Despite the fact that he has just announced his farewell tour, Ozzy Osbourne says that he he will never retire completely.
Less than a year after playing his final shows with BLACK SABBATH, the legendary metal vocalist announced that his next solo tour will also be his last. The two-year farewell jaunt will begin in May 2018 with shows in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Those will be followed by some early June dates in Russia before Ozzy embarks on on a month-long European leg, including appearances at most of the summer festivals. Ozzy will then headline a North American concert tour, details of which will be revealed in 2018.
The trek is expected to end sometime in 2020, after which Ozzy will end extended global touring but may still play select shows from time to time.
Asked by US Weekly if he would ever retire fully, Ozzy said: "Not until they put me in a pine box. I've just announced my final world tour, but I don't think I'll ever retire completely. I'll still do shows here and there, just no full tours.
Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his life and career have gone further than he ever imagined. "I come from a very low, working-class family in Birmingham, England. I would sit on my doorstep thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great if Paul McCartney was to marry my sister?,' la la la, and all these daydreams that silly kids have. And what I say to a lot of people, they say what advice can you give me, and I go, 'I had a dream, and most of my dreams came true and more, you know.' You couldn't invent my story."
Ozzy will be joined on the tour by guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboard player Adam Wakeman — all longtime collaborators.
BLACK SABBATH played its final shows this past February, capping a 49-year run with two concerts in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England.
Ozzy vowed to continue with his solo career, although his wife and manager Sharon has hinted at Ozzy calling a day by the time he's 70 years old — which the singer will hit on December 3, 2018.