Ozzy Osbourne 'Painfully' Pulls Out of Power Trip Festival: 'I'm Just Not Ready Yet'

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on July 12, 2023 at 2:15 PM EDT

The legendary Ozzy Osbourne will not be able to headline the upcoming Power Trip festival, months after expressing eagerness to return onstage.

As fans are aware, Osbourne has not been in the best shape for years as he struggles with a spinal injury and Parkinson's disease, contributing to his retirement earlier this year. Although the festival was expected to be his comeback show following the retirement news, he recently announced his withdrawal, expressing distress in making such a decision.

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces His Withdrawal From Power Trip Festival In A Heartfelt Statement 

Ozzy Osbourne

On Monday, July 10, the old-timer took to Twitter with a broadcast about his exit from the upcoming festival, touching on his delicate health condition. "As painful as this is," he began. "I've had to make the decision to bow out of performing on Power Trip in October." 

Osbourne continued, "My original plan was to return to the stage in the summer of 2024, & when the offer to do this show came in, I optimistically moved forward." He explained that his body was not ready yet for the stage, and he was "much too proud" to return with a "half-assed" performance in nearly five years.

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The heavy metal singer then assured fans that he would be replaced by a competent band, his personal friends who would not disappoint. Concluding the message, he appreciated and sent love to his supporters, hoping to see them soon. In his words:

"Above all, I want to thank my fans, my band, and my crew for their unconditional loyalty and continual support. I love you all, and I will see you soon. God Bless, Ozzy."

In no time, commenters flooded the tweet with remarks, advising Osbourne to take care of himself and return to the stage as soon as he could. "I hope you recover and get back on stage again @OzzyOsbourne," a follower wrote. "I need to see you perform live once in my life."

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A second fan called the 74-year-old "fabulous," adding that they loved his music, family, and TV shows before exclaiming, "You are as much an American icon as anyone. Take care and keep rocking out, Ozzy!" Similarly, another commenter penned, "Take care of yourself, Oz. You done good, brother. But don't you ever stop fighting?"  

A fourth supporter expressed, "This why we love you so much, Ozzy; I know it hurts you can't do the show; health comes first; I wanted to say thank you for being honest & being real with us on this journey.

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One more user dropped a Gif showing "Always Good Vibes" alongside a note that read, "Sending love and healing vibes, Ozzy! God bless YOU!"  A fellow devotee urged, "Please be safe and take care of yourself," followed by another who wrote, "Take care of yourself, Ozzy. The world loves you." 

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Two months before pulling out, the Godfather of Metal expressed his wishes to make a comeback with live stage performances despite his health struggles. Speaking with Metal Hammer Magazine per the New York Post, he admitted to missing the buzz of live performances adding that "doing a live show" was what he lived for.

Osbourne further mentioned that while he had to cancel his 2023 European tour, he was determined to get back on stage with the Power Trip festival. Given his determination, he believed he had to do more shows and would not mind being moved around in a wheelchair.

The father-of-five also articulated, "I mean, you can't retire from this game. It's not a job; it's a f–king passion. I don't know how to do anything else."

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The UK Music Hall Of Fame Inductee Retired From Touring With A Note Of Apology

Back in February, Osbourne took a final bow from performing on stages worldwide earlier in February, using a lengthy statement, apologizing on Instagram to his millions of followers. He highlighted his spinal injury in the message, explaining that while his singing voice was fine, his body was still physically weak after a series of medical procedures.

Ozzy Osbourne speaks onstage at iHeartRadio ICONS with Ozzy Osbourne: In Celebration of Ordinary Man at iHeartRadio Theater on February 24, 2020
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The rock star would never have imagined his touring days would end in such a way but he assured fans that his team was working on how he would perform without traveling.

"The Osbournes" star then rounded up with a note of thanks to his loved ones and fans for their "endless dedication, loyalty, and support and for giving me the life that I never dreamed I would have."

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