According to TMZ.com, tonight’s (Wednesday, June 20) OZZY OSBOURNE FRIENDS concert at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany was canceled at the last minute over “vocal concerns.”
After support band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY finished its set, an Ozzy representative came on and announced that Osbourne would be unable to perform due to “issues with his voice.”
The original lineup of BLACK SABBATH — who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour — had to put some plans on hold due to guitarist Tony Iommi‘s battle with lymphoma. As a result, BLACK SABBATH performed only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour. It took place Sunday, June 10 at the U.K.’s Download festival.
So as not to let the promoters and fans down, SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne is now performing the majority of the previously scheduled BLACK SABBATH European dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY OSBOURNE FRIENDS. These “first-ever” OZZY OSBOURNE FRIENDS shows are featuring appearances by “special guest” musicians, including Butler (who is joining Ozzy for a special BLACK SABBATH set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy bandmember Zakk Wylde. In addition, Ozzy is being accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way.