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10-Year-Old Shredder Takes The Stage With Ozzy

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Ozzy Osbourne has performed with a huge list of musical giants: He jammed with Metallica at last year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concert in New York, sang for Slash on the guitarist's recent solo disc, and even hooked up with the Wu-Tang Clan for a track on his greatest hits "Bible of Ozz." But the Prince of Darkness's latest - and most pint-sized - collaborator is one of his most intriguing yet: 10-year-old Japanese guitar prodigy Yuto Miyazawa.

Miyazawa recently joined Osbourne on the singer's six-date summer Ozzfest tour, performing the classic "Crazy Train" alongside Ozzy and his band. Blabbermouth tracked down footage from the August 21 show in Hartford, Connecticut, where Miyazawa did an awe-inspiring Randy Rhoads impression: He wailed on the same black-with-white polka-dotted flying-V guitar Rhoads was known to use - and Ozzy even hoisted the young guitarist into the air (around the three-minute mark) to replicate the cover of the song's 1987 live single. On his Twitter account, Miyazawa linked to a snapshot of himself shredding on Ozzy's shoulder, adding, "I like this photo!"

The young guitarist made a splash on the 2010 Ozzfest tour, but this wasn't the first time he'd played alongside the metal legend: Last year, he joined Ozzy at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, where Osbourne introduced him by saying, "You've got to check this [expletive] guy out!" Miyazawa met Osbourne after performing "Crazy Train" on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in May 2009, when Osbourne emerged from backstage to shake his hand, totally stunning Miyazawa. The prodigy returned to DeGeneres's show in May 2010 with his power trio to perform Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" (which he sang in an adorably pre-pubescent squeak).

[Photos: Ozzy Osbourne, onstage and off]

The mostly self-taught 10-year-old started playing guitar at age 3, and he's obviously devoted much of his short life to his Ozzy obsession - he rehearsed for Ellen's show by running through "Mr Crowley," another track off the 1980 album "Blizzard of Ozz." He's appeared on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," shredded at Connecticut's Gathering of the Vibes festival, and jammed with legendary guitarist Les Paul on a 2008 trip to the U.S. According to his official bio, he's also a big fan of Metallica, Eric Clapton, and Kiss. At age 8, Miyazawa was named the youngest professional guitar player on the planet by the "Guinness Book of World Records."

[Flashback photos: Osbourne family hits Hawaii beach]

Osbourne was actually recently in the market for a new guitarist for his solo band. After working with Zakk Wylde on several albums and tours since the 1980s, the singer decided he "wanted a change" and hired Greek shredder Gus G. The late Rhoads, who worked with Ozzy starting in 1979, died in a small-plane crash in 1982. In July, Osbourne resolved a lawsuit with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi over rights to the band's name. As for whether he'd ever reunite with Iommi and the rest of the group, Ozzy has stated, "Never say never."

 

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