 2018 but don't fret too much.  It is planned to go through 2020 so just call it "the long goodbye".

In addition, Osbourne makes it clear that this is just for touring. He plans on continuing to record and play occasional live shows.  There just won't be any further tours.

Ozzy said in a statement "People keep asking me when I’m retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there."

Backing Osbourne will be Zakk Wylde, Adam Wakeman, Blasko and Tommy Clufetos.

It will be the second farewell for Osbourne as he and his Black Sabbath bandmates finished their "The End" tour last February.

Ozzy Osbourne has been performing, in either Black Sabbath or as a solo artist, for fifty years, starting with the early band Rare Breed with Geezer Butler and Polka Tulk Blues with Butler, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward.  That lineup would become Black Sabbath in 1969. Their self titled debut album was released the next year.