It seems like Ozzy Osbourne just can't bring himself to retire from the road. This week he announced "No More Tours 2" 2019 concert dates for North America, kicking off May 29 in Atlanta, GA and wrapping up July 29 in Los Angeles. Supporting him on this leg of his final world tour will be legendary metal power band Megadeth.
But that's not all...
No More Tours 2 actually begins December 31 with Ozzfest New Year's Eve at The Forum in Los Angeles. From there, Ozzy departs for the European leg of his tour and then back to the U.S. on May 29. The final four new dates are makeup performances he had to cancel when he developed a staph infection in his hand this year.
“There’s nothing in the world — sex, drugs, anything — that comes anywhere close to the way you feel when you’re doing the best show,” Ozzy says. “If it’s a nightclub, or the Forum, or Ozzfest, I’m going out with the expectation of giving them my heart and soul.”
In an in-depth feature with Rolling Stone, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Grammy winner said that No More Tours is not necessarily a farewell tour. This is simply his final full world tour. Ozzy still plans on playing short runs of dates in the future. “I’m no good at anything else,” he said. “I literally can’t do anything else.”
The No More Tours 2 tour launched in May 2018 in Santiago, Chile for shows in 3 countries, followed by a six-week European leg. A North American leg kicked off August 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but the final 4 shows of that leg were postponed when Ozzy developed a staph infection in his hand. Those four shows — Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheater in Chula Vista, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas — will now conclude the 2019 tour.
So is this really Ozzy Osbourne's last tour?
Although Ozzy's current solo tour is billed No More Tours 2 and has been advertised as his last major trek around the world, don't bet on this being the last. "What I'm stopping is doing what I'm doing now — going around the world all the time. I wish people would understand I'm not retiring. Is it my bad English accent? It's called the No More Tours' tour. It doesn't say 'No more tours ever.'"
Ozzy added that he's been lucky to do what he's been doing for 50 years, saying: "I don't punch a card every morning This is not my job, it's my passion. It's been the best thing that's ever happened to me in my life."
No More Tours 2 is a reference to Ozzy's 1992 No More Tours trek, which marked the first time the singer announced the end of his days as a touring artist. The tour name was a pun based on the title of his then-most recent solo album, No More Tears. Ozzy returned to action three years later and has been on the road ever since.
Ozzy Osbourne No More Tours 2 North American Dates
May 29 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
May 31 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
June 2 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 4 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
June 6 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
June 8 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
June 11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
June 15 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 18 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
June 20 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
June 22 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
June 26 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
June 28 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
June 30 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
July 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 6 – St. Paul MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 9 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
July 11 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
July 13 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
July 16 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
July 18 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
July 20 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 23 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
July 25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 27 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl