Ozzy Osbourne has some disappointing news for fans in California

Indio, California - Ozzy Osbourne said Monday that he made the "painful" decision to bow out of a scheduled performance at the Power Trip festival in Indio, California, because his body is "just not ready yet."

Ozzy Osbourne will skip the Power Trip festival in Indio, California, where he was scheduled to play, because his body is "just not ready yet."
Ozzy Osbourne will skip the Power Trip festival in Indio, California, where he was scheduled to play, because his body is "just not ready yet."  © Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

The British rocker said he had been "optimistic" when he was offered the gig, but did not want the show to be "half-assed."

Osbourne was due to take to the stage for the festival on October 7 alongside AC/DC, with other acts on the bill including Guns N' Roses and Iron Maiden.

In a statement on social media on Monday he said, "as painful as this is, I've had to make the decision to bow out of performing on Power Trip in October."

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"My original plan was to return to the stage in the summer of 2024, and when the offer to do this show came in, I optimistically moved forward."

"Unfortunately, my body is telling me that I'm just not ready yet and I am much too proud to have the first show that I do in nearly five years be half-assed."

The 74-year-old said that his replacement at the Power Trip festival would be announced shortly.

"They are personal friends of mine and I can promise that you will not be disappointed," he said, before thanking fans, family, and bandmates for their "continual support."

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Ozzy Osbourne's tour has been postponed several times due to his health problems, as well as other issues.
Ozzy Osbourne's tour has been postponed several times due to his health problems, as well as other issues.  © MATT WINKELMEYER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Ozzy announced in February that he was pausing touring "for now" following extensive spinal surgery as he is "not physically capable" of the travel involved.

He had suffered a fall at home in 2019 which aggravated injuries from a near-fatal quad bike crash in 2003, stopping his No More Tours II shows from going ahead in Europe and the UK.

The tour had been rescheduled several times over the last four years on separate occasions due to various health problems, the coronavirus pandemic, and logistical issues.

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His February announcement about stepping back from touring came shortly after ending a 29-year drought at the Grammy Awards.

Ozzy secured the gong for best rock album for his 13th solo record, Patient Number 9, as well as the prize for best metal performance for the single Degradation Rules featuring his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi.

Cover photo: Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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