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Birmingham band Black Sabbath will be headlining tonight at the final day of the Download Festival in Leicestershire.

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Black Sabbath hope Hyde Park gig gets royal approval

Black Sabbath are topping the bill at an outdoor show in London's Hyde Park this summer - and they hope they will get royal approval.

The veteran rock group is the latest headline act to be announced for the British Summer Time festival, and will play the event's opening night on July 4.

Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath.
Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath. Credit: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

Osbourne reminisced that when he first went to London he was impoverished and "spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave".

"Returning almost 50 years on we are doing a bit better for ourselves, so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park ... We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the royals will enjoy it," he added.

Birmingham's Black Sabbath win three Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards

Black Sabbath Credit: PA

Reunited heavy metal band Black Sabbath have landed a hat-trick of prizes at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards tonight.

In addition to an honorary living legend prize, their comeback release 13 was named best album and they took the event of the year title for the hitting number one with the collection.

Guitarist Wilko Johnson who announced earlier this year he has terminal cancer and is refusing treatment - took the "innovation" prize from the magazine.

Black Sabbath's comeback album took them to number one for the first time in 43 years.

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Ozzy Osbourne: 'I can rest easily knowing we finished things properly with 13'

We're still revelling in coming back with this. I don't want to promise anything to anyone. It took us long enough to do this, and we can't wait another 43 years to have another number one. If it comes to pass we don't make another record, then I can rest easily knowing we finished things properly with 13.

– Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath say their success a 'tonic' for the music industry

Following their album chart success this weekend the frontman of Black Sabbath has said that their success is a 'tonic' for the manufactured music which normally dominates our airwaves.

The band, which formed in Birmingham, have set a new UK chart record for the longest gap between number one albums, overtaking Rod Stewart who set a similar record last month.

Chart reappearance for Black Sabbath?

The group could feature high in the album charts this afternoon Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Black Sabbath could have their first number one album for 43 years this afternoon.

Their new album '13' is currently at number one in the mid-week charts.

They last achieved a number one album with their second release 'Paranoid' in 1970 which featured signature tracks such as War Pigs and Iron Man.

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