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8.27.2010

japanese guitar prodigy kid shreds with ozzy osbourne


Holy crap. Have you seen kid shred? If you've recently gone to see Ozzy Osbourne on this six-date Ozzfst tour, you might have spotted 10-year-old Japanese guitar prodigy Yuto Miyazawa rocking out alongside the prince of darkness. Check out the video:




So who the heck is this kid? And how did get this rockin' gig alongside the metal legend? At ten years old, he's already made a pretty big splash performing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10-Year-Old Shredder Takes The Stage With Ozzy.
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).

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."
Not bad for a kid who is mostly self-taught has only been playing guitar for about seven years -- since he was three. Rock on, Yuto. Just be careful. I don't want to see what happens if hang around Ozzy Osbourne for too long.