Ozzy Osbourne Plays First Solo Show Since Black Sabbath’s Farewell

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With Black Sabbath‘s farewell show this past February in the rear view mirror, Ozzy Osbourne resumed his solo career last night at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, Wisc. You can see footage from the concert embedded above and below.

This mini-tour — only eight dates are scheduled between last night and Nov. 4 — marks the first run of shows with Zakk Wylde on guitar since 2006. Wylde was his regular guitarist from 1988-2007, although they’ve often performed together since then. Judging by his post-show tweet, Wylde is clearly glad to be back.

“BIG OZZY THANKS To The OSHKOSH,WI CHAPTER for Making it a CRUSHING NIGHT!!!” he wrote. “It was a BLAST Rolling w/The BOSS & The FELLAS Once Again!!!tBLSt”

The next stop for Osbourne and Wylde will be closing out the Chicago Open Air Festival tomorrow night. In August, they’ll play Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, S.D., followed by the Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn. and the Moonstock Festival in Cartersville, Ill.

After a few shows in September and October, their final date will be a reprise of last year’s Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on Nov. 4 in San Bernadino, Calif. Osbourne will headline the first night of a bill that features Prophets of Rage and the Deftones, while Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Stone Sour perform on the next day.

Osbourne is also working on a new solo album, which will be his first since 2010’s Scream. Longtime Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens revealed that they collaborated on a project. “We spent about a week working on some tunes,” he said back in February. “I haven’t heard anything, so I guess he’s really happy with them. So yes, I did some writing and recording with him.”

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