Ozzy Osbourne Sings in the Rain With Slash, Tom Morello & Geezer Butler at Voodoo Fest

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Ozzy Osbourne performs onstage at EpicFest presented by Chairman and CEO of Epic Records, L.A. Reid at Sony Pictures Studios on Aug. 29, 2015 in Culver City, California.

It’s difficult to find a musical act more perfect for Halloween than Ozzy Osbourne at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans.
 
Osbourne gave fans an all-star metal performance on the rainy Saturday (Oct. 31) night, bringing along special guests Guns N’ RosesSlash, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler. 

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Osbourne started out his set with “I Don’t Know,” “Mr. Crowley,” and “Bark at the Moon.” He sprayed the crowd with a fire hose throughout the night, dumped a bucket of water on his head twice and repeatedly asked the audience if they were having fun.  “I can’t f---ing hear you,” he kept saying, smiling when the crowd responded with cheers. This was the 66-year-old's first solo performance in several years.
 
“Iron Man” was a crowd favorite, with Morello, Slash and Butler joining Osbourne on the stage.  Morello’s guitar had a sign reading “Ozzy Rules”on the back with “Arm the Homeless” on the front.
 
Two Smurfs made out in the Loa VIP section, blue falling down their faces with the rain as Butler performed an impressive bass solo during “N.I.B.”
 
Tigger and Eeyore held hands and sang along to “I Don’t Want to Change the World,” and a man dressed up as bacon banged his head to “Snowblind.” Fire blasted out of the ground of the stage during “War Pigs” as Osbourne asked the crowd to jump up and “go f---ing wild.”

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Osbourne apologized profusely for the “f---ing rain” but told his audience to “just have fun.” Then he sweetly sang the line, “I’m singing in the rain” -- because who doesn’t want a little Gene Kelly with their metal? -- before performing “Fairies Wear Boots.”
 
“You can go crazy during this song,” Osbourne said as he introduced “Crazy Train.” He sprayed the crowd with the fire hose again and then got down on his knees and bowed, saying, “Thank you so much for sticking it out in this f---ing dreadful weather. I love you all.”
 
Chants of “Ozzy, Ozzy” reverberated throughout the crowd, so the singer responded by performing two encores, “Mama I’m Coming Home” and “Paranoid," the last of which featured a Slash solo. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the stage as Osbourne sprayed the crowd one final time and bowed down again. Afterward, his fans trekked through the mud to leave City Park, flip-flops abandoned in the swampy ground, a preview of what was to come with the next day’s cancelation.

 


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