Thursday, August 26, 2010

10-year old joins Ozzy for “Crazy Train”

Ozzy Osbourne has always talked about how fortunate he is to have worked with some highly-skilled guitarists: starting with Tony Iommi (and does it get any better than that?), that list includes Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde, and his current sidekick, Gus G.

I’m not so sure Gus should get too comfortable in the new lineup.

There’s a new kid in town.

And he means business.

And he’s 10-years old.

Yuto Miyazawa is a 10-year old Japanese musical child prodigy; he was named "The Youngest Professional Guitarist" by the Guinness Book of World Records in August, 2008. In the tradition of Hendrix and Van Halen (who were almost never without a guitar in their hands), Yuto is mostly self-taught and reportedly plays all the time; he’s only had a handful of lessons.

In the spring of 2009, Miyazawa made headlines after playing “Crazy Train” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show; Ozzy even showed up to meet the young guitar whiz on the program. Obviously impressed, Ozzy recruited the (then) 9-year old to join him for his gig at BlizzCon 2009.

Crazy Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train - Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Featuring Yuto Miyazawa
BlizzCon 2009
Anaheim Convention Center - Anaheim, CA – August 22, 2009

DeGeneres had Miyazawa back for another visit this past spring, where he played the Sabbath classic, “Paranoid.”

Paranoid Black Sabbath - Paranoid - Dazed and Confused (Motion Picture Soundtrack

Yuto Miyazawa - Paranoid
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – May 3, 2010

And now….the latest Ozzy/Yuto pairing happened last Saturday at the Hartford stop of Ozzfest 2010.

Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Featuring Yuto Miyazawa
Ozzfest 2010
Comcast Theatre - Hartford, CT – August 21, 2010

If you'll excuse me, I have to grab my guitar now and practice - a lot.