Tickets for Ozzy Osbourne’s gig at Resorts World Arena are still on sale less than six weeks before the show – even though the government is currently launching more restrictions in the battle against rising rates of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
With the Aston-born star set to turn 72 on December 3, the concert could be the last chance to see the world’s most famous Brummie on stage in his home town at a venue with a capacity of up to 15,685.
But even though groups of more than six people are now outlawed and football fans are still unable to return to outdoor Premier League matches, Ozzy tickets remain on sale for the show that is being promoted by Live Nation.
The tour was originally announced almost three years ago in November 2017 and planned dates of February 9, 2019 and February 14, 2020 have already been cancelled because of Ozzy’s ill health.
A twelfth career solo album called Ordinary Man was released earlier this year on February 21 to generally positive reviews.
Jez Collins, who founded the online Birmingham Music Archive to capture memories of such events, said today: “With the restriction of groups of people already down to six, I don’t see how this show can go ahead – unless perhaps, Ozzy just really wants to!
“But personally, I would not go and, as a consumer, I am personally very surprised that tickets are still on sale.”
Ozzy’s prolific Twitter handle @OzzyOsbourne is making no mention of the 19-date tour which is set to begin in Newcastle on October 23 before moving on to Europe from November 11 with the last date scheduled for Helsinki, Finland on December 7.
It is already more than three-and-a-half years since the last Black Sabbath gig at the then Genting Arena on February 4, 2017 at the end of the band’s 81-date The End world tour.
You can watch footage from the celebrity back stage party after the last Black Sabbath gig on the video above – Ozzy did not join guitarist Tony Iommi or Geezer Butler at the after-show event.
Former ELO and Sabbath drummer Bev Bevan said on our video: “I wanted Ozzy to make a bit of a farewell speech but he didn’t.”
The last song played that night with fellow original members Geezer Butler (bass) and Tony Iommi (guitar) was Paranoid, the title track of the band’s first No 1 album which was released exactly 50 years ago on September 18, 1970.
What is happening?
A spokesperson for Resorts World Arena confirmed tickets were still on sale for the Ozzy Osbourne concert on October 31 but could not say whether the show would or would not go ahead.
A statement simply said: “Any updates on the Ozzy Osbourne concert will be communicated directly to ticket buyers and via our website and social channels.”
On behalf of fans trying to make travel arrangements, BirminghamLive tried several avenues to ask promoters Live Nation if it expects the concert to go ahead.
Or what its plans are if it doesn’t – for example, further postponement or cancellation.
At the time of publication we have not had a response from Live Nation – two of the three contacts we have emailed have simply bounced back.
On Live Nation’s media page, clicking on the Twitter leads to @LNUKPR – and a note which says “This account doesn’t exist.”
A holding notice on its Facebook page dated March 19 says: “We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work with government advice on upcoming shows. We’re working with artists to make sure you receive information as quickly as possible.
“If your event is affected, ticket holders will be contacted by ticket agents.
“For rescheduled shows, please hold on to your tickets as all will remain valid for new performances. You can also get up to the date information from our event status page.”
Ticket protection and Covid-19
Anyone who bought tickets after May 14 and took out a Ticket Protection policy (£2.95 per ticket) with the NEC’s own Ticket Factory would be able to “recoup 100% of the money you paid for your tickets if you’re unable to attend an event that hasn’t been cancelled or rescheduled.
“Ticket Protection covers dozens of reasons including illness, accidents, travel delays, adverse weather and strikes.”
The small print says Covid-19 cover applies in the following ways.
“We’re glad to say any tickets purchased after the 14 May are also covered for the following reasons:
- Confirmed infection resulting in the Ticket Holder(s) inability to attend the Event if the Event has not been Cancelled
- Death of you or a Dependant from the virus
- The inability of the Ticket Holder(s) to attend an Event due to a government-mandated travel ban in your home region/country being implemented after you purchased the ticket(s) preventing the Ticket Holder(s) attending the Venue.
“Please be aware that unconfirmed infections or the fear of attending an Event due to any perceived risk of contracting the virus are not covered.”