Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne pays tribute to wife Sharon at Hyde Park gig

The frontman revealed that July 4 was his wedding anniversary

Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath headlined Hyde Park last night (July 4), marking the heaviest night of music in a host of live events at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival.

The band, dressed in their customary black, took to the stage following Seattle’s Soundgarden – who played their 1994 album ‘Superunknown’ in its entirety – and opened with ‘War Pigs’, set against a backdrop of big-screen visuals that included footage of various fascist dictators and marching armies. Earlier in the day Faith No More debuted two new songs at the event.

Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was on form, tearing out diabolical riffs on his crucifix-encrusted custom Gibson SG guitar. Geezer Butler opened ‘N.I.B’ with his bass guitar solo ‘Bassically’ and Sabbath’s touring sticksman Tommy Clufeto, filling in for absent, original drummer Bill Ward, wowed the audience with an extended drum solo that took off after ‘Rat Salad’ and segued into a stomping rendition of ‘Iron Man’, which the crowd sang along to with gusto, devil horn finger salutes raised in their hundreds.

Between songs, before a light patter of rain began to fall, Osbourne told the crowd that July 4 – Independence Day in the United States – marked his wedding anniversary to wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne. He then encouraged the crowd to give her a round of applause for keeping him alive through his years of hard living. “Do you know what day it is today? It’s my fucking wedding anniversary,” he commented. “Sharon! Get out here!”

Iommi had hinted to Metal Hammer magazine back in May that their British Summer Time show might be the band’s last, before permanent retirement, but this was not confirmed or denied during the set. As the gig drew to a close, with ‘Paranoid’, a stunning fireworks display illuminated the cloud-covered night sky.

Black Sabbath played:

‘War Pigs’
‘Into the Void’
‘Age of Reason’
‘Black Sabbath’
‘Behind the Wall of Sleep’
‘Fairies Wear Boots’
‘Rat Salad’
‘Iron Man’
‘God Is Dead?’
‘Children of the Grave’
‘Paranoid/’Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’