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Ozzy Osbourne Fights Blazing Fire at BlizzCon 2009, Hoses Thousands

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Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 11:30 AM

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.

click to enlarge The devil's horns were flying in Anaheim - ERIC VANBEEK
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  • The devil's horns were flying in Anaheim

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.

click to enlarge Ozzy Osbourne and Greek guitar god Gus G at BlizzCon - ERIC VANBEEK
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  • Ozzy Osbourne and Greek guitar god Gus G at BlizzCon

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).

click to enlarge Nine-year-old prodigy Yuto Miyazawa - ERIC VANBEEK
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  • Nine-year-old prodigy Yuto Miyazawa

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.

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