Ozzy only endured Sabbath’s farewell; Kiss, Bob Seger and Krokus plan their own goodbyes.
Ozzy Osbourne “didn’t have a great time” on Black Sabbath’s farewell tour last year. The singer was “getting bad vibes” from his bandmates on the worldwide trek for “being Ozzy”. The now-solo Osbourne, who tours the UK next February with
Judas Priest as his special guests, told Philadelphia’s The Inquirer that while he had spent a decade of his professional life working with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, his time away from them represented “over thirty years”.
“[When I’m] with them, I’m just a singer. With me, I get to do what I want to do,” Ozzy added. “I was getting bad vibes from them for being Ozzy. I don’t know, what the fuck else can I be?”
Ozzy was also rankled by reports that he’s to quit the road as a solo artist.
“I wish people would understand I’m not retiring,” he added. “Is it my bad English accent? It’s called the No More Tours tour, not No More Tours Ever. What I’m stopping is doing what I’m doing now, going around the world all the time.”
Meanwhile, following months of speculation, Kiss have confirmed a second, and presumably final, farewell tour of their own. The American band, who famously waved goodbye in 2000, are to do it all again in 2019. Dates for the world tour, which is expected to last for three years, will be announced in the coming weeks.
“This will be the most explosive, biggest show we’ve ever done. People who love us, come see us,” says frontman Paul Stanley.
“If you’ve never seen us, this is the time. This will be the show.”
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band and Krokus are also among the latest acts to reveal final tours. The 73-year-old Seger was forced to cancel a run of dates last year due to a back injury, and has added a few extra North American shows to his itinerary but looks set to step down for good in 2019. The last slim hopes that Seger and his Silver Bullet Band might perform in the UK – which would be for the first time since the 1980s – look to be dashed.
Metalheads Krokus, who are to sign off with a huge bash in their native Switzerland on December 7, 2019, are following the example of Mötley Crüe by signing contracts to bring things to an official close. DL