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Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi reunite to play Black Sabbath songs at Commonwealth Games

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Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi staged a mini Black Sabbath reunion Monday at the closing ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, a sporting event held in the metal legends’ hometown of Birmingham, England.

They took the stage together for the first time since Sabbath played their farewell show in 2017. The performance began with Iommi rocking the iconic “Iron Man” riff as Ozzy got the crowd pumped up, before transitioning into a rendition of “Paranoid.”

You can watch footage of the performance — which also featured Ozzy solo band members Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman on drums and bass, respectively — via the Commonwealth Games Instagram.

In addition to the reunion with Iommi, the show marked Ozzy’s first live performance since he appeared on the 2019 American Music Awards alongside Post Malone and Travis Scott.

The Prince of Darkness had originally scheduled a tour for throughout 2019, which was postponed to early 2020 due to health issues before being pushed to later in the year after Osbourne suffered a fall and required surgery. Then, of course, came the COVID-19 pandemic, which has, so far, postponed Ozzy’s live dates to 2023.

Meanwhile, Ozzy and Iommi will reunite again on the former’s upcoming solo album, Patient Number 9, due out September 9. The two play together on songs called “Degradation Rules” and “No Escape from Now.”

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