Queen's Brian May hails Tony Iommi's "monumental" performance at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony: "So proud of my dear friend"

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Queen's Brian May has hailed his dear friend Tony Iommi's "monumental" performance at last week's opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The July 28 performance saw Black Sabbath's guitarist teamed with acclaimed British saxophonist Soweto Kinch for what was described as a 'dream sequence', titled Hear My Voice, based on the title track from 2020 film Trial Of The Chicago Seven, with vocals from Birmingham-born R&B singers Indigo Marshall and Gambimi.

Posting a clip of Iommi's appearance at the ceremony on Instagram, Brian May wrote: "Wow !!! Monumental !!! Finally managed to find a clip from backstage of TONY IOMMI’s brilliant opening piece for the Commonwealth Games - symbolising the pursuit of excellence, the endurance of Rock, and … the spirit of Birmingham !! So proud of my dear friend - I have some idea of the pressure on his shoulders in that moment !!! Magnificent !!!"

Ozzy Osbourne too saluted his friend's performance on social media, writing, "@TonyIommi I was really proud to see you tonight at the opening of the Commonwealth Games in our home town of Birmingham."

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Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.