Ozzy Osbourne postpones entire 2019 tour of UK and Europe due to respiratory infection

Ozzy Osbourne fans in Europe and the U.K. will be gutted to learn that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been forced to cancel his entire 2019 winter tour of the U.K. and Europe. The Prince of Darkness has been sidelined with “a severe upper-respiratory infection,” which has forced the postponement of the entire winter tour on doctor's orders.

The “Paranoid” hitmaker delivered the bad news on Jan. 29 via an MSO press release after postponing the first four dates of the U.K. leg on Monday. Although the Black Sabbath frontman had initially been diagnosed with flu, a follow-up medical appointment revealed the respiratory issue, which Osbourne's doctor feared might develop into pneumonia due to the harsh winter climate in Europe and the ailing rocker's extensive travel schedule.

The Grammy winner apologized profusely to fans, his road crew, as well as to his support band Judas Priest, describing himself as “completely devastated” about postponing the tour. Osbourne noted his run of bad luck since coming down staph infection in his hand last October, which previously forced the multi-platinum seller to cancel a handful of dates on his 2018 U.S. farewell tour.

“I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed,” writes Osbourne in a statement. “It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone.”

Ticketholders are asked to retain their seats until new dates have been confirmed. Dates for the rescheduled shows are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. For those unable to attend the new dates, tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. For more information, click here.

Fans in the U.S. can catch Ozzy when the No More Tours 2 returns for a 2019 leg, which launches May 28 in Atlanta at State Farm Arena and wraps up July 29 in Los Angeles at Hollywood Bowl. Grab your Ozzy Osbourne tickets now at AXS.