Ozzy Osbourne will headline the first show this fall since announcing his retirement
Ozzy Osbourne will be among the headliners announced this week for the first Power Trip Festival in Indio, California this fall.
The hard rock festival, which will also be headlined by legends Guns N’ Roses, Metallica and AC/DC, marks the return of the ‘Black Sabbath’ frontman after canceling all of his 2023 tour dates and announcing he will would withdraw from the tour due to ongoing health issues.
“I’m honestly touched by how you’ve all patiently held on to your tickets this whole time, but in good conscience I’ve now realized that I’m not physically able to do my upcoming European/UK tour dates, because I know I couldn’t afford the necessary travel,” he posted on his social media accounts in February.
He said his “singing voice was fine”, but he remains physically weak after three operations, stem cell treatments, physical therapy and Hybrid Assistive Limb treatment, which uses a robotic exoskeleton to help improve movement.
But he said he still wanted to play.
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“My team is currently coming up with ideas of where I can play without having to travel from city to city and country to country,” he added in his statement.
Later that month, during an episode of SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard, he pointed out, “I’m not dying,” saying he was annoyed to see news articles suggesting he was “on his last legs”.
He admitted he underwent ‘life-changing’ surgery in June 2022 and is still in ‘constant pain’ linked to a spinal injury four years ago.
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The rocker, who was recently seen with a cane, opened up about his physical ailments and his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease in an interview with The Observer last year.
“With the pressure on the spine, I had nerve pain,” Ozzy said. “I had never heard of nerve pain! You know when you’re a kid you play with snow and your hands get really cold? Then you come in and pour hot water on yourself, and they Are you starting to get hot? And you get those chills? And it hurts? That’s how it is.
Osbourne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003 and was involved in a near-fatal accident on an ATV the same year. In 2019, he fell, which aggravated his neck and back injuries, requiring surgery.
Osbourne posted about the festival to his social media accounts on Thursday, writing, “A legendary weekend in the desert.”
This week, Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, told Piers Morgan on his show “Uncensored” that the rocker “is doing so much better.”
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“It’s going to be a great show,” she said of the Power Trip festival. Ozzy “never quit. He’s back.”
The Power Trip Festival comes from the founders of Coachella and will take place in Indio from October 6-8.
Fox News’ Stephanie Giang-Paunon contributed to this report.