Ozzy Osbourne Expresses Doubt About Continuing Farewell Tour This Spring
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
January 27, 2020
After a battery of health scares in 2018 and 2019 culminating with a Parkinson's disease diagnosis that he revealed a week ago, it's no secret as to why Ozzy might have misgivings about touring for another year.
During the Grammys red carpet show, a CBS reporter asked Ozzy about his headspace with respect to the tour scheduled to resume in May.
"The last year has been hell for me," Ozzy acknowledged with his daughter Kelly Osbourne at his side. "I've had surgery on my neck. I've announced to the world that I've got Parkinson's. It's been one rock 'n' roll year for me."
While Ozzy only just disclosed his Parkinson's disease, he received the diagnosis last February while recovering from surgery to repair his neck following a devastating fall at home — an injury from which he's still in rehabilitation.
"If I'm well enough, I'll work towards it," he said of the tour. "I'm having physical therapy every day, five days a week. I'm trying, doing the best I can. Neck surgery's not easy."
Kelly added that there's reason for optimism.
"Seeing how far Dad's come this year and how far he's come in the last week alone has just been incredible," she said. "I think coming out and telling his truth has been a weight lifted off of his shoulders. And even his physical therapist is saying how far you have moved forward in this last week is insane."
While Ozzy's neck might eventually heal, experts have noted that the Parkinson's diagnosis is a blow to the singer's hopes of ever returning, noting how a majority of Parkinson's patients experience speech disorders connected to the disease.
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