Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne has issued the following statement regarding Ozzy's no-show at the Ozzfest stop in Camden, NJ on August 26:
"To those who attended the Ozzfest show in Camden on August 26,
"I would like to address the few complaints that have arisen from BLACK SABBATH’s performance with Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] in Camden last Thursday, August 26th. The situation quite clearly was that Ozzy was suffering from bronchitis. He was hoping from the morning of the show until the afternoon that he would have some sort of voice so that he could perform that evening. Unfortunately by late afternoon he was advised by doctors that that just wouldn’t be possible. So, our options were:
1. Have BLACK SABBATH not to perform at all and inform the crowd at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon, which might have lead to a riot.
2. Ask one of the legends of the genre, Rob Halford, if he would step in for Ozzy that evening so that people wouldn’t leave feeling disappointed not seeing BLACK SABBATH perform at all.
"Of course Ozzy’s more disappointed than the fans and he feels incredibly guilty that he let everyone down.
"P.S. Ozzy and I would like to personally thank Gil Edwards and WYSP-FM for their enormous and continued support of Ozzfest and hard rock music in Philadelphia."