Still rocking: Black Sabbath to headline Hyde Park festival

09:51 31 March 2014

Left to right: Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler. The band will play the festival

Left to right: Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler. The band will play the festival's opening night on July 4 (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Black Sabbath, who formed nearly 50 years ago, are to headline the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this summer.

The veteran rockers, including Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi, will play the opening night of the event on July 4.

The announcement comes after the band made a major comeback last year with a number one album and a sell-out tour.

Osbourne said 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”.

He continued: “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 - the most beautiful park in London - that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past. We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the royals will enjoy it.”

Support acts include Soundgarden and Faith No More.

Other headliners for the event, staged from July 4 to 13, which have already been announced include Neil Young and McBusted.

Tickets go on sale generally from Friday at 9am, although there are some pre-sale tickets available from tomorrow, with further details at bst-hydepark.com

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