Back in 2011, when it was announced that Black Sabbath was reuniting with original singer Ozzy Osbourne in vocals, I say to myself; ‘I have to see this live before my time on this earth is over’ Regardless if the band is not complete (the Bill Ward dispute), or the eternal vocalist preference (Martin/Dio/Osbourne) we talking about of Black Sabbath, the first heavy metal band, and the creators of a genre that had become a global cultural phenomenon. So of course I wouldn’t miss the chance to see them live, it could be their last time together for all that I know.
After releasing 13 their 19th studio album last summer, and achieving for the first time, a #1 on the Billboard charts in the US. Black Sabbath ratified their importance and relevance to the metal community. With an impressive production the band toured North America in July and August, then will continue to South America in October, and finishing in Europe in November/December.
Last Friday August 30th 2013 they stopped by the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix, AZ to play a solid 2 hour show. Around 7:30 pm Andrew W.K opened the night with a DJ set of heavy metal anthems that could might as well be played over the PA system with the lights on, and not having him do it. a really mismatch as I was expecting him to play his solo material rather than a DJ set. After Andrew W.K left the stage and the production crew took their time to adjust the last pieces on stage, around 9pm Black Sabbath opened the show with War Pigs followed by Into The Void, which both performances pretty much blew my mind. (after all, not everyday you get to see the band that had defined a whole musical genre playing these songs down to perfection)
The show continued with Under The Sun/Every day Comes And Goes, and Ozzy throwing out buckets of water at the first central rows of the crowd. Age Of Reason, Snowblind, Black Sabbath, and Behind The Wall Of Sleep, continued until a killer bass guitar solo by Geezer Butler that preceded one of my all time Sabbath favorites N.I.B. End Of The Beginning, Fairies Wear Boots and Rat Salad continued making the night special. Even with the whole Bill Ward drama still going around here and there, Tommy Clufetos played an awesome drum solo. After that the band went back to the stage and played, Iron Man, God Is Dead, Dirty Women, Children Of The Grave and closed with Paranoid.
Overall there was three things that struck me after this show; first, how fit those three guys are to play a whole 2 hour show. Second, the way Tony Iommi can make cry his guitar and, the power of his riffs, that pretty much define metal in all its extension, and the third one is that I am not sure if Bill Ward was fit enough to play drums really, after the amount of effort an energy that Chufletos put on those songs, kind of make me wonder, if were there more reasons behind the whole deal.
Anyhow, I left the US Airways Center satisfied that I got to see the band that started it all things metal more than 40 years ago. It was relevant for me to see this show, as you never know what the future holds, and you never know when all will end.