Ozzy Osbourne made an unexpected appearance at the closing ceremony of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Below is a clip of the performance. The frontman of Black Sabbath had previously expressed his desire to attend this year’s Birmingham event. It was believed that he would be unable to attend because he is still recuperating from an operation he underwent last month. Last week, he posted to Instagram footage of the BBC playing “Paranoid” over footage of the Olympics. This song was performed at the conclusion of today’s Commonwealth Games. I truly wish I could have joined you all there. Simply incredible for Birmingham!” he wrote. Osbourne performed ‘Paranoid’ with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Tommy Clufetos, and bassist Adam Wakeman at the games tonight (8 August).
Before the final set, he declared, “I love you, Birmingham; it’s great to be back!” Later, Osbourne returned to Instagram, this time to share a clip of the performance. “What a way to end everything!” he exclaimed, adding, “Thank you, Birmingham.” Many thanks, many thanks, many thanks!” Iommi and Soweto Kinch led a dream sequence entitled ‘Hear My Voice’, based on the title track from the 2020 film Trial Of The Chicago Seven, re-imagined by Birmingham-born R&B vocalists Indigo Marshall and Gambimi during the event’s opening ceremony. Ozzy disclosed in May that he was awaiting neck surgery because he “can’t walk properly these days” and requires daily physical therapy. In the past few years, Osbourne has suffered from a number of illnesses and injuries resulting from accidents. Back in January 2020, he confirmed receiving a “challenging” Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. In April, he also contracted COVID-19. The celebrity is slated to take his pandemic-delayed “No More Tours 2” live show on the road in 2023.