Ozzy Osbourne‘s Ozzfiesta event, which was scheduled to take place from May 27 to May 31 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico, has been canceled.
Organizers Cool Breeze Concerts have released the following statement regarding the cancelation:
“Like you, we were very excited about the event. However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel.
“We will be offering refunds which will be processed in the next 4-6 weeks.
“If you decide that you would still enjoy an all-inclusive vacation at the Hard Rock, Riviera Maya, Mexico please send us an email, and we can make the arrangements.
“We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you understand the circumstances surrounding the cancellation.”
In addition to a headlining performance from Ozzy, the five-day festival was supposed to include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne, an opening night party featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a question-and-answer session with Ozzy and his band, a BLACK LABEL SOCIETY full concert, a Comedy Club Night with stand-up sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine, a charity golf tournament benefiting the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program and more.
Ozzfiesta seemed to be a continuation of the occasional Ozzfest events that the Osbournes have staged since Ozzfest itself ended as a summer tour in 2007.
Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that being rejected by another festival inspired him and Sharon to launch Ozzfest in 1996. “She tried to get me on Lollapalooza, and they turned around to Sharon and said, ‘You know what, we don’t think there’s a spot for Ozzy in this music anymore,'” he said. “So she came home, pissed off, and she said, ‘We’ll do our own damn show.’ So she booked me a few shows, it sold out overnight, and everything after that Sharon did on her own, you know.”
Ozzy‘s solo career retrospective, “Memoirs Of A Madman”, was released on October 7, 2014.