By Paul Fitzgerald - Loud, clean, crisp and pure... Black Sabbath was simply just awesome.
They performed this evening (April 11, 2014) at the First Ontario Credit Union Centre in Hamilton, ON, and they were just out of this world.
War Pigs, Iron Man, Fairies Wear Boots, Paranoid… I was more than blown away.
Yes, it was a Friday night out with my favourite vinyl records, along with over 15,000 die hard fans.
Ozzy shouted out lots of F-bombs to get the crown going and then he unleashed the War Pigs salute: “Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses.”
The entire night, between songs that is, the 65 year-old rocker drenched his hair with Evian water to keep cool. It was great to see him pace around the stage, throwing up his arms sporadically, and at times he even waddled.
And yes, he shouted out “God Bless You” to the crowd at the end of songs and it got everyone pumped with energy.
Ozzy will be Ozzy.
And yes you could make out all his words, despite his past with living hard on many levels.
But enough about Ozzy.
Black Sabbath has a list of stars like no other. Guitarist Tony Iommi pulled off a simply great show. Note for note, he proved he is a master on the guitar. From his classic licks to a sound solo, he owned the town.
Geezer Butler on bass was outstanding and his solo into N.I.B. was breathtaking.
Then there was the drummer, Tommy Clufetos, a veteran of Ozzy's solo tours and stints with Rob Zombie and Ted Nugent. Clufetos pulled off a drum solo like no other, leading into the tune Rat Salad.
The concert was deafening but worth it. The energy was contagious. They even played three hits off their new album, 13.
And yes I would do it again.
A night out with my my vinyl records was fulfilled.
The two hour show was an innocent time travel experience.
That guilty pleasure is just a thing you own when you spend a night out with Black Sabbath.
Into the Void
Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
Age of Reason
Behind the Wall of Sleep
(Preceded by "Bassically" … more)
End of the Beginning
Fairies Wear Boots
(with "Supernaut" instrumental and Drum Solo)
God Is Dead?
Children of the Grave