Queen guitarist Brian May, an avid rock music fan as well as a professional rock musician, admitted to being a little ’emotional’ watching Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi come together to play classical material of Sabbath during the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in England, Monday August 8.
Although Iommi opened the games, Ozzy’s involvement came as a complete surprise to spectators at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium and viewers at home. It was the first time the two heavy metal legends had played together since Black Sabbath’s last gig in 2017.
Naturally, May was excited. “That’s the way to do it!!!” said the Queen rocker alongside a snippet of the performance which he later shared with his social media followers.
“I must say that I was a little moved to see Ozzy and Iommi on stage together again,” he added. “Epic!!!”
Joining Osbourne and Iommi on stage on Monday were a familiar pair of musicians. They would be drummer Tommy Clufetos, who played live with Black Sabbath from 2012 and has been part of Ozzy’s solo band since 2009, and bassist Adam Wakeman, who played keyboards live for Sabbath and Osbourne. for many years.
Osbourne and Iommi also recently reunited on record. The Sabbath guitarist contributes two songs on Patient number 9, the new album to be released by the metal singer. One of those songs, “Degradation Rules,” was released as a single last month.
At the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Osbourne and Iommi performed Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and a truncated version of the band’s “Iron Man”. (Watch the video below.) Last month, May wrapped up the long-running “Rhapsody Tour” with Queen + Adam Lambert.
Ozzy Osbourne + Tony Iommi, “Paranoid” (Live) – August 8, 2022
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