Ozzy Osbourne is "getting a lot better," six months after sustaining an injury that caused the BLACK SABBATH singer to cancel all live appearances through the end of the year.
This past April, Ozzy postponed all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The BLACK SABBATH frontman fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required surgery.
During an appearance on last night's (Wednesday, September 11) edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne was asked for an update on her husband's health status. She responded (see video below): "He did one year of a two-year tour. And then he got the flu, which led to pneumonia. And he was home. This thing happens to so many people, but he gets up in the night, goes to the bathroom, comes back, falls on the rug and bashed his head on the side table, then he went this way and bashed his head on the post of our bed, and down he went. He didn't put his hands down and he went face down and his neck went back. And he had to have spinal surgery. He'd had a motorbike accident a few years ago and he had metal rods in his body. And the fall pushed the rods through his bones. So he had to have three major operations.
"Ozzy, the other day, put together an X-ray of his upper chest and his neck, and no wonder they call him 'Iron Man,' 'cause I tell you, he's got bolts — he's got so much metal in his body, it's frightening," she added.
Asked if Ozzy is doing well enough now to return to the road in the near future, Sharon said: "He's getting a lot better, but it's been a very, very hard road.
"He's gonna pick up the dates that we had to [postpone]. And hopefully it'll be starting in February."
Most of the 2019 shows on what is being billed as Ozzy's last full world tour have been rescheduled beginning in February 2020. Fans are being asked to hold on to their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates.
The 70-year-old Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has battled a variety of health issues since kicking off his farewell "No More Tours 2" tour last summer. He contacted a staph infection in October that forced the initial postponement of his North American tour dates.
In January, Osbourne scrapped his European tour because of an upper respiratory infection that turned into pneumonia, forcing him to cancel dates in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.