Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Mexican Ozzfiesta Due to Unspecified Surgery; Will Still Play Monsters of Rock Dates
Ozzy Osbourne fans and early vacationers were disappointed to learn that the vocalist had cancelled his Ozzfiesta event at Riviera Maya in Mexico due to an unspecified surgery. Cool Breeze, promoters for the event, posted an announcement on the gig's site indicating that Osbourne would undergo the mystery treatment following his May 2 concert at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Buenos Aires and would require at least four weeks to recover, thus leading to the cancellation of the May 27 Ozzfiesta.
Refunds are available through Cool Breeze, although the promoters offered to assist in arranging plans for those still interested in visiting Riviera Maya and the Hard Rock Hotel, which was hosting the event. Other events planned for Ozzfiesta—from performances from Zakk Wylde and his band Black Label Society, to a charity golf tournament—are no longer in play however.
It's a bummer of a cancellation, two-months out. It's likely that most of Osbourne's attention is on his first act, Black Sabbath, however. The band had previously announced that it was working on its final album (this time they're serious) and that it would play its last show ever at the Tokyo version of Ozzfest during November (although Rolling Stone reports that reps for the band wouldn't confirm reports that the Japan appearance would be the group's last). Obviously Osbourne wants to be in peak condition if this is truly the band's swan song (he'll continue performing solo of course).
Osbourne had some health struggles during the early part of the millennium, with many Americans assuming his odd stance and stammer the result of previous drug abuse. He received treatment for his tremors, as well as foot surgery, during 2003 and we haven't heard any serious news since. One can only assume that the surgery in question this year will be of little consequence to his future as a performer.