Ozzy Osbourne’s Final Concert Before His Tour Retirement
Ozzy in an interview for Ordinary Man album - Beats 1 / Youtube
When Ozzy Osbourne played his final complete concert at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California on New Year’s Eve of 2018, he had no idea it would be his last. To think that one of the most legendary and wild live careers in rock music came to an abrupt end is perhaps too much to think about.
In April 2018, Prince of Darkness kicked out his final tour, titled No More Tours 2, with intentions of performing until at least 2020. However, Osbourne’s health problems plus the Covid-19 pandemic, caused him to continuously postpone the gigs, eventually leading to his retirement from performing in February 2023.
Performers like Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Jonathan Davis (lead vocalist of Korn) who have all previously performed at Ozzfest were sprinkled throughout the 2018 schedule. Horror-punks Ice-T and the Body Count On Wednesday, December 13, the lineup included the extreme metal band DevilDriver and guitarist Zakk Wylde’s Black Sabbath cover group, Zakk Sabbath.
In his retirement statement, Osbourne seems to leave the door ajar for future one-off concerts that would be less stressful on his body than a full-scale tour. In his words, he explained that his team is currently making up plans for him to travel in cities and in different countries. He then proceeded to thank those people who helped him in his journey. “I want to thank my family, my band, my crew, my longtime friends [and planned 2023 tour mates] Judas Priest and, of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have. I love you all.”
You can watch the full Ozzyfest 2018 concert below.