Ozzy Osbourne performs June 6, 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic, courtesy Getty Images.
The planets are not aligning happily for the Osbourne family this week. On the heels of news that son Jack Osbourne was suffering from multiple sclerosis comes word from Germany that metal geezer Ozzy Osbourne cancelled a concert just minutes before his scheduled stage time citing “vocal issues.”
Oh dear. Given how disappointing and expensive (via refunds) such a decision would be, one wonders if there is more to the story than a simple, sudden case of laryngitis.
As Britain’s NME notes, last night’s show at the SAP Arena in Mannheim was part of the Ozzy and Friends touring extravaganza, which has replaced the shows the singer was to due to give with a reformed Black Sabbath but could not owing to guitarist Tony Iommi cancer diagnosis and ensuing recovery.
Osbourne, who turns 64 in December, left the cancellation so late that support band Black Label Society had completed their set and fans were waiting for him to emerge, according to the NME. However, a representative for Osbourne apparently told TMZ that the singer was in a good condition and the cancellation is simply down to vocal problems.
Fans at the SAP Arena show have been advised to check the venue's website to make sure they receive refunds for the cancellation. As the NME notes, even though the Black Sabbath tour was scuttled, the band is working on a new album and revealed earlier this month that they have written 15 new songs.