Ozzy Osbourne makes a surprise appearance at the Commonwealth Games final

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne made a surprise appearance in his hometown of Birmingham, UK, performing at the Closing Ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Monday night.

Osbourne and his band Black Sabbath, featuring Tony Iommi on guitar, Adam Wakeman on bass and Tommy Clufetos on drums, performed their evergreen hit “Paranoid” to a crowd of 30,000 at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

It was the first time Osbourne, 73, has appeared on stage in Germany since November 2020. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2019 and underwent major surgery in June of that year.

Osbourne and Black Sabbath’s performance, teased by commentators throughout the evening, capped a musical extravaganza featuring several local acts including Apache Indian, Beverley Knight, Dexys, Goldie, Jacob Banks, Jaykae, Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula, Ash, Mahalia, Musical Youth, Neelam Gill, Panjabi MC, Raza Hussain, Talulah-Eve, The Selecter and UB40.

The finale also featured a sequence from the theater show “Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby” with a newly commissioned track by Laura Mvula inspired by Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” which will be used as the TV show’s theme song. Written and adapted for the stage by creator and Birmingham native Steven Knight, choreographed and directed by Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer, the theater production will have its world premiere on September 27th at the Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

The next Commonwealth Games will take place in Victoria, Australia.

Birmingham is one of the cities competing to host the Eurovision 2023 finals.

https://variety.com/2022/music/global/ozzy-osbourne-black-sabbath-paranoid-commonwealth-games-1235336733/ Ozzy Osbourne makes a surprise appearance at the Commonwealth Games final

Charles Jones

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