The legendary member of Black Sabbath wishes he were in his hometown of Birmingham for the sporting event. Ozzy Osbourne has responded to the inclusion of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” in coverage of the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in his hometown this year. The Prince of Darkness, a native of Aston, Birmingham, was thrilled to hear the band’s 1970 classic at the conclusion of Monday’s games (1st August). On Instagram, the 73-year-old musician captioned a clip of the television coverage: “This was played at the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games for today. I truly wish I could have joined you all there. Simply incredible for Birmingham!” The legacy and significance of the band to the city were also highlighted at the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.
Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, 74, was joined by acclaimed saxophonist Soweto Kinch to perform the dream sequence, Hear my Voice, reimagined by local R&B vocalists Indigo Marshall and Gambimi at the Alexander Stadium’s opening ceremony last week. In the meantime, Ozzy Osbourne is recuperating from a major operation, which Sharon predicted would “determine the rest of his life.” In addition to Parkinson’s disease and a case of COVID-19, Ozzy has been dealing with the aftermath of a 2003 quad biking accident.
The Iron Man singer sustained neck injuries that were exacerbated by a 2019 fall that resulted in the insertion of 15 screws in his back. After undergoing surgery in June, the musician disclosed, “I am now at home recuperating comfortably.” “I am feeling the love and support of all my fans, and I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes during my recovery.”