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Ozzy Osbourne plays first solo show since Black Sabbath farewell
Ozzy Osbourne played his first solo concert since the completion of Black Sabbath's farewell tour on Friday night (July 14th) at the Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Ozzy last performed live in February, when Sabbath played its two final concerts in Birmingham, England to conclude its "The End" victory lap. The singer was joined for the solo show by guitarist Zakk Wylde, who was Ozzy's regular axeman from 1988 to 2007 and is doing Ozzy's current solo run.
Ozzy's touring lineup also includes Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass, Adam Wakeman on keyboards and Tommy Clufetos on drums. Clufetos also played drums on the last two Sabbath world tours.
Ozzy told us a while back what motivates him to keep performing live: "I was watching 60 Minutes and there was a segment on Bruce Springsteen where they asked him the same question, and he said, 'You know what? It's fun. It's what I like doing. I like making them have fun and I like having fun for me by seeing them have fun.' And it's pretty true, you know. It's because I just love to see the kids. It's like a challenge for me."
Ozzy was set to play on Sunday night (July 16th) at the Chicago Open Air Festival and currently has only six more dates scheduled between now and early November.
Next month will see the singer play the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota, Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minnesota and the Moonstock festival in Cartersville, Illinois. More shows will follow in September and October, with the final date set for this year's edition of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 4th in San Bernardino, California.
Ozzy has spoken about recording a new solo album -- his first since 2010's Scream -- but official details have yet to emerge.
Here is Ozzy's set list from Friday:
"Bark At The Moon"
"I Don't Know"
"Fairies Wear Boots"
"No More Tears"
"Shot In The Dark"
"I Don't Want To Change The World"
"Mama, I'm Coming Home"