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Ozzy Cancels Final Two Shows

Osbourne, Zombie pull plug on closing Merry Mayhem dates

December 4, 2001 12:00 AM ET

The much-beleaguered Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie Merry Mayhem tour has suffered two final setbacks. The last two shows of the year -- scheduled for December 28th and 29th in Los Angels and San Diego, California, respectively -- have been canceled due to routing problems.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the tour's New Year's Eve show in Phoenix was scrapped, and in November the tour was sidelined for three weeks when Ozzy suffered a fractured tibia. The tour will now wrap up on the 23rd in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Ozzy's latest release, Down to Earth, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America last week for sales of 500,000. This is Ozzy's twenty-fourth consecutive gold record, including recordings with Black Sabbath.

The next single from Down to Earth will be the ballad "Dreamer," Ozzy's favorite track on the new album. Zombie directed the song's video, which was filmed in Los Angeles on November 27th and 28th.

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