Ozzy Osbourne Cancel Festival Appearance Due To Coronavirus
Ozzy in an interview for Ordinary Man album - Beats 1 / Youtube
The coronavirus scare has forced Ozzy Osbourne to cancel his previously-scheduled show at the South By Southwest Festival.
The Prince of Darkness planned to take part in the event, held annually in Austin, Texas, to help promote his new documentary, Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne. The said film will detail Ozzy’s life, starting from his childhood to his heyday in Black Sabbath, and eventually starting out his own career. The documentary will feature interviews of Ozzy, his family members Sharon, Kelly, and Jack, as well as notable music and industry icons like Rick Rubin, Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and Jonathan Davis of Korn. While Ozzy canceled his spot at the festival, the film will still have its world premiere at the event.
Ozzy is the latest of several artists to pull out of the SXSW, with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor canceling his attendance through a tweet. Reznor was supposed to share his work on the HBO series, Watchmen, at the festival.
Even companies like Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Mashable and LinkedIn are pulling out of the event due to the virus outbreak. But while tensions are high, SXSW organizers ensured festivalgoers that they have been “working closely on a daily basis with local, state, and federal agencies to plan for a safe event.”