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.

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