Five decades. 18,262 days. More than 2,500 shows. Ozzy Osbourne will Embark on Farewell Tour in 2018!
Nine months after Black Sabbath completed their final tour, Ozzy has announced his own farewell tour, which will kick off in May 2018 and run into 2020. “People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” he said in a statement, fresh off his Ozzfest performance last Saturday. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some one off shows here and there.”
With Zakk Wylde back on guitar, the rest of Ozzy’s touring band will include bassist Rob “Blasko”, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keys. He will begin this final tour in Mexico on May 5, before launching a string of dates in South America, then in Europe and finally in North America. (You can see the latest tour dates below) Details of the North American leg of the tour will be announced sometime in 2018.
“Take Me Home” is off The End EP. This exclusive, limited-edition CD was only available for purchase during dates on Sabbath’s final “The End Tour”. The first half of the album featured leftover tracks recorded during the 13 album sessions, and the second half consisted of live tracks recorded on tour between 2013 and 2014.
Of course, this isn’t Ozzy’s first farewell tour. He last proclaimed his pending retirement back in ’92, after embarking on his “No More Tours” trek, a pun on his current album at the time, No More Tears. But days after the shows were over, he revealed a change of heart, saying he was “already bored with retirement.” “Retirement sucked,” he said. “And it wasn’t long before he started getting restless and began writing songs again.”
And he’s now working on new music, his first since 2010’s Scream, but he’s uncertain whether he’ll release an album or just singles from the sessions. On Nov. 17, Black Sabbath will release The End, a live CD/DVD taken from their final two shows on the tour.
“Road to Nowhere” is the final track on Ozzy’s critically-acclaimed sixth studio album No More Tears released in September of ’91. The album that revived Ozzy’s career. The song was a reflection on Ozzy’s life. He had just gone sober after over 20 years of drug and alcohol abuse. You know the line in the song that goes “The wreckage of my past keeps haunting me” well The Wreckage of My Past was the original title of the God Bless Ozzy Osbourne documentary film released back in 2011 and directed by his son Jack Osbourne. They changed it last minute before it was officially released.
Ok, so Ozzy’s been doing this for over 50 years! That’s a long damn time. He started from nothing, and went on to record several iconic albums with Sabbath that laid the basic foundation for heavy metal and had a very successful solo career, and has kept touring throughout all those years. Maybe it is time to hang it up. Nothing lasts forever. Well with the exception of the music and of course in the absolute end he will always be the Godfather of Metal. His Legend will live on!
Ozzy Osbourne “Farewell Tour” 2018 South American, Russian + European Dates
May 5 – Mexico @ TBA
May 8 – Santiago, Chile @ TBA
May 11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ TBA
May 13 – São Paulo, Brazil @ TBA
May 16 – Curitiba, Brazil @ TBA
May 18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ TBA
May 20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ TBA
June 1 – Moscow, Russia @ Olympiisky
June 3 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
June 6 – Finland @ TBA
June 8 – Solvesborg, Sweden* @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Donington, UK* @ Download Festival
June 13 – Prague, Czech Republic* @ Airport Letnany
June 15 – Paris, France* @ Download Festival
June 17 – Italy* @ TBA
June 20 – Halden, Norway* @ Tons of Rock Festival
June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark* @ Copenhell Festival
June 24 – Dessel, Belgium* @ Graspop Metal Meeting
June 26 – Krakow, Poland* @ Impact Festival
June 28 – Oberhausen, Germany* @ König-Pilsnet Arena
June 30 – Madrid, Spain* @ Download Festival
July 2 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena