On 12 August Khalid Mahmood, Labor MP since 2001 for Birmingham Perry Barr, shared a letter about his Twitter account co-signed by seven additional executives asking Her Royal Highness to formally recognize “the pioneers of heavy metal music.”
In the letter, representatives note that the quartet, formed in Birmingham in 1968, “helped define the genre.” Mahmood also notes that after half of the members of Black Sabbath recently led the closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games sporting event in Birmingham on August 8, his office was “inundated with requests” to officially recognize the music group’s contribution.
For the closing ceremonies in 2022, Ozzy Osbourne made a surprising appearance after facing health problems in recent months. He was joined by Tony Iommi for one performance of “Paranoid” and a shortened version of “Iron Man,” the first time the two have reunited on stage since 2017. Iommi also attended the Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies in July.
As they finished the closing performance, Osbourne declared, “Birmingham Forever!” giving some love to the band’s hometown and echoing the letter from Parliament saying: “Despite their global fame, they have maintained strong links with Birmingham.”
While the representatives acknowledge that this is not the normal procedure for requesting royal honors, they state that Black Sabbath have been “overlooked” and call it an “extraordinary occasion” [that] deserves extraordinary recognition by this extraordinary group of musicians.”
Of course, this is not the first time that the Queen and the band members have crossed paths. They have previously played her Jubilee concerts, most famously in 2002 when Ozzy himself was slapped for being invited.
“I’m more surprised than anyone that I’m here. My wife told me and I thought, ‘You’re pulling my leg.’ Heavy metal at the castle? I’m not sure if the Queen is a fan, but of course she must be,” he said Associated Press prior to the occasion.
The Queen has previously knighted several musicians, including Paul McCartney, Elton JohnTom Jones, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart according to this timeline. Hopefully Black Sabbath will get their rightful place on the throne next time.
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