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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. 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.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne 'not divorcing'

Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that he is not divorcing his wife Sharon following reports that the couple were living apart.

The British singer confirmed on his Facebook page that over the past year he has been "drinking and taking drugs". He apologised to his family and said that he was pleased to say he "has been sober for the past 44 days".

His son Jack Osbourne also rubbished reports that his parents were separating. Writing on his Twitter account he said "Last time I check (sic) a lot of British news papers weren't amazing sources of accurate information. Moving on..."

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Black Sabbath announce new album title

Ozzy Osbourne performing with Birmingham band Black Sabbath Credit: PA

Birmingham rock legends Black Sabbath have announced the title of their new album - 13.

It is the first studio album by three members of the original band - Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) - since 1978's Never Say Die! They were joined at sessions by Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk.

The album, recorded mainly in Los Angeles, is due to be released in June, although an exact date is not yet known.

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