Ozzy Osbourne has spent much of 2019 recovering from a series of health issues, including spine and neck surgery after falling in his home.
The Prince of Darkness detailed the exhausting rehabilitation process that forced him to postpone all tour dates until 2020 in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Ozzy said, “For the first, say, four months, I was absolutely in agony. I was in agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life. It was awful. I’m taking physical and occupational therapy classes, but the progress is very slow. They say it’s going to take at least a year. I’m hoping that I’ll be OK and ready to go by January [when the tour resumes]. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed.”
The spine and neck surgery has greatly affected his nerves and his overall balance. Ozzy said, “When they do surgery on your neck, they cut through all the nerves, and it f-cked everything up. So I’m wobbling all over the place. And since they cut through the nerves, my right arm feels permanently cold.”
Other issues Ozzy’s been dealing with include his overall endurance and developing blood clots in his legs.
“I’m used to getting up, getting on my elliptical and going for an hour or so and breaking a sweat. But I can’t do it,” said Ozzy. “One day, I was doing an hour or two on the elliptical; now I can do just barely half an hour. I go out with a walking stick, and I walk up the road and I’m bushed…The nurse told me, I have to be careful if I bang myself, because there’s a blood clot and all that sh-t. It’s scary stuff … From 40 [years old] to 70 was OK and suddenly you get to 70 and everything caved in on me.”
Before his fall, Ozzy was been dealing with a number of health issues beginning in late 2018 when he was hospitalized with three different staff infections in his right hand. Ozzy then was in the hospital with complications from the flu that then developed into pneumonia and resulted in a stint in the ICU.
Ozzy’s first tour date in 2020 is currently slated for January 31 in Nottingham, England.