Ozzy Osbourne gives surprise performance at Birmingham Commonwealth Games just two months after surgery

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Ozzy Osbourne made a surprise appearance at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, performing with Black Sabbath.

The 73-year-old rocker - who has been diagnosed with degenerative disease Parkinson’s and recently had major spinal surgery - performed the heavy metal band's 1970 hit Paranoid as fireworks exploded around him.

Osbourne told the crowd: "I love you, Birmingham - it's good to be back!"

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Ozzy Osbourne performs on stage during the Closing Ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Ozzy Osbourne told the crowd, 'It's good to be back' at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games closing ceremony. (PA)

Joined by members of Black Sabbath - who formed in Birmgham in 1969 - he told the crowd, "Come on, let's go crazy," as the band played the chords to Iron Man.

At the end of the short performance Osbourne said: "Thank you, good night, you are the best, God bless you all - Birmingham forever."

Osbourne - who has not performed live since 2017 when Black Sabbath ended their final tour in Birmingham - is recovering from major surgery to his spine in June.

Ozzy Osbourne performs on stage during the Closing Ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Ozzy Osbourne underwent major spinal surgery in June. (PA)

The rock star had an operation to remove and realign the pins in his neck and back that were inserted following a quad-biking accident in 2003.

He originally injured his spine in a quad-bike accident in 2003. Pins were fitted to realign his back and neck following the injury.

But these were then knocked out of place when he suffered a fall at his Los Angeles home in 2019 and he underwent another operation.

UB40 performed Red Red Wine at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.
UB40 performed Red Red Wine at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony. (PA)

After being plagued by health problems he revealed in an emotional interview with Good Morning America in January 2020 that he had been diagnosed with degenerative disease Parkinson’s, which affects the nervous system and can cause depression.

The European leg of his No More Tours 2 tour — postponed since he fell ill in 2019 — is currently scheduled to go ahead in 2023.

Also performing at the Alexander Stadium to celebrate the culmination of the sporting event were local band Dexy's Midnight Runners, who opened the show with Come On Eileen.

Goldie and Beverley Knight perform during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony.
Goldie and Beverley Knight paid homage to the midlands during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. (Getty Images)

Birmingham reggae stars UB40 performed a rendition of Red Red Wine, and Goldie and Beverley Knight, both from nearby Wolverhampton, collaborated to pay tribute to their home town.

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The closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2022 also included a preview of the upcoming Peaky Blinders musical. The hit TV show starring Cillian Murphy is set in 1920s Birmingham.