After battling sever sinusitis, forcing Black Sabbath to cancel some of their “The End” shows, wife Sharon says Ozzy Osbourne is “on the mend” and “will be ready to rock” on Saturday, February 6, in Tacoma, Washington.
On Thursday, February 4, Sharon Osbourne addressed her husband’s health on her daytime talk show “The Talk”. She said: “He’s doing so much better. He had sinusitis, which went to bronchitis, and he said that he felt like he had the Pacific Ocean in his ear, and he couldn’t hear properly, and it’s been a nightmare. He had to cancel four shows. They’re all gonna be rescheduled; we’re working on it now.”
She went on to say: “To have a responsibility of performing with his band Black Sabbath, the crew, the fans, even the opening act, he just sat at home like this — waiting, waiting, waiting — and he feels that huge responsibility. He feels guilty for being sick.” Then Sharon excitedly added: “he will be in Seattle on Saturday. He will be ready to rock!”
Sabbath canceled shows in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada due to Ozzy’s illness.
New York City will end the first leg of the tour on February 27, with dates in Australia and New Zealand set for April and European festival shows taking place over the summer.
Recently, Black Sabbath revealed that it will be selling a limited-edition CD entitled “The End” at each show on its farewell tour. The CD will feature four previously unreleased studio tracks from their 2013 reunion album “13”. Their titles are “Season of the Dead”, “Cry All Night”, “Take Me Home” and “Isolated Man”, all featuring drums by Brad Wilk. The disc will also have live versions of songs from the world tour from that album with Tommy Clufetos on drums, “God is Dead?”, “Under the Sun”, “End of the Beginning” and “Age of Reason”. These were recorded in Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand and Hamilton, Ontario.
Wilk and Clufetos both got involved after founding drummer Bill Ward withdrew from the reunion after he initially agreed to participate.
The first Sabbath full-length studio album in 35 years to feature original members Geezer Butler on bass, Tony Iommi on guitar and Ozzy Osbourne with vocals, “13”, released in June 2013, became Sabbath’s first number 1 album in the US. The band decided that the work would be it’s last and abandoned plans for a follow-up.