Last night, BRIAN MAY shared his emotional reaction to Ozzy Osbourne’s Black Sabbath reunion performance at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. In addition, here is information on how to purchase tickets for the Prince of Darkness’ final solo tour. Black Sabbath was founded in Birmingham in 1968 and performed their final show there in 2017. Since then, however, both Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi have expressed interest in performing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This wish came true last night for the pair, along with Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman from their previous tour band. Tony, who performed at the opening ceremony in Birmingham, began the closing show with a rendition of “Iron Man” prior to Ozzy’s unexpected appearance.
Following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and a major operation in June that his wife Sharon said would “determine the rest of his life,” the 73-year-old singer has not performed live for nearly three years. The Prince of Darkness told ET Online at Comic-Con last month, “It’s great, it’s great. I enjoy social interaction, you know. This has been the most difficult aspect of the past three years, as I have been recovering from surgery. I’m making progress. You know it’s a slow climb back?” Ozzy ascended a stage platform and exclaimed, “I love you, Birmingham – it’s great to be back!” The Black Sabbath legend then performed Paranoid with guitarist Tony, 74, in what may have been their last live performance together.
The band’s bassist Geezer Butler, who performed at their final concert in 2017, was unable to attend, but the rendition was nonetheless an epic homage to their hometown. Queen guitarist Brian May was especially moved by the touching Instagram post of the duo reunited. Brian authored the following: “That’s the way to do it!!! Again seeing Ozzy and Iommi on stage together made me a little emotional. Epic !!! Bri.” The singer’s new solo album Patient Number 9 is scheduled for a September 9 release, and the title track and music video featuring Jeff Beck are already available.
The Prince of Darkness’ No More Tours II, which had been postponed due to the pandemic and the star’s deteriorating health, will resume in May 2023. In May and June, Ozzy will perform six concerts in the United Kingdom, beginning with Nottingham on May 31 and Newcastle on June 2. The following dates are June 4 in Glasgow, June 7 in Manchester, and June 12 at the O2 Arena in London. His grand finale and possible final concert will take place on June 14 at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.
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