Osbourne, who recently swapped jokes with US President George W Bush during a reception at the White House, is the latest name to confirm for the Party At The Palace concert – part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Festival Weekend. He will perform the Black Sabbath classic ’Paranoid’.
The event, which will be compered by comedians Lenny Henry and Ben Elton, has seen 12,000 tickets handed out to people throughout the British Isles. The Willy Wonka-style golden tickets were allocated by a ballot and limited to two per person.
Other guests announced to take part include Ricky Martin, Beach Boys founder member Brian Wilson, Tom Jones, Will Young and Aretha Franklin. The event’s creative consultant is Sir George Martin, the legendary The Beatles producer.
The concert will be broadcast on BBC nationwide and around London on specially erected giant screens.
A classical music concert will also take place two days before on June 1. Dame Kiri De Te Kanawa will star.