Ozzy Osbourne brings Ozzfest to the Metaverse Music Festival.
Set to take place between November 10 and 13, the second iteration of the multi-genre event will see Black Sabbath legends perform virtually at MVMF alongside other acts confirmed for Ozzfest.
The festival takes place in the virtual blockchain world of Decentraland.
The lineup also includes rapper Soulja Boy and DJ Dillon Francis, the latter of whom has joined forces with Vegas City to create his own club and will also open the festival.
MVMF promises a unique “Web3-enabled” experience, typically using blockchain, cryptocurrency and NFT.
The debut festival in 2021 featured Paris Hilton, Deadmau5 and Alison Wonderland and drew more than 50,000 attendees.
The virtual gig announcement comes as Ozzy has repeatedly said he’s “determined” to tour again – even if it means “nailing the board and wheeling the stage”.
The 73-year-old singer – who recently took some time out of the spotlight as he dealt with his Parkinson’s diagnosis and spinal problems – insists he will return to the stage for a show because this is where he “belongs”.
He said: “I’m determined to get back on stage, even if I have to wheel on a board with nails. Living is my legacy.
“This is where I belong. The relationship I have with my audience is the greatest love affair of my life.”
Ozzy insists that he feels “young at heart”, but knows he’s getting old because “things are going wrong”.
He added: “That’s the only thing that reminds me that I’m getting old: things go wrong and don’t work anymore. But I still feel young at heart.”
Ozzy returned to the U.S. stage last month for a halftime performance at Sophie Stadium for the Los Angeles Rams, as they faced the Buffalo Bills in the NFL season opener.
The Black Sabbath star opened his act with ‘Patient Number 9’, the title track from his new 13th solo studio album, and was later joined by guitarist Jack Wylde for ‘Crazy Train’.
It was Ozzy’s first US performance since joining forces with Post Malone and Travis Scott to collaborate on the tune ‘Take What You Want’ at the 2019 American Music Awards, although he hasn’t played a full gig since 2018.
But he made a surprise appearance at this summer’s Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in his hometown of Birmingham, England, performing alongside fellow Sabbath legend Tony Iommi and drummer Tommy Kloufetos and bassist Adam Wakeman.
Ozzy – who was born in the inner Birmingham area of Aston – told the crowd: “I love you, Birmingham – good to be back.”
The ‘Paranoid’ star collapsed at his Los Angeles home in 2019 while battling pneumonia, and at one point he was left thinking the worst.
He said recently: “It got so bad that at one point I thought, ‘Oh God, please don’t let me wake up tomorrow morning.’ Because it was pain.”
Ozzy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in February 2019, which he publicly disclosed in January 2020.