Ozzy Osbourne pulls out of SXSW

Ozzy Osbourne is the latest to cancel appearances at the SXSW conference and festival, following companies like Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, Neflix and Apple, due to concern over the coronavirus. He was scheduled to attend the Austin conference, which runs March 13 to 22, to support the world premiere screening of A&E’s forthcoming “Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne,” a two-hour special set to air this summer.

In a statement released on March 5, a representative for the 71-year-old rocker said: “Following recent cancellations by major corporations, artists, record companies and studios because of the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, Ozzy Osbourne has likewise decided to cancel his upcoming appearance at SXSW.”

In February, it was announced that Osbourne was cancelling his 2020 North American “No More Tours 2” tour “to allow him to continue to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year.” 

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Ozzy Osbourne canta en los American Music Awards el domingo 24 de noviembre del 2019 en Los Angeles. (Foto por Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ozzie Osbourne. Credit: 138763Globe Photos/MediaPunch /IPX
Photo by: gotpap/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 11/30/18 Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne are seen in Los Angeles, CA.
Photo by: KGC-138/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 6/10/18 Ozzy Osbourne performing at Download Festival, Donington Park, in Derby.
Photo by: GOTPAP/STAR MAX/IPx 2017 10/10/17 Ozzy Osbourne is seen in Los Angeles, CA.
Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs during night one of Ozzfest meets Knotfest at San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in San Bernardino, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo, Sharon Osbourne, left, and Ozzy Osbourne arrive at the LA Premiere of "Amy" at The Theater at Arclight Cinemas Hollywood in Los Angeles. Sharon Osbourne returned to the “The Talk” Tuesday, May 10, 2016 where she spoke about her troubles with her rocker husband of 33 years. Osbourne confirmed that she and Ozzy are not living together and said she doesn’t know if they will stay married. Publicists for the couple have not commented on their relationship.(Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Kelly Osborne, left, and Ozzy Osbourne attend the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on Monday, May 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
This June 6, 2013 photo shows singer Ozzy Osbourne, right, and musician Geezer Butler of the rock band Black Sabbath posing for a portrait in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Musician Ozzy Osbourne performs during a concert, part of the Ozzy Scream Tour 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, March 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Ozzy Osbourne signs copies of his new CD "Scream" at Amoeba Records on June 20, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Grammy Award-winning rocker Ozzy Osbourne leads Dodger fans in a Guinness World Record-holding longest scream during the Los Angeles Dodgers' baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, June 11, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Among the more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus are the elderly and those with preexisting health issues — conditions which both apply to Osbourne, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Epic Records released Osbourne’s  first album in 10 years, “Ordinary Man,” last month. Variety‘s review described it as “a really good  — even at times great — album” that gives the listener “the sense that the Blizzard of Oz is not crawling into hell quietly.”

“Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne” features interviews with wife Sharon Osbourne, children Kelly and Jack Osbourne as well as friends and fellow musicians including Rick Rubin, Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis, Post Malone and more.

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