BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne is “on the mend” after a battle with severe sinusitis and “will be ready to rock” with the rest of his band on Saturday, February in Tacoma, Washington.
On today’s (Thursday, February 4) edition of CBS daytime talk show “The Talk”, which she co-hosts, Sharon addressed Ozzy’s health, saying: “He’s doing so much better. He had sinusitis, which went to bronchitis, and he said that he felt like he had the Pacific Ocean in his ear, and he couldn’t hear properly, and it’s been a nightmare. He had to cancel four shows. They’re all gonna be rescheduled; we’re working on it now.”
She continued: “To have a responsibility of performing with his band BLACK SABBATH, the crew, the fans, even the opening act, is just sat at home like this — waiting, waiting, waiting — and he feels that huge responsibility. He feels guilty for being sick.”
Sharon added Ozzy that he is on the mend and “he will be in Seattle on Saturday. He will be ready to rock!”
BLACK SABBATH canceled its shows in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada due to Ozzy’s condition.
The first U.S. leg of “The End” tour will end on February 27 in New York City. Dates in Australia and New Zealand have been confirmed for April, with European festival shows taking place during the summer.
BLACK SABBATH recently revealed that it is selling a new limited-edition CD titled “The End” at the shows on its farewell tour. The disc features four previously unheard studio tracks left off the band’s 2013 reunion album, “13”, as well as live versions of four songs from the world tour the band did in support of that disc.
The four studio cuts are “Season Of The Dead”, “Cry All Night”, “Take Me Home” and “Isolated Man”. They feature drums by Brad Wilk.
The live tracks, with drumming from Tommy Clufetos, are “God Is Dead?”, “Under The Sun”, “End Of The Beginning” and “Age Of Reason”. The live cuts were recorded in Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand and Hamilton, Ontario.
Wilk and Clufetos had to get involved after founding SABBATH drummer Bill Ward withdrew from the reunion after initially agreeing to participate in it.
“13”, the first SABBATH full-length studio album in 35 years to feature original members Geezer Butler (bass), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Osbourne, also became SABBATH’s first No. 1 album in the U.S. when it was released in June 2013. The band abandoned plans for a follow-up after deciding that the current trek would be its last.