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Ozzy Osbourne Fights Blazing Fire at BlizzCon 2009, Hoses Thousands

This past weekend Ozzy Osbourne gigged BlizzCon, the convention held by top-tier gaming producer Blizzard Entertainment, the creator of, among others, World of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo.

From the photos that LA Weekly's Eric VanBeek snapped during the show at the Anaheim Convention Center, the legendary Black Sabbath screamer was in fine form.

The devil's horns were flying in Anaheim
The devil's horns were flying in Anaheim
Eric VanBeek

The OC Weekly covered the convention over at its Heard Mentality blog. Twenty-thousand people showed up, many of them costumed, and paid $125 a pop to co-mingle with other human embodiments of the avatars that they try to blow to pieces when at home.

Ozzy Osbourne and Greek guitar god Gus G at BlizzCon
Ozzy Osbourne and Greek guitar god Gus G at BlizzCon
Eric VanBeek

Osbourne played the gig not with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde, but with his rumored new guitarist Gus G, of Greek metal band Firewind. Filling in behind the kit while drummer Mike Bordin was on the road with a reunited Faith No More was Tommy Clufetos (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie).

Nine-year-old prodigy Yuto Miyazawa
Nine-year-old prodigy Yuto Miyazawa
Eric VanBeek

Japanese guitarist Yuto Miyazawa is the Mozart of Metal, a prodigy who started wailing on his instrument of choice when he was a tyke. He proved it when he hopped onstage for "Crazy Train." At one point Miyazawa rode around on Ozzy's shoulders while soloing.

 

Somehow Ozzy ended up with a hose
Somehow Ozzy ended up with a hose
Eric VanBeek

Ozzy practiced proper firefighting when he noticed a brush fire break out in the crowd, and quickly stepped into action. He selflessly stayed behind while the masses made their way to the exits; flames consumed the convention center, but our man Ozzy didn't flee. He set the hose on the conflagration and extinguished it.

Phew. All in a day's work.
Phew. All in a day's work.
Eric VanBeek

Once the fire was put out, Ozzy cooled himself off. All in a day's work.

(None of that actually happened.)


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