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European Ozzfest Cut Short By Departure Of Ozzy's Guitarist

The final seven dates of the European Ozzfest tour have been canceled after guitarist Zakk Wylde departed due to illness.

Wylde, who has been playing with Ozzy’s band as well as his own Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, was on his way back to the United States at press time, according to his publicist, who said the specifics of Wylde’s condition were unknown.

The dates affected were in Zurich, Switzerland (June 8); Copenhagen, Denmark (June 10); Stockholm, Sweden (June 11); Helsinki, Finland (June 13); St. Petersburg, Russia (June 15); and Moscow, Russia (June 16).

A show was also scheduled for Tuesday (June 4) in Lisbon, Portugal, though it was not known whether it, too, had been canceled at press time.

This string of cancellations follows another nixed date, May 26 in Dublin, Ireland, which was called off due to Osbourne’s throat infection. His pipes have healed, however, and he performed at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee concert in London on Monday.

The European version of Ozzfest also featured Tool, Slayer and a revolving cast of others, including System of a Down, Bad Religion, Drowning Pool and Kittie.