Taking to social media, Judas Priest revealed that Osbourne's cancellation stemmed from "having a very bad case of flu," resulting in cancelled dates in Dublin (January 30), Nottingham (February 1), Manchester (February 3) and Newcastle (February 5).
Judas Priest's post indicated that the aforementioned four shows will be rescheduled at a later date, with details to follow. The band wrote, "we wish Ozzy well and look forward to the Glasgow, Birmingham and London shows together — and to the rescheduled ones in the future."
Last fall, Osbourne cancelled a portion of his North American farewell tour due to "multiple infections." He later revealed that he had three staph infections in his right thumb, causing it to swell to "the size of a fuckin' lightbulb."
We wish Osbourne a speedy recovery. Judas Priest delivered their Firepower LP last year.
It is with great regret we have to announce that the first four UK shows on the Ozzy Osbourne/Judas Priest tour have been postponed due to Ozzy having a very bad case of flu - therefore Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle will be rescheduled at a later date - details to follow once finalised - we are very sorry that this has happened and to disappoint so many fans - we wish Ozzy well and look forward to the Glasgow, Birmingham and London shows together - and to the rescheduled ones in the future. JUDAS PRIEST - 28th January 2019 #metalmaniacs #judaspriest #firepower #firepowertour2019