Black Sabbath treat Commonwealth Games closing ceremony audience to a surprise reunion

Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi performed ‘Paranoid’ for a hometown audience in Birmingham

As the Commonwealth Games closed in style in Birmingham on Monday night, the audience were treated to a surprise from two original members of Black Sabbath. Teasing the intro to ‘Iron Man’, with Osbourne roaring “I am Iron Man” from backstage, the group then launched into ‘Paranoid’, their lead single from the album of the same name.

Joining them onstage were two musicians who had accompanied them on their The End tour: bassist Adam Wakeman and drummer Tommy Clufetos. Fireworks burst around them as they closed out the celebrations, cheered on by an enthusiastic hometown crowd.

BLACK SABBATH - "Paranoid" (Official Video)

Iommi had already appeared in the opening ceremony for the Games, playing track ‘Hear My Voice’ with saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch. A few years prior, Osbourne also teased involvement in the celebrations surrounding the Games. “Yes, that would be fantastic,” he said to Blabbermouth. “With Black Sabbath or on my own.”

Osbourne will hit the stage again in 2023, bringing a new tour to venues around the UK including London’s O2. Get tickets here.