Ozzy Osbourne says he’s not quite ready to get back on-stage after a series of health issues.
In a video message to fans, the “Crazy Train” singer said he was postponing European tour dates once again, but North American dates were not affected. The European trek was scheduled to begin at the start of the year. The next scheduled gig is now May 27th in Atlanta.
“I’m not dying,” Ozzy assured. “I am recovering, but it’s just taking a little bit longer than everyone thought it would.”
The 70-year-old’s troubles started a year ago with a staph infection following hand surgery. Then he got the flu which progressed to pneumonia. But the lingering effects are from a violent fall he took in his home in the middle of the night in January. Ozzy’s injuries led to neck surgery, which he said caused unprecedented pain.
“I got more nuts and bolts in my neck now than my car,” he quipped. “I’m bored stiff of being stuck on a f******bed all day, I can’t wait to get up off my a** and get going again, but you’re just going to have to be a bit more patient.”
Ozzy assured fans he’s not retiring and reminded them about the new album he has on the way. His 12th studio LP will be the first since 2010’s Scream.
Last month, he told The Sun working on new music might have saved his life.
“If it wasn’t for making this record I would still be on traction, thinking, ‘I’m going to be lying here forever,’” he said. “I’ve missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album I thought I was dying. But that got me off my a**.”