Sometimes you think, man, will these dinosaurs of rock just give it up? I mean, the Stones like 153th tour, c’mon! Well, believe it or not but the reunited Geezer-Iommi-Ozzy plus the masterful Brad Wilk on drums rocked our socks off this week in a 2h concert that rivalled the Metallica show I saw back last year. The went through an amazing repertoire:
Into the Void
Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
Age of Reason
Behind the Wall of Sleep
End of the Beginning
Fairies Wear Boots featuring drums
Rat Soup (Instrumental) with extended (9 minutes!!) drum solo
Iron Man with extended guitar solo
God Is Dead
Children of the Grave
Short Intermission “One More Song”
Paranoid (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Intro)
These guys just put on such a show. Ozzy was running all over the place and his voice sounded great – I love how he was inciting the crowd all the time to join in. Tommy’s solos were just amazing. Unfortunately, Bercy’s acoustics drown out the bass so the mile-wide strumming of Geezer was hard to pick out. Brad Wilk destroyed any impression of not being able to fill Butcher’s shoes – the boy has some awesome chops – and looks like a hung-over but wired Jesus back there hammering on the skins. What I found interesting also was that since Tommy is left-handed and stands stage right and Geezer is right-handed and stands stage left, the guitar necks form a triangle that points to the center with Brad and Oz. I found that visually appealing.
The music itself was impressive. A similarity that they share with Metallica is the constant change of signature in the songs. I suspect that James, Kirk and Lars probably all grew up on Paranoid and War Pigs and their changing measures and chords must have been influenced by those of Sabbath.
Oz didn’t eat a bat or drink any blood in the show. The screens above the set however did show some really disturbing images with blood and violence that went with the music. I was uncomfortable because the friend that bought the tickets for me brought his 8 year old kid but I found the images were too extreme to process for a kid of that age so parents beware.
If Oz&Co comes to your town, head out and see ’em. You will get your money’s worth I assure you!