If you want to see Ozzy Osbourne performing live, you should do it in the next two years. The singer and former Black Sabbath vocalist announced he will embark on a two-year farewell world tour in 2018. Although this tour will be Osbourne’s last, he still left the window open for playing occasional shows after that.
“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” Osbourne said in a statement. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”
Osbourne’s final tour will kick off in May 2018 with dates in Mexico and South America including 4 shows in Brazil. After these shows, Osbourne will tour Russia and then embark on a month-long journey through Europe, where he will perform on some of the biggest music festivals including the Download Festival. The details of the North America part of the tour will be announced in 2018. Osbourne will be backed by a band consisting of guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. It is expected that Osbourne presents a new material during the tour since he started working on a new solo album, his first after 2010’s Scream.
The announcement of his last tour comes just nine months after Black Sabbath played their last show. The original Black Sabbath line up consisting of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward reunited in 2011, announcing a new album and a world tour. Eventually, drummer Bill Ward backed down from the reunion and was replaced by Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk. In 2013 Black Sabbath released critically acclaimed 13 and began the farewell tour titled “The End”. The final two shows of the tour were held in February in band’s hometown of Birmingham. In March 2017, members of the band officially announced that Blacks Sabbath has disbanded.