Ozzy Osbourne Pulls Out Of Australian Tour 'On Doctor's Orders'
Following the news that Ozzy Osbourne had cancelled his appearance at Download Festival Japan, it has been confirmed that the rocker will also be pulling out of the Australian leg of Download Festival.
Following a bout of ill health which saw him hospitalised with suspected pneumonia, it has been confirmed that the 70-year-old will no longer be headlining Download Festival, which is set to kick off in Australia in Sydney on March 9.
Posting to his Facebook page, an official statement read:
“Ozzy has announced that he will now cancel shows in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This follows news of the postponement of the entire UK and European leg of his 'NO MORE TOURS 2' tour on doctors’ orders"
“Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part,” said Sharon Osbourne.
“His doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel.”
As the festival is only weeks away, organisers were unable to replace Ozzy with another headline act, however, they have revealed that Aussie rockers Airbourne will join the lineup, which includes Judas Priest, Slayer, Sum 41 and more.
A statement from Download's organisers reiterated the muso's cancellation, with their statement reading, "We are extremely disappointed to have to bring this news to you, our Download family. However, it should go without saying, Ozzy’s health and wellbeing is number one. We wish Ozzy all the best in his recovery and hope he is back to full health as soon as possible,"
"It is impossible to replace Ozzy Osbourne at any time, but three weeks out from Download there is no chance of us securing an act to replace the headline slot. We are pleased to announce Aussie hard rock kings, Airbourne will join the Download line up and thank them for joining us with such short notice," they added.
For anyone looking to refund their ticket for the festival, they will be able to do so from now until Sunday 24 February by contacting the Ticketmaster Customer Service Team.