Ozzy Osbourne lines up New Year's Eve's Ozzfest, on the road to recovery

The 'Prince of Darkness' is to return to stage sooner than expected after a staph infection forced him to reschedule the last few North American dates of his 'No More Tours 2' tour


                            Ozzy Osbourne lines up New Year's Eve's Ozzfest, on the road to recovery

With Ozzy Osbourne recovering from the staph infection that forced him to reschedule the last few North American dates of his 'No More Tours 2' tour, it looks like the vocalist, songwriter and actor will be getting back onstage earlier than expected. According to a report by Rolling Stone, the 69-year-old will headline a special one-off Ozzfest show on December 31 at the L.A. Forum and count down to the New Year. Joining him on stage will be Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Korn's Jonathan Davis (playing a solo set) and Ice-T's Body Count.

The gig marks the first time since its 1996 debut that Ozzfest has staged a New Year's Eve celebration. "I asked Sharon what we're doing this New Year's Eve and she said 'WE'RE DOING F**K ALL!'" Osbourne said in a statement. "So, I thought, 'We didn't do Ozzfest in 2018, so let's do a New Year's Eve Ozzfest'."



 

His manager and wife, Sharon Osbourne, added: "What better way to celebrate New Year's Eve than with some of the greatest performers in this genre and our longtime friends Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis and Ice-T." Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath tribute band fronted by Osbourne’s guitarist Zakk Wylde, will headline a second stage outside. "My hat goes off to him, to be honest with you, since he’s playing outside that time of year," Ozzy quipped. There will be two other yet-to-be-announced bands also playing that stage. 

Singer Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath and wife/manager Sharon Osbourne attend the Ozzy Osbourne and Corey Taylor special announcement at the Hollywood Palladium on May 12, 2016, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)
Singer Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath and wife/manager Sharon Osbourne attend the Ozzy Osbourne and Corey Taylor special announcement at the Hollywood Palladium on May 12, 2016, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

"Ozzy hates the holidays," Sharon told Rolling Stone with a laugh. "He hates Christmas and he hates New Year’s Eve. He always saying, 'Let’s do a gig.' And I’m always like, 'There never is one'. So this year, we said, 'All right, let’s do an Ozzfest, because we never did it this year.' Everybody used to play on New Year’s and Christmas in the Seventies and Eighties, but not anymore. So, it’s the perfect time." Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, October 26, at 10 am PT on Live Nation. In addition to the performances, the Ozzfest will also feature other "holiday festivities", which are yet to be announced.

Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs at Ozzfest 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater on September 24, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs at Ozzfest 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater on September 24, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

The big announcement comes just two weeks after Ozzy was forced to postpone a series of 'No More Tours 2' dates in California and Las Vegas, after he was hospitalized with a major infection in his hand. The 69-year-old rocker told Rolling Stone he was diagnosed with a potentially deadly staph infection, after going to the emergency room when his thumb swelled to the "size of a f**king lightbulb".

"I didn't feel sick, so I was cracking jokes," the Black Sabbath star recalled. "The doctor said, 'I don't know if you realize, Mr. Osbourne, this is a very serious problem you have'." Following the operation, Ozzy spent a week in hospital, where he was treated with antibiotics before being discharged.


 
 
 
 
 
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With just over a couple of months to go until the Ozzfest, Osbourne plans on resting to get back into fighting shape. He told the magazine, he’s currently about "85 to 90 percent better" after undergoing surgery on his right hand, where he had contracted three potentially deadly staph infections. "They cut all this stuff out of my thumb," he said. "Even with the numbing stuff, it was agony." Ultimately, the whole experience made him eager to get back on the road. "It could have been a lot worse," he said. "I could have been dead."