Ozzy Osbourne issues health update after Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games performance

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The Birmingham-born rocker has provided an update on his health and discussed his brilliant performance at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

Black Sabbath’s legendary lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne gave a powerful performance at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium on Monday evening (8 August).

Aston-born Ozzy put on a stellar performance to close the Games despite the fact the 73-year-old has been suffering from serious health issues in recent years. In 2003, Ozzy suffered a fall and dislodged metal rods placed in his spine following a quad-bike accident. He also suffers from Parkinson’s disease and emphysema - a lung condition that causes shortness of breath.

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The Birmingham rocker also conracted Covid-19 in May, but fortunately made a full recovery. After undergoing life-changing surgery following his bike crash, Ozzy says he is now on the road to getting his life back, with plans for a solo tour in the UK next year.

Ozzy Osbourne performs during the closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium in BirminghamOzzy Osbourne performs during the closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham
Ozzy Osbourne performs during the closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham

Speaking about his ordeal in an interview with The Sun, Ozzy said he’s undergone two operations which “are helping bring me back to where I want to be”.

He said: “It’s been breaking Sharon’s heart to see me like this but I will get back on tour if it f***ing kills me.”

“I’m not good at being laid up,” he added. “I had Covid recently and was sick as a dog for one day but then I was OK. I don’t shake at all. My Parkinson’s doctor says, ‘I’ve got to tell you something, I’ve seen all kinds of Parkinson’s but yours is the mildest ever’. I don’t even know how anyone worked out I had it in the first place.

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“Thank God I found the right surgeon who knows how to deal with spinal problems. He had to cut nerves and you have to take f****ing nerve-pain pills, but I am getting better I go forward two inches and back one, but I’m doing it.”

Ozzy also discussed his performance at the Commonwealth Games, expressing his love for his hometown. He said: “Standing on stage in Birmingham, my home town, playing live, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Will there be a tour?

As he said, Ozzy is planning a tour next year.

He is planning to play at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham on 14 June, 2023. Tickets for the show are available, here.

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