Ozzy Osbourne was scheduled to make his return to performing at the inaugural Power Trip concert event in October, but in a statement posted on his social media accounts, the Prince of Darkness announced he was bowing out for health reasons. Power Trip would have marked the 74-year-old rock legend’s first show since 2018.
“As painful as this is, I’ve had to make the decision to bow out of performing on Power Trip in October,” Osbourne’s statement began. “My original plan was to return to the stage in the summer of 2024, and when the offer to do this show came in, I optimistically moved forward. Unfortunately, my body is telling me that I’m just not ready yet and I am much too proud to have the first show that I do in nearly five years be half-assed.”
A replacement for Osbourne has not been announced, though in his statement, he said a band with whom he’s personal friends will fill in. SPIN has reached out to the festival’s reps for further comment.
A sister festival to 2016’s Desert Trip set for Oct. 6-8 on the Coachella grounds at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Ca, Power Trip will also feature hard rock giants Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Tool, and AC/DC, the latter in its first performance with longtime vocalist Brian Johnson in nearly a decade.
In February, Osbourne scrapped all planned live activity and even hinted at a retirement from touring. He suffered a spinal injury in a 2019 fall, necessitating multiple surgeries, stem cell treatments, and “endless physical therapy sessions.” In February 2020, he postponed the North American leg of his No More Tours 2 run after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Osbourne has, however, been productive in the studio, recording two well-regarded albums with producer Andrew Watt: 2020’s Ordinary Man and 2022’s Patient Number 9. The latter won the best rock album Grammy earlier this year.
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