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Ozzy Osbourne + Black Sabbath Reunite: Look + Listen

On Monday night (8.08) in his home town of Birmingham, England during the closing ceremonies of the 2022 Commonwealth GamesOzzy Osbourne surprised the crowd when he took the stage with his iconic heavy metal brothers of Black Sabbath.

Taking to social media, the band posted video of the high-energy “Paranoid” performance, which closed with Ozzy bouncing as the stage exploded in massive fireworks and him shouting “Birmingham forever!”

Performing alongside longtime musical foil guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Adam Wakeman and drummer Tommy Clufetos, Osbourne and the band played their 1970 classic “Paranoid” for a crowd of 30,000 at Alexander Stadium. The unannounced surprise collaboration was 73-year-old rock legend’s first show since he underwent major neck surgery in June to realign pins in his back and neck inserted after a 2019 fall at home.

New grandpa Ozzy last played in public during the 2019 American Music Awards, where he performed a duet with Post Malone on “Take What You Want” and his last full-on gig was a headlining slot at the Ozzfest on New Year’s Eve 2018; Osbourne’s planned farewell No More Tours 2 solo outing kicked off in 2018 but has been delayed multiple times due to a series of medical issues and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osbourne’s upcoming album, Patient Number 9, is slated for release on Sept. 9. and will feature tracks with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

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Author: Al Denté

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