OZZY Guitarist Suffering From "Mental And Physical Exhaustion"

OZZY OSBOURNE's representatives have finally issued an official explanation for the cancellation of the remaining dates of the European leg of Ozzfest 2002. It reads as follows:

"The remaining dates of the European leg of Ozzfest 2002 have been cancelled to allow guitarist Zakk Wylde to return home early to recuperate from mental and physical exhaustion. Ozzfest 2002 has been a particularly grueling tour for Wylde as he does double duty opening the show with his band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and then closing the show as Ozzy's guitarist. Wylde has worked non-stop for over a year recording and touring with Ozzy and recording his own record 1919 Eternal with his band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY."

The US leg of Ozzfest 2002 kicks off on July 6th in Washington, D.C.

In related news, click here to read a New York Daily News account of OZZY's appearance at Monday's Golden Jubilee for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where OSBOURNE was accompanied by "secret guest" BLACK SABBATH bandmate Tony Iommi for a rendition of "Paranoid" in front of an audience of 12,000, not to mention millions more watching the television.

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