Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne: 'Download's going to be great'

However the frontman says there is a chance that 'the band could blow up'

Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne: 'Download's going to be great'

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Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath has spoken to NME ahead of the band's headline slot at this weekend's Download Festival, promising their set will be "great".

The reunited metal legends will headline the metal festival's main stage - which has been named the Jim Marshall Stage in honour of the amp pioneer, who passed away earlier this year - on Sunday (June 10), after sets from the likes of Megadeth and Soundgarden.

Speaking to NME in a video interview which you can see above, Osbourne said of their upcoming performance:

If it's half as good as last time, it'll be great.


The band last played the Donington site in 2005 as part of Ozzfest. Osbourne continued: "You never know what's going to happen, your voice could go, the band could blow up... fall off stage. Hopefully you'll give them a good show; give the audience value for money."

Guitarist Tony Iommi, who has been battling cancer, also told NME that after the band's summer shows at Download and Lollapalooza in Chicago in August, the band plan to head back to Los Angeles to record their new album, before touring the world in 2013.

Download is the only remaining gig of their world tour to feature Iommi as he continues to receive treatment for lymphoma. The rest of the jaunt is billed as an Ozzy And Friends tour, which will see the likes of ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Zakk Wylde guest.

The festival, which will also be headlined by The Prodigy and Metallica, starts tomorrow (June 8) at Donington Park.

See Downloadfestival.com for more information about the festival.

To check the availability of Download Festival 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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