Ozzy Osbourne returned to his hometown of Birmingham on Monday night (8 August) for a surprise appearance at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Aston-born musician, 73, has performed with his band Black Sabbath, which includes guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Tommy Clufetos and bassist Adam Wakeman.
The group performed their 1970 hit “Paranoid.”
“C’mon, let’s go crazy,” Osbourne told the crowd as the band played the famous chords to “Iron Man.”
Concluding the brief appearance, he added: “Thank you good night you are the best God bless you all – Birmingham forever.”
Fans took to social media to share their reactions. “A Black Sabbath reunion at the Commonwealth Games was the last thing I expected. This is awesome!” one person tweeted.
“Looked like he was having a blast,” added another.
Last month, Osbourne thanked fans for their support after undergoing “life-changing surgery”.
The ceremony began with the infamous fictional crime gang, the Peaky Blinders, taking center stage as part of a celebration of the West Midlands’ musical heritage.
The international competition ended on Monday evening after 11 days of sport.
The ceremony at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham featured artists including UB40, Beverley Knight, Dexys Midnight Runners, Goldie, The Selecter and Jorja Smith.
Mercury Award nominee Laura Mvula, 36, also gave a special performance of a newly commissioned track inspired by Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand,” the theme song Peaky Blinders.
The track featured a sequence from the highly anticipated theater show Peaky Blinders: Salvation by Thomas Shelby.
The production, written by the show’s creator Steven Knight and adapted for the stage, will premiere at the Birmingham Hippodrome on September 27 as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.
Ahead of the event, Mvula described her performance as “sexy and dark but cheerful” and told the PA news agency she felt “pleased” for Birmingham.
“In general, particularly in other parts of the UK that I’ve been to, Birmingham has tended to get a bad rap,” she said.
“It’s the second city. It’s not London. That’s all we know about it – and the accent.
“But what I love Peaky Blindersone thing I’ll acknowledge in my performance tonight is that they’ve turned the Birmingham accent back into gold.
“It’s something I’m proud of and I embrace more. I love it now when people say, ‘Are you from Birmingham? I can hear it in your accent because it’s part of my heritage.”
2022 was the most successful Commonwealth Games ever for the home countries with a total of 275 medals including 85 gold medals.
England led only behind Australia in the medal tally and 176 overall with 57 gold medals, while Northern Ireland set national records and Scotland and Wales were also successful.
The Duke of Wessex officially closed the ceremony by saying: “Every four years we endeavor to come together to celebrate our Commonwealth through sport.
“You have once again brought the spirit and values of the Commonwealth to life through the manner, style and enthusiasm with which you have competed, officiated, supported, organized and volunteered.
“You have inspired us and hopefully future generations. They also showed what connects us. Thank you Birmingham.”
Additional reporting by PA
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