In the two-minute video below, Ozzy Osbourne, who will headline the first-ever Download festival in Japan, talks about his memories of Japan and Japanese audiences.
Despite the fact that "No More Tours 2" is being billed as his farewell tour, Ozzy insists that he is not calling it quits. "I'm not retiring," he says. "I'm just not doing world tours anymore. [In the past, I would] leave my house [in] January and come back at the end of the year. It should be, I'm slowing it down. But I can never say when I'm going to check out. I can never tell."
Last month, Ozzy was forced to postpone the entire European leg of his "No More Tours 2" run on doctors' orders, just one day after postponing the first four dates on the U.K. stretch of the trek. Ozzy was diagnosed with a severe upper respiratory infection which his doctor feels could develop into pneumonia, given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions.
Fans who purchased tickets for the shows are advised to hold on to them, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Details of those will be announced in the coming months. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.
Ozzy's final world tour of this size resumes on Sunday, March 9 in Australia. Shows will follow in New Zealand and Japan before a two-month North American leg.
The news of the tour postponement came just days after Ozzy said that he coughed so hard that he burst a blood vessel in his eye. Last October, Ozzy contracted a staph infection that required him to have surgery on his hand and resulted in him canceling several shows.