Last week (September 8th) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne performed the halftime show for the Los Angeles Rams season opener at SoFi Stadium on the eve of the release of his Patient Number 9 album. Because that performance was only seen by game attendees (NBC also aired a short clip of during the game telecast), Ozzy has obtained the full performance to share with his fans. He was joined by longtime band members Zakk Wylde and Tommy Clufetos,along with Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and Patient Number 9 producer Andrew Watt (who also worked with Ozzy’s on 2020’s Ordinary Man album) for a medley of the album’s title track, along with his legendary classic (and popular sports anthem) Crazy Train. The singer’s album Paitent Number 9 (released September 9th on Epic) marks Ozzy’s first release since his critically acclaimed worldwide chart-topping album Ordinary Man in 2020. Watch the performance below.
Produced by Andrew Watt marks Ozzy’s 13th solo studio album. It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic–it’s everything you’d want from an Ozzy record and maybe more. Working with producer Watt for the second time, Ozzy welcomed a dynamic A-list featured guests. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-master Tony Iommi appears on an Ozzy solo album.
The record also boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time OZZY band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney supplying bass on a few songs.

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    1. In Ozzy’s – and any other artist agreeing to do a half-time event – defense, (1) The stage is rolled out for the performance so there can be no soundcheck from the actual location. (2) The sound crew has to mix the feed for the live audience on the fly, while the TV crew is mixing the live feed for the viewing audience. So it’s almost inevitable that it will sound terrible. (3) It’s almost like a hit & run because the artist’s performance time is choreographed to almost the second with ZERO room for any variables.

      It’s easy for purists to mock Ozzy (and others) for lip-syncing at a football half-time performance, but it’s technically and logistically almost impossible for them to sound even remotely good. So of course they’re going to opt for a totally or partially lip-synced performance.

    2. What’s worse, they did not even have the respect to air his complete performance, only a short clip, which reportedly, outraged fans. We all know been this been JLo, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, etc., the entire show would have been aired.

      For personal reasons, I don’t watch the NFL anymore. So, I had to rely on what was reported, and mentioned in this official press release, to know that NBC did not air most of his half time performance. I find that quite insulting, not only to Ozzy, but his legion of fans.

    3. Dana, I hear what you’re saying. But I think Ozzy (and any other artists) are totally willing to make those compromises because the publicity value outweighs any “adjustments” they need to make in their song/performance. It’s a sure-fire way to reach millions of people beyond just hardcore fans.

  1. This is so heavily edited and produced that it’s just a music video. Even the audience is clearly on a separate track. I’m curious to hear what it actually sounded like at the stadium – even if he was lip-syncing.

  2. He just wants to go out doing the thing he loves and he has a alot of support to make that happen . He`s my all time favorite artist and it`s going to be incredibly sad when he is no longer with us so I savor moments like this even though its not live .

  3. Dana,

    I don’t watch the NFL anymore either for personal reasons. Glad I’m not the only one. I haven’t watched since probably 2016 or 2017. And when the nfl keeps paying guys like Deshaun Watson guaranteed contracts worth $250 million it just reaffirms that I made a wise decision.

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