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NBC Airs Just 10 Seconds of Ozzy Osbourne’s Season Opening NFL Halftime Show

Fans were understandably left outraged

Ozzy Osbourne performs during halftime of Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills
Ozzy Osbourne performs during halftime of Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills, photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Ozzy Osbourne performed a two-song set at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Thursday night (September 8th) during halftime of the NFL’s season opening game between the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately, those watching the game on NBC only saw a few seconds of the performance.

    During the broadcast, NBC sportscaster Maria Taylor introduced the performance in the middle of Ozzy singing the title track to his new album, Patient Number 9, at midfield. After about 10 seconds or so, cameras cut back to Taylor and the halftime crew analyzing the first half of the game.

    From what we briefly saw on TV, the metal icon’s backing band for “Patient Number 9” included Tommy Clufetos on drums, Chris Chaney on bass, and producer Andrew Watt on guitar. Thanks to fan-filmed footage on Twitter, however, we also know that Ozzy performed “Crazy Train” with Zakk Wylde.

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    Angry fans have taken to Twitter with comments like “NBC absolutely fucking sucks for not showing Ozzy Osbourne play the halftime show” and “NBC thinking we’d rather hear a 1st half recap than Ozzy Osbourne’s performance is… puzzling.”

    The halftime show marked only the second time Ozzy has performed live in nearly three years. He surprised fans last month by singing “Paranoid” with Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi at the Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham, England. He previously postponed his farewell solo tour due to various health setbacks, including his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.

    Patient Number 9 arrives on Friday (September 9th), and features an all-star roster of musicians, including Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Zakk Wylde, Mike McCready, Robert Trujillo, Duff McKagan, Chad Smith, and the late Taylor Hawkins. Read Heavy Consequence’s review of the album here.

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    See the entire clip of NBC’s broadcast of Ozzy’s halftime performance, followed by fan-filmed footage and a few angry tweets, below.

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