Ozzy Osbourne Needs Surgery, Cancels Ozzfiesta
The Riviera Maya, Mexico leg of Ozzfest, dubbed the Ozzfiesta, has been cancelled after organizers revealed that Ozzy Osbourne would undergo an unspecified surgery once the Black Sabbath singer’s upcoming South American jaunt ends May 2nd. The Ozzfiesta was initially scheduled for May 27th at Riviera Maya’s Hard Rock Hotel, but the procedure “requires at least four weeks of recovery time,” the Ozzfiesta promoter Cool Breeze Concerts said in a statement.
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Cool Breeze is offering refunds to people who planned on attending the fest or giving fans the option of still visiting the resort that weekend sans Ozzfiesta. The four-day festival was set to feature an acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a Q&A session with Osbourne and his band, a Black Label Society concert, a Jim Norton standup set, a charity golf tournament and, most importantly, a headlining performance by Ozzy himself, Blabbermouth reports.
Osbourne is scheduled to visit South America starting April 25th for four Monsters of Rock festival gigs spread across Brazil and Argentina, after which time he’ll undergo his surgery. Osbourne has a pair of Mexican concerts penciled in for Monterrey and Mexico City starting August 18th.
Osbourne and his Black Sabbath band mates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, along with producer Rick Rubin, are also at work on a follow-up to their 2013 reunion disc 13, with the heavy metal band promising that this will be their final LP. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rockers have also booked a November 22nd gig at Ozzfest Japan, and while unverified reports state that the show is earmarked as Black Sabbath’s final concert, a rep for the band could not confirm those rumors to Rolling Stone.