According to the legendary singers Official Facebook Page and of course his own primary website there is some big news as he and longtime former guitarist Zakk Wylde have reunited for several summer tour dates. The statement is below so check it out.
The Press Statement:
Rock fans rejoice! For the first time in more than a decade, OZZY OSBOURNE and Zakk Wylde are together again. Known as one of rock’s most lethal singer and guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of OZZY headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below). While they’ve performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since 2006. These dates also mark OZZY’s first solo tour in the U.S. in years beyond one OZZY & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015.
OZZY and Zakk first teamed up 30 years ago when Zakk (who OZZY describes as “a f***ing absolutely amazing guitar player”) joined OZZY’s band in 1987; they last recorded in 2007 on OZZY’s acclaimed BLACK RAIN album.
In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, OZZY’s band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards). OZZY’s tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says OZZY OSBOURNE. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”
“I’m really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with OZZY as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS,” Zakk Wylde adds.
Next up for OZZY: prepping for a new solo album for 2018 on Epic. OZZY’s initial 2017 tour dates are as follows:
The Tour Dates:
July 14: Oshkosh, WI Ozzy at Rock USA
July 16: Chicago, IL Chicago Open Air Festival
August 9: Sturgis, SD The Legendary Buffalo Chip
August 21: Cartersville, IL Moonstock 2017 Festival
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I then popped over to Gus G.’s Official Stuff to see if the blazing six-stringer had anything to add and his statement is below for your indulgence.
“It’s been an honor & a privilege playing by your side since 2009. Nothing but great times & an experience of a lifetime. To Ozzy & Sharon – thanks for everything, love ya! To Blasko, Adam & Tommy – been a pleasure rocking with you! As a fan, it’s great to see Ozzy & Zakk back together. It’s been long overdue. Last but not least – thanks to all the fans that showed love & support all these years, see you out there soon! Ozzy rules! G.”
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well. I guess that is that then but perhaps this is the decision that makes the most sense for Ozzy in a business sense. Though I never caught his shows with Gus on the axe I do remember talking to plenty of diehard Zakk fans who proudly proclaimed to me how they were not going to his shows because of Zakk not being involved. This made me scratch my head because sure Zakk rules, but he had a really busy career of his own by this point and Gus G. was no joke at all and cited as being one of Metal’s most incendiary players. I did see Gus as a solo artist and with his band Firewind and again – he is no joke on the guitar. Sometimes the lack of support from the Metal Legions surprises me because this was a pairing that should have had more acceptance to it and been given a proper chance. Maybe I am in the minority about having wanted to see it grow from there. Those spoken about hesitant fans will get their wish and get to see Ozzy close out his storied career with a guitar player that he has a lot of history with so good for them. Personally speaking when it comes to Metal and its vibrancy, I like to look ahead and see what is exciting and new coming down the pike. Congratulations to Zakk and Ozzy on the reunion, I hope to be on point covering some area dates if any get scheduled. What do you readers think about this new news? Let me know in the comments section below.