Ozzy Osbourne cancels SXSW festival appearance over coronavirus fears

Ozzy Osbourne has canceled a scheduled upcoming appearance this month at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

The Metal Madman, along with his son Jack, had been slated to take part in a March 15 interview event hosted by comedian Jim Norton on March 15. Ozzy was expected to discuss his long career and the new documentary The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, which will get its world premiere on March 14 at the festival.

The film follows Osborne’s life from his impoverished childhood, through his early rock stardom as Black Sabbath‘s frontman and the launch of his successful solo career, to his late-career emergence as a reality-TV star and beyond. The documentary features new interviews with Ozzy, his wife Sharon, their kids Jack and Kelly, producer Rick Rubin, rapper Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Korn‘s Jonathan Davis and rapper/singer Post Malone.

Last month, Ozzy announced that he was canceling his 2020 North American trek, No More Tours 2, to seek treatment for his various health issues. In January, Osbourne and his wife revealed that in 2019 he’d been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson’s disease.

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