To close out the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi reunited on stage to perform Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and a shortened version of “Iron Man.”
Iommi performed at the opening ceremony last month, but his and Osbourne’s joint appearance was kept under wraps until the big stage moment, which marked the first time the two legends of the metal have played together since the last Black Sabbath show on February 4, 2017.
A familiar pair of musicians joined them on stage – drummer Tommy Clufetos, who played live with Black Sabbath from 2012 to this last gig and has been in Ozzy’s band since 2009, and bassist Adam Wakeman, who has played keyboards live on Sabbath and Ozzy for a great number of years.
Which makes it even sweeter that the 2022 Commonwealth Games (an in-house multi-sport competition between Commonwealth nations taking place every four years) took place in Birmingham, England, where Osbourne and Iommi grew up and trained Black Sabbath over 50 years. from.
Check out footage from their performance of “Paranoid” below and check out professionally shot photos of the night further down the page.
What is particularly surprising is that Osbourne was able to perform on stage as he is less than two months away from major surgery to remove and realign pins in his neck and back after metal rods in her body dislodged during a nighttime fall in 2019.
Still, he hopped up and down the platform and intoned the songs with apparent ease and a huge grin on his face.
Things between Osbourne and Iommi have been pretty friendly lately, with Iommi contributing two songs on Patient number 9, the next new album from the “Prince of Darkness”. So far, one such song featuring Iommi, “Degradation Rules,” has been released.
Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi Perform Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ at Commonwealth Games
Ozzy Osbourne + Tony Iommi at the Commonwealth Games 2022
The Black Sabbath legends reunited on stage at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the UK for a brief performance that included a pair of Sabbath songs.
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