Ozzy Osbourne kicked off the main North American leg of "No More Tours 2" last night (Thursday, August 30) at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Osbourne, who will turn 70 in December, came out in a purple-sequined robe and performed a one-hour-and-35 minute set that touched on solo gems and BLACK SABBATH classics.
The setlist was as follows:
01. Bark At The Moon
02. Mr. Crowley
03. I Don't Know
04. Fairies Wear Boots (BLACK SABBATH song)
05. Suicide Solution
06. No More Tears
07. Road To Nowhere
08. War Pigs (BLACK SABBATH song) (with extended Zakk Wylde guitar solo)
09. Miracle Man / Crazy Babies / Desire / Perry Mason
10. Drum Solo
11. I Don't Want To Change The World
12. Shot In The Dark
13. Crazy Train
14. Mama, I'm Coming Home
15. Paranoid (BLACK SABBATH song)
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
Despite the fact that "No More Tours 2" is being billed as his farewell tour, Ozzy Osbourne insists that he is not calling it quits. "I'm not retiring," he told Rolling Stone in an interview. "It's 'No More Tours', so I'm just not doing world tours anymore. I'm still going to be doing gigs, but I'm not going on tour for six months at a time anymore. I'd like to spend some time at home."
Osbourne, who spent the last few years touring with BLACK SABBATH before the legendary heavy metal act retired from the road, said that he wanted to "slow it down a little" and be there for his family. "I enjoy being a grandfather. I don't want to go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up."
After he completes the tour, Ozzy said that he would consider possibly making a new album. He told Rolling Stone that he had "eight or nine good song ideas" for the follow-up to 2010's "Scream", including "Mr. Armageddon" and "Crack Cocaine"." He will also play sporadic one-off shows but will not stay on the road for months at a time.
"It's what I do," Ozzy said. "It's my job. And when I say, 'It's my job,' I mean it's a passion for me. It's the greatest love affair I ever had, being in a rock band and playing for the people who come to the shows."
"No More Tours 2" is a reference to Ozzy's 1992 "No More Tours" trek, which marked the first time the singer announced the end of his days as a touring artist. The tour name was a pun based on the title of his then-most recent solo album, "No More Tears". Ozzy returned to action three years later and has been on the road ever since.
Ozzy has previously made conflicting statements about whether or not he intends to record a new studio album, telling The Orange County Register last fall that "it's not cost-effective" to release full-length collections of tracks. "You actually lose money because people aren't buying records anymore," he said. "A couple of songs, maybe I'll do that and put that out. I'll go to Sharon [Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager] and say, 'I want to do an album' and then I'll go to her and say, 'I don't want to do an album.' I really can't make up my mind."
Last year, Ozzy reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde, who played on studio albums such as "No Rest For The Wicked", "No More Tears" and "Ozzmosis" and who has toured on and off with Ozzy for nearly thirty years.
Ozzy has played a number of solo shows since doing his final concerts with BLACK SABBATH a year and a half ago. The legendary band wrapped up its forty-nine-year career with a year-long farewell tour, ending with two shows in its hometown of Birmingham, England.