Music | September 10, 2022 4:45 pm

Here’s Why You Couldn’t Watch Most of Ozzy Osbourne’s Rams-Bills Halftime Set

If you were there, you saw two songs. If not, you saw less.

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Ozzy Osbourne performs during half-time of the NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium on September 08, 2022.
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It’s been a big year for Ozzy Osbourne, who made an unexpected return to live music earlier this year at the Commonwealth Games. Osbourne has also spoken candidly about living with Parkinson’s Disease and his desire to move back to England. Throw a critically acclaimed new album into the mix and you have a lot of reasons to be excited if you’re a fan of Osbourne’s music.

All of that serves as prelude to the next step in Osbourne’s — well, “comeback” seems like too strong of a word; how about “return to the public eye”? Osbourne played a pair of songs at halftime of this week’s Rams-Bills game — a massive stage for someone who’s been a musical icon for 50 years.

If you were at the game itself, you got to see Osbourne live in the United States for the first time since 2018. If you were watching at home, though, you saw, well, quite a bit less of it. As Ultimate Classic Rock reports, NBC showed around 10 seconds of Osbourne’s performance, cutting to it in the middle of Osbourne and his band playing the song “Patient Number Nine” and not showing any of their performance of “Crazy Train.”

Admittedly, watching music coverage during a sports broadcast can be a bit tricky, but it’s still somewhat disappointing that more of the set wasn’t made available to watch. One assumes there’s a fairly sizable overlap between football fans and Ozzy fans, after all.