This year has started on a bittersweet note in the world of music. While there are several exciting releases to get stoked about, many legends have announced their final tours, announcing their retirement from gigs.
The list includes Paul Simon, Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Slayer. Of course, there is no reason to doubt these artists’ commitment to retirement.
But now, Ozzy Osbourne has also announced that he will be going on one last tour.
Of course, like everything else about Ozzy, one can’t really be sure that this will indeed be his final tour, especially considering the fact that he has already “retired” from touring at least once before!
Even Ozzy himself seems to be acknowledging the joke, evident from the tongue-in-cheek name of the tour - "No More Tours 2".
That’s a double reference. The obvious one being his 1991 album No More Tears. The other reference being his first attempt at a "final" tour and subsequent retirement (which never happened, thank God) which was called "No More Tours" way back in 1992.
While we can’t be sure if this No More Tours is any more final than the previous one, The Ozzman did release a statement saying, "I’ve been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers. I’m looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades."
Of course, for all we know, Ozzy is immortal and cannot be killed by any amount of sex, drugs or rock ’n roll that you throw at him. Scientists even took a peak at his DNA to figure out why he’s still alive. So don’t be too surprised if you see a No More Tours 3 in the year 2028!
The Prince of Darkness is set to be joined by longtime collaborators for the tour — guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos, and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
The tour itself features a super-long list of venues, with only the first batch of tour dates being announced so far. Ozzy says he expects the world tour to continue up to 2020.
Ozzy has partnered with Ticketmaster to spread the word about the tour with a new message on the Ticketmaster app for Google Assistant on phones, Google Home and other compatible devices. Fans can trigger the app by saying, "Hey Google, talk to Ticketmaster," which will offer special messages from the Prince of Darkness himself.
Fans will then be invited by Sharon Osbourne to hear details about Ozzy's upcoming Live Nation tour dates. This new marketing tool expands the ways for Ozzy's millions of fans to find out about his tour and provides a fun, first of its kind experience.
Tickets for the North American shows go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. (local time) at LiveNation.com.
Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 a.m. (local time) until Friday, February 16 at 10:00 p.m. (local time) through Citi's Private Pass program.
Here are the currently announced dates:
5/11—Buenos Aires, Argentina—TBA
5/13—São Paulo, Brazil—TBA
5/18—Belo Horizonte, Brazil—TBA
5/20—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—TBA
6/3—St. Petersburg, Russia—Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
6/8—Solvesborg, Sweden—Sweden Rock Festival
6/10—Donington, UK—Download Festival
6/13—Prague, Czech Republic—Airport Letnany
6/15—Paris, France—Download Festival
6/20—Halden, Norway—Tons of Rock Festival
6/22—Copenhagen, Denmark—Copenhell Festival
6/24—Dessel, Belgium—Graspop Metal Meeting
6/26—Krakow, Poland—Impact Festival
6/28—Oberhausen, Germany—König-Pilsnet Arena
6/30—Madrid, Spain—Download Festival
7/2—Lisbon, Portugal—Meo Arena
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