Ozzy Osbourne Joined On Stage By 10 Year Old Shredder
August 26, 2010
Caryn Ganz of Stop The Presses reports: Ozzy Osbourne has performed with a huge list of musical giants: He jammed with Metallica at last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concert in New York, sang for Slash on the guitarist’s recent solo disc, and even hooked up with the Wu-Tang Clan for a track on his greatest hits “Bible of Ozz.” But the Prince of Darkness’s latest – and most pint-sized – collaborator is one of his most intriguing yet: 10-year-old Japanese guitar prodigy Yuto Miyazawa.
Miyazawa recently joined Osbourne on the singer’s six-date summer Ozzfest tour, performing the classic “Crazy Train” alongside Ozzy and his band. Blabbermouth tracked down footage from the August 21 show in Hartford, Connecticut, where Miyazawa did an awe-inspiring Randy Rhoads impression: He wailed on the same black-with-white polka-dotted flying-V guitar Rhoads was known to use – and Ozzy even hoisted the young guitarist into the air (around the three-minute mark) to replicate the cover of the song’s 1987 live single. On his Twitter account, Miyazawa linked to a snapshot of himself shredding on Ozzy’s shoulder, adding, “I like this photo!”
The young guitarist made a splash on the 2010 Ozzfest tour, but this wasn’t the first time he’d played alongside the metal legend: Last year, he joined Ozzy at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, where Osbourne introduced him by saying, “You’ve got to check this [expletive] guy out!” Miyazawa met Osbourne after performing “Crazy Train” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in May 2009, when Osbourne emerged from backstage to shake his hand, totally stunning Miyazawa. The prodigy returned to DeGeneres’s show in May 2010 with his power trio to perform Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” (which he sang in an adorably pre-pubescent squeak).