Ozzy Osbourne reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis
"It's been terribly challenging for us all," the Black Sabbath frontman said. "I did my last show New Year's Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves."
"I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold," he continued. "I don't know if that's the Parkinson's or what, you know, but that's -- see, that's the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I'd never heard of nerve pain, and it's a weird feeling."
"I'm no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore 'cause it's like I'm running out of excuses, you know?"
Sharon added, "It's PRKN 2. There's so many different types of Parkinson's; it's not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it's -- it's like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day."
Sad to hear, and we wish Ozzy well!
He has already had to postpone tours a few times, but he's currently set to go on his "final" run this year, including Europe/UK dates with Judas Priest and North American dates with Marilyn Manson (including NYC's Madison Square Garden on 6/22). Our fingers are crossed that the tour goes down as planned.
Ozzy is also releasing his first new album in ten years, Ordinary Man, on February 21 via Epic. He made it with producer Andrew Watt (who also helmed the Ozzy/Post Malone collab) and his backing band for the album includes Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan on bass and Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith on drums. Some of the songs also have Slash on guitar, and the latest single features Elton John.