Ozzy Osbourne made a triumphant return to Castle Donington on Sunday night (10th June 2018), at his first ever solo Download Festival appearance. The closing set, attended by wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, came as part of the singer’s ‘No More Tours 2’ farewell tour.
Following on from appearances at the Donington Park site in 1986 at the Monsters of Rock festival, and again a decade later as part of the Donington ‘96 event, the Black Sabbath singer’s solo set proved a hit, as he made his way through his catalogue.
Taking place from 7th – 10th June 2018, Ozzy’s set followed on from Avenged Sevenfold, who closed day one of Download, and headliners Guns ‘N’ Roses, whose Saturday night set proved the longest in the event’s fifteen-year history.
With nods to every era of his career, including a trio of Black Sabbath tracks, Ozzy rode the Crazy Train from his 1969 debut with Black Sabbath, to his career-defining ‘Blizzard of Oz’ and ‘No More Tears’ albums.
With a band that included three-decade side man Zakk Wylde on guitar, and recent Sabbath touring member Tommy Clufetos on drums, Ozzy proved a formidable force, delivering a focused and formidable final night at Download.
Kicking off with a raucous ‘Bark At The Moon’, and goading the crowd to; “Go fucking crazy”, the singer was in better form than he had been in recent times. Having spent the last few years touring and recording with Black Sabbath, Ozzy re-stamped his authority on a hits-filled solo career, delivering such gems as a darkly thrilling ‘Mr. Crowley’ and singalong ‘Shot In The Dark’.
With extended solo sections from various band members affording Ozz a well-earned break, it was Zakk Wylde’s extended jam that proved the biggest hit. Going walkabout and getting up close and personal with the front rows, the Black Label Society front man teased, with snippets from ‘Miracle Man’, ‘Perry Mason’, and ‘Desire’ during a twenty-minute excursion.
Bringing the night, and the festival to a close, the anthemic ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’ bled into a roof-raising ‘Paranoid’, as Ozzy bid farewell in style.
Eonmusic caught up with Zakk Wylde at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards in London on Monday night (11th June 2018), to talk about the Download show, the ‘No More Tours 2’ trek, and more. Stay tuned for our coverage to be published shortly.
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