Black Sabbath return to rock Download

Reunited band close metal festival with triumphant hits set

Black Sabbath brought the 10th Download festival to a dramatic close on Sunday evening.

Ozzy Osbourne appeared onstage, enthusiastically introducing original bandmates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Drummer Bill Ward chose not to take part in the reunion, claiming he had only been asked to play "minimally" with the band, so Tommy Clufetos stepped in. Guitarist Iommi, who is being treated for cancer, was deemed well enough to appear, with Osbourne declaring him "the real Iron Man".

The set featured such classics as War Pigs, Paranoid and Sweet Leaf. Black Sabbath already have 15 songs written for a new album, but the Download show was packed with nods to their history, with an opening montage of vintage photos, before the show began with their titular song. "When we first formed 40 years ago, I had no idea we'd be here doing this."

Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne have an illustrious history with the seminal Donington rock site. Before being rebranded as Download 10 years ago, and following its heritage as Monsters of Rock, the annual metal event was known as Ozzfest.

Festival promoter Andy Copping praised this year's event, saying: "This year is undoubtedly the biggest and best lineup we've ever had, and we've seen some absolutely cracking performances to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary."


Dan Martin

The GuardianTramp

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